Overdoing The Wallpaper Co-Ordination

Modern decorating materials really are the way of keeping the house in very presentable condition.   There are some fantastic new materials on the market but as with any era, careful choices of what to put together is down to an inbuilt taste – or lack of it. The beauty of a modern paper is the variety of colours available.  However it can be rather too easy to overdo this – I still shudder at the thought of a colleague’s house when I saw she had two different papers on the…

Fashionable Corset Pink In the Vestibule

When I was working as a room guide at a local historic house, we had many visitors come just to see the entrance vistibule which was painted in a particular shade of pink.  To describe it would probably cause eyebrows to rise in an amused fashion.  The actual shade is what older ladies would shyly refer to as ‘corset pink’ because it is the exact shade, slightly pale coral pnk that brings back memories of our ancient gradmothers in their undergarments.  It is not a flattering hue.  However, a very…

Professional Paint Job Looks and Lasts Better

It was a fairly quiet and ver muted festive period this time . . .  none of the usual meeting up with family and friends with masses of food and drink to gorge ourselves on.   None of the sitting round with the paint charts and decorating ideas magazines choosing what projects took our fancy this coming year.   For several christmas seasons, this has been quite a big part of our relax and down time.  We don’t usually get more than one project off the drawing board but the planning and…

Noting Home Makeovers Across The Pond

When I was able to travel a bit more freely, particularly to the US, it was fun watching the tv programmes involving house make overs.  There are hundreds of these shows on all day every day if you stick to the ‘home’ channels.   Fascinating stuff – especially noting what the families feel are absolute essentials in any project.   We asre pretty used to always going upstairs to sleep – the downstairs is always our eating, hanging out, and socialising areas.  In the US, the wife (and generally the boss on…

Understated & Timeless Elegance

A couple of years ago, I realised the need to update my ideas on interior design and decor had long  become a pressing one. . .  Whenever I was invited in to one or other of the neighbouring houses it felt to me that mine was very old fashioned and a bit drab by contrast.    However, I had the chance to have a really first class decorating  job done by someone I knew through a friend.  This was such a fantastic opportunity – especially as the chap was already booked…

Getting Downsizing Into Perspective

Whilst waiting for a programme to come on the other night, I caught the end of one of an endless loop of home refurbishment, decorating and furnishing shows that seem to capture everyone’s heart.   I haven’t seen a whole episode for ages and this one was from only last year.  Very recent then and current as far as trends in decor and furnishing are concerned.  I was amazed at all of the properties shown – the couple had sold a large five bedroomed executive house on an estate and were…

Shabby Chic Old Roses Reign Supreme

Every year there are phases and themes of decorating that breeze in and breeze back out again just as quickly.  The fad for florals has been with us for a year and I did think it was passing through but no. . . .  in a recent up market homes and countrystyle magazine, there were many advertisements for sweet romantic roses round the cottage door style of curtaining and matching blinds.  I found one or two a little overpowering but for the designer it was achance to show how to…

Decorating Schemes To Fit Modern Themes

There are times when we simply cannot think of new themes and schemes when we feel the need to catch up on decorating.  Knowing where to start is always a bugbare.  for example, does one know the difference between a midcentury modern nightstand and small bedside table and what exactly is the difference between modern and contemporary in terms of decorating ideas.   There are hundreds of books and magazines that line the shelves of the local supermarket.  They go into the most exciting and inspiring detail but when it comes…

Positivity Oozes From Pretty Palest Of Pastels

We will have been in this house for eighteen years this spring.  That’s the longest I’ve lived in any house, ever.  I’m quite proud of this but I’m not so proud that in those years, I have only had the place fully redorcorated once, after I’d been here 13 years.  For the last few seasons, the massive decorating and DIY industry has been showing a rather drab selection of colours the the current theme.  They must all be in cahoots together because for some years the trend has been a…

Professional Decorator Really Does Miracle Job

The last time I had my  house decorated was five years ago.  It was quite an undertaking too.  My chum mentioned that a pal of hers was coming back to dear old Blighty for a few weeks to do a decorating project.  I quipped ‘send him here – there’s a project needing attention . . .’  Well, that started a ball rolling.  She spoke to said friend who said he’d have a spare two weeks and could oblige, so we arranged he’d stay over in the spare room to cut…