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…