Choosing Colours & Fabrics To Suit Surroundings

Once the door shuts behind us we can emerse ourselves in the joy of our surroundings.   If we have the colours that calm us and make us feel we belong in our space.  When we go out to shops and out of town superstores we are treated to a visual display that is so huge and varied, it’s almost impossible to pin down tastes.  There are so many designs and choices out there, it can be rather difficult to select exactly the combination of size furniture in what sort of…

The Excitement Of A Home Reno Project

Just getting me as far as the local tile warehouse and showroom has been quite an exciting journey of late.  I’m not really known for my adventurous spirit when it comes to home decor or furnishing.  However, some years ago a family friend came to my rescue when my ensuite shower packed up.  Within weeks I found myself on the first forays of a remarkable journey – to have the bathrooms and said ensuite transformed into modern palaces of porcelain wonder.  I have never looked back or regretted the expenditure…

Professional Painter Colour Choice Always Stunning

Oh how confusing the subject of home decorating and refurnishing can become!  I like the idea of different colours in each room but when I had my house completely redecorated by a true professional, he only had a very set time slot available to me so scotched all such ideas and said one colour throughout was the name of the game.  He helped raise my now flagging spirits by recommending a pale sunny ivory colour, nothing like the pinky magnolia he was was replacing.  He was absolutely correct too when…

Decorating Duties Allocated To Dad

This is a truly messy time of year – the storms have been coming for days and every time we go out for our daily walk, we bring more and more of the mucky outside indoors when we return.  It is depressing.  It also makes me think of having a really good refurbishment phase at home.   Decorating and refurnishing the house – always the done thing for spring in years gone by.   Our family definitely used to spruce up the sitting room and often the dining room too, if fund…

Matching Suite Covers Stretching The Point A Bit

Whenever my Womens’ magazines arrive, I leaf through them with muted enthusiasm – fearing that the clothes will be either too young, too old, always too dear . . .  In fact I’ve found myself looking down the menu page, ignoring those and heading straight for the decorating and furnishing sections.  It must be a sign of maturity now that I have to own up to being much older than people think!  The sight of those wonderful matching curtains and bedding sets seem to send a thrill down the spine…

Keeping The Furnishings Classic Yet Relevant

After a year and half of not being able to go out to all those fantastic furnishing emporiums, some of my pals have found themselves yanked out over a weekend, simply so Madam can get back in to the routine of meandering around the ones that survived the lockdown.  But this time, not a case of just looking, oh no, there’s been plenty of splashing the cash too, as if the pandemi had starved them all of this one lifetime pleasure.  Most husbands couldn’t give a toss about the co-ordinating…

Furnishing Fashions Have Gone Gone Full Circle

Everybody loves getting new furniture and furnishings.   It’s part of life’s rich tapestry to be able to furnish your home with the best, the lastest and certainly critcal, most economical you can afford.  At one time we would have paid the deposit for our first house and anxiously wait for the mortgage to come through and then another nail biting few weeks whilst the conveyancing process slowly crawled along.  Then we had our first misgivings – what are we going to furnish it with?!   Well in those days it was…

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…