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…

First Flat Furnished With Pre Auction Haul

The first time I was faced with an empty unfurnished flat was grim.  I’d had to make a swift move from my previous digs and had accepted a short term tenancy for six months just to sort myself out.  Well the first weekend was frantic, trying to get the electricity connected so I could see what I was doing.  A winter move meant short daylight hours and no heating.   No chance of seeing to any decorating but with respect to furnishing, I was lucky enough to live near a…

Pastel Colours Bring Contentment

The arrival of autumn does bring with it a feeling of restlessness – do we have time to decorate the lounge / dining room / hallway etc. in time for Christmas.  Does that dear comfy old sofa in the sitting room need to be replaced – will a new one arrive in time?!   With these considerations come the trooping en masse to the out of town devorating emporiums.  It’s been a more interesting colour palette on offer these last couple of seasons.  I’m so glad abot that myself.  Nothing depressed…

Keeping Basics Maintained & Critters To Minimum

Doing things like regular spring cleaning and clearing out cupboards in a particular order is not something i’ve trained myself to do but I do know how important it is.  I have a nice house on an  estate.  If anything braks of a serious nature, my insurance owill pay up,  but not pay out if they decide my lack of cleaning routeine has someway contributed.  maintain or repair it and some little creatures has got past me and eaten his way through wiring, or worse.  I do keep an eye…

French Mushroom With Pops Of Accent Colour

I’ve been looking around at paint and decorating materials of late.  I visited a home with a brand new extension recently completed.  Just looking around each room has inspired me.  That home now has no carpets dowstairs, these have been replacede with very attractive warm looking wooden slats.  These are easy to clean and do look superb throughout a fine long run from the patio doors to the front door.  That alone makes the house look big.  The decor in the adjoining dining room is very pleasing too – a…

The Professional Decorator Really Excels

I was lucky enough to have the services of a professional handyman and decorator a few years ago.  He’s the best buddy of someone I know who lives abroad.   This chap seems to work at phenominal speed and is always popping up in their village helping folk and doing just about all the repairs and maintenance jobs you can imagine.  Obviously he gets paid – pretty handsomely too.  His work is amazing.  Very clean and tidy;  nothing left undone but in a very ordered fashion.  This little man is like…

Don’t Skimp Priming – It’s False Economy

If you want to dress up your home but have limited funds, it’s possible to update colour schemes much more easily these days.  Paint, varnish and stains are available in the most incredible range of colours and materials.    Take the kitchen cabinets for example – if  you’re fed up with the same old birch or beech colour, it’s now very easy to paint them with specialist products which are much more waterproof and rub proof – the vinyl content making them so much more wearable in a busy environment that…