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…

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…