Furnishing The Home To Keep Holiday Memories Alive

We all need to have a change of scene now and again.  Whether that’s by way of a holiday cottage  tucked away in a quaint village or a chalet on a holiday park.  Being away from home is often a great tonic.  There are the surroundings that are so different to around our home, it’s refreshing to go striding out in the woods or around the village, iscovering old places and marvelling at their quaintness.  Furnishing a home on a theme has the same effect for a while.   Those qaint…

Family Home Expansion Brings Great Excitement

I have watched with interest the expansion of my neighhbour’s house.  When these properties were built some twenty odd years ago, they were described as very nice ‘spacious executive 4 bed detached’ and we felt like the bees-knees when my family took the keys and moved in to our very own.  We had been to look at the show house in the previous December, liked what we saw and discovering the developer intended to release only 3 at a time, we beat the rush o other fans by taking more…

Cream With Sprinkling of Colour – Perfect

I have made a great discovery this year – as I don’t often get involved in seeking out curtains, I’ve noticed that this year’s colour scheme has at last moved away from geometric blocks and patterns in grey, black, grey & red, grey.  Apart from giving me a headache over what I should choose for my own needs, I was really pleased to discover the ghastly funereal colour schemes have gone and we are big in pastels and floral patterns.  This is where the dilemma arrives.  I need to change…

Matching Curtain Colour Or Wall Colour . . .

I’ve had such a dilemma of late.  After having a splendid new kitchen fitted this  summer, I had to choose what to do about painting the walls around and next to the new cabinets.   I could have kept the old colour wit the curtains etc if the new cabinets had been the same size, but of course, having had the double oven moved to the other side of the kitchen, I now have a whacking great gap in the silk ivory.  So I got all the materials and accessories…

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…