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…

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…