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Before and After: A Painted Fabric Chair

A year or so ago I watched an episode of the Great Interior Design Challenge on which a designer had painted, then waxed, a fabric chair to make it look like leather. It looked, albeit through the lens of a camera and possibly carefully edited at that, fantastic. Feeling inspired I hopped online and bought a…

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Should Blue and Green Ever Be Seen?

Recently I mentioned that we had re-introduced a rug into our home after a long period of incarceration in our loft during the dirty work of the refurbishment. It is, I think, Middle Eastern in style …certainly it was bought there by my mother in law. She gave it to us to provide a cushion…

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There’s A Moose in the Hoose

“It’s a dangerous thing to admit you like something” S once warned. “Tell anyone you like a stag and before you know it the house will be full of them.” I know he speaks the truth.  My Nan once said she liked poppies. Her house is now full of them. Trinkets, cushion covers, pictures, coasters…I’m…

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Decoration and Destruction

I’ve always approached this house as one to be grown into….adapted as the family gets both bigger and older. It’s what architects might call a house with ‘flexible’ spaces. (And I know that because I watch Homes on 4.) Which is just as well really as it accommodates not just a growing family but, more…

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How (not) To Paint a Bathroom

“What I think your blog is missing,” said a best friend of mine, A, recently “is a ‘How To’. So for example…..How To Paint a Bathroom…” I looked at her over the top of my wine glass. She had spent the day hanging out with me and the (little) boys and during Baby A’s nap…

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Shelfgate

Long time followers of this blog will know that for the last few years, ever since the concept of our ‘snug’ was born, I have been talking about a library wall. It was designed to go along the right hand wall (if you are looking from snug into kitchen) up and over the door and…

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The First Rays

I don’t know about you, but for me this winter seems to be taking its time. I know it has been mild (and wet…..) and daffodils have been reported to have pushed their golden petals above the soil as early as Christmas. But still. It feels to me as if the sun is being a…

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Command Center

In my drive to get organised I’ve been doing a bit of web searching and, as often happens, fallen down the rabbit warren of Pinterest. My screen has been awash with pictures of gloriously organised and pristine ‘command centers’…and I spell that the American way on purpose as it does tend to be a trend…