White Wine Gardening

I read about ‘white wine gardening’ (in Red in fact) a few years ago and I’ve had the image in my mind ever since. It was one of those puff pieces, commissioned to sit alongside the other aspirational bumpfh to which we women can become so addicted (much to the scorn of S’s of the…

Snug: Before and Monochrome After

So last week I shared with you the before and after of the snug….revamped with a rug and a bit of black paint. But it wasn’t all plain sailing. Approximately 55 seconds after S left in a taxi to the airport, away for a week on business, I was up in the loft retrieving the…

The Art of Arranging ‘Stuff’

If, like me, you are a follower of interior design blogs and feeds (to include Pinterest and Instagram to which I am a newbie) you will have been unable to avoid the many references to creating the perfect ‘vignette’. To explain, they are, in design-speak, curated displays of ‘stuff.’ Which basically means that ornaments and…

Blue, Green, Black and White

If you’ve been following these past few weeks you’ll know that I have issued myself with the challenge to make the blue sofa in the kitchen work, and as part of this, successfully (I like to think) transformed a junk shop chair with ordinary blue emulsion to form the keystone of the new scheme. Or…

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…

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…

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…

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…