Pavillion Gray

The chosen one
The chosen one – woodwork has not been done yet, obviously

Well, here’s the new colour in the middle room, after literally hours of staring at the different coloured samples on the wall, and discussion,  C chose this one.  Our lovely F hates it ‘more than white’, but what does he know, soon he’ll only see the desk and the computer in there.  This colour is from good old Farrow and Ball, it has the usual ability to look different dependant on how the light is hitting the room.

Most of the room was painted on Monday but, being this time of year, I had not actually seen it in the daylight until I got home from work today.  The final cutting in at the cornice was done today and I must say that I am quite proud of my work.  Sure, there’ll be a bit more finishing off to do tomorrow, up the ladder. Then it’s action stations on the hall.  By Monday it will be painted, all we have to do is decide on the colour…..simple.  It definitely won’t be red as F suggested, that’s for sure.

15 November 2013

Japanese Maple or Acer
Japanese Maple or Acer

This amazing Acer caught my eye when I went to check up on the guinea pigs this morning, the colour has changed to the most vibrant bright reddish pink almost overnight.  It’s in a pot and has had a couple of ropy phases since the bad snow years,  so glad to see it in full magnificence again.

The Regeneration

The ‘middle’ room is to get the floorboards done at the same time as the hall and, since it’s empty, we have decided to go for it and change the wall colour too.  When the sun is shining it is a beautifully light room and those windows are amazing, they let light all the way through to the hall.  It can be quite dark though because of the green damask print wallpaper which I quite like actually but it does not fit with the way I’d like it to look. Light, bright and fresh is what I’m thinking with an array of colours coming from our belongings on the shelving.

Here’s how it looked last Friday before the mission to clear it out started, it had become a dump.  We all have our own little visions for this former dining room.  Playroom, study, music room, library, snug or games room, it is my goal to make sure it stays a bit more organised and pleasant to visit, whatever it is used for.

no idea how I got this effect - this is how full the room was last weekend
no idea how I got this effect – this is how full the room was last weekend

This is how it looks right now, as I type. Imagine me sitting on that hideous red chair, which will not be coming back in, if I can help it.

the before photo
Friday 15 Nov 2013 – note the stain samples

There should be a new version to show you on Monday, this weekend is painting weekend, once we decide on a colour.  There is a beautiful blue in my mind’s eye but who knows what colour you’ll see in the after photo.

Friday Treat

Friday make - chocolate crispies
Friday make – chocolate crispies

My promise to H yesterday was that we would make chocolate crispies with her friend when she came to play. Yum, hope there’s one left for me.

Well, I wish you a super weekend, think of me in my painting gear doing my stuff (and procrastinating no doubt), x

Pet Sounds

Our lovely old bungalow has a cool new vibe, the superb ‘Pet Sounds’ wallpaper graces the bathroom wall.  Every time I spot it from the hall I feel  a little smile come to my lips, it is bright, bold and makes the house feel like ours. The contrast with the blue tiles is just what I was after, not gaudy, just fun.  This photograph does not do it justice, I assure you.

Pet Sounds in the Bathroom
Pet Sounds in the Bathroom

Mini Moderns first caught my eye on a trip along the Southbank in London (it was the day that Any Winehouse died, I remember it so clearly).  The Southbank Centre had some of the Day-Tripper range that day, and that was that, I was hooked.festival mug set

Their wares include wallpaper, crockery, textiles and paint, it’s hard to know which of the themes to go for, they are all so funky.  They have a pretty eco outlook too, here’s how Mark Hampshire, one of the founders, puts it, ‘ Our design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. Travel also influences our work – and much of our inspiration comes from holidays and field trips, both at home and abroad.  We produce as much as possible (and certainly all of our wallpaper, paints and fabrics) in the UK. This is both to support UK industry – in some cases, small factories that are the last UK provider of a service – and also to cut down the number of journeys that a product has to make before it reaches the customer.’

Pet Sounds is just one of the cool designs from the Folk Rock theme,  I asked Mark where the inspiration for the design came from, ‘We had been working on 2 separate prints – a woodland creature print and a musical instrument print. On a trip to the West Coast of the U.S, driving along the Big Sur coastline, we suddenly had the idea of bringing the 2 together and injecting a bit of West Coast 60s psychedelia – hence the idea of juxtaposing animals with acoustic instruments.’   It really works for me, that’s for sure.

Teenboy has chosen this for his room, just one section of wall though, don’t want a goth type vibe in there…

C6o in black and gold

Check out the website for the full range at Mini Moderns, there’s something for everyone.  The customer service is second to none, we had a hiccup with the wallpaper that was sorted quickly and sympathetically. Thank you.

adventure wallpaper Rob Ryan
adventure wallpaper Rob Ryan collaboration
Whitby Linen Fabric
Whitby Linen Fabric
darjeeling teatowel
darjeeling teatowel
darjeeling lido wallpaper - second choice for bathroom
darjeeling lido wallpaper – second choice for bathroom

Finally, back to Mark who sums up Mini Moderns’ style as, “Conceptually driven illustrative wallpapers and homewares with a nod towards retro styling.” Whatever inspires the team, I wish them great success and I look forward to their next innovative designs.