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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

In the Frame
True to my word I decided to place some of my lovely Art Deco birthday cards into my bargain vintage frames and here is the result.  I can't wait to locate the frames for the other pictures now so that I can start my picture gallery.     

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


A Story of Restoration

My Lounge floor
I have finally managed to complete the floorboards in my lounge.  What a transformation.  I am so pleased with the final colour and finish and it now blends in nicely with my Dining Room.   There is still    more work to do in this room so keep watching for future updates.

Friday, 25 March 2011

In the Frame   
I have been out shopping for bargains once again and found some lovely vintage picture frames to add to my collection.

I have a small selection of pictures and Art Deco birthday and Christmas cards which I decided to keep and frame and I am sure I can make some of them fit just nicely.  I even have a place in my home to group the pictures together as a small gallery.    One project for the weekend is to frame three of my pictures.  I will then be on the lookout for suitable frames for the larger pictures in order to put my gallery together.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

My Favourite Places to Shop
Wentworth Antiques Centre &
Situated in The Old Builders Yard on the outskirts of the quaint village of Wentworth near Rotherham, is Wentworth Arts, Crafts & Antiques Centre and Wentworth Emporium, along with other small businesses, including Lime Tree Interiors.

If you are in search of vintage/shabby chic furniture and bric-a-brac, antiques or that special something for your interior it is well worth a visit.

I purchased a beautiful Victorian style balloon back chair from the Wentworth Emporium, which is fully stocked with shabby chic style furniture.  

 I have already found a home for my chair in my Boudoir and it fits in perfectly with my current decor.  I was in awe of all the lovely pieces of furniture that had been lavished with attention to bring them up to date with the current trend for vintage and shabby chic.

Situated next door to the Antique Centre is Lime Tree Interiors, a haven for those interested in interior design and decoration.  You can purchase everything from upholstered furniture, curtains, wallcoverings and extravagant chandeliers to cushions, lamps and pictures or votives and oils to make your interior nicely fragranced.
There is also an iron monger and a beautiful little shop selling traditional style fireplaces.

Elsecar Heritage Centre
Situated a couple of miles the other side of the village of Wentworth is Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley.
Here you can purchase antiques & collectables, flooring, french style furniture, lamps and decorative items.  There is a small art gallery, printers and a cafe/restaurant.

Both of these centres are well worth a day out to browse at your leisure and who knows you may well pick up a bargain at the same time.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Bringing original floorboards back to life
Last section of blue carpet
I have lived in my Victorian property for 10 years now and I could not bear to look at the horrid lounge carpet that I inherited any longer, it had to go.  A few weeks back I proceeded to remove sections of carpet to reveal the original floorboards beneath, which appeared to be in a reasonable condition and just required some care and attention.  There were only two damaged boards which would need sections replacing and I just happen to have salvaged a few pieces from previous projects around the house.
Floorboards revealed

The floorboards just required a good clean because they had been covered with floor-covering.   I used Nitromorse and course wire wool to clean deep into the grain of the wood then followed this with hot soapy water and a scrubbing brush and the boards came up to a reasonable standard for staining.
Cleaned floorboards

Working in sections and around the furniture situated in the room I have started the process of staining the floor with a coloured varnish and stain in antique pine.   There are
still a few hours work left yet to bring the
floor to the required standard and each section
requires 3 coats of stain with 16 hours drying
time between coats.  Below is a picture of where
I am to date and it is my intention to complete 
the whole project during the course of the next
week, so watch this space for the finished product.
Staining begins

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Oxford Stone No. 264

The Colours of Farrow & Ball
One of my favourite suppliers of paints in traditional colours has to be Farrow & Ball who have just introduced their new colour range.  The latest colours to be added to their range are Oxford Stone, Manor House Gray, Mizzle, Dove Tale, Charlotte's Locks, Cabbage White, Calluna, Brassica and Plummett.

Oxford Stone is named after stone that was used in Oxfordshire village houses.  This colour can be used to create a warm inviting decoration scheme.

In the above scheme:  Wall = Oxford Stone No. 264
                                        Ceiling & Cornice = Blue Ground No. 210
                                        Far Door = Folly Green No. 76
                                       Stool = All White No. 2005

Brassica No 271

This is a very modern scheme that uses traditional colours.
In picture right:  Wall = Brassica No. 271
                              Ceiling & Chair (left) = Stone Blue No. 86
                              Far Door = Manor House Gray No. 265
                             Chair  (right) and table = Cornforth White         
                             No. 228     

Plummett No. 272

Plummett is named after the lead weight used to sink a fishing line.  It is a mid-tone grey and is suitable for interior and exterior use.  This was often seen in Gothic Architecture.

In picture left:   Wall = Plummett No. 272
                              Ceiling = Arsenic No. 214
                              Table = Down pipe No. 26
                              Chairs = Blackened No. 2011

I am sure that you will agree that these are brave choices of colour but used in the right surroundings complement each other        

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

My Favourite places to shop  
On my days away from the office I love to take a trip to Hemswell Antiques Centre near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire to browse through the many rooms full of antiques, and collectables and there is also a craft centre on site.  It's like stepping back in time and you can easily spend a day browsing through the maze of rooms in each of  five separate buildings displaying period furniture, art, ceramics, clocks, kitchenalia and jewellery.  There is even a room in the Astra Antique Centre dedicated to Vintage clothing.

On Sundays there is a market and car boot sale too but it would be virtually impossible to see everything in one day so you would need to make a very early start to get the most from your visit.  
My most recent purchases include a metal peg rail with the lettering "Home Sweet Home" and a beautiful tin jug  marked with  "Home is where the heart is" logo which I could not resist and appropriate with the title of my blog.   I am sure I will find somewhere to display them in my kitchen where they will look quite at home.


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

From Shabby to Chic in a weekend  
Take one Footstool

Being a lover of all things old and traditional pieces of furniture I could not bear to discard my footstool to the scrap heap so I decided to give it a revamp with some paint.  Firstly the stool was given a light sanding down and a base coat in "Verde Antique" from Kevin McLoud's Fired Earth collection.  This was then left to dry for the required time before moving on to the next stage.         

I strategically brushed on  petroleum jelly in different areas of the stool before proceeding to the second coat of paint.   I used "Stone Ochre" from the Fired Earth Collection for the second coat and this was then rubbed over lightly with fine sandpaper when dry to remove the top layer randomly, revealing the "Verde Antique" colour beneath and giving a distressed finish.   

I decided to decorate the top of the stool with a pretty stencil design using "Grape" and "Georgetown Lime" toned down with black.   Voila..... now the stool will be proudly displayed in my kitchen for all to see.