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Wednesday, 19 December 2012


I completed my first furniture painting project for my bedroom recently to match my new French bed.  The pine storage cabinet looked a bit out of place against the beautiful cream bed so it was time for a revamp.  The cabinet was sanded to provide a key for the paint then covered with two base coats before proceeding to paint in two top coats of "Farrow and Ball"  "New White" in eggshell finish.  The handles were sprayed with black satin paint and I have to say it does look rather smart and fits into my cream and black scheme.
My Boudior

I am very pleased with the finished result and now intend to complete the wardrobe doors and blanket chest in the same colour to complete the look.


I decided it was time to decorate my Christmas tree last weekend and  I was also inspired to trim up with some home made decorations.  I sprayed some twigs with silver spray paint then dug out those odd baubles that had the paint peeling away.  These were sprayed with black spray paint then threaded with silver tinsel and displayed on the newly invigorated twigs.  They are displayed in a clear vase lined with tinsel and now form the centre piece on my dining table.  Not bad for a few hours work.

Sunday, 9 December 2012


Well I have finally purchased a very much desired French bed after months of research on the internet.  I finally settled for "Antoinette" in "Parisienne Cream" from Newton's Furniture in Devon, whose   furniture is used frequently on the ITV programme "60 Minute Makeover", so I took time out to view their website  If you love French furniture you will fall in love with their site immediately as I did and it was my lucky day   because the beds were in the sale,   this was an offer I could not resist and proceeded to place my order.   Each item of furniture from Newtons is hand-made to order and finished in your selected choice from Boudoir Black, Gold Leaf, Parisienne Cream, Silver Leaf or French White.  They also manufacture a range of furniture to complete a set with Wardrobes, drawers, bedside cabinets, dressing tables, mirrored screen, Chateau Chaise and a Chateau armchair.   I am highly delighted with my purchase which has now prompted me to begin matching up some of my furniture and paintwork to blend in by painting them in "New White" by "Farrow & Ball".  I will drop by at a future date to let you see the finished product.

Sunday, 18 November 2012


I have been passing the time over the last couple of weeks revitalising some of my hat boxes which were looking a little shabby and past their best.

I decided to spray them with black spray paint then downloaded and printed some pictures of  Audrey Hepburn and Marylin Monroe plus other miscellaneous photos that I thought would be suitable for decoupage.


Below are a selection of pictures taken from magazines and the internet.

I have kept a set of templates which can be photocopied and used again at a future date.

When the hat boxes were  covered sufficiently with spray the next stage was  to paste the decoupage prints to the top and sides of the box. I finished with a coat of clear varnish to protect them.

Below the finished product.

I have now started box number three to complete the set.  Feeling inspired why not decorate some boxes to give Christmas gifts in which can then be utilised afterwards for storage.


Sunday, 11 November 2012


Transforming furniture with spray paint

Winter is almost upon us and it is time to start the winter projects indoors.  My latest and much awaited project is the transformation of my bedroom dressing mirror.  The orange pine did not fit into my bedroom scheme or match with any of the furniture.  I dismantled the whole piece and removed the mirror from the frame before giving it a light sanding down, then finished with several thin coats of black satin spray.  The whole project was completed over the course of two weekends and now fits nicely into my scheme.


the transformation


Not bad for a few hours work.

Can't wait to get started on my next project, my hat boxes, which are to be sprayed black and decoupaged, watch this space.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Summer Projects

I have been very busy over the summer months completing long overdue projects at the front of the property.  For some time I have been trying to locate a window company that would place PVC inserts into the existing original bay window of my Victorian property and finally found someone that was happy to take on the work at reasonable cost in comparison to some previous quotations received, and so work commenced in June to update the battered window frames and cracked panes of glass and I have to say I am thrilled with the finished product thanks to "The Great Big Window Company" from my home town of Doncaster.
Attic and Bay window before

If you look closely at the above picture the secondary double glazing in the bay window is damaged and the window frames on both windows are deteriorating badly and in need of painting.

Once work on the window fitting was complete and weather permitting of course I then hired a painter/decorator to spruce up the window frames and sills to blend in with the new windows, what a result, as good as new.

To complete the look at the front of the property I then decided to revamp the garden and to remove the old cracked paving slabs and replace them with a gravel pathway beneath the bay window.  The plan was to recycle the gravel by using to cover the newly laid liner on  the pathway and then to fill the plant borders to assist in keeping the soil moist.  The final stage was to dig the garden over and lay a new liner which would have a deep cover of plum slate.
1 tonne of gravel rear of property
Garden before
Pathway before
Pathway after

Looking good

Dad in action laying slate

The finished product
Thanks to my dad's hard work the slate was moved from the back of the property to the front in a couple of hours and it has totally transformed the look of the garden and saved me a lot of repetitive gardening.  The plum slate blends in nicely with most of the plants in the front garden which are mainly lavender, plum and white shades.  Now I can concentrate on my planting and colour scheming next year to bring it all together.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

A touch of Morocco

If you are looking to create a Moroccan theme into your interior there are many websites out there offering a wealth of ideas and products.  Maroque is a UK shopping site offering a wide variety of lanterns, lamps and furniture which can be incorporated into both traditional and modern interiors.  Their website also has features on decoration ideas and travel as well as cookery information.

Tea glasses x 6 £16.50
Tagine Large £32.00
Lantern by Maroque
Tagines are very fashionable at present and Maroque stock a wide selection in various sizes, colours and patterns.  There are also a stunning collection of lanterns to suit all budgets in brass, silver effect, iron and antique finishes and glass inserts.

A neutral interior
Neutral earthy tones

White Candle - Marrakech Furniture range - Moroccan style furniture in embossed metal over a wooden base
Nest of tables £29.95
2 drawer bedside cabinet
Large square mirror £130.19

Rug - Moroccan Caravan
Traditional Moroccan table
Moroccan style with a modern twist
Simply stunning
Feeling inspired then why not visit for a wealth of ideas on creating a taste of Morocco or  for some stunning furniture.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Well worth a look

I have been scouring various websites out there to see what they have to offer and I have to say there is a huge selection for furniture and home accessories.  Here are some of my favourites:
If you sign up with this site they are offering a £10.00 voucher to spend.  As a member you will have early access to sale events, discounts and special offers.  This site has everything from fun wall stickers including a stag blackboard wall sticker to beautiful handmade mirrors in a wide range of styles, for example the "Jaipur" mirror which would look fabulous in an Indian/Morrocan themed room.  There is something to suit every style and budget and it  is well worth a visit, don't forget to sign up today at

Melody Maison             
If you love French style furniture and accessories and Vintage style then you will love this site.  They have a wide range of wedding accessories to decorate your wedding venue with style, Gifts and accessories, mirrors, pictures and plaques as well as furniture.  All products are available to buy online and they now have a showroom based on the outskirts of Doncaster.  I love it and visit their showroom on a regular basis throughout the year.  Feeling inspired then why not take a look at

Roseanne Ruth      
Looking for unusual accessories for the home then take a look at Roseanne Ruth.     This exquisite boutique offers some beautiful and unique home accessories as well as stunning gifts, scarves, hand bags and jewellery. It also has a wonderful array of mirrors, chandeliers, cushions, linens, lamps, picture frames, clocks and hand painted furniture.  If you are looking for that something unique and different then well worth a look at