Antique Sheet Music Flourishes

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Arthur Swallow Fairs

Lincolnshire Antique & Home Show
I braved the cold weather today to walk around the Lincolnshire Antique & Home Show and I was not disappointed.  There were hundreds of stalls displaying their wares from French and Shabby Chic furniture to garden ornaments and bric-a-brac.  The show is an international affair and traders had travelled from far and wide to display their goods.  

If you have a great enthusiasm for interiors, traditional decor, gardens, antiques and renovation then this is the show for you and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.  If you like to venture out in search of vintage items, bric-a-brac and scour flea markets then it is well worth a visit.  The schedule of dates for the next year can be found on their website at  I most certainly will be paying another visit in the near future.  

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Need help choosing a colour scheme
As we head towards spring you may be contemplating a new colour scheme for one of your rooms but are not quite sure what will look right.  Why not try the "Paint a Room" tool on the House Beautiful website, just log on to  select the decorating ideas tab then the colour tab on the drop down box.  Click on "Paint a Room" and this will bring you to the HB paint brush then select the launch button.  You can now choose which room you would like to paint and play around with the colours from the drop down list.  When you have designed your colour scheme you can save it too for future reference.  Highly recommended if you are unsure about putting colour schemes together.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Lincolnshire Antiques Fair   
If you have a great interest in antiques and collectors items then you must make a visit to the Lincolnshire Show.  Why not check out the Arthur Swallow Fairs website:   I am visiting for the first time (weather permitting) on Tuesday 31st January and am excited at the prospect of seeing the wide selection of  stalls from around the globe.  On display will be a vast array of items from antique furniture, jewellery and reclamation items to vintage fur and linen.  The website gives an insight  into the many dealers that visit the show on a regular basis which takes place 6 times a year in January, April, June, August, October and December.   I will update you all following my visit and you never know you may be inspired to attend yourself at a future date.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Fireplace project completion
I am now the proud owner of a nicely tiled hearth to house my new stove.  The whole project took approximately 2 hours from start to completion and the expertise of my brother and father who have worked in the building trade.  The slate grey tiles are  finished with a beaded wooden edge which I have stained to match the existing floor boards.

The new tiles were laid over the top of the concrete and miscellaneous tiles from the original fireplace, which was removed many years ago before I took up residence at the property.
After - staining beaded edge

I am very pleased with the finish and this is another step forward to completing the lounge refurbishment.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Winter Warmer  
I thought I would share my newest project with you in my lounge refurbishment.  Unfortunately I do not have a chimney breast wall and feature fireplace in my lounge, the chimney breast wall was removed many years ago by a previous occupant of my home.  I have been researching my options for some time now and have come up with a temporary solution which I think will work well.  I  found this charming gas bottle heater on my research on the internet which replicates a wood burning stove.  It is my intention to have the hearth area tiled in a slate effect to house the stove and to give the appearance of a fireplace but at a budget cost.
Above and below are pictures of what currently lies beneath the carpet underlay...this area will be tiled to make a permanent home for the heater to stand on.  Some of the original tiles are still in place, some are damaged and the remainder are missing so re-tiling is in the only option at the present time.   Updated photographs of the finished project will be available upon completion.

Monday, 2 January 2012

And now for my next project
Time for a revamp.  I have two lovely bentwood chairs with pretty decorative detail on the seat and back rail which I consider to be in need of a freshen up.  My dilemma.....what colour to paint them.  Think I will take my time to view the new colour cards from Farrow and Ball and when I have made my decision I will return with a pair of   transformed seats. Watch this space....

New year, new window treatments

Mix floral curtains with striped blinds.
Freshford Floral, £30 per metre, and Forbury Stripe, £40 per metre,

Bold floral curtains complement walls painted in French blue.
Ophelia fabric, £48 per metre,

Glossy black curtains on a smart metal pole bring a sense of Hollywood to this setting.
Curtains, from £30,

This sheer fabric proves that simple needn't be plain.
Ninni panels, £49.99 per pair,

Colour trends 2012 
Bring an instant lift to a room with this lovely scheme of aqua and yellow  radiating  the feeling of sunny summer days into your home no matter what it’s like outside.  Bare wood furniture and a pale wood floor are a perfect natural contrast to the bright colours. 

Paint, Turquoise blue, £27.50 for 2.5ltrs, The Little Greene Paint Company

Raspberry and clementine

Adding the clementine accent to this pink and white patterned bedroom gives it even more impact as well as a more contemporary edge. When using two bold shades like this in one scheme, keep the rest of the room pared back and simple.  White bamboo furniture adds subtle texture , as does the natural woven flooring.

Wallpaper, Ecuador in pink, £75.20 per roll per roll, cushions made up in Ecuador printed fabric in pink and orange, £80.52 per m; bedspread made up in Carole in pink, £73.51 per m, all the Avalon collection Thiabult. For similar flooring try Sisal Panama new Champagne in natural, £44 per sq m, Crucial Trading.

Adding zest  

To bring the feel of spring into your home why not use 'Zesty shades of green  and orange.  As an alternative to patterned walls, make a feature of a window with full-length curtains in a citrine design. Paint the walls in a pale grey colour, such as The Little Greene Paint Company's French Grey, which is soft and subtle.