Antique Sheet Music Flourishes

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bath Spa - A World Heritage City    

I have recently returned from a short stay in Bath Spa, what an amazing place.   The surrounding seven hills and the Bath Abbey towers certainly create a stunning impression on arrival.  Bath is compact and easily accessible, I managed to shop and visit some of the main sites in one day.  

Bath is famous for its Roman Baths, romantic riverside and elegant Georgian architecture, and boasts some of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in Europe. The Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Abbey, the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms are all essential places to visit.  


If you enjoy visiting art galleries or museums, there are as many as seventeen and the Victoria Art Gallery hosts one of the best programmes of temporary exhibitions in the region. Other galleries hold collections including East Asian Art, sculpture and ceramics. Bath's museums cover subjects as diverse as costume and antique books and  the Jane Austen Centre tells the tale of the city's most famous resident.  



There are a vast selection of restaurants including Thai, Nepalese, French, Italian/Sardinian and Moroccan to name a few.  I decided to sample the Moroccan cuisine at "Cafe Du Globe & Restaurant" which I highly recommend.  


If you are planning a long weekend away and would like to soak up some amazing architecture and sites then why not plan a trip to Bath Spa, you will be pleasantly surprised.   Fortunately for me I have a friend already residing in this beautiful city and can visit whenever I need a quick get away.




Saturday, 10 March 2012

MOROCCAN MIRROR

Paint transformation       


On my last visit to Hemswell Antiques Centre I purchased a Moroccan mirror for a bargain price to hang in my office room.  Unfortunately the colour did not suit my room scheme so I purchased a small tester pot from "Laura Ashley" called "Pale Parisian Blue" and applied a thin wash of colour over the bright green.  The mirror has now been transformed to match my decor and I decided to hang it on the dark brown chimney breast wall to create a contrast.


Before
Transformed

The finished product:    


  

    

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Take one chair

Bentwood Chair revived  
I have a pair of bentwood chairs hidden away in the spare room so I decided that they could do with a new lease of life and proceeded to  paint one of them to see how it would look in my kitchen.


Below and right is the chair before I started the transformation:


Firstly  I painted the chair in a pale cream shade which actually looked white so I decided to paint over it in a shade called "Soft Truffle" by Dulux Paints.  This colour I was much happier with and proceeded with a second coat.  Once the paint was dry I sanded the chair back randomly to give it a worn appearance with some of the original wood shade coming through.  It matches nicely with mycream metal kitchen table and chairs.  
I think I may have to paint the second chair to match now and add some seat pads as a finishing touch.