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How to paint over varnished wood

HOW TO PAINT OVER VARNISHED WOOD When the painter left our little house a few weeks ago it was looking whiter, brighter and beautiful; with the dated wood balustrade gone I had high hopes of a builder following with lovely new skirtings and doors.  My hopes faded as I realised that the builders were all too busy with the big jobs and so I set about with a little DIY.  I am no stranger to DIY, back in
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How much White is too much White?

HOW MUCH WHITE IS TOO MUCH WHITE? I’ve always loved homes for their quirkiness.  This said there is sometimes a need for simplicity or peace that can only be achieved by removing the very thing which makes a home unique. For me the exposed beams created a point of difference but painting them white would provide me with a light and airey space.  In the end paint won. The beams added character and a point of difference, but
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Color of the Year 2017

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2017 Annually, Pantone announces a colour of the year for the year to come.  Why do they do this?  The colours chosen usually represent a global need of the time.  This colour is used throughout the world and dictates the trends you see in the stores from fashion to decor to flowers! 2017 is Pantone 15-0343 Greenery.  A life affirming shade described as Natures Neutral.  Chosen to reassure, revitalise and reconnect.  This makes
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For your walls

FOR YOUR WALLS I am ever so lucky to have been asked by Mini Grandi Artist to style and photograph a new range of prints available exclusively via  Paper Plane Store.  These prints, four in total defy the usual monochromatic style that the lovely Sophie is well known for.  In this instance the prints are a mix of her usual tonal black and grey with a hint of delicious blush, pink and rust and dusky blues with yellow.
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Dark Feature Walls

DARK FEATURE WALLS At my little house I have two dark feature walls, one in the master bedroom, that divides the bed and dressing room, and one dividing the kitchen and dining (its actually hiding very important pipes from upstairs and a just as important wine rack inside it). They are the same colour, was that because we had left-over paint?  Um, yes.  At first the kitchen wall was in blackboard paint but I decided pretty quickly that
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How to do Monochrome

HOW TO DO MONOCHROME If you saw my home is the latest Homestyle Magazine you will see that I am a monochrome girl, right down to the books on my bookshelf! Monochrome is traditionally used to describe black, white and shades of grey, however its true meaning is actually varying shades of one colour – any colour. Some people describe it as a trend though I refer to it as a style and it can look as relaxed or
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Style up a guest room

STYLE UP A GUEST ROOM Guest rooms are fun to style as you don’t need to be practical; you can finally use that gorgeous stool you’ve always wanted to use as a bedside table; that cushion with a burst of colour; that lamp that never quite finds the right home… however I do recommend that you use good quality bedding as this can make or break the look. This small bedroom has only room for a double bed, a side table, and a shelving
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Here today Gone tomorrow

HERE TODAY GONE TOMORROW When we bought our little house it was a run down cottage with bronze aluminium joinery. With our first extension we matched the existing joinery so as not to have to replace each window and door, little did we know that a few years on we would be adding another extension and then a complete interior renovation meaning all but one of the windows would end up being replaced.  Had we known this we surely
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Checkerboard Floors

CHECKERBOARD FLOORS Who remembers checkerboard floors? Originally dating back to the 1500s they became popular in the 1930s when lino was beginning to take over other flooring options for kitchens, then the 50’s, responsible for what we call retro today, and again the 90s heralded a bit of a resurgence of this classic black and white design. They always command respect and make you take notice, almost masculine in design they must have challenged the perception of who should
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Colours of Autumn

You can tell Autumn is here when long sleeves in shades of russets are leaving the confines of your wardrobe. It means very shortly the scarves will be making an appearance and what better way to hang them but on a design original by Laura Carwardine .  She had me in mind when she conceived this I’m sure; when nothing is on it its still makes a statement with its geometric patterns in brass plate finish. Thanks Umbra for supporting these designers to make just what we all
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