Little Touches: Vase

Sometimes you have something you like but can’t find a home for it.

I’ve owned these lovely vases (and yes they are vases just with very thin necks – I have been asked to confirm that a few times) but not found a permanent home for them. Until I suddenly decided this was their spot…..

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Pleased.

Projects : Painted Trunk

Ages and ages ago my Dad and I made this trunk.

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The idea was that I was going to paint it inspired by something I’d seen in a  magazine, but I never got around to it.

Then late last year Farrow and Ball emailed me and asked if I fancied undertaking a project painting a piece of furniture and writing about how I did it. I love Farrow and Ball (almost the whole house is painted in it) and so of course I said yes please!

I found this image on Pinterest of a painted trunk, sent it to them and they sent me back their best guess on the colours needed.

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And then nothing happened. Farrow and Ball sent me a couple of polite emails asking me how I was finding the paint, but I just didn’t knuckle down. And then suddenly I did.

I opened up the paints having completely forgotten the design I’d opted for….was surprised….dug out the image I was inspired by and got going.

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I chalked a design a bit like the one from the photo on the side as a guide. I say a bit as the original image isn’t great quality so you can’t really make all of it out, plus I’m too slapdash to be totally faithful.

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And then I got going. Probably a mistake but I started with the front.

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Then the sides.

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Inside lid.

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And finally the top and back.

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And that’s it really. It’s not that neat, or symmetrical and I kind of approached it as a doodle, just adding bits as I went. However, I think the overall effect is good!

Little Touches: Kimono

I was in San Francisco last year with work. While there I bought this beautiful kimono from a vintage shop. I think I imagined I’d waft about in it on Sunday mornings while drinking coffee and reading an intriguing novel. Needless to say I’ve never worn it.

However, I decided to make more of it and if I’m not going to wear it I should display it. Magazines always have some pretty dress hanging outside a wardrobe or draped across a chair so I decided to steal the idea.

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Sitting Room

Another post, another room. This time looking at the sitting room.

This room has a lot going on in terms of colour and pattern, but I think it works. It contains my favourite thing which is this black Mora Clock I bought a couple of years ago. It’s also one of the rooms where I have painted the walls, doors and ceiling all the same colour. I don’t think that’s something you immediately notice when you walk in and you’d assume it would make the room feel small or dark. However, the impression is (I think) of greater height because you don’t create a hard stop at the top of the walls with another colour. A bit like horizontal stripes making you look shorter and wider!

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These yellow and red cushions are made from some fabric I bought down the road in Peckham.

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These pictures are actually embroidered but me in front of the TV in the evening. They are the last eight Prime Ministers.

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I love this chap. I bought him in the sale at Anthropologie.

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And my growing collection of Fat Lava pots…..eBay is a dangerous thing.

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Bathroom

I thought I’d do a sweep round the house and how the rooms are right now as I am constantly shifting things about. Lets start with the bathroom. Coming in from the landing.

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Little baskets bought in a market on holiday.

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I love these Anthropologie towels.

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Linen cupboard.

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I’ve always loved the cracked paint on this door.

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And my favourite bit is this little green door knob.

Spring!

It is well and truly here. And many of the bulbs I planted last Autumn are pleasingly emerging.

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Some old faithfuls are coming back.

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Some new addition doing ok.

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I love these little guys, have pots and pots of them now.

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And the edible bits also looking OK. Strawberries are back…

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And the fruit trees I put in have flowered and seem happy. I have high hopes for these this year.

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Can’t wait for summer.

Pictures

All quiet on the house projects for a while, I’ve been focussing more on my artwork. However I finally sorted out some pictures that have been framed and waiting to be hung for months. I’ve got them all out several times, had a bit of a think and put them away again. This time was different and I got the majority up on the wall.

Very pleased.

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Rugs!

There’s been a small change in the kitchen. Actually the first of a few changes.

Friday night was spent living the highlife and driving to Ikea. It seems like a weird time to go, but it really makes sense. No on in their right mind would go to Ikea on a Friday night. Meaning you have to place (relatively speaking) to yourself.

The main target for the shop was to buy some extra spot lighting for the kitchen. This was successful but tragically I forgot to buy the corresponding bulbs so their great unveiling will have to wait for another day.

However I did take the chance to change the kitchen rug. It’s been subject to a grime onslaught and being made from jute is not easy to clean. Here’s an old picture showing it in it’s former glory.

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I was going to just replace it like for like, but then I saw this character and decided it was time for a change.

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A bargain at £50.

Summer Gardening

I’ve been busy working on the garden this year. When I moved into the house the garden was all lawn apart from one small bush and a rose. And so I have been slowly adding to it and starting to fill out the beds, although that obviously takes some considerable time.

I made two trips over the summer which were kind of inspirational.

One was to Grow London, a new event held in Hampstead which I think is run by the same people who organise the Affordable Art Fair. Essentially it was a large exhibition with sellers of plants, garden furniture, landscape gardeners and many more.

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They made it really easy by having a free shuttle service from the tube station.

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They had some quirkier products like these Seed Bombs.

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And some ideas to steal like a plant stand made from an old painted stepladder – something to look out for eBay and try at home.

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Plenty of other ideas…

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And I did buy. And I’d go again.

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The other was a trip to the Chelsea Physic Garden. It was founded in 1673 and is still arranged as a botanical garden. I went with my parents and it’s a great summer afternoon out and a really interesting insight into our changing relationship with plants not to mention the fact that it’s really very beautiful (and the cakes in  the restaurant aren’t bad too).

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