May 27

Friday teals


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Yes, I am still on my blue and green – or here, blue and teal- kick! I just can’t stop thinking about these colours. Though it probably doesn’t help that today I’ve been working on a room that features lots of teal! I’ve also mentioned it before, but I also adore abstract art paired with antiques and traditional furniture, so this room (above) really appeals. This might be one to try at home! And yes, I know I still haven’t been brave enough to share my diy abstract art! I’ll get there.

 

domino

Speaking of bravery, I always admire people who paint every room in their houses a different bold but beautiful colour. I dream about this sort of thing but have always had resale in my mind in every house we’ve had, so have never given it a try. I love this approach in older homes where there are lots of smaller spaces leading into one another, rather than a big open-plan room.

canadian house and home

I’m drawn to rooms like this one because they demonstrate how effectively you can decorate on a budget- not that I know that this room was done on a budget, but you could replicate this easily at home. The wall colour matching the rug gives instant co-ordination. White sofas are the chameleon of decorating (I need one)- you can change the entire look but keep the same sofa! Then choose an accent colour – here it’s yellow – and paint a pair of vintage mirrors and a pair of cane chairs off ebay and voila! Just add in some accessories and your stylish room is complete. I love this stuff.

domino

And finally, a dose of teal chinoiserie just because that’s my obsession at the moment..

Have a wonderful weekend x

Apr 23

Inspired by chinoiserie screens


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I bought an antique painted Chinese folding screen the other day which I plan to use in a bedroom that I’m working on. When I was growing up we had a screen that my mum made with panels of fabric that she had painted with palm leaves. It was one of those fixture pieces that I remember always being around and used for so many purposes- to section off part of a room, to create a ‘guest room’ when visitors had to sleep on the fold-out couch, to hide unattractive storage. When I was a teenager and started buying pieces for my future home I remember my mum telling me to look out for beautiful screens as they are so useful! I love how the folding screen above is like a textured wall – it goes right up to the ceiling. 

This is my inspiring photo of the moment (above-also below), which I came across at the Georgetown Dish. When I first saw it I caught my breath! I love the teal screen in the background, the mirror hung over it, the chest, modern lamp, white foo dogs – yes, pretty much everything about it!!

How gorgeous is this green painted screen (above)? If I came across this in an antique shop I think I’d pass out, It’s so beautiful. Love it paired with the grey velvet chair and the picture that picks up on the green.

images: unknown, georgetown dish x2, betsy burnham, daphne guiness in architectural digest, decorpad x2 
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