I have never been particularly enthusiastic about DIY. I like planning projects and deciding how rooms will look but would really rather pay someone else to complete the work for me. Sadly I usually lack the budget to this which probably explains why my house was left untouched for years. I had got used to its rather tired décor and just put up with it. Then a couple of years ago a good friend was about to move into the spare bedroom and I thought it was time for a face lift. Somehow the desire to redecorate that one room turned into the need to tackle the whole house! Continue reading Too Much DIY
Home décor is very much a matter of personal taste. It is all too easy to feel high and mighty and to accuse others of having no taste at all, personal or otherwise, but who decides what’s hot and what’s not? I recall the occasion on which I entered a friend’s newly decorated living room and struggled to find an appropriate comment to make about her “interesting” colour choice for the walls. I found the expanse of raspberry overbearing but she clearly loved it. Continue reading In the Best Possible taste?
Every era produces new ideas in interior décor and in modern times our tastes have begun to change more and more rapidly. Little longer than a decade can pass and suddenly we are all wincing at our homes and wondering what on earth we were thinking of. Even so many trends resurface years later and are in vogue again but few styles have remained so seemingly timeless and consistently in favour as Art Deco. Certainly not coloured bathroom suits or textured ceilings! Continue reading The Timeless Elegance of the Art Deco Style
A Friend of mine recently travelled extensively in North Africa. She returned with several beautiful home accessories garnered from traders in Morocco and Egypt and she resolved to redecorate her living room to incorporate her new found treasures. Not for the first time, I was roped in to assist with the project and had great fun throwing myself into a search for the furnishings and accessories that would complement the wonderful cushions and throws that had inspired the revamp. Continue reading A Flavour of North Africa