Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Farrow and Ball: Recipes for Decorating by Joa Studolme (published by Mitchell Beazley) is a must-have read for anyone with even the remotest of interest in creating a gorgeous home.

We all know that a lick of paint can make the most ginormous difference to any room but this clever book takes Farrow and Ball's previous lovely literary offerings to another level. Not only does it feature incredible rooms in incredible houses but, this time, we're taught by Joa Studholme, Farrow and Ball colour aficionado, how these gorgeous spaces link together visually.

It doesn't matter where you are on the experience and ability scale, beginner or pro, if you have a home to paint, this book is for you!

Recipes For Decorating takes that special blend of utter gorgeousness combined with a ground-up training course that is an absolute hallmark of Farrow and Ball's previous books and it builds and builds and builds. Each chapter takes you through an entire house, looking at the whys and the wherefores of each wowsome paint choice. 

As well as taking you through the basics, such as room orientation, amount of natural light, etc, Recipes For Decorating also, and in a way that I've never seen done before, talks about how each of the rooms works with each other. Some work in blissful harmony, others in more of a bold juxtaposition but ALL will have you gasping for breath at the sheer beauty of the spaces....

And they'll most certainly have you reaching for a paintbrush faster than you can say 'Farrow and Ball reeeeeeally know their onions'.

At the end of each home tour, Recipes For Decorating shows all the paint shades together used in that particular house so that you can really see clearly how to do this for yourself, in your own home, with its own particular quirks.

All in all, Farrow and Ball: Recipes For Decorating is an absolute cracker of a book. Get it! And get it now!!

Take Care Until Next Time,

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

GORGEOUS unstyled Modern Country Kitchen With Honed Granite Worktops

Today I've got something a little different for you. I want to show you how, by choosing the right materials, it doesn't actually matter if the space is styled to the nines. The gorgeous quality shines right through the busyness of everyday life!

It's a completely gorgeous, totally Modern Country kitchen but it hasn't been styled for a magazine. This is it in its everyday glory!

Just look at those beautiful honed granite worktops. I've known for ages that I want honed granite for our new kitchen. It has the dulled lustre of slate but all the strength of granite. A perfect combination!

 Just feast your eyes on all the lovely details - the peg rail, the belfast sink, the cup handles, the granite....such a stunning kitchen! 

The honed granite in this home came from Abingdon Stone And Marble who were first recommended to me by our builder. Mike who owns the company sent me these images to show the look of one of the honed granite options that I was considering....

I loved the kitchen so much I asked if I could share it with you on Modern Country Style....

...and I was so happily persuaded that we've chosen the very same stone! More details to follow....

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Modern Country Downstairs Cloakroom: Sourcelist

So.....here's the post to answer, in one place, all your questions about how this gorgeous look was put together. So many of you have asked me questions that I thought it was worth pulling together a Sourcelist post that puts the answers in one, easy-to-access place.

Let's start at the bottom and work up, shall we? These are the stunning Indigenous Burgundy limestone flagstones. I searched high and low for the perfect pillowed, antiqued flagstones. These are a variety of gorgeous honeyed tones and are my absolute holy grail of flooring.

Let's talk loos! I am smitten with high-level toilets. They add a kind of old-fashioned glamour to an otherwise very functional space. Ours is from Lefroy Brooks.

The tiles pull this room together so perfectly. We've used a few gorgeous choices from Original Style; I've picked the Cosmpolitan Ogee Moulding Border tiles in Pumice (20 x 3, the  Cosmopolitan Field Tile in PApyrus (13 x 13) and then Cosmopolitan Half Tiles (10 x2 0) in Pumice all from their Residence range. 

See the way the light bounces off each of the hand-made tiles? It's those top three rows that pull this whole room together. And the colours work together wonderfully.

The nickel and marble loo roll holder is again from Lefroy Brooks.The diddy little basin is from Bathstore and is the best tiny period basin for small spaces like this.

The tap is a real showstopper. It's by Crosswater. I really struggled to find a single hot-cold monobloc tap in a traditional style that I liked and this one ticks all the boxes!

This beautiful light is from Garden Trading. It's the Paris Classic Pendant Light from Garden Trading

And last but by no means least, the beautiful bespoke paint colour is by Fenwick and Tilbrook. I'm a massive fan of their lime-based breathable Claypaints for older houses. It doesn't matter how the light changes in this room, this colour ALWAYS looks the bomb.

And there you have it! Small but perfectly formed!

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

The Best Small (Tiny!!) Sink!

What a strange time it's been! But we're back with a bang!! Let's dive right in and immerse ourselves in loveliness, away from the news, away from the stress.....


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How GORGEOUS is this bathroom? I absolutely adore bathrooms in period homes that look as though they've been there for yonks. But what's a girl to do when she wants a champagne look in a lemonade-sized space (and does that metaphor even work?!)?

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Opting for reclaimed or using classic shapes when choosing sanitary ware helps this process tremendously. However, very often the pieces that give that look are just too big for more diminutive rooms. Take a look at these luscious bathrooms and see what I mean...

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Even the shallowest one I could find was 50cm deep (Burlington have a completely drool-worthy Edwardian cloakroom sink with washstand that was juuust too big for this space). I scoured and rooted around until I stumbled upon this gorgeous little basin from Bathstore. 

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And when I say little, I mean little! It's sticks out just 30cm from the wall but is perfectly formed! Try to make sure the plumbing is extra-neat beneath little sinks because there is no hiding those pipes!There just wasn't room for a washstand, though I whined and pleaded with myself for days to no avail. 

Tiny Sink

My advice would be to go for a simple, SMALL classic basin and find your wow-factor elsewhere. I chose to channel the KAPOW into the tiles, the loo and the limestone tiles, not forgetting the tap.

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Take care until next time when I'll be sharing a source list for everything in this room....


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Friday, 27 March 2020

New Range Of Breathable Claypaint Suitable For Lime Plaster In Period Homes!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, with all the crazy and unexpected ups and downs of life at the moment, I hope these posts are able to provide you with some plans for your future and some welcome distraction. 

Fenwick And Tilbrook Clay Paint For Lime Plaster On Modern Country Style

I'm thrilled to be able introduce you to a whole new range of paints suitable for lime plaster. Finally!! Did you know that Fenwick and Tilbrook's whole range can be produced as chalk paints? These are PERFECT for old homes. I first stumbled across Fenwick and Tilbrook on Instagram when I was searching for breathable paint suitable for lime plaster. This is the second paint I've tried from Fenwick and Tilbrook (see my review of Woodsmoke here) and it's safe to say I'm a total convert. 

Clay Paint For Lime Plaster On Modern Country Style

If you live in a period home like ours then chances are your walls are plastered with lime plaster. And if they're not then they should be! Lime plaster has been used for many, many years because it's so fantastically long-lasting. It provides a flexible, and, importantly, highly breathable finish.

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This breathable finish is absolutely ESSENTIAL in older homes to avoid damp issues. I cannot overstate this enough. If you start using modern materials (for example, gypsum plaster or anything containing cement or plastic), particularly in the basement or ground floor of your home then don't be surprised if damp patches start appearing. This includes normal, standard paints. They all contain plastics which will trap any moisture that will be in your walls, damaging the walls and causing the paint to flake away from the walls as the water forces its way out. Not pretty and not good for the house.

Fenwick And Tilbrook Clay Paint For Lime Plaster On Modern Country Style

Claypaint is a fantastic, breathable solution to covering lime plaster. Its super-matt finish creates a beautifully authentic feel, whilst also combining durability, which many traditional lime paints and washes have lacked. And, as an added bonus, the additional gloopiness of the paint will act as a low-level filler, evening out any inconsistencies in the wall.

Clay Paint For Lime Plaster

Until recently, colour choices in claypaint have been somewhat limited but Fenwick and Tilbrook have HUGELY increased the choice by making all their gorgeous paint colours available in their unique claypaint finish. There are plenty of soft, subtle shades to choose from, as well as bolder, brighter colours too. Huzzah!!

The colours I've used on the walls in our downstairs cloakroom is based on their gorgeous colour Tusk but they've created a bespoke colour for me (and can easily do for you too!!). I wanted the colour to draw attention to the beautiful shades (Pumice and Papyrus) of these stunning tiles from Original Style. I'm thrilled with the results!

Fenwick And Tilbrook Clay Paint For Lime Plaster On Modern Country Style

In fact, Fenwick and Tilbrook work with you on a surprisingly personal one-to-one level, so rare these days, to create colour matches to pretty much anything you can think of!

Time to get the paintbrushes out!!?

Take LOTS Of Care Until Next Time,

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