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Dear Designer loves to spot a celebrity home, especially a celebrity holiday home.
She meant jaw dropping, heart quickening, soul enriching, can’t take your eyes off of it view!
Plus vast expanses of white wall, warm wood, animal skins, family treasures and downright Swedish good taste. Oh, and yes. A hot tub…
Regular readers will know that Dear Designer has been helping out a couple of friends with some decorating decisions.
Mr and Mrs H are the best ever kind of ‘clients’. Ever. No prevarication, no last-minute changes of mind, no hesitation at all. No sooner is it said, than it is done. Knowing them so well helps of course, but I still want to say a huge thank you to them both for allowing DD to take a modest role in the transformation of their family home and then to broadcast it to the world via this blog.
And for finally letting DD get her hands on the dining room at last…
and not before time…she won’t mind me saying that I’m sure…
Obviously, there is quite a lot to do but that doesn’t mean we are going to throw everything out and start again. That’s not DD’s style and budget constraints usually lead to enhanced creativity anyway.
The colour scheme was decided first and as this room leads directly from the hall which is in shades of greyish blue and white, it was agreed that we would continue with greyish tones and white but a more silvery grey this time. The room has quite a low ceiling and has a tendency to be quite dark, so a light colour scheme will help to brighten it.
The old green carpet will be ripped out and the oak flooring from the hall will continue into the dining room.
Mrs H wasn’t averse to using an all over wallpaper and a pretty grey damask from Laura Ashley was chosen. The chimney breast which is painted brick at the moment will be plastered over and papered too. The ceiling and the ceiling beams will be painted a bright white.
The bookcases either side of the chimney, the fire-surround, and the sideboard will be painted grey, the dining table and chairs will simply be re-polished. The bookshelves will have some form of lighting incorporated.
Mrs H already has very attractive china and cutlery, both with accents of green, so we are going to run with green as an accent colour. Maybe on the seat covers, the tiles on the fire surround (although, these are already green and could actually stay) and other small accessories.
The window treatment hasn’t been decided yet, but as it isn’t overlooked and privacy is not an issue, something light and lacy may be a possibility.
And finally we are going to bring in lots of sparkle with mirrors, crystal wall lights, candle holders, photo frames and new knobs for all of the cupboard doors.
No doubt it will be finished by this time last week and they can hurry up and invite DD for dinner!
Sources: Wallpaper, Laura Ashley. Oak flooring, City Flooring. Grey paint colour – Illusion, Dulux. Green fabric – Claydon, Designers Guild. Champane bucket and fruit bowl, LSA International. Champagne flute, Dartington. Normann grass vases, A White Room. Green tumbler, Furniture Barn. Circular mirror, and mirrored photograph frames, Decorexi. Wall light, John Lewis. Crystal cupboard knobs, Graham and Green. Metal column candle/tealight holder, Artisanti. Silver tealight holders, Nikki Jones. Framed print, Laura Ashley.
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Now anyone who regularly reads this blog will know, DD loves a hint of global decoration…
A room that contains treasures from foreign shores just seems a little bit richer somehow. As if the room itself has stories to tell… secrets to unfold… memories to unleash.
If only you can stay long enough to let the tale begin…
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It’s time for Dear Designer to start putting some art on the walls.
BF likes the virginal, just painted look, and thinks that banging in any kind of picture hook is a crime bordering on mutilation. But the time has come!
Trouble is, DD is not confident about this art wall business. It’s all very well arranging ornaments around the room and moving them a few inches this way and a few centimetres that way. But once nails are in the wall, well, that’s that. And if it’s not right, she would never hear the end of it! Let alone never be able to live with it. And yes, she knows all the rules, but the rules seem to be contradictory and they’re meant to be broken. Aren’t they?
Let’s take a look at some of the options…
Identical frames, all the same size, containing images of the same subject, hung in a grid pattern. Totally balancing the heavy-looking sideboard below them and very pleasing to the eye. But DD is trying to cure herself of her symmetry obsession and this would be completely falling off the wagon.
Same thing. Looks great, and narrow black frames and large white mounts absolutely do justice to the black and white photographs. Cat’s kinda cute too.
Ok, so this one is only included because of the dog. Love the pose!
This could be a good compromise. Line the frames up along the top or bottom edge. In this case, both. And then use different sized frames. Simple. Helps that the frames are all black and the contents are black and white.
Or in this case the edges of the desk have been used to determine the extents of the display. Within these constraints the art seems to be hung randomly and the frames are all different. Now we are getting there…
Love, love, love. Could DD do this? Could she? Start just off centre and work out?
It looks so effortless and casual.
Ok, now let’s get sensible. This could work. Randomly placed frames on a nice symmetrically placed shelf. The best of both worlds.
Now, the only decision is. One shelf or two??