18 Jul

Making a blind look a million bucks

For today’s DIY section I thought I might feature one of the projects from my latest book. Turning a boring old blind into something amazing. All you need is a length of wallpaper to turn a boring as anything roller blind into something spectacular. You can showcase a vintage printed-paper, a hand blocked paper my only advice would be as you are only using the smallest remnant use something special. Hand blocked, or vintage papers have a depth to them that you just don’t get when you buy off the shelf. Start with making sure that the papers thickness is...
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18 Jul

How to stop procrastinating about paint colour

Do you find that you’re constantly putting things off when it comes to paint colours?  Dilly-dallying on colour choices, not sure which route to go down, especially if you are considering going dark? I get asked a lot about paint colour. Questions like ‘ should we go dark, what if it doesn’t work, will dark colours make a small room look smaller’. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, and when we get overwhelmed we sit on the fence which I totally get.  Plus its scary stuff going dark, it’s way harder than going light – you can’t go wrong with light...
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17 Jul

Terraces and conservatories

Question – after a stroll around the neighborhood yesterday evening when the day was beginning to cool I wondered why is it that practically all the gardens we passed didn’t look lived in? Not so much the gardens but the terraces and the add on extensions like conservatories? Climate do you think – we spend longer indoors than we do out, so why bother? I’m going out on a limb and saying people are not making the most of their existing outside spaces – couple of plastic chairs and a table does not a good garden make! Same goes for...
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