Monthly Archives: June 2012

How do I add light to a dark space?

Colour brings out different emotions in different people so it is important to find colours which you are happy with and which you can live with. If a color jumps out at you on a colour card then go with it. Buy a sample pot and paint an artists board or a large sheet of lining wallpaper and put this in the room you are thinking of redecorating. Move it around to see how it works in different lights (daylight, lamplight etc) and in the corners where the room is darker.

 

Setting the scaffold in order to start the wallpapering in our hallway

Our hallway on our design build and renovation project is quite dark so I wanted to inject some light with the wall treatment I was using as well as with successful lighting. I have a rule for small dark rooms: never paint them white. They will be small, dark, dull rooms. Instead inject some humour with wallpaper or drama with paint colours.

 

Adding the Cole & Son wallpaper which adds drama

Our hallway and staircase is just such an example. Instead of painting it all neutral I have opted for a dramatic scheme as you come up the stairs. The tongue and groove at the bottom of the stairs is to be painted Farrow and Ball Down pipe, an almost black grey.

In these photos it has had the undercoat but not its top coat yet. The wall surrounding  the window has an amazing Cole and Son wallpaper in yellow with splashes of metallic. The upstairs hallway is painted in Little Greene French stone, a beautiful buttery yellow which complements the wallpaper but is not too strong that it couldn’t be used on the walls and ceiling which slopes into the eaves.

By adding the drama and darkness downstairs your eye is tricked into thinking it is lighter than it actually is upstairs thus adding light to a dark hallway. Where could you employ this technique to add some light and drama?

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Kitchen design

At long last I can report great progress on our design build and renovation project. As with all old houses, just as you think you are almost there, they throw something new at you. One of the decorators’ ladders went through a floor board upstairs which exposed a degree of wood worm, very old I hope) but remedial action was needed and so I am back to saying we are almost there – about another 2 weeks!

Today is a day filled with activity, I have 4 decorators on site, the kitchen fitter is making final adjustments and the floating shelves in the utility are going up. The joiner is fitting the final skirting boards and we are almost there – about 2 weeks! Have I heard that somewhere before?

The new kitchen has transformed life and although we are still adding the finishing touches I have the sofa in and a pair of curtains up.

 

Kitchen transformation: the new kitchen

One half is oak and the other painted with a granite top to the oak side and an oak top on the painted side ensuring that both halves are pulled together and complement each other. I have opted for a Little Greene paint colour, Rolling Fog, which gives just the right amount of colour without being too dominant. Walls are in Earthborne Clay paint which is a beautiful sailing cloth colour – quite apt for the weather at the moment as you could almost set sail from the kitchen doors earlier in the week.  I came across a lovely quote earlier this week which I feel I could live by: she stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. Elizabeth Edwards. Perfect for this weather and a good mantra.

Looking into the new kitchen from the seating area

The painted side of the kitchen

We are now dealers for the fabulous Lacanche range cookers which are so celebrated by top chefs like Raymond Blanc, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. They offer cooking facilities which are of a true professional quality and performance and each cooker is hand built to the customers specifications. We have opted for a gas hob with both electric and gas ovens which gives us complete flexibility.

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

what to do in the garden in June

Your herbaceous borders should be about to peak this month so ensure you keep them well stakes and fill any gaps now so they are almost disguised by new lush growth as it pushes through.
Borders
Continue to deadhead in your borders to encourage repeat flowering
Remove old flower stems and leaves of hellebores
Deadhead!


Ponds
Remove too vigorous pond plants to keep an area of water clear


Vegetable gardens
Start to harvest garlic and shallots
Thin out direct sown seedlings including beetroot
Feed tomatoes weekly with a high potash feed and remove side shoots once trusses have set
Repeat sow lettuce, salads, French and runner beans, carrots and beetroot for crops later in the season.
General
If slugs are a problem, get a couple of chickens! Bantams do hardly any damage to your garden and provide you with fresh eggs. They won’t lay all year round like a more robust breed such a long island red might but they will keep pests at bay.
Make sure you have a couple of nice places to sit and enjoy the garden – perhaps one seat positioned for sun and one for shade. There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy all the work you’ve put in but if you don’t make it easy with a well positioned seat you may miss it and only ever go into the garden to toil.
If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.
I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Designing floor tiles on a design and renovation project

The dehumidifier really helped to dry the floors so that we were ready to lay the porcelain floor tiles I had chosen.  I have opted for porcelain over natural stone or ceramic for a number of reasons.  I wanted something that was both contemporary and easy to clean and felt that porcelain offered me this over natural stone. There was of course also a price comparison to be made and certainly given the budget comparison in terms of both the actual tiles and laying and finishing porcelain was a much better option.  I then opted for porcelain over ceramic as it is much tougher and in a kitchen where you perhaps have more tendencies to drop heavy objects that was important.

 

The new extension ready for tiling

The first tiles go down

Tiles are all down and ready for grouting

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.