Friday, 21 June 2013


 If you would ask me straight I would say : " No."
But then I am picky .

And most people are probably , just like me, stuck with a bathroom the size of the inside of your shoe.

This was the bathroom I had for the last ten years- getting that little bit grubbier every year- with bits falling apart and the taps leaking.

So here are some things I did.
I kept the tiles but painted the rest of the wall and panelling white.
 Then my plan was to go for this on the walls.Which I stencilled and turned out like this.

"It doesn't do much for me" said my mother in law, when we both leaned back and stared at the wall.
And I had to give it to her, she was right.
Don't you just hate it when that happens.
I chucked some paint together that I had to get a pink , repainted the darn thing, , then plonked the meadow stencil from the bedroom on top.

It was a fluke but I found it much more bearable.
I then got a ladder to use as a towel rail after painting it white.

And then got a freestanding bath on Ebay for not too much money.
Is this my perfect bathroom?
Probably not.But it is a hell of a lot better than it was.
And very pleasant .So it turns out I am just a simple person with simple tastes after all.
Some bubbly and some bubbles and I am happy.
The End.

Have a great week people!



Thursday, 20 June 2013


I don't know about you, but my house is usually a mess . Books , pets and work everywhere .I usually slap a paint on , hope it will last, then get on with more interesting creative stuff like craft projects and goodness knows what else.
Cooking. Eating. Walking my dogs. Designing .
I am just too busy to paint and clean the outside and to worry about if the bedroom has the right kind of look right now. 

These blue walls which you can see, I had for at least the last 10 years.
But, of course, in the meantime those walls got more and more ropey ( and mouldy) and the curtains weren't that great anymore either.
So when I got a call that my house was so pretty and could people come to take photographs, I really had
to get something going. Like cleaning . Painting.And making curtains and all those other things to make a
room pretty.

Here's some pictures to show you the stuff I did.
 I painted all the walls a sort of beigey ( self mixed ) colour , upholstered a footstool in a matching fabric, and made some  curtains which I designed and handprinted myself

The beige was dull as ditchwater so I decided to stencil something on top of it, inspired by Rockett St George's " Wild Meadow " wallpaper

It helps you to not to slash your wrists out of sheer beigey boredom .

I had some built-in cupboards with some plain white doors which had defeated me for the last then years so did a sort of Orangery style stencil on it.Not sure if this is the perfect solution but it will have to do for now.

I stapled some green-and white ticking around a hideous headboard I found,.. and painted a blanket box and side table pale green ( also a mix of paints I still had so don't aks me the name of the paint as it's just a fluke ).

Is life too short for house -makeovers ??
It practically always is.But if you hurry and speed up with the painting and don't spend too much time on the whole thing and what -have you, you are pleasantly surprised every morning you wake up.
"Heck" , you think" where the devil am I ? O, crikey it's my own house!" And then you think of the whole day you spend cleaning the walls before you could paint them , turn around in bed once more and try forget  all about that bit .Because that is the part you really don't want to remember .
Anyhow, enjoy  the pictures.I may show some more.

O. and the dogs are certainly relieved it's all over.
Have a great rest of the week, people!