Trend : Coloured Skirting Boards

Dulux Livingroom in purple with white skirting

Image c/o Dulux

When it comes to cutting edge interior design, one of the absolutely last things that will probably spring to mind is skirting boards. In fact, in my mind skirting boards are pretty boring and a bit of a non-entity. I rarely ever notice them and can’t say I’ve even thought of them much. They did briefly cross my mind when I was painting my hallway a couple of years ago. I noticed that ours have so many thick layers of gloss paint on them and I mentioned to my dad that I’d like to replace them. But he said there is a risk that removing them might rip the plaster off the wall so it could turn into a much bigger job. And that was the last time I thought about skirting boards. Until now, that is. I’ve been noticing a bit of a new trend when it comes to skirting boards. They’re not boring anymore. We’re used to seeing skirting boards similar to those in the picture above, aren’t we? Painted with pristine white gloss no matter what the wall colour. Have you ever been into a home that doesn’t have white or, at a push, natural wood coloured skirting boards? I know I haven’t. But in the last year or so I have been noticing a change of approach in the way that interior designers and paint companies are treating the humble skirting board.  Read More…

Introducing Valspar Paint

Valspar Paint

You are all well aware by now that I have a slight obsession with wallcoverings and that includes wallpaper, tiles and paint. Now that we own our flat I can actually consider using wallcoverings rather than just pinning them on my ‘Wonderful Wallcoverings‘ pinterest board. Surprisingly though, despite my love of wallcoverings, I don’t really know that much about paint, or is that so surprising considering I’ve never been able to paint my home before? I’ve used Dulux paint in the past when we decorated Matylda’s nursery and I’ve painted some furniture using Farrow & Ball but that’s about the extent of my painting experience. So when I was contacted a few months ago by Valspar Paint, I had to admit that I had never heard of the company. But I was definitely interested to learn more about it and I was super excited to be invited to my local B&Q store in Torquay to meet with a Valspar representative who could tell me all about it.

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Dulux Blogger Challenge: Woodland Nursery Revamp

Stacey Sheppard Nursery After Image 11

Many of you are probably not aware of this as I haven’t really publicised it until very recently but I thought is was about time I shared some great news with you. My husband and I are new parents! Baby Matylda arrived on the 11th December 2013, bang on her due date, which is very unusual for first babies, so I’m told. So we’ve had a lot of big changes happen for us in 2013; we bought our first flat together in October and now we are parents. It’s been a pretty busy few months and that’s why I’ve been blogging a little less than usual. We’ve had decorating to do, although to be honest we don’t really have the money just now to get the flat exactly how we’d like it so this will be on ongoing project for us. We did manage to do the livingroom though and I’m really very happy with that. Perhaps I’ll do a separate post on that in the new year. But for now I wanted to share a very special project with you and one that I am extremely proud of…our woodland nursery.

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Decorating Tips from Farrow and Ball

Calke Green Dining Room by Farrow & Ball

Something super exciting has happened for my husband and I over the past few weeks. We’ve gone from thinking we would never get onto the property ladder to being home owners. I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to finally be living in our own home! One thing that I am particularly excited about is being able to decorate exactly how we want to. After six years of living in rental properties, we are well and truly over magnolia paint. However, having only lived in rental accommodation we have never had to decorate so being faced with the endless possibilities of what we could and should do, is all a bit daunting. I wanted to make sure we are fully informed before embarking on this redecorating adventure so I decided to consult the experts in order to get some top tips and advice for anyone in the same position as us. And who better to consult than Sarah Cole, Director of Farrow & Ball.

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Ombre Paint Effect Tutorial from Dulux

Dulux Ombre Paint Effect using SapphireSprings4 and BermudaCocktail2 Image courtesy of Dulux

I don’t know about you, but every year as Spring approaches I have this overwhelming urge not only to do a massive spring clean at home but also to change things up a bit and give my home a refresh or a new look. This year the urge is particularly strong and I’m already looking into paint colours that I can use to paint over all the magnolia walls in our home. At the moment I am totally sold on Lime Squeeze from the Dulux Home Factories range.

Anyway, just in case any of you are currently considering giving your home a much-needed lick of paint I thought you might be interested to learn a bit more about the ombre paint technique. I first learnt about it a couple of weeks ago at Meet the Blogger in London where I attended a workshop run by Dulux. There, Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux, gave us a crash course in how to achieve the ombre paint effect, also known as flocking. Read More…

Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live London is based on the successful Channel 4 show hosted by Kevin McCloud.  It is one of the UK’s leading consumer events for home, build, interior designs and cutting edge technology and building advancements, making it the perfect place for sourcing information on any home build or renovation projects.

The show is set to take place over nine days from 1-9 May 2010 and will combine cutting-edge design products, interactivity and an eco-friendly message.

Grand Designs Live is perfect for anyone who has an interest in interiors, build, kitchens, bathrooms,gardens, shopping, food, village and technology. With yearly exhibitions taking place in London and Birmingham, visitors will be able to buy, build and furnish a house, all under one roof. If you’re looking to make the most of your home, the show will provide you with plenty of amazing ideas to unlock its potential and turn your dream home into a reality.

Flock wallpapers by Barbara Hulanicki



Barbara Hulanicki has designed these wonderful flock wallpapers for Graham & Brown. The Skulls wallpaper above is a dark, yet mischievous wallpaper. Barbara says she particularly likes the shock effect that this wallpaper has, as people don’t necessarily see the skulls until they take a closer look.

Antoinette captures the image of a young Marie Antoinette in an ornate frame. The paper relects Barbara’s love of drawing and her experience as a fashion illustrator.

Featuring the ultimate fashion accessory and the vice of many fashion-concious women, Shoes will undoubtedly be a popular choice with the ladies. Again inspiration came from Barbara’s background in fashion.





For more inspiration read my latest article on wallpaper here

Westwood does Wallpaper

Trompe l'oeil by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Trompe l'oeil by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Vivienne Westwood is undoubtedly one of Britain’s biggest design icons famed for her anarchic fashion designs which revolutionised British fashion and became her trademark style. Now the Grande Dame of British fashion, credited with creating the look of the punk rock movement, has put her signature to a new line of wallpaper.

The Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son wallpapers are all based on signature designs from her fashion collections such as the iconic Squiggle print from the Autumn-Winter 81/82 Pirate collection and the more recent Cut-Out Lace from the Spring-Summer 07 I am Expensiv collection.

The wallpaper designs are all quinessentially Westwood from Vivienne’s Lace, which was handrawn by Westwood herself and contains her signature, to the rebellious Union Jack flag and the Trompe l’oeil paper which features the inimitable drapery techniques used by Westwood in her couture.

“It is good when my ideas get carried over into other artistic media. This collection is a perfect opportunity to be able to work with a heritage company like Cole & Son and to see my ideas from fashion translated into the world of interiors and wallpaper,” said Westwood.

Union Jack by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Union Jack by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

For more inspiration on wallpaper, read my article on wallcovering trends here

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