Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday Inspiration

From previous posts you will know that I have a special place in my heart for Utah, due to its awe-inspiring scenery.  So imagine my surprise when I come across the fantastic and stunning hotel below set in Utah.  How could I not know about this place? I would have gone out of my way to visit if I had known….. oh well an excuse to visit another time and stay at the Amangiri Canyon Point Utah



Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sun, Salvage and Shopping

I had a fantastic day spent wandering amongst stalls filled with amazing vintage and salvage finds on Friday. I went to the annual Salvo Fair at Knebworth House, it’s a fair packed with architectural salvage, garden antiques and reclaimed building materials.
Thank goodness it was a beautiful day as the Salvo Fair is an outdoor event set in the grounds of Knebworth House.   If you haven’t come across or heard of Knebworth House, it is an early Victorian gothic fantasy and is the seat of Lord and Lady Cobbold whose family have lived there since 1490.
Arriving early on the trade day I set off in search of treasure.  If you were in need of authentic architectural doors, fireplaces, bricks, tiles, French bistro furniture, church pews and original Victorian flooring the Salvo Fair was the place to be. Architectural salvage isn’t just for experts and is enjoying a new popularity boosted by the recession-induced mentality of ‘make do and mend’. It’s also a well-known lament that so many period properties have had their charm and character stripped out and using architectural salvage can help bring them back to their glory days.

There were so many great items/ pieces on Friday that I wanted to have a huge (££££) spend up – I just wish I had the space to house the amount of lovely things I found.  AND that is a common pitfall.  It can be quite easy to get carried away when out looking for architectural salvage – so it’s really important to have a plan before setting out. Having attended Salvage fairs before and through my trawl of salvage yards I know the things I am looking out for - for both current and future interiors projects. I am also always on the lookout for my own personal statement find – the perfect pair of gothic doors or the perfect folly for the end of the garden. 
Some tips
ALWAYS consider the placement before committing to any major piece of architectural salvage. Victorian or reclaimed flooring is beautiful but in the wrong home it can look very out of place

PLAN carefully about the overall look you want to achieve and have a list of the items you are looking for

CREATE a mood board, as this will give you a good idea of what to look for when you visit salvage yards
BE prepared to get dirty. At salvage yards or fairs items are often caked in dust and rust and to find the treasure you’re after you may well have to rummage

TAKE photographs (always ask permission first), measure up, and take notes. These will help you make the right decision

COMPARE prices and quality, you may be able to get the same or similar item for a more reasonable price elsewhere (like the stall next door!). 


Monday, 13 June 2011

Monday inspiration

I feel that we all need a shot of sunshine after yesterday’s torrential rain. My dachshund refused to go out all day and sat with his legs crossed in a grumpy fashion…. And I kind of knew how he felt.

The below are a reminder of sunnier days 


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Wooden this be nice….

Inspired by the Million Dollar Decorator series that started on Bravo (US) last night and a blog post by the lovely Holly at Things that Inspire. I am being swept along in the pizzazz of painted floors.

The Million Dollar Decorator series is about the work and clients of Los Angeles-based designers Kathryn Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner.

 Hopefully it will reach our shores as the trailers/teasers have sucked me in and I'm googly eyed already. In the trailer here Mary McDonald shows a wonderful painted floor (above) in a hallway and dining room.

In her top 10 home decorating tips in Veranda magazine, Mary McDonald made a bathroom floor zing.
“In this master bath the wood floor was originally pretty boring. I knew I wanted something more, so I had it painted in zigzags because I thought it felt fun and now and current. To tie the floors in with all of the marble, I looked at the different light grays in the stone and picked out this one nice shade of almost blue-gray.”

In the meantime here are some lovely ideas to get you hooked…. And if you’d like to know “how” to paint a wooden floor there are some tips at 
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