golborne road

weekends have suddenly become a time to meet my girl friends;   with the kids getting older and not wanting to do the same things as you any more, the boys caught up with the football season and cycling, i am finding that i have all this free time!  so its brunch at bluebelles ,  the golborne deli –   or lisboa for the traditional custard tart.

what did look tasty was the food cooking at the nearby moroccan fish stall – you could buy fresh fish, as well as sit and eat griddled fish.  i love golborne road – i had a gallery space there in the late 1980’s – and everyone told me then that it would get trendy – its now 20 years on, and now its just reached a lovely atmosphere with its ethnic mix of moroccan, portugese cafes and delis, splattered with antique shops and a few designers – thankfully small independent ones.  i noticed that ally capellino has another shop  on the corner of golborne road and portobello road, lovely bags, quite expensive, but not as expensive as the mulberrys and gucci’s. (please explain to me how all these handbags have become so expensive – its like buying a car these days ).  pick up a lovely embroidered basket, from fez – as well as a variety of moroccan baskets, you can find glasses, slippers and lanterns, all very well priced, even cheaper than what you can barter for in morrocco!

i have been dabbling in a bit of diy – painting furniture and touching up the walls in the house – so bought a pot of the chalky paint by annie sloan – its the first shop that i have seen stock the paint – phoenix on golborne and sells a selection of painted furniture too.

just opposite ally capellino on portobello road is lowry and baker – cakes for tea and  unite and type is a personalise your own mug or plate shop – but in a traditional typeset, so not at all tacky – would make a lovely present for a child or special anniversary.

all in all, its a lovely morning out for 2 girlfriends and a pleasant change to the usual portobello jaunt .

the shelf unit in my suffolk kitchen  is painted in paris grey by annie sloan paint, it gives a softer worn look to the wood.

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paint colours

i have agonised over paint colours for the cottage – i wanted something different to the pretty pastel tones that i used in whitstable.  i did my usual – buy the sample pot, paint bits of A4 paper and pin them all up in different parts of the room, remember the light is different not only in different parts of the room, but also at different times of the day.  i then pick the best 2 or 3 and literally paint them on the wall, then make my choice.  its always the hardest part of decorating , choosing colours!  my favourite colours are always from paint library, fired earth, farrow and ball, little greene company, laura ashley – if you are interested in using eco friendly paint, then try earthborn;  for chalky finishes, try francesca’s paints,which has an interesting array of colours.  as the cottage is georgian listed  i have tried to choose colours in keeping.   colours that i used are london clay, pigeon, corn forth white, borrowed light and hard wick white  by farrow and ball,   deep slaked lime by little greene company and porcelain and sea moss by dulux.  the garden room is borrowed light.

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i love the bold blue that you see in south america – searching for that famous blue colour paint is not easy, but try hacienda style .

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paint colours

i love the colours that autumn brings;  i am also in the middle of finding paint colours – so many new paints around now.  my favourite colours are from paint library, fired earth, farrow and ball, little greene company, laura ashley – if you are interested in using eco friendly paint, then try earthborn;  for chalky finishes, try francesca’s paints,which has an interesting array of colours or annie sloan – you will end up painting everything, including chairs, boxes….

paint colours and boarding

i have been in a real diy mood – repainting walls, emptying cupboards, moving things around – my husband says if he didn’t know better he would have thought that i was nesting and ready to drop a baby!  i think its the spring light – everything looks so grey and worn out after the winter and you just want to brighten and freshen things up.  anyhow, i started with a brush, trying to retouch walls where there are knocks and hand prints, but ended up with a roller having to do whole panels – candles and fires are the worse things for messing up your walls!  i just repainted my bedroom and added some boarding behind the bed, which doubled up as a headboard and shelf.  i spent a long time painting samples on my walls again, but ended up playing safe and choosing the ‘glum’ colour (as robert describes it) of slaked lime deep by little greene. it means that with a neutral colour, you can at least add other colours to the room – i am loving pink with the grey at the moment.  whilst trying out colours, paint a couple pieces of A4 paper and stick them around different parts of the room, you will be amazed how the colour changes and especially with the time of day. its always useful to label each tin before you store so that you know when and which room you used it on – and make a list of all the rooms and their paint colours, you will be surprised how many different colours you end up using and then getting confused.

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paints

had to repaint the wall behind my bed, and the only way to see the colours is to actually paint them onto the wall.   i wanted to be a bit more daring, but robert naturally went for the safer neutral colour of slaked lime deep by little greene – strangely they all looked dark as samples on the wall, but once painted , it actually appears much lighter, especially as my bedroom is very light – it seems that large expanses of colour appear lighter., so bear this in mind and especially if you have a lot of windows, the daylight can actually bleach out the colour.    the other colours i considered were french gray deep and light peach blossom by little greene, london clay and hardwick white by farrow and ball.

one think i overlooked was that if your room has not been painted for several years, in our case over 10 years ago, then the lining paper is old and once the wet paint goes on, the paper starts getting wet at the seams and peels away – which means cutting those sections out and using filler to build the layer back up.  of course if you are looking for a perfect finish, the answer is to re line, or re plaster, which  then becomes a massive job!

for some reasons, builders tend to not like ‘designer paints’ , and want to mix them, but i do feel that the textures are different.  my favourite colours are from paint library, fired earthfarrow and balllittle greene companylaura ashley – if you are interested in using eco friendly paint, then try earthborn;  for chalky finishes, try annie sloane and francesca’s paints,which has an interesting array of colours.

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autumn

i love the colours that autumn brings;  i am also in the middle of finding paint colours – so many new paints around now.  my favourite colours are from paint library, fired earth, farrow and ball, little greene company, laura ashley – if you are interested in using eco friendly paint, then try earthborn;  for chalky finishes, try francesca’s paints,which has an interesting array of colours or annie sloan – you will end up painting everything, including chairs, boxes….

distressed walls

its funny, at home i am obsessed with the walls being clean and scratch free – i now use the washable modern emulsion paint for the hallway from farrow and ball – its fantastic, you can wipe down the walls from any scratches or shoe scuff marks.  (no more trying to wash down the walls and making it worse by leaving cloth marks of ingrained dirt, so that it looks worse than it did in the beginning –  have you tried cleaning the soot off walls from candles?).

after shooting the new stitching book from the multi talented Jane Brocket  in an amazing location, all weathered and peeling walls, some old plaster, some new plaster, some traces of wallpaper – it all looked fantastic and made me think that maybe i ought to just leave the walls to distress naturally, paint a thin layer of another shade and hopefully achieve a similar look.   all sounds easy, but i am sure its not and could easily end up a complete mess.

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locations

one of the pros of being a photographer is getting to see all these amazing locations – (or if you are my husband, you would say this is a negative as he hates change ).  if  you are constantly sourcing ideas of how to change your house, update your kitchen, what colours to paint your hallway, or even what furniture to buy there are other options to  buying interior magazines which is costly, trawling round the shops,  trying to find things on the web – frustrating and tedious – then take a look at house locations sites, such as Light Locations, Carole Hayes or 1st option –  they are all beautifully done to a high standard, and allow you an insight to lots of different styles and looks.  i also like looking at the site remodelista, which keeps you up to date with all aspects of design.

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