Painted Fireplace Makeover – Part Two or all’s well that ends well

Welcome to the second part of the painted fireplace fiasco lovely readers. If however you are new, again welcome, although you may wish to catch up with the story so far in last weeks post. When I woke early on day two, I promise my little heart was pounding its way out of my chest. “You go” I said to Mr M as I waited in the kitchen. I wasn’t too sure I could cope, if the slow drying stain block hadn’t served its purpose. Of course by sending Mr M in first, I had set the stage for childish games at my expense beginning with what I was sure would be, fake terror etched upon his face. Next I figured there would be much tutting and shaking of the head and words and phrases like “I’m not sure there’s anything we can do about this darling…” and “it’s going to be very difficult to get around this one you know…” He returned to the kitchen however with a warm smile on his face announcing how lucky I was that he’d saved the day and declaring he had no idea what we would have done if he hadn’t had any stain block. And do you know…I may just let him have this win. Let’s check out day two shall we?

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Fireplace Makeover – Part One or the key really is in preparation

of the color of milk or fresh snow, due to the reflection of most wavelengths of visible light; the opposite of interesting summary found when one Google’s the definition of ‘white’. And since our west-facing sitting room is rarely bright enough to see in certain corners, I decided a fireplace makeover would be in order. A ‘white’ fireplace makeover to be exact.  And in a nod towards total transparency and honesty, I feel it only fair to say this simple little project was neither and it did not get off to the very best start. Warning, the following post contains graphic content which may offend some readers…

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Paintings – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

Welcome everyone to the final post in our five-part mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home. It’s been a while since we last met for inexpensive decor in this post, so let’s begin this week with a look at Paintings for the thrifty home. For many years I have said to friends “I don’t think I get art”. Paintings I mean. Oils especially. I don’t look at a painting and share that far off thoughtful look others have. Often I cannot fathom why particular paintings qualify as amazing art at all. Perhaps my art gene was replaced with the faffing one, who knows. Over the years though, I have collected paintings and prints that in time have grown to reflect my personal style. So I thought today I’d share with you a part of my ‘painting’ collection. I’m all set up ready; a private viewing if you like. So perhaps we should make a start…

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Faffing, the art of and another favourite pass-time in my world

Faffing: to spend your time doing a lot of things that are not important instead of the things that you should be doing. Mmm… not usual for me to contradict the formidable Cambridge Dictionary however on this occasion I must. Faffing: time well spent moving ones precious pretties around to create pleasing focal points of interest. Happy with that?  Me too. Rather like last weeks post Decorating Belle – a thoroughly enjoyable pass-time, faffing is a very happy way for me to spend time. Occasionally I get to spend a few uninterrupted hours faffing. Mostly faffing fits in around cleaning and household jobs and even more occasionally I get up very early and spend an entire morning faffing, just like I did on Saturday whilst the rest of the house was still fast asleep…

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Decorating Belle – a thoroughly enjoyable pass-time

Decorating Belle is one of my most favourite pass times. Ok let’s rework that sentence; decorating anywhere is the best way to spend time to me, decorating Belle is magical. I have a penchant for baby pink and soft blue in particular, so it’s been fairly simple to migrate decoration from around the home to Belles, creating a cosy workplace. Yet one year on I’m seeing way too many lovely interiors on my Instagram feed focusing on white alone and whilst I was never a huge fan years back, I’m fast becoming one now. Since I’m keen for our new home to be predominantly white with tones of grey, it seemed sensible (and thrifty) to me to use excess home decor in decorating the Shepherds Hut. I thought today I’d show you how Belle’s looking now that I’ve ‘settled in’. So if you’ve got your coffee handy, we could go now…

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