Showing posts with label cottage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cottage. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Exterior Paint Shades - Part 2

Whether it's pale hues of chalky French Grey, chic glossy charcoal against crisp pure white, or restful soft shades of dusted blue green, exterior paint shades can make a world of difference. The right paint shades add a warm welcome to any home be it of mellow stone, whitewashed render or smart red brick . Here are a few of my favourite looks to welcome guests to your front door. 
Above image:Gorgeous Belgian contemporary architecture by Archeos
Above images: 1.Stainless steel stable light by Jim Lawrence 2.Belgian contemporary architecture by Archeos detail of wooden shutters 3.Hand forged Shepard's Crook door handle with bevelled keyhole plate by Jim Lawrence 4.Belgian contemporary architecture by Archeos detail of wooden garage doors 5.Scroll iron gate detail by architects Vlassak Verhulst
Above image: detail of painted French doors by architect Yiangou
Above images: 1.Shutter detail by architects Vlassak Verhulst  2.Detail of painted wall by Belgian photographer Caroline Monbailliu 3.Belgian contemporary architecture by Archeos detail of arched wooden garage doors 4.Hand forged steel Shepard Crook door handle by Jim Lawrence 5.Front door painted in French Grey by Farrow and Ball belonging to Lucy Stokes (gorgeous stainless steel heart door knocker!) 6.'All White' 2005 paint from Farrow and Ball 7.'Lamp Room Gray' 88 paint from Farrow and Ball  8. "Manor House Grey' 265 paint from Farrow and Ball 9.'French Grey Dark' 163 paint from The Little Greene Paint and Paper
Above image: fabulous white painted New England house and grey painted trellis featured on Hus o Hem  
Above image: Prettiest pale grey front door with chalk white trim    by Henhurst Interiors 
Above image:French Grey wooden shutter detail by architects Vlassak Verhulst 
Above images: I created the paint swatches by eye using the manufacturers colour cards - for accurate samples please contact the paint companies for colour cards and test pots
Above image: the heavenly home and veranda of Room Seventeen stunning grey shutters against crisp white woodwork
Above image:the heavenly home and veranda of Room Seventeen stunning grey shutters against crisp white woodwork picking up the tones of the rattan (wicker) chairs
Above images: 1.the deep grey (gray) front door of blogger 'I found my home' 2.the home of Jen Chu Design with a chic dark grey front door 3.Gloss grey contemporary planters with Buxus (Boxwood) ball topiary by Anouska Hempel Design 4.Smart dark grey Regency front door with white trim by London Door 5.'Off-Black' 57 Farrow and Ball 6.'Railings'31 Farrow and Ball 7.Down Pipe' 26 Farrow and Ball 8.'Plummett' 272 Farrow and Ball
Above image:the home of Jen Chu Design with a chic dark grey front door and stainless steel door knocker
Above image:graphite grey door by Architects RDK
Above image:contemporary dark grey front door by architects Vlassak Verhulst
Above images: I created the paint swatches by eye using the manufacturers colour cards - for accurate samples please contact the paint companies for colour cards and test pots
Above image:pretty pale grey green door and basket of French Lavender by Belgian photographer Caroline Monbailliu
Above images: 1.Farrow and Ball front door given a modern twist with shiny stainless steel door furniture - door in Light Blue 22 2.Letter Box in pretty 'Clay' from Garden Trading 3.stainless steel letterbox at the home of Jen Chu Design with a chic dark grey front door and soft pale blue grey trim 4.Soft pale grey green woodwork on a stunning contemporary house by Frank Gruwez 5.Polished stainless steel door knocker from Willow and Stone 6.'Pearl Colour (original)'100 Little Greene Paint Company 7.'Light Blue' 22 Farrow and Ball 8.'Card Room Green' 79 Farrow and Ball 9.'Oval Room Blue' 85 Farrow and Ball
Above image:Contemporary country cottage by Belgian architects Villabouw Sels
Above image:pretty Blue grey green front door in a Cotswold village photographed by blogger 'I found my home'
Above images: I created the paint swatches by eye using the manufacturers colour cards - for accurate samples please contact the paint companies for colour cards and test pots
Above image:Front door in Card Room Green 79 by Farrow and Ball

To achieve the perfect finish on your exterior woodwork I can highly recommend watching the 'how to' videos on the English decorating tools manufacturer Hamilton. I can also highly recommend the Hamilton 'Perfection' range of brushes - 







Above image: Hamilton Perfection 
boxed set -100% natural bristle 
for use with oil based paints






Right image: Hamilton Perfection range 
of sash brushes -  wonderful for 
painting fine detailing




Left Image: Hamilton Perfection synthetic brush for use with water based paints















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Exterior Paint Shades part I



For more information on anything shown in the above images please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their web sites. I create my mood boards/colour palettes with a computer programme called Photoshop by Adobe which is available for both Apple Mac and PC computers.

As always, if I have featured your photograph and you would rather I didn't, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will remove it with my sincerest apologies. 

With warmest wishes
 



Thursday, 13 June 2013

Preview - Exterior Paint Shades part 2

Coming next week: 

Exterior paint shades, divine inspiration for chalky shades of Taupe, French Grey, Provence Blue and Zinc featuring The Little Greene Paint Company and Farrow and Ball.  In the meantime here is a preview!


 Above images: 1.Contemporary country door - Vlassak Verhulst - exclusive villas and architecture 2.Fabulous French grey exterior woodwork - Archeos - Belgian architects 3.Colour palette suggestion by The Paper Mulberry (paint details in next weeks post) 4.Palest country cottage with porch - Yiangou - English architects 5.Painted wooden shutter detail - Vlassak Verhulst - exclusive villas and architecture

Full details of paints and more suggested shades next week! In the meantime please click on the image below to view Exterior Paint Shades part I:



For more information on anything shown in the above images and links to tutorials, please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their respective web sites. I create my mood boards/colour palettes with a computer programme called Photoshop by Adobe which is available for both Apple Mac and PC computers.

As always, if I have featured your photograph and you would rather I didn't, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will remove it with my sincerest apologies. 

With warmest wishes
   

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Last Days of Summer

An Old English Farmhouse Restoration update:


After 14 years restoring this old Elizabethan house (dating from around the early 1500's) it is so exciting to see the rooms finally coming together! At times the work has been an 'uphill' struggle, but after all the long hours of toil, this 500 year old house is suddenly ready for the finishing touches that will make a home.  It is a complete joy to see fresh flowers, treasured photo's and possessions filling each room.  Here are a few pictures of one of the finished guest bedrooms and bathroom.


One of the newly restored bedrooms:
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - a guest bedroom: The fireplace has an original Georgian hob grate of cast iron with decorative mouldings of sea creatures and lion's heads (sorry for my bad photography which may not show it!) I cleaned away layers of paint with a wire brush before polishing with black shoe polish and a toothbrush! Quite a few hours of hard work but we're really pleased with the results. The woodwork is painted in Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell with the walls in 'Antique White' emulsion from B & Q The grey willow wreath on the fireplace was from Heals
 Above image: The Paper Mulberry - a guest bedroom: my Husband made the cabinet which is painted in Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell  glass door knobs also from Laura Ashley the wall mirror is vintage. I had intended to shorten the curtains (made from unbleached loomstate cotton) but I loved the puddled drape! 
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - a guest bedroom

The Bathroom
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: we tiled the  bathroom with plain white gloss ceramic tiles on the walls with a white rustic, tumbled travertine marble floor and co-ordinating white tumbled travertine mosaic tiles on the plinth(which hides the plumbing!) The vintage glass pot contains white stones fragranced with The White Company's 'Seychelles' oil which is one of my favourites! The porcelain rose also holds the fragrance oil. I'm pleased to say that the woodworm in the oak beam is now treated and gone!!!
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: the tongue and grove panelling on the bath is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211 with the bench painted in Farrow and Ball 'Shaded White 201 The floors on this level are made from limecrete (a 1500's version of concrete) making it impossible to conceal any pipework. In the bathroom the pipes and waste for the bath, basin and toilet are concealed within the wood panelling.
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: the tongue and grove bench is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Shaded White 201
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: we tiled the  walls with plain white gloss ceramic tile and white rustic, tumbled travertine marble on the floor with underfloor heating for the chillier months! The tongue and grove bench (which also conceals the pipework for the bath and shower) is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Shaded White 201
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: the bathroom accessories are from Samuel Heath ('Curzon' Collection)
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: I filled a tall florists glass cylinder vase with seashells. The floors are white rustic, tumbled travertine marble and the skirting board is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Shaded White 201 eggshell. We tiled the bathroom ourselves to preserve the uneven floor and walls that we love so much! It took me quite a few hours to do the grouting and although it may not be perfect I do now appreciate the back braking work that professional tilers go through!
  Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the bathroom: the waffle shower curtain is held back with grey tassel. We painted the tongue and grove storage cupboard and skirting in Farrow and Ball 'Shaded White 201 eggshell with crackle glazed porcelain knobs on the cupboard doors




With warmest wishes



Thursday, 28 June 2012

An old farmhouse - restored!

After 14 years restoring this old Elizabethan house (which was our home until November 2012)it is so exciting to see the rooms finally coming together! At times the work has been an 'uphill' struggle, but after all the long hours of toil, this 500 year old house is suddenly ready for the finishing touches that will make a home.  It is a complete joy to see fresh flowers, treasured photo's and possessions filling each room.  Here are a few pictures of our finished home, starting this month with the master bedroom.

The Master Bedroom:
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet, the bedside cabinets (which we have had for 25 years and are a rather ugly melamine)have had a make-over, first primed with a melamine paint primer and then painted with Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell, the knobs are from Homebase as are the bedside lamps and shades. The white lined glass cube vases (filled with white roses) are my favourite new purchase and are from EasyFloristSupplies The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. Most of the bedlinen is from The White Company
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet (I didn't have the heart to cut it to make the canopy correctly so ended up draping it instead!)The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. Most of the bedlinen is from The White Company
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboards are painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. and Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell, the curtains are a French blue printed linen Toile from Laura Ashley that I bought around 10 years ago. The bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet, the bedside cabinets are painted with Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell and the knobs are from Homebase as are the bedside lamps and shades. The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest.
 Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: our cat 'Fingle' on a vintage toile de jouy quilt
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboards and bedstead are painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211, the curtains are a French blue and white printed linen Toile from Laura Ashley that I bought around 10 years ago. The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest and the coat hooks on the wall are a vintage French find. The cushions on the settee are made from vintage toile and grain sacks. The settee itself I have draped with a cotton dust sheet (similar at Baileys Home & Garden). The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece.
The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece.
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboard is the airing cupboard and we have painted it in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211,the coat hooks are a vintage French find. The chimney breast on the left of the cupboard is from the snug fireplace below
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the
bedstead is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211, the curtains are made from a French blue and white cotton check fabric from Fired Earth that I bought around 10 years ago. The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest. The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece. The fireplace has an original Georgian hob grate and we have added slate tiles on the hearth which hides the pipework for the central heating!
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the rusty lantern on our mantlepiece with my favourite white roses ('Iceberg')and honeysuckle (woodbine) (Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas') from our garden - the honeysuckle grows up through the apple trees and fills the bedroom with it's gorgeous perfume! 

This was our home until November 2012

The Paper Mulberry our restoration project

With warmest wishes

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