Decor

In search of my dream green

During the week I spent one of my lunch breaks in my local B&Q perusing paint in search of the perfect green for my study. I don’t know how long it’s been there, as this has been my first trip to B&Q in many years, but we now have a rather snazzy Valspar counter. With around two thousand colours to choose from, there were rather a lot of greens on offer. I whittled down the seventeen tester cards I had in my hands. Yes that’s right – seventeen. I eventually settled on four colours that I purchased tester pots of to take home and slap on the walls… And then went back for a further three.

imageThe  colours (in the pots) from left to right – back row first

1. Pressed Olive  2. Aloe Vera  3. Rainforest Retreat  4. Emerald Enchantment

5.  Cotswold Hills. 6.  Crocodile Style  7. Garden Glory

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As you’ll know from my last post, I was rather taken with a certain pic I’d seen on Pinterest of an emerald green room with leopard print stools. Yet, having put the testers on the walls, I’m really surprised to be feeling rather underwhelmed with the emerald green. The olivey tones however, have exceeded my expectations! I’ll keep you posted on which hue I eventually decide on.

 

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Renovation

When the rain went away

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So I’m yet to tell you that the plasterers have finally made it back to render the outside of the casa. As you’ll know from an earlier post, much work has been carried out at Number 18 to alter openings and lift windows to accommodate kitchen and bathroom units. All of the alterations have left rather ugly gaps in the render. The plasterers finished the inside of the house, and then the rain set in before the outside could be tackled. As soon as we had a dry spell, we got the plasters back to get the outside finished. I know you can tell where the old render ends and the new begins, but we’ll be getting our paint on come the spring to hide all the join lines. We’ll be painting the render an off-white colour and saying tatty-bye to the miserable grey. I’m hoping the outside will look a lot fresher.

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Decor

It’s a toss up

Things are getting really exciting at Number 18. We’re finally getting to the fun part of decorating!!! This is what I’ve been looking forward to all this time.

I’ve had so many ideas of what I wanted to do with Number 18. Viewing other fellow renovators blogs, home magazines and Google searches have all given me lots of ideas. Pinterest however, is my new best friend for decor inspiration. I just love how I can organise all of my pins on separate boards – I’ve found my inner Monica Gellar!

After being an avid reader of Abigail Ahern’s blog and having fallen in love with her new paint range, I knew olive green had to make an appearance somewhere in the house. I decided the perfect room for the olive green would be the study. That was until I started looking at other greens, mainly emerald green, and there’s one image (courtesy of Pinterest of course) that keeps catching my eye. A firm fave of mine is leopard print, which paired with emerald green makes me go all smushy.

I want the study to be as luxurious as it is practical. I don’t want to be reminded of my desk at work in any shape or form! So it’s time for me to get some colour on the wall and I’ll be making a trip for some tester pots this week!

Nadine x

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Renovation

Pass me the roller

The white washing has finally commenced and I am so excited I could burst!! We’ve painted for six days on the trot, apart from a small gander round tile shops one morning – also very exciting.

After having gone through 140 litres of paint so far, and getting roughly three quarters of the way through, we’re now back in work and having a small break. The cornicing needs to be repaired in some rooms and once this has been done we’ll finish the job. See, I knew I’d love painting!!

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Spruced up front of house

The eagerly awaited, loverly-jubbly front door is finally here! You’ll know from previous posts that I got very excited and overwhelmed when our new windows were fitted. So a no brainer that I would be rather excitable when it came to the door arriving.

On the day the door was fitted, I passed the house on my way to work. The old door was already out and on the floor – Cue major car shrieking! I spent all day imagining what it was going to look like when I got home from work. Productive day you’re thinking right!? 5pm couldn’t come quick enough, and as the clock struck, I was out of the office and whizzing out of the car park. I wasn’t disappointed. So, here it is. Isn’t it a beauty…

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It’s black, of course. What other colour would it be!? Complete with gold accessories – obviously. I am completely head over heels for the number 18 in the fanlight. It’s so nice to see the back of the white PVC door and have something more fitting with the property. I cannot believe the difference the new front door has made to the overall appearance to our front of house.

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