SHADES OF WHITE: HOW TO PICK PAINT COLOUR

There are so many shades of white. Even on this white rose the subtleties in colour and tone vary from petal to petal. The responsibility to pick the right colours for all the rooms in our house feels like no small task. So, how do you go about deciding what colours are the best shades for the walls in your home?

There are so many shades of white. Even on this white rose the subtleties in colour and tone vary from petal to petal. Of course how the light hits the colour alters our perception of what we see; more shadow and contrast, or more highlights. The responsibility to pick the right colours for all the rooms in our house feels like no small task. So, how do you go about deciding what colours are the best shades for the walls in your home?

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the big reveal: inspirational workspace & magnetic wall

finished: inspirational work space and magnetic wall on Geoffrey & Grace

My inspirational work space with a magnetic wall is finished at last. For those that missed posts ‘one’ and ‘two’ you can catch up here and here.

I started moving things back into the room about 10 days ago, and have been working in the space since then. It took me a while to unpack and organise things, but I am already feeling at home.

It is so wonderful to have my own workspace to retreat to, and it has already made a really big impact on how we live as a family. Working at the kitchen table was really encroaching on our family space, and I never felt like I completely switched off.

Now I have this perfect little room to type away in, and sew when the mood takes me.

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inspirational work space in the making

inspirational work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
The Brooklyn studio of woodworker Ariele Alasko’s. Photo – Max Tielman for Design sponge

It’s been over a month since I wrote about my plans for an Inspirational and functional work space (If you missed the first post, you can catch up here). A lot has been happening ‘behind the scenes’, and I am so pleased to say that the end is now in sight.

The plasterer has been, and the Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range is on the wall. It was so exciting to watch it go on. It is applied just like normal plaster but goes on slightly thicker and is black in colour. I have tested it out (just with some fridge magnets) and it is indeed magnetic! I can’t wait to have a play with the magnetic wall properly. To me the creative possibilities that come from having an extra surface to utilise, is really exciting. I have some ideas in place about how I want to use the wall, but am also still thinking about how it can really help me feel inspired and be organised.

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BEAUTIFUL DECAY: THE ART OF RESTORATION

beautiful decay - the art of restoration

If you read ‘house restoration – kitchen inspiration’, you will know that we are beginning to restore our Victorian family home.

We are learning that there is a bit of an art to restoration; knowing what to leave untouched, and what to update and renew, is a balance that you want to spend some time getting right.

One of the best things about restoring this house of ours, is the beautiful decay we get to uncover. To lift up ancient carpet, and reveal old wooden boards, to peel off wall paper, with the anticipation of what may be underneath…

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is ‘slow decorating’ a thing..?

decorating with intention with Geoffrey & Grace image found on Pinterest
Image – Sally and Mark Bailey’s home Whitecross Farm on Remodelista

We have been in our house for one year now. More and more I am thinking about how slow living impacts our home, especially with regards to renovating and decorating it. We are definitely taking a slow approach to doing up our victorian home, but is that down to our circumstances, more than a defined intention? Is there such a thing as ‘slow decorating’ and if so… what on Earth does that mean?

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