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Jul 05 2010

Decorating at Chez Garrendenny has commenced

Published by at 6:36 pm under My house,paint

At last my energy levels have returned to what they should be and we have eventually commenced decorating!  We had a slight problem with the tiles on the floor of the downstairs loo but I will reveal that story when it is finished and I have some pictures to show you.

We’ve started on Kate’s bedroom.  I have given in and am letting her have pink walls in the hope that having to sleep within pink walls for a couple of years will eventually steer her in the direction of some vivid teals and greens which look fab with her red hair!

So, it is going to be Designers Guild’s Petal on the walls.  I had thought about getting full length eyelet ready made curtains but our windows are very wide, over 100 inches/250 cm and the 90 inch curtains would be too skimpy and I couldn’t find anything I liked in the 106in.  Then, I reckoned she’s be putting toys/storage under the window so decided to go with Mulberry Walk fabric.  We can’t do roman blinds as it is to the front of the house and would look naff from the outside so made to measure curtains it is but just to below the cill.

Mulberry Walk curtains
Mulberry Walk curtains

The Mulberry Walk has just enough green in it to keep me happy and enough pink for her so all is well :-)

She has decided she has outgrown her homemade castle bed.  I have an antique oak single bed – headboard and footboard but without the irons – that I bought at an auction over 10 years ago and we have never used it.  So the plan is to paint it and Brian will connect it somehow to her bed.  And we will finish it off with some Mulberry Walk bedlinen.  I’m also going to let her choose some of the Mae fabric wall stickers when they arrive – all in the name of research, you understand!

We started painting it yesterday evening and the children were painting the lower edges with 2 tiny little brushes and some paint in a jar and they did so well and enjoyed it so much.  Okay, they wouldn’t win decorator of the year but I gave it the occasional brush stroke to brush out the harsh edges or any excess and it was fine.

Pics of the actual room coming up soon then – hopefully!

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Decorating at Chez Garrendenny has commenced”

  1. pretty far weston 05 Jul 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Oh no! I have Roman Blinds in my front porch! At the front of my house! I’ve had them for 4 years now and never realised it was the wrong thing to do. What must the neighbours have been saying! Dearie me.

    But the Mulberry Walk is a lovely choice, and I’m looking forward to pics of Kate’s room.

  2. Jennyon 05 Jul 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The Mulberry walk is a great fabric choice for the curtains, I’d be happy with them in any room of our house! Tell me, how did you do the homemade castle bed – that sounds like something we’re going to have to do in the not too distant future! Good luck with the rest of the decorating! You are so lucky to have all the great raw materials for a gorgeous room already!

  3. Lornaon 05 Jul 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It’s okay, your house won’t fall down! It is okay in porches, just definitely not okay in 2 very wide upstairs windows!!

  4. Lornaon 05 Jul 2010 at 9:42 pm

    It was 2 large sheets of MDF, cut out and painted. I’ll be posting a before and after pic of her bedroom whenever we get to that stage :-)

  5. Brismodon 05 Jul 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Oh very exciting. I can’t wait to see photographs. And that Mise is too funny!

  6. Marieon 07 Jul 2010 at 10:31 am

    At the risk of repeating myself yet again..I want to come live in your house….

  7. Mel Design Heavenon 07 Jul 2010 at 11:43 am

    Sounds like Kate is going to follow in your footsteps. Can’t wait to see the end result.

  8. Lornaon 07 Jul 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks guys, I’m looking forward to seeing the pics too!! Finished painting the walls at 11.30 last night (had to do the second coat when kids were asleep!). Dying to crack on with it but other things like boring paperwork have to be done today!