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By theresa, May 16 2014 05:00AM

When we first moved here out of London to be nearer family, and to fulfil our idyll, we wanted to see if it would work before thinking about buying anything. After all, we had both been away in a city for a long very long time. So we rented.


The trouble with a rental is that you are unable to do anything to the property. By the time we were fortunate enough to consider buying the home we had been renting, we had become inured to the things we would have never have dreamed of living with, allied to the distraction and cost of four children.


Lighting is very expensive.


In my mind these two particular lights in the hall were already painted, and I had stopped ‘seeing’ them. Then a combination of a chat with someone who reignited my love for things that look ‘aged’ and a bit of renewed vigour spurned me on; and now they are done.



"Before" after 19 years of wearing an "invisibiity" cloak
"Before" after 19 years of wearing an "invisibiity" cloak
And now in a much more bearable state
And now in a much more bearable state

By theresa, May 11 2014 05:47PM

I have a sliding door picture window that fills one wall of my studio. It looks out on to the garden which is a mix of vegetable patch, grass, and flowerbeds; all grinning at me for attention. To anyone else whose job it does not belong to, it is lovely. The trouble is a combination of the distraction of the garden and the often excessive heat and sunlight in the summer and then the opposite in the winter. Plus the double glazing has now blown, with the delightful tell-tale moisture that builds up between the panes of glass. I am not about to replace this anytime soon. So what to do?


Then I had an idea when I saw The Stencil Library’s Elizabethan fretwork stencil in their ‘Stencil It’ book. I used their tear-out stencil and followed their instructions and decided frosting spray might be a good idea. Now it feels less of a distraction and the room has more of an encased feel to it. I am pleased.



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And after

By theresa, May 4 2014 08:33PM

Most people seem to prefer a uniform span of cupboards in their kitchen, be it tradional or contemporary, thus giving the illusion of what is in most homes (particularly with family and cooking) control over chaos.


However, when looking at other peoples' homes they appear to adore character and quirkiness. My idea is to transform those cupboards either on the inside, for a delightful, unexpected treat - or a more conventional painting outside to break up the monotony.


By theresa, Apr 6 2014 04:52PM

I cannot be alone in thinking "I never win anything"...... however, this time I did - an amazing set of stencils!


The World of Interiors Magazine featured an article on Jocasta Innes' house in association with the Stencil Library (www.stencil-library.co.uk) featuring similar stencil designs that she had used in her home.


Jocasta Innes was one of the major characters in the 1980s who kick-started the revolution to give interiors depth and character.


For me there is a back story. Some years ago I spent the morning working with her, stencilling in her kitchen. So you can imagine I was thrilled to win these stencils and couldn't wait to put them to use.


Work in progress
Work in progress
Finshed at last
Finshed at last

By theresa, Mar 24 2014 08:01PM


Two years ago we had some major building work done. We had long wanted to reconfigure several rooms to make the space work better for us. Part of what we desired was a bench/settle to run along the side of the room to make seating at our table a little more flexible, with added storage room under the seat. The strong feeling I had for it was a Swedish folk red. I knew that I wanted to decorate it but I was still formulating an idea.


I worked a sample board up of leafy stencil designs which I had obtained from The Stencil Library (www.stencil-library.co.uk). I knew that I wanted a grisaille feel, but couldn't decide on colour or scale.


Inspiration came in the shape of my old friend Cait (www.decoratescotland.com) who was staying, why didn't I do it all? Sometimes you need a different pair of eyes.


I divided the settle into four sections of two, alternating the blue and the yellow. Then I added the smaller scale stencil which was in a neutral colour unifying the whole bench. Other then the sample board there was no other designing, I designed it on the settle/bench as I worked. Having trained as a textile printer I feel quite confident working like this.


Then with a couple of coats of varnish...finished


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