Hello and Happy Monday to you all. I hope you all passed splendid weekends. Mine was largely spent painting the bedroom. For the gazillionth weekend in a row. You that thing where you say: “No, no I’m not paying a professional to paint this room it’s far too expensive and it’s only four walls and a floor how long can it take?”
And then you realise that it’s a ceiling and a floor and four walls, two door frames and two window frames and a bunch of shelves. And then you do the ceiling the wrong colour and have to go over it. And then you notice the skirting board and the picture rail. And then it takes THREE COATS. THREE COATS. And that, people, has been my weekends of late.
Even with the Mad Husband helping it seems to have been going on for ever. Partly because we were interrupted by Christmas and flu but finally the end is in sight. One more coat on the shelves and the floor and we are DONE. And then the photography can begin.
So it’s always a relief to wander round some beautiful rooms which are so much more restful on the eye the one I am currently looking with piles of clothes and shoes all over the floor.
We did manage to go out for lunch on Saturday though and sat at the back of a Spanish restaurant with dark grey panelling on the wall and that is now my current fantasy for our kitchen. Assuming I can get the Mad Husband to agree to this new plan the only thing that is certain is that I won’t be painting it myself.
Anyway, these kitchens with their lofty ceilings and marble worktops, their parquet floors and panelled cupboards were all singing to me this weekend and if I ever manage to fill in a winning lottery ticket then this is the sort of thing I will be spending the winnings on.
This room below is the perfect setting for the classic furniture that fills it. Soft grey walls (try Pavilion by Farrow & Ball) show off the leather Swan chair and Wishbone dining chairs perfectly. Grey and wood is the most perfect combination don’t you think? Add in a little black for definition and a couple of plants for living greenery and you’re done.
Mind you I included this room below because, in theory, it breaks all those rules. The ceiling has been painted dark, which looks great but then the skirting board has been painted a different shade of dark and the walls left pale. I confess I’m baffled by this one although I like it. I think perhaps it works because the colours all tone but I’m not sure it’s a scheme I would have come up with myself. What do you think?
Moving on to this wonderful bathroom which could have been the inspiration for the one we have just finished renovating. I know I have been promising you pictures but it’s just so dark at this time of year it’s impossible. There are a couple of shots on my instagram where you will see what I mean (if you do instagram do go and follow me there as there are regular house updates) but it just hasn’t been light enough to take pictures for the blog.
Sticking with bathrooms, you could just tile the whole thing in marble like this one below. These are very similar to the Cararra marble tiles sold by Mandarin Stone, which we have used for the shower. The dark ceiling really brings the marble to life and the plants add that all important warmth – as does the wooden window frame.
Finally, you can’t beat a battered leather armchair for bringing warmth and comfort to a room. This space, which could be very sterile and cold is warmed by the faded wooden floorboards and comfortable chairs by the fire. It looks great as it is but if you wanted to bring in a little colour then a vintage rug or a picture on the wall would do the job perfectly.
So there you are – 10 Beautiful Rooms for a Monday, I hope they have been a feast for the eyes or given you some ideas for your own places and spaces. Do drop in tomorrow where we shall be welcoming the first EVER Guest Poster to the Mad House