External and internal decorations

"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

Antione de Sainte-Exupery

My plan for my pantry includes four L-shaped open shelves, and I got the first one built yesterday. To be honest, I was a little uncertain about this project. As much as I wanted them to be floating shelves (i.e., no brackets or supports showing), I was mentally preparing myself to have to use brackets […]

Well, I gave it my best, but as I predicted last week, I didn’t finish the pantry during the time allotted in the One Room Challenge. It sure wasn’t for lack of trying, though. I don’t think I’ve taken a day off since the challenge started five weeks ago, and I’ve been working at least […]

I have been working ridiculous hours to try to get my pantry finished, and while most everything in there is still “in progress,” (with the exception of my DIY butcherblock-style countertop that I made out of hardwood flooring), I was determined to get at least one more project completely finished this weekend. So I tackled […]

There’s one week to go on the One Room Challenge, and I’m starting to realize that finishing my pantry in that time might take an actual miracle. As of today, the state of things isn’t pretty, but I’m still going to press on and give it my best. But here’s the reality of the situation… […]

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you knew this moment of indecisiveness was coming. I can be going along just fine for weeks while working on a room, and then…BAM!  I hit that wall of indecisiveness. And that time in this pantry project came last night. I’ve said from the […]

Y’all, I’ve been working overtime on the pantry, and I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve made. My goal today is to get the cabinet built finished, so I’m going to make this update short and sweet. Here’s what I’ve done since the last update: I re-resined the tiles, and now they’re super colorful and […]

Works at 1-27 Fenner Close in SE16 are near to completion. This Internal and External Refurbishment project is part of Southwark’s Major Works Framework and... Read more »

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We’re delighted to be awarded further works with the Knightsbridge School in Chelsea. Summer works included external refurbishments, roofing and timber repairs. We have enjoyed... Read more »

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1-54 DIGHTON COURT, JOHN RUSKIN STREET, LONDON SE5 Client: London Borough of Southwark Contract Value: £640,000 Practical Completion: February 2018 Summary of Works: The site... Read more »

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69 – 73 KING STREET, RAMSGATE, KENT Client – Thanet District Council Contract Value – £1.2m Summary of Works: This Conversion Project involved the conversion... Read more »

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12a &12b and 22a & 22b MEDORA ROAD, LONDON, SW2 Client: L&Q Contract Value: £474,000 Summary of Works: This External & Internal Refurbishment project involved... Read more »

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External Refurbishment Works have started on several properties in SW16 and W14 for the Shepherds Bush Housing Group. Works include replacement timber and UPVC windows... Read more »

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I actually have one finished project in my pantry now! One thing I can actually, officially cross off of my “to do” list for that room. My countertop that I made from red oak hardwood flooring is finished! Here’s how it turned out… And it was super simple! All I had to do was sand, […]

There are only two weeks left in the One Room Challenge, and I’m starting to doubt that I’ll be able to finish my pantry on time. But you know what? Even if I don’t completely finish, I’m just so glad that I finally started (and have made a huge amount of progress) on this room […]

I had such a hard time getting started on the pantry yesterday, and by the time I actually did get to work, I only had time for finishing up the countertop installation. The task seemed so simple. I just had to install that last row by the wall. No problem. I’d just use the table […]

I made some serious progress on one of the biggest pantry projects yesterday — my butcherblock style countertops that I made out of the same red oak solid hardwood flooring that I have on my floors throughout my house. Here’s a peek at how they look so far… They haven’t been filled or sanded or […]

These last few days have been so productive, and the pantry project is back on track! In my last post about the pantry (which you can read here), I described how the left wall was so out of square that it was impossible to install cabinets or open shelves on that wall. So I started […]

I was feeling all good about myself and my progress on Tuesday when I showed y’all the finalized layout of the pantry with the cabinets that I had built (but hadn’t quite finished or trimmed out yet). And while I knew I couldn’t get the cabinet build finished by today (I’m still waiting for the […]

I have pantry cabinet progress to share! It’s not much yet. As you probably know, plain cabinet boxes really aren’t pretty or exciting to look at. They’re just plain plywood boxes, after all. It’s the trim that really dresses them up, and I’m not quite to that stage of the project yet. But I can […]

Y’all, my life (my DIY life, that is) has been changed. Revolutionized. I know that sounds dramatic, and maybe it is, but I don’t think I’m being overly so. One of the biggest problems I’ve had when DIYing big projects that require sheet goods like plywood or MDF is that they’re just so dang difficult […]

First of all, thank you so much for all of your amazing feedback on Monday’s post where I shared my new obsession — macro photography of alcohol inks in resin. And as promised, I finally have some of the images available for purchase. So far, I have five collections edited, uploaded and ready to go. […]

I had planned for my first week of the One Room Challenge to be all about making and installing cabinets in the pantry, but after giving it some thought, I realized that the first project right out of the starting gate really needed to be the marbled resin and alcohol ink tiles that I planned […]

Well, I have a new obsession. I mean, y’all already know that I can’t get enough resin, and I want to resin all the things. And I can’t seem to get enough of these little four-inch resin petries. If you missed that project, you can click here to see how I made them (with a […]

The pantry fun starts today! I’m finalizing my purchase list this morning and heading to Home Depot to get all of my plywood and supplies. I’m so excited to jump right in. But after reading a few comments about the freezer placement yesterday, I do need to make one big decision before I can get […]

Y’all, I’m doing it! I decided to finally do a One Room Challenge as a guest participant. After years of following the other participants, making an afternoon of admiring all of the reveals each season, and wishing I had the nerve to participate, I’ve finally decided to do it. Since I have two areas in […]

Y’all, I spent all afternoon and evening yesterday doing more experimenting with tiles and resin. And this time, at the suggestion of several of you, I tried alcohol inks. After many, many tries (and fails), I finally got my technique down where I could get fairly consistent results. I tried several different color combos, but […]

A couple of weeks ago, I showed y’all these marbled resin tiles made by an artist I follow on Instagram.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ann Upton (@annupton.art) on Sep 10, 2018 at 12:11pm PDT At the time, I had this idea that I’d love to use those on […]

I’ve been struggling with this decision for quite some time. And quite honestly, I think it is the one thing that has been holding up progress on my pantry for so long. And that decision is… What kind of freezer should I get? If I were using modular, movable storage in my pantry, it wouldn’t […]

We’re making good progress on the £200k social housing project at Beadnell Road for Lewisham Homes. This project in SE23 includes internal and external refurbishment... Read more »

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Y’all! There are only five more days in September! This fact hit me like a ton of bricks this morning. Do you know what that means? That means in five short days, we’ll be in the last quarter of 2018. Just three more months. Ninety-two days. That’s it. This seems like a good time for […]

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