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

deep purple chair from ArticleWell, I’m definitely not going to make it all the way through my “to do” list for 2017, but you know what? I’m okay with it. I’m actually quite proud of myself for the progress that I did make on the house this year. I’m definitely in that December state of mind, where I’m winding […]

Canby chapel watercolor artwork - before and afterRemember how I originally intended to use the bird illustration gallery wall in the hallway, but then loved it so much I put it in the living room instead? Well, that left me in need of a brand new idea for the hallway. I searched on Pinterest for inspiration, but couldn’t really find any grand […]

artificial olive tree in hyacinth basket from World Market - 7I have the very opposite of a green thumb, and can’t keep a plant alive to save my life. I took botany in college, so I understand the basic concept. Plants need sunlight and water, in varying degrees depending on the type of plant. It seems so simple, and yet I just can’t make it […]

how to build a shallow console table with turned wood columns - 13Since I had a mid-project change of heart and decided to use my bird illustration gallery wall in the living room instead of the hallway (you can click here to see that if you missed it), I had to come up with a new idea for my hallway. I have about 50 inches of space […]

living room update with new furniture - 7Several of you noticed in yesterday’s post that you could see a peek of some of my new living room furniture pieces, so today I’ll show you the progress so far. First up, here’s my little green loveseat… I have to say, I love this thing. The color is so pretty (I think that picture […]

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared that Flickr account with all of those collections of free nature illustrations? Well, I chose six colorful illustrations from my favorite collection (these birds, of course!) and created a gallery wall in my living room. Here’s how it turned out… I love the color it adds to my […]

MARLBOROUGH GROVE, LONDON, SE1 5JT Client: London Borough of Southwark Summary of Works: The conversion of the sports block into a dining hall plus decorations... Read more »

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HENRIQUES STREET, LONDON, E1 1NG Client: Southern Housing Group Architect: Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP Contract Value: £644k Programme: 30 weeks Summary of Works: Internal &... Read more »

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46 HALF MOON LANE, LONDON, SE24 9HU Client: London Borough of Southwark Architect: Faithful & Gould Contract Value: +£900k Programme: 36 weeks Summary of works:... Read more »

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Works have begun at Leo’s Den, a day nursery in SE1. Internal refurbishment works for this private commercial client include the remodelling of the internal... Read more »

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We are delighted to have received confirmation of a £1.4m refurbishment project on the Elim Estate in the heart of SE1. We’re looking forward to working,... Read more »

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horizontal stripe walls in hallway - 1My hallway doors still aren’t completely painted, the cabinets still need repair, the ceiling needs paint touchups, and the light still needs to be reinstalled, but by gosh, the trim and walls are finished!! And yes, I went with stripes. This was one time I was determined to forge ahead with my plan, regardless of […]

11-17 hallway progress - walls and trim all painted - 2Well, I didn’t feel like I could go a whole week without mentioning my hallway. This hallway has been a very sore subject with me for the last two weeks, but last night, I finally reached a milestone — all of the walls and trim are painted. Completely. Two coats of paint, and no additional […]

trading spaces - beach-room-with-sand-on-the-floorY’all remember Trading Spaces, right? It was the show where homeowners swapped houses for a weekend and decorated a room in each others’ homes on a $1000 budget with the help and guidance of an interior decorator or designer. It was an American show based on a British show called Changing Rooms, and it aired […]

entryway -classic metal pendant from Pottery BarnMy hallway is kind of a sore subject with me right now, so I’d like to think of happy things, like decorating my living room and entryway and finding the perfect lighting for my credenza (yes, it’s a dresser) in the entryway. Right now, the wall just to the left when you walk through my […]

Completed for the Lister Primary Trust, a refurbishment project which we delivered around a busy Primary Care Centre in Peckham. Working together with the NHS team and... Read more »

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Another completed project for The Langham Estate! Works to Julco House, a commercial office block in the West End, included the internal redecorations to common... Read more »

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12 weeks into this project for the London Borough of Southwark, works are progressing well and on schedule. This refurbishment project includes the installation of communal security... Read more »

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living room - glass and gold metal coffee tableEvery since my new living room rug arrived, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get that room finished. After considering all of the projects I still needed to finish up (or hire out) before the room could be finished, and also after playing around with some furniture arrangements with the furniture I currently have, […]

biodiversity heritage library - Exotic botany illustratedY’all, I have an amazing source to share with you today!! I just happened upon it somehow, and I feel like I hit the mother lode. So I wanted to pass it along to you in case you don’t know about it. First, let me back up a bit. Let’s talk about botanical prints and other […]

hallway bathroom - new vanity color test - Kendall CharcoalWell, there are just under two months left in the year. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I won’t finish my list of house goals for 2017 by December 31st. 😀 I’m actually perfectly fine with that. Unfortunately for some of you who have been patiently waiting for me to tackle my pantry, […]

living room and entryway so farYesterday I posted a couple of pictures to my Instagram account (which you can find and follow here) and then realized that the main items that I have so far for my entryway and living room were right there together in a grid of four pictures. The top left picture is my new rug (I […]

new living room rug - 8 - purple and gray with orange, yellow, teal, greenMy new living room rug arrived yesterday, and it’s even more beautiful and more perfect than I expected. I mean, this thing is gorgeous, especially considering the price! I purchased this Safavieh purple and gray rug in an 8 x 10 size. I was nervous about the colors, and was pretty much expecting to be […]

hallway doors trimmed out - 2It’s hard to imagine a project going slower than my hallway project. I look at what I’ve accomplished in the amount of time it’s taken me (I started on September 11th) and can’t help but ask, “What the heck is taking so long?!” 😀 I know some of you are going to say I’m being […]

new rug for the living room - 1Hey there! I actually hadn’t planned on being away for most of the week, but here we are on Friday, and this is my first post of the week. 😀 I’ve just had a hard time getting things done around here lately, so I had nothing blogworthy to share. I haven’t felt like working on […]

stripped and sanded spinet piano with new coat of dark walnut stain - 2Well, y’all guilted me into it. 😀 I’ll admit that I just wanted to avoid the hassle and hard work of stripping and sanding the case of the piano, but in the end, I’m glad I took the extra time and did it right. And I did it right there in the music room and […]

refinishing an old spinet piano - 6I think the majority of you agreed that since my little spinet piano isn’t some free castoff from Craigslist, but is actually a family piece with sentimental value, I should take my time stripping and refinishing it rather than slapping a couple of coats of paint on it just so I can cross it off […]

spinet piano lid with two different types of woodI spent most of my weekend working on taxes, which is never fun and always stressful for me. So the last thing I wanted to do after finishing that was to turn my attention back to my very frustrating hallway cabinet project (which I’m having to make adjustments to — more on that here if […]

improper planning before buidling cabinets - removal of bottom rail and plywood baseMy hallway cabinets were finished. I had built them, trimmed them out, primed them, sanded them, caulked them, painted them, and taken my final “taaaa daaaa” pictures. I had moved on to other projects, like getting my doors painted and planning out the design for the wall. But those stupid cabinets just kept nagging me. […]

We have been awarded a £40k Grade II Listed refurbishment project for Southwark Council. Works include specialist brick repairs to the walls of the garden... Read more »

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