Antiques & Antiquing, DIY, Interior Style

lamp – a little before ‘n’ after

I bought this lampbase in a bric-a-brac shop in North Wicklow last week

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It was shiny and repro dark brown so I sanded it down and painted it Lamp room gray by Farrow & Ball, popped a sweet lampshade on it….

…and this is how it turned out:

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Inspiration, Interior Style, Nature & the Coast

Autumn Hues

I was passing through the Wicklow Mountains last weekend and even though there was a gale blowing, I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps

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All those colours are so stunning.

Nature is one of my main starting points for colours and even just seasonal adornment. Below are lots of images to inspire……..

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Golden hues recall harvest time

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It can be as simple as adding shots of colour with tea towels!

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Warm walls   image by: Sharon Cairns

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Terracotta hues in the bricks at Ham House

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Eclectic & cosy living at Arne Maynard’s house image: The Interior Archives

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Subtle textures and earthy tones with terracotta bricks with walls the colour of mud

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image via: Country living.com

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image via: linenandlavender.com

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String your nature finds together to create a garland!

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Oh rust & ruby velvets – how stunning!    image: Astier de Villatte

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My throws on the couch for extra comfort on nights in

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image: via Atelier A.M. | Mark D. | b r o w n s

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Textures – image bodie& fou

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oh so beautiful!

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Faded blooms reflect Autumn

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Atmospheric grey walls make a feature of the leather couch

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Texture & colour injection with rugs – image by toast

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Cosmos at the herbacious border in Mount Usher gardens

Time to light the fire and enjoy those cosy evenings….

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Delicious, Nature & the Coast

recipe for Sloe Gin

Its that time of the year again….

Here is the recipe for my (in)famous sloe gin!Image

makes 1 bottle

Preparation time: a year or more

450g (1lb) sloes

225-450g (8oz- 1lb) organic caster sugar

580ml (1 pint) gin

2  kilner jars

Wash and prick the sloes all over with a clean needle. Alternatively you can freeze them overnight in order to pierce the skin.

Feed them in to a large sterilised jar (I find Kilner jars are best). Pour the sugar over the sloes – how much depends on how sweet you like your liqueur. Finally add the gin. Seal tightly and give it a shake. Store in a cool dark cupboard. Shake it every other day for the first week and then every week for a couple of months. The sloes stop doing their flavouring after about 3 months so you can then strain and bottle your liqueur. The colour lightens and the flavour improves with age.

It is delicious served neat in a vintage liqueur glass or as a kir with some fizz in a champagne glass.

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So get thee to the hedgerows and gather…. for in the Winter months this will keep you warm!

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Inspiration, Interior Style, Lifestyle

an Autumnal day at Ham House

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Having lived many years in Richmond, Southwest London, I was lucky enough to have a myriad of stunning buildings on my doorstep, one of them being the ever intriguing Jacobean Ham House on the river opposite Twickenham. I revisited the house the other day just as the Season was turning from late Summer to hints of Autumn and somehow the hues in the interior, as well as in the gardens, echoed this for me.

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Rusts and burnt sienna colours were in the bricks…

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soft green greys in the lavender

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the blue-purples of the damsons in the Kitchen Garden

As we went inside we passed the trompe l’oeils on either side of the entrance which now look like faded memory

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As I went around the rooms, the colours that had sung at me outside were evident in the fabrics and silk wallpapers in the darkened rooms. some have been restored – like this one. Glorious…

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I loved the warm gold details in the panelling

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I especially loved the picture lights

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detail of silk wall hanging

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Greys setting off golds and rich reds…Drama!

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One of my favourite rooms is the Green Closet with the finest collection of miniatures

you can see them all in detail on the National Trust’s website. I love the green silk backdrop. It wouldn’t be the same if it was just painted white would it?

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The flock wallpaper in the Duke’s Closet really caught my eye. What a colour! very now!

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why I love darkened dining rooms… the table covered in white linen looks very inviting.

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a detail of the leather wallpaper

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the view of the front from the window

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Evidence of how inspired I was by these Autumnal colours can be seen in this rug made from recycled wool that I bought in the National Trust shop outside.Image

Autumn bring it on!

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