Another week has gone by already! My apologies for not posting a Book of the Week on Wednesday, some RL things came up that needed my care and attention, but I'll be back next week with another fave book.
In my spare time last weekend and this week I worked on some new additions to Belle Pierre - outdoor lanterns.
I have had my eye on these for a while now and bought them the other week. I liked them because they had a more rustic shape than regular wall lights.
They were originally black plastic but I attacked them with some teal, blue and white paint and then sprayed them with matt varnish. The varnish worked well in that it gave the glass a sort of aged frosted look which defuses the lights when on. It didn't work in that it brought out the blue too much so, once dry, I went over them with a washed down version of some of the colours and finished with a dab of mod podge. They have come out very blue in the pictures but you'll have to take my word for it that they look much more pale and grey in RL.
I have also been thinking about the interior and the living room in particular. I really liked the wall panels but felt they lacked detail, and the room was rather dark over all. I wanted a dark and moody room but this was turning too dark! So, I took my own advise (from a previous post) and thought about adding wallpaper to the panels. After much testing I plumped for a pretty Itsy Bitsy wallpaper called Damask that I had a couple of sheets left over from an older project. It is actually blue with a beige background, but it turned out to match the wall colour perfectly! I guess there is more blue in my Green than I thought!
I am now thinking about cutting a seat off the pink sofa and turning it into a 2 seater sofa for upstairs whilst I put more "French" pieces in here. They will also be smaller thus making more use of this tiny space. Or perhaps I'll leave the 2 seater sofa in here after all? We'll see. The panel above the fireplace has changed too to match the other panels. I loved the other dark green that was there but it opened out the room more with them all matching. Even more so once I added the narrow strips on the corners by the windows. The windows will eventually be calmed down with some Susan Bembridge fabric I have in a box (I'm not brave enough to tackle curtains yet!).
I also want to tone down the cornice from dark green to a light colour - maybe with a light grey wash over it. Still skirting boards needed but I'm still fiddling with the electrics so until that's done I can't put them in place.
I am still fretting over the roof space! "Merci", to Jean Claude and Isabelle for their observations re the roof height. I think I'll need to lower it a bit once I finalise the plan in my head - famous last words!
Ok guys, enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for your time and lovely comments, they are always welcomed and very much appreciated.