My Revamp Restyle Reveal Lounge

The big reveal!

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 Good Morning, and welcome to our very 1st round of Revamp Restyle and Reveal!

.Thank you Bianca for the introduction, that is one seriously gorgeous kitchen you have there now!

Ok so now its over to me, to reveal exactly what ive been getting upto over the past 4 weeks of RRR but before we get onto the good bits, namely pretty pics, id like to send out a mahoosive thank you to all our sponsors who without their kindness and generosity our rooms would most certainly not look as spectacular as they do!  ao.com  maisonsdumonde  earthbornpaints  Amara and Frenchicpaint 

So the room I decided to makeover for the event was my lounge, but before I launch into all the pics of the space, im going to break it down into small elements to give you all the details on what was used and what went where,(boy that was a lot of 'W's) 

   Heres how the room looked before

 

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The funny thing is, when I announced I was going to be making over the lounge, I received an absolute tonne of really great comments from folk saying how nice the room already was and that it didn't need changing etc, which was really lovely, however for me after living with it for a while, (nearly a year, that must be a personal record for this serial decorator...lol) I always felt it was just missing something. So top of my list for what I had planned for the room was going to be a big injection of colour, the walls were painted in a soft neutral with a pink undertone, which as I said was all very lovely but just not working for me anymore. One of our lovely sponsors was Earthborn Paints and after looking at their fab paint range I knew exactly what I wanted.

Milk jug for the walls

Milk jug for the walls

and Gingham for the ceiling.

and Gingham for the ceiling.

I loved the way the 2 colours played off against each other 'Milk jug' has a slight Aqua tone, where 'Gingham' has a much more gray tone to it, This was really obvious when the 2 colours sat side by side, where the walls meet the ceiling. Speaking of the ceiling one thing that was glaringly obvious was although living in a period property someone at some point had decided to get rid of the ceiling rose (sacrilege!) It was something that had bugged the life out of me ever since I moved in years ago, so RRR gave me the perfect opportunity to actually address this issue. So I knew I wanted something different for a ceiling rose and I couldnt really find anythingthat knocked my socks off. Then I had a bit of a Eureka moment, as I remembered  I had an old sunburst mirror that used to be above the bed in our bedroom, it was a great size and super lightweight so would be perfect, I just added a small 12" resin ceiling rose which fitted like a glove.

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Here you can see both of the paint colours side by side and my ahem "bespoke" ...ceiling rose all painted out in the same colour as the ceiling, working its magic.

Here you can see both of the paint colours side by side and my ahem "bespoke" ...ceiling rose all painted out in the same colour as the ceiling, working its magic.

Next on the hit list of things to do was to address the spaces either side of the fireplace, these alcoves are actually not very deep...and id always wanted to have shelving either side the chimney breast to add extra detail to that wall. So off I trotted down to my cellar and gathered all kinds of different scraps of wood to create some shelving and the italianate plinths for the tops for a touch of Grandeur. As I said I only really had scraps and off cuts of wood from past projects, some pieces were timber but some were Melamine, and as anyone who's tried to paint Melamine will know, regular paint just wont stick to it. .Thankfully Frenchic paint came to the rescue, Frenchic Furniture paint is a fabulous chalk paint which will stick to anything, so a quick coat of that, provided me with the perfect 'key' for me to then paint over with eggshell in the same colour as the walls.

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Next I needed some new chairs for my Gentlemans club meets Miami lounge, and the lovely folks at Maisons du Monde certainly heard my prayers! They provided me with THE most gorgeous sumptuous velvet club chairs,. The Baudelaire armchairs come in a variety of colours and I picked the Peacock Blue, which in the flesh are actually the most gorge shade of Teal, so they compliment the wall colour so perfectly.

Baudelaire Armchairs looking resplendent

Baudelaire Armchairs looking resplendent

Incidentally the Artwork you see behind the chairs was a little something I rustled up,in another of my Blue Peter moments, it was made from some strip timber from the timber merchants and held together with right angle brackets, I then stapled taut an old duvet cover to it. 5 coats of plain old white Emulsion, to create a canvas, I then used loads of tester pots of paints that I had stored away and just made it up kinda freestyle as I was going along...definitely a great fun project to try at home guys!

I had to bring this thru to the halfway as it had started to rain outside.

I had to bring this thru to the halfway as it had started to rain outside.

So, let me see weve covered décor and furnishings, what about some extra 'pretties' to add to the room? Well then it was over to the lovely folks over at Amara who very kindly allowed me to choose something from their beyond gorgeous range of products, I chose these incredible plates from Christian Lacroix and a stunning vase Green vase from Bloomingville

Its LaCroix sweetie darlin haha

Its LaCroix sweetie darlin haha

Right so we now have this fab lounge but seeing as its 2 guys who live here, we would of course have to have a little bit of tech, yes boys and their toys eh? This is where the awesome guys at ao really came into their own and provided us with an incredible tv and a home cinema surround sound system, if seeing is believing, then this really has to heard to be believed! Now the nights are drawing in, its going to be fab to binge watch Netflix this bad boy!

4K Television, picture quality is insane, and the sound blows ya socks off!

4K Television, picture quality is insane, and the sound blows ya socks off!

Ok so those were some of my highlights that are now in my new look lounge, heres a few more pics from different angles.

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Cushion love.....as always.

Cushion love.....as always.

Sometimes you just gotta have Leopard print curtains.

Sometimes you just gotta have Leopard print curtains.

So there you have it, that's what has been keeping me busy these past few weeks, I really hope you like our new look lounge.

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Make sure to follow along to the next blogger on the list, I hand you over to the always lovely Ms Kerry Lockwood.

Take care XO

Kerry Lockwood, Kerry Lockwood In Detail - Girls Bedroom Revamp

Melanie Lissack, Melanie Lissack Interiors - Master Bedroom Revamp

Kate Young, Kate Young Design - Master Bedroom Revamp

Meera Pendred, Arty Home Studios - Living Room Revamp

Dee Campling, Dee Campling Interiors - Boys Bedroom Revamp

Ruth Matthews, Design Soda - Hallway Revamp

Fiona Cameron, Around The Houses - Guest Bedroom Revamp

The real deal with Teal.

Hello there folks,

Hope your all doing super well, thanks so much for dropping by to read my second blog post. Today id like to talk about one of my absolute favourite topics....colour!, I'm pretty sure you're all aware of my enduring love affair with the myriad of colours, patterns and textures one gets to play with while working in interiors, and its one of those many colours that I want to talk about today, the colour as the title of this post kinda gives away, is one of my all time faves, Teal.

The colour Teal, believe it or not, actually gets it name from a small freshwater Duck, which has greenish blue plumage on the side of its head and wings, now you can't ever say I don't give you useless facts! So for any of you guys that have been living in a cave all your life, a la Hermit stylee, Teal is a mid-tone to dark, greenish- blue, i say mid tone, as any lighter and we start bordering onto Turquoise territory, which is a whole different ball game entirely. Teal is extremely versatile in interiors, and is thought to represent balance, calm and soothing.

So without further ado, and me waffling on way too much, lets look at some examples of Teal in action.

(image credit Urban Outfitters)

(image credit Urban Outfitters)

As you can see from this gorgeous image above from Urban Outfitters, the walls, woodwork and the sofa have all been painted out in different tones of Teal, which provides the perfect backdrop for the the brighter blue accents to really pop. Also note the use of different textures, the shiny glass against the velvet of the sofa.  The shaggy Mongolian throw although a similar tone to the couch, is a completely different texture so still creates interest.

(Design credit Stefan Hoglmaeir & Tim Sittman-Haury, image Architectural Digest)

(Design credit Stefan Hoglmaeir & Tim Sittman-Haury, image Architectural Digest)

Heres another beautiful example, we get to see just how glamourous Teal can be, in this beautiful dressing room the Teal wardrobes wrap around the whole space creating a sumptuous rich backdrop of colour, which teams beautifully with the soft blues and greys in the rug and the grey planked ceiling. I particularly love the vintage, brass and crystal 'palm' chandelier, which helps to add that touch of Hollywood Regency glam.  

(Photo credit, Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple Blog)

(Photo credit, Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple Blog)

In her North London home, colour aficionado and blogger Bianca Hall, has painted out her family/TV room in a gorgeous shade of Teal, taking the colour all the way up onto the ceiling too, which is always a great way of getting the full impact of any colour as the wall colour isn't suddenly "cut off" by say a white ceiling. Notice just how great the deep indigo textural rug looks teamed with the wall colour? Talk about fabulous!

So say you love the idea of Teal but are maybe a little nervous of painting out a whole room in it?, you could always incorporate some Teal elements into your space, like in the picture below of the home of Spanish Interior stylist Jaime Lacasa . Jamie has been dubbed one of the most stylish men in Madrid, and looking at his awesome home you can begin see why. His Madrid apartment has a laid back eclectic vibe, with loads of what I like to call colour "moments" one of these being the fab Robins egg floor and of course the floor to ceiling Teal bookcases.

(Image credit, Photo, I Semenat)

(Image credit, Photo, I Semenat)

(image credit - Ken Fulk Design)

(image credit - Ken Fulk Design)

Here in this gorgeous Library by the master Interior Designer Ken Fulk, I think you'll agree the Teal helps to add that touch of cool contemporary colour and edge, to a what without it, would be a very traditional space indeed.

So you can see, from all the different spaces and vibes created above Teal really is a super versatile colour, and who knows, maybe next time any of you guys are thinking of redecorating a space in your own home, maybe you'll stop to consider good old Teal a bash?

Well I guess that's enough of me nattering on, trust me I could go on forever, please feel free to like and maybe leave a comment, id love to know what you guys think about Teal, have you used it in your own home, or maybe some of the other colour choices you.ve made..Drop me a line id love to know.

Till next time, seeya.

Oliver x

Welcome aboard!

 Hello there folks, and welcome to my very first blog post!

Finally at last, after what seems like an eternity, I've summoned up the bottle to start writing my blog! I'm not really sure why its taken me so long to get started, I guess, truth be told I was just being a big ol scaredy cat, and you know what? you don't get too far in life by giving into fear like that so I figure now's the time to face that fear and just go for it!

So all that having been said, what am I going to talk about?

Well one of the first questions I always seem to get asked whenever i get the opportunity to say I'm an Interior designer is "Whats your style?" which on the one hand is great, that people are showing an interest, but its a really difficult question to answer in one simple clear sentence (and perhaps a subject for another blog post) I usually say my style is eclectic, colourful and layered, and its the layered aspect id like to chat about today, in particular how to add another "layer" to walls, other than paint or wallpaper. One of the easiest ways, this can be achieved is to think about adding decorative mouldings to your walls.

 

image - Benjamin Moore Paint

image - Benjamin Moore Paint

As you can see in the image above by adding a few simple mouldings and a dado rail, this plain standard wall has had an instant facelift, speaking of surgery, i like to think of adding mouldings as improving the bone structure of a room, and we all know how great folks look who have been blessed with great cheekbones will always look, no matter how wrinkly they may get! well the same principle can be applied to your walls.

 Below are some more examples of just how effective this can be.

Image - Marks &Spencer

Image - Marks &Spencer

Here is a typically normal Scandi style set up in a kitchen, which isn't horrible by any means but see how fabulous the added detail on the walls helps to add that all important extra "layer" and takes a room from OK to WA-HAYYY!!

Image - Kimberley Duran/Swoon Worthy Blog

Image - Kimberley Duran/Swoon Worthy Blog

Here in this fabulous living room, its been cranked up a notch, with a double set of mouldings, one slightly thicker than the other (you don't have to only have one) the mouldings and the walls have all been painted out in a rich dark shade, but see how the mouldings stand out even more?, add to this the mis-matched artwork and you begin to see the layers building up.

Image - Lucas Allen / House & Garden Magazine. Wallpaper, Pierre Frey

Image - Lucas Allen / House & Garden Magazine. Wallpaper, Pierre Frey

It doesn't stop there you can build up even more layers, like in this really charming tweens room, here we have 2 different wall colours, then the mouldings, then wallpaper has been added, and finally framed artwork on top of that! All of which help to create a truly sumptuous look. So as you can see there really are endless possibilities as to how far you want to go with mouldings

So, on that note I hope i've given you all some inspiration, so that next time your thinking of redecorating one of your rooms have little think about adding that "secret" layer, I promise you wont be disappointed!

Till next time,

Oliver x