Saturday, 30 October 2010

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Pigeon

The colour I chose for the bedside table was 
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
Picking a colour for the bedside table transformation 
was a tricky bunny.

Like picking up a bar of slippery soap in the bath.

I scoured paint sample after paint sample to find the perfect shade. But as soon as I saw Farrow and Ball's Pigeon, held up against our bedroom colour (Farrow and Ball Light Blue) and our mahogany bed, I knew it was the one.

The paint cooed to me.

{Pigeon? Cooing? Geddit?!}

And the siren-like call of Farrow and Ball paints is pretty hard to resist.

I hope these Case Study paint posts will save you time when looking for paints, showing a variety of pictures that show Farrow and Ball Pigeon in different lights.

Although, I have to say it wasn't wholly unenjoyable....
I rather like all that fussing and sighing over paint...

The colour of Pigeon changes from very grey with a tinsiest hint of bluey-green to a grey-green in stronger sun.

Very much like a pigeon......?!
I'll get back to you on that one...

It's a beautiful colour that definitely leans towards the greener end of grey.....

....but Pigeon has enough blue in it to give depth and interest.

Ignore it at your peril...

If you loved this post, check out these other 
Farrow and Ball Paint Case Studies?
Farrow and Ball White Tie
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

My favourite blog for fantastic paint tips and information is the Relics of Witney blog. Have you seen it yet?

Images: House to Home, mine, Providence, mine, Farrow and Ball, Mob 24, Urban Grace, mine,, mine

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Vintage Suitcase: Modern Country Style

So...where were we before I so rudely had to dash away yesterday...? I'm sorry to keep breaking up our lovely chats. Thank you for waiting so patiently for me.

That's right.....vintage suitcases.

Did you like my li'l homage to these beauties? Weren't there some amazing uses for upcycling? I love the idea of giving new life to old pieces. LOVE. L.O.V.E. Really, reeeeally like this idea. Taking the best of really well-made things that have bags of character and giving them a whole new function for today's life. It's a huge part of what Modern Country Style is about......what my style is about.....

I have my mother's old suitcase and, instead of keeping it with the other more modern suitcases that we have in the attic, I like to keep this one at the end of our bed.

I love the old, battered leather against the soft glow of the mahogany.

I only like using vintage items if they have a real function for our family life NOW. I don't just like vintage for vintage's sake. It has to have function AND beauty to earn it's keep.

Yes, I'm a hard task-master. Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen is my house mantra.

I use this suitcase for storage. What did I tell you? Function AND beauty...

I wanted a place to keep winter bedding in the summer, summer bedding in the winter, spring bedding in the....oh, you get it?!

You want me to stop going on and show you inside?

I can't believe you guys sometimes!

Alright, just this once....

See? This is our summer throw....

Vintage Suitcase. Two words....but don't they conjure up such glamorous images?


I really struggled to get the right bedside table for our...errr...bedside. After looking and looking, I decided to paint my own. Yes, shock, horror, I finally tackled a paint project!!

I'll share all the gory details with you next time...

I'm linking to parties in my sidebar...

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

My Haven

This room has had a drastic transformation. It was a complete mess when we moved here. Not one but two hideous borders....Orange pine shelves.... Holes in the wall. And how did broken glass get in *there*?

You want a closer look? Really?

And another....? Are you sure?

I knew I wanted an Attic-Chic look up here (yes, I made that up!) so after lots of (very enjoyable) planning and designing and painting and building and sweeping out broken glass (?!) and knocking down bits of wall and building other bits back's how it is now: My Haven!

I love coming here to soft and snuggly.....(ahem....I made that cushion....)...

...being here lets me to unwind and relax....

Or to snooze....

At the end of a long day, I climb up our stairs and turn the corner into our room.....

....and I know that this is what's waiting for me.....

I love to curl up with a good book.......

...or my favourite magazine....

And just be me!

To me, it's the best place on earth.

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Vintage Suitcase: A Homage

(Errr....I feel I should add that this is intended to be taken as a parody....)

Vintage suitcases, how do I love thee?

 Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with a passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Images: The Style PA, A Beach Cottage, fclo, az central, This Next, skcnis, Elite Choice, A Beach Cottage, House Beautiful, Poetic Home, Luxist, sfgate, The Passionate Home, unknown, 1st Dibs

Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Bed: The Modern Country Style Way.........

I've had so many emails asking for details of our Modern Country bed linen that I thought it was worth posting about. I LOVE getting emails from you so I've answered all the enquiries separately but this one's going out to all you shy ones.....

All the bed linen is from The White Company who do *the* best home wares ever. Their bedding is so gorgeous that words (nearly) escape me.

The throw is quilted velvet and bordered with silk. It's so lovely and soft and warm and heavy.

The bed is made with two big square pillows at the back, propped up, and then two rectangular pillows leaning against them.

It makes me feel like the princess and the pea with all her layers and layers - eeerrrr......except there's no pea.....

I couldn't believe the number of emails I had from people telling me about their uncomfortable beds.

I will name no names but...............

Come on, girlies!!

You spend a third of your life (although I like to think I could potentially up this to two thirds, given half a chance....)  in your bed.

The choice I present to you is an easy-peasy one: comfy or no? Luxurious sanctuary at the end of a hard day or bed-springs in your back?

I had the very exciting honour of guest posting  at utterly gorgeous Jami's Freckled Laundry yesterday.

Thank you SO much to the lovely, generous Jami, an American sweetheart, for having me. I loved every single second of it.

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