So what does your run of the mill Art Deco enthusiast hang on the walls of their humble abode? Vintage travel posters? A Chinese reproduction canvas of a Tamara de Lempicka painting?.. or perhaps a framed and mounted period advertisement featuring a stylized sketch of a dashing couple enjoying a glass of a trendy French liqueur! All have […]Read more "Art For Art’s Sake"
Well it was a long time coming but on Saturday February 13th we moved into our kitchen. Key utensils, bags of saucepans and cans of miscellaneous grub were whisked from one end of the flat to the other as efficiently as we could manage. This all happened in a frantic rush after work as I […]Read more "Kitchentopia"
Earlier in the year I published a few posts concerning a significant reshuffle of our home layout; ultimately leading to us creating a kitchen/diner at the opposite end of our garden flat (the existing kitchen then being converted to a bedroom/nursery for our new edition ‘Beatrice’). The summer months yielded hardly any progress thanks to unreliable […]Read more "The Reshuffle Part 3: Go Progress Chrome"
In the hunt for beautiful Art Deco features to add to our current kitchen renovation project I stumbled across the fantastic Birmingham based firm Classic Ceilings. This small enterprise run by Marc Newey creates high quality period plaster ceiling roses, coving corners, overdoors, light switch surrounds and air bricks. He personally designs and manufactures pieces in Arts & […]Read more "12 White Roses"
2015 is going to yield some fairly major changes in art deco magpie hq. The forthcoming arrival of our second bright young thing has required us to have a rethink about the layout of the flat and presented a September deadline. The plan is to convert a huge dark cellar room currently used for logs and garden tools into […]Read more "The Reshuffle Pt1 – A Study in Grey"
If there’s better way to spend down time during the festive season than painting lines on a wall, then I’m not aware of it! The inspiration for this genius idea came from a photo of the inside of the ‘watch room’ at Duxford Air Base. A broad grey stripe sweeps around the entire room, echoing the runway it overlooks. Alas, I […]Read more "Parallel Lines"
After two weeks of evenings spent scaling the heady heights of our lounge on a wobbly ladder we have completion in the Graham & Brown Cinema wallpaper project. It’s subtle but very effective, even if it doesn’t exactly dazzle in the photos. Pattern matching in the corners wasn’t even remotely easy considering the uneven nature of […]Read more "Cinema Style – Fin"
Tonight I find myself at the top of a ladder trying to hang some wallpaper in the lounge. It’s going relatively we’ll, but my paste covered fingers are struggling to grip the shiny surface to ensure perfect pattern match. “I don’t remember it being this blimin’ tricky” I yell down to Tash who’s hovering with […]Read more "Cinema style"