Thursday, 27 March 2014
a staircase tale #2
Some of you may remember the first 'staircase tale' blog post from way back when in February 2010 ... incidentally my second most visited post with 1,520 views!
There have been a few changes to the cottage since then, simple cosmetic tweaks really; fresh paint colours, new curtains etc. The most recent change is that we now have wallpaper, and patterned wallpaper at that. Did I actually say we now have wallpaper? I've always thought of wallpaper as being a tad fussy and, suffering from pattern phobia as I do (!) they tend to scare me a little (a fear no doubt caused by growing up in the 60s and 70s; living in a house with clashing yellow, orange and green involving incomprehensible swirly/geometric patterns on everything, from carpets and wallpaper to china). Of course the 70s is all very much in vogue at the moment and super trendy.
But I digress ... back to the cottage.
The wallpaper I have chosen (well actually it chose me) is Oriental Garden Duck Egg Floral by Laura Ashley. By the way take note of the 'I' as in - 'just me'. Oh no, the OH wanted nothing to do with wallpaper and the sticky subject of wallpapering. Be it on the my own head (quite literally)! So, the lovely Simon stepped into the breach and balancing artfully on a very precarious staircase he has succeeded in wallpapering our upstairs stairwell most admirably.
I just have to re-paint the stairs to finish it off. This will be their third incarnation in almost as many years. They were, as in my original post, painted in Farrow & Ball Clunch with a 'runner' in Mouses's Back, a very popular choice with many of you as I recall. Then last year I painted them in Pigeon, also by F&B.
They looked great until I painted the wall in the Duck Egg Blue, but as you can see these two colours do not do each other justice. So it will be a return to Clunch for the entire staircase, treads and risers; the lot.
Keep it simple, this wallpaper deserves the limelight.
What do you think? A thumbs up for wallpaper in the cottage?