Grey boring? How about sophisticated – and a great backdrop for colour?

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A lot of people choose natural colours like beiges or browns when opting for a ‘neutral’ and safe colour scheme for their homes. Grey is often seen as too cold or depressing and not on every person’s radar when standing in the paint pot alley of the DIY store.

I’ve collected some examples today of rooms where grey actually looks rather sophisticated and stylish, when used in combination with the right colour accents and accessories. Much better than beige (or worse even, magnolia…)! And hey, you can start off simple – try one bit of wall for starters. Perhaps around the fire place or in the hallway to make a mirror, painting or piece of furniture stand out.

Grey teams very well with yellow, teal and mustard. Imagine if these splashes of colour weren’t added to the decor pictured below… They really lift the room. Loving those knitted floor cushions.

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Grey is also excellent with more ‘girly’ colours like red and pink – if yellow is not your cup of tea. That grey becomes the perfect background for your favourite pink accessories – just add cushions, throws, curtains or just a bouquet of roses to the room.

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Loving this chesterfield sofa… http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416037591995/
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And if you really can’t detach yourself from your beiges and browns, why not combine grey with a bit of ‘neutral’ after all – and add accessories in natural materials like wood, wicker and jute? Add some natural wooden furniture, pieces of driftwood as accessories and of course don’t forget that lovely natural wooden floor as a basis.

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Sophisticated grey colour schemes

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A lot of people choose natural colours like beiges or browns when opting for a ‘neutral’ and safe colour scheme for their homes. Grey is often seen as too cold or depressing and not on every person’s radar when standing in the paint pot alley of the DIY store. But grey colour schemes can really make your interior look great.

Grey accents in your home interior

I’ve collected some examples today of grey colour schemes where grey actually looks rather sophisticated and stylish, when used in combination with the right colour accents and accessories. Much better than beige (or worse even, magnolia…). And hey, you can start off simple – try one bit of wall for starters. Perhaps around the fire place or in the hallway to make a mirror, painting or piece of furniture stand out.

Grey teams very well with yellow, teal and mustard. Imagine if these splashes of colour weren’t added to the decor pictured below… They really lift the room. I also love those knitted floor cushions.

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Feminine colours and grey

Grey is also excellent with more ‘girly’ colours like red and pink – if yellow is not your cup of tea. That grey becomes the perfect background for your favourite pink accessories – just add cushions, throws, curtains or just a bouquet of roses to the room.

http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416037591534/
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Loving this chesterfield sofa… http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416037591995/
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Neutral, rustic decor: grey meets beige

And if you really can’t detach yourself from your beiges and browns, why not combine grey with a bit of ‘neutral’ after all – and add accessories in natural materials like wood, wicker and jute? Add some natural wooden furniture, pieces of driftwood as accessories and of course don’t forget that lovely natural wooden floor as a basis.

Oh my – now THAT looks like a cosy seat! http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416037593612/
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Wardrobe makeover by Nina’s Apartment in Annie Sloan Aubusson and Duck egg blue chalk paint

I am proud to finally present to you the result of my £20 wardrobe makeover! Got it months ago from Banchory’s Box Room (great for finding old furniture) and I eventually painted it and did it up. I love the combination of the blue and the brass hinges. It is now baby’s first antique piece – holding all its baby grows, cute little cardigans and mini socks.

I painted the inside of the wardrobe in Annie Sloan‘s duck egg blue chalk paint and the outside in her Aubusson blue shade (with a layer of duck egg blue underneath which shines through after I lightly sanded through the corners and edges). I also stuck some blue-green retro fabric against the inside back panel of the wardrobe. My sister, who has been helping me finish the nursery over the past few days, put in an extra shelf (which she made out of our old bed slats!) and we got some useful storage boxes for underneath. She also saved me some money by suggesting using an old broom stick as a clothes rail and painting it in the same colour as the wardobe. Neat!

I’m very pleased with the result – hope baby likes it too when I show it its room for the first time next month 😉

The broom stick clothes rail and bed slat shelf!
My hard working sister ‘handy An’ – 🙂

A new obsession: antique Hungarian pine benches

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We love being in our kitchen. It’s spacious and it has a large dining table in it where you can sit and read the papers for hours, drink tea and generally potter about. A lovely addition to our beloved table we think would be a big old wooden bench, antique, painted and with cushions scattered on it. Now, where to find one? I always do a search on eBay and quickly I came across the type I like best: the Hungarians! Church pews are nice too, but I don’t think they’re very comfy to sit on in the long run. The Hungarian ones however have a deeper seat and a back that isn’t as upright as the pews. They also often have storage space underneath the seat. Very handy. Hopefully we’ll have one in our kitchen very soon… I’m on the hunt! Do let me know if you know of any place in the UK that deals in them. Thanks!


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Meet Peapod, Aberdeen’s brand new upcycled furniture shop

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Living in the North East of Scotland, I am missing independent, creative and inspiring shops, mainly in the furniture department. I clearly wasn’t the only one. Two weeks ago Claire Milne, a mother of one (and another one on the way!), opened up her brand new shop ‘Peapod’ in Aberdeen, dedicated to giving used and unloved pieces of furniture a new life by lovingly restoring them, painting them and giving them a whole new ‘funky’ look. I headed down to meet with her.

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“I just felt it was time to do something different in my life”, says Claire, “after having been a fulltime mum for over a year. Opening up my own business felt like the right thing to do, doing what I love doing and being able to fit it around my family as well.” When a competition called Retail Rocks sprung up earlier this year, offering a number of entrepreneurs the chance to start up their business in rent-free premises for a year, Claire grabbed the opportunity. She is now one of the winners, trying to breathe new life into Aberdeen’s old neighbourhood of Torry, alongside a jewellery designer, a gallery, a hot dog cafe and a photo studio.

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Peapod has a real vintage and romantic feel to it, with its pink painted walls, pastel coloured chairs, dresser and wardrobe and colourful bunting in the window. There are also plenty of pieces of furniture still in their original, shabby state, waiting for their turn to be done up. “We would like to give customers the freedom of telling us what colour and design they would like the furniture to be in”, explains Claire. ” They may be looking for something in particular, so we source it and we can then give it any look they wish.” Claire tells me about the basement of the shop that is full of gorgeous, old furniture and there’s even more. “There’s loads at my parents’ house, even their summer house in the garden is piled full of stuff!”
Other than just giving furniture a fresh lick of paint, Claire also has a love for the decoupage technique, which she applied to one of the chairs on the shop floor, covered in old comic book pictures. As I came in today, Claire was just busy doing another one, reusing sheet music from an old Beatles book. Great idea!

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Claire has got help from her dad, a joiner (“my dad makes sure wonky chairs are safe to sit on again!”), and her husband, who is self-employed and is currently building an online shop for the Peapod business. And now, in addition to a lovely shop just been born, Claire is going to have a second baby in November. “It’s going to be one busy year!” Claire laughs, “we’ll just see how things go and make the best of it”. I have much admiration for this busy bee and hope she’ll do really well, adding a much needed touch of originality and a splash of paint to the grey city of Aberdeen.
If you’re in the area, go and have a look. Or even better, finally get that unique and eclectic statement sideboard, chair or wardrobe you’ve been looking for for ages.

Peapod
28 Menzies Road, AB25 1SL Aberdeen, UK
peapodaberdeen@gmail.com
Peapod on Facebook

Bedside table makeover

I’ve been on a roll ever since I found the Annie Sloan chalk paint and more and more pieces of furniture in my house are getting covered in duck egg blue. Maybe it’s time to get another couple of colours…just to get a bit of variety!

I had this bedside table for ages, once bought for £10 somewhere in the area, and I decided this too needed a lick of paint. On my trip to Copenhagen recently I bought a handful of ceramic drawer knobs and they came in very handy to give the table its finishing touch. What do you think?

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Junk find becomes cool coffee table

I’m so chuffed, I found this wee table at second-hand shop the Box Room in Banchory yesterday for £5 and a day later it’s already brightened up my living room – and my life!

I painted its legs with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck egg blue (oh my goodness, another brilliant discovery! Go google it and get some, it’s the best paint ever if you’re into painting old furniture and distressing it). I then put some wax on it and lightly sanded it back to get a worn look. I just tried it out in the lounge and it fits perfectly around a sofa or armchair. We’ve got a winner here!

Chair make-over! Reupholstering a £20 find

We finally got around getting this chair reupholstered, which I bought over two years ago for £20 from a local junk shop. It was hard choosing the right fabric, as there is just so much to choose from. Ever been in a fabric store or department? It’s like putting a kid in a sweet shop!
I wanted two contrasting fabrics that were not too “in your face” and would suit the rest of the room  – and I am pretty pleased with the result. The patterned fabric is Harlequin Azara (it comes in beautiful cerise, yellow, cream, black and dark blue). The other one I have forgotten the name of, but it’s a Peacock blue velvet which a lot of different fabric brands do, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a similar one. I bought them both from John Lewis.

Here’s the before and after shots!