Everyone loves a good Before & After Story right?
Well, I orchestrated one this week (actually in just 36 hours)
It’s not quite finished yet and I did pilfer a couple of items that will have to be returned to their rightful places in my home eventually, but the results made me so happy I just couldn’t wait to share.
I even have music to accompany your stroll (If you love Bryan Ferry and old fashioned Big Band music you should check out his new CD “Jazz Age”
Um. Just one other thing…I forgot to take the “Before” photos, but trust me, it wasn’t exactly bad, but it’s much nicer now!
It all began with the massive antique lantern below. Over 3ft high and heavy with detail, I bought it in London eons ago and never found a home for it.
I know it looks like rubbish here
but with my newly invigorated passion for bright pink coinciding with getting bolder in my dotage I said to myself ;
“Slim, that old lantern is kind of fahbulous- why not paint it bright pink, I mean bright pink, replace the glass and hang it in the conservatory for the summer?
In days gone by, we used this wonderful room right off our dining room so much, but a few years ago it began to leak (hellooo-the house was built in 1895) so we moved most of the furniture out, save an old table and chairs and slowly stopped using it.
I can safely say “Hey, let’s all go to the conservatory!” is not a sentence you hear often in a household of boys.
Even after I had the glass roof repaired (the swearing-ist glass repair workmen ever. How unreasonable is it to ask them not to walk on the antique glass??) I never got around to putting the furniture back in.
Until this week.
Having recently been so inspired by the colours and textures of Morocco, along with my love for lively Sri Lankan style,
and with Summer almost upon us…
All of a sudden I wanted the room done like yesterday.
Know that feeling?? It doesn’t just apply to hair and nails.
One of my favourite vintage Suzanis in hot pinks & purples served as my colour wheel
The silver tray I brought home from Morocco. Seriously. I love British Airways.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy walking by and seeing it every day.
The roses are from my garden
What’s more fun than setting up a Summer bar?!
The drinks…OK, Smarty Pants. I love these tiny tropical bananas from our local Asian grocery store.
High/Low; Wicker lamp from Pottery Barn (in stores now) glassware from Christian Dior (couldn’t resist those sea glass colours and unusual shape)
Verging on vulgar in the garden but so great brought inside, these orange roses are for real. NO photo enhancement.
Tons of inspiration in the beautiful book “Rajasthan”
Long time readers know of my weakness for a touch of red & white stripe come summer
Striped “dhurrie” from Pottery barn, ottoman “George Smith”, vintage leather poof
Yellow throw pillow “Pottery Barn”, straw hat “Maison K” Montecito
A couple of fav. mags always beckon one into a room
Now I can’t wait to get up in the morning and have my tea in the conservatory-it’s positively singing with sunlight
(the hat is a must-slightly weird with my bathrobe but what the hell. Sorry for that visual)
and the perfect place for cocktails at Day’s end (or Day’s middle-towards-end..ish)
I know that some of you still in possession of a decent attention span might be asking
“But Slim, where’s the hot pink lantern??”
Still in the garage of course.
Let’s not get tooo crazy!