That’s What I Call Redecorating
Saturday, 1 August 2009
I’ve been doing some redecorating lately, and reading lots of interior design magazines. These are usually full of case studies - you know, a nice middle class couple open up their beautifully redecorated home for the cameras; you get a small summary of their lives (“Philip is an airline pilot and Jane is a home-maker”) and then a long summary of what they’ve done to the house (“Ryan and Catherine built a dramatic new double-height kitchen, lit by skylights and windows on three sides.”)
It fills the reader (me) with a terrible sense of inadequacy. I’m usually just leafing through on the hunt for a nice practical £25 wall light. I know, I know, just go to John Lewis. In theory, I like reading these magazines “for inspiration”, except I end up just feeling really boring and non-visionary because I haven’t created a giant arched stained-glass window which also operates as the door to a hidden library.
But sometimes I have to just throw my hands up and KNOW I can’t compete. That certainly happened with the following extract from a case study I read last night.
“Amanda wanted to use the 17th-century barn as a spare guest wing so she painted the walls in fresh creamy colours, Pale Hound from Farrow & Ball, to create a light airy feel. Unfortunately the barn was haunted by the ghost of a child, so Amanda had to call in a priest to perform an exorcism. Once that was done, Amanda and Brian added cornicing and deep skirting boards to reflect the look of the main house.”
Some people think of everything.