A sneak peak – the parlour is getting a makeover!

gold framed vintage lady

I’ve been finding some great inspiration for painting dark walls on Pinterest lately! I stumbled across some inspiring images by accident one day, when i was looking at wall displays.  I was instantly drawn to the rooms that had navy covering their walls….and no, not one feature wall, but the entire room painted in dark blue. The parlour at RedAgape Guesthouse is the smallest living area and struggles to get natural light, so while i thought it would be a good candidate for navy walls, i was worried it might close it in even further. I wasn’t keen to start painting until i was sure.

megan morton home love

Then, browsing through Megan Morton’s book, Home Love, i stumbled across this page dedicated to night time living rooms. She writes about how some rooms are morning rooms or night time rooms. My parlour is definitely a night time room. It’s a room where you want to cosy up in the evening by the fire with a good book and a wine in hand. Or as Megan Morton describes, “some rooms are born for serving whiskey sour, playing backgammon and reading Keats“. The helpful information on this single page of her book gave me the final bit of confidence to commit to a makeover for the parlour. 

megan morton dark room

The first thing to do was get a gas fire installed in the fireplace. I didn’t want guests to fuss around with firelighters and wood during their stay and gas fires are the next best thing, plus so very easy to use. This is the parlour getting a nice new gas fire installed. I know, it looks a little scary, but i can assure you everything is now back in place.
parlour makeover

With the fireplace installed, i headed to the paint shop for some samples. I grabbed four sample pots of varying navy as you can never quite tell what the paint will look like on your wall and i didn’t want to mess it up. I settled on Dulux Harpoon…..a lovely deep shade of navy. If you check out my Navy Wall Inspiration board on Pinterest you’ll understand why i have this gold frame against the wall. So many of the beautiful navy rooms have gold accents which look amazing again their dark walls.

navy paint wall samples

These golden beauties i found in Peak Hill, at two different antique shops. I adore vintage gold frames, as you can see from the gold frames on the wall in the reflection. This painting caught my eye instantly and the round convex mirror will look gorgeous hanging nearby. I’m still searching for some more gold wall adornments as they will look gorgeous on my navy walls. Stay tuned!!

vintage gold frames

7 Vignettes for August with The Interiors Addict and Freedom Furniture

7 vignettes with the interiors addict

7 vignettes with the Interiors Addict on Instagram just keeps getting bigger and more impressive. The hashtag #7vignettes now has over 20,000 photos under it’s banner and some of the vignettes are amazing! One of the great things about 7 Vignettes is the warm, welcoming and encouraging community that has formed via Instagram. Truly a beautiful and warm bunch of people, with only kind words to say.  Freedom furniture jumped on board this month with a great prize of this gorgeous taupe chevron chair. There are also 10 runner up prizes from Casetagram and Stickygram.

The highlight of the week for me was having my ‘tea’ vignette featured by the Interiors Addict and having three of my pics ‘liked’ by Kara Rosenlund. And amazingly i received a ‘like’ from Megan Morton!!! yay!!! super happy about this as i own some of her design books and i love her style. What a fun week of vignettes. I’m looking forward to September!! :)
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