Decorating the hallway (again)

I love white, all the rooms in my home have white walls but about 6 years ago I saw some stunning wallpaper in Laura Ashley called Summer Palace.  It was on 70% reduction so I snapped up all the rolls they had left in the bin and hurried home to tell hubby he had some decorating to do.  You can see it in the staircase makeover HERE .

Six years down the line Summer Palace has become really popular and the final nail in its coffin to keep it in my house, was when I saw it decoupaged on a piece of furniture in a shop !  Sorry hubby but time to decorate the hallway again.  Luckily he agreed as the paper was starting to look a little grubby and faded.

On a trip to B & Q to buy paint supplies I noticed some beautiful, bright paper on sale. Again massively reduced and also the final batch as it was going out of production.  Yippee, not only reasonably priced but also hopefully never to be seen again for sale so I won’t have to suffer seeing it decoupaged somewhere (I hope).  The only problem was it would mean I would have to also re-paint my beloved pink stairs !

I found this mirror at the vintage trading company in Exeter.  A large gilt piece, I painted white and lightly distressed.  Looks perfect.

I painted the chair in a dip dye style.  I recently painted a dressing table for a customer in a similar style and loved it so much I have decided to paint a few more pieces.

Love my hubbie’s attention to detail in how he matched the wallpaper up round the corner.

Sorry about the quality of the photographs I really do need to save up for a proper camera and stop using my phone !



  1. Carolin
    April 20, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I love this, so fresh and clean and the wallpaper is just gorgeous x

    • karen jones
      April 20, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you Carolin, I love that I was able to find white wallpaper with such a fresh pattern and feel to it. xx

  2. Molly and the Princess
    April 20, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    Looks lovely Karen, really fresh. I am in awe of hubbie's skill too in matching the pattern round the corner – good job. And your photos are lovely, you don't need any improvements x

    • karen jones
      April 20, 2014 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you Moll, he is amazing almost to the point of "geek" when he does anything around the house. Glad the pics look good to you. Looking grainy on my Laptop xx

  3. Julie Bennett
    April 20, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous- am really envious!

  4. karen jones
    April 20, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    ah thank you Julie. No need to be, it was cheap and easy to do (well if you have a handyman hubby ) xx

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