Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Books - Interior Props

Interior books make fabulous interior props - Etcetera, Glamour, Inspired Antiques, Decadent, Baroque, Morocain Interiors, Inside Asia. Love the gilded covers

Saturday, 17 March 2018

French Chateaux - Faded Grandeur - Renovation

Imagine buying a 15th Century French Chateaux to renovate with original features, a spacious interior and retaining its faded grandeur. There are still opportunities to buy a dream property 

Gorgeous original stone features, fireplaces and flooring. This is Neutral Heaven.

Red Deer Antler Chandelier No21 Interiors

Imagine a French interior with 
high ceilings and a backdrop of limestone walls to showcase these natural antler chandeliers in all their glory.

Beautiful-Old-House-With-Pigeonnier & Apartment

No21 Interiors in England make bespoke antler chandeliers from naturally shed antlers Their rustic charm sits well with the natural features - many have been bought for French properties.

Photograph John Scott Blackwell  / Chandelier No21

French property and sun - Healey Fox have the expertise to help find 
your dream property.

Friday, 8 December 2017

A Silver Edge - Hook Line Sinker Cookbook

A fabulous new book - love the cover 
and the metallic silver edge to the pages.

Seafood cookbook by Galton Blackiston
Food Photography by John Scott Blackwell & Food Styling by Tor Pearce.

Bookstagram - photography of books Authorbeblackwell

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Paris Grey Chalk Paint - Painted by No21

Grey has become a classic this decade 
A popular and fabulous grey is Paris Grey Chalk paint by Annie Sloan 
A soft, gentle colour - inspired by painted furniture found in French châteaux's
Furniture and paint finish by No21

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Golden Moonlight & The Orient

Golden moonlight. Black with gold. A touch of the orient inspires pattern. Small floral designs. Accessorise with flowers. Satin shine and metallic lustre
 Bring back a Nostalgic mood this Christmas.

Vist these wonderful Vintage shops online 



Thursday, 23 November 2017

Spiralling Stairs - At The Chapel

Pure white walls, smooth curves, spiralling like the inside of a shell. 
Contrasting against natural wood.
Contemporary interior in a period chapel.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Magazine Heaven - Magalleria Bath
Fabulous magazines at Magalleria sourced from around the world. Based in Bath UK or you can buy online. A selection of Fashion, Interior, Art & Design, Culture, Lifestyle and specialist magazines. Including collectables such as the Interior glossy Cabana which has a fabric cover selected from a leading designer - last month was Ralph Lauren.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Hook Line Sinker - Food Photographer John Scott Blackwell

New! - seafood bible - 90 recipes
by Michelin- starred chef Galton Blackiston 

Hook Line Sinker, 
Galton's all-time favourite recipes  

Simple ingredients, pure flavours

A reference guide to teach you everything about each fish

 Instagram photos 

Food Photography by John Scott Blackwell 
for Hook, Line, Sinker

Foreword by Michel Roux OBE

Find on Amazon Galton Blackiston

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Restaurant Interior Watch - The Chapel

Unusual lighting, sculptures and art decorate this contemporary chapel conversion.
An inspiring light white space, fabulous for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a place to chill and take friends.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Dramatic Darks - Hallway Library

Dark paint colours for a dramatic effect in the hallway
A fabulous backdrop for books
Interior painting by No21 Painting & Decorating

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Home Library

Photo from The Mirror of Eden

Books as decoration. Shelves for literature, beautiful books on display.  Shelves to make the most of small spaces within hallways and passageways. Home library and studies.

Treasured Books❤ Bx

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

PARIS by night

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that' Martin Luther King.

 We love Paris, a place of love. 

1. Louvre at night -
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3. Jean Paul Gaultier
4. Shop display
5. Cartier perfume
6. Dark Chocolate Paris
7. Cafe Scene Paris
8. Gift
9. Eiffel Tower at night

If I have featured your photograph and you would like it removed, please contact me and I will remove it without hesitation. Alternatively,  I hope you will view my blog as a positive advertising platform for your beautiful work. Bx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Do I Paint it or leave as Wood? Seven Tips

Painted furniture is here to stay for a while longer  - the trend will evolve into more decorative looks and will reign as a style until at least 2023 - it won't die completely, but another trend will overtake. One of the reasons it will stay mainstream is our desire for ‘ light’ - painted furniture helps lighten a room, particularly kitchens and bathrooms.
As a general rule, No21 Interiors never paint beautiful wood, only pieces that are veneered, new, uninteresting or damaged. (watch out the second generation of strippers who will reveal the patches of filler!)
We have always created a polished finish to painted furniture or used limewashed finishes. I must admit I don't like the culture of badly painted furniture. Preparation and finish are paramount unless you can create a genuine aged French or Scandinavian finish.

Wood has never disappeared as a look; antique pine is still selling, but it tends to be in rural areas rather than cities. Trends such as Industrial or Eco-couture - empower natural as beautiful.
If you are undecided whether to paint or leave it s wood, here are seven ideas;

1. Combine a painted finish with wood i.e. paint the legs and leave the wooden top – this creates light and illusion of space in the room and focuses the eye on the beauty of the natural wood surface.
2. Combine wooden furniture and painted furniture in the same room.

3. If it is naturally beautiful with a fabulous patina - don't paint it ... or strip it back for raw luxury.
5. Lime washing exposes the wood grain, mainly wood that isn't at its best. A very practical finish, great in kitchens.
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6. If it is a large piece of furniture and you have a dark room consider painting it.
7. I would not paint dark blackened or aged wood as it can look fabulous against pure white walls, creating a contemporary mood.

The most important advice is to go with your gut feeling and create your individual style and nest. Surround yourself with the things you love and cherish.  No21 Painting x