Lady’s perogative

Bobby Brown had his, ladies have their own – to change their mind, of course. And I have. In Margate this weekend I did some thinking with a paintbrush. After outlining my bold plans here before the weekend, I’m back to update you. Painting shit black – forget what the Rolling Stones told you – is not something to be done lightly.

black skirting board

First off, got to say, this Farrow & Ball Black Blue eggshell is beautiful. It’s the colour it must be at the very bottom of the sea. I actually bought exterior eggshell because they were out of the interior stuff, but it makes little difference.

black wall and skirting board

Looks smart don’t it? An instant ‘period’ look, and much nicer than the yellowing old white gloss. Below is the view from the bedroom, complete with my inspiration image taped to the wall. The black also pushes the far doorway further away, emphasizing the width of the hallway.

paint hallway black

Farrow & Ball blue black

So far so good. But here is where I got to thinking… This landing, above and below, is in many ways the nicest bit of the flat. Incredibly sunny with light from the sea on one side and the town on the other (and a great view of the local cop shop, curtain twitchers).

landing painted black

The plan was to paint the whole stairwell and landing black, but in Saturday’s glorious sunlight I couldn’t quite commit. Instead it’s going to be the downstairs hallway, a funny little u-shaped non-space leading to the kitchen and the stairs, that will be getting the all-over paint job. I included this picture just because the red bucket – there to catch leaks – pops so nicely.

skirting boards painted black

I also painted the woodwork in the living room. The fella said pink and black was a bit Elvis-y. The cat didn’t bother her arse to comment.

pink and black living room

OK, last bit of decorating chat. This, below, is the little sea-facing bedroom that has been designated my study – by me. Outside you can see a bright green bit of municipal lawn, the sea, and when the tide is out, bits of pinky-golden sand. The perfect place then for some Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball. The Kent County Council library card is representing the red formica table I intend to get one day as a desk.

palm leaf wallpaper

The wallpaper is a very recent addition to the plan. It’s Designers Guild, and you buy three panels in one to make up a picture of palm trees, rather than a classic wallpaper repeat. This is just an offcut from a place I’m working, and I doubt I can afford a full set. But isn’t it great? It reminds me of those GCSE art still lives that always include a spider plant. This room is only just coming together in my mind. Expect me to moodboard the hell out of it over on Pinterest shortly. *Update. I just have. Here…

5 Responses to “Lady’s perogative”

  1. Helene
    February 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Bessie coordinates beautifully with the newly painted skirting. Or is it the other way round? Like the palm tree panel.

    • myfriendshouse
      February 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      Thanks! Yes she immediately smarmed up against the door frame, and then you could tell that her coat is less blue-black than the paint! It had to be combed out. Cats eh… they love a bit of decorating x

  2. Emily Henson
    April 6, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I just stumbled across your blog via the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and I’m curious to hear more about your place in Margate. I moved from London to Broadstairs as a child, then eventually moved to the States and then back to London a couple of years ago! But, strangely I was just in Margate last week, and was reminiscing about my childhood and how much I love living by the sea. I’m trying to convince my husband that we need to buy a little something down there… I’d love to hear more about your adventures in Thanet homeownership. Thanks!

    • myfriendshouse
      April 8, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Hey Emily… I could go on all day about Margate. I am from the far end of Cornwall originally, and bought my flat in Margate for just that reason. And also because it’s super cheap compared to everywhere else. I have had the flat about 6 years and over that time have seen lots of positive change in Margate. More cafes, more shops, the gallery opening. And I love my flat. It’s above the Turner and looks directly out to sea. I would recommend the town to anyone. x

  3. Donna
    September 21, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    Love the dark skirting boards. It was helpful to see what it looked like before I venture forth and paint my own skirting boards a dark colour. Thank you for sharing.

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