Weekend to-do list

Whoop! I’m off to the seaside, and I’ve got a to-do list as long as my arm (and I’m famous for my long arms). First up is attempting to reproduce some of this:


I’ve chosen Black Blue paint by Farrow & Ball, which has a wonderful sea-coloured depth to it. I’m going to paint the whole of the stairs and the hallway, including woodwork. And I’ve figured that the sheen of woodwork is key to stopping an all black room looking too drab. To this end I’m also planning to add a dado rail, also in black, to add a bit of depth and interest.

two vinateg flower paintings

I’m also planning to put up a picture shelf. And when I say picture shelf I of course mean flat plank of wood screwed to the wall. I said my to-do list is long. I haven’t got time for niceties. I’ve just been to the local junk shop, and for £8 came back with two prints.

vintage flowers painting

sial boat painting

Flowers and a sea scene. Mournful, huh? I am currently obsessing over collection flower paintings, seascapes and still lives, and hanging them all in groups. I’ll keep you posted on that little project… It may take some time.

For more ideas of the inspiration I’m thinking of check out my Seaside Moodboard on Pinterest. If I get anything done, and don’t get distracted by walks by the sea and out-of-season crazy golf, I’ll share it next week. x

7 Responses to “Weekend to-do list”

  1. Kate Watson-Smyth
    February 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    What a brilliant idea. I already have a black (well charcoal) sitting room and I love it. Am teetering towards navy blue for my next paint job …

    • myfriendshouse
      February 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks Kate! The flat is so very light that it’s the one place I feel brave enough to go for all-out black. I’m also obsessing over navy blues, possibly for the also very light kitchen. F&B’s Stiffkey Blue, as I’m sure you realise as it’s been everywhere – looks wonderful x

  2. Lou
    March 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi there! I love your blog. But I’m afraid I love that radio on your shelf even more; I’m a guy with a thing for radios. Could you please tell me the make and model?

    • myfriendshouse
      March 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks. It’s a lovely radio given to me years ago. It’s by Acoustic Solutions and I’m not that sure that it’s still available – have a google of acoustic solutions DAB radio and you’ll find some images leading to price websites, so you might find it there, or on Amazon. Thanks for commenting. I’m a radio fiend too.

      • Lou
        March 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

        Many thanks for the info!

  3. Jamie
    March 26, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    Loving the decorating ideas
    Having just bout an old Victorian flat in Westgate on Sea which is really light you’ve convinced me to try F&B Blue/Black
    Can I ask- your floorboards look v similar to mine- having a dilemma to sand or paint at present
    What’s your plan for yours?

    • myfriendshouse
      March 26, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Brilliant! A fellow Isle-dweller to bore on about my decorating to! Yes, go for the black if your flat is really light. I’ve always loved it but never been brave enough. The floorboards… well they are original, nice and wide, and my original plan was to paint them grey or white… or black. But as I’ve lived with them I really like how period they look untouched. They are full of nails and will need sanding, and I think I’ll decide how good they look once they’ve been sanded. Then if they still look good I’ll just wax ’em. Happy decorating. x

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