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Historic facade in Cape Town

Dark painted houses.


(Historic facade in Cape Town; via House and Leisure.) 

How do you feel about dark painted houses? Charcoal, navy, black, graphite, slate…? In case you hadn’t guessed: I’m into them. Dark colours recede nicely into their surroundings, and cool dark tones look SO GOOD against warm timber.  Continue reading »

Flat File Rehab

Flat filed

What’s grey and weighs over three hundred pounds? This guy. The flat file.

I mainly hear them described as “map drawers” or “plan drawers” — I think “flat file” is what they get called in American — because duh, they get used for storing maps, plans, and anything else that comes in large, flat sheets.  Continue reading »

Wisteria in bloom

My spring flowering outdoor wall

This outdoor wall used to be covered in ivy. You know that story. It looked pretty lousy after we removed the ivy, but we freshened up the colorbond and things are looking good.

A lot of people would have been perfectly happy with the old ivy wall: a green ivy blanket covering up the boring colorbond sheathing, with geraniums and wisteria woven through it.  Continue reading »