Been a bit quiet on the page over the past week or so just a quick update with some progress pics of the woodwork in the girls dressing room. People seem to have their own methods on tackling woodwork, products such as peelaway and nitro mors type paint strippers can sometimes give people a little headstart but for me, on woodwork especially, there is no substitute for sandpaper, a bit of elbow grease and a lot of persistence and patience. Now don’t get me wrong I have used peelaway products before when stripping off distempered paint from old coving and it definately helped in that instance but on woodwork I’ve found it definately doesn’t just ‘peelaway’ and still leaves a lot of work to be done so doesn’t justify the price tag as it isn’t cheap. The same can be said for various tools such as dremels etc as Ive struggled to find an attachment that can do what I can with my hands and I find them all a bit aggressive for detailed work. I use a cheap heat gun and various improvised scrapers to remove the paint followed by an initial quick sand over. I then go over each part bit by bit doing the flat bits with my erbauer orbital sander and a @milwaukeetool multi tool with sanding pad. Following this all detailed bits and crevices are painfully hand sanded leaving the bare wood grain. I work through the grits with all methods generally going 60/80/120 before finishing with an ultra fine 240 grit to give it that extra bit of smoothness. This is the first room to have all of the woodwork fully ready for staining/wax and currently the fireplace, skirting boards, doorframe and window stand me at over 64 hours of labour so far. A lot of hours but worth every minute seeing that wood grain showing through. There’s just something about a bare wood grain finish that I absolutely love, it cannot be cheated and is a great display of nature and craftsmanship combined. #wood#woodwork#sanding#stripping#georgian#manorhouse#georgianarchitecture#georgianrenovation#19thcentury#1812#grade2listed#listedbuilding#renovation#georgianhouse#housetohome#myperiodhomestyle#periodhome#myhome#beforeandafter#periodfeatures#periodhome#periodhomesofinsta#build#builder#home
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Beautiful Upton House in Gloucestershire.
One of the loveliest recent finds about the house is that we have a blossom tree in the garden that we had no idea about. When we looked around the house to buy it it wasn’t in bloom and then it was winter so it’s only now it’s come to light! It makes us smile every morning at the moment. Down to the last coat of plaster now in the living room... it will be such a relief to get that room back!! •
Inside the incredible @14henriettastreet museum. A former Georgian mansion built for the rich, which soon became divided into tenements and into accommodation for almost 1000 people. The tour takes you from the Georgian splendour of the original owners, to the rest of the house, almost untouched since the tenement dwellers left, with the original (anti damp and anti bacterial) paints still on the walls. If you look closely you can see the nails hammered into the walls that probably supported the washing lines... A tour conducted by a charming guide that is a mix of history, both wider in the context of Ireland, and also personal, in the tales of the occupants, with music and poetry enlivening the spaces, and previous occupants - also on the tour - adding their memories to the mix. Haunting. #dontmiss
Let there be light! Every single office suite in The Space @ OX9 Thame has a window view. That's a lot of light and a LOT of windows. And every single one of them is being carefully restored to their former glory. All part of the process of renovating this incredible grade 2 listed, Georgian property. Scroll through to see just some of the windows inside.
👆🏼The long room of the library at Trinity College, Dublin, the vaulted ceiling and second tier of books was added after initial construction to accommodate their increasing collection, which includes the Book of Kells and the Proclamation of Irish Independence
Look closely - the daffs and crocuses are coming out 👏🏻 We have some lovely Spring events coming up, including Spring Flower Therapy Workshop on 8th March, Macrame Plant Hangar Workshop on 14th March and Mother’s Day Spring Posy Workshop on 22nd March. See the events page on our website for info 💐🌿🏛 #BeckenhamPlaceMansion
We have completed a year and a half’s work on the Met’s renovated British Period Rooms: Kirtlington Park, Lansdowne, and the Cassiobury staircase. Lansdowne is a winter night scene 1760. Beyond the garden wall is Ashburnham House on Hay Hill. Berkeley Sq. To the left and Devonshire’s older trees to the right. It was a great study in Georgian architecture, 18th cent nightscapes, species of trees, and the paint on Georgian iron rails. #lansdowne#georgianarchitecture#robertadams#metmuseum#britishperiodrooms#oillandscapes
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Happy Monday! Starting this week with a lovely detail from Adam’s library at Kenwood.
The delicate white plasterwork is complimented by Adam’s pastel pink and airy blues. Some today says the scheme is too bright or even garish, but these are thought to be the original colours (based on research from Adam’s drawings and analysis of the original paint layers).
Photo by @RobertAdamArchitecture (2019).
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You might recall my ever so slightly embarrassing fascination with dolls' houses, as these possess some of the best-preserved 18th-century interiors in the world, albeit in miniature form. Because they were not subject to ordinary changing fashions, their interiors frequently survive remarkably intact, and allow us to glimpse into a forgotten world. One of the best of these houses is kept in the Gemeentemuseum (now Kunstmuseum, as you will remember) in The Hague: assembled by Sara Rothé (1699-1751), shown here is her porcelain room, dating to around 1745-50, which makes me giddy with pure delight - not only displayed in the enormous buffet niche, not unlike the one in our own dining room, the porcelain is also arranged on enchanting gilt wall consoles, the effect duplicated into infinity by the flanking opposing mirrors. Sara lived in Amsterdam, on the Keizersgracht canal, currently no. 474 - today, this house is the headquarters of the De Zwaan auction house (again, what a small world!), one of the last remaining auctioneers based in the centre of a historic town, rather than easily accessible on some industrial estate, where they increasingly relocate themselves - I highly recommend attending one of their viewing days, an unforgettable experience, and one might even be tempted to bid on one or two delicous items of porcelain oneself, and start a porcelain heaven all of one's own... #historicinteriors#interiors#interiordesign#design#porcelain#18thcentury#rococo#decor#fulllook#architecture#georgianarchitecture#gemeentemuseum#dollshouse#maximalism#moreismore
View from the Dining Room through the Entrance Hall to the Study at Newbridge House, whence we returned late last night, self and my better half, his first visit, although personally I have had the great pleasure many times over the last two decades. I very much wanted him to experience it as Newbridge is this rarest of rarest thing, a house where time has truly stood still for the last two centuries, and, more wonderfully still, where this special state has been carefully conserved, thanks to the genius of Alec Cobbe. In this extraordinary house, the wallpaper and carpet were installed in 1823 (documented), the curtains in 1828 (again documented), the picture hang remains unaltered for a century, there are no picture lights, as there never were any, and even the electricity and plumbing remains exactly as when first installed c.1958. The result? Pure heaven, slightly worn and rather knocked about, but heaven all the same. Except for bathing conditions, possibly, but it all adds to the charm. Pure magic... #historicinteriors#interiors#interiordesign#design#newbridgehouse#architecture#georgianarchitecture#jamesgibbs#fulllook#maximalism#moreismore
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A crisp winter morning at The Rectory
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This is one of my favourite spots in Edinburgh, the weather might be dodgy outside but the coffee and cake is always top notch at Door 127 👌❤️