When it comes to architecture, Mr AP and I share a taste for industrial/brutal/bunker chic, and are frequently heard to sigh "Look - it's our dream home", as we drive past the cement works. But Cardiff is a city full of sturdy Victorian/Edwardian houses - so that's what we bought when we moved across town back to my old 'hood nearly two years ago. Now don't get me wrong - I love this crazy old house, but when they were handing out twiddly bits, this place got the lot...
Our latest effort to try and calm it all down has been painting the hall/stairs/landing a rather grown up shade of blue, with an absolute crapload of pale grey and white. I'm bandying the words 'Gustavian colour palette' around, in the hope that no-one will press me on what it actually means. (Something inspired by an overdose of Swedish design blogs/Pinterest boards?!?).
crests above the doors
cornices that were picked out in alternating red/green with a row of green 'christmas trees'
obligatory stained glass front door
these are behind the curtains in the living room!
extra fancy newel post at the bottom of the stairs
a couple of the original lincrusta panels, (which I love), below the dado
The blue on the walls seems to have calmed the floor down a bit.
I want to put this picture up - it's a Tom Burnett print I bought in NZ.
A flax basket of paua (abalone) shells.
It reminds me of childhood beach holidays.
Mr AP is not so keen on it - but lord knows we've got enough of his stuff about the place!
(The slightly ill-advised peach matte seems to work with the warm tones in the floor too).
What do you reckon…?