Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Provence Farmhouse Tour!

Who's up for a little break from the every day and a tour of a holiday villa en Provence?
Thought as much...come on! 

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Enter through a doorway flanked by two enormous lollipop standard trees...into this....

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...gorgeous dining room...

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....before strolling through to the real French kitchen!! 
Mais oui!

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Stroke it, feel its lovely Frenchness...

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Feeling faint?
Why not sink into these perfectly plumped pillows?.....

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....before heading upstairs to the bedrooms.....

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Have you ever seen such a lot of beautiful boudoirs?
And the bathrooms....

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Then, I'm afraid it's time to go back downstairs, past this enooooooormous clock...

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...and into the Modern Country garden....

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...where we just have time for a little drink in the French sunshine...

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Hoping you all feel rested!



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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder: Colour Case Study

Farrow and Ball's Pale Powder is the paint colour we chose for our boys bedroom. It's the softest robin's egg you can imagine. Time for a Colour Case Study? You betcha! Here's the first sneak peek..

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Our Boys' Bedroom Painted In Farrow and Ball Pale Powder 
Farrow and Ball describe it as 'the most popular of our shades of aqua. It has an unparallelled softness (a description they also used for Pigeon - come on, F&B writers, up your game - and in north facing room can read almost as a delicate grey, but it is rarely cold due to the inclusion of green pigment.' 

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
I first saw Farrow and Ball's Pale Powder at a friend's house about ten years ago and have been looking for an excuse to use it in our own home. As always with Farrow and Ball, we were not disappointed by the colour. Yes, these paints are more expensive, and, at times, I do have quibbles about painting ease issues, but the colour quality is top notch. 

children's Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Children's Bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom

To give you a firm leading on how accurate the Pale part of the name is, I have heard this colour described as white {insert cries of despair from me ;-)}. White it's NOT but it is true that when surrounded by bright natural light, it takes on a washed-out coastal air.

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Dining Room

However, contrast it with pure white and you'll quickly see that Farrow and Ball's Pale Powder stands up well as a colour on its own two feet.

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom

This is even truer if the paint is applied in a small room...

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder bathroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bathroom

...or where there's plenty of room for the colour to build in a larger room, such as round the alcove below....

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom

Interior designer Katie Ridder says this of Farrow and Ball's Pale Powder: "If you want something clean and neutral but more interesting than white, try this whisper of a color that goes green or blue in different lights. It adds character and a bit of age, it's easy to live with, and it makes a smoother transition to the adjacent rooms, which are full of color."

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
As a pale but interesting front door colour, it's just perfect! Be warned that it may well be a LOT paler than you expect if your front door is in a sun-exposed position. Take a look at these beauties...

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Front Door In Full Sun
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Front Door In Full Sun


Farrow and Ball Pale Powder front door
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Front Door In Shade
Putting this post together involved sifting through a LOT of misleading images available online. DO not be fooled by some of the darker images floating around hyperspace. They must be photo-shopped, oddly lit or simply misnamed. I don't want you to be disappointed, my paint-loving friends.


Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Living Room
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Living Room
Pale by name and pale by nature. This paint is a lighter version of Farrow and Ball's Powder Blue (still available as an archive colour), which we used for our front door six years ago.


Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Pale Powder gave our boys bedroom such a calm, relaxing feel. It's not a big room and yet it felt instantly more spacious.

Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Bedroom
Cathy Kincaid, an American decorator, says: "Everyone — men and women alike — loves this colour. It's a pale blue with a lot of green in it, and it's a little dirty, which makes it more complex than the typical pastel. I've used it everywhere, from kitchens to bedrooms. I even painted my office in it. People walk in and say, 'This is how I want my house to feel."
  
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Kitchen
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Painted Kitchen
As always, for more colour casee studies, click on through...


Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Study
Farrow and Ball Pale Powder Study
If you're looking for a warm, pale blue, with a hint of aqua, I think you've just found your Holy Grail!


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