Chelsea Flower Show 2016 Show Gardens

Show Gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The LG Smart Garden designed by Hay Joung Hwang

The LG Smart garden designed by Hay Joung Hwang

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The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

 

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

Husqvarna presents Support the Husqvarna Garden designed by Charlie Albone

 

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

TThe Brewin Dolphin Garden - Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Forever Freefolk designed by Rosie Hardy

 

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

 

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey

 

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

The Royal Bank of Canada garden designed by Hugo Bugg

 

Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living designed by Paul Martin

 

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

 

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

Cloudy Bay garden designed by Sam Ovens

 

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

The Watahan East & West garden designed by Yano TEA and Chihori Shibayama

 

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

The Harrods Eccentrics Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin

 

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson

 

The St John’s Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

The St John's Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

The St John's Hospice A Modern Apothecary designed by Jekka McVicar

 

L’Occitane garden designed by James Basson

L'Occitane garden designed by James Basson

L'Occitane garden designed by James Basson

 

RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

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RHS Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture designed by Ann-Marie Powell

 

God’s Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

God's Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

God's Own Country A Garden for Yorkshire designed by Matthew Wilson

 

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

GodThe Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Chris Beardshaw

 

 

feature & photos (iPhone) by Theoda Solms Iles

My Dining Room Furniture Makeover

My Dining Room Furniture Makeover with Valspar paint

My dining room has been begging for a makeover. As in most houses, rooms evolve and so has this dining room. We bought the table about 9 years ago and I was adamant to get a big table plus additional extending leaves to make the table bigger when needed, well we used the extension leaves twice! Too much hassle if you ask me. I also have a problem with natural wood – I just don’t like brown, interesting if you work in interiors…  Up until now, I’ve always covered the table-top either with a fancy oilcloth on regular days or with linens when we entertain. The chairs started off well, plain Ikea white ones that was perfect at the time, but as time passed, I would see lovely chairs along the way and wish they were mine. So one day the temptation was too big, these two dark wooden tapestry chairs shouted out from my local charity shop to be snapped up for £5 each and obviously I couldn’t resist! For ages they just stood around as they didn’t fit in anywhere and we had no space for them. I even put them on e-bay to sell, but with no buyers, they eventually ended up in the garage to be stored. Then one day Peter came back from the rubbish dump with two more chairs, or rather, chair frames. This was a clear sign that now is the time to start my dining room furniture makeover.

Below: The “before” furniture.

Valspar painted dining table & chairs, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Below: Valspar colour swatches to match up with antique tapestry and vintage Sanderson fabric

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

Above: Choosing paint to match vintage fabrics, Valspar paints;  ‘Sugar leaves’ R144E (sulphur)  and  ‘Mountain Ridge’ R282B (grey)

 

Choosing a paint range was easy, I’ve had my eye on the new Valspar range that B&Q stocks. I love the vast colour collection and cute colour cards, yes, I’m easily swayed by pretty colours! I knew that I wanted the table legs grey with a whitewashed top ( Table top: Valspar Interior Wood varnish, colour ‘Silver Fox’) but choosing the chair frame colours was a bit more tricky. Grey had to be in the mix, the sulphur yellow came naturally and I was desperate to include turquoise too. I narrowed it down to a deeper grey and a punchy sulphur yellow, the turquoise had to wait for now. I had a few old fabric cuttings that I could easily use to make simple seat pads for the two chair frames (foam glued onto mdf-board and stretching the fabric over, securing by stapling the fabric to the back). In the end, I decided to use a very special vintage Sanderson fabric that were the cute little curtains in the kitchen when we moved here 10 years ago. I always kept the curtain fabric in the hope of using it one day, and here they are, the perfect match with the other two embroidered seats. Now I love my new dining room furniture, the table with white washed top never needs to be covered again and the eclectic mix of chairs adds so much more personality to this room and of course the vintage Sanderson has a great story to tell.

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Choosing paint and vintage fabrics, Valspar 'Sugar leaves' R144E & 'Mountain Ridge' R282B

 

Styling, feature & photos by Theoda Solms Iles