Grey Walls, the reveal.

Repainting two of my living room walls, from pure white to charcoal grey, was just the boost my home and myself needed.  So, what have I learned from painting my walls?

1. I should have done it earlier when I had the idea about a year ago! I wait way too long before I do something in my own house. Part of that reason is that I get bored quite easily so I feel that I really need to be in love with the new look before I commit to it – but don’t we all feel like that?

2. I share my home with a husband (fortunately, he leaves all interior choices up to me!), a five-year old daughter (that has quite an opinion on ‘pretty things’) and a dog, better known as demolition-dog (a 16 month old very bold pup).

3. The interior choices I make, needs to be hardworking and wearing – no white floors, fluffy rugs or Kartell Ghost furniture for me, thank you very much!

As with many things in life, now that I’ve painted the living room walls, I wish I’d done it sooner. It has also become apparent how badly the rest of the house needs a re-paint, next job on the DIY list, so watch this space.

Charcoal Grey Living room walls painted in Valspar 'Wetbar R1E'


BELOW, The ‘Before’ Walls:

Although I’ve always liked the white walls with my aubergine velvet sofas and colourful gallery of paintings, I felt this room needed a change. There was only ever one wall colour in the running – charcoal grey, but finding the right tone of grey, took a lot longer. Until I came across the Valpar ‘Wetbar R1E’, charcoal grey paint.  This shade of grey matched the rest of the room perfectly. Other greys that I’ve considered, tended to show up either too mauvey-purple or too blue, but this tone worked perfectly in this room.

Top-Tip: It is so important to test your paint swatches in the room you are planning to paint. The colour might look perfect on the card or in the tin but appear totally different on the walls in the chosen room because of light reflections and the existing furniture and accessories.

Before; white walls


BELOW, The ‘After’ Walls:

Charcoal Grey Living room walls painted in Valspar 'Wetbar R1E'


Charcoal Grey Living room walls painted in Valspar 'Wetbar R1E'


Charcoal Grey Living room walls painted in Valspar 'Wetbar R1E'



Vintage, Antique and special paintings

I knew that re-arranging the paintings would be quite a job. Before I painted, I filled in the holes and prepped the walls to get a good finish as I knew I needed to re-arrange my ‘gallery’. If there was ever a fire, apart from grabbing the living creatures in my house, some of these paintings would be the first on the list. Not because they are valuable, but priceless in terms of sentiment. Some are vintage finds from here and abroad, an antique one my parents gave to me, and a few lovingly painted by my sister Nelia. My favourite has to be beautiful big dahlia one in the middle that I got on holiday in France, I adore it so much.

Knowing that I wanted the big one in the middle, I started to lay them out on a flat surface. Once happy with the configuration, I took a photo of the layout and started to replicate the layout on the wall. Starting with the big one in the middle and flanking it with two on wither side, completing the bottom row and working my way up. I didn’t measure the gaps as I don’t mind that the don’t all line up perfectly, as they all differ in shapes and size anyway. This might drive some people mad, so it’s up to you how perfect you want them. Measuring is a good idea if you do a collage creating a perfectly symmetrical pattern. In my case, as they differ so much, I just wanted them to look balanced and loosely symmetrical – and besides, I like a bit of imperfections!

By the way; if the idea of hanging pictures in a collage style seems a bit too daunting, fear not, Ikea have this super cool system where you buy a template called Matteby (£2.50) with four different collage options. All you do is stick this template on the wall, it shows you where to mark for the nails. Then hang your frames to this guideline template. As it’s by Ikea, they cleverly suggest which of their frames to use too, making it a perfect pairing – but I’m sure you can just improvise by using your own pictures – genius! Why have no one thought of this before?


Charcoal Grey Living room walls painted in Valspar 'Wetbar R1E'


Feature, Styling & Photos: Theoda Solms Iles


Winter Metallics – Elemental by Voyage Maison

Tall, elegant and with a winter colour palette of whites, greys and metallics, the Khione vase in Frost, lends itself perfectly to the latest Autumn/Winter trends. Note the most unusual combination of a subtle shading of frosted white speckles that thins out before meeting the high gloss, almost liquid, gold finish that’s flaring off the base of the vases. Together with the decadent two-tone sequined cushions and throws from the Voyage Decoration collection, styled against a backdrop of wall art in Synnova, these pieces sit perfectly together and give us a glimpse into the upcoming colours for the next winter season.


Khione vase in Frost by Voyage Maison


Eucalyptus & Thistle


Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison


Khione vase in Frost and wall art Synnova Repeat all by Voyage Maison


Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison


Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison


Khione vase in Frost, sequinned throw and cushions, all by Voyage Maison





Voyage is a fabric house known for gorgeous fabrics in prints, weaves and luxe textiles like velvets and stylish embroidered sequined designs. Their colour palate, always rich with deep, moody shades and designs, often reflecting nature. The Voyage Maison range is the home accessory part, boasting a desirable collection of rugs, lamps, more cushions you can dream of and now, most recently, statement glass vases worthy of an art gallery.

Credits: Khione Medium and tall vases in Frost. Wall art Synnova Repeat. Stripe velvet cushion in Galatea Midnight. Two toned sequined cushions and two toned sequined throws, all by Voyage Maison.

Styling, Photos & Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Autumn Colour Palette

Autumn has arrived and with it, a new colour palette to inspire you. This season there are mainly two colour schemes to be leading the trends, below are the two schemes that have emerged this autumn.



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The first one is slightly cooler with navy, charcoal and greys being the base colours. These cool hues gets warmed up by the additions of  copper and a hint of berry, perfect colours to use as highlights to your room scheme and ideal to keep in mind for accessories.

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Clockwise:  Artois wine glasses by La Rochere, from £5.95 each,  Grey cushion, £12.99, Navy throw, £39.99, Copper bronze pot, £4.99,  Jumper, £125, Weave throw, £239, reindeer hide, £145, all  Ceramics from the Field Harvest collection by Gregg Moore, £10-£20, napkins, £8 each, all



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The second colour palate is a bit more of what you’d expect this time of year. Burnt oranges melting together with chocolate browns, metals like copper and brass brings a bit of shine, while lighter shades like nudes and mink brightens the whole look.

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Clockwise:  Liberty Art fabrics Interiors, Patricia Anne wallpaper in spice, £69 per roll, Velvet fabric, £115,  Bud lantern holders, £19 each, Scape dinner ware, from £7 for a bowl, mercury glass tea light holders, £5 each,  Henley headboard, £175, Scroll Rose duvet set, £15, faux fur throw, £30,



Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

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