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  • Home restoration

    A few green shoots…

    The hall was undoubtedly the ugliest bit of the house when we moved in. The walls were painted in a shiny magnolia finish. This showed up every imperfection ...

    On 11th May 2018 / By
  • Home restoration

    A note about cornicing…

    When you paint cornicing with emulsion paint, it gets into the cracks. After multiple coats, the cornice looks like the section on the left – the floral detail ...

    On 8th May 2018 / By
  • Home restoration

    Our conservatory – 6 months on

    I still remember the first time I saw our conservatory. A small hexagon on the floorplan of the house, there were no pictures on the estate agent’s website. ...

    On 7th May 2018 / By
  • Gardens

    Finishing the trellis

    The trellis is now (mostly) finished – with only the woodland side left to paint. I’ve painted the trellis in a contemporary black ash to emphasise the forest views. ...

    On 7th May 2018 / By
  • Historic Houses

    Visiting the Red House

    The Red House was designed for William Morris, famous wallpaper & fabric designer, in 1859. Morris was already a multimillionaire (in modern terms) due to his father – a ...

    On 7th May 2018 / By
  • Home restoration

    Welcome to Past Forward

    This is our story of restoring a late Victorian mid-terrace in historic Greenwich, London, to its former glory. Built in 1883/1884 on the east side of Greenwich’s famous ...

    On 7th May 2018 / By