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Do Colours Impact our Mood?

Many artists and interior designers believe that colour can dramatically change your mood, feelings and emotions, making some of us responding differently to the same colour. Does blue make you feel a sense of calmness or sadness? Does yellow make you anxious or   maybe it puts a grinning smile on your face? It might even come down to the shade …

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There’s a workshop for everyone!

If you’ve ever wanted to develop your painting skills or learn how to upcycle a piece of old furniture, then the ShabbyAnd… workshops could be perfect for you. I hold regular workshops that teach you everything you need to know, from preparation to finish. Whether you are an interior designer that wants to brush up on your skills or if …

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Introducing 4 new colours!

One of our resolutions at Autentico is to continue developing beautiful colours that we know you’ll love! We haven’t quite reached the end of January and already we’ve released 4 vibrant colours that will brighten up your rainy days. Introducing: Morpeth Mustard Flamingo Spearmint Terracotta All 4 shades are available in Autentico Vintage, a chalk paint with intent pigmentation and …

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Homes have 5 x more pollution than outdoors

We are all used to pollution caused by cars and power stations, in fact we’ve almost become oblivious to it. But, if I told you your home probably contains 5 x more pollution than outdoors, would you believe me? According to the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics, a 2016 study claimed that breathing in dirty …

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The colour of the year

Living Coral: Pantone 16-1546 At the end of each year, paint enthusiasts are anxious to know what colour Pantone will choose to represent the next 12 months. For 2018, the dramatic Ultra Violet was the winner, for its ingenuity, originality and thoughtful purple shade (PANTONE 18-3838). This year, however, they’ve stepped away from dark shades, with an energetic coral with …

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The Painted Pearl

I recently visited the “The Painted Pearl” in Whitstable Kent, the name itself conjures up a rainbow of colours…of course all Autentico! As the UK distributor I like to visit all our stockists, I just love seeing their creativity and I’m always amazed at these fabulous businesses and their accomplishments. This wondrous shop is no exception and is run by …

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How I Transformed my Guest Bathroom

In my last few blog posts, I’ve invited you all into my Little Lodge and showed you everything that I’ve done to transform a dark corridor of empty rooms into a beautiful short-term holiday rental that my guests can truly enjoy. I’ve shown you my open-planned kitchen, the living room and romantic bedroom. This week, I’ll be sharing the last …

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A place where dreams are made!

Throughout 2018, I had been working hard to create a beautiful short-term holiday rental that guests could book to come and enjoy a break from reality. I ended up calling this my Little Lodge, as it has everything that you would want, from a newly fitted bathroom to a relaxing living room that brings families together. For the Little Lodge, …

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The heart of the home…

Over the festive period, the family and I were cooking up a storm in the kitchen, from gingerbread houses to mince pies. The kitchen really is our favourite room in the house, the heart of the home!  A place for families to come together to make something that everyone can enjoy whilst catching up or unloading from a stressful day.  …

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It all started with a yellow chair…

Welcome to my Little Lodge! Since our children are all grown up, we’ve had an empty corridor of bedrooms at the end of the house, that only brought darkness and wasted opportunity. So, I decided to utilise it into a beautiful, self-contained annex that I could rent out to guests from all over, somewhere comfortable that they could stay and …

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