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Demolition Derby…

Walls are being removed today and the block and beam floor for the extension is almost complete. To keep some of the costs down we decided to do some of the work ourselves…removing skirtings, architraves, floorboards, radiators, pipework. I don’t think our bodies liked it! The fabulous warm weather at Easter didn’t continue….we should have known it. Now we have …

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We’ve got piles!

No not the uncomfortable type but the type that go in the ground to support the foundations and walls… W-H-O-A the extension is larger than we thought!! Over the last 4 weeks we’ve been slowly boxing our belongings and moving them into storage. Now’s the time for us to move out into our Annex which we made by converting part …

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Our House

After ten years the works have finally started, and our dream is becoming a reality. From the day we moved into our house we had plans to alter it to suite our lifestyle…the problem was that we didn’t have the money to do it! Surprisingly our ideas of what we wanted to do haven’t really changed over the ten years …

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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 respond 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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