Sunday, 1 May 2016

Deco Devon: The Agatha Christie Mile

The English Riviera is not only a beautiful part of the UK, but one full of Deco delights and literary heritage.  I recently went on a short holiday to this wonderful part of Devon with my husband, and I have many pictures and adventures to share.  Torquay - birthplace of Agatha Christie - is a pretty seaside town with a marina.  Dotted around Torquay are some beautiful Victorian buildings, as well as a few Art Deco gems.  There are large 1930s housing estates in the area too, and many seafront buildings are from the era also.  In short, you are in for an architectural feast in this town!

The mile long promenade between The Grand and The Imperial hotels has been dubbed the 'Agatha Christie Mile', as both hotels have strong Christie connections, as do numerous spots in between them.  Little plaques mark out places of interest, such as Princess Pier which young Agatha used to roller-skate down, to the Pavilion where her first husband proposed to her. 

Deco Devon 1

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The 1930s House: Living Room Renovation Complete!

Today I can finally reveal pictures of our completed lounge renovation, after two years of on-off work.  Despite our house being built in the 1930s, our lounge had a distinct '70s feel when we moved in.  It was quite a challenge to transform the biggest room in the house into something cosy, inviting and more in keeping with the age of the house.  We didn't go for a 1930s' period look, but we did incorporate some Deco touches.  The majority of work was done solely by my husband, who bravely took on challenges such as laying parquet flooring.  Read on to find out what we did, and how much it cost.

Before...
The room was very white and plain, with a beige carpet that was sun-bleached in parts.  Textured walls, a feature stone wall with built-in mirrored knick-knack shelf and an electric fire all made it feel very outdated, and not in a good vintagey way.  The room had been extended in the '70s, so an additional problem was that the lovely original parquet flooring stopped two-thirds of the way along the room, with the new section having a particularly horrid lino flooring. 

Before renovation
Above and below: How the living room looked when we viewed the house

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Review: What Katie Did Hollywood Camiknicker

A classic style that What Katie Did has made for a few years now is the Hollywood Camiknicker.  Available in black or peach, I purchased the black last year and have been meaning to do a review - here it is, finally!

Hollywood Camiknicker

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