Off to the Reading job. Woke late today. Had a bit of a interesting night’s sleep.
I didn’t sleep that well. This is unusual for me. Had had a lot of stuff
going around in my mind, so got up, made a couple of notes, went back to bed.
Consequently I left myself with only half an hour to get ready. So I’ve come
sailing out the door and I’m now on my way to the station. Need to be in for the
dining-table, that’s the only thing I’m really worried
about. Everything else is going to be done by me today, so that should keep me
busy all day. But I need to stop off, grab food, get things because there’s no food
at the Reading house. Let’s get cracking! So here we are at the Reading job once
again. So we have lots going on today. We have the table turning up, which is my
first ‘port of call’. So I need to get the old one out in readiness for the new
one to arrive. I need to find a way to open these doors, so that the table can
be brought in around the back, because I think it’s a little too large to come in
the front. I have already measured; I know it can come in this way.
I’m fully prepared so I just need to get on with the work and clear the space. So
here are the two doors. These need to open and then the table will be able to come
in. The table’s actually got to come all the way around in here, this way,
and it’s going to hit this spot here. So here are the guys delivering it in.
They’re going to take the box off and once that’s done it looks like this. Now
obviously there is nothing down the centre here, so all that packaging will
go and then obviously, they will get all the different bits, to put on the back of
that like this. As you can see here the first thing to check is little pads on
the top of the legs. Those go on, so that you can make sure that when you turn the
table over, you can move it into position. It’s actually very very heavy indeed.
It’s quite interesting to look at it from the other side, you won’t see much
of this as you go along but it’s worth inspecting. Here are the
guys putting the legs together and whilst that happens, the gardeners arrived!
Which was good timing! And the painting continues.
Underneath, there’s Martin in the Harry Potter cupboard! Just tidying things up
and freshening things up in there. The table is in place. the top is
looking great. the base is looking firm and strong; everything is exactly where
it should be. Perfect. Let’s go and have a look upstairs. If you can remember
from the other day, this is now the airing cupboard and this has been
painted, so it’s all been smartened up quite a bit. You see here,
everything has been painted all the way around all the different wires and pipes.
We have everything looking a lot smarter. Also we are in the study; we
have actually done some painting in here as well, if you remember. I’ve had the
electrician on site today as well so he’s downstairs at the moment, chasing in
the wall, so I’ll show you that in a moment.
But what we do actually have is the paint work that has been done, here, in
the study. It’s a French Grey, Farrow & Ball French Grey; and so that’s all now been
painted. I’ve had the electrician in. There were a couple of old telephone
circuits and you can get those funny things sometimes in the back of
cupboards, and I won’t I wasn’t too sure whether they were live or not. So I’ve
had him have a quick look at them and he said “they’re not live anymore” so he’s
taking them off the wall, which is great. Which means the decorator now just has
to touch up and it makes everything a lot clearer and cleaner in the cupboard.
The cupboard has been done; it’s still in its two parts, but it is all painted really
nicely. You can see here, the colour, if you remember how it was before. So this
is obviously where one of the sockets has been taken out and you can seejust down here, there’s the sockets, they’re ready to be
collected. There’s the other one there in the corner, so those holes will just be filled, painted and then this will be looking a lot better
than when it appeared the other day. This socket
over here.. this socket you can see some wires going up, and this is,
as far as I know, is still a live socket. I’m getting the electrician to test it
as you can see, it’s got some wires and some trunking going up here. I know that this
socket is working but the other one I’m not quite sure so I just want to make
sure of that and make sure that it is working for the client when they come back. But everything else in here – all looking good. Meanwhile here in the Master Bedroom, we
have the second coat, which has been put on to the four-poster bed. Remember the
two posts that were a very pale wood. We were re-varnishing them to
match in with the two existing end poles at the end of the bed. So this is the new
one now. I think it’s still a little bit, just a little bit tacky, so we’ll leave
that to dry just a little bit longer and then the whole bed will be pushed back
again to this wall, and we can see how everything can fit in. So here we are in
the Master Bedroom. I just want to have a quick chat with you about the fabrics
that we are choosing for this particular room. Here as you can see we have the new
chair in. This is from Graham & Greene. It’s a cane armchair. It has a linen, a
woven linen fabric here, on the cushion, and obviously, on the back cushion here
as well. It’s a really nice addition to the room and goes really well with a
Light Blue which is from Farrow & Ball; you see behind me. But we are having some
curtains in here and the question has been “what fabric should be used for the
curtains in this room?” At the moment they’re very dark they’re quite heavy,
they’re actually a silk, a very silky sort of damask, with velvet embroidery on them. They’re ;Swags and Tails’ and they’re quite gloomy
over the room. So I wanted to lighten things up in here quite a bit.
The client is lovely and is totally agreeable to this, so we’ve been looking
at fabrics to choose. The issue has been what fabric to go for. So what YOU think
can often be at odds with what your CLIENT thinks. We have actually narrowed
this down to one in particular. The fabric that we’ve chosen so far, to go
with this beautiful chair here, is a fabric by Sanderson and it’s called ‘Blossom Tree’ and here it is! This is a very pale cream, almost biscuit
coloured linen, and on the top it has a very beautiful but very subtle print; a
very floral print. It’s got blues, it’s got greens, quite ‘spriggy’ in places but
actually it’s going to look quite stunning with these other different
fabrics that we have going on in the room. Of course there were other choices
to go in in this particular room and the client liked a few fabrics from a
company called Voyage. Now Voyage, they are a Scottish company, a
British company and they do quite traditional fabrics. Lots of embroideries,
lots of classic designs and this would also work well in this room
depending on which route you want to go down. Whether you wanted something
more delicate or whether you wanted something more classic and traditional.
So we have quite a few of these here. They come in different colorways as you can see here. They’re all roughly the same.
Some will go better than others with this, and so it really is going to be
personal preference really, about what the client will want to choose. It
could be a bit of Blossom Tree or it could be perhaps be Voyage. One is
obviously undoubtedly bolder than the other but I think that we don’t need to
go too bold, when you have so many other bold statements happening in the room. So
let’s see what happens when the client comes back in town! Design work can be
quite difficult to describe and sometimes it really is a question of
following your gut. Certainly when it comes to putting together colours and
fabrics, your eye will generally tell you what works and what doesn’t, and your eye
will get better as time goes on. So please don’t fret if you think “I don’t
know what goes with what” or “I’m a bit worried about what goes
what”. Your opinions will matter to your clients but your clients should matter
to you. As you can hear, or as you might be able to hear, we have some drilling
going on downstairs. So the chasing of the walls continues. Let’s go and see
what’s been going on! “So what is that? Part of the door?” “That’s part of the cornice. So ig you put that on the edge, and then plaster over it, it’ll give you a
nice smooth edge. So that would be the old doorway over here.” “Oh interesting isn’t it!” “Yeah!” So that concludes today’s work at the
Reading property. All went well, all deliveries are in. The chasing of the walls
has been done. The painting has been done, everything’s been done!
I think the clients will be happy. The clients should be back at the weekend.
So I think I’m going to take a well-earned sit down, I’ve been on my
feet all day! This is another thing that nobody tells you; you will be on your
feet all day! I hope you’ve enjoyed today. I hope it all makes sense to you and we
shall be back with the Reading job for the next installment. Probably next week.
See you then!