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I totally agree with you! Sometimes it's hard to nail down the feeling, but if you have a client that agrees and is willing to explore, the outcome can be incredible!


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Rosemary Hart

Love it! The best article I've read on Houzz since... when?

My motto is "Rich bright colours for a rich bright life". My house if full of colour, books, plants (floor-to-ceiling foliage plants, gorgeous orchids) and my own paintings, hanging all over the place. I paint in the living room, in the car at times, or wherever else I am, and my painting materials are on hand, not hidden from sight! I find beautiful containers for them in car boot sales. Coloured glass catches the sun on the windowsills and since a real horse is no longer a possibility, I have my own stud of china horses (all with names) in the living room.

I haven't got anything like the "press for champagne" button, but I am contemplating a sign in the porch, near the doorbell; "No-on ever reached the Pearly Gates and said: "Oh, St Peter! How I wish I'd done more housework!"

Re these photos, the orange and blue walls are beautiful (actually they are complementary colours, so bound to go together) but if it was my place I'd put that pink table in another room - it doesn't go with orange. I think that's the secret of using colour boldly - as an artist I know the rules behind deciding what colours go together. It's not just fashion - the farther apart on a colour wheel two colours are, the better they go together.

Almost all my walls are yellow - the colour of sunshine - because sunny yellow resonates inside me - it sings! Deep blue goes well with them and so does my favourite - maroon. Lots of lovely maroon really makes me feel at home...

One thing...sorry... no pets.. I go away so much it wouldn't be fair on them! I love animals too much to take them on if I can't meet their requirements. But if the day ever comes when I can't drive...

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Rosemary Hart

I've just remembered - only yesterday I read a comment that pictures in the bedroom should be restricted to no more than two, and any more were actually called Clutter! In my house that's fightin' talk! Clutter is what I find in the middle of the room when - in spite of being an early riser - I didn't have time to finish tidying up without risk of being late for something. Much as I like the place tidy, there are more important things in life than always being able to tidy everything all the time. And the word Clutter does Not apply to beautiful hand-made things, only to piles of papers and the like!

Incidentally why is there a fashion for boring bare bedrooms as though you slept any better in them? I always sleep beautifully . After all, when it's dark I can't see the golden yellow walls, maroon curtains and 20-odd paintings. It could just as well be one of those dismal, uninviting bare grey rooms I hate so much on Houzz, because my eyes are shut. But when I'm wide awake by daylight I can love the room..!

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