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Edwardian casement windows

We were pleased with the results we achieved following the redecoration of this large bedroom in an Edwardian house in south London.

Several of the windows in the house featured attractive arched panes, a form of detailing found in many period houses in London.


Belsize Park Apartment Redecoration

For this project, our clients – owners of a two-bedroom flat in Belsize Park – asked us to fit new cornices and fully redecorate a large living room.

We recommended a fibrous plasterwork specialist, Miles and Wilde, to install the cornices and decorated the room to a high standard with Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion in Hague Blue.




How we paint a front door

A front door – especially at the entrance to a period property – deserves special attention.

With so many period properties in London, we decided to create a process which does justice to the many front doors we encounter.

Here is a fine, if rather tired, Edwardian front door before we worked on it:


…and after:


What does our process involve?

The most basic standard process is: sand, undercoat, gloss.

We have extended this with the addition of several extra stages, including the application and polishing of two coats of Kodrin Spachtel, a wonderful, micro-levelling high-gloss surfacer from Sikkens which gives the door a glass-like shine in readiness for the gloss.

Our process is time-consuming, but yields results which will set your door apart…


Sikkens XD gloss tinted to Down Pipe (a Farrow & Ball colour)



Sikkens XD gloss tinted to Ultra Blue (a Little Greene colour)



Sikkens XD tinted to Pitch Black (a Farrow & Ball colour)

Restaurant redecoration in south London

Pullens was a familiar presence in Herne Hill from the 1980s until it shut down in early 2016. The restaurant will finally be reopening – as Llewelyn’s, a sister project of Myla & Davis – in late March 2017.

David and the Trim team have been responsible for redecorating the restaurant and the property above it. The lower facade, which has required a lot of restoration work using Repair Care, has changed from a faded mid-blue to Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball.

We’re wishing the Llewelyn’s team well as opening day approaches.



Owl Design

We discovered Owl Design – established in London in 2012 by Simone Gordon and Sophie van Winden – on Instagram recently – their website, which you can find here, is a ready source of interior design inspiration.


Fired Earth Alhambra Palace

On our travels around London, we often see beautiful and colourful tiles evocative of Moroccan and Moorish architecture and design.

Fired Earth have released a wallpaper design – Alhambra Palace – which cleverly emulates this style.

Fired Earth Alhambra Palace wallpaper

Colour Makes People Happy

We hope that more painters and decorators in London discover the fine paints made by Colour Makes People Happy, which is run by Simon March in East Dulwich. 

In Port Magazine’s interview, Simon nicely removes the mystique which so often surrounds the marketing of paint… 

“Making paint is no more difficult than making bread. It’s made of three basic ingredients. If you want your paint for outside use, you put more resin in it: if you want it interior use, very often people want it to appear “flatter” so you take resin out and put more chalk into it. It’s quite a simple thing to do.”




Mylands – London’s last paint manufacturer

Mylands, a venerable English paint manufacturer established in 1884, is deserving of your attention if you are planning any redecoration or floor sanding.


“Today, we’re still in Lambeth, the last remaining paint manufacturer in London, and John’s great-grandson Dominic Myland carries on the family tradition of perfection in paint.

We’re preserving the time-honoured, traditional approach to making the finest quality paints and finishes, while making the most of the latest technical advances in paint development. By blending the old with the new, we’re creating time-honoured shades and finishes with all of the benefits of modern performance and technology.”

Mylands have just released their new spring collection, which can be found here.

We hope to use their products more often in 2017.

Mylands spring colours

VQ restaurant decoration in west London

With spring around the corner, it’s a good time to revisit the commercial decorating job we carried out in late summer 2016: VQ, a new restaurant in Notting Hill.

As well as completely redecorating the facade, we decorated the interior of the restaurant, both front and back of house.

The Notting Hill site is VQ’s third, with more openings to follow.

Visualisation for VQ in Notting Hill

Facade of VQ in Notting Hill

Facade of VQ in Notting Hill at night

Miles & Wilde

A brief nod on a Friday afternoon to a firm of craftsman whose work we have respected for several years.

Miles & Wilde, founded and run by Leigh Miles and Jason Wilde, specialise in the manufacture and supply of fibrous plasterwork such as cornices, ceiling roses, corbels and panel mouldings.

We recently recommended Miles & Wild to clients in Belsize Park; by the time we arrived at the project, new cornices had already been installed by M&W in the living room and main bedroom. We used an XVLP sprayer to paint the cornice; we’ll post the photos of the work in the next couple of weeks.