Recommendations

Our 11th 5* Google review

After Google unceremoniously removed our reviews in 2019, we have finally succeeded in having them all reinstated.

And, with a bit of time having passed, we’ve since picked up a couple more — with many thanks to Bob!

How to decorate, no.3: Don't use putty, use Dry Seal

Linseed oil putty seems to be the embodiment of the very best traditional methods and craftsmanship: it has been around, probably little-changed, for a long time; it is easy to work with; and it smells wonderful, like the naturally derived product it is. 

But as a method for sealing glass into traditional timber-framed windows it is prone to failure — indeed, ask 100 experienced decorators to tell you the curing time for putty, and you will probably receive almost as many different answers. 

In 2014, we bade farewell to our last tub of putty, and switched to Dry Seal, made by Repair Care. It is a considerably more expensive synthetic product, but it is truly superior to putty. Dry Seal remains permanently elastic and, perhaps best of all, can be painted — no arguments — within 30 minutes.

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Nook

A gracious nod of a Friday afternoon to Nook London, founded by Hattie Hollins, purveyors of beautiful filament lamps, braided flex, handsome lampholders and enamel lampshades.

We suspect that some purchases of our own are imminent…

A filament light bulb, lampholder and braided flex

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Harry James Gardens and Landscapes

If you are making plans for your garden, we think Harry is your man: you can visit his website here.

He carries out brickwork, decking, fencing, maintenance, paving, planting, pruning, timberwork and turfing.

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