Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
The bathroom in the master bedroom is finally nearing completion! I wasn’t sure about a new bathroom in a century old house, but I’ve been converted. Everything Mike chose is so close to the original, the room doesn’t stand out at all. The floors look particularly good.
The green salon with the Zuber wallpaper has been a struggle. The colours are incredibly difficult to work with. The background is a very light green, the peonies are vermilion, the tulips are navy blue and the lilies are aubergine. Colours I wouldn’t normally have chosen myself or put together, but it’ss handmade paper and it would be criminal to just get rid of it. I did finally manage to find a linen that matches the mustardish narrow band in the border, and the curtains are made from that. I’ve hung one set and will do the other window in the next few days. The chandelier is unusually large, just under a metre. It’s early 20th century Italian, giltwood and tole.
I got a pair of late 19th century Chinese portraits for the green salon (going on each side of the east window) that still need to be framed. Here’s one of them:
I’ve also begun restoring the wallpaper. The first step is the cleaning (removing the varnish). It’s very tedious. It involves a cotton swab and white spirits, the same process as in cleaning a painting. Goodness knows how long it’ll take me to finish, probably over a year, it does make a difference, though. The cleaned section is the bottom to middle right:
Most of the day the weather was beautiful. The sky was incredibly blue.