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Number 42: Upstairs Landing Update

The bedrooms side of the landing is now painted. Scaffolding will be needed for the stairs side. The Baudson Wisteria mirror (from the charity shop) has a new glass and is up and an early 19th century Spanish console table has been painted to match it. The cut glass colonial lanterns are Indian and create fantastic shadows on the walls (which is why we bought more of them.) I’m thinking of perhaps adding some porcelain botanical plates on giltwood brackets or some small paintings here and there to break the absolute symmetry a bit. The rug is Persian, from my usual German dealer who offers really exceptional prices. The animal engravings between the doors (Leopard & Greyhound) are 17th century, by Roelant Savery.

 

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40 comments on “Number 42: Upstairs Landing Update

  1. Steve Ruis
    May 14, 2018

    And what will you be charging us per night to visit? Marvelous!

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  2. Kris Jennings
    May 14, 2018

    It feels a lot warmer and more homey. Love the lanterns! Yea for cats!! 😊

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  3. Tish Farrell
    May 14, 2018

    Such a gracious space. Love the way the mirror gives you an extra ‘window’.

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  4. metan
    May 14, 2018

    The shadows those lanterns cast is brilliant.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 14, 2018

      Shadows make the space much more interesting and moody. We actually learnt the trick from Moroccan lighting. They use pierced lanterns which create an amazing light:

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  5. Osyth
    May 14, 2018

    Of course this is stunning …. I have come to expect that of you. Those lanterns cast the most magnificent pierced patterns and I am covetous of the mirror and etchings. I have been effecting a rather profound move over the past few weeks, hence I have not been blogging at all. I am looking forward to catching up with reading my favourites and to writing a little this week.

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  6. Arkenaten
    May 14, 2018

    Understated elegance. Simply beautiful. Including (what looks like) the vacuum cleaner in the bottom picture.
    😉

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 14, 2018

      LOL 😀 My Dyson is a prised possession!!!!

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      • Arkenaten
        May 14, 2018

        I think it is the décontracté manner in which it is leaning against the wall that gives the image a sense of je ne sais quoi.

        Tres in the moment.

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  7. john zande
    May 14, 2018

    They eyes of a rather odd god

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  8. foolsmusings
    May 14, 2018

    It looks truly stunning 🙂

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  9. karenjane
    May 14, 2018

    Gorgeous, especially the shadows from the lights.

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  10. Robert A. Vella
    May 14, 2018

    Wow, impressive! It looks like a hotel I stayed at in Paris, but better!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 14, 2018

      This style is created in great part by Louis Le Vaux in the 17th century and then gets popularised amongst the aristocracy in the 18th century – but then in the 19th century Baron Haussmann (commissioned by Napoleon to modernise Paris and make it as we know it today) ran with the idea and used the stonework/iron/gilding/checkered floors concept in many of the bourgeois buildings in the city.

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  11. acflory
    May 14, 2018

    Elegant yet cosy. I think I’d probably kill for that rug. lol

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  12. Helen Devries
    May 15, 2018

    I do like those lanterns and the effects they cast…
    Are there just those two radiators on the landing?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 15, 2018

      Yes, just two upstairs and a larger one downstairs. The last owners called the hall “le frigo” 🙂 I say it’s good for us because in the winter we’re forced to do some exercise by running from one room to the next so we don’t freeze on the way.

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      • Helen Devries
        May 15, 2018

        I did wonder. Our landings were smaller and though each had two radiators and a whopper at the foot of the staircase it was no defence if the winter cold managed to get through to the house.

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  13. davidprosser
    May 15, 2018

    Everything looks as though it’s been there a long time just parfait.
    Hugs

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  14. poshbirdy
    May 15, 2018

    Stunning. The lights are incredibly effective. They pull the whole thing together (though I adore the mirror too)

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 16, 2018

      I’ve always loved this sort of lighting. In India they call them Hundi lanterns. You can get plain glass large ones starting at around 150 GBP (on Amazon.) But the cut glass is what really makes the effect more special. The English Lamp Company does nice cut glass versions 🙂

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  15. Jane Ms Campbell
    May 16, 2018

    Quite lovely!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 16, 2018

      Thank you! How’s your search going? The other day someone mentioned there was a fab property for sale in Labastide Rouairoux (reminded me of your wishlist!), but I can’t remember who said it or who the agent was 😀

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  16. Beautiful, just beautiful. Just curious, what type of brushes or rollers did you use to paint the console table? Out of everything you have done, may favorite is still your idea to guild those centers swirls of the railing. That still looks awesome.

    Boy that huge mirror looks right sized in that space, it looks just perfect there.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 16, 2018

      Thanks 🙂 For furniture I use white china bristle. It’s the smoothest finish you can get.

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      • Thank you for this information. So you brush it on then. I will always remember WHITE China bristle. Thanks for the tip. You have guts painting furniture, I’ll give you that. I think you have to do it once to develop confidence, and since I have never done it (well rattan porch furniture, not the same league) it makes me so nervous.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        May 19, 2018

        Smoothness makes perfect, so don’t be afraid of painting and sanding,painting and sanding. If you get it wrong, you can keep going until you’re happy with the result 😉

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  17. theoccasionalman
    May 16, 2018

    What sort of light bulbs do you use? I’ve gotten pretty fanatical about LEDs with the full color spectrum of daylight.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      May 19, 2018

      As I’m a completely normal person who doesn’t at all have a problem with authority… when they were about to prohibit incandescent bulbs in Spain I went out and bought boxes full. So I have enough for a very, very, long time 😀

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