In Michelangelo’s Renaissance Italy there were strongly held views on the health benefits of eating the right balance of foods. Not carbs and proteins as we go by these days, but humours – according to the elements, i.e. how hot, dry, cold or wet the food was. So this is why melon (cold, wet) was originally paired with ham (hot, dry) – to counter any nasty phlegmatic symptoms that might develop should you be foolish enough to eat any of that slimy malevolent melon on its own. (It’s worth noting that this is one of my mum’s top favourite combos, and she is super healthy. Job’s a good’un).
So: similarly, having dosed you heavily with yang technical mechanical boiler talk in recent posts (mixing my belief systems now but bear with me), it’s time to get a bit more yin http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang and update you on what I’ve been doing recently. It’s for the good of your health.
So: I’ve been mainly revamping the Orange Monstrosity in the kitchen, and devising a dining/ light solution to save us from candlelit dinners forever more (not as romantic as they sound when compulsory and with tea lights too short to see by).
… After much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the ineptitude of the local Homebase’s non-Dulux-paint-mixing staff, I finally found the friendly chaps at COLOUR MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY http://www.sieclecolours.com Dutch paint shop in South London who mixed up my dream batch of deep indigo: almost pure pigment, with just a touch of black. It positively glows.
Needless to say, they were entertainingly rude about a certain other well known “poor quality” paint brand and its use of “excessive” volumes of chalk.
This is what their infinitely superior paint looks like:
The orange I was covering was so monstrous that for a long dark moment I wondered if it would ever be defeated. I eventually abandoned the recommended foam brushes http://www.jenmfg.com in favour of a roller, which was much more satisfactory.
In the meantime, I’d been busy hoarding patterned paper ideas on my Pinterest boards http://www.pinterest.com/minkypink/for-the-home-main-saloon-and-galleyspace/ for the backs of the cupboards. Inevitably, when it came down to it I went for the first one I’d seen, a gorgeous deep indigo chiyogami Japanese paper from the delicious specialist paper shop Falkiner’s/ Shepherd’s (they have two names – I don’t understand why.)
(when I say “we” of course I mean “they”, i.e. the Owl who was once again getting impatient with my slow progress, and my poor aunt B who happened to be staying at the time. What can I say, I’m a starter.)
So that was pretty much done, and in the same weekend that the handles were finished and went up, the Owl got his do on the light fixture and wired up my gold-leafed vintage French farmhouse finds with Edison squirrel cage bulbs and blue fabric twisted electrical cord: