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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Paint the town red.

Red rose from Graphics Fairy.

Thank you dear readers for all your comments on my last post. My life isn't any simpler at all, and I can't see it happening in the near future, so I shall just embrace the variety and organised chaos and  get on with it!

I have been helping my sister, Lesley Smyth, with a job she has been doing, painting furniture for a rather swanky hotel in Berkshire  The furniture was made in Belfast by a company called Timbermark , my sister painted, gilded and distressed it, and then it was shipped off to be installed. These photos are of a HUGE dresser, which thankfully came in sections, to be put together on site.

These panels were to be fitted with an embossed leather.

We only had a short time to paint it, but thankfully it was completed in time. I think you will agree it looks rather lovely. It would be wonderful to see it all in situ.
Hope you are all having a good week so far, and a little warmed up by all this red. Love Linda x.


  1. Hello Linda,

    We love this burnt red. The touch of gilding adds an understated elegance to the piece. We are sure that it will look fabulous when placed in its 'swanky hotel' setting!

    Perhaps you could offer to help your sister oversee the installation .......thereby arranging for yourself a rather swish weekend away! You deserve it!

  2. Well there's no chance of you getting bored, I agree with Jane you should be getting a lush Weekend away...lovely xxx

  3. You and your sister are so clever.

  4. This is an absolutely gorgeous project Linda! Colors have always a smooth effect on me!
    Take care

  5. Hi Linda, how are you? Wish you all the best for 2015!

  6. What an amazing project! It looks so dramatic.
    Can't wait to see it installed.
    One thing for sure... You never fail to impress with your work
    Julie x

  7. Very elegant painting indeed! It will fit in perfectly in a swanky hotel! Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  8. Hello Linda,
    What an exciting project you are working on. I love the red and gilt work adds the elegance for the swanky hotel. I hope you manage to get to see it installed. I am happy for you

  9. Hello Linda, that must have been such hard work but it does look sumptuously beautiful! Jane xx

  10. Oh my yes ~ completely gorgeous! GOOD JOB!!! :)


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