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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Perfectly peeling paint

Some of my friends think I am a bit strange in this way, but I know I can count on you to understand. I don't like interiors that are perfect, that is, perfect in the conventional sense of the word. To me, perfect means bland and boring. For me some imperfection is what makes an interior....well....perfect!

One of the ways to get that perfectly imperfect look is with peeling paintwork. However, it is all about the combination .... combined with a beautiful antique table, a gorgeous chandelier, a sumptuous fabric, a pretty flower arrangement, a lovely piece of art looks beautiful... take away those elements and it looks just plain shabby!

Take a look....

 So... don't rush to fix your peeling paintwork ... it might look better left as it is.

Till next time

Sharon x

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  1. In other words.. enjoy the Patina....its an art statement and can be very beautiful!

  2. I am with you on that Sharon...that bath tub! Wah! PS. I followed your link for the chandeliers from South Africa, and I am getting a quote for shipping on 2...I will let you know if it works!

  3. Sharon, you expressed the sentiment precisely!
    Too perfect is so uninviting. Love these gorgeous rooms.

  4. Hi Sharon I am with you on this. PS . I contacted that lighting supplier from South Africa for 2 chandeliers, they are pricing shipping for me...will let you know!

  5. I love every one of these pictures! Am I the only one who will tell you that they way to spell "peeling paint" is with two e's and no a!?!

    Curious! I adore your blog! Love your pictures....and you can count on me to tell you if you misspell a word!

    I am sure you want to spell it right!!

    Beautiful! Most of my favorite things have "peeling paint"! (pealing actually means laughing!! Tee hee!!)


  6. I guess it is true that you can elevate anything with highs and lows of furnishings. We have a bit of paint peeling in a bathroom but I don’t think the husband would let it be. Men really don’t get it!

    Enjoy your week Sharon!


  7. Concordo com você. Nestes lindos ambiente vem,os que ouve vida e tem muita história por baixo destas pinturas descascadas.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

  8. All the photos are beautiful and the colors of paint are perfect. i am in love with the green velvet chair.

  9. From Minnesota to South Africa - my heart sings whenever there's a new post. Love your beautiful photos and prose. Thank you!

  10. Sharon,
    I confess, I do love old, crusty things. I'm not sure about the walls, maybe if I was in a shabby flat in London or Paris it would add charm for me. lol

  11. I am also a peely paint fan!! Every time my parents visit, they ask: when are you going to paint your shutters? Look at that peeling paint! Soon, Dad. Soon :)

  12. Hi Sharon,
    Me, too! I grew up in a house of perfection, so perhaps it's partly the lure of a different aesthetic, but for the most part I think it's that intriguing stamp of time. I love the old oak as much as the new daffodil! Thanks for a fun post.

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