5 Gold Shelves For Storing Your Thimbles

Do you remember or are you too young, visiting your Grandma’s or favourite Aunt’s house and looking at their collection of thimbles or china animals on a little, irregularly segmented shelf. You get the picture, don’t you?  Here’s what I’m thinking about.

Decorlasting nik-nak stand (2)

If you’re interested buying this I found it on CarlaCollects Etsy site and could be yours for £9.50.  However, if you’re favouring a more modern look it seems to me you’re in luck as this type of shelf has made a bit of a comeback, and just when I thought we’d all gone minimalist and thrown away all our knick-knacks. Is that what they were called ‘knick-knack shelves’? I looked up the definition of knick-knack and it said “Small worthless objects, especially household ornaments” – a bit harsh but in my case true.

Here’s my pick of 5 ‘similar’ shelves you could get today, enhanced with a touch of gold glam to bring the concept up-to-date.  I could even consider one of these for housing my own collection of thimbles – no just joking, I don’t have any thimbles, really I don’t.

From Maisons Du Monde this is the Madeline Gold Metal Shelf, £78.  Versatile as it comes with wall hanging option but as you can see from the picture you could use it free standing, although you would want to make sure it was steady – tumbling knick-knacks is never a good look.

Decorlasting Maisonsdumonde shelf

The next follows a similar design but on a larger scale. It’s from Oliver Bonas, The Luxe Shelving Unit and can be pre-ordered for £630. I love it but on my budget it would be more of an investment piece me thinks.

Decorlasting Oliver Bonas Luxe Shelving

Again more of a unit than a shelf this is the Barclay Shelving Unit sold by Marks and Spencer £399. 

Decorlasting Marks&Spencer Shelf Unit

I’ve kept with the gold theme but compromised on the irregularity, it doesn’t take a qualified mathematician to see this is pretty regular.  The Accent shelf by Hübsch can be found on the Wayfair.co.uk site, £91.99.

Decorlasting Accent Shelf

A finally and probably my favourite, this brings the gold look and small shelf space but at a fraction of the price. You can add your own irregularity I’m sure. It’s a fun piece from Urban Outfitters, Double Wire Shelf  £25.   There’s scope to paint the wood to tie in with your own decor, the same colour paint as the your walls maybe? Alternatively, I think a dark grey /green paint would make this a more stylish and expensive looking piece.

Decorlasting Urban Outfitters Shelf

I wonder if Grandma would approve of any of my choices?

Decorlasting Gold Shelves


My DIY Pixie Green Table Makeover

It was a bit cold and wet during the last bank holiday. We had nothing planned so decided to repaint an old loved folding side table and make it usable once again.

Now this table puts the ‘lasting’ into Décor Lasting as it must be about twenty years old.  I bought it in a shop called Cargo, which at the time to me was a cross between Habitat and IKEA.  They were mainly found in the South East, don’t think they exist anymore.  Anyway this table was extensively used in my home, moving from room to room as needed: TV stand, bedside table, garden table. The uses were and remain infinite.  Due to all the use it’s become a little shabby, the odd tea & red wine stain but structural sound – a bit like me.  So time for a makeover otherwise it was probably destined for the wood pile, I’m talking about the table.

This is what it looked liked perched on my kitchen island anticipating the paint.

Decorlasting table makeover before

As green is the colour of the moment I went to my local B&Q to select a paint. I had a shade in mind and luckily found a Dulux paint matching my thoughts, Pixie Green Matt Emulsion from their Endurance range.  I would ideally have used eggshell but matt was all they had. Found this colour on the B&Q reduced shelf, it was my lucky day.

It hadn’t really occurred to me how long it would take for me to paint all those holes, just as well it was long weekend as it took forever.

When it was eventually painted (two coats) I applied a layer of Annie Sloane Clear Chalk Paint Wax to give it a little protection. All done.

Decorlasting table makeover 3

I love the paint colour, makes the table come alive again especially in the sun.  I think this summer it will be taken out into the garden to hold the odd glass of wine, frequently I hope.

Decorlasting table makeover

What do you think?

How Long Does It Take To Decorate A House? Part 2, The Compromise

I’m feeling back to full fitness after my decorating escapade the other week, see Part 1 of the blog, so here’s the second part of the story.

If you remember I left you with pictures of what needed tackling in the 7 days before a new family moved into my daughter’s rental house. Make no mistake all my skills of prioritisation came into play. We’d reluctantly come to the realisation, try as we might we were not going to get everything done in the available time, especially to the desired standard, all a bit depressing.

But chin up! first thing was clear the rubbish and stop water leaking out from places it wasn’t supposed to.  Oh and we had to clean sufficient floor space for us to set up camp – did I mention we were sleeping on airbeds in the house! Time was soon slipping by as this took the best part of the first day.

Next we started to tackle the woodwork. Ideally I would have repainted everything but we didn’t have the time (are you picking up on this theme?) so Compromise 1 was to only repaint the doors and wood in the hall and up to the first stair landing, plus the skirting board of both rooms on the first floor, they being the living room and master bedroom. The rest we just cleaned, touching up any big chips.  It was actually surprising how much better the woodwork looked after a good clean. It’s always good to clean 🙂

Decorlasting hall stairs after

It was day 3 before we were able to start putting any emulsion on walls.  We decided to paint everything white, why wouldn’t you and it would be less of a worry about the interface between the ceiling and the skirting, remember we’re not professionals and speed was important. However, the son-in-law wanted colour in some of the rooms. “Trade Magnolia” he suggested??  I pleaded “No, please don’t make me paint Magnolia” So Compromise 2, I pointed him in the direction of trade sized tubs of  grey paint, therefore no increase in cost. Trade grey – does that make grey a classic or just the new Magnolia? Something to think about.

All ceilings were painted thanks to Mr Husband who appears to love painting ceilings, something I may have left. The pictures below gives you the finished look of the two rooms painted in grey (Wickes Contract Classic Grey, Silk); the living room and the master bedroom.

At the weekend when we were at our full complement of four we split into couples, the hall and stairs for one and the two remaining bedrooms for the other; what a choice. Somewhere in between, I lose track, the bathroom and kitchen where painted white, the rotten trim replaced in the bathroom, the grass cut, the windows cleaned, the bathroom descaled (yuk) and while the carpet was being laid on the final day, the kitchen de-greased; we then took a breath. We were unable to box in the ugly boiler pipes, only managing to patch up the gaping hole behind the boiler, paint some pipes and give it all good clean: all that added up to Compromise 3.

Decorlasting kitchen after

I think that just about covers it. All good character building stuff.  There were a few tense exchanges of words, usually when all very tired and hungry. But we also managed some smiles especially while having lunch from the conveniently parked burger van. Not my usual first choice but they certainly kept us going.

It would’ve been great to have a ‘DRESSING THE ROOM’ moment however, we were all too keen to get back to our own beds. Sleeping on an airbed for seven days is not so good when you get to a certain age.

So how long does it take to re-decorate a house?  Well in this case it took all the time we had, 7 days.  I would say another 2 weeks and we would have got it looking much better 😉 How do you think we did?

Next time I want some mother and daughter bonding perhaps I will suggest a spa weekend ❤

Summer Cushions – do we need them?

I think this one has passed me by – it’s the phenomena of changing your cushions in the summer.  Since writing blogs I’ve started to read more about trends in interiors and generally….. taking more notice.  And one thing I have noticed is people seem to have a set of summer cushions.  This includes a neighbour of mine who recently switched them into her living room, and don’t get me wrong they look great😘. I just didn’t realise this was something you were supposed to do.

I don’t know about you but I have great trouble selecting cushions in the first place, it’s more complicated than you think….

  • Should they all match, colour, size, shape? (in my opinion no).
  • How many cushions should you have? (plenty, but not sooo many they end up on the floor).
  • How much money should you spend? (shop around, cushion can be v expensive)

……… to sum it up, a soft furnishing nightmare, and that’s before you start to think about where you store your winter cushions 😧

Buts let’s not worry too much about all of the above, I’ve decided the reason I’ve missed out on this practice is come the summer I’m more outside than in. For me it’s the time of year when my living room gets used the least and becomes a corridor to the garden. So maybe I need to be thinking more about what cushions would look great in the garden? Now I’ve stumbled on another minefield as I usually grab a cushion from the living room on the way out.  Oh no I’m embarking on a vicious circle of cushions situation here – I’d better stop.

If however I were going to change my cushions for the summer, and maybe after writing this I clearly should, these are the ones I would give serious consideration.

These cushions from Habitat at £12 each for a small cushion are an economical option for brightening up your room (these are in fact the ones my neighbour has).

Habitat summer cushion

Stating the obvious, John Lewis sell cushions and have an interesting selection they claim can also be used outdoors. Can something be waterproof and comfy for the sofa, I don’t want to feel I’m cuddling up to a plastic bag? Hmm I need to investigate further. This one below is retailing for £12, it’s the Country Stripe Outdoor Cushion and a good size for the price.

John Lewis summer cushion (2)The next is a leafy design that certainly goes with this year’s theme of greenery in the home.  It’s the Cabbage Palm Leaf sold by Redbubble, with graphic designed by Adam Fahey, £23 for a medium cushion.  This is an interesting supplier where artists can get their designs on everyday products. I’ve never bought anything from Redbubble before so can’t comment on quality or service, but some great designs and worth a look.

Redbubble summer cushion (2)

A finally the blue Palayam Cushion Cover extra large  from OKA £36 cover only. I love a large cushion and although this one is not as zingy as some of the others it brings texture and says dusky, lazy summer evenings to me.  It’s my favourite.

OKA summer cushion 2


Do you have cushion dilemmas or is it just me?

I’m Looking For Something Round – A Clock Maybe?

I live in a basement flat of a Victorian villa.  It’s sturdy and solid with thick thick walls. In the living room alcoves sit on either side of the chimney breast, so nothing new there. Now I’m looking for something to hang in one of those alcoves, and have been since last summer when we decorated the room.  The only thing is, if I hang something with a straight edge it highlights the slope of the ceiling. Without a straight line for the eye to fix on all looks perfectly fine. Therefore the decision is to hang something round.

As mentioned the wall has been empty for some time now as I was hoping to stumble upon something, but alas not so now’s the time to actively look. We’ve a round mirror in the other alcove so at the moment my life is indeed out of balance and  I’m thinking a clock is the answer.

My room look you could say is modern leaning towards masculine (do I need more cushions?), tan brown leather sofa, walnut coloured sideboard set against grey walls, so maybe a clock in a rich wood or gold coloured metal would fit in.  Real gold of course would be perfect, but maybe a little out of my price range.  As ever I don’t want to spend too much money so I’ve tasked myself to get something in the region of £50, however it needs to be something I’ll love now but also endure the test of time and be flexible to move around the house – is that too much to ask for?

These are my top 5 picks that would fit the bill – I think I’ve chosen, but will reveal at the end when you’ve browsed my contenders 😀

Decorlasting Urban Luxe London Clock

This clock is from the London Clock Company, the Urban Luxe, sold by various retailers. It has a solid wood rim and a slate interior, would certainly match my decor.  A clean look with 25cm diameter size in the region of £40 and the larger 35cm diameter version coming in at approx £55.

Decorlasting Newgate Mr Clarke dot dial clock (2)

A clock from Newgate, it’s called Mr Clarke Clock with a dot dial.  This version is in a dark wood but it’s also available in light wood. A precision look to timekeeping but the added dots makes it a bit more interesting. Prices vary depending on size with 28cm diameter around £40 and  38cm diameter £60.

Decorlasting Walnut case clock London Clock Company (2)

Back to the London Clock Company, I can see it hanging on my wall now, this is the Walnut Finish Case Wall Clock. Again various sizes at various retailers with the 32cm diameter clock costing in the region of £46.

Decorlasting Newgate Sunburst clock (2)

Now this is something a bit different, an antique style bringing gold into the room, this is the Sunburst Clock from Newgate with a 38cm span. Its a bit over my aimed price range at £75 but would certainly bring a look and warmth.

Decorlasting Acctim Stella Sprayed Starburst Wall clock (2)


On a similar theme this clock also brings gold and warmth but gives more of a 1950’s feel. From Acctim this is the 21760 Stella Sprayed Starburst Wall Clock and at £30 for a 43mm diameter piece its at the best end of the price range. Although not on the Acctim website it can be found at other stockists (check out Amazon).

So which am I going to pick, 🤔 well it was a close call between the Sunburst and the Mr Clarke Clock, and after consultation with Mr Husband we’re going to go with Mr Clarke Clock – I just love the dots.  Maybe the Sunburst would look good in the bedroom! I will update the blog and let you know if we love Mr Clarke when he arrives.

Which is your favourite?

Decorlasting Newgate Mr Clarke dot dial clock (2)


I did finally buy my Mr Clarke clock from Dowsing & Reynolds and you can read about my online experience with them in my blog