I have a whole summers worth of second hand scores to share but I want to start with a post about my late Grandads house in Devon. My Grandad passed away 13 years ago but his second wife, my step grandmother still lives in the large Edwardian house.
I stayed there earlier this month and asked her if I could share the fabulous wallpaper with you. I think there's something for everyone here. So come on in.
In the huge hallway is a pretty pink toile de jouy above the dado rail and a soft pink below. Elegant and classical.
In the sitting room things get a little bolder...
I love this design and I think it works as the room is so large so it doesn't suck all the light out of the room. This is on just one wall.
The kitchen was decorated in the 1971. I think it shows...
Again, just one wall is papered. To give you an idea of scale, that fireplace is above shoulder height.
In the drawing room you can see the oldest wallpaper in the house.
This was the best room for receiving guests. It's very elegant in here, if somewhat shabby chic.
Fabulous high ceilings
On the staircase, below the dado is anaglypta with so many layers of paint on it. Very English.
See the bakelite light switches? Grandad painted everything. Perhaps I get that from him.
In one of the bedrooms is this greek themed wallpaper.
Here's the door to give you an idea of the scale...
A piece of wallpaper was used under the glass finger plate on the door too. The other walls are a soft grey.
On to the bathroom with this mustard yellow...
another bold choice with the orange woodwork.
In the back bedroom, is this fabulous paisley design.
Some strong colour on the fireplace too.
The next landing up has this doll wallpaper. My grandmother loved dolls...
Isn't it amazing? Those dolls are huge!
Last of all, what was my dads attic room and what would have been the servants room originally.
I'm guessing another 1960's paper. Hopefully decorated after dad left.
Around the same time, all the furniture in here was painted in gloss hot pink.
So you see, the feature wallpapered wall is not a new thing. My family invented it long ago! And the desire to paint everything is clearly in my genes, even if the colours I choose are less bold.
I hope you enjoyed a wander around this beautiful house.