Category Archives: original surfaces

Omega Workshops – Down on the Farm

Today is the first day of a short holiday I’ve cooked up for myself, in order to sit in front of the fire and do nothing. Surprise, surprise then if I wasn’t at Maidens & Foster at 9.30am this morning … Continue reading

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How to wallpaper with old book pages

Some time back we came across an old dictionary in a box lot at the local auction house – its cover was missing and it was in pieces but it had great illustrations and great (no longer used) words. There … Continue reading

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Woolen Upholstery Fringe

Lazy blogging? Perhaps? I just wanted to post these Victorian upholstery fringes from the collections held at Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery. Mostly because of their vibrant colour. They came into the collection decades ago and have been stored … Continue reading

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Board and batten ceilings

There are essentially three different ways of ‘restoring’ the appearance of an old board and batten ceiling of the type common in New Zealand houses of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ceilings often survive the redecoration and renovation of … Continue reading

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Original Surfaces (3)

Is glass a surface? Glass has a surface but I suppose it’s more a material? No matter – I just wanted to add in an appreciation of old glass when seen as part of the decorative scheme. When we first … Continue reading

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Original Surfaces (2)

I don’t want to leave the impression that dealing with original surfaces is entirely simple. Often old surfaces are fragile and sometimes, attractive as they are, they’re in entirely the wrong place. The Studio walls were a gift but they … Continue reading

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Original Surfaces (1)

There is a vogue (fashion, compulsion, illness) amongst New Zealanders renovating old villas and bungalows that leads them to buy them ‘because they love old houses,’ and then to relentlessly remove all trace of old or original surfaces from the … Continue reading

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