The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - With edi­tor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

Mak­ing my mark on in­te­rior de­sign

OF all the DIY jobs to do around the house, paint­ing would have to be my favourite. Af­ter all the prepa­ra­tion in­volved in get­ting the wall ready, there’s great sat­is­fac­tion in chang­ing the colour of the room with just a few strokes of a paint­brush.

Truth be told, the last time we had any ma­jor paint­ing to be done, we hired a pro­fes­sional to come in and fin­ish the job af­ter the builders had left.

One of the quirks of liv­ing in an old house is the vary­ing na­ture of the plas­ter­work so that in some places it crum­bled at any at­tempt to at­tach any­thing to it.

But af­ter watch­ing the builders for­ti­fy­ing one of the walls with mesh and then ren­der­ing it to a silky fin­ish, the last thing I wanted to do was drill into it to hang a paint­ing.

I’m sim­i­larly re­luc­tant to at­tach any­thing to the pris­tine white ceil­ing, aside from the pen­dant lights.

While the back of the house was never adorned with the pat­terned ceil­ings in the liv­ing room that orig­i­nally sold me on the house, there’s some­thing sooth­ing about an un­blem­ished ex­panse of white.

The prob­lem is, I’d love to em­brace the re­newed in­ter­est in indoor plants and hang a group of beau­ti­ful planters from the ceil­ing.

My fear is that I get it wrong and end up with holes in the ceil­ing or, worse still, that the planters come crash­ing down in the dead of night, cre­at­ing mess and may­hem.

It’s not the end of the world, I know, but past ex­pe­ri­ence tells me that any rec­ti­fi­ca­tion work might take some time to com­plete.

I made a fam­ily photo wall in the hall­way some months back, with some hooks fail­ing thanks to the old plas­ter work. I’m still re­mind­ing my­self to fix it, even as I walk past it and out the door.

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