Adding a little all-natural glitz
The plaster on the internal walls has a special, all-natural ‘glitter’ effect added to it, made using a coffee grinder, a fine sieve and a pot scrub.
“I saw it in a Japanese tea house and I really liked the look of it and asked what they did,” says Melissa. “They used straw so we added it into the plaster. I put it through a coffee grinder, then I put it through a couple of sieves to make it really fine, almost glittery – slightly bigger chunks than glitter.”
They then used a pot scrub to sand down the walls, revealing the little chips of straw, which give the walls a golden fleck effect.
“It probably would have been best to put it on the walls that get a bit more sunlight,” says Melissa. “You probably wouldn’t notice it when you first walk in, we often have to point it out.”