Est. 1998

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DECORATIVE  IDEAS

 

Interior Designer, Specialist Paint Techniques & Artist

 

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Hi my name is Denise Hardy and I love everything in connection with the home i.e. Interior Design, Hand Painting Furniture, Decorative Painting Techniques and Art.

 

I live in Alicante, Spain with my husband in a beautiful villa which we both love and work hard on making it our home.  I have been established in creating beautiful homes since 1998 and never get tired of doing what I do. 




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OUR VILLA IN SPAIN

Downstairs Kitchen, Dining and Bar


This area of our home was once quite open, although it had a ceiling and wall to the left - looking from the inside to the outside.  It is not a bad size area.  There was already a kitchen sink and a gas hob, with 'open' shelving below these items and a couple of cupboards above this area.  Please see pictues below.


We started by just fitting some curtains in the front of these bottom shelves, purchased a second hand table and chairs and placed those in this area to enable us to be able to dine here and also purchased a second hand 'bar' so we could use this area also for entertaining.  As you are probably aware, the weather here in Spain is quite delightful and we have lots of sunny days.  Having this area means that we don't have to actually go inside the house either for food or drink. 


The Villa is an 'upside down' house - i.e. on the ground floor we have 3 bedrooms, two hallways, a shower room and... of course this downstairs area of kitchen, dining, bar and pool area.  The top floor consists of our Office, Lounge/Dining Room, Kitchen and a Bathroom and ..... A Sun Lounge and a Balcony.  So, we are lucky to have two kitchens which is great - one upstairs and one down.


This downstairs area was like this i.e. the pictures where it was not enclosed with glass and had curtains in front of shelves - for quite a few years as we were travelling between the UK, Ireland and Spain.  We also used to have an apartment on the Coast - so we did not use the villa to it's full potential during this period.


Then, about 2 years ago, we decided that we were going to move permanently back to Spain and spend time and money on renovating it and this was another area that need to be renovated/updated.


Therefore initially, we started with having a new kitchen, although we kept the base of the units and had 'custom made' doors and new units for above the counter top.  Then we decided to have double glazed patio doors fitted to enable us to also use this space when the weather is not too great.


Then came our 2nd Renovation!!


I also made some pelmets to go above the windows and made some curtains for patio doors, but not so you can close them - they are just for decorative purposes.


We also bought a nice sofa for in this area as well some bar stools for the bar area.


We are still in the middle of the Renovation - so please stop by for 'updates' and progress on other rooms we have completed. Please bear with me while these are being completed.


Please also feel free to leave any feedback - I would love to hear from you and if you have any questions, or just want to comment, then please leave a message on my 'Guestbook'


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You can see how much difference there is in the kitchen between how it was in the early days! Then we thought we would just have a new kitchen fitted and re-paint it white and purchased some new bar stools, changed out the counter tops and had a new sink and gas hob.  Which did look nice at the time.  But..... like most of us ladies - we are not satisfied, because when time goes by we want yet another change!!


Therefore, we decided to fully re-decorate the area.  This meant that we had a new ceiling with downlights, fully replastered and re-painted again. We laid all new floor tiles.  Had two new doors fitted.  The one you see below - where the arch is was replaced with a double glazed door instead.  This door leads to our Downstairs Hallway.  Which, in time, I will add some more photos of that area.  You can't see the other door on that picture, but it is to the right of the one you see and that door is our utility room.  Which again, I will be adding some photos of that area, in time - so keep popping by to have a look at the other areas that have been renovated/re-decorated.


There will also notice some corner shelves above where we have a music centre and I purchased some glass shelves with led lights.  I re-painted the bar and had marble fitted on top to match the marble on the counter tops.  We also had new doors fitted, which one leads into the lower hallway inside the house and the other leads into our utility.  We also re-fitted the utility with loads of cupboards - these were matched with the kitchen units.


We also used to have 'reccias' on the windows - for those of you who don't know what these are - they are those 'awful' wrought iron bars, which you can see in some of the photos.  We took these off as there were no need to keep these anymore with having the patio doors fitted.  (For safety reasons)  and I will admit the whole kitchen looks loads better and brighter without them and they have great windowsills that I use for decoration purposes.


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You will see on the After picture below, that we also have had the patio area replaced with new 'stamped concrete' in grey and the outside of the house painted, which was completed by my husband.  Which seemed to take him forever - lol - poor soul - it was very time consuming. 

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Well.... when you have a 'bar area' you have to have some shelves to put them don't you?  Although, the other side of the bar also has shelves to put some more bottles and plenty of glasses on and all the 'paraphanelia' that goes with pouring and stirring cocktails etc.

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These next few are just to show you our new Dining Table and Leather Chairs.  Also we bought a new sofa for relaxing.  I also made the curtains in here, but obviously I did not want to 'cut out' any light, so they are very fine and 'see through' and they cannot be drawn closed - I just made them for decorative purposes.

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These next few photos are some of the decorative items I have placed on the large windowsills and my Dining Table

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Looking at the lamp below, makes me realise I should take another photo of when it's plugged in, as it has very pretty colours and looks beautiful when lit.  Will have to do this another day.

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The two pictures below are of the wrought iron gate that used to be on the outside of what used to be the Arch near the bar and before we had this area glassed in.  You will see in some of the other pictures above that it's now a proper double glazed door.  I wanted to keep it as a reminder of how it used to be and I also found a 'decorative' use for it and hung some pretty candles on it.


The other photo shows a white heart with some lovely words on it, that was a gift to me from one of my Brothers.  What a nice and pretty gift?  Just in case you can't read it very well it says:-


"SISTER Listens without judging and always has the time.  I don't say it very often, but I'm lucky you are mine."  How sweet?


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If I haven't bored you too much, then please click on the 'headings' below to see some more 'renovated' rooms in our villa in Spain