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Now look what you have
made me think of...
All of the yellows around us...
Witch Hazel
etc!!! STOP
BRING ON THE PINK {:>))))))))

Lucy @ attic24

I agree, yellow is a very personal choice as there are so many variations, not all of them pleasing to live with! We painted R's room a beautiful soft pale yellow when she was a baby, it was a Dulux colour called Wild Primrose and I adored it.
Choice of wall colours is sooo exciting, I bet you can't wait to get to that stage with your new kitchen, what will you go for? I guess it won't be yellow?!

Alice C

You are the only person I know who could see the artistic possibilities in rubble and peeling paint AND be able to frame those pictures to make them delightful.


When we renovated our kitchen (mid 30's house) over a decade ago, we discovered the outline of the original cabinets--quite art deco--on the wall behind the subsequent ones. Such a neat thing to see, though obviously not offering as much storage space as the later ones. And duck egg blue or institutional green seem to have been the original colours throughout the house. A few years ago, we changed the outside colour from white with navy shutters to blue/gray with yellow--and a yellow garage door, which gives us a blast of sunshine in the depths of the Canadian winter! Yellow can be very cheering...
Renovations are such fun as a spectator sport--I enjoy your progress reports.


It is a very bright yellow. The maisonette we lived in for a year had bright yellow kitchen walls and orange squares painted on it.
I love how you word your posts, you are so poetic!!


Hello Vanessa, here's the link to gorgeous israeli jewellery
check out shula shek but also talma keshet and others are very beautiful
Look forward to seeing you at Jenny's on Mon
Love LOU


boy am i'm glad that is someone else's yellow. it makes for beautiful colour combinations in photos, but real life? no thanks. makes me think of two things: 1) when i was in sixth form, our form room was an old room up in the roof of the building. we were allowed to decorate it as it hadn't been used in several years. and what did the form vote for? a combination of bart simpson yellow and royal blue. vile. never spent more than 5 minutes in there after that. 2) my dad went to uni to do a ba(hons) 3d (furniture) when i was about 7. his first project was about colour. he got given grey to work with. i said i didn't think that grey was a colour. he accented it with a yellow not unlike yours. i love grey now.


The yellow and grey combination they are pushing in Laura Ashley just now, is lovely.
My spare room is painted in Farrow & Ball's Sudbury Yellow and I just love it!


Oh yes. I had someone else's lime green. It still dements me.

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon