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Your house is so beautiful Vanessa. The first colour is a little dark, but the new one is like spring has exploded. I love it - fresh yet restful, just perfect. Love your furniture too! xx

The Curious Cat

Oh my I didn't realise you illustrated books - some of which I used to come across when I worked at Walker Books. They are such a lovely publisher and I adore their books! Only recently come across your blog but I love it! Keep up the good work! xxx


oh it is lovely!!!!! lovely!!! I want to paint my work room in that shade of blue


What a difference, I know what you mean about taste changing in such a short space of time. The new colour is uplifting, it is going to look great when finished. Can't wait fot the reveal at the weekend.

Helen Charlton

There's nothing quite like F&B is there? That lovely fresh blue is gorgeous . . .can't wait to see the reveal.
I too have been head-down in a F&B paint chart today, funny how spring makes you want to paint things!!


That's so funny Vanessa. I have been pondering a dark grey colour that I saw in a friend's house. It looks fab for her but you have made me realise what a stupid mistake I would be making painting dark grey in my house. Some times the sky is grey and the sea is grey - what was I thinking of - very depressing! My colours are very much aqua, turquoise and pinks etc. Thanks for steering me away from such a silly mistake!

Thanks for the virtual hug too! It really did mean a lot!

Love Emma xxxxx

PS are you doing any courses at you know whos house?

Beth P

Brown walls can be lovely, but I'm a blue girl myself. I love the color you've chosen. I can't wait to see the finished room and the hanging quilt.


I like both colors, actually, but tell me--is that moulding at the top of the wall?? It's beautiful! It must be a giant pain t o paint since it's so elaborate. Something i miss in my 1960's house.


I love the blue! It's very similar to the color in my own bedroom and I always feel very peaceful and calm in my room. I wish you many peaceful nights of sleep in your pretty new room!

kitschen pink

Oh my! that's the blue we have in the bathroom and its amazingly bright and cheery! What a lovely choice. Isn't it funny how our choices change over time. I wish it were possible to change wall colours with the seasons - or have lots of rooms, winter bedroom, spring bedroom, winter sitting room, summer sitting room.... HAHA! I need a stately home - then I'd never have to decide - just have a room in each colour and go into a different one depending upon my mood and the weather... of course I'd never ever be able to find my reading specs...t.xx (LOVE the tall skirting boards too!).


Colour to make you go 'Ahhhhhh'! Waaaaaay better, the old colour looks so dirgy in comparison. The 'Hearld' will look amazing with that background. x

Helen Lambert

I love the thought of decorating and the planing and the tidy up and re arranging afterwards...but oh how i hate it when you are half way through and feel you will never finish..Pete does the cutting in and paintwork and Polls and I get the rollers...which we love till we discover spashes of paint eveywhere including us and our poor arms are aching....your room is going to lok are giving me the itch...I fancy doing the bathroom now.....


I love your blue heaven. colour therapists say it's a perfect colour for a bedroom.


This is the first time I've visited your blog and it's lovely! That blue is of my favourite colours too.
Have a wonderful weekend,x

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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