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Reader question: Can you find me an alternative wallpaper?

On January 30th, 2010 by .


Hi Pippa

I recently came across the Farrow and Ball paper, called Ranelagh, its a
diamond trellis, in a metallic, its colourway number BP 1806.

I received a sample and love the paper, its neutral and yet adds great
warmth, I want to use it for the back wall of a hall over 2 floors.

Anyhow my question to you is, is there any less expensive alternative, its a
very pricey paper and the site only allows min. Order quantities of 3 rolls,
which makes it an expensive mistake should we not like !!

Anyhow alternative recommendations for such a paper, suitable , would be
really greatfully appreciated,

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your email.

Below are some links of several alternative wallpaper options.
Other suppliers to try are B&Q as they have some very stylish
and affordable papers at the moment, Osborne and Little & Nono

Wallpaper Direct:


Graham & Brown:

Graham & Brown:

Graham & Brown:

Graham & Brown:

Graham & Brown:


Good luck with your search and let me know if I can help with anything else.

Kind regards,



Hi Pippa,
Just wanted to thank you very much for your reply, I have a few very strong
contenders, great to get some advise !

Also wanted to wish you the very best with your impending delivery, I have 3
myself so I know what its like !

Best of luck,

Kind Regards,


A question for our readers:

On January 27th, 2010 by .

As you can see we have now launched our newly designed blog site.  And although we still have some more updates to do,  it would be really great to get some feedback from you; what do you think works or doesn’t work?  What would you like to see more of?  Is it user friendly?  Are there any more topics that you would like to see covered?  We want you to get as much from the site as possible and so your feedback is really important to us.  Please comment below or feel free email me directly at

Update on pub renovation

On January 27th, 2010 by .

The pub renovation job is going well.  I met with the Builder today to discus my ideas and show him the room plans I have designed.  They are due to start ripping out the old rooms in a few weeks and then the fun starts!  We are now designing 6 rooms rather than 5 as apparently if you have 6 rooms or more then you can class yourself as a hotel.  This in turn means you can be listed in all the good hotel guides and hopefully gain star ratings.

We now have  a deadline of the beginning of May as all the rooms have been booked out for a wedding – there’s nothing like a tight deadline to work towards!  It will be great to style though and I am really looking forward to creating a little boutique hotel!  I will keep you posted with the next installment…no doubt there will be a new baby by then as I am now due in 6 days!