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You wanna be a landlord.... get used to seeing your properties in this state!
13 May 2009
• Create balance on mantelpieces and other surfaces by juxtaposing one overscaled object with two or three miniature ones
• Beware colour as classic Kelly is a yin-yang scheme of dark and pale, using a palette of neutral colours and contrasting textures.
• Mix old and new antique and vintage, against the clean lines of stark contemporary pieces
• Introduce texture as without it, a neutral scheme will look flat and dead.
• Start with linen as your first choice of fabric: without it, a scheme will never feel quite right.
• Unblock energy within the home using crystals, colour, candles, music and chainmail curtains made of small metal balls.
• Create symmetry, if a fireplace is off-centre in a room, make sure you line the sofa up with it.
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Izzy McDonald Booth, Buyer and Curator National Glass Centre Gallery Sunderland
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5 May 2009
It's really funny how everyone's approach has changed so radically, people are really having to look to their own pockets, and see what's actually there, before they make any decisions. Primarily because unlike in recent years, you can't just spend it then get it from the mortgage/back/credit card. Me included. Tenants have moved out of Project BB, which is the first one I ever bought to rent out. Looking at it now, I cannot believe it wasn't rewired, and I didn't strip off the quite hideous bobbly wallpaper, but it's not possible to do it now due to lack of funds, and so a bit of imagination is required. It didn't help that the 3 girls who moved out, although doctors in training left the place in such a state that the environmental health were almost called. Ok, thats a bit of an exaggeration, but it was stinky pete, and with an insanitary fridge, floors and windows black with grime and mould, and a patched up bathroom, some action was needed or it would never rent out, and that means £850 down every month.