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Finished effect!

Diana Porter Contemporary Bespoke Designer Jewellery

In August 2018, I decorated this feature wall in Diana Porter's jewellery shop in Park Street, Bristol.  I used tones including graphite, gold and white to create the paint effects.  The colours chosen, reflect the precious metals used in Diana's beautiful, creative work and that of numerous other designer/makers, whose work is showcased in this amazing space.  The printed reproduction of the'Sibil's' image, was applied to the wall before.....

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Hand painted and distressed pine dresser

Hand Painted Kitchens, Homes, Hotels, Childrens Rooms

Vanessa is often asked to transform old wooden kitchens by hand painting kitchen units, making them more acceptable to contemporary tastes.  Her work can range from decorative paint effects in one room to a whole house or hotel, or even one item of hand painted furniture on which she may paint in Provençal French style, a wood wash or a more traditional paint effect such as stippling.

Working with your existing fabrics or new ideas, kitchen walls can be colour wash.....

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Restored stencilling to Octagonal Hall at Uphill Manor.

Historical Restoration

Vanessa tells us about her involvement with restoration.

"In early 1997, I started designing and decorating interiors for the extensive renovation of Uphill Manor, a Victorian Gothic country house hotel in North Somerset,. The project involved the restoration and renovation of stencilling and gilding circa 1855, by the prestigious interior designer/decorator John Gregory Crace, an associate of A W N Pugin. Stencilling at the manor became the subject of a Period Living feat.....

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Gold wash to walls.

New Properties

One characteristic of the new building development that we have seen throughout the UK is that contemporary architecture particularly lends itself to having neutral tones and ‘textured’ walls created with paint. These specialist paint finishes break up vast areas of wall and ceiling, enhancing the space as a whole, complementing wood, metal, glass and stone.


Vanessa recently worked in a modern town house, which was three years old. The hall stairs and landing were .....

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Green and gold ragroll to a dining room walll

Paint Effects

This section shows images of some of Vanessa's stunning specialist paint effects, which add originality and timeless elegance to homes, workplaces and businesses.

"Vanessa's paint effects have been brilliant!  After ten years, they still look fresh and the varnish coats make areas easy to wipe clean."


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Materials and examples of effects in readiness for private course.

Paint Effects Courses and Lectures

As a qualified teacher, Vanessa has run popular specialist paint effects courses since 1990 at venues in the West Country. These include the University of Bath, Dillington House, and Urchfont Manor College. Several courses were run at a C14 century house, where her stencilling and paint effects were used. The Moat House was the main feature in Period Living in October 1995 and Country Living in 1997. Stencilling courses run exclusively for

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