Priory House

This week we’ve been busy shooting the idiosyncratic interiors and exteriors of Priory House and Oriental Brewhouse. A B&B based in Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, owned by Roger and Carole Lee. It offers many photographic subjects from dressed mannequins in the hallways to stag heads on the wall.

www.orientalbrewhouse.co.uk

We are waiting for the rolls of medium format and 35mm film to be developed and in the process of editing the digital photographs but here is a sneak peak at the outcome of the shoot!

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 Working with medium format on such a sunny day was a treat. Can’t wait to see how this one comes out!

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The front of the house, again looking forward to how this one comes out on film.

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The spiralling wooden and gold staircase with bright coloured walls leads you up to the B&B rooms and collections of childhood toys.

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The piano holds many other musical instruments, family photos and has a tiger skin draped over it!

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Owner Carole Lee is a fashion designer, mannequins pop up all over the house, some of them are wearing her designs and others are left to become part of the decor.

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Toys that once were used by their children now sit in the hallways creating interesting little still life scenes.

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More mannequins, these ones have become part of the garden, mixing with the tree and the foliage to create unique garden ornaments.

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A rusty box full of old and new toys hidden in the garden.

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And finally, a photo-bombing chicken.

Check back in a week and we’ll have the film images to show you too!

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We’re now on Bloglovin’!

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The Ridge Mural

The Ridge Project is the latest mural to the growing collection of hand painted designs by Bethvictoria.com.

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The brief for this mural was that it had to be subtle. The colour of the design is similar to that of the background, and in different lights the design seems to disappear. The design covers the whole chimney breast and a the detail is small swirls, flowers and leaves.

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A Happy Customer

Earlier this month we received the below image of our wallpaper hung in a customers house.

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Our customer says that “Everything is perfect” and that her daughter is very happy with her new room.

We love the birdcage light shade, the soft pink goes with the grey of the wallpaper and of course the bird ties in nicely.

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Seize The Day

In the September 2013 edition of beautiful kitchens an original bethvictoria.com mural was featured.

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A five-page spread of images and information on the kitchen where the design is a key feature. This was the second mural by Bethvictoria.com and takes inspiration from the abstract kitchen and colour schemes whilst making it strikingly different from the clean lines of the work surfaces.

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Pages 114- 118 of Beautiful Kitchens September 2013 edition.

The mural as well as being in some of the pictures had a special mention “Above the entrance to the sitting room, the Smiths’ Daughter Beth, who is at university has painted an abstract mural, making a feature of the ceiling support.”

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Here We Are

Bethvictoria.com offers plenty of ways to keep up to date with our news and ideas about design:

Of course our website bethvictoria.com.

Like us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bethvictoriadotcom

Follow us on Twitter: @BethVictoriacom

Follow our boards and us on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/bethvictoriacom

Take a look at our Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethVictoriaCom

We’re on Houzz!  www.houzz.com/uk/pro/bethvictoriacom/

 

And you will be able to find our wallpaper in Lake Worth at Chelsea Lane and Co.

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Sketches To Product

To start the process of making the ‘2014 original collection’ I drew out seven or eight A4 designs, which would be a repeat pattern. I then did a poll on the best two, the two that would work best as wallpaper.

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These are the two designs that were chosen.

The next step was to find a company that would be able to help me turn these sketches into wallpaper. Being based in Nottingham I found a company close by in Loughborough, Anstey. On my first visit to the warehouse, I met the team that would be making the wallpaper and had a tour. Seeing the machines working and the whole process from the rollers to printing to wrapping to boxing to shipping.

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The wallpaper that was being printed when I visited.

On my next visit to Anstey I chose the type of paper, the printing method (flexographic printing) and how the repeat should be on the wallpaper. In this visit I also met with the person from Laserflex that would be making the rollers for the two wallpaper patterns.

Once I had signed off on the pattern for the rollers and they had been carved it was time to think about the colours that I wanted the wallpapers to be. I wanted them to be subtle colours, the pattern is detailed and a bold colour would have been too much. I gathered samples of other wallpapers, colours of paint, ideas of what works together in the different room and looked at the colours of the murals that I had previously painted.

Having decided on blue/green and grey, the colour ideas were sent to Anstey, ready for their team of colour technicians to match what I had chosen to an actual ink colour.

In January, I went to Anstey’s warehouse and worked with the guys that printed the wallpaper to make sure that the colours were the same as what I had signed off. We did this for each colour and designs and waited whilst each lot was printed in full.

All that was left for me to do was to wait for the rolls to be cut and packaged with our personalised label and then to be delivered to me.

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A roll of wallpaper with our logo.

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A Designer’s Process

The ideas behind bethvictoria.com started during my A-level art.

One of the projects we were given was nature; I wasn’t a fan of still life drawing that others were doing, so I took a different route and looked at the more abstract. Having researched artists such as Tord Boontje and the detailed Indian art of Mehndi, within my own work I developed a style of drawing. The outcome of this project was my first mural.

It was the biggest and most time consuming (five days) piece of art I had done. I was painting onto a wall of a bungalow we were refurbishing, which had no heating (and it was winter), and was when I had finished stripped back, re-plastered and is now painted pink.

First Mural

The above image shows the finished final piece.

 Mural video – I recorded bits of the process and above is a little video the making of the mural.

When we were in final stages of building the house, I was asked to paint another, smaller, mural. So whilst the flooring was being laid I climbed a scaffolding tower and merrily painted away. As this was to go into my family home I knew what my parents would like and included bits like a Tahityfly (dragonfly) a family joke from when we were younger.

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Mural at Hampstead House.

The summer before I ventured to study Photography at Nottingham-Trent University, I painted another mural. Butterfly’s, the design to work if a cabinet was in front of it, and pink were the requirements for this fresco. And that’s what I painted.

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Newport Road Mural, with a bird named George.

The summer after my first year at Uni having not stopped drawing new designs, I decided I wanted to do something more with this style of work. This is when I decided to make my designs into wallpaper and created the wall-coverings that make Bethvictoria.com.

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