As regular readers may know, I've worked on a soon-to-be-published book with the couple, The Pedlars Guide to the Great Outdoors, and they told me about the pub at our last meeting at our publishers, when they were still knee-deep in renovations of the 200-year-old building in Hawarden. Knowing them, I knew it would be beautifully done. Here you can see for yourselves – there are even a few ideas to steal for the home...
For parquet floors, if you are investing do try McKay Flooring whose owner, Richard, is a floor nerd who writes a (surprisingly interesting) blog on the topic. They sell reclaimed parquet, which is affordable, but the fixing is the expensive bit as it needs a specialist. Alternatively, for cheaper but still nice-looking parquet (£24.50 per square metre), Flooring Supplies is worth a look.
I love this striking trompe l'oeil wallpaper, "Lumberjack" from Andrew Martin's Engineer range, available from Rockett St George at £69.90 per roll. And isn't it refreshing to see a refurbished pub ditching the now ubiquitous bold, floral designs?
Cavallini wrapping paper.
Farrow and Ball's Arsenic.