Oloidien Bay House Kenya paint effects – Hip Hut Deco


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This blog is about Oloidien Bay House Kenya paint effects.

Photo by www.obhkenya.com The house is available and all details can be found at this address.

Header image Out of Africa by Baroness Karen Von Blixen-Finecke 1937. Original rare book edition for sale at www.camillesourget.com

Most generously the children were invited to join Hip Hut Deco on his painting trip to the client’s house in Kenya. A wonderful once in lifetime’s chance to explore this magical place for which I’m truely grateful, I stayed home to hone my blog writing skills pending their photos and stories of fabulous childhood experiences.

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Historically the header photo depicts the orignal author’s bookcover “Out of Africa”.   Baroness Karen Blixen’s memoirs of growing up in Kenya with her parents who formed part of the “Happy Valley Set, the european aristocracy who settled in this area of Kenya between the 2 world wars. The roaring 20s and 30s leading to the great depression. The book has been made into 2 films. The huge open freedom of Kenya and hedonism somewhat overcame these people,  leading to wild drink and drug fuelled parties, liberal relationships, jealousy and murder. WOW- see the film “White Mischief,” (not a gun in sight at Oloidien Bay I hasten to add). She also wrote “Babette’s Feast”. The artistic influence  of the 20s/30s era is still apparent in fashion and interiors today. For Example, Mondrain (1872-944) a founder of free intellectual thought and abstract painting, until fascism took over.  Below paint effects bookshelves at Oloidien Bay House.

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Mondrian bookcase

Further, in setting the scene, I must mention “Born Free” 1966 inspired by the surroundings and written by Joy Adamson, this photo is called “In the studio”, with Elsa the lion. Photo by jo.ath.cx

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“in the studio” where joy adamson wrote most of born free.

The family returned brimming with stories of wildlife – Hippos, warthogs with antennae tails “on their phones” as the children joked, giraffes on the viranda, elephants, a lion … the list goes on, of night drives in jeeps, and the great characters they had met at the house. The photos were a little random, for the children, the input overload was intense and Hip Hut Deco was too busy on paint effects, enhancing the ambiance with the flow of his brush it would seem.

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by www.obhkenya.com

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Geographically situated at “Little Lake” adjacent to Lake Naivasha. Oloidien means “shallow” in Massai.

With life in Kenya focused on the great outdoors and no clear seasonal differences. The interior/exterior lines are blurred. There is an abundance of native and exotic hardwoods, the rich coloured earth, the display of wealth at ceremonial gatherings, the textures found in skins, the vibrant geometric designs in wax cloth and paint effects. These themes run  through the interiors creating a style unique to the region.

Every country has their own version of “rustic”- it can mean upcycled, reclaimed, repurposed or shabby chic (sorry if that’s a trademark I can remove it?), distressed or vintage.

Below: The Treehouse and Lamu bathrooms at Oloidien Bay House.Treehouse bathroom-Oloidien Bay HouseLamu bathroom-Oloidien Bay House

In Africa, rustic means imaginative reuse of the natural resources often to great decorative effect. Complex wooden ceilings in rich dark grains, stone buildings with sculpted plaster and paint effects with limewash colour. African Massai figures in silhouette as a frieze, painting or sculpture,  leather clad columns, hippo teeth to ornament a bread board’s edges which might be a huge slab of mango wood, or horns used for handles and no not hunted – old age or road kill, (Oloidein Bay runs as a farming community). The bling aspect of marriage ceremonies leads to the love of metallic/shiny surfaces such as ceramics or wallpaper. Not so much cliche more a celebration of identity.shiny n leathercolumnscush m1

Paint effects by hiphutdeco.

Via the British museum’s exhibition earlier this year – Social fabric African textiles today,  I learn that their vibrant fabric designs have much hidden significance reflecting the characters of those who wear them. Illustrating the age in which they were created, tastes, social and cultural background. Capturing social, political, religious and sexual mood. To quote their website “Their patterns and inscriptions also vary according to the age of the wearer and the context in which the cloth is worn. This unspoken language may be used to suggest thoughts and feelings which cannot be spoken. They are worn in secular and sacred contexts and play a central role in all of the major rite-of-passage ceremonies in women’s and, in some cases, men’s lives.” www.britishmuseum.org

Vlisco-Fashion_Palais-des-Sentiments_collection-01-Copier webzine.unitedfashionforpeace.com  by Vlisco Fashion-Palais des Sentiments collection.motif grill

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dining room by www.obhkenya.com

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Breakfast on the veranda by obhkenya.com

africa doorPainted at Oloidien Bay House.

There are more examples of stunning interiors on our pinterest Africa/Kenya board which can be accessed via the website, featuring recent (2013) trend and designers.

Place Des Vosges, Faux Paint Effects, Paris.

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This post is based around an apartment we decorated in Paris for a great client and the  interior designer, who kindly gave us permission to photograph.

A diary of how much we could cram into a 24hr flying visit.

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Steeped in history this stylish area – The Marais district,  a quartier of Paris is a feast for French history and architecture lovers, as well as shoppers and general tourists. Les Place des Vosges was the first royal square commissioned by the later executed Henry IV 1605 – 1612, and a prototype on which all European cities subsequently built similar squares. A statue of Louis XIII, replaced in 1825 and Henry’s successor stands in the centre of the garden. This was a target during the french revolution and the original was melted down for pigments. In 1800 Napoleon changed its name from Place Royale to Place Des Vosges in honour of the vosges department, the first to pay taxes towards the revolutionary forces.

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The house fronts were all built to the same design, probably by Baptiste du Cerceau, of red brick with strips of stone quoins ((thumbnail above top), over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars, though on closer inspection if you look at the flags themselves, you’ll notice that most of them are not real brick, but  paint simulating this stone. The steeply-pitched blue slate roofs are pierced with small-paned dormers above the pedimented dormers that stand upon the cornices. Only the north range was built with the vaulted ceiling gallery (thumbnail above middle).

On one side two pavilions rise higher than the unified roof line of the square’s other  faces and offer access to the square through triple arches. Though they are designated the Pavilion of the King and of the Queen,  many of the aristocracy and notabvle french figures such as Victor Hugo lived here, but not royalty. By the 18th century much of the society had moved onto other trendy districts such as St Germain/saint-Honoré.  This is a rare view (thumbnail above) from the apartment showing the Hotel de Sully and gardens on the right.                                               

Hotel de Sully.

Another building of historical significance of the same period. The building was designed by the architect Jean Androut de Cerceau. Later the Duc of Sully, Henry VI’s director of finances bought and finished the decoration in 1634. Statues depicting the seasons decorate this impressive facade, (below).

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No.3  Place Des Vosges.

The square within the square.

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On leaving the street traffic and outer world noise through the heavy wooden arched doorways, you are met by the inner sanctuary of the internal courtyard in distinctive red brick, which were difficult to obtain in the white stone city of Paris.

Once horse drawn carriages and trades people fetched and carried, but now a tranquil haven with an  air of nostalgic prestige. This is the view from the apartment’s entrance hall.

 

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Entrance and Stairwell.

Restoration to the 17th century faux marble paint effect panels which surround the central lift and stairwell leading to the appartments.

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18thcentury faux marble restoration, restauration en decoe du patrimoine

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hip hut deco faux paint effectsHere are some 19th century vintage samples of marble effects taken from the louvre, Galerie D’Etude Trompe L’oeil exhibition. February – November 2013. More of that later….

 

 The Apartment.

Faux paint effects throughout

Entrance.

Faux bois imitating bird’s eye maple wood grain using traditional oil glazes.

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Faux bois on MDF panelled hallway, place des vosges

Morning Room.

Daybed with screen and marble topped dresser. Coloured walls to match. The appartment displays the play of light on fabrics and textures with references to the quality of silk, velvet and and the flip in colours and tones that these fabrics produce.

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Dining Room.

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Salon.

Paint effects throughout the salon and the dining room –  Faux marble panels below the dado rail. Linen upholstered panels above the dado, using an exclusive design motif, the stencils were hand cut and applied with a spray gun turned down very low to avoid fallout.

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The following photos are with and without flash to illustrate the play of light in the detail of the stencil on the linen panels.

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Linen panels

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The Long Shot.

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Bedroom and Bathroom.

The ambiance here is one of luxurious quietitude with a riot of exquisite marbles, sumptuous damasks and silks, marketry and hand painted craftsmanship. Walls in traditional oil glaze washes with some broken colour.

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All the pieces of furniture are exceptionally unique.

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Lastly, here is an image c/o www.vingtparis.com of a bedroom in another apartment of the Place Des Voges showing similar style but in cool tones of grey rather than the yellows.

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Wandering back out onto the streets, head full of intent with a couple of hours to spare before the TGV/train home, a walk to the metro down the rue de Sévigné  takes you past another note worthy building. Restored last year the metamorphosis now allows you to admire the splendor of the Baroque exterior. Mission: “CULTURE” was in full flow by now.

Eglise Saint Paul – Saint Louis.

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The first stone was laid by Louis XIII in 1627. Inspired by the Gesu in Rome, yet retaining the traditional french influence of the église Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais de Paris by Salomon de Brosse, with Gothic elements of high proportions in “the Jesuit order”, (Andre Chastel), and Dutch ornamentation. Built on the principle of the french crucifix, the tall windows and short eastern apse allow large amounts of light to spill into the central dome under the crossing. 55metres high. It uses Corinthian columns on the two lower levels and composite order columns on the rest.

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Musée du Louvre. 

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With an interest in french heritage, this exhibition is a must see particularly as painters. Beautiful references for wallpaper and painted decoration in a Zuber style. The oyster plates’ use of glaze shows great sympathy with the realty,  very contemporary – a true trick of the eye. The camouflage, linoleum, pottery, fabric flower exhibit etc (let alone the furniture and electroplating techniques), all  display man’s appreciation for ornamentation and that imitation can prove very effective, witty and intelligent. I could go on forever…..

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Wallpaper, Manufacture Desfosse & Karth, France, 19th century.

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At the Louvre.  Etablissments Leroy, France, 1910-11. Vintage style.

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Contemporary/vintage style

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Inspirational

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Oyster plate

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Wood grain/card plate

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