I thought you was called Dave, Dave.

Triggers broom. Surely the greatest story ever told?

Now, not many of us will have have had just the one brush for 20 years? Even if we could fit 17 new heads and 14 new handles, would the brush we used then be of any use to us with today’s paints?

Pure black bristle was still the order of the day but the nylon bristle revolution alongside the demise of oil based paints was getting a grip.

20 years ago I was still regularly selling badger softeners, squirrel mops, camel cutters and sable liners. I’m not sure that many people these days even know what they are!

When was the last time you bought a purely totally black pure bristle brush? Did you ask or did you simply take a Purdy, a Premier or another good quality brush and get on with it?

When I first joined the company in 1987, Mr Johnson had a room simply called The Brush Room. It was where Ryan and Mat’s office is now, in the Buckhurst Hill shop basement. It was kept under lock and key as it was the most valuable place in the building! 

(Ryan and Mat would argue that it still is!😂)

And I can still remember the smell of the bristles from the Hamilton, Acorn, Moseley Stone, Britton Chadwick, Sax Omega and HT Corby brushes we kept there. Most now lost in the mists of time! Twin knots, copper bound wall brushes, box stipplers, Namel Var…names and descriptions that now seem totally alien!

These days half the doors we paint are rolled and laid off with nylon brushes as the paint dries so fast you no longer have a proper wet edge! Unless you use Floetrol, of course!

Still, progress is progress and as I celebrate my 35th anniversary in the business on 7th July I’m happy to say that the paint brush, even in the age of spray machines, is still king!

And as for the title of my piece, I remember a few of the names I’ve been called by over the last 35 years.

I’ve had: Paul, Pete, Perry, Steve, Michael and perhaps most inexplicably: Tim.

Plus a few Industrial language based terms of endearment.

And I thought my name was Pat.

Be well folks!

Looking for inspiration?

From a freshen up to a starting from scratch, it can sometimes be tricky knowing where to begin with your project.

Figuring out what styles you like isn’t always as easy as it sounds, so maybe start with what styles you don’t like & work from there. Instagram, pinterest & even magazines are great tools for you to see what’s out there & what draws your attention.

It may also help to decide on a theme or a concept for the space you are designing. Whilst the two might sound similar, a theme & a concept are two different things. A theme is more detailed than a concept, there are clear links between each element in the room. A concept however is a broader idea of style. With a concept, elements chosen will work together to create a specific feel.


Taking these design projects on by yourself can be overwhelming, however help is always available. Our team of designers are always on hand to give advice and guide you in the right direction, whether this is in our showroom or through a home consultation.

Back & better than ever

Our Buckhurst Hill showroom has never looked so good! With refurbishments all done, we are thrilled to welcome customers back.

Our whole shopping experience has changed, we’ve got more light than ever & a more open environment – the showroom is almost unrecognisable. New wallpaper displays adorn the walls, providing an insight into current trends.

Meanwhile, our Harlow showroom is still very much open. To meet with a designer, simply give us a call or drop us an email to book an appointment!

As much as we want you to have a good nose around our showrooms, don’t forget we also offer at home interior design consultations! This allows you to kick back & relax while we do the work for you. Paint colours, wallpapers & fabrics are our speciality so whether you are starting from fresh or working with existing furniture, we’re here to help.

For more infomation on our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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