Category Archives: D.I.Y & Craft

Workshop | Paint & Pineapples with Annie Sloan

April 10, 2017

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Now I know what you’re thinking, but bare with me, I haven’t been breathing in paint fumes, well not exactly, but this is yet another paint post of sorts! Read More

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Design Tips | My Secrets for Painting a Room Professionally Yourself

March 31, 2017

Painting and decorating tips from an interiors blogger, tips and tricks for new decorators

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There’s no doubt about it, it’s the time of the year when we’re all thinking about changes and modifications in the home (or so I reassure my husband so that he doesn’t feel unfairly shackled to an interiors obsessive, not sure how successful I’ve been at duping him on that one) but this is about the time of year that large d.i.y companies start trying to lure us in to their barn like stores Read More

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D.I.Y: How To Make A Simple Spring Wreath

March 6, 2017

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It’s very nearly Spring. Hurrah to that, in two weeks time official British Spring time will be upon us and I am so ready. I love the change of seasons, all of them, the contrast always jolts me into thoughtful mode as I anticipate the months to come. And, like many of you, there’s no new season I love more than the start of Spring, especially this year after an especially dark and overcast winter, I love the fresh colours stirring after a long sleep and the interludes of bright clement weather.Read More

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How to make two simple Christmas wreaths

November 14, 2016

 

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It’s two weeks til the start of advent and I have started thinking about how christmas is going to look in the home with more intent. I am also entirely ready for mince pies and advocaat (but that’s a whole different post). I tend to allow total freedom with Christmas decorations, no themes for me, just a smorgasbord of things I love with a little nod to the nostalgic and kitsch.

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How To Make a D.I.Y Spot Table cloth

August 29, 2016

 

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So, I haven’t done a d.i.y post in a while but I’ve been up to quite a few things round the house in recent months so expect a possible flurry of them soon! I find these kinds of post slightly daunting as I’m terrified of patronising people. But actually I got to thinking about why I feel like this and concluded that I google ‘how to…’ all the time so this may be silly. Do you find that you get straight jacketed by an inner voice on things? Anyway, onto the post in hand. So what I wanted was a tablecloth for our summer party last weekend which had to fit a large trestle table for food (we had nearly 60 people). I wanted to find something that didn’t cost the earth or was so bold a look that it drowned out the pretty party pieces I’d decided on. I had a vague dream based on this beautiful renovation by Royal Roulotte and I kept coming back to the idea of monochrome polka dots, they seemed versatile, fun and not too girly. I wanted something a little less straight or standard than this, in my mind black confetti! This may not come as a surprise but I struggled to find monochrome confetti fabric anywhere. After a little hunt around on Google ‘how to paint polka dot fabric’ I realised that it’s enormously simple and most people just use the eraser part of a pencil to impress their circles. I was really pleased with my intentionally asymmetric rustic result so I thought I’d share it with you.

 

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Weaving Workshop – Upstairs at Smug

July 25, 2016

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Last weekend I enrolled on a day course to learn hand weaving. I’ve been a big fan of the bohemian home trend with a tribal twist for a while now and admiring the various wall hangings I’ve come across. So when I saw a course come up in one of my favourite London design stores – Smug,  it was a bit of a no brainer. It was a fantastic thing to do, contemplative and relaxing in a way I’d liken to gardening which is in contrast to my experience of sewing or cross stitch which I find a bit frustrating. Weaving is therapeutic, it has less maths and more fun than other techniques I’ve learnt before so I thought I’d share my experience on the blog today. Read More

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Screen-printing with Daniel Heath

November 17, 2015

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So, last week saw me do a couple of exciting new things, one was to help with the styling of a project in Fulham and the other was to attend a wallpaper screen-printing demonstration from the very talented Daniel Heath at his studio in Walthamstow. I was invited by new social platform In The Window and have liked Heath’s illustrative designs for a while. The first time I saw them in real life was at Decorex this year and they really are joyful, his Art Deco, taxidermy and circus motifs work exquisitely on both paper and furniture.Read More

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D.I.Y Project – A Lazy Girls Guide to Whitewashed Scandi floors

February 23, 2015

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Nothing says chic to me quite like a white floor and alongside polished cement and Moroccan tiles it is a staple of good taste in flooring choice for me. White floors are amongst the most versatile of flooring because there are so many looks that can be projected and changed around it without loosing it’s edge or integrity.  One of the most beautiful elements of this flooring is how it projects light onto the ceiling whilst blanketing the floor in a foamy cleanliness mirroring the delight of snow.

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Easy Crafts: Things I got up to in the late stages of pregnancy

February 9, 2015

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Maybe it was the nesting instinct or maybe it was preparation for all the kiddie crafts ahead of me but today I thought I’d share a few of the bits I made for our bedroom none of which are clever or complicated but fun mini attempts at homespun items.Read More

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D.I.Y Colour Pop Chairs – quick & simple Upcycle project

May 12, 2013

D.I.Y Colour Pop Chairs - Bright Plywood School Chairs
So, whilst planning our kitchen I have been looking for some new dining chairs. I love French Tolix cafe chairs but alas budget does not stretch that far. So I switched to looking at examples of the current zeitgeist – mid-century modern. A few places are selling neon bright plywood chairs – Habitat have some really nice ones called Hester at £95 and Bloomsbury&Co are selling similar Canteen chairs for £200 a pop.Read More

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