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NEW Potpourri Workshop

We are so delighted with the success of our newest workshop! At our first class we were pleased to have Marjorie Cross from Weekend Notes attend and she has written a lovely article about her experience here at the Blake & Taylor Creative Space.  Click the link below to read all about the New Potpourri Workshop. Learn the ancient craft of Potpourri using a traditional 16th Century medieval recipe.  Combine dried herbs, spices and decorative flowers to create a fragrant blend to scent your home.  We will show you how to make a pouch using a selection of vintage fabrics and [...]

2018-11-26T16:16:17+00:0023 November 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

This Week on my Design Bench…

A Floor to Ceiling Window Covering and Mid-Century Modern Design Hello all, it has been fabulous sharing some of my projects with you on my blog as of late.  The feedback has been incredible and so up-lifting.  It inspires me to keep putting all of my energy into helping this warm community create beauty in their homes and lives.  There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of creating something new. If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a video tutorial up on the website showing you how to use my Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint to revitalize [...]

2017-12-13T21:59:33+00:0028 November 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Show and Tell: Soulful Quilts from a Beloved Customer

We’ve just got to show off our customer’s amazing quilts!   It is the ultimate honour to have such amazing customers. So it’s time to brag and sing some praise for this lovely lady and her quilts that can only be considered works-of-art.  Meet one of our wonderful and talented customers, Lynn Houghton.     Lynn is one of those people that just knocks my socks off with her creativity and talent.  Her work is filled with soul.  She has stitched this quilt completely by hand using vintage fabrics.  In the true essence and spirit of quilting, Lynn has incorporated [...]

2017-11-11T14:35:20+00:0022 August 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Have you ever tried Avalon Sorbet? Ashley Wilde Fabrics Now Available!

Ashley Wilde Fabrics are a ‘Feast for the Eyes’.   Close your eyes for a second.  Picture a gorgeous beach home, with the salty air breezing through the open Aged White Painted French doors.  Imagine the whispers of songs through the soft linen drapes.  The serene sitting room is filled with the sound of the ocean waves and the scent of roasted coconut.  In the middle of the space, surrounded by amazing décor, are two wing-backed reupholstered chairs in the most gorgeous fabric you’ve ever seen, understated and crisp – Ashley Wilde Avalon Sorbet.  Delightful!   Ashley Wilde's 'Avalon Sorbet' [...]

2017-11-11T14:53:27+00:0017 August 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Did You Know All Linen are Green?

I do love to work with natural fabric.  And Linen is my all time favourite. I am in love with its practical unassuming beauty. So this week, I thought I would share some quirky facts about this fabric so you can impress all your linen-loving friends. I bet they didn’t know their favourite dress has an 8000-year legacy!   A Few Quirky Facts About My Favourite Fabric   Fact 1: The oldest dress in the world was made with Linen You all may be aware of my obsession with old things by now.  So it is no wonder why I [...]

2017-11-12T01:36:12+00:009 August 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Find Out What Magic Was Made With These Fabrics!

These Reupholstered Wing-Backed Chairs and Day-Bed are to Die For! Putting fabrics together for a reupholstery project is like young love. Sometimes you look at two people and think, “Wow, how are they going to make that work?” They seem quite opposite. Yet when they do it can be just magic! The world experiences a new spice and flavour that wouldn’t have existed had these two souls not met. That is exactly how I feel about this recent project I have been working on for a client. The goal was to bring her sitting room to life again. With her [...]

2017-11-12T01:41:02+00:004 August 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Another Spirited Boro Textile in the Works!

Someone stop me, I may be on the verge of a fully-realized Boro textile-making addiction!  Though I digress, it may be one of the most fulfilling activities I’ve enjoyed in awhile.  By and large, pulling colours, fabrics and embellishments together to create a finished piece is so satisfying.  Definitely, I urge you to try it!   For those who aren’t quite sure, Boro is a class of Japanese textile that is mended or patched together.  The term is from the Japanese word "boroboro", meaning something tattered or repaired. Indeed, I’m in love with this idea of making something old, new [...]

2017-11-12T02:30:29+00:0027 July 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

An old quilt and traditional technique brings this cushion project to life!

  It’s finally finished!  A couple of weeks ago I gave a sneak peek of a cushion top I was working on using Sashiko and Boro methods of Japanese stitching.  I had been working on this piece for months here and there.  Thus, finally sitting back and enjoying the completed project gave me the truest sense of satisfaction.     The project went from this flat 60x60cm decorated and stitched piece of fabric to a 3D cushion wonder.  Thanks to my girls in my workroom.  They used one of those loosely filled duck-feather inserts to create a well-formed pillow with [...]

2017-11-12T02:37:26+00:0021 July 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Happening Today: French Treasures

How many times has that gravy boat been passed around at a fantastic feast where jokes and laughter and warmth are shared?  And how many times has old Oncle Pierre told his long-winded tales of grandeur again?   Treasures from France We have received some more vintage French treasures, straight off the boat from France.  How divine!  I have been launched into a mini-dream-land inspired by all of these pieces, that I found in France, and my love of old things.     Vintage wares and antiques have always enamoured me.  They have lived a life often solitary, or stationary, tucked [...]

2017-11-12T02:44:00+00:0016 July 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

On My Design Bench: Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design   Kitchen design is what I'm doing as a current project this week.  It has been an absolutely amazing project to work on.  Some of my most favourite things to use in the kitchen have come together in this project - Brushed stainless steel, caesar stone, and white satin 2 pac.  This combination of materials, really bring a kitchen to life! If you are going to try to give your kitchen a new look, remember to keep things simple.  Using too many elements in one space can lose the overall feel of the area and make the space [...]

2017-11-13T02:26:22+00:0010 July 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|