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Custom Made Lampshades

The choice of cushions and lampshades can really make an impact in your interior and choosing the right one can sometimes be tricky.  At Blake & Taylor we offer a full Interior Design Service, with custom made shades being our speciality!  We can transform any shade for you into a beautiful standout creation.  If you have an old frame that simply needs recovering or you need a completely new one we are here to help.   Empire, square, drum, bell, pagoda, rectangle or oval.  Whatever the shape or size we can help.  If you have either your own fabric or [...]

2019-08-07T05:20:58+00:007 August 2019|Blog, Lampshades, On My Design Bench|

Custom Made Cushions

We are making a few new exciting changes to Blake & Taylor at the moment and one of them is adding a whole new range of beautiful cushions to the store.  I am really pleased to be able to share with you some of these stunning designs using the best quality fabrics.  I have always loved playing around with pattern and textures in this way.  The addition of a gorgeous cushion to a room can really elevate it from ordinary to extraordinary. Best of all, exclusive Blake & Taylor cushions include a soft duck feather insert. Each of our custom [...]

2019-08-07T05:16:27+00:0011 July 2019|Blog, Cushions, On My Design Bench|

Dash & Albert Stair Runner

This week I want to show you the installation of this gorgeous Dash & Albert stair runner for one of my lovely clients.  The Dash & Albert range is suitable for practically any area in your home indoor or out.  I love the fact that they are ethically produced, eco friendly, handmade, child and pet friendly!  They come in a fabulous range of colours, patterns and textures and the founder Annie Selke has collaborated with some of the best artists and designers in the business to produce exclusive collections.  Take a look at this stunning runner from the Bunny Williams [...]

2019-07-12T09:15:49+00:005 July 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Furniture Paint Makeover

This hutch and pine chair have been sitting at my house for a while now both waiting for a lick of paint! Rather than tackle the project like I usually do painting at my home, I decided to work on this project at the Blake & Taylor store instead.  It was a bit tricky finding the space but it worked and lots of customers were interested to see how the paint works up close and personal.  For this makeover I decided on Dove Grey for the hutch and Duck for the chair, knowing exactly which fabric I would use to [...]

2019-07-12T09:18:22+00:005 July 2019|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint, Furniture|

Mason Jar Makeover

A quick and easy way to liven up your space is with a pop of colour.  Committing to a large project like painting a desk or a table can be intimidating when you are low on time and find yourself worried about taking on a large project.  We love painting smaller items that can be placed on a shelf in the bathroom for your cotton balls, on your kitchen counter with utensils or in your dining room with fresh flowers picked from your garden.  In this mason jar makeover, we use the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint that brings [...]

2019-03-26T16:22:23+00:0019 March 2019|Blog|

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|