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So far Ellie Ramsay has created 44 blog entries.

Stencil a Cushion Cover Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Stencils are an easy way to spruce up a blank space on any surface.  They offer crisp lines and there are so many different stencils to choose from.  Today we chose to stencil a cushion cover with a beautiful 'Paris' stencil using the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. Materials Used Linen Cushion Cover 25mm Round Blake & Taylor Synthetic Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I used colour Ink Navy) Removable Spray Bond Good Quality Stencil 1. Lay the cushion cover out flat ready for your stencil. It is important to work on a flat surface.  Spray the [...]

2018-11-01T02:55:48+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

How To Care For Your Blake & Taylor Brushes

Choosing the right brush to use with your Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint is really important to achieve the perfect finish.  Everyone knows it is important to choose the right tool for the job and this means selecting the best brush for your Chalk Furniture Paint. I have learned from past experience using a cheap brush will only leave you with disappointing results and the most annoying part is the bristles dropping in your lovely paint finish and then having to spend all that time picking them out! There are 3 sizes in the Blake & Taylor range, 25mm [...]

2018-11-10T06:39:49+00:0024 October 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

How to Block Print a Cushion Cover

I am always on the look out for beautiful wooden blocks at craft fairs and flea markets and I have built up a collection of vintage Indian wooden blocks in my box of treasures. I wanted to do a quick design to liven up this plain linen cushion cover and Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. I only had 30 minutes spare to do this project so I decided to use my mini blocks to print with to make it quick and easy. Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I chose colour Toulouse) Small artists brush Wooden blocks Old [...]

2018-10-21T07:13:27+00:0021 October 2018|Blog|

5 Things To Do Daily To Keep Housework Under Control

After using Chalk Paint and chalk furniture paint, there are 5 Things To Do Daily. But before that, if you want to make chalk paint for painting furniture or chalk paint decorative, don't forget to use flat brushes or bristle brushes for chalk furniture paint I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to get into a good rhythm with some of the most basic tasks and chores that just have to be done around the house. I’d love to spend every day at my workbench creating beautiful, handmade projects and designing interiors, but some days I just [...]

2018-10-19T05:03:39+00:001 October 2018|Blog|

On My Design Bench This Week: Lampshades, Pillows and more!

Lampshades, Pillows, and More! This week I have been hard at work on a number of different projects for my wonderful clients including lampshades and pillows! These fantastic lampshade covers and cushions are back from the workroom and they look fabulous, don't you think?I love the delicate soft colours and florals of this lampshade but I also really love the strong blue and striking pattern of this cute pair of lampshades and cushions too. Scroll through to see more photos of all these lovely projects.  I have had such fun working on each one! I am also working on something else at the moment [...]

2018-10-19T05:08:39+00:0023 September 2018|Blog|

Dash & Albert Stair Runners

Stair Runners Installation As you can see from these beautiful photos, the Dash & Albert range of stair runners and rugs is an absolutely stunning way to brighten up a staircase or hallway and create a feeling of comfort and luxury all at once! In these photos you’ll see that the Lattice Swedish Blue, Cotton Woven Rug was used to bring texture and interest to the lovely, natural wood tones of this staircase. The subtle diamond pattern of this runner is the perfect hint of detail while still maintaining a minimal look and feel. I love how this runner completely [...]

2018-10-19T05:19:45+00:003 September 2018|Blog|

New Just For You: Handmade By Ellie from Blake & Taylor

A dose of creativity and a passion for DIY has led me to create a brand new section on my website for projects I have designed and handmade! Some of my passions include knitting, crocheting, and embroidering and simply just playing around with my room full of treasures collected over many years.  I do hope you like them.    One of my favourite projects were these crocheted bags for which I used linen string and trimmed them with vintage treasures brought back from my trip to France.  I wanted to make unique handbags to create a one of a kind look [...]

2018-10-19T05:13:09+00:0021 July 2018|Blog|

St Lucia Installation

Calm, Inviting Space, Calm, Inviting Space, Calm, Inviting Space, Calm, Inviting Space, Calm, Inviting Space, Calm, Inviting Space,  Creating a Calm, Inviting Space in my installation at St Lucia Hello all!  I hope everyone has been keeping busy and enlivened with creativity and expression.  We have been busy here at Blake & Taylor running all of our fantastic workshops.   It is so fun to watch the excitement of our attendees as they adopt new skills and feel a new sense of confidence in what they can create. I have been keeping busy as well (both my hands and my soul) with home styling commissions.  Nothing [...]

2018-08-29T02:18:21+00:0012 June 2018|Blog, Furniture|

What Is On My Design Bench Today – Crochet Bag

design bench crochet bag design bench crochet bag design bench crochet bag design bench crochet bag I have been working hard crocheting these beautiful linen handbags this week.  I wanted to make each one special and individual to create a one of a kind look.  I rummaged through my box of French treasures from my recent trip to France and found the perfect vintage red stripe linen and vintage glass buttons to use.  If you love them as much as I do they are available to purchase through the Blake & Taylor Webstore. Bag Details Crocheted Bag with Fastening Code - B&T38744900B $145 [...]

2018-06-08T20:35:45+00:008 June 2018|On My Design Bench|

TIMBER MIRROR MAKEOVER

Timber  Mirror Makeover Timber Mirror  Makeover Timber  Mirror  Makeover Timber  Mirror Makeover Timber  Mirror   Quick, easy, beautiful?  Yes, please!  I am excited to share with you another fantastically simple project completed in only a few hours using my Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint.  Timber Mirror Makeover This mirror in my daughter's old bedroom was previously painted with the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Turquoise.  My daughter has outgrown this space and is moving to another room in the house.  Her new room -- and this gorgeously ornate mirror -- are now ready for a makeover. How [...]

2018-06-08T02:51:39+00:0030 May 2018|Blog, On My Design Bench|