How to Block Print a Cushion Cover

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

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 [...]

5 Things To Do Daily To Keep Housework Under Control

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Dash & Albert Stair Runners

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

St Lucia Installation

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

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 [...]

What Is On My Design Bench Today – Crochet Bag

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

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 [...]

TIMBER MIRROR MAKEOVER

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

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 [...]

A Simple (yet stunning) Staircase Makeover

2018-05-18T06:49:53+00:0018 May 2018|Blog, On My Design Bench|

A Simple Staircase Makeover Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over After 8 years we decided to complete a simple staircase makeover in our home.  It needed a quick revamp and a new look for 2018.  With only half a day’s elbow grease, our staircase was transformed with a faux painted runner! Stairs Make-overmake-over One of the advantages of the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint range is that you can mix the paints together to create your own unique colour.  This is exactly what I decided to do for our staircase.  I used a combination of, Steel Grey, Ink [...]

Vintage Re-Imagined Dining Set – UPDATE

2018-05-17T06:10:03+00:0017 May 2018|Furniture, On My Design Bench|

 Antique Dining Set Re-Imagined Antique Dining Set Re-Imagined Antique Dining Set Re-Imagined As promised in our recent blog post introducing this fabulous makeover, our gorgeous re-imagined, vintage dining set is ready and available for sale! We have just set up the items in the store and we can are all in jitters about how wonderfully it turned out.  The reception has been so great and we cannot wait to see who will take this lovely set home. When I acquired the table and chairs you could tell they were originally made with such care and detail.  The timber is solid and the [...]

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