Workshop Shake up

New Workshop Area Over the past few years we have held many successful workshops in our downstairs Creative Space.  As part of the renovation I decided that we needed a space within the store for some of the new workshops on the Blake & Taylor calendar. The Space Originally this area held the Blake & Taylor Cafe, then it became the Interior Design section and now it has been transformed into the new Workshop space.  I absolutely love that we can now experience some of the workshops up here in the main store.  Whilst we still hold our Paint Classes [...]

2019-10-16T13:10:29+00:0016 October 2019|Blog, Workshops|

Renovation Reveal – New Fashion

  Throw away fashion is such a big industry today and it is more important than ever before to support ethically sourced, good quality clothing.  Natural fabrics have always been at the heart of Blake & Taylor Fashion and for Spring 2019 I have some simple, organic cotton pieces that will feel comfortable even when the temperatures start to rise here in Queensland. Ellie B&Txx CLOTH & CO Cloth & Co. is a contemporary lifestyle brand, founded with a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the people who make their products with a focus on empowering [...]

2019-09-27T06:31:26+00:0027 September 2019|Blog, Fashion|

Blake & Taylor Renovation Reveal

After nearly 10 years of Blake & Taylor I decided that my store needed a little facelift.  We closed the doors of the store for a week at the end of August ready to work on transforming both the inside and outside of the building.  We painted the outside of the front of the building, installed new signage, painted floors and walls, wallpapered, added new fixtures and fittings and created a fresh new look for the store.  Read about how we made these changes possible in just over a week..... Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint The Blake & Taylor [...]

2019-09-18T00:28:20+00:0018 September 2019|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint|

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 lampshades 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 [...]

2019-09-03T12:20:11+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 custom made 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 custom made 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. [...]

2019-09-03T12:15:34+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 [...]

2019-09-03T12:06:35+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 furniture paint makeover 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 furniture paint makeover I decided on Dove Grey for the hutch and Duck for the chair, knowing exactly which [...]

2019-09-03T12:03:57+00:005 July 2019|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint, Furniture|

Pear Frame Makeover

I have been wanting to transform this old pear frame ever since I launched the Chalk Furniture Paint colour, Sage.  I have always thought this would be the perfect hue to enhance this old painting and be a great way to use some of the Soft Black Wax to bring out that beautiful foliage carving detail. Pear Frame Makeover Materials Used: Methylated Spirit Rags 25mm Round Synthetic Brush Painters no leak masking tape Blake & Taylor Soft Black Wax Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Sage Green Click here to watch the frame makeover. Step 1 Clean the frame using [...]

2019-05-22T16:25:58+00:0013 May 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Artwork In Ellie’s Home

My home is my creative playground.  I love imagining new ways I could transform each space.  The stairway was a spot that had irked me for quite a while. About a year ago my husband and I took a few cans of Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint, expended half a day’s worth of elbow-grease and fixed it right up.  (Would you like to see the results? ) Left photo Kitchen looking into breakfast room showing Blue & white Stack Painting. Photo to the right Afternoon Mosaic. The project did not end there of course!  Stairwells are the perfect place for a [...]

2019-05-14T03:50:42+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|

Everything Is Better When It Is Vintage!

Ok, I must digress, not absolutely EVERYTHING is better when it is vintage.  I much prefer my smartphone to the twist-it-all-the-way-around rotary dial of my youth.  Though, to be fair, it did help me practice my memorization skills. Many things that were fashioned in the past give me great excitement.  The love and care infused into each item is second only to something that has been hand-made.  Both of which I have in spades at the Blake & Taylor shop! It is as if these items are filled to the brim with the very appreciation of time that went into [...]

2019-05-14T03:53:38+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|