Sonya Bag

New in my web store is the Sonya Bag which I worked on for over 12 months. This stunning bag has been lovingly created by moi, Ellie, using a collection of vintage fabrics from France, vintage glass buttons and hand stitch techniques.  The stitching technique used to create this bag is the Japanese Boro stitch.  The term "boro" comes from the words "boroboro" meaning something tattered or repaired.  Historically, as hemp was more widely available in Japan than cotton, the two kinds of fabrics were woven together for warmth, birthing the term "boro" as one type of fabric was often [...]

2019-04-15T02:40:44+00:0011 April 2019|About, Blog|

Doll House Makeover

One of the very first blog posts to ever make it on the Blake & Taylor website was of a custom painted doll's house for a customer.  It was such a treat to bring new life to an item that was made with quality in mind.  Similar to our own homes, the foundation may have been built to last generations but the decorating needs a spruce up every few years.  On today's blog post, we walk you through how we freshened up a recent doll's house that was brought into the shop by a customer who was inspired to give [...]

2019-04-11T05:33:08+00:0011 April 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Oilskin Shoppers

If you are heading out to a local market or taking a walk through some beachside shops, one of our Oilskin Shoppers is the perfect accessory that is both beautiful and functional.  Featuring a duck egg blue and white floral pattern on an oilskin cloth, each bag is lined with vintage French cotton floral fabric.  The straps of the bag are made from woven linen and are the wide enough to make this bag comfortable to wear, even when full of little treasures. One of the best parts of this bag is how easy it is to care for.  Simply [...]

2019-04-11T05:44:09+00:0025 March 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

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|

The History of Potpourri and Why we Love it

Fragrant potpourri has been around for centuries, adding the lovely aromas of dried herbs, flowers and spices to all the places around your home that required a fresh scent.  Potpourri, as we know and love it today, is not always how it was made.  The history of potpourri is quite interesting… The word ‘potpourri’ comes to us from the French word pot-pourri.  Translated, this means ‘rotten pot’.  That is probably not the beautiful definition you were hoping for!  As we look to the history of potpourri, we learn how potpourri received this name and how modern-day potpourri takes all the [...]

2019-04-11T05:34:16+00:008 March 2019|Blog|

Wicker Basket Makeover

Materials 2 x Wicker baskets Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint French Linen and New White Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat Satin Finish Blake & Taylor 25mm flat brush Blake & Taylor 25mm Round Brush These wicker baskets were in need of a lift with some new colour and so I decided to use some French Linen for the main body with a New White trim using the 25mm flat brush. Soon after starting I changed my mind, as I often do, and decided the New White trim just wasn’t working for me.  If you find the same thing happening [...]

2019-03-04T13:45:46+00:003 March 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Claudia Bag – Handmade By Ellie

I handmade knitted this gorgeous Claudia Bag using cotton thread with vintage pink and white rose print cotton fabric.  I also lined the bag with a beautiful vintage blue and white stripe found on one of my trips to France.  The wide strap features a green and white Liberty floral print bias trim and mother of pearl buttons.   It is just divine and I had such fun making it! If you are interested in purchasing this one of a kind bag please visit my online store.(click here) Bag Measurements – 40cm x 26cm Strap – 42cm Ellie B&Txx   [...]

2019-03-06T00:14:41+00:0028 February 2019|Blog|

Toulouse Table Makeover

We made a video of this Toulouse Table Makeover Project for you to watch as well.  I hope you enjoy it!  Ellie   I have a beautiful timber table in my home that sits perfectly between two large French doors.  It is the perfect spot to write a thank-you note to a friend or to make my list of new project ideas.  I have had this piece in my home for years so I decided it was time to make over this beautiful table.  I wanted something fresh and bright for my home and decided to go with my Blake [...]

2019-03-04T16:37:02+00:0025 February 2019|Blog|

Wooden Flower Basket Makeover

How to Make a Beautiful Herb Garden Using an Old Wooden  Basket  We have made this great video for you to watch on how we made over this timber basket! It was so much fun transforming this old flower basket into a magnificent herb garden.  I am just so thrilled with the end result and wanted to share this Flower basket makeover with you! Materials Used My favourite Weather Seal I used Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White but you can use any colour that you love. Take a peak at my web store for the full [...]

2019-02-28T02:02:28+00:0022 February 2019|Blog|

Dyeing Fabric With Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

My Chalk Furniture Paint has so many possibilities when it comes to painting different surfaces.  I have shown you in previous blog posts how to paint cushion covers, leather shoes and how to stencil fabric but did you know you could actually dye pieces of fabric with my Chalk Furniture Paint?  Yes really you can make up a dye bath and throw your fabric straight in!   Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint – Colour of your choice Fabric – I used a 70 x 70 cotton tea towel. Large metal tub or something similar.  The container must be [...]

2019-02-28T01:55:23+00:0021 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|