5 Holiday Decor Tips

The holidays are upon us, how exciting!  I just love the hustle and bustle, the thoughtful gifts I get to give, and the all round happiness of the season.  Do you feel sometimes, though, that it gets too busy?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, and perhaps do not get to complete all of the items on your to do list?  Sometimes even decorating the home can seem daunting, but you know it needs to get done!  I simply love the decorating part of the season and cannot wait to put up all of my darling decorations. If you need a [...]

2018-12-04T11:50:36+00:0028 November 2018|Blog|

Chaise Makeover by Blake & Taylor

I love bringing old pieces back to life like this Chaise makeover.  The upholsterers have been working hard this week to get this gorgeous piece ready for my client.  This chaise looks simply beautiful now it has been transformed with a little TLC and new blue & white paisley upholstery. Before Chaise - Before After Chaise - After Do you have an old piece you simply cannot throw away but needs a little love?  Contact me at the store and we can help make it magnificent again! Ellie B&T xx

2018-11-27T21:28:56+00:0027 November 2018|Blog, Furniture, Uncategorized|

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|

Spring Gardening

We are halfway through spring in lovely Brisbane and I am thinking a lot about Spring Gardening and how to make my garden an absolute haven that will last through the spring season and into summer! It is my goal to have as many lovely stitching and garden parties while the weather is beautiful – so I am spending a little time each day watering, weeding, and genuinely giving my beautiful plants the attention and love they need. Spring is also the absolute best time to plant a little vegetable patch so you have a crop of fresh, organic vegetables [...]

2018-11-20T09:19:38+00:0011 November 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

Styling the Perfect Gallery Wall

Over the years, I have collected a vast collection of art prints, paintings, and photographs and one of my favourite ways to display all my favourite pieces is with a gallery wall. A gallery wall is the perfect solution for displaying a large mix of unique pieces, and if you have a large space over a sofa or in a hallway you have the perfect location to create an artistic and original display. There are endless arrangements and possibilities when preparing to bring your gallery wall to life! A few things to keep in mind: Choose a consistent colour palette. [...]

2018-11-10T06:52:59+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Mirror/Frame Makeover

Over the years I have collected a number of old frames and mirrors with beautiful and intricate carving details.  I am always on the look out at vintage shops and flea markets to add to my collection.  I just love these old frames and decided to revamp them with some Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White and have them made into mirrors and ready for a new lease of life in my store.   Before photos These frames and mirrors have been hidden away in my garage just waiting for the time to be transformed.  The first [...]

2018-11-01T03:00:09+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Console Makeover at the Blake & Taylor Workshop

Do you have a piece of furniture you would like to paint but you just don’t have the time or the energy to do it?  My expert team is available at the Blake & Taylor in the workshop space to transform your pieces for you using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. If you are interested in having a piece of furniture painted, you may inquire in store, phone or email so we can help you. This is a custom piece that our paint experts worked on recently for a customer.  They wanted to change the look of their console [...]

2018-11-01T02:59:11+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Revamp Your Cushions Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Have you got some old cushion covers you need to revamp but can’t be bothered to dye them with fabric dye?   Then just reach for your Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint and in a few easy steps transform their look into something fresh and new.  Our Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint can be used on many types of fabric from cottons, linens, velvet and even leather! You will need only a few materials to complete this project: Linen cushion cover Spray bottle 25mm Round Synthetic Blake & Taylor Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (here I have [...]

2018-11-01T02:57:31+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

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|