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|

A Simple (yet stunning) Staircase Makeover

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 [...]

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

Vintage Re-Imagined Dining Set – UPDATE

 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 [...]

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

This Week On My Design Bench…

Vintage Dining Chairs Re-Imagined It has been a short while since I have been able to share something exciting from the design bench here at Blake & Taylor.  This is not for a lack of thrilling things in the works.  There has been so much hustle and bustle in the air since I returned from my trip to Paris and Rome.  I just have not had a moment to sit down and tell you all about it! This past week I have been deeply invested in a painting project.  We had found 6 fantastic vintage chairs, all from the same [...]

2018-04-11T22:03:32+00:0011 April 2018|Blog, Furniture, On My Design Bench|

Simple Things Can Get You Inspired and Excited

Two-Toned Linen Thread and Other Simple Things... There is a lovely French man who supplies me with the most wonderful natural linen thread.  I use it to knit my washers.  I’ll knit while watching TV, sitting chatting with friends, you might even find me trying to knit as I eat a bowl of soup!  I just love to knit and, as many of you know, I just cannot sit still and do nothing.  So, doing two things at once fulfils my need to feel productive and satisfies that creative itch. My wonderful French man came by the other day with [...]

2018-01-13T02:33:08+00:009 January 2018|Blog, On My Design Bench|

An Early New Year’s Resolution…

WHEN LIFE AND WORK JUST KEEP GETTING IN THE WAY I think we can all relate to the following situation.  You have grand plans for a space in your home.  You might even purchase some of the elements to fulfill this plan and spend a few sleepless nights dreaming of how great it will look once finished.  Then, days, months, (years?) might go by and your life has decided to fill itself up with other tasks.  Or, let's be honest, you let life get in the way. This is a photo of a French-style bronze light fitting that I have [...]

2017-12-15T17:23:09+00:0012 December 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

This Week on my Design Bench…

A Floor to Ceiling Window Covering and Mid-Century Modern Design Hello all, it has been fabulous sharing some of my projects with you on my blog as of late.  The feedback has been incredible and so up-lifting.  It inspires me to keep putting all of my energy into helping this warm community create beauty in their homes and lives.  There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of creating something new. If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a video tutorial up on the website showing you how to use my Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint to revitalize [...]

2017-12-13T21:59:33+00:0028 November 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

On My Design Bench: Bay Windows, Roman Blinds and Textured Cushions

Bay Windows, Roman Blinds, and Textured Cushions It is not often  that I like to toot my own horn.  But today I just must share this custom roman blind and window seat installation I have just completed. Bay windows often present a design challenge for home owners.  They are big and beautiful and bright.  The fact that they are anything but 'standard' can be very aesthetically inviting.  When new home shoppers enter a home with a bay window you can imagine the reaction, "oooh's and ahh's" ensue.  After moving in, they deal with early evenings of trying to prepare [...]

2017-12-13T22:01:40+00:0023 November 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Jackson…

Gorgeous Watercolour Paintings by a Fellow Creative... Watercolour makes my heart sing, and so does this fabulous artist.  I am so very honoured to introduce you all to Liz Jackson.  She is an incredibly talented watercolour artist from the UK who is now a resident here in Australia. Something tells me that many of you already know her because she has been working with me at Blake & Taylor for the past 5 years. Working alongside talented artists is always a joy to me.  I live from the idea that it is of great advantage to surround oneself with [...]

2017-12-13T22:05:00+00:009 November 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|