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 shades 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 [...]

2019-08-07T05:20:58+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 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 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. Each of our custom [...]

2019-08-07T05:16:27+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 [...]

2019-07-12T09:15:49+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 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 makeover I decided on Dove Grey for the hutch and Duck for the chair, knowing exactly which fabric I would use to [...]

2019-07-12T09:18:22+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|

Handmade Scented Hearts

Does anyone remember your youthful excitement at the prospect of a grab-bag?   They were those bags full of random candy and surprises you might have received at the end of a birthday party like these handmade scented hearts.  You might spy them sitting on a table at the beginning of the event and wonder for those two hours what magic was in store if you did indeed receive one.  The possibilities were endless and amazing!  Your imagination would run wild. Well, we are all grown up now and that feeling is few and far between.  But in one small way, [...]

2019-05-13T17:38:04+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|

Chair Makeover

Here is the next project that has arrived on my design bench, a chair makeover! You might not believe it, but this fabulous chair frame is not an antique! The gorgeous wooden frame with beautifully carved floral detail was designed and crafted overseas.  This chair was commissioned by one of my client's for their bedroom (another project that I am involved with for this clients bedroom - see On my Design Bench' 8 January 2019.)Yes, you all know how enamored I am with antiques; how I like to imagine the stories that weathered old items would tell.  However, in this [...]

2019-05-14T03:55:25+00:0013 May 2019|Blog, Furniture, On My Design Bench|

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|