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|

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|

On My Design Bench: Soft Furnishings

This week on the design bench, my first project was to create some lovely soft furnishings for this bedroom.  I designed and installed this blue and white embroidered pattern set of bed pillows, drum shades and bed runner to make the bed pop.  To finish off I designed the bench seat cushion using navy and white ticking fabric and plain navy cushions with the same navy and white ticking for the piping to create a sense of drama in a room that was very plain. I really love how it ties in so well with the dark wood accents, and [...]

2019-01-08T02:07:12+00:008 January 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Ellie’s Design Bench: Re-imagined Deep Buttoned Armchairs

Denim Armchairs are a Dream! This week on my design bench, I am sharing a recent installation involving fabulous buttoned armchairs that I dreamed up for a recent client. They say one of the best gifts you can give a creator is trust.  This lovely lady gave me her complete trust to design and recover these armchairs in a way that would make her sitting room shine.  She gave me the gift of freedom to follow my design bliss.  And I couldn’t be happier with the results! These deep oak buttoned armchairs were an amazing canvas.  They presented such inspiration [...]

2017-12-14T18:24:35+00:0023 October 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|