Interior Designer Archives – Blake & Taylor

Painting Internal Doors With Chalk Furniture Paint

If you want to give a room a new lease of life especially your entrance or hallway, then my Chalk Furniture Paint is an easy DIY option. Here is a cheats tip posted by Ugly Ducking House to make it simple and quick to do. Preparation and Materials Give the door a good clean with methylated spirit or sugar soap solution.  This will remove any old dirt and grease.  If there are areas of the door that have started to flake or have chipped paint it must be sanded to provide a smooth sound base to work on.  If the [...]

2020-03-13T04:39:48+00:0013 March 2020|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint|

My Breakfast Room Make-Over Using B&T Chalk Paint

My breakfast room has been calling out to me to be transformed with B&T Chalk Paint. The Breakfast Room origin comes from a beloved house 'nook' where day-t0-day meals were served. It's location was always designed to be close to the kitchen and was favoured as a more relaxed family dining area, compared to the Formal Dining Room where Sunday lunch or dinner was always served and elbows on the table were an absolute no-no. Picture yourself cooking, the family doing homework or sharing the days event nearby and everyone enjoying each others company. Living in an 1890's Queenslander, the [...]

2020-02-10T06:22:07+00:0010 February 2020|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint|

New Cushion Range from

  Colours - Forrest Green, Barley, Mallard, Ebony, Ink, Eucalyptus  New to the store is the beautiful collection of soft touch velvet and linen blend cushions by WEAVE. I decided to introduce this range to compliment my own collection of custom made cushions.  Available in a great range of muted and sumptuous colours as they pair so well with my designs. Velvet Made from a beautiful, easy care 100% polyester velvet, these 50cm x 50cm cushions are finished with a self piped edge and a concealed YKK zipper. Colours - Flint, Brass and Truffle    Linen Blend These easy care, linen [...]

2019-12-01T23:36:17+00:001 December 2019|Blog, Cushions, On My Design Bench|

Blake & Taylor Renovation Reveal

After nearly 10 years of Blake & Taylor I decided that my store needed a little facelift.  We closed the doors of the store for a week at the end of August ready to work on transforming both the inside and outside of the building.  We painted the outside of the front of the building, installed new signage, painted floors and walls, wallpapered, added new fixtures and fittings and created a fresh new look for the store.  Read about how we made these changes possible in just over a week..... Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint The Blake & Taylor [...]

2019-09-18T00:28:20+00:0018 September 2019|Blog, Chalk Furniture Paint|

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 custom made 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 custom made 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. [...]

2019-09-03T12:15:34+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 [...]

2019-09-03T12:06:35+00:005 July 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

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|