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|

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|

Dyeing Fabric With Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

My Chalk Furniture Paint has so many possibilities when it comes to painting different surfaces.  I have shown you in previous blog posts how to paint cushion covers, leather shoes and how to stencil fabric but did you know you could actually dye pieces of fabric with my Chalk Furniture Paint?  Yes really you can make up a dye bath and throw your fabric straight in!   Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint – Colour of your choice Fabric – I used a 70 x 70 cotton tea towel. Large metal tub or something similar.  The container must be [...]

2019-02-28T01:55:23+00:0021 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

String Lampshade Makeover

It is not just myself who likes to be creative and bring old unloved pieces back to life.  One of my staff, Kerena, recently completed this lampshade makeover using chunky natural string purchased from here in the store. The original lampshade has undergone two makeovers now.  The first transformation was done using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Blush Pink.  As lovely as the colour was, Kerena decided it was time for a change and it needed a more natural rustic look to compliment her vintage ceramic base. Armed with just a few materials and an hour or so [...]

2019-02-28T01:48:40+00:0019 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|