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|

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|

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 furniture paint makeover 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 furniture paint makeover I decided on Dove Grey for the hutch and Duck for the chair, knowing exactly which [...]

2019-09-03T12:03:57+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|

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|

Doll House Makeover

One of the very first blog posts to ever make it on the Blake & Taylor website was of a custom painted doll's house for a customer.  It was such a treat to bring new life to an item that was made with quality in mind.  Similar to our own homes, the foundation may have been built to last generations but the decorating needs a spruce up every few years.  On today's blog post, we walk you through how we freshened up a recent doll's house that was brought into the shop by a customer who was inspired to give [...]

2019-04-11T05:33:08+00:0011 April 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Wicker Basket Makeover

Materials 2 x Wicker baskets Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint French Linen and New White Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat Satin Finish Blake & Taylor 25mm flat brush Blake & Taylor 25mm Round Brush These wicker baskets were in need of a lift with some new colour and so I decided to use some French Linen for the main body with a New White trim using the 25mm flat brush. Soon after starting I changed my mind, as I often do, and decided the New White trim just wasn’t working for me.  If you find the same thing happening [...]

2019-03-04T13:45:46+00:003 March 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|

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|

Chaise Makeover by Blake & Taylor

I love bringing old pieces back to life like this Chaise makeover.  The upholsterers have been working hard this week to get this gorgeous piece ready for my client.  This chaise looks simply beautiful now it has been transformed with a little TLC and new blue & white paisley upholstery. Before Chaise - Before After Chaise - After Do you have an old piece you simply cannot throw away but needs a little love?  Contact me at the store and we can help make it magnificent again! Ellie B&T xx

2018-11-27T21:28:56+00:0027 November 2018|Blog, Furniture, Uncategorized|