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|

A Simple (yet stunning) Staircase Makeover

A Simple Staircase Makeover Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over Stairs Make-over After 8 years we decided to complete a simple staircase makeover in our home.  It needed a quick revamp and a new look for 2018.  With only half a day’s elbow grease, our staircase was transformed with a faux painted runner! Stairs Make-overmake-over One of the advantages of the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint range is that you can mix the paints together to create your own unique colour.  This is exactly what I decided to do for our staircase.  I used a combination of, Steel Grey, Ink [...]

2018-05-18T06:49:53+00:0018 May 2018|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Another Spirited Boro Textile in the Works!

Someone stop me, I may be on the verge of a fully-realized Boro textile-making addiction!  Though I digress, it may be one of the most fulfilling activities I’ve enjoyed in awhile.  By and large, pulling colours, fabrics and embellishments together to create a finished piece is so satisfying.  Definitely, I urge you to try it!   For those who aren’t quite sure, Boro is a class of Japanese textile that is mended or patched together.  The term is from the Japanese word "boroboro", meaning something tattered or repaired. Indeed, I’m in love with this idea of making something old, new [...]

2017-11-12T02:30:29+00:0027 July 2017|Blog, On My Design Bench|