Workshops Paddington Brisbane – B&T’s new creative space

New Workshop Area in our Paddington Brisbane Store 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 [...]

2019-11-17T23:08:13+00:0016 October 2019|Blog, Workshops|

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|

Chair Makeover

This Chair Makeover made the colour pop in the bedroom! From a dull and faded colour into a classic red and navy colour combination.  These gorgeous Thibaut and Diane Bergeron fabrics compliment each other beautifully and add a pop of colour into this new bedroom. Our home has recently gone through a bit of a transformation.  My ‘chuck everything in’ room downstairs has finally been converted into a beautiful bedroom and a separate more organized store room space.  The previous room was somewhere to store all my vintage treasures, old furniture and those ‘I’ll work on it one day’ projects.  After [...]

2019-02-28T01:56:07+00:0017 February 2019|Blog, Furniture, On My Design Bench|

Classic Sofa Makeover by Blake & Taylor

After clearing out the storeroom downstairs, ready for bedroom renovations I found a few hidden furniture treasures that were intended for makeovers many years ago like this Sofa, but I just hadn’t quite got around to starting. This sofa screamed out at me and I knew it would be perfect at the foot of our bed facing out into the garden.  This piece was destined to be recovered in one of my all-time favorite fabrics and colours – Indigo Canvas and to complement the new upholstery I chose a classic blue and white stripe cushion.  The legs and arms were [...]

2019-02-28T01:56:27+00:0011 February 2019|Blog, Furniture, On My Design Bench|

Crochet Bags – Handmade by Ellie

I am happy that plastic bags are being phased out of usage by stores and people alike.  We are now aware of the damage that plastic is causing to our earth, waterways, and animals, so I completely support this movement.  While there are many places to find yourself some reusable grocery bags, in true Ellie style, I MUST make my own! If you did not know, I simply love to crochet and knit.  I make purses, cloths and bags.  They are a great replacement for plastic, as well as reusable grocery bags, and in my opinion, are much more beautiful. [...]

2019-02-07T11:55:38+00:007 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|

Spring Gardening

We are halfway through spring in lovely Brisbane and I am thinking a lot about Spring Gardening and how to make my garden an absolute haven that will last through the spring season and into summer! It is my goal to have as many lovely stitching and garden parties while the weather is beautiful – so I am spending a little time each day watering, weeding, and genuinely giving my beautiful plants the attention and love they need. Spring is also the absolute best time to plant a little vegetable patch so you have a crop of fresh, organic vegetables [...]

2018-11-20T09:19:38+00:0011 November 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

Revamp Your Cushions Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Have you got some old cushion covers you need to revamp but can’t be bothered to dye them with fabric dye?   Then just reach for your Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint and in a few easy steps transform their look into something fresh and new.  Our Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint can be used on many types of fabric from cottons, linens, velvet and even leather! You will need only a few materials to complete this project: Linen cushion cover Spray bottle 25mm Round Synthetic Blake & Taylor Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (here I have [...]

2018-11-01T02:57:31+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Stencil a Cushion Cover Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Stencils are an easy way to spruce up a blank space on any surface.  They offer crisp lines and there are so many different stencils to choose from.  Today we chose to stencil a cushion cover with a beautiful 'Paris' stencil using the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. Materials Used Linen Cushion Cover 25mm Round Blake & Taylor Synthetic Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I used colour Ink Navy) Removable Spray Bond Good Quality Stencil 1. Lay the cushion cover out flat ready for your stencil. It is important to work on a flat surface.  Spray the [...]

2018-11-01T02:55:48+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

How to Block Print a Cushion Cover

I am always on the look out for beautiful wooden blocks at craft fairs and flea markets and I have built up a collection of vintage Indian wooden blocks in my box of treasures. I wanted to do a quick design to liven up this plain linen cushion cover and Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. I only had 30 minutes spare to do this project so I decided to use my mini blocks to print with to make it quick and easy. Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I chose colour Toulouse) Small artists brush Wooden blocks Old [...]

2018-10-21T07:13:27+00:0021 October 2018|Blog|