It's been a while since I actually crafted something with my bare hands other than a blog post or a room design, but today is the day. I booked myself in for an origami lampshade making workshop at arts centre The Barn in Banchory, Scotland, with Mel Watt from Misty Concepts.
Christmas crafts with pom poms to create garlands, baubles and tree decorations
Do you like the idea of updating your walls, but the idea of wallpaper is a bit daunting? I definitely feel like that sometimes. I have no problem getting the paint brush out and giving a wall a totally different colour in a day, but the idea of pasting on wallpaper always makes me feel a bit nervous. I love the look of wallpaper and would use it in my designs for clients, but it can be quite permanent, and I like a change in my home every now and then. I mean, stripping wallpaper is not a nice and quick job, now is it! Today I am going to show you something totally different to update your walls: stickers. Sophisticated ones.
If you are not too familiar with art buying, you might feel a bit at a loss when finding something great for your walls and may choose to be safe, going for a picture that matches the colour of the curtains rather than that it makes you smile or evokes any emotion at all. Such a missed opportunity, because why not make your home a place that inspires you? Fill it with things that are meaningful, not mass-produced.
How to paint a dated wooden shaker kitchen white. Metro style tiles, slate kitchen worktop. Contemporary farmhouse kitchen.
So you walk into a charity shop or second hand store or you inherit an old chair from your grandmother and have grand visions of it looking totally cool in a new piece of fabric. But it can be a bit daunting, the prospect of doing it yourself - if you even have the skills … Continue reading How to update a vintage armchair – before and afters
I have been busy in the studio recently, giving two chairs a complete makeover with some fresh seating and upholstery. The wooden frames are both sturdy and solid but of course show some signs of wear, to be expected for their age. The fabric and foam cushions are brand new. Both chairs can be … Continue reading Mid-century modern Danish chairs get a makeover
I don't have much time these days to work on furniture as much as I did on this one, but I think it paid off. I found the display cabinet in a charity shop and it immediately caught my eye. It is always a guess what you come across in these places, but I just … Continue reading Upcycling project: from smelly display cabinet to oriental chic
I recently picked up a rocking chair - not incredibly 'vintage' (probably less than 30 years old), but a good shape and well built - possibly G Plan. The cushions had seen better days though and when a customer showed an interest in buying the chair I suggested doing it up for her in a … Continue reading Rocking chair revamp – patchwork project