• Archive for August, 2015

    The upcycling saviour

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    I had been looking around my dining room one evening when I thought to myself, what is making this room look so dull? The colour scheme is relatively new, so a re-paint wasn’t going to fix this one. Then it hit me. The furniture didn’t seem as glamorous as it once did. I will admit my dining room chairs are rather basic, old and have probably seen better days, but I felt reluctant to fork out lots of money on new ones.

    Upon reflection I thought, why bother buying a new set? It’s not like the ones I have are damaged or broken they just need some reinventing, which is when I turned to the upcycling trend. In the new age of DIY projects and home crafts, upcycling has become all the rage, as it’s a great way of saving money whilst revamping your old furniture.

    I’ve been searching for upcycling ideas and have picked my favourite chair revamps from housetohome.co.uk who have definitely caught onto the upcycle craze.

    To bring some modern life into your chairs, re-cover them in metallic leather. Leather gives a shiny, sleek finish and will make your chairs seem fresh and new. Accentuate the modern look by using on trend grey tones to paint and re-cover and add beaded edging to generate interest and style.


    If you’ve got a thing for the coastal theme but don’t want to spend a fortune redecorating, try upcycling your old chairs and making them into a coastal feature. Either using old striped shirts or buying some striped fabric, wrap the chair in blue, red or white stripes to create a nautical style. Mixing up different striped patterns around the chair makes it unique and interesting if you’re looking for your coastal feature to stand out.


    Decoupage is the answer if you love a classic, sophisticated look. Paint the base of your chair in a monochrome scheme and plaster it in cut outs of your choice. This not only allows you to get really creative but also creates a classy, vintage look.


    Not sure how to prep your chair for painting? Strip varnish off with Colron furniture stipper and wire wool. If you’re short on time use a one coat paint such as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Ronseal One Coat Cupboard Paint.

    Of course the fun of upcycling doesn’t stop at chairs. If you’re looking for more upcycling ideas like this housetohome.co.uk also have a free downloadable booklet called make it vintage, which is guaranteed to make you want to upcycle EVERYTHING. From stylish sewing projects to furniture revamps, it includes a variety of different projects to try your hand at for a creative, original look.

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    Coastal chic

    by  • August 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Summertime is the perfect season to embrace a seaside trend. But fear not, it doesn’t have to be shells everywhere and hues of blue.

    I’ve picked out a few of my favourite coastal looks from theROOMedit which is having something of a nautical moment…

    Accessories are the perfect way to introduce a seasonal seaside scheme into a room, especially if you only plan on keeping it for the summer. Upcycled whitewashed crates and photo frames add a shabby chic element to the space that works perfectly with the beach worn theme.


    I promised that a beach scheme didn’t have to be seven shades of sapphire and this elegant pared back room exemplifies that to a tee. Neutral tones and natural materials like wood and rattan give the space a seaside feel, complemented by a few subtle coastal accessories.


    If you’re more into your contemporary schemes then feel free to be brave with your decorating. That anchor light makes a fabulous statement (want one) and the rope pendant light gives off a fisherman chic vibe. Yes, that’s a thing. Multiple shades of blue tie it all together nicely.


    Going back to a more traditional coastal look, this cosy nook has it all. By keeping accessories small, they don’t overwhelm the compact space. Blue and white bed linen really sets of the theme, which is reflected in some of the accessories. If you need me, I’ll be in here with a cuppa reading Robinson Crusoe (seems appropriate).


    For more sumptuous seaside schemes, a gorgeous house tour and even more decorating ideas, head on over to theROOMedit.

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    Animal magic

    by  • August 17, 2015 • Living • 0 Comments

    Designers are going wild for exotic animals at the moment, so I’ve decided to don my explorer’s hat and take you on an animal homeware safari…

    Wooden tiger drawer knob, £6, Rockett St George


    Turn your chest of drawers into a trophy display with these really rather cute tiger knobs from Rockett St George. They also do elephants and rhinos and bears – oh my!

    Monkey lamp, £205, Graham and Green


    Why would you ever want boring old sconces when you could have this little guy? He comes with a selection of monkey pals in table lamp form, too.

    Elephant stool, £159, Ambiente Direct


    Charles and Ray Eames came up with this quirky children’s design back in 1945. Available in five different colours, it’s made of durable plastic so kids can sit on it, climb on it and even take it on treks outside.

    Rattan giraffe head, £30, Debenhams


    We love the simplicity of this wicker wall trophy. It’s by Ben de Lisi and we reckon it’d look great on a bathroom wall with a few leafy pot plants for camouflage.

    Flamingo globe light bulb, £10, Urban Outfitters


    Now here’s a bright idea. This ingenious light bulb looks lovely in the day with its elegant flamingo silhouette, but after dark it transforms into a party-tastic neon marvel – no lampshade needed.

    Zebra cushion, £14.95, Dwell


    Zebra stripes have been a design staple for decades, so why not take things a step further and show the enitre animal? Or at least its head, anyway. This jacquard-weave cushion will add a hint of colour, pattern and texture to your sofa, and comes in bright yellow as well.

    Lion ornament, £138, Jonathan Adler


    For a more minimal take on savannah style, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous ceramic lion by Jonathan Adler. Each ornament is handcrafted by artisan potters in Peru, so it’s as fairly traded as it is easy on the eye.

    Rhino wall lamp, £85, The French Bedroom Company


    Last but not least, these eccentric wall lamps will inject a bit of hunting lodge chic into your scheme. We reckon they’d make great bedside lamps alongside a dark wooden headboard.



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