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Vintage Style Christmas Bauble…

October 23, 2012

Today’s bauble is based around a lovely ‘vintage’ style fabric left over from a project I started at the weekend …. I must remember to share that one with you when I get round to finishing it!  The patterned  material is quite ‘busy’ so I alternated the segments with the red and teal ribbed fabric.  To decorate I added teal & silver beads, silver chain and topped it off with a transparent teal coloured ribbon for hanging.


More Hand Made Christmas Baubles…

October 22, 2012

Each evening this week I will aim to produce a different bauble to add to my collection for the Christmas Decorations Workshop.   Monday’s offering is this cream & beige design made with four different fabrics – two shades of plain and two shades of textured.  To define the segments I have added a narrow beige/black ribbon and, where the ribbon crosses, I have attached a pendant from an old  ‘vintage’ style necklace.   I really like the effect created by suspending the bauble with the segments running  ‘horizontal’ rather than vertical.

Christmas Decorations Workshop…

October 18, 2012

Christmas Decorations with Karen Lane on Saturday 10th November at Horncastle College.

O.K. I know its only October but I am already getting in the mood for Christmas and I have decided that this year will be a totally ‘hand-made‘ Christmas at Dovecote House!  Next month I will be holding a workshop at Horncastle College to encourage others to have a go and create beautiful hand-made decorations for their homes.  For those taking part I have a  supply of plain, shatterproof, recycled  baubles which can be used as a ‘base’ and we will be looking at various techniques with which to decorate them.  My favourite has to be this ‘floral’ bauble made from the pages of an old cataloque…its simply stunning!  The rosettes can be made in any colour, depending on the paper you chose…I wanted black and silver so after hunting through my stack of magazines and brochures I came across  an old Franklite brochure full of images of lighting set against a black or grey background – perfect!

Floral Bauble made from an old lighting catalogue

My second favourite has to be this ‘no-sew’ bauble made from leftover scraps of two William Morris fabrics.  For this I used a polystyrene ball as a base.  Slits were cut into the ball and the fabric pushed into the slits.  Add a  button, a bead and a couple of hat pins and your done!  They are fun to make and so much more satisfying than going out and buying them!  If you are interested in having a go and would like to join the workshop please contact Horncastle College on 01507 522449.

Bauble created using William Morris fabrics

Kids Lifestyle Trends for Winter 2012…

September 27, 2012

Newcastle based company ‘Trend Bible’ specialises in predicting home interior and lifestyle trends, publishing bi-annual trend books for the Home Interiors and Kid’s Lifestyle sectors and they also provide bespoke consultancy services for clients in the USA and UK including TK Maxx, Asda, and Graham and Brown.

Trend Bible are the publishers of the world’s only Kids Lifestyle trend forecasting book, which looks at kid’s product design, toys and game trends two years ahead of the season.  The following four mood boards depict their Kids Lifestyle Trend Forecast for Winter 2012.  It’s interesting to note that none of these trends feature the usual bright primaries we normally associate with kids.  Each theme consists of  a very sophisticated palette of muted colours.  My favourite… I think it has to be ‘Curious’…how about you?


Kids Lifestyle trend for Winter 2012 from Trend Bible

Organic Scene is one of four Kids trends for Winter 2012 from Trend Bible

Forager is one of four trend forcasts for kids from Trend Bible

Brighten up your home with Magnolia Bossom…

September 26, 2012

Painted and decoupaged coffee table

Since moving into Great Expectations in Horncastle four months ago I have painted and generally upcycled a wide variety of furniture styles in several different colour/design combinations.  One of the most popular ranges and a particular favourite of mine is the Magnolia Blossom.   The combination of Crown’s ‘Tailored’ on the legs and the Craig & Rose ‘Mortlake Cream’ on the table top produces a very contemporary look.  Add to that the Magnolia Blossoms and the result is a very striking piece of furniture.  I first created this look back in 2011 with the Flower Cabinet and since then each piece I have produced has been different to the last so, although customers can request a certain look they can be sure that their purchase will be unique to them.   With the nights drawing in and Winter fast approaching this is a great way to bring a little sunshine into your life and brighten up your home!

A close up of the floral images used to decoupage the Magnolia Blossom coffee table

Belgravia Console Table…

September 25, 2012

Today I have been busy giving a totally unique treatment to an otherwise plain white console table.  The white Belgravia range from Coach House is extremely popular with its shabby chic styling and affordable price tag but this doesn’t mean it has to be left looking like the mass-produced product that it is!  My client had seen one of the second-hand pieces of furniture that I had painted and decoupaged and asked if I could give their table my unique touch…and this is the result.  It would be all too easy to go overboard when adding decoration like so, if you are having a go yourself, remember sometimes ‘less’ is more.

Belgravia console table

Menswear Showroom Feature Wall

August 29, 2012

A large blank wall such as this one in the Peter Gribby Showroom is always an exciting prospect for a designer as it offers so many possibilities.  My initial thoughts were that this wall needed ‘depth’ to bring it to life and after considering various wall coverings such as slate tiles, wall panels and highly textured papers my final design evolved to incorporate the company’s new logo.   The two large panels, which form the backdrop for the perspex sign, were covered in a fabulous textured paper from Tektura and framed with gun-metal effect moulding from Mainline to match the existing showroom fixtures.

Blank showroom wall.

Feature wall treatment in place