Month: November 2015

Get ready to party and make carnival style lights – my favourite craft project for years

As you may or may not (but now you do) know,  I make all the lovely Upcycle projects for the brilliant Style At Home magazine each month – I take something old, maybe ugly but definitely unloved and turn it into something you’ll want to have in your home. Check out this month’s projects in the new issue just out…      I also sometimes do the “It could be designer” feature where I have to work out a way to make something that’s inspired by a fabulous, but jolly expensive home accessory. There are lots of  great rusty metal letter lights around at the moment so I was delighted to take up the challenge to make my own version and share the results with readers. I do lots of this kind of thing, but I have to say that this project is completely brilliant and the letters really do look amazing – even I was impressed with how they turned out. They’re not difficult to make and you could do your family’s initials, or make a word, or …

Chic yet cheerful nursery decor – what would your baby love?

I’ve been lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest today looking at nursery rooms and although my small people are too big for such things now, I have found myself, yet again looking for schemes that aren’t neutral and blah….. So many companies have beige rooms in their catalogues with a smattering of blue or pink and although this is easy it’s a bit boring and as I learnt when I had my babes, kids like colour. Grown ups often shy away from a rainbow room and as they are the ones doing the decorating, I decided to put together some ideas to share that would please style-savvy yet neutral loving mummy and daddy, yet have some bright elements that a small person would like too. When decorating for a baby and you don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl, it’s often easier to pick a pale coloured neutral base because that works either way and it’s safe and inoffensive. You can then add pink or blue after if that’s what you want and …