All posts filed under: Styling

Vax vs 2 children & 1 dog… let the battle commence!

My home is, like many up and down the country, a busy one. As a family with two primary school aged children and one 11-month-old Vizsla puppy, life goes at quite a pace. Although I would love my home to look immaculate at all times, it doesn’t. I don’t have a cleaner, nor enough time (or perhaps inclination) to spend any spare minutes cleaning and so things do take quite a battering sometimes, and there’s often a fine layer of dust/dirt/mud that shouldn’t really be there.   Take my favourite popcorn rug for example. It’s a lovely, but not a very practical pale oatmeal colour (chosen before the children started bringing in so much mud and definitely before the dog). It sits under the sofa that sits by the doors to the garden. It’s a lovely rug – squidgy between my toes but I have to admit it is filthy. Kids run in straight from the garden depositing mud and grass over it, and the dog? Well she just adds to the happy chaos (and …

Mr Fox is 5!

5 years ago, a very lovely print called Mr Fox was launched by Scion and he is a charming  character print that’s not just for kids – he’s rather sophisticated so will bring a cheerful quirky edge to any home. A while ago I gave an old EBay chair a makeover with Mr Fox fabric in mustard and grey and my kids love the chair as it’s just their size and I love how it looks – much more fun than a boring old high street chair don’t you think? The fabric is so easy to work with this was an easy project to do but if you don’t fancy upholstery, why not make a cushion or drawstring bag? I’ve used the print in a few makeovers but if you haven’t seen it then it’s time you made his acquaintance! The fabrics are in colours that are great for kids because they’re bright and so attractive to them but the palette is subtle enough that adults love it too. Throw a cheery cushion on your sofa …

Check out my work in this month’s magazines!

The new September issues of two lovely magazines have dropped on my door mat this morning and I’m delighted to say there’s lots of my work in print this month – hurrah! I have three makeover shoots – take a look at Style At Home & Your Home… Firstly, a beautiful classic bathroom that shows where to spend and where to save to stretch a budget to allow marble tiles and a gorgeous Utopia bathroom cabinet… And a cosy cottage living room that is right on trend with botanical and industrial accents (and on a budget too – lots from the fab Dunelm) Plus a pretty little cottage kitchen Next there are some fab holiday-feel makes in Style At Home – all easy to do to add some tropical cheer to your home And step by step instructions on how to make a hair pin leg table… And then I am really really pleased to say that the recent images I created for British Ceramic Tile are now released to press and here are two already in …

One bored stylist + 3 days = Hacked tv unit to fabulous sideboard

I’m a bit dangerous when I’m a). a bit bored and b). get a bee in my bonnet about something. This is a post about how those two things come together and result in a really rather lovely piece of furniture created from a small sideboard made by me that I’m really very chuffed with. When we moved our TV and sofa into the kitchen/diner we put an old sideboard, relocated from the living room plonked against a wall to put the TV on. It was practical and all, hiding all the TV boxes and cables etc (a particular bug bear of mine) but it always bothered me slightly – I wanted it to look lovely but it didn’t. It looked a bit meh. A couple of weeks ago it dawned on me that the problem was that it was just too small and looked like an island against a big wall. I started a hunt for a much bigger sideboard but I couldn’t find anything on EBay or in secondhand shops. I’m not very …

How to make a leather strap shelf

Browsing through some lovely interiors catalogues that came in the post I kept finding myself looking at those lovely wall shelves that hang from leather loop brackets? – have you seen them? I think they’re really attractive and a nice change from ordinary wood or metal versions but sheesh they’re expensive! I’ve been working on a shoot for the lovely British Ceramic Tile company where I have been designing and building lifestyle images to show off their lovely products. One set uses glorious petrol blue tiles and I really wanted one of those shelves but I was stretching the budget anyway and couldn’t stretch it any further. Then I thought about it and decided I could make one so I did. You don’t need to spend much and it was an easy DIY task so you could easily make one too. As usual there’s a great sense of satisfaction when you make things yourself and the joy is you can make this exactly how you want to be  – get the right length and width for your needs rather than be limited to what …

The best new craft mag and my work’s in it!

Listen up all ye who who like making things for their home – there’s a new kid on the block and it’s the best “make it” magazine I’ve seen in ages! The first issue of “The Craft Network” has loads of projects to make for the home (and they’re ones you’ll really want to try) as well as being affordable and doable too. There are ideas that the beginner can achieve successfully and some for more confident makers too. There are all sorts of crafts with instructions and step by step photography to guide you so you won’t go wrong. I was asked to complete a whole host of footstool projects from recovering dated old ones to making a crochet-covered stool from scratch. There’s patchwork and lots of staple-gun action so I do hope there’s something for everyone. My girls modelled in the early morning shoot and were fantastic (and they weren’t late for school either). I’ve also done a painted light fitting, underbid storage boxes, a set of little hooks and jeans pocket storage hanger. There’s loads more …

Woo hoo I have a new website!

I am a complete technophobe and even when I try really hard at getting it right, more often than not I get it all wrong so the concept of building my own website was more than a little daunting. A friend pointed me in the direction of Wix claiming it was really easy to use. I was very skeptical but I spent many hours, made lots of mistakes, got frustrated, got un-frustrated and ta- daaaaaaaahhhhh here it is!  I am terribly proud of myself because it all seems to work well and is a great place to see all the things I do… magazine room makeovers, styling, writing, up cycling and craft, as well as the videos I did for Style At Home magazine. It’s also got info on my new venture which is taking on private commissions for design and styling because for years people have asked me to come and help but up tis now I’ve only worked on magazine features. So I’m excited and I hope you have a chance to look at …

Inspired by the new Scion range – Lohko

I’ve been working on a fabulous new bedroom makeover for one of your favourite interiors magazines (I’ll reveal all when it’s in print) and the scheme has been driven by the most lovely new range by the wonderful Scion. The range is called Lohko and it has a relaxed, retro vibe and, like most of their collections can be used in so many different ways. So having been happily immersed in the oh-so-lovely colours and prints I thought I’d write a post on being inspired by a new range of fabrics and wallpaper. When you’re giving a room a new look, especially if the wall paintwork is fine, fabrics can be your best friend and completely change the space without lifting a paintbrush (though you’ll spend a few hours at a sewing machine). I’m working in a room that is currently a dark neutral – a taupe colour, in fact a neutral colour that will be in hundreds of homes up and down the country. Nice neutrals, inoffensive, easy to live with but by adding some Lohko …

See my living room in Real Homes magazine

A while back I wrote a post when considering whether to paint my living room navy blue. I had collected lots of beautiful inspirational images on Pinterest and just had to bite the bullet. I’m always encouraging others to be brave and commit to decor because that has better results than being half hearted so decided to take my own advice to just do it. So I took the kids to school then started painting. It didn’t take long to do the walls, then the rest happened slowly like an organic process with each decision inspiring the next. After the walls came the map because it’s beautiful and the fact it’s canvas makes it even more so (go Newgate – I love this). The room then needed some brighter colour to give it some life so I took the colours from the map and made velvet cushions in mustard and aqua green from soft and tactile Harlequin fabrics. I recovered my chaise long in dove grey velvet (that took a day) and there’s something quietly decadent …

Banish January blues with blue

Post Christmas, some of us feel tired and can’t find our get-up-and-go, and others are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for a fresh start to the year. Whichever category you fall into, begin the year by paying some attention to your home so it feels fresh. Blue is the new grey and a wonderful colour to tone with most colours that your home could already be. Tone the blue right and it’ll tone with neutral or bright decor and can be classic, modern or retro. I’ve collected some ideas together that aren’t hard to do, nor expensive but can make a room or a little area feel shiny and new. This post starts the year gently, without suggesting major or time-consuming revamps – just a little retail therapy 🙂 Cushions: Grab a pile of blue cushions in a mix of shades and patterns and throw onto your sofa for a cosy look. Tactile fabrics like velvet are luxurious and there are some wonderful embroidery versions in shops too. Floor cushions or pouffes are great for extra seating and a …