home: made [ diy marbling ceramics ]
Try out marbling to create beautiful, unique homeware for your home or for gifts. We’ve rounded up our favourite tutorials to guide you through the process in a simple,straightforward way.
You don’t need to spend much and you may have most products in your home already. How simple that you can use nail varnish to create amazing patterns on mugs or bowls?! Nail varnish is a cheap way to get incredible colours to work with.
Credit for images / tutorial links :
The Sweetest Occasion
House of Hipsters
Alana Jones – Mann
home: trend [ flooring ]
Recent trends have seen flooring as an area of the home people are investing in more and more; looking for creative, original solutions for a statement look that is both current but adaptable to sit with various styles of interior designs as we change walls, textiles and furniture more often.
From dark woods to grey natural tones, to flexible resistant cork and wow-factor pattern ceramic tiles, across designer and high street brands there’s a lot to choose from.
Focus is on hard wearing and durable finishes and an advantage is to have something that is partially replaceable if damaged – like a tile or plank to easily swap. Having spare of your chosen flooring is a must for just such reason – so having a little left over is not a bad thing.
We love the recent designs of incorporating the look of texture and fabric within the finish of a tile – linens and silks working well.
For child friendly and uber hardwearing yet still modern and on trend, we think cork and chipboard are great options especially if you’re on a budget. Both materials are easy to get hold of and simple to get a sample to lay a little just to get an idea of the look.
If you love the look of vintage or traditional patterned, tiles but the prices can be rather high it’s great to look into vinyl tile versions that look both incredible and very durable, plus underfoot feels warmer and safer. Zazous, Tiles Direct and Leader Floors have great options. Vinyl is also as the cheaper version easy and less costly to change in the future when tastes change.
Modern vinyl has opened up the flooring market, with more and more finishes and patterns previously available only in other materials, now being replicated in vinyl – same look but cheaper. DIY favourite Homebase has a super new range of slate, porcelain and terrazzo look vinyl tiles that have a rich, textured finish but with the benefits of vinyl in warmth, durability and price.
Hunt out bargains, read reviews and order lots of samples of buying off the internet to ensure you are aware of finish, quality and thickness.
home: found this [ dinner plates ]
Bring beauty to the dining table with these stunning plates by Katie Alice, currently available from the new BHS website for £12 each. The gorgeous lace design is intricate, detailed and the perfect balance between modern and vintage.
‘…beautiful dinner plate from The Collection by Katie Alice is crafted in terracotta with an exquisite lace embossment. Inspired by a vintage lace bracelet that Katie discovered in a Paris boutique, The Collection features individual pieces that will look simply stunning in any arrangement and refresh any tableware collection. The Northamptonshire-born lifestyle designer, Katie Alice, weaves her magical story across all her beautiful tableware collections, creating timeless, collectable pieces with quirky personality’.
home: event [ ceramic painting ]
Not to be missed, this great workshop at Heals, London, with ceramicist Amanda-Sue Rope gives you the opportunity to create a painted set of four coasters for just £25.
THIS WORKSHOP IS AN INTRODUCTION TO CERAMIC DECORATION; HISTORY, TECHNICAL SKILLS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.
Ceramicist Amanda-Sue Rope comes to Heal’s for an exclusive workshop. In this class she will teach her techniques for decorating pottery, and guests will paint a full set of coasters which they can collect from Heal’s after firing.
Amanda has prepared a set of 4 different ceramic coasters for each guest, made from white stoneware, red stoneware, grey stained clay and porcelain-slipped clay.
You will be introduced to different approaches to paint application including brush, sponge, stencilling and splattering. Amanda will discuss how to create a coherently designed set, and show examples of different methods of paint application and decoration across different makers, cultures and time periods.
Heal’s Tottenham Court Road
Sunday 23rd April, 12:00 – 14:00
home: favourite thing [ bathroom dish ]
To organise all your little bits in the bathroom, as a soap dish or just ornamental; we love this Salvage Trinket Tray from Dunelm at only £3.49.
Amongst the rest of their bathroom accessories at very affordable prices, this great little ceramic piece is a great addition to a bathroom and would also make a lovely gift.
home: nice price [ vases ]
Amongst the vast amount of great products that Rigby + Mac have, their vase and planter range is superb.
We love these great cactus vases, totally on trend and an incredible nice price from where we’ve seen similar else where.
Cluster in a group and set off on a crisp white background.
Rigby + Mac / small £19.95 or large £39.95
home: favourite thing [ Tiger ]
Last month we featured Tiger [ nice price ], and we still can’t get enough of the Danish brand. Continuing with their new Spring collection we see the addition of planters and pots in pastel shades. Choose from zinc buckets and plant pots, ceramic hanging planters and plastic corrugated flower pots [ starting from £2 ]. Great for indoors and out.
Don’t hang about, the best pieces can go quick.