home: made [ printed napkins ]

home: made [ printed napkins ]

We’d have never realised that this could work but discovering this little crafty tutorial from A Subtle Revelry was a revelation.

A simple effective way to personalise a dinner party, kids party, BBQ or event – with napkins printed at home with slogans, words , phrases, names… it’s a perfect project for that personal unique touch.

All you need is plain or pattern paper napkins and an ink jet printer!

Read the tutorial for full details

home: trend [ animal adventure ]

home: trend [ animal adventure ]

Over the last few years we have seen animals featured heavily in home accessories and lighing, and this trend is continuing into 2020.

The more quirky the better in some opinions, but you can bring a little bit of animal into home in a less vibrant way. Think birds, safari – elephants, monkeys, zebras, as well as closer to home creatures like mice, squirrels and foxes.

Whatever your animal of choice, we recommend go bold. Pick that one piece that will turn heads and stand out in a room. Colours we have noticed popping up for this trend seem to be blues & greens.

Guide:

Clock wise from top left:

Bear vase / hm.com [ £19.99 ], lamp / audenza.com [ £250 ], rabbit ornament / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £45 ], peacock head / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £120 ], zebra vase / grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £60 ], mouse lamp / johnlewis.com [ £63 ], elephant ornament / habitat.co.uk [ £25 ]

home: event [ wreath making ]

home: event [ wreath making ]

Be quick and you can still grab a place on these super sell-out Christmas wreath making classes.

Aimed at raising funds to be able to offer pensioners free wreath making classes, these classes from £46.95 are both rewarding and creative. A way to make your own wreath and contribute so you know others can too.

£46.95 including booking fee

They say;

Thanks to popular demand – we are back again and helping our community too! 

As our students know, every year we provide, totally free, Christmas Door Wreath making workshops for pensioners in Covent Garden. This year we are proud to host 2 classes at The Seven Dials Club. 

Part of your ticket price helps us achieve this, so thank you for choosing us. 

In this 2 hour floristry for beginners Christmas door wreath making workshop, we promise to relax your mind and bring out your creative side.

We will be based in the heart of Covent Garden, London, in the beautiful Neals Yard, just around the corner from Covent Garden tube. 

You will learn – how to make a fresh Christmas Wreath using floral foam and fragrant foliage such as eucalyptus, and nobilis pine and to give it that WOW factor, learn how to wire sweet smelling cinnamon sticks, pine cones and lotus seed pods into the wreath.

This wreath is totally high end, we use the best fragrant foliage and your door wreath will last well into the New Year (you have to spray it now and again of course) It is perfect to hang from your door at Christmas to welcome your family and guests.

The image shown is what you can achieve – its your wreath though and you can be as creative as you want to be. We provide the extras, you provide the talent ! The finished design will be between 14-18″ wide.

The design is one of the main floristry arrangements and it has multiple uses. You can turn this into a table arrangement with candles – the Tutor will show you everything you need to know about floristry wreaths and their uses.

If thats not enough – we issue our students with an invaluable step-by-step guide on how to make your own wreath. This class is suitable for Beginners.

These workshops sell out every year so be quick to book!

home: favourite thing [ candelabra ]

home: favourite thing [ candelabra ]

Thinking about the Christmas table decor already? We love this elegant Geo Candelabra from West Elm, with its linear geometric design and brushes nickel finish.

They say;

Airy and sculptural, our modern Geo Candelabra elevates the light with an open design that won’t block conversation. Simply add five taper candles and your centrepiece is complete.

£69

home: featured [ Copper Blush ]

home: featured [ Copper Blush ]

We love what they do at Copper Blush – simple and beautiful text signs, hand crafted for your home from wire, in a choice of fonts.

Have a fun slogan, poignant quote or meaningful words or personalised babe option. Choose what suits you, the room or location of your sign

Head to their Etsy store to find out more.

home: made [ wall hanging ]

home: made [ wall hanging ]

This Mexican inspired ‘gods eye’ wall hanging is a lovely piece of art for any room. It’s really easy to achieve and simply uses various yarns, dowls and a pair of scissors.

By setting the dowls in a cross you can then weave the yarn around to create the pattern.

Head to almostmakesperfect.com for the tutorial.

home: trend [ modern artifacts ]

home: trend [ modern artifacts ]

This season we are seeing a lot of ornaments and accessories adorning shelves and tables in magazines and online.

With influences from Africa, Middle East and vintage pieces the sculptures and busts we are seeing have a strong artifact feel about them, like you picked it up on your travels and are years old.

Heads and busts are everywhere with tribal influences and animals feature heavily too. Mix these ornaments with artwork, plants and vases, to create a curated display.

Guide:

Top row – horse vase from hm.com [ £24.99 ], hand tray from maisondumonde.com [ £7.19 ], ceramic elephantfrom habitat.co.uk [ £35 ]

Middle row – carved sculpture from abigailahern.com [ £116 ], African mask from laredoute.co.uk [ £60 ], tribal head from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £45 ]

Bottom row – Buddha statue from audenza.com [ £10.50 ], cut out sculptures from westelm.co.uk [ £9.95 ], vintage vase from made.com [ £29 ]

home: trend [ Hang It ]

home: trend [ Hang It ]

If it’s got a hook on the back if it hang it! That’s the basic rule to follow, with wall decor taking on a new style.

We all love a picture wall, framed prints and photos filling a space. Nothing wrong with that, although now there is so much more to display on our walls including hanging rings, macrame, baskets and planters. It’s nothing new, but a trend emerging currently is to soften a room with neutral tones and add the hanging items with materials to compliment – woods, rope, and metals with an artisan feel, almost hand crafted.

Plants play a large part, so get some baskets or metal rings and play around with faux or real succulents to create a relaxing space – ivy is great for this.

Feathers are popular, whether in art work, embroidery or hanging decor with the softeness and intricate design bringing interest and calm to a space. 

Whatever you decide, the choice is out there. A great place to start is online marketplaces Trouva and Amara.

Guide:

1. Rooster feathers from designvintage.co.uk [ £85 ]

2. Hanging shelf from amara.com [ £129 ]

3. Embroidered wall hanging from trouva.com [ £70 ]

4. Ceramic planters from westelm.co.uk [ from £16 ] 

5. Decorative mirror from tindesign.co.uk [ from £39.95 ]

6. Hanging basket from bohemiadesign.co.uk [ £15 ]

7. Hanging candle holder from trouva.com [ £16 ]

8. Cotton wall hanging from trouva.com [ £40 ]

9. Black hanging ring from Skandivis.co.uk [ £23.99 ]

home: made [ Christmas table decorations ]

home: made [ Christmas table decorations ]

It’s almost just a month away and if you’re busy planning gifts and festive nights out, don’t forgot about the decorating and it can be simple and low cost to create effect displays, decorations and centre pieces with items sourced from around the home, foraged from your local park or handy bits picked up from a local craft store.

From around the home find old jam jars, cardboard, string, old baubles, even an old dried up sponge can be useful.

Foraging free bits from out and about is also great – local woodlands having an abundance of conifers, holly, pine cones, twigs, branches and more.

Then from local craft stores (or online) choose items including metallic spray, glitter, pva glue and soft wire.

With these items you can create unique decorations using imagery from Pinterest for inspiration.

Use PVA and glitter to create a Christmas feel to branches of conifer tree, by pasting on the glue and sprinkling over the glitter; and create a long garland for the mantle piece by tying the branches together with wire.

Spray jars with metallic spray and tie gold or silver round to make festive little vases for winter flora and twigs. Cluster various sizes together to make a centre piece for the table.

Cut and stick cardboard into cone shapes, coat in PVA glue and wind sparkly twine or string round, ensuring not to leave any gaps to produce modern, simple statement Christmas trees. Again these would look great in varied sizes and clustered together.

Using old baubles in shades of the same colour and modelling wire with an old sponge as an oasis, poke in each bauble on a wire stick to make a gorgeous dome of baubles – another great centre piece. Or go extravagant (slightly more complex) and create an entire sphere which could be hung from the ceiling!

Head to Pinterest and explore for an abundance of creative ideas!

Simple paper trees

Confetti for the table

Confetti for the table