home: made [ diy baubles ]

home: made [ diy baubles ]

It’s easy to personalise and get creative with your Christmas decor. With so much inspiration across the internet for designs and patterns, and all the basic materials easily available.

Baubles can be used in Christmas trees, of course, but also hung from ceilings, ledges, branches – all to create a real festive feel across an interior.

Design and decorate your own baubles and make your own Christmas decor personal to your home.

For inspiration try:

AfternoonTease

100Directions

Womansday

BangOnStyleBlog

And for materials head to:

BakerRoss

XmasDirect

home: made [ pumpkin carving ]

home: made [ pumpkin carving ]

If you haven’t yet got your carve-on for tonight’s Halloween festivities then we’ve found some great inspiration for you to get creatively inspired.

Even an idea of not having to even pick up a knife – use a sharpie to draw on, use cut out paper to decorate or other mediums like paint, beads or washi tape.

See below for a great way to cut shapes with a knife and to also allow you to have elaborate cut outs.

home: made [ basket ]

home: made [ basket ]

We’ve just discovered A Kailo Chic Life blog and already in love. Such great projects, DIYs, ideas and interiors.

Our favourite pick is this project to decorate a basic felt basket with a weave and tassle look. It’s creative, colourful and makes a eclectic boho look.

Try Made, Amazon, and other online homeware stores for felt woven baskets that can act as the base for this DIY.

Explore the blog for this and further great projects.

home: found this [ wooden trees ]

home: found this [ wooden trees ]

Beautiful, simple and minimal, these bare wood small trees from Cissywears make a lovely festive decoration but also would be lovely to paint and decorate with children, personalise and play with.

Just £1.50 per tree. Group, arrange, layout how you choose and begin making your house feel festive.

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

Halloween is around the corner and it’s pumpkins galore. We have found a lovely alternative way to decorate them with different paint techniques and colours – noone said pumpkins had to stay orange.

Get hold of some real pumpkins in various sizes or craft pumpkins [ craftmill.co.uk ] and some acrylic paint, then you’re good to go.

We have found some inpiring designs at homeyohmy.com.

So that’s your weekend sorted!

home: found this [ book ] 

home: found this [ book ] 

Interior stylist, Emma Bloomfield, as well as recently launching an online decorating school, has written a book. For styling your home it’s a must-have addition to your bookshelf. Easy step by step guides to ensuring your home flows and comes together, with complimenting styles, colours and accessories. 

Home acts as a friendly, room-to-room guide to creating a look you love and a space you are proud to show off – without breaking the bank or starting from the ground up.

With beautiful but hard-working illustrations, Emma demystifies the five elements of decorating – needs and wants, colour and pattern, shape and size, placement, and lighting – and shows how easy it can be to apply them to each room in your house. Whether you’re refreshing your look, moving in, organising your home office, decorating a nursery or creating an outdoor oasis, Emma’s tried-and-tested advice will inspire and guide you.

With original illustrations, clever floorplans, practical decorator’s tips and styling 101s, Home is a timeless handbook for anyone who has ever doubted their decorating ability, or craved a helping hand through the process.  

Home:The Elements of Decorating by Emma Blomfield 

home: made [ staircases ] 

home: made [ staircases ] 

For a more unconventional idea, a more quirky design idea, we’ve looked into wow-factor ideas for staircases that go further than carpet or plain wood.

A great idea if you have spare tester pots of wood paint or off cuts of wallpaper – there are an abundance of examples across the net, especially Pinterest, for brilliant designs for your staircase using either paint or paper.

Your hallway is important design statement about the rest of the home, being it is the first room visitors see – so why not make a bold look? 

We looked around and were inspired by the many ideas for bright colour choices, clashing patterns, blending pantones, using typography, saying something about the rest of the home, all giving a great feel and welcome to introduce ‘your home’. Colours and pattern can be used to liven up a space or brighten a hallway or even each tread could tell a story! 

 

patterned wallpaper on stairs

We found some great inspiring features from Brit&Co, Country Living and a how-to from DIYDoctor
The important thing to start with is a well prepped set of stairs. It’s essential to sand down to a smooth finish, removing any nails, sharp points and excess old paint, and give a good clean to ensure a good surface to work on. Treads should be primed next, to give a good layer for the chosen paint to go on to. Priming can also help even if using wallpaper as it can help to make a smoother surface under the paper. It is key to apply a few thin layers, fully dried in between to create a solid, long lasting finish with paint and with wallpaper the same with clear varnish. 

Look online for inspiration, and as it’s a small area – know that it’ll be easy to change in the future if you fancy a different look!