home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]

home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]

As her tag line says ‘inspiring your creativity’, she definitely does.

Medina Grillo, of Grillo Designs, is a creative and talented lady. Her blog is full of exciting interiors and homeware DIYs, craft projects and more. Explore her blog and instagram for an abundance of inspiration (and witty intelligent chat!)

We picked this up-cycling of a small vintage unit as one of our favourite projects, which she did to show the versatility of working with second hand furniture (this piece sourced from a charity she was working with to promote buying second hand!) Just one of the many exciting projects that fill her cool home; inspiring people to make more of the homes even if they are renting but still want to make design statements within their four walls – inspirational, budget friendly ideas.

And if you’re a fan of a great Ikea hack her blog is the place to go!

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home: made [ placemats ]

home: made [ placemats ]

We are always looking for ways to make a statement for dinner parties with the place settings.

We found some incredible ideas on DIYS.com – with varying levels of skills needed, there’s all sorts of creative projects to make stylish placemats to finish of your dining place settings perfectly. These could be used for home or for a wedding, kids party or other function. There’s lots of ways to personalise settings with names, themes, and colours.

Special placemats at a wedding could also then be the wedding favour or personalise them for a kids party and then pop them in the party bags at the end!

home: made [ plant pots designs ]

home: made [ plant pot designs ]

With Spring in the air it’s time to think about outdoor living, planting and gardens. It’s great to make personal touches within your space with your own design creations on plant pots. This can allow them to match a colour theme, follow a trend, label what’s in the pot or personalise them as a gift!

We love the design idea from Homedit with its modern geometric look and metallic colours.

For a plethora of ideas head to BalconyGardenWeb or have a look on Pinterest

All you’ll need is paint and, if it’s not outdoor paint then a good fixer spray or varnish will ensure it lasts and holds up to the weather. You can get plain pots from garden centres, IKEA, or try online at Hobby Craft or Baker Ross for great prices.

home: made [ napkin rings ]

home: made [ napkin rings ]

Napkin rings can add that extra special detail to a dining table setting. We love the idea that these can be personalised, colour matched and designed to suit your theme with the wealth of DIY ideas available across the internet.

Head to Brit & Co for a great mix of links to tutorials for modern design DIY napkin rings.

home: event [ craft workshop ]

home: event [ craft workshop ]

Ever heard of Jesmonite? Us neither til we got educated by the London Craft Club. A great material used in one of the latest workshops.

The London Craft Club run brilliant creative crafty workshops using all sorts of materials, skills and methods. Learn a new technique and enjoy getting creative!

When the words ‘concrete’, ‘marbling’ and ‘terrazzo’ are used in a description of a material – we’re sold on it!

Pick from a few dates on offer to take part in a workshop, where you will design and make a little trinket box in the super material Jesmonite.

They say;

Get ready to meet your new favourite material, Jesmonite. What is Jesmonite I hear you ask? Well it’s a cross between concrete and resin, that can be coloured and used to create awesome effects like terrazzo and marbling. Intrigued? Then read on…

In this introduction to working with Jesmonite you will learn all about this amazing material from our expert Haidee. She will discuss different applications for Jesmonite, and tell you about the different effects you can achieve. Then you’ll make a mould for your trinket dish – choose from a triangle, diamond, or hexagonal shape for your final piece.

Haidee will then show you how to mix your Jesmonite, how to colour it, and you will be able to cast your very own geometric trinket dish! It’s such an amazing material to work with, we know you are going to want to go home and make more pieces for everyone you know! You’ll leave with a finished Jesmonite trinket dish, plus all the knowledge and skills needed to make lots more.

Dates still available :

Tuesday 26th February 7.00 – 9:30pm

Tuesday 5th March 7.00 – 9:30pm

Saturday 16th March 2.00 – 4:30pm

Book quick to avoid missing out!

home: made [ macrame table runner ]

home: made [ macrame table runner ]

This little make is a great way to bring interest to a table and gives a nod to the Seventies trend which is so popular right now.

With some basic skill and a little patience you will be able to create a gorgeous table runner from scratch. Just follow the tutorial from abeautifulmess.com