home: favourite thing [ ceramics ]

home: favourite thing [ ceramics ]

London based, Italian ceramicist Virginia Balistreri, creates the most beautiful thrown pottery. Great homeware for every day use, would make perfect gifts or treat yourself.

Choose from a broad range of pots, bowls, hanging planters, plant pots, candle holders, tea pots, cups and more. All the range are in beautiful natural tones of greens, blues and beiges.

With prices from £15, head to her Etsy shop to discover more.

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home: made [ garden pot design ] 

home: made [ garden pot design ] 

It’s May and the sun is beginning to make more and more appearances, so it’s definitely time to think about brightening up and bringing a new look to the garden. Think about current trends or colours that you’d like to incorporate into the garden and then you just need the paint and pots. 

Decorating cheap plastic or ceramic pots is an easy way to update the garden time and time again. 

Head to diy or craft stores for paint or spray suitable for outdoor use and explore Pinterest for pattern or colour ideas. 

Including: MakeItLoveIt tutorial design (top left)
High street stores including Wilkos and any of the pound stores are great for getting basic plain pots and planters. For a better finish ensure cleaning the pots and a light sanding if old and tarnished to create the perfect base to design on. Set yourself up with outdoor primer, exterior sprays or paints and use a exterior varnish or lacquer to ensure a long lasting finish. Use masking tape or stencils to create modern designs with geometric influence, typography or embrace the popular dip/drop styles. And if you make a mistake it can simply be painted over. 

For tips, guidance and advice head to CraftsByAmanda , PracticallyFunctional , TheCraftedLife and Diary Of A Mad Crafter (featured in top picture), Make It Love it (featured in second picture)  or  CountryLiving

home: favourite thing [ planters ]

home: favourite thing [ planters ]

Spring has sprung and so have the new arrivals in stores. With a lot of people turning their focus to the garden now is the perfect time to get some colour outdoors and bring your green space back to life.

We have spotted these gorgeous ceramic, metal & fibreglass planters from Habitat. With a huge range of sizes and colours you are sure to find the right ones for you.

Available now from habitat.co.uk [ from £20 ]

home: made [ plant pots and plant stands ] 

home: made [ plant pots and plant stands ] 

January is all about new projects and hiding from the cold, and making crafty projects. 

Introduce some indoor (or outdoor) gardening to your home but instead of just buying planters and pots – look to use, upcycle, recycle and make your own alternative containers and stands for your planting. 


There’s great tutorials from favourites A Beautiful Mess and Brit & Co but there’s lots of easy projects without tutorials. 

Search for unusual containers – cups, buckets, tins, old crates, bags or even tea pots. Depending on what you choose to plant your chosen container may need to have drainage holes. Then you can think about creativity with paints, sprays, varnishes or if the item has vintage charm it might look great as it is. 

Look at trends in colour and pattern for inspiration and use masking to create designs on the outside – try geometric , stripes or colour blocking. Techniques including drip, dip and ombré may be a little more challenging but have great results too. 

Find a collection of great tutorials all grouped together at Cool Crafts 

home: made [ concrete ]

home: made [ concrete ]

A material that has mixed views within the home is concrete. Some see it as ugly and lifeless, others see it as an interesting, even beautiful material with many uses.
We are much more the later so today we look at gorgeous accesories you can create in the home using concrete. There are loads of great tutorials and guides online showing how easy it is to make a concrete moulds for all types of projects.
A simple place to start is making tealight votives or a hanging plant stand. You pick the size and shape using plastic pots or old bottles and with a bag of cement mix away you go.
Check out sayyes.com and themerrythought.com.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous try creating a concrete pendant lamp. Again using the same process with bottles, this time you will need the cable and light bulb attachments, and a little more patience, but you will have a stunning contemporary light after. Alternatively on a smaller scale try a table top lamp base. Head to brit.co and pastill.nu to be inspired.

home: favourite thing [ plant stand ] 

home: favourite thing [ plant stand ] 

The growing (no pun intended) trend of the ‘urban jungler’ is quite literally growing. Homeware and interiors brands are offering a wide and trend-aware range of indoor gardening, house-plant accessories. Materials popular at the moment including marble, metallics and woods have found there way into design of pots, planters, ledges and dishes, that can be used for your growing collation of indoor planting. 

Danish brand, Ferm Living, the gorgeous Scandivian interiors design store, are leaders in beautiful indoor pots and planters, with a range of products with strong design, great materials and perfect colour palette. 

This powder coated iron plant stand is minimal and perfect with its clean lines. It could stand alone or pair up with its smaller counter part. 
£32 Ferm Living