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 [ Ikea cabinet hack ]

home: made [ Ikea cabinet hack ]

We love a good hack, and this one from hunker.com is a goodie.

Turn an Ivar cabinet from Ikea into a really modern woven fronted alternative. By simply cutting a panel out of the doors and attaching some cane webbing you can make a huge transformation.

Head to hunker.com for the tutorial

home: event [ lino printing workshop ]

home: event [ lino printing workshop ]

Definitely one to book in for – learn to lino print with artist, Debbie Chessell, at Heals, Kingston Upon Thames.

£35

Saturday 30 March

Book HERE

They say;
Join this workshop to learn how to carve and hand press your own Victorian-inspired lino print with artist Debbie Chessell. 
During this workshop you will; 

Learn how 19th Century designers such as William Morris used relief printing and bold repeating patterns to create vivid and powerful designs 

Learn all about various traditional lino carving tools and how to use them 

Design and carve your own bold pattern onto lino 

Hand press your design onto a luxury canvas bag to take home with you! 

About the artist: 

Debbie Chessell is an award-winning artist who has trained with Kingston School of Art, Slade, and The Royal Drawing School. She runs workshops across the Southeast, has been exhibited by the Royal Academy and has her artwork featured in international collections including the Suzzallo Library (USA) and St George’s Hospital (UK).

All materials will be provided, this includes a course pack and a lino-printed ticket handmade by Debbie Chessell to be posted to you upon booking.

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 [ Easter wreaths ]

home: made [ Easter wreaths ]

Looking for another reason to get creative. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Try creating a beautiful wreath to adorn your door for Easter. Use delicate spring colours, real or artificial flowers, add in eggs, ribbons or even miniature Spring animals.

Look to Pinterest for inspiration or head to Country Living for some great DIY ideas!

home: made [ concrete vase ]

home: made [ concrete vase ]

Head to PaperNStitch blog for a great, simple tutorial for making a cool modern vase from concrete.

Concrete is still big in interiors and doesn’t look like that’ll end any time soon. It’s such a beautiful and versatile material which suits so many parts of the home.

home: events [ embroidery hoop workshop ]

home: events [ embroidery hoop workshop ]

Need to be amongst people on Valentine’s Day? What’s better than getting creative, learning a skill and getting to have something for the home as a result?

Love the sound of this workshop at West Elm on Valentine’s Day – book now HERE

They say;

Learn to cross stitch a felt heart onto 100% wool felt. In this workshop you’ll get to stitch three hoops, in the colour combinations of your choice. This technique is really easy so suitable for beginners, but more experienced crafters will find it really satisfying too. You’ll go home with the project kit, including a template and pen, so you can carry on stitching hearts, for friends and family. Each participant will receive a Cotton Clara goody bag and there will be drinks and snacks provided on the evening.

Price: £35