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Decopatch, the new Decoupage by Vicky Connolly

On September 21st, 2012 by .

I am sure we are all too familiar with the times when we find ourselves being distracted and getting stuck into doing something other than the really important task we are meant to be getting on with.. Ring a bell? Well it was on one of these occasions that my love affair with Decopatch began.

Now, whereas decoupage, the art of decorating objects with various forms of paper cutouts, requires endless layers of varnish and maybe even sanding to achieve a smooth finish, Decopatch, a French company, have produced a whole range of purpose manufactured papers in an abundance of bright colours and quirky patterns ready for you to mix and match and play around with.

The beauty of Decopatch is that the papers mould easily onto many surfaces. You can decorate new pieces or add a new lease of life to tired looking items such as old furniture or a plain looking tea set. I also find that Decopatching is a great way to create gifts eg. Re- vamping some plain egg cups or espresso cups..even a plain gift box can be totally transformed…

Shopping List:
-Decoupage paper ( from art suppliers/Amazon)
-PVA glue (watered down slightly for thinner consistency)
-Old paintbrush
-White paint (to cover any existing pattern and to suit the material of object ie.wood/china)
-Varnish (Decopatches own brand is suitable for all materials)
-An object to decorate

Step 1: Make sure object is clean and any existing pattern has been painted over evenly.

Step 2: Mix PVA glue with a little water so it spreads evenly and thinly

Step 3: Select which papers you are going to use, remember there are absolutely no rules when putting patterns and colours together. This is your own design so let your imagination rule and take you where it wants! Also think how are you going to apply the papers? You might want to tear and collage patterns together like a mosaic or maybe use the patterns together in stripes.

Step 4: paint a layer of glue over the area you are starting with and apply the paper then paint over another layer of glue… And so on.

Step 5: once the object is fully covered and dried, apply 2 or 3 coats of varnish.

Top tip: When covering a surface with one design it is easier to cut into strips and then re assemble onto the object to ensure a smoother crease-less finish.

Et voila…….Be careful now, before you know it you will be covering everything in sight!!!! Enjoy…


Creative displays by Pippa Jameson

On April 23rd, 2012 by .

Last month, I worked on a great shoot with photographer Jemma Watts, looking at creative ways to display pictures and home accessories, using a selection of 3M’s Command products.

When it comes to wall displays you don’t have to stick to conventional set-ups, think about what you are hanging and try to have a little fun. Our styled collection has a retro feel, with most of the items having been up-cycled or restored. We started by painting the wall in a rich grey, this created the perfect backdrop to the punchy reds and bright mustard. It may not be your obvious choice for the wall, but this demonstrates that with the right light and accessories, slate grey can look striking and above all, warm.

My favourite item is the handmade peg rail which has been made from old yard sticks, genius. We used the Command picture hanging strips to attach it to the wall, just make sure you check the weight of the products against the back of the Command packet. All products wall are from the fabulous Home Barn, they sell a mixture of home accessories that have been lovingly restored and transformed into very cool and individual pieces.

Credits from left to right: Wall painted with Railings, Matt emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Tom Collins red chair, Sofa Workshop. Crystal stool designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell, £133, Lifestyle Bazaar. Smoke bottle vase, £29, Ebury Home & Garden. All wall decoration including letters & pictures, wooden shoes, vintage bottles, coat rack & vintage flags, all Home Barn. Yellow throw, Just Blankets. Mathew Williamson Cushions, £20, Debenhams.

Credits: Crystal stool designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell, £133, Set of 3 Delft flying ducks, £45, Lifestyle Bazaar, Ben de Lisi Red table lamp, Debenhams.

Credits: Wall painted with Railings, Matt emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Vintage American clear colour Balls jars, £22.00, Antique Apothecary / Chemist Bottles Medium, £25.00, Vintage Baby Shoe Lasts, £55, Distressed letters and numbers, £10 each, all Home Barn Ben de Lisi Red table lamp, Debenhams

Credits: Letters and numbers, shoe lasts as before. Note book, V&A.

Creative bedheads

On April 2nd, 2012 by .

Bedroom furniture, like any furniture, is a really personal choice and will determine the kind of look you want to give your place of rest in the home.

Recently I have seen some really creative and interesting ways to incorporate bed heads into a room, and they aren’t necessarily expensive or your typical idea of what a headboard might be. These inspiring ideas are a fantastic reminder that things can be done in a different and inexpensive way, to achieve stylish and unique results!

Credits: 1.Framed bed head idea 2. Lovely, inexpensive and personal project by House Tweaking 3.A cool stencil 4. Shelving in place of a bedhead – functional and pretty, 5. Reclaimed doors to create height, My favourite – a great use for an old palette!

Finding a bed that is exactly what you are looking for can be difficult. However you can find a wide variety of beds online at which should make it that little extra bit easier.