Dinner and Decoupage

The business of the evening was dinner and decoupage; or rather dinner, drinks and decoupage. Well more accurately; wine, take-away pizza and decoupage, at Kat and Lamby’s flat. This was serious. A parental visit loomed. Obviously visits from one’s parents are are normally a joy, but this one prompted mild panic. Action was needed to fix … Continue reading

Framing Decoupage

Frames traditionally surround things like photos, mirrors, artwork, and poetry; but they don’t have to play a mere supporting role to the main event. A frame conservator once told me:“lots of people forget about them, but frames to me are pieces of art in their own right”. I agree. A really beautiful frame can enhance the space … Continue reading

Revamped Butchers Block

IKEA furniture – it’s cheap, ubiquitous, and astoundingly practical. So describes the love/hate relationship I have with the furniture giant. It is affordable, but generic. Impeccably utilitarian, shiny and appealing; but invariably constructed of cheap MDF plywood with a dubious life expectancy. Besides, each immaculately presented item will be owned by thousands of other Brits … Continue reading

Wrapped-Up Bookcase

  Make a boring bookcase your own by wrapping it up in patterned paper, like a present. Lovely. You will need: Paper Scissors Masking tape This little tip is perfect for anyone living in a furnished rented flat, or anyone whose home is populated with pine monstrosities, dontated by generous- if misguided- relatives. Wrapping up your bookcase: … Continue reading