A Garden Makeover – From Plan to Planting

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A Garden Makeover – From Plan to Planting. Putney Garden Landscaping: 27 Holroyd Road This is a garden that began its life at a workshop run by Sarah Speller, who was wonderful at drawing out ideas and encouraging you to develop them. Development, as it turned out, was a long process, but at long last […]

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The Start Up Home: Sarah Speller Garden Design

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Sarah Speller is a garden designer providing garden design services in South West London and Surrey and Hampshire as well as offering workshops on garden design and gardening. Sarah has been an Expert member of the DecorCafe Home Network since 2013. Why did you set-up your home business? I spent many years as a legal […]

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5 Inspiring Home Business Start-ups

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Yesterday we ran another “Start-Up Your Creative Business Workshop” with Louisa Blackmore, from West Egg, and we were so impressed by the people that came that we thought we would give you a heads-up – 5 new creative business start-ups that we classify as “ones to watch!” There is an incredible energy generated from getting […]

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How to make a cushion with zip & piping

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Vikki Hart is an expert cushion, curtain and Roman-Blind maker – in fact an all round useful person to know and we are delighted to have her as one of the expert members of our DecorClub, generously sharing her skills and experience and working on projects also. This week she showed us how to make […]

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Painted Furniture Before and After: Sam’s Bureau

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Louisa Blackmore, of West Egg Interiors, ran one of her amazing painted furniture workshops at The Decorcafe (aka as my kitchen!) this week. And I know that we run them quite regularly but I always get such a thrill from the creativity of the people who come and the way that they transform their furniture […]

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Garden Design and Styling Workshop

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  The Decorcafe Create YOUR Home course has been so popular that we thought that it would be a good idea to explore the same idea for gardens and asked Lisa Cox and Sarah Speller to create and run a course for us. As with all of The Decorcafe workshops the idea is to help […]

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The Devon farmhouse Kim created on The DecorCafe Create Your Home Course

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The first indication of the size and time-scale of Kim’s home project was when I suggested that she may not want to come to the January “create the home you love” workshop series as the weather had been particularly bad. It only took her one nano second to reply “If it is snowing I will […]

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How to Create a Hand-Painted Effect with a Patterned Paint Roller

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We have started getting ready for our November decorclub by having a go at printing fabric with The Painted House patterned fabric rollers. I really couldn’t believe how easy it is. If you would like to see how I got on click this link: Having a go with the Painted HousePatterned Paint RollerFabric Applicator (first […]

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How to decoupage

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How to Decoupage: Decoupage is a really easy but effective technique for decorating furniture, and was very popular at our decorclub. Our original inspiration was a beautiful set of three chairs that belong to Zeb Dare of West London Kitchens‘ children. Each was created as a gift for their Christening and contains the name, dates […]

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How to style your party. A few ideas

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Each month we get together at our decorclub to share ideas and have a bit of fun making. This month the topic was party styling.  We curated a collection of tips and ideas, with an eye for simple but clever ways to create something special on a budget. Here is a teeny taster:     When […]

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Revamp your Chair and Basic Upholstery Workshop

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Our first revamp your chair workshop, with basic upholstery, was notable for a number of reasons, not least because nobody actually brought a chair with a simple drop in seat to revamp as advertised! No problem – we love a challenge! Undaunted, our tutor and furniture expert, Louisa Blackmore of West Egg, adapted the workshop […]

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Glass blowing workshop with Adam Aaronson

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After 8 years of living in the UK I have finally found a warm location. And to add to the appeal of this, whist basking in Surrey last Saturday afternoon I discovered the coolest hobby – glass blowing. Adam Aaronson, owner of Aaronson Noon (www.aaronsonnoon.com) was my teacher on a beginner’s glass blowing course that […]

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The who, what and why of our house history workshop

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You don’t need to live in a castle or a timber-framed cottage for your home to have a history! Usually and naturally people are simplycurious. Delving into your home’s past allows you to play sleuth and find out who lived there or maybe even discover tales of scandal or intrigue. But as well as knowing […]

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Ilaria’s table

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You may remember that at our last painted furniture workshop we had our usual lovely group of people painting and creating and transforming their furniture. But there was one thing that happened that was a bit different. Ilaria had it in mind to stencil – on a Moroccan theme. Not something we had done at […]

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Photography tips from our decorclub evening (a mini workshop!)

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This month’s decorclub evening was all about how to make the most of our camera’s. We were really lucky that fabulous photographer, Annie Armitage, was willing to come along and share her knowledge. It was a great evening and we learned a lot, and so we thought that we would share some of the tips […]

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Feedback from Guy from our Kids Gardening Workshop

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We have been wondering how some of the youngest friends of the decor cafe, have been getting along after the kids gardening workshop and so were really pleased to get this feedback from Guy… (via his Mum!) “Guy wanted me to show you some pics of the plants that have grown from the seeds he […]

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Kids gardening workshop pics

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Today we did our first creative home workshop for kids and I am not sure who loved it more our young clients, who clearly had a lot of fun, or the parents who got a chance to relax and dip in whenever they wanted. Sarah Speller had done a huge amount of work preparing everything […]

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The cushion making co-operative

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Yesterday was a very special day for me. My kitchen was filled with extraordinary talent and (despite my teenage daughter’s party at home last night!) I can still feel the positive energy flowing through the house. I have always felt that there must be a way to match the skills of the people who have […]

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Reflections on our painted furniture workshop

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I have a significant birthday coming up and I really can’t believe that I am saying this but “I met Louisa through twitter” Yey! And I am so glad that I did. I have a different kind of interiors business and she comes and runs painted furniture workshops at global headquarters (aka as my house) […]

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How to make a very simple cushion cover – no zip

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Sue Paul is a fabulous, talented and experienced home-maker who recently kindly shared her ideas and tips from renovating three gorgeous homes. She talked a lot about cushions and we discussed how lovely it is to capture the memory of people and places by making cushion fabrics from favourite clothes, and pieces with special associations […]

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6 reasons to paint your furniture

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Hi! My name is Louisa Blackmore and I run a company called West Egg which sells restored antique and vintage furniture and decorative home accessories. I personally source and restore the majority of our furniture stock, and during the restoration process I often decide to paint a certain piece for various reasons. In collaboration with […]

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5 simple things I learnt at our Feng Shui Workshop

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1. Frederique has the amazing ability to make the complex simple, and gave us an easy first step into Feng Shui. We moved from ancient priests and turtles into easy ideas for creating a harmonious home in just two hours.     2. At the heart of Feng Shui is the concept of positive energy […]

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath

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How To Make a Christmas Wreath: These are the instructions on how to make a Christmas Wreath follow the approach of The DecorCafe expert Helen Edwards of The Velvet Daisy.  1.Buy a 12” flat wreath ring, some wreath moss, a reel of mossing wire and a bunch of pine. 2.Firmly attach the end of the […]

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