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  • Behind The Scenes : Mollie Makes #PimpMyFrench Entry

     

    The Mollie Makes team have combined grey and neon with an added cross stitch detail The Mollie Makes team have combined grey and neon with an added cross stitch detail to fantastic effect

    Charlie Moorby, Deputy Editor at Mollie Makes says of Mollie Makes' team entry:

    "If there’s one thing we love at Mollie Makes, it’s a materials mash-up!

    We wanted to give the bench a makeover that represented the personalities of our team, whilst paying homage to the creative brand we work on, so we knew it had to include: neon pink (our favourite colour), chunky stitching (we’re all about the yarn) and pom poms (because we believe everything should have a pom on it).

    We used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (www.anniesloan.com) for the grey base, Rustoleum spray paints (www.rustoleumspraypaint.com) for the neon pink accents and gold drawer interior. We wanted to make the inside of the drawer feel like a bit of a treasure trove – ready to be filled with yarn, of course.

    Our focus point, the cross stitched rose, is a design by Audrey Smit (www.thislittlestreet.com), which we stitched in bright tapestry yarns. We loved the idea of taking a technique traditionally reserved for fabrics and super-sizing it so it could be stitched directly onto wood.

     

    Finally, we sprayed the handles white, wrapped them with yarn and decorated with a few pom poms before hitting the studio with our infamous pineapple decoration.

    Ta-da!"

     

     

    Like what you see? Vote For Mollie Makes' Entry on Facebook or via Instagram hereVote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    About Mollie Makes: 

    We are Mollie Makes - a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively.

    We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.

    Creative endeavours are more than a day job for us. From choosing indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our Instagram feeds; we’re crafting along with you.

    We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about, too. Come and meet us! (http://www.molliemakes.com/about/)

  • Behind The Scenes: Period Living's #PimpMyFrench entry

     

    Cross Stitch becomes fun, crafty & interactive in the hands of Pippa Blenkinsop Cross Stitch becomes fun, crafty & interactive in the hands of Pippa Blenkinsop

     

    Period Living's entry was conceived, made and styled by Pippa Blenkinsop, Period Living's Content Producer...

    Colour combination moodboard

    "The motivation behind my ‘Pimp my French’, upcycled bench was to create something crafty, fun and interactive. I love to juxtapose different styles and use mixed media, and, as the bench was French-inspired, I thought incorporating industrial-style pegboard – reminiscent of retro hardware and general stores – would present not only a interesting contrast to the elegant unit, but also provide a canvas for some crafty cross stitching. In order to do this I had to slightly alter the original design of the piece from a drawer unit to a cabinet with hinged door; this way the pegboard can be accessed from either side for easy stitching. Colour-wise, I am drawn to bright, jewel shades, like a moth to a flame, so there was no question that bright teal, hot pink and citron green would form the palette for my project."

    Like what you see? Vote For Period Living's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here. Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

    About Pippa Blenkinsop:

    Pippa Blenkinsop is Content Producer for Period Living where she produces monthly shopping, news and the ‘My Vintage World’ pages. She is a vintage, interiors, and craft enthusiast who is always on the hunt for talented designer/makers and beautiful products and homewares to feature in the magazine. A real girly girl, Pippa has a weakness for anything floral, aqua and pink so it’s no surprise that these are key elements of her final upcycled bench. When she’s not beavering away in the Period Living office she loves to visit vintage and craft fairs and ramble around the Cotswolds.

  • Behind The Scenes : Emily Quinton's #PimpMyFrench entry

    You would never be afraid of monters with upcycled bench by Emily Quinton You would never be afraid of monsters with this upcycled bench by Emily Quinton for #PimpMyFrench

    Of her #PimpMyFrench entry Emily says "The inspiration for our Monster bench came from our family life. My husband, Stef Lewandowski draws these monsters all the time and runs cute monster drawing workshops in the mornings for our four children. ...

    Ucycling in progress Monster-cycling in progress

    Final Design_Emily Quinton_top view ...Our home is full of them and they are a big part of our family now. We have just got a new studio together and it seemed right for us to design a bench together that was full of happy, cheerful monsters to go in the space. ...

    ...The bright blue on the top is also a great photography background for my Instagram vignettes!

     

    Like what you see? Vote For Emily Quinton's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button. 

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    Close up detail of the Monster box! Close up detail of the Monster Box!

     

     

    About Emily Quinton

    I am a writer, photographer, trainer and makers. And Stef is a technologist and artist. Together we have four young children. We live our lives with the motto 'create something every day' and we work together on lots of things. My first book, 'Maker Spaces' has just been published. I was so inspired by all the amazing interior projects the makers in the book had created that we have both been planning and making things for our home ever since. This project with Out There Interiors was a great excuse to create another piece together.

  • Behind The Scenes: 2LovelyGays #PimpMyFrench entry

    Jordan and Russell say of their #PimpMyFrench entry...

    "As soon as we saw the piece of furniture we knew that we wanted to focus on its functionality. Not just giving it a makeover, but totally re-inventing it. Once we took the drawer out it totally changed the way we viewed the object and so we made it into two pieces, connected by their use.

    customised french coffee table

    Spray paint

    We then wanted to find that visual connection and for this we wanted an element that was a total juxtaposition to the original French roots and that's why we chose brass metal tubing. As if the original piece had not just been pimped, but taken over by the invading metal and new purpose.

    We are not metal workers, but we know a man who is amazing with metal, so we had a meeting with Primary Grey and a collaboration was born.

    We gave the bench new life as a hall set, with space for shoes inside, a seat to perch on to tie your shoes, a pot plant of your choice to make you happy and an umbrella stand.

    We united the elements with bold sapphire blue from Dulux and pieces of scrap brass tubing from Primary Grey's workshop. We kept the French handles and leg shape as a reminder of its past life and added a touch of terracotta to bring the piece right up to date."

    Like what you see? Vote For 2 lovely gays entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

    Buckley the Wonder Dog - models the newly reinvented Isabelle bench Buckley the Wonder Dog models the newly reinvented Isabelle bench

     

    About Jordan & Russell : Jorda2 Lovely Gaysn & Russell aka 2 lovely gays are an Interior Design duo based in London, working with residential and commercial clients. Collaborating with Britain's leading designers, established brands and rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire. Simplicity, elegance, functionality and our signature use of colour, we believe that by surrounding yourself with expressions of who you are we can create an environment for growth and happiness.

  • Behind the Scenes : Moregeous' #PimpMyFrench Entry

    Moregeous' Sian Astley says of her #PimpMyFrench entry "It's been great fun taking part in the #PimpMyFrench bloggers challenge in amongst the chaos of my renovation and believe me, it's made a very welcome designer type change from all the bricks, slate and dust...!!

    The inspiration for my bench came from some of the coolest 2015 interior design trends spotted as I've been redesigning my house and looking for kitchen ideas. I've fallen a little in love with stylish Crittal style, black framed windows and splashes of warm metallics like brass and gold, plus the vibrant, vivid greens of the botanical trend really appeal to me. I'll be channeling these influences into the interior at Moregeous Mansions and thought it'd be fun to try and Pimp My Bench using these themes. ...

    I used Annie Sloan's Graphite chalk paint with dark wax to get the black frame effect, Japlac's gold paint for a touch of luxury and an amazing new wallpaper called Bamboo Lime by Designers Guild to add pattern and colour."

    Like what you see? Vote For Moregeous's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

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    About Sian Astley: Sian Astley is a DIY, renovation and interiors blogger at www.moregeous.com. Known as the lady builder who can be often seen bossing men about on the tellybox, she's currently undertaking a challenging self build & period renovation of Moregeous Mansions, ably assisted by Missy #BuilderCat who appears to have taken over her Instagram feed.

  • Behind the Scenes : We Love Home's #PimpMyFrench entry

    Once upon a time....there was a fluffy white dog called Teddy, who took off on a floating adventure over the high seas of Brighton in his pimped out pom pom coffee table.....Who knows where he'll end up at the end of this #pimpmyfrench up-cycling furniture adventure?

    A canine take on James & The Giant Peach A canine take on James & The Giant Peach sees Maxine Brady's dog Teddy take off in his magical up-cycled furniture for one.

    pimpmyfrenchOf her #PimpMyFrench project WeLoveHome's Maxine says "My #pimpmyfrench coffee has been revamped, resprayed and re-purposed with a splash of festival magic; a touch of high fashion; and lashings of pure fun.

    I wanted to smother the table in pom poms after being inspired by amazing festival outfit spotted in the summer. I knew I had to steal this idea. I wanted my #pimpmyfrench coffee table to have the same colourful, party feel. As an avid follower of fashion - I looked for colours on the Spring/Summer catwalks and instantly hit upon the trend for acid tones mixed with geometric 3-d shapes. A bit of a tall order for a simple piece of French furniture. So I called in the troops for the pimping"

    Step 1/ Once the table was primed with Plastikote spray, I called on my friend who is a graffitti artist to spray the table in starburst pattern in electric neon shades using stencils and repeat patterns.

    spray painting french furniture

    Step 2/ Once dry, 1000s of pompoms were painstakingly glued on (while trying to stop Teddy eat them at the same time). I had a few attempts at sticking them on in different ways, finally setting on using them to highlight the stripes with rows of pompoms. Trial and Error!

     

    dog looking at pompomsStep 3/ the shoot - WeLoveHomeBlog's #pimpmyfrench coffee table is fun, cheery, colourful, festival, carefree and frivolous - not unlike Brighton, the town where I live. So that is why we heaved the coffee table down to Brighton beach to shoot it with a fairground, summer holiday feel. I got some seriously strange looks driving around town in my little car full of pompom furniture, a puppy and seven helium balloons.

     

    dog in french coffee tablemaxine jumping on the beachclose up of french coffee table

     

    Yep, it's safe to say WeLoveHomeBlog was totally carried away by this challenge. We love projects like this which inspire new ideas and unleash the creative spirit. It was such good fun to do this. More please!

    Like what you see? Vote For WeLoveHome's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

    french coffee table with a backdrop of beach huts

     

    About Maxine Brady: Maxine Brady is a leading interior stylist, writer, blogger and TV presenter. She styles for many household names including Debenhams, House of Fraser, The White Company, B&Q, Dulux and HobbyCraft, to name just a few. She also styles covers and interior decorating stories for magazines like Country Homes & Interiors, House Beautiful, Ideal Home, Homes & Antiques, Coast, Good Homes, Mollie Makes and The Guardian. On television she produces and presents makeover shows for ITV, Channel 4 & Five, as well as appearing on radio shows as a resident interiors expert. Most recently, she has just launched WeLoveHomeBlog.com which has a vlogging channel on youtube (so you can watch her styling in the flesh).  She lives in her hometown of Brighton in a little terrace house with her Maltese puppy called Teddy and Buster (a rather shy) fluffy white cat.

  • Vote for your favourite in our #PimpMyFrench competition

    Voting has now gone live for our #PimpMyFrench Competition with entries from Mollie Makes, 2LovelyGays, Moregeous, We Love Home, Period Living, Courage & Dash and Emily Quinton, and we can honestly say we've been blown away by the ingenuity and creativity that all of our entrants shown!

    We have seen Neon colours, Santorini Blue, Stripes, Tropical prints, Antlers, Balloons, Graphic Illustration, 2 Dogs, 1 Cat & a Bottle of Gin take over our Isabelle Bench.

    We personally love them ALL but who will you vote for?  Voting ends 07/04/15 and the only way you can vote for your favourite is by visiting either our Facebook page and Instagram accounts to vote. 

    Vote via Facebook here  |  Vote via Instagram here   (Vote by hitting the 'Like' button)

    Each day for the next seven days we'll be doing a little look behind the scenes as to what has inspired each designer and give you background to their design.

  • Meet The Real Moo & Bozo

    If you read interiors magazines you may have noticed rather a lot of rabbits recently. Our bunny porcelain range has received a huge amount of press and as a result is proving rather popular!

    rabbit design porcelain

    The ‘Moo & Bozo Cupcake Plate’ and the ‘Barney Sweet Plate’ are adorable additions to your crockery cupboard and perfect for Easter and beyond. Their slightly odd names relate to real life rabbits, so I thought I’d quickly introduce you to their namesakes.


    moo&bozo
    On the left is Moo. She is feisty, naughty and certainly the boss. (Definitely the one about to grab the cupcake).

    The dozy ginger guy is Bozo. He is slow and soppy (unlike most rabbits) and a joy to live with.

     

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    This is Barney who passed away in 2012. He was a very typical small and wary rabbit but such a character. A much loved old friend never to be forgotten.

    I hope you love your new porcelain as much as I love these guys.

    Jenny x

     

     

  • This Week We Can't Live Without....... The Lesette Pineapple Jar

    If you haven't noticed, pineapples are IN. And gold is IN. So you can't get any further IN than a gold pineapple. Unless you live inside one.  Which in this case is only possible if you happen to be very very small. I'll shut up now.

    gold pineapple jar

    The Lesette Pineapple Jar is this week's 'Can't Live Without'. This super cool storage jar is manufactured from resin, stands 30cm tall and is perfect for storing dry food on your dining table, or throwing your keys and change into when you return home. What's more, it's marked down from £60 to £55 for one week only - so grab this beauty now!

    (Also available in black and white).

  • All The Best People Are Bonkers

     

    If you ever find yourself getting tired of the 'Alice In Wonderland thing' you need to read the book again. Or at least Google 'Alice In Wonderland Quotes'. (A cursory glance reminds you of its brilliance). From forcing us to face our hypocrisy to reminding us not to take life too seriously, the story is magic. And if you ever needed an excuse to indulge in quirky/whimsical stuff (as if!) then the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland is it.  2015 is sure to be all about Alice, so here are the first of our top picks to celebrate this truly wonderful literary classic.

     

    alice in wonderland home decor

    1. If all the best people are bonkers then you should definitely put this flamingo in your bathroom. Firaki Lifesize Flamingo Statue £90

    2.  This quirky teapot lamp will illuminate never ending tea time. Teapot Pendant £100.

    3.  Perfect for displaying your tarts... if you can find them: Cartina Playing Card Side Table £170

    4. Be consistently two days late with the fabulous I'm Very Late Clock £49

    5. Curiouser and curiouser. Our 'definitely not upholstered' chair definitely doesn't make sense. Outline Garden Chair £440

    6. Perfect for storing dormice. Itessa Teacup in Fuscia £35 

    7.  Fit for a queen. Amorette Heart Table £300

    More Alice next week!

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