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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

My handmade acrylic wall shelf boxes

My DIY acrylic fabric shelf

Earlier this week I showed you my inspiration shelf, well since then I have been busy making a bunch of them as great storage for my craft room and more...

I found a great sheet acrylic supplier Sheet Plastics, who can cut your pieces to size and if clear acrylic is not your thing, they also have a host of other colours including a great selection of neons. I attached the acrylic shelf to the wall using the Command™ Picture & Mirror Hanging Strips, which as well as leaving no marks on the wall also enable me to take the shelf on and off the wall as much as I like due to the velcro like technology.

Here's how I did it:

Acrylic box

You will need:
  • Tensol 12 50ML ( Tensol 12 is a single component cement which hardens due to solvent evaporation to produce a clear bond in cast/Xt acrylic acrylic Sheet.The product is quickly and easily used direct from the bottle.)
  • 3 sheets of 5mm thick acrylic cut to 260mm x 50mm
  • 2 sheets of 5mm thick acrylic cut to 55mm x 50mm
Acrylic box Steps 1-4


  • Start by carefully peeling off the protective film
  • Add a very thin line of tensol along the top of one of the long edges of the side pieces


Acrylic box Steps 5-8
  • Carefully place in position and hold for a few seconds, leave to dry
  • Repeat with the other side piece
  • Turn box so it sitting on its end.
  • Add a very thin line of tensol along the top edges
  • Carefully place end piece in position and hold for a few seconds, leave to dry
  • Repeat with other end piece

My DIY acrylic paint shelf

My DIY acrylic wall shelf for paint

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Bazaar Style: Decorating with Market and Vintage Finds by Selina Lake

Bazaar Style: Decorating with Market and Vintage Finds by Selina Lake

This week I'm reviewing Bazaar Style: Decoratiing with Market and Vintage Finds by Selina Lake, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Selina Lake is a freelance interior & lifestyle stylist based in London, and has featured in many magazines and catalogues. Selina is also the author of 'Romantic Style' and best selling 'Homespun Style', both shot with photographer, Debi Treloar. I chose to review this her first book as it has recently been re published in a Paperback version and I love Selina's style!

Bazaar Style: Decorating with Market and Vintage Finds is a about mixing vintage and retro home accessories and furniture, re-purposing objects, textiles and furniture to create a fantastic home that is full of colour, texture and charm.

The book is split into two main broad chapters, starting with how to combine the "Elements" of the style to put the look together. In this chapter Selina covers furniture and storage, textiles, colour and pattern, lighting, wall art and collectables and display. In furniture and storage we learn that Bazaar style is about finding furniture that has seen a bit of life and has the personality to prove it. In textiles we learn the trick is to team a variety of textiles together to create a visual and sensual mix and how to use colour and pattern beautifully.

The second chapter "Rooms"shows how the achievable style works brilliantly in Cooking and Eating Spaces, Living Spaces, Bathing Spaces, Sleeping Spaces and Outdoor Living. This chapter is full of insightful ways to build rooms so they are fit for purpose in the mew modern way we live our lives. Take the kitchen for example that used to be purely for cooking and the dining area only for eating but nowadays busy families and confident cooks prefer to gather in one place to eat, chat, work and relax. It is about simple taking the things you love and creating a home that is truly yours.

Bazaar Style: Decorating with Market and Vintage Finds by Selina Lake is a lovely paperback book full of bright and beautiful, unique, inspiring decorating ideas. At a recommended price of £14.99, I think this paperback book is a great buy as the textures, patterns and style of each room is just so inspirational and is full of little details and useful tips !

Some of my favourite shots:

Bazaar Style by Selina Lake


Bazaar Style by Selina Lake


Bazaar Style by Selina Lake


Bazaar Style by Selina Lake


Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Gronbergs Interior - Gothenburg, Sweden

Gronbergs Interior

Decadent Gronbergs Interior

Feather birds @Gronbergs Interior

Pretty candles @Gronbergs Interior

Another one of my favourite shops in Gothenburg was Gronbergs Interior. A store built on a French-Danish style, with a hint of vintage. They visit Paris a few times a year, where they shop at fairs and flea markets. They also travel around Europe and buy a hand picked selection of treasures with the right feel and mood to create an inspiring and beautiful atmosphere. I loved all the glamorous details and boudoir inspired pieces in this beautiful treasure trove...

Table full of pretties at Gronbergs Interior

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

This week I'm reviewing Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Liz Bauwens is a freelance stylist whose work has appearded in Country Homes & Interiors, Good Housekeeping and House and Garden. Alexandra Campbell is a writer whose work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including The Times Magazine, Financial Times and Independent and her novels written under the name of Nina Bell include The Empty Nesters, Lovers & Liars. Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home explains how to create the look and what else is required to create the look in your own home. I chose to review this book as love a bit of flea market chic!

"Flea market chic is the new, smart way to decorate, adding texture, colour and depth to contemporary interiors. In modern rooms, a distressed chair or a vintage mirror add a perfect touch. And in traditional decorating schemes, flea market chic is a key part of the mix: faded textiles, weathered furniture, mis-matched china, and the occasional flamboyant lamp or art are all part of the charm"

After an introduction to what "flea market style" is and the different terminology used around the world to describe garage sales, car boot sales and yard sales. The book is split into six chapters starting with "flea market details". In this chapter they cover details like fabrics, frames and mirrors, vases and storage.

In the second chapter "flea market town" we see the almost entirely flea-market decorated city apartment of hairdresser Kim. A small apartment near Portobello with a modern eclectic living room, a classic contemporary dining area and an unashamedly feminine bedroom with a glamorous gilt boudoir atmosphere. In the third chapter "flea market country" we visit interior designer Henny Tate's kitchen that is full of reclaimed and reused pieces like the delightful mismatched chairs all painted in a lovely shade of turquoise. Her charming living room that is full of texture using a combination of new and old chairs. In this chapter there are also some great buying and transformation tricks like how to transform bedroom furniture with a lick of paint. In the fourth chapter "flea market modern" they cover the misconception that if you decorate your home with vintage and flea-market furniture you'll end up with a traditional or old-fashioned look. Here wee see the gorgeous home of Zoe Ellison founder of i gigi, a fashion and retail store in Brighton, whose home is a perfect example of a very contemporary vintage style. Her home is in a beautiful colour palette of muted earthy tones in a stunning mix of textures from plush velvet cushions to a handmade seashell chandelier. "collectors' flea market"

Next up is "collectors' flea market" highlighting the benefits of looking for collections of items like kitchenalia, and how many collectors tune into the power of swapping.
In the last chapter "flea Market outside" we see pretty houseboats, gardens sheds, converted wagons and gardens all given the flea market chic make over!

Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell is a hardback book full of beautiful photographs of some of the loveliest flea market chic homes. At a recommended price of £19.99, I think this hardback book is a inspiring, practical guide to creating an imaginative, stylish home!

Some of my favourite shots:

Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell


Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell


Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell


Flea market chic, the thrifty way to create a stylish home by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell


Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

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