Kate

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10 hidden things to look out for when buying an old property

I am a huge fan of old properties, loving them for their character and period features. I spent my teenage years in a Victorian semi detached house, then my second property was an Edwardian terrace, followed by a 1930s bungalow…

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Recycled & Upcycled Christmas Gift Ideas supporting Emmaus

Earlier this year I was asked to join up with the charity, Emmaus to create something upcycled to celebrate Recycle Week. I created a cushion made from men’s ties and thoroughly enjoyed it on two levels. One, I loved making…

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Vintage style Christmas cushions

While researching Christmas gifts for my two articles for The Lady Magazine, I found these amazing vintage style Christmas cushions from We Love Cushions. They not only make me nostalgic, they also make me smile as they are both kitsch…

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How to make an upcycled cotton reel Christmas tree

Rather than making a wreath this year, or maybe as well as, why not create another festive shape such as a Christmas tree or star? I have created a framed tree using lots of cotton reel, bells and buttons to…

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How to make vintage fabric lampshade fairy lights

Autumn is finally here, the evenings are getting darker and the clocks soon will be put back, so it is now time to cosy up your home. I love this time of year, I enjoy adding fluffy throws and textured…

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7 reasons why Annie Sloan is so important to interior design

Recently I was asked along to a workshop hosted by Annie Sloan at her colourful HQ in Oxfordshire. It was a real pleasure to meet her and to have a go at some paint techniques; learning from the lady herself…

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How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

I love to hang pieces of art on my wall, whether it is a photo, something my children have drawn or even my favourite album covers. Rather than buying frames which always feel a little more staged, I like the…

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How to create a mid century living room

A mid century living room looks perfect in so many settings; from a city apartment to a family home as it’s clean lines create a calm mood and uncluttered feel but can sometimes seem unobtainable due to the prices of…

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An upcycled men’s tie cushion for Recycle Week, supporting Emmaus

I have teamed up with the charity Emmaus UK for Recycle Week, to promote the amazing work that they do there. Emmaus helps the homeless, not by giving them shelter for the night, but by giving them a home for…

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100 years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman

100 Years of Fashion Illustration is a new book, published by Laurence King Publishing written by Cally Blackman. It is a fantastic reference for any vintage fashion fan, sharing 400 illustrations from the Edwardian era through to the noughties which…

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The perfect wall art for your vintage mid century kitchen

Finding a piece of wall art that you connect with can be hard. When I go to shops like IKEA for example, while I like the furniture with its sleek lines, the canvas prints can sometimes leave me a little…

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