Home Tour!!

 

“Rachel is a self-confessed maximalist….” – Alison Gibb, Stylist (@greatscottishindoors),  Homestyle Magazine, September 2017.

Yes that’s me! I am a maximalist and there’s no doubt about it. When it comes to decorating and furnishing a home I am a “more is less” kinda gal!! I have a love for bold colours and I’m not afraid of mixing lots of them together. I like to walk in a room and instantly feel happy and warm and get lost in all of the colourful handmade decor and furnishings that adorns the space.

Last September our first family home, a lovely sunny Victorian upper villa apartment, featured in the fabulous Homestyle magazine. It was a house filled to the brim with quirky furnishings, vibrant prints, handmade homewares and fun wall decor! Our home was always so full of cheer and I really miss it from time to time as it brought us lots of lovely colourful memories. Here’s a little tour around it…

Photos by Douglas Gibb Photography.

 

 

 

DIY Geo Wall Decals

Make a statement in your space with a geometric felt wall design – these triangular decals take no time to make and you can move them around as many times as you like to create lots of fun patterns!

 

What you will need…

Triangle template (download below)

A4 white paper

Marker Pen

Long metal ruler

Pair of scissors

Rotary Cutter

Half a metre of melange wool felt in shades yellow, coral and aqua

8 x A4 sheets of Steam-a-Seam double stick fusible web

Step 1: Place your triangle template (download here) under a sheet of steam a seam and trace around 4 times with a marker pen. Do the same onto all other fusible web sheets and cut out triangles.

Step 2: Peel off one of the paper backings on each triangle and one at a time place them onto your chosen colours of melange wool felt. Turn your iron onto its hottest setting and press each triangle for a few minutes until the sticky backing has attached to the fabric.

Step 3: Cut around each triangle using a rotary cutter and a large metal ruler then peel off all paper backings.

Step 4: Arrange triangular decals onto a plain wall in your home and create a lovely geo style design!

Rachel x x

Decorating Lottie’s Room

I’ve always had an interest in interior Design, as a teenager I would watch back to back episodes of Changing Rooms (how good was that show??!), I remember feeling completely inspired by Linda Barker and Anna Ryder Richardson’s creations and wishing I could have a go! However, it wasn’t until my husband and I bought our first property that I found myself completely falling in love with the challenge of designing and decorating spaces. It’s become such a passion of mine lately and I’m now forever watching interior programmes such as The Great Interior Design Challenge (my fav!) and DIY SOS, scribbling down new ideas for furnishings and colour schemes.

Recently I was faced with what was to be my biggest interior project yet, our new home! In April we moved from our Victorian upper villa flat to a sweet little 70’s bungalow, that used to belong to my late grandma. As lovingly furnished and memory filled as the house was when we moved in, it was in need of modernisation, personalisation and a colour pop or two…or, as I said to my husband “it needs Rachy-fied”.

The darkest room was the single bedroom (my daughter’s room). The reason for this was it had green carpets, green walls, a dark oak window frame and it’s also a very small sized space. This was the room in the house I was most excited about, as it was the most challenging out of all of them, and I do love a challenge!

When I started to design Lottie’s room I knew I wanted to brighten it up as much as possible and open it up so it seemed much bigger. I decided that the only way I could achieve this was by doing a few things. These were as follows: Painting the walls fresh pastel colours; adding fun wall stickers; creating a geometric design on the back wall; painting the oak window frame white; replacing the carpet with white laminate flooring; adding a large rug and laying it vertically; adding a super colourful chest for Lottie’s clothes and books; keeping the furniture to a minimal and accessorising the room with the most colourful of homewares out there from some my favourite brands (including my own :))!

Below is a list of some of the products I have used in Lottie’s room and a link to where you can buy them.

  1. Walls – Dulux Matt Wall Paint, Pretty Pink and Lemon Tropics (www.dulux.co.uk)
  2. Flooring – Balterio Laminate Off White Oak (www.balterio.com)
  3. Triangle Wall Stickers – The Lovely Wall Co (www.the-lovely-wall-company.shopify.com)
  4. Cat Cushion – Jane Foster (www.janefoster.co.uk)
  5. Ceramic Bunny – Camila Prada (www.camilaprada.com)
  6. Yoko Print – Rachel Powell (www.racheljpowell.com)
  7. Pink Polka Dot Rug – Aldi (www.aldi.co.uk)
  8. Chest – Maisons Du Monde (www.masionsdumonde.com)
  9. Deer Plush Wall Mount – Kelsey Davis Design (www.kelseydavisdesign.com)
  10. Personalised Print (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  11. Free Stitched Cloud – My own!
  12. Wall Letters – Next Home (www.next.co.uk)

Rachel x x

(P.s. keep your eyed peeled for a feature on our previous home in September’s Homestyle Magazine, out next month!)

 

Add some pops of colour to your favourite shopper!

I’ve recently rediscovered my love for TASSELS!!! I used to make loads of these fun woolly decorations with kids at my craft classes, in all different brightly coloured yarns, threads, trims and ribbons! They are the perfect addition to accessories such as shoppers, totes or belly baskets. I’ve used my tassels to decorate my favourite  pink kitschy Sun Jellie’s bag –  if you haven’t yet come across this fantastic colourful brand go check them out  www.sunjellies.com.

This DIY project was a real treat to work on – if you would like to give it a go simply follow my steps below (you will love it, I promise!).

What you will need:

Oddments of wool (four different summery shades!)

1 x metre of cotton twine

A pair of scissors

A large darning needle

A small rectangular piece of cardboard

To make your tassel template cut out a piece of cardboard measuring 12cm x 8cm. Measure 3.5cm down from the top and cut out a section measuring 6cm x 1cm.

Step 1: Wrap your chosen wool around the tassel template working vertically, carrying the yarn up and over the back side and then down the front side. Tie in a knot at bottom edge to secure.

Step 2: Continuously wrap yarn around tassel template working from left to right to form large woolly loops, create a few layers. For chunky yarns wrap 10-15 times, for thinner yarns wrap 20-25 times.

Step 3: Thread a 10cm length of yarn onto your large darning needle. Working from the back to the front push darning needle through at the left side of the cut out section. Now wrap the yarn across the top part of your tassel and through the gap. Repeat a second time.

Step 4: Turn over tassel template. Pull the end pieces of yarn tightly and tie with a double knot to secure. Trim off yarn ends.

Step 5: Cut all bottom loops and remove your template. Now give your tassel a little haircut so the bottom edge looks lovely and neat!

Step 6: Repeat steps 2 – 5 and make three more tassels. Thread a long piece of twine onto your darning needle and pull through top loops of all tassels.

Step 7: I have attached my tassels to my Sun Jelly bag by tying the end pieces of twine around the small holes which sit below the handles and securing with a double knot. For regular shoppers, bags and belly baskets simply tie onto the ends of your handles!

Rachel x x

DIY Wool Wall Hanging

I love love love the macrame revival that’s happening right now. I am a sucker for anything boho and I am constantly trying to inject some bohemian/urban living style into our home. This has been one of my favourite projects I have worked on so far. I adore all of the 70’s wall hangings around at the moment so I decided to make my own version. The first best thing about this DIY is that there is no real craft technique involved, no complicated knotting, twisting or stitching, just some simple tassel making! The second best thing about this project is that you can use up wool from your yarn stash and recycle a pair of old wooden needles (if you are a knitter and crocheter like me) so it won’t break the bank to make it!

What you will need:

1 x pair of wooden/bamboo knitting needles

2 x 100g balls of super chunky mustard/yellow yarn A sharp pair of scissors

A ruler

A glue gun

A 70cm piece of cotton twine

Step 1: Position knitting needles so that the ends are facing each other and attach using a hot glue gun. Step 2: Cut 5 x 150cm lengths of yarn and fold over all pieces to form long woolly loops. Step 3: Place tops of loops over needle and under. Step 4: Lift all end pieces of yarn and pull through all loops. Step 5: Repeat steps 2 –  4 until you have 19 tassels in total (the amount may vary depending of the length of your needles), the middle tassel should sit on top of the needle join, where the two ends meet. Step 6: Cut a 70cm piece of cotton twine and tie two knots to secure, one next to the first tassel and the other after the last tassel. Step 7: Place wool wall hanging over the edge of a chair and roughly trim wool to form a ‘V’ shape at bottom edge.  The best way to do this is to measure down 45cm on 1st  tassel using a ruler and start cutting diagonally downwards to the 10th tassel. Do the same for the other side. Step 8: Hang wool hanging using a picture hook or drawing pin and give it a little trim again so that the bottom edge sits nice and straight. And there you have it, a simple and colourful bohemian style project for your home! Stay tuned for my next blog post on my top 10 craft materials, coming soon! Rachel x x