Pine Makeover!

A Makeover for January! Last year I spent enough time making over furniture for other lovely people but this time I got my hands on a piece of pine that I inherited from my new husband in his flat. When you see the before shot, you will understand why it needed a makeover so badly. So I bought a tin of Annie Sloan's Paris Grey paint and wax with some new handles from Tk Maxx and hey presto, a new wardrobe and a whole new look. In total it cost me £30 and in man hours was a pleasure to see it transformed. More pictures to follow to see this in full glory as we are now starting to re-decorate said room so it will look even more stylish! So I'm hoping this inspires you to paint that bit of pine that's been sitting in your home and update it to something fabulous. Remember with using chalk paint you don't need to sand anything just make sure you wipe down your piece to make sure no dust or dirt on it before starting. Go on, paint that Pine!   Cx

My husband's wardrobe before I moved in. 

My husband's wardrobe before I moved in. 

Original handles....time to change them!

Original handles....time to change them!

Starting the painting!

Starting the painting!

1st coats...the wardrobe took 2 coats all over. Then waxed.

1st coats...the wardrobe took 2 coats all over. Then waxed.

                                                                             Before & After ! let me know your thoughts!

                    So now just to renovate & decorate the rest of the room....the fun begins! 

                    So now just to renovate & decorate the rest of the room....the fun begins! 

Pine & more Pine

Last year I spent a lot of time transforming pine furniture. Who knew I loved pine so much - it may become my signature style trait! Recently I finished a piece in my own home, would you like to see? I'm very thrilled with the results and hope it will inspire you too! So I'll reveal all tomorrow...but here is a small snap of the piece before I got my hands on it! #pine #bedroom #home #interiors 

Pantone colour of the year - Greenery

Each year Pantone announce the new colour of the year which shapes trends and how we live and see colour for 2017. You'll remember last years surprise 2 colours choice but this year it's very different with just one big, bold, in your face colour - Greenery. Inspired by spring, the outdoors, nature and everything that grows, we are about to see how this will be a hot colour for Interiors & Home accessories for the next 12 months. So - what do you think of the colour? I'm really starting to love it! Find some inspiration below for what's to come in the world of colour.

Here is a short film from Pantone about the choice, via youtube:

Some gorgeous inspiration via pinterest on the hot new colour for 2017

Some gorgeous inspiration via pinterest on the hot new colour for 2017

Beautiful botanical inspiration from Marks & Spencer 

Beautiful botanical inspiration from Marks & Spencer 

A gorgeous picture I took at Glasgow Botanic Gardens - perfect inspiration for the new year colour ahead! 

A gorgeous picture I took at Glasgow Botanic Gardens - perfect inspiration for the new year colour ahead! 

It is exciting each year when Pantone announce which colour they have chosen. You may not see it filter to the high street straight away and don't be frightened, trends for the colours won't be all this one shade. Imagine it in pattern, print, accessorised in small ways for your home with rich fabrics - there is lots of ways in which this colour will inspire you in so many ways for home living. It could even see us buying more plants for our homes, spending more time taking interiors to our gardens or for the bold ones out there - totally going greenery crazy makeover at home. But what we can take is that it's one very inspiring, fresh, new shade for your new year to come!

2017

It's a new year and a time to get inspired. About everything. Homes, Interiors, styling, fashion & design - you name it, let's get excited. So let's look to a totally amazing, fresh, insightful new beginning! Carla x

Christmas Trees!

I've read over the last few weeks a good few articles around Christmas Trees and how to style them. Yes it's great inspiration but unless you have the budget for these types of winter wonderlands at home - it's then quite hard to take that look to your own living room using what you already have. If you have a few pounds spare - then what's the must have's or colours? It can be a bit overwhelming. 

The pressure to show your tree on social media is also a very daunting aspect. What if no one likes your post? or if it looks not that great in certain lights on camera? or if the dog jumps in to the pic? Alot of people have asked 'Can't wait to see your tree!' or 'come on, show us pics of your tree' - it weighs a lot for more folk but for an Interior Stylist even more so. I've yet to show any pics our tree on social media so I thought I will show you all first. 

I LOVE a bargain as we know, but is it just me or is Christmas decorations quite expensive to buy these days? I know you can pick up 3 for 2 deals from amazing high street retailers but if like me, you have a whole new tree to buy for - you can just see costs mounting up.

I've never actually owned a Christmas Tree for several reasons but this year being my 1st married one, I really wanted one for our home. I didn't want a real tree for fear our cat would eat it like it was an all you can eat buffet so I looked online for good deals for artificial ones. I wanted a tall, slim tree - these are still a bit under the radar due to the look of them but I knew it would fit great with the look of our living room. Tesco had a few greats ones online in the sale so I opted for a 6 foot 5 slim green artificial one costing just £20. Brilliant. Once assembled I was thrilled so now comes the exciting bit to decorate!! 

There is absolutely no shame in shopping in bargain places for Christmas decorations. There I said it. For lights, baubles and decorations would be a fortune if I went on the high street so where was the first place I went? Primark. Their selection was really good - merchandised in good stories and brilliant prices so I found gorgeous wire silver garlands with little stars on for just £1 per pack. I bought 3 with the idea of using them wrapped around the tree. Next stop - Sainburys Christmas section. All decorations at this point had a third off so I was in heaven. I bought 2 big boxes of small metallic baubles (come on, of course Im having a theme tree! metallics!) and a pack of glittery acorns (have a serious scandi vibe happening at home) all for £9. I needed some new lights for the tree so I was astounded at the prices in some places so I checked my local pound stretcher....got a great set of 100 white lights for the tree for £4 - bargain! While I was there I spied some gorgeous blue beading which I knew would be so stylish with the garlands so I purchased 2 boxes for £2. I didn't want to overly decorate the tree, so I was happy with what I had until I realised I had nothing for the top! I found this amazing glass topper in M&S which I had to buy as my mum had almost the identical one in the 80s when we were little so I saw it as a good sign to get it, and at just £9 I splashed out to finish the look. 

So for about £40 altogether we got a look that even I was so so happy with. Have a look, I wanted to show you don't need to spend hundreds of pounds on a complete tree to get a beautiful, stylish look. Don't be afraid to pop into bargain shops for basics like beading and you can also customise cheap baubles but adding new bows or embellishments if you are crafty.  

So what do you think? One of my friends got her tree decorations from Matalan - so where else should we praise for great decorations at a great price? ? let me know! #baublebargain

Bargain metallic baubles!

Bargain metallic baubles!

Fabulous colourful beading!

Fabulous colourful beading!

Glittery acorns! 

Glittery acorns! 

Ta-da - day time tree! 

Ta-da - day time tree! 

Finishing touch - the glass topper! 

Finishing touch - the glass topper! 

I'll bring you some shots of the finished tree and living room all lit up ready for Santa! Wait to you see! 

 

 

Shearer Candles #shearerheaven

The amazing team at Shearer Candles in Glasgow invited me to spend an afternoon with them at their showroom & factory to see where all the magic is made from my favourite candle company. My love affair with Shearer started a long time ago. Like so long ago before Instagram was even on the scene so could you imagine how I felt being invited to go to the candle kingdom? gulp!

I've been burning their amazing scents for years but it took a serious turn years ago when they designed Amber Noir and I was hooked. Candles, tealights and diffusers - I bought everything that this scent is made on and my Christmas routine was born. Amber Noir has been the start of Christmas so again this year will be the same come this weekend (I decided this is when I'm putting the tree up so of course I need our home to smell fabulous) and the start of again my everlasting love for this joy that one candle can bring. 

I was so excited even standing in the car park outside Shearer HQ and oh my goodness I had to stop myself from running in and exclaiming 'I'm here!!!!!!' like some fangirl. My life has been all about Interiors, design, styling, merchandising, candles and everything home related so this really was my own Charlie Bucket moment. 

As soon as you step in you know it's going to be amazing with the beautiful aromas of their new scents burning in the showroom, I wondered how I was going to leave with only 2 arms to carry everything I already wanted to buy without even starting the tour by fabulous Creative Director Rosie Barnet. Rosie was so welcoming, warm, inviting, funny and so informative on the family production processes and techniques that still run in HQ since the company started in 1897. I got a peek into production, testing, design and marketing with Rosie being the ultimate guide with such passion about the company I didn't want to leave as I realised not only are the products amazing but it's also a super place to work. 

A look into traditional methods used at Shearer Candles

A look into traditional methods used at Shearer Candles

Tins ready to be filled at production

Tins ready to be filled at production

Fantastic space age production!

Fantastic space age production!

Marvellous colours and designs of candles

Marvellous colours and designs of candles

In marketing I got the chance to ask the team about new scents, Christmas fragrances, designs and popular loved choices. Of course I instantly fell in love with the entire range for winter time. The scent of smoked diamonds (like a sexy sister to Amber Noir) had to be my choice to burn at my wedding reception. The on trend design of the glass holder to the amazing burn, I knew it would be perfect for such an event and all my guests commented on how gorgeous our home smelled the whole day. Also I loved Glowing Embers, as the team affectionately call a 'Mandle' - a candle & scent perfect for a man. So true to that, I also burned Glowing Embers in another room at my wedding and the guys all commented on how great that room smelled.....! So ladies, a brilliant and cool choice for christmas pressies for your hubby and boyfriends if they love candles! 

Glowing Embers - a fantastic new scent and design

Glowing Embers - a fantastic new scent and design

Smoking hot Smoked diamond candles - look at how fabulous these are! Have these candles in your life!

Smoking hot Smoked diamond candles - look at how fabulous these are! Have these candles in your life!

There is an old saying - 'never meet your idols' but on this occasion I was totally blown away with a brand I had been in love with and had been supporting for years as it's a Glasgow based business who just happen to make the dreamiest candles and home scents and have a great team behind the brand.  Please go to their website if you are reading this and have not heard of them before, and you'll be able to experience virtually what I'm speaking of and their products are so well priced, treat yourself!!!!!! Or if you are in Glasgow - visit their Princes Square showroom or visit their boutique store on Byres Road (which I regularly empty out as well as bank balance!) 

 

Visit their website here :  www.shearer-candles.com

 

One thing is for sure, Shearer Candles have been the start of making such lovely Christmas memories for me in the past, and now wedding memories and I'm sure a lot more in the future so go on, start some new cosy Shearer memories yourself - you'll be in heaven! 

Showroom delights 

Showroom delights 

 

All pictures by Carla Jones

#shearer 

#shearermoments

#candles

 

Happy

Hi everyone!

I took a long earned break from a few things, yes, to get married but also to move home, city & organise a wedding reception, party and be all round fabulous. I never realised how tiring it was about to be so I took some time out. But of course I was coming back for cosy christmas mayhem!!! I may now be a wife, but it's not going to stop the style, inspiration and design!!!!! 

Winter is my favourite time of year and as usual I'm fitting alot in. A lot of candles, cosy thoughts, inspiration, style secrets and all things Christmas. Yes Christmas. Let's get fully involved everyone and start the Christmas feel good factors!! All with a romantic post wedding glow of course......

I've been busy!

Hello! I've taken a few weeks out to get ready for some very important and lovely events about to happen in my life in the next few months! I'm currently packing my little girly flat in Glasgow to move to Edinburgh to settle with my soon to be husband! I LOVE Edinburgh and can't wait to live there again! So apologies for the lack of posts - everything is currently in boxes! So stay with me - once I'm in Edinburgh - let the design inspiration and projects commence! 

It's happening! #IBA16

Look what arrived in the post yesterday!!! *smiles* My invitation to the Amara Interior blog awards 2016 in London! 

It's such a pretty invitation I could not keep it to myself - so here is a peek at this wonderment! 

So thank you again if you voted for me, I am over the moon I have made the final and attending this glittering ceremony! I've missed London too so will be amazing to go back for a day to two! 

#IBA16

Paisley baby Makeover!

So last week was the final episodes of Gok Wan's 'Fill your house for free'. Wasn't it an amazing show? So inspiring! I loved what all the stylists did with their homes and I was very blessed I had the opportunity to work on 5 homes featured on the show. 

Did you love teacher's Karen & Domenic's home? I've been asked ALL week about this one! So here is my sneek peeks behind the transformation and my inspiration too for such a wonderful family from Paisley, Glasgow. 

Transforming the nursery!! Team Paisley style!

Transforming the nursery!! Team Paisley style!

 

Here is my original mood board for their baby bump's nursery! Karen and Domenic wanted a soft grey and yellow scheme as they didn't know if they were expecting a boy or a girl.

This is a close up of Nessa's fabulous mobile she designed with Karen on the show. Very cute!

This is a close up of Nessa's fabulous mobile she designed with Karen on the show. Very cute!

The chair transformation was a great project. I've been asked alot of questions about this! It was a present from Karen's friend and was broken - so I decided we can fix it and make it of great use for nursing the baby in the room. I wanted to keep the tones they wanted and Karen loved the feel of their wedding venue which was very new england style - so I found this great plaid material which was very inkeeping and knew it would look amazing. I drafted in my team the services of Alison Coyle, a brilliant designer from Glasgow, of children's clothes and accessories (there is nothing this woman can't transform) so she had the mammoth task of recovering the nursing chair and stool while we repainted in a soft grey chalk paint then waxed for wear and protection. 

Ta-da! what a transformation! Yes it is the same chair from above!!!! So so beautiful and Alison completed this in less than a day. Do you love the wardrobe too? This was knackered when I saw it! The door was locked shut with no key - it was covered in stickers - it was a turkey yellow colour.....there was no saving it to most but I could see how it could easily be something beautiful. We got the door opened, i designed the panels to be taken out and we added in the material to match for a softer take on a children's wardrobe. We repainted it with chalk paint, and again waxed for related usage. Finally, the new knobs gave it a whole new look and meaning! 

So this is before pic of the baby's room.

And here is the after pic! Cosy, stylish & warm and waiting for baby! Karen and Domenic loved it! 

This is a 2 part dresser that would found for free online. We re-painted it with chalk paint, sanded it, painted it! We distressed it with sandpaper on the edges and replaced the knobs with matching ones to the wardrobe (above)  Great for storage and the shelves add extra space for baby's things and brings a new look to a very tired piece of wasted furntiture! 

 

The couple's bedroom was a room that had not been touched since they moved into their property. It needed much love and some inspiration from Karen and Domenic's life together. They loved the design of their wedding venue which was a gorgeous beach/new hamptons style venue in Ayrshire so I took some influences from that to create a stunning new look! 

Before:

The couple's walls were cream and we had them painted a gorgeous mineral blue shade, very calming and soothing as seen below.

I've been asked SO much about this next feature I designed in their room.....I had the idea once I saw how many free pallets we had collected. I knew that by sanding them down, having them cut to size (with a great joiner may I add Colin - thank you) and designing them onto the wall it would create the MOST amazing bedhead design and add a serious style statement too. It just brought the whole room together and the new wall colour looked amazing once we got the wood up. I waxed the wood with a wax used for wood that came in a white colour wax and clear wax. Just rubbed it on like moisturiser with a lint free cloth and worked it into the wood as you saw me do on TV. With some care, time and patience we did this in roughly an afternoon. The sanding took the longest with 3 of us on duty taking turns - but look how gorgeous it turned out! Amazing what you can do with free pallets....

The side tables were designed after the bedhead was installed. We had left over wood and I hate waste so the joiner and I came up with a simple design for 2 new matching side units. Karen and Domenic previously only had 1 side table - so now they can both have a cuppa and plug in their phones and lamps! 

The baby crib was a vintage piece that had been handed down in the family - and was made for this beach inspired bedroom. The gorgeous tallboy unit you see in the above picture was already theirs so to keep their storage - we up cycled it was using some vibrant aqua chalk paint and waxing the surfaces for extra protection. It's a beauty eh? Adds such a pop of colour!

The above picture was Jay's amazing shutter design for Karen's mirror and dressing table he designed. Isn't it just fabulous - looks so stylish and illuminates too! Karen is one stylish woman so now she can sit in great light and enjoy doing her make-up and hair now!

As you saw on the show - this chair was sourced for free from a hotel. It was in amazing condition and was a gorgeous sand colour and a perfect chair for feeding baby too - so I had to have in their bedroom! We re-painted the feet and it was good to go! The chest of drawers was also theirs so we again, up cycled it by painting in chalk paint and distressing by sanding it back. The pieces once finished added so well into the chic, beach hamptons inspired room. So what's your thoughts? It was so much fun to do these rooms and I am beyond thrilled Karen and Domenic loved them so much. 

 

Music Room before:

The couple had a spare room which was their office and a place for guests to stay over. They are heavily influenced by their love of music, gigs and bands so we had to bring a little rock and roll to this space. The purpose of the room was to be kept the same, so we played around with storage and design to come up with this.........

We moved the desk to the other side of the room to give more purpose and space to work in. Jay's very clever idea of the storage for the desk using drawers from a free online furniture set was genius. Looks so different yet gives a sense of fun and a great space for all their school books!

A look at Max's vinyl lamp he designed for the room - very rock n roll! 

Influenced by their love of going to music festivals I choose this vibrant blue colour to bring more of a relaxed musical outdoor vibe to their room. The chair was free too - amazing what industrial cool finds there are out there!

And finally a look at the new storage wall with the desk in-situ. We re-designed their exsisting book shelves into a console unit for their TV, books and what a difference from the tired old before pics I've shown you! The stool (just shown) was found on Byres Road in Glasgow by me so I took it home on a bus! We re-painted it so Domenic has a stool for practising his guitar now! So be on the look out while you are shopping too - you never know what treasure you'll find in the street!

 

 

This house was wonderful to work on and having the chance to work with the team and Jay was inspirational. I hope Karen and Domenic and now their new baby daughter have many, many happy new memories to make in this family house. Hope you really enjoyed watching the episode! 

#magic #family #makever #free #fillyourhouse #gokwan #jayblades