Showing posts with label baskets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baskets. Show all posts

Monday, 29 April 2013

Hang a Basket Upside-Down for a ‘Pretend’ Lampshade

Home Decorating:



Last week I was very lucky to be able to attend a local Basket Weaving Workshop - it was run by a visiting artist by the name of Harriet Goodall. Amazingly enough, we all went home at the end of the day with a basket that we’d made!

I can’t really tell you here on our blog exactly HOW we were shown to make the baskets (that would be giving her workshop’s secrets away!), but I can talk about how I have used mine since I brought it home.


Recently I set up this little sitting area on my verandah – it’s nice here in the sun all day. I used two metal chairs that my parents dug out of one of their sheds (I wire-brushed and painted them), and had the cushions re-covered in hardy material from Fab Outdoor FabricsI do like yellow at the moment! The scatter cushions are also made from the same outdoor material. 

You can also see that I still have lots of projects yet to do! (Check out the tatty chair on the right in the photo at the top!)

I will be changing the artwork fairly regularly in this spot, so I’ve just simply leaned this picture, one of my black and white squiggle designs up against the wall.

The little table in between the chairs was tiled by my husband when he was about 12 – nice to finally use it somewhere, and the ‘pretend’ lampshade is the basket I made at the workshop! I simply strung it up using a long strip of material and hung the end on a cup hook.


All very simple of course, but it all helps to make it a lovely place to sit with a cup of coffee (or three)!


Happy decorating!

Emma

PS Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away! My project for next week will be a cheap and easy gift to make, but in the meantime, you may like to check out my Mother’s Day projects from last year for some more ideas...


... and here are a few more of my projects to give you ideas for REALLY SIMPLE gifts to make for Mum

Monday, 15 April 2013

Ideas for Sneaking Some More Storage into Your Home

Home Decorating:


This week I had a couple of hours free so I decided to re-arrange my living room (it was raining and I’d finished all my other jobs)! Part of the re-arranging involved finding some more space for storage for my children’s toys and games. I managed to sneak in some more storage under a wooden bench using a couple of spare baskets.

Then I thought I’d do a quick tour through my house to show you all the spots where I managed to sneak in some extra storage… hopefully it may give you a few ideas for your own home, especially if you’re having trouble managing all your stuff!

In my kitchen, I have used some large baskets in my open shelves, which allow me to neatly and easily store bits and pieces like Tupperware.


I managed to find a microwave skinny enough to sit in the shelf above my fridge, to free up my bench space.


I have used the door of my bin cupboard as a display area for children’s artwork. I simply use pegs and blu-tack to put them up – that way the pictures themselves don’t get worn from having blu-tack stuck on them.


I had a large wall at the end of my kitchen, so I put some shelving from IKEA right along the wall. This storage is fantastic and the glass doors make me keep everything neat!


I also have a large hook just for my handbag so that it has somewhere to go when I come in the door!


My living room has another wall of IKEA shelving, for all my books and things.


This room also has our custom-built shelving next to the fireplace. It was built into an unused corner of the room.


And I can’t claim the credit for this excellent wood storage area which sits right next to the wood heater (and is very cleverly accessed from the outside of the house)… it was here when we came!


The shelves in Poppy’s room were built (by the builder) into the recess of the wall.



I have also recently re-organised her clothes and toys in her cupboard so that she can easily get them out and put them back herself.


In James’s room, I have purchased a couple of baskets that sit immediately under his cot and I also use his change table as a shelf for his toys.



In my bathroom, I installed a couple of small floating shelves which fitted perfectly into a difficult corner. I also used an old cup hook underneath the shelves to hang up some of my frequently-worn jewellery.


Outside the house, I also have a couple of places where I’ve been able to find more storage space. I purchased these fantastic hessian-lined baskets on wheels to keep all the sandpit toys in.


This is a dresser that we have on the verandah. It has quite a bit of space either end of it, so I put in a wine rack-box I had and have filled it with stuff that I use all the time, like gardening gloves and a couple of tools.


I also had this cupboard built by our builder – it fits neatly in the space next to the chimney and allows me to store all sorts of things!

And of course, don’t forget the vacuum bags for the linen cupboard! I have recently been using one bag per item (eg. one blanket per bag) as it’s much easier to open only one bag for one item when you have to use them.


I have also featured some of these rooms before in previous posts. You may like to take a quick look at some of them! My kitchen, living room and office.

Happy sorting and decorating!

Emma