• Craft

    A touch of midas

    by  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Craft, Designer secrets • 1 Comment

    In our latest October issue, we ran a series of makes inspired by the big metallic trend seen this season. Using Washi tape, gold leaf and metallic paint we came up with four easy ways to bring a little bling into your home. Starting with our mood board, scroll down for our ideas and a link to step-by-step instructions…

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    metallic trend, a touch of midas, housetohome, makes, ideal home, home shopping spy

    From the top: Update a plain vase using Washi tape. Stencil a cushion with metallic paint. Make over a pendant light with spray paint and decorate a bowl with gold leaf. For step-by-step video instructions follow this link to our Craft Corner.

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    Wise words from Clerk Ink Well

    by  • Friday, April 27, 2012 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    For all you letterpress lovers out there, here’s a little Friday afternoon treat. Clerk Ink Well (based in, yep, you guessed it – Clerkenwell. Clever!) are Huw Griffith and Tessa Nicholson and they have a lovely 19th century Wharfedale letterpress. Huw is arty and Tessa likes words and so together they have come up with a few posters with fun slogans…

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    Clerk Ink Well, Eat Your Greens, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    Each print is hand-cranked through their letterpress and look at their lovely fruit wood printing blocks…such joy…

    Clerk Ink Well, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    Tee hee! I like this one…

    Clerk Ink Well, Eat Your Greens, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    Clerk Ink Well, Eat Your Greens, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    They use the finest handmade paper and hand mixed vegetable based inks. Prices start from £45 (unframed) and are available to buy from the Clerk Ink Well website. Bon weekend all et bon nuit (je suis suffering somewhat from post-editorial awards fatigue). Sigh. - Alice

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