Tuesday, 7 April 2015

New name, new look and new content for our blog!

Just so you know that our blog has now moved to a new site. With a new name (Teach Craft Revolution), a new look and new content, we will continue adding info about projects, events, tutorials & inspiration at The Old School Club. We are also preparing a new series of very interesting posts ... follow our new blog here!


PS - this blog is now discontinued, if you had added us to your reading feed or by email updates, please continue doing so by making sure you change the details to our new blog! 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Top 10 tips to decorate a room the easy way

I have decided to make more and buy less (or if I need to buy something I can’t make myself, it has to be a pretty good deal!). So when trying to decorate a room, there are a few things you can plan and do yourself without having to spend a fortune ..

Here my top 10 tips to how to decorate a room the easy way:

1. Choose your room paint colour last – how many people have painted a room with "Elephant Breath" and then they realised that the lilac tone does not go with anything? Don’t get tracked by the trend .. make sure you choose the right tones for the size, light and use of the room. 

2. Give your furniture some space – remove clutter and keep it simple. Pick the pieces that are high value, put aside those things you don’t want to get rid of but you don’t like as they are, and remove the cheap stuff. This includes inherited, given and terribly tacky items. Just because you inherited it doesn’t mean it is an antique, find a new home for it. No mercy. Next time your mother in law comes to visit just say that the lamp fell off and landed on it and it broke, or got wood worms, or your kids painted a cave mural on it .. 

3. Do you have carpet, wooden floors, other? If the carpet is in good condition but you don’t like it much, leave it, you need to find a way to divert your eyes from the carpet, like an XL rug. If the carpet is so horrendous you can’t live with it .. you may want to check what is underneath. Maybe the boards are in good condition and only need sanding, painting or staining. Otherwise just get on with it and change the carpet – this time get a neutral colour please. 

4. Rugs - There are many ways to place a rug: XL size so all the furniture stays on it, small to define the main areas or at the front of some pieces. 

5. Decide what things you can make – you will be surprised how a pair of new cushions, new lined curtains or just changing those rolling roman blinds can transform a room. Make the room comfortable.

6. From the pot of pieces that you don’t want to get rid of but you are not too sure about, how many can be painted? Or reupholstered? Can they be used in another room? Make sure you find a specific purpose for that piece, do not just move it! Can it be transformed? 

7. Create a focal point - the sofa, the bed, the sideboard, the kitchen table, the lamp, a beautiful piece of art. Make sure the sight line is clear so you can see your focal point. 

8. Don’t follow a theme .. take some risks and be bold. Personality is what makes a room stand out.

9. Find inspiration on magazines, pinterest or follow some blogs, start collecting some ideas.

10. Make a moodboard. Make a list of your preferred suppliers of fabrics, paint, art, rugs, lamps, etc, visit them and get some samples. 

We run a wide variety of classes to help you with these projects, from Upcycling to furniture painting, sewing and how to create a handmade home


Jewellery making class with Charlotte - the statement necklace

I am delighted to have Charlotte from Lotts and Lots, teaching this class at the club. She has a real passion for Jewellery making which she writes about in her blog with a combination of great style, inspiration and lots of beautiful projects for you to make.

The class covers how to make a beautiful & unique statement necklace. She brings a selection of stones, jewels and silver & gold links to suit your style. It is a great session for you to learn the basics of jewellery and also to make something you will want to wear!
To find out more about this class and how to book, please go to our website

Charlotte studied at London College of Fashion and everything she does is influenced by her love of style, beautiful fabrics and jewels. She also loves sharing ways of creating your own accessories or personalising simple pieces into something really special and unique to you.

oh! and she also writes for Liberty & Mollie Makes...

Check out her beautiful designs, DIY projects and loads of inspiring posts in her blog.

I hope you love this class as much as I do!!