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  • Using Sgraffito Techniques For Original Art Pieces

    Sgraffito is an age-old technique used to decorate furniture, walls, ceramics etc. and to make original art pieces. The word is Italian for 'scratch' and this is exactly what the technique entails. The idea is to scratch away top layers while the paint (or stucco, or slip) is still wet to reveal ...
  • Affordable, Sustainable Ideas To Spruce Up Your Kitchen

    If you feel as though your kitchen needs a little TLC, do not immediately run out and start looking for new kitchens and dreaming about when you will be able to afford one. Instead, think about what you can do now to spruce up your kitchen without spending a fortune. Not only will you get a kitch...
  • Re-Using And Upcycling Old Fabrics In Interior Design

    If you learn a few basic skills and use your imagination then you will find that there are plenty of ways to make use of old pieces of fabric to make your home into the interior design gem it was always meant to be. Re-using and upcycling projects of this kind are easier than you might think. Why...
  • Five Ways To Achieve A Rustic, Farmhouse Style

    The rustic, farmhouse style is a timeless one that will never look outdated. The rustic look is never form over function. It is a practical look, unashamedly back to basics, and yet always has a warm and cosy charm – the charm of fresh baked bread, honest toil, craftsmanship and everyday family l...
  • The Life-Cycle Of Wooden Furniture

    We all know that wood comes from trees. How many of us, though, really pay attention to the journey that the timber used in wooden furniture goes through over its whole life cycle? All too often in the modern world, we simply acquire and discard with little thought for the energy, time and resour...
  • The Bohemian Beauty Of A Pre-Loved Home

    Bohemian interior design is all about thinking outside the box. It is a creative and free-flowing style of home décor that allows you to mix and match disparate elements in a way that suits you. The beauty of bohemian style comes from its eclecticism, individuality and imagination. This is not a ...
  • Our Annie Sloan 25 Project Community Space Transformation

    Love Restored and Annie Sloan know that living a sustainable life is about creating thriving communities which everyone can enjoy. Sometimes it is not enough to live our own lives in as green a way as possible; sometimes, we have to reach out and do something to make our communities better places...
  • Romantic Gifts For Valentine's Day From Love Restored

    The little things you say and do can mean a great deal to the one you love. Make sure they feel valued and appreciated this Valentine's Day – or any day, just because. Love Restored has plenty of little bits and pieces that you can give your loved one to show them how much you care, from beauti...
  • Five New Year's Resolutions For A Sustainable Life

      A fresh new year is the perfect time to think about a fresh new start. You do not have to have lots of money or many opportunities to be able to make real and sustainable change in your life. Here are five resolutions you can make right now to make sure that you can live the best life possib...
  • How To Give Your Furniture And Home A Traditional Scandinavian Folk Art Feel With Hygge

    Scandinavian Folk Art has been an inspiration to many different designers over the years. Its stencilled and hand painted art, its traditional colours and its stylised elements have been used to great effect on many wooden surfaces in many different rooms of many homes. If you enjoy a personal...
  • Five Things You Can Do With An Old Jar This Christmas

      Sometimes, it is the simplest things that give us the most joy in life. Creative moments and the giving of gifts we have spend time on are surely amongst those joys. Recycling things that would otherwise be thrown away can also give us all a sense of satisfaction. An old jar may not seem lik...
  • How To Make Home-Made Wrapping For Christmas Presents With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

    Christmas is a time to consider others. But you should not just restrict your consideration to those closest to you. The fact of the matter is that the things we choose to buy can often have a detrimental effect on the planet and on humanity. We should all be doing all we can to reduce our negati...