Thursday, 15 March 2012

3 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Shutters

One of the new arrivals in the West Egg store this week is a pair of beautiful Vintage French shutters. As soon as I clapped eyes on them I knew there were going to look incredible. Originally painted in bright green paint which was chipped and worn away in places, they were also covered in dirt. Now lovingly restored, they have been given a new coat of paint (Duck Egg Blue by Annie Sloan) and a smooth wax finish. I created an authentic distressed look; natural wear and tear, which I prefer to total destruction. 

The key to achieving this look is quite simply, less is more. I do a little bit with some light grade sandpaper, here and there. Then I leave them alone and go off to walk the dog, make tea, answer emails, visit the post office. Come back, have a look - do a little more. Repeat. Until you come back and look - and they're done.

The uses for shutters are only limited to your imagination - I had a few ideas in mind when I saw them so I thought it would be fun to share these with you all.

1. Shutter Statement

This is really simple and a great way to bring a French vintage feel to the room with a statement piece. On a console table or chest, simply prop the shutters against the wall and accessorise away! I chose to use all different shades of blue just to keep it simple. You could use a really wide range of colours against the duck egg blue - the grey undertones make it a really versatile colour.

2. Shutter NoticeBoard

I love this idea! The shutters are turned upside down and the original sliders behind act as a natural slot for notebooks, papers, correspondence and RSVPs. One day when West Egg has a physical store premises, I plan to have a row of shutters showcasing beautiful stationery, cards and notebooks.

Of course Alfie finds a way into yet another snap, a photo within a photo. The sewing tape ribbon on the right hand side is what we use to gift wrap our cushions with - they look beautiful when they get sent out which makes me feel quite proud, I am big believer in interesting and well-thought out gift-wrapping. 

3. Shutter Headboard

This is a lovely idea to create a real statement headboard. Simply fix a series of shutters together, it doesn't matter if they are all the same height and shape - variety is the spice of life! Again, I love this colour so much because it goes with everything - I love how our Raspberry Toile envelope cushion gives a fresh pop of colour. 

Another idea I had was to fix them to the wall in a hallway and use as letter trays for each member of the family. Or if you're planning a vintage summer wedding you could use the shutters to display the name cards. So many ideas, I could do this all day. I've made a board collating other ideas on Pinterest - take a look by clicking here. Please feel free to share your ideas here - I'd love to hear what you guys think. 

Separately, but kind of related I am completely loving these adorable hand-printed gift tags that each of the cushions comes with (the care instructions are on the reverse). 

They were made by the ever-so talented Lucinda Nicol who is busy designing a new range of soft furnishing products exclusively for West Egg which is very exciting. We are launching our first print catalogue in June this year - please click here to request your free copy. There are so many exciting projects happening right now my head is spinning. I think I'll take Alfie out for a nice walk, it's sunny and, well, why not? Alfie has his own page now on Pinterest, quel surprise he's being re-pinned left, right and centre. Take a look by clicking here or visit Pinterest and search for West Egg.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Slow No Wake

I can't believe it's Friday again, where did the week go? I hope you've all got fun weekends planned. I'm heading up to see my parents in Leicestershire (for a sneak peek of my last trip click here). This week started off crazy for me. I did a massive road trip to see two clients and squeezed in two visits to dealers and an antiques fair. And that was all by Tuesday evening. I kept going full pelt until last night when I found this photograph from a holiday we took last August. 

Hmmm. I was already feeling pretty wiped out and taking berocca everyday for the last 2 weeks. So I thought I would slow down a bit. What a revelation. 

This is what I did today: I took the dog for a really long walk in the sunshine which was just wonderful. I sifted through and organised the mountains of paperwork stacked up in the office. I then re-organsied the office. This has to be the most satisfying thing ever. I took a short nap. Also satisfying. I packed my bags. So I'm off now. What a nice day!

Oh one last thing, the March issue of Period Homes & Interiors is out and I'm featured in the Q&A page. Quite possibly the nicest way to round off the week. Click on the link below to take a look. 

Have a great weekend and if you need to recharge your batteries, do it soon! I promise it's worthwhile.
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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Happy Birthday West Egg!

West Egg celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary (woo!) this week. What an incredible journey it has been. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported West Egg over the last year, it really does mean the absolute world to me.

2012 holds some really exciting projects which I will share with you all as soon as I can, but in the meantime, to thank you for your support just use the code 1YEAR to get 10% off absolutely anything you like - including new arrivals, sale items and furniture painting courses

I'm going to make this delicious Banana Cake to celebrate - recipe available via the Nest Egg blog

With best wishes,
Louisa x  

PS: Scroll down for the latest news from West Egg
Furniture Painting Workshops
Furniture Painting Workshops

We now run regular day courses on Furniture Painting in South West London and Dedham, Essex. These workshops are a fun and informal way of learning to use chalk paints, waxes and other materials required for furniture painting. 

Upcoming Dates

Friday 16th March: Book your place online 
Saturday 14th April: Book your place online

"We had such a wonderful day - from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be recommending it. I will be purchasing paints tomorrow and cracking on with more bits of furniture around the home. Thank you for an inspirational day".   Jo, Kent

"I just would like to say how much I enjoyed the furniture painting workshop on Saturday.  It was a real treat to spend the day learning to do something that I've wanted to know about for so long in such a fun and well organised way".   Susannah, Richmond
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"This is a lovely site; well put together, pretty and uncluttered. Louisa sources local pieces so the company retains a sense of British quirkiness and heritage but she also searches out vintage French pieces and decorative Chinese ceramics, lending an eclectic feel to the West Egg collection".

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