Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Paint Like A Pro // Weekend Workshop

This is a very quick blog post to let you know we have now added an additional date for the Paint Like A Pro Workshop as the April weekend course has become over subscribed. The new weekend workshop date is 31st May - 1st June 2014 and will take place as usual at our studio and workshop in Blunham, Bedfordshire.

This two day workshop has proved to be really popular with people who want to get stuck into furniture painting, furniture restoration and basic upholstery. Lots of people who attend the workshop are thinking of starting their own business incorporating elements of furniture painting, furniture restoration and upholstery and this has proved to be a great starting point.

Each person needs to bring around 2-3 pieces of furniture to work on, including an upholstery project with a drop in seat. We can provide pieces for you to work on if you do not have anything suitable - just let us know.


"Thanks so much for the Paint Like a Pro Course which proved fabulous value for money with Louisa generously supplying loads of materials, fabulous advice and lots of patience to ensure that we all knew exactly how to get the best possible results. It’s really inspired me to re-vamp existing furniture and I find myself eyeing up likely candidates for a face-lift in the local second hand furniture shops. It was amazing how simple it was to produce a great result after a little expert tuition". Simone, Watford

"Paint Like A Pro is a great way to spend a weekend, especially when you're thinking of starting up a business selling painted furniture. Louisa had so many valuable tips and her techniques were simple enough to grasp at first, and then to develop over the course of the weekend. She packed in a lot of course material which made the weekend really eexcellent value for money and a great investment. Louisa is a really fun and inspiring teacher who has a natural enthusiam for all things interiors related. The barn where the workshops take place is wonderful, cosy and beautifully decorated in her own style. I wanted to move in! Thank you Louisa for a brilliant time". Sarah, Bedfordshire

"When I got the email to confirm my place for the weekend course I didn't know whether to jump for joy, or panic! I was really nervous beforehand as I had no experience or idea what I was doing and I was also really worried my chosen pieces of furniture to paint and restore would not be the right thing. I really needn't have worried as you made me feel so welcome and capable. I have so much confidence now to tackle all sorts of furniture around my home and I've also signed up for the interior design workshop day to help me re-do my sitting room. It's been on the to-do list for a long time and now I feel really motivated to sort it out. Thank you to Louisa for a fantastic weekend, and to anyone thinking about doing "Paint Like A Pro" just go for it!" Annabel, Norfolk

The cost of this workshop is £250 per person and includes the following:
  • All materials for the weekend, including paints and waxes etc. 
  • A full set of notes for each stage of the course with a breakdown of instructions for each process. 
  • A furniture painting kit to take away. 
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and all refreshments. 
There are currently 4 spaces left on this workshop, if you are interested please click here to book online where you can pay via debit/credit card or PayPal.

If you have any queries, please email

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Original Bakery in West Seattle

Hello. Long time no see! Okay so if you been reading this blog recently you'll know I was away for just over a week visiting family in the US. I've been back almost a week now and still catching up. I just wanted to pop in today to share a lovely treat with you. On my second to last day in Seattle we were whisked down to the Original Bakery in West Seattle for coffee and a little somethin' sweet. Wow, this place is the perfect American bakery. The smell of fresh coffee and freshly baked pastries hit you the second you walk in the door.

At 11am it was busy but not heaving, there was a steady stream of people coming in to collect coffee and go. We sat down and soaked up the laid-back atmosphere and the gentle bustle of the bakery ovens behind the counter.

I so wish I had got a t-shirt while I was there, somehow I totally missed them until I looked back through the photographs when I got home. Too late now. I will just have to go back at some point, there is no way round it!

The bakery opened in 1936 and is owned and operated by the Alonzo family since 1975. I was lucky enough to meet Bernie Alonzo and say hello. He demonstrated the bread slicer which dates back to the 40s. Legend. His daughter Anna graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle's Culinary School in 2009 and has joined her father in the family business. This place is much beloved by locals and visitors alike, everyone receives the same warm welcome. I am beyond envious of my cousins who have this lovely bakery on their doorstep.

The pastries and baked goodies give a whole new meaning to mouth-watering.

Loved the chequer floor and the quirky furniture pieces. Just my cup of tea. My favourite was the grandfather clock behind the counter which you can see in one of the photos above.

Coffee and a cherry slice. I did share this with my aunt - we spilt it in half but honestly, I could have eaten the lot. And the rest on the tray. Delicious.

If you're in West Seattle and fancy a visit, the bakery is located at 9253 45th Ave SW, West Seattle. They are closed Mondays. Click here to see their website.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Sunset in Seattle

Hello all, I hope you have had a good start to the week. I have been away this last week in the US. Lucky me! My first stop was Seattle where some of my family live. This is the view across Puget Sound from my cousin's home where I stayed the first night. Isn't it amazing?

There is something so calming about being near the water, don't you think? It doesn't look like this all the time though. So, the photo above was the one I took when I arrived in the late afternoon.

And this is the following morning on my first full day in Seattle. Same view! I love both photos actually and am thinking of using the second one as the basis for a piece of black and white artwork for our bathroom at home.

I've got so much to tell you all about this trip but I had better go as my day in Kansas is just beginning really and I want to spend as much time as possible with my family before I fly home tomorrow.