Great Gatsby inspired home decor

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

23 May 2013


The Great Gatsby has seen it's latest re-imagining in film form this year with Baz Lurhmann's visual spectacular. All it's deliciously vintage glitz and glamour has had a huge influence on fashion and will be filtering down into a highstreet near you soon. Here's our favourite picks for 1920s inspired home accessories...


Custom Made Home No

Get your house number displayed in stylish Art Deco style with this custom made sign -

Velvet Settee Dwell Studio

A chic and sophisticated velvet sofa from 

Metallic Throw Pillow - West Elm

Get a hint of 1920s glamour into your home with this frsoted metallic diamond throw cushion from 

Gatsby Art Deco Bevelled Mirror Notonthehighstreet .com

Or how about a modern take on Art Deco style mirrors from

Veronese Coffee Cup And Saucer From Royal Crown Derby

This utterly chic Veronese coffee cup and saucer is perfect for elegant dinner parties.

Art Deco Bedding - Serena And Lily

Contemporary muted colours are combined with classic Art Deco pattern making this bedding from a must-have. 

Tiered Art Deco Chandelier - Restoration Hardware
Add a touch of 1920s drama to your interior with this stunning fringed glass chandelier from

Champagne Coupe Williams -Sonoma

Celebrate in Gatsby-esque style with these chic hand-cut crystal coupes from

And finally we absolutely adore this stunning Deco Diamond wallpaper designed by Wayne Hemingway for

Deco Diamond Wallpaper By Wayne Hemingway - Graham And Brown

So now you've seen our favourite Gatsby looks let us know what you think and how you'd create the look in your home...

Sneaky peek at the June issue of Making magazine

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

8 May 2013


'What oh what is going to appear in the next issue of Making?!' I hear you all calling! Well so many of you are clamouring to find out I thought I'd give you a cheeky little look at what went on at the recent photo shoot for our nature inspired June issue, on sale 23 May 2013.

Emma By Table

Our editor Emma setting up a project ready to be photographed.

Lisa Hammering The Wall
Stylist Lisa Brown, fitting in a bit of DIY.

Setting Up

Who said there was time to sit down, eh?! 

Chest Of Drawers

A beautiful chest of drawers - learn how to recreate the design and painting techniques in our June issue.


And get a load of these stunning peacock hairslides.

Butterfly Dome

Or how about this gorgeous butterfly dome?


And here's the lovely model Laura-Ann getting beautified - see her wearing our pretty floral summer dress and infinity scarf in the June issue.

We hope this has whetted your appetite for the next issue of Making, there will be plenty more lovely projects to discover so put our on sale date of 23rd May in your diary!

Make Me Workshop - Shabby chic review

Gemma Bowles

Gemma Bowles

1 May 2013


With all the beautiful projects we get sent in each month it's hard, even for a crafty novice like myself, to not feel a little inspired. The notion of upcycling has always appealed to me and my love for all things vintage only spurs my curiosity on. However, where does a beginner like me start? And how do I find the time to learn?

Luckily the answer to my wishes arrived in the form of MakeMe workshops, situated inside a beautifully restored decorative garden, deep in the heart of Surrey. I was invited to join a furniture painting workshop by the brains behind MakeMe, Melissa Merchant.

The studio itself was as beautiful inside as it was out. Filled with examples of the final products of other MakeMe workshops, it felt warm and inviting, not like a classroom at all which did wonders for calming my beginners nerves.

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Melissa uses the best possible products in all of her workshops

We were introduced to our teacher, Jo Mabbutt, decorative artist and queen of all things crafty. As a nervous novice I could not have asked for a better tutor, Jo was very open and friendly as well as professional and informative.

To begin with we were shown numerous techniques to use when bringing new life to old and tired furniture. But so we didn't ruin our final product, we were able to practice on sample pieces of pine, after all practice makes perfect! Some of the helpful tips we were taught included how to get the perfect shabby chic look by using different paints, staining wood and emphasising the wood grain.

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My painted samples, ready to be experimented with.

As the class sizes are so small and intimate we were able to chat whilst learning. It was a perfect opportunity to swap and share craft tips and ideas.

After admiring our sample pieces of wood we had a break for a while with tea and biscuits (yum!). In this time Jo opened herself up for questioning about furniture painting and how we could develop our skills. It was wonderful to learn first hand from someone who knows the industry inside out. The atmosphere was more like friends catching up over a cuppa rather than a teacher-student relationship.

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 Now it was on to the final piece, we were each given our own wooden tea tray to design and paint. I decided on the classic shabby chic look. With a grey undercoat and an off white top coat I used all the information I had learnt in the 3 hour class to create something beautiful. If a problem arose, Jo was there to guide us through it.

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A close up of tarnishing the tray for a vintage look

Since the class, I feel like I've had the drive and the knowledge to tackle bigger projects in my own home. The advice I gained from the class will defintely aid me in developing my confidence to take my love of vintage style and shabby chic furniture to another level.

"This sounds all well and good Gem, but I'm more of a sewing fan," If this sounds like you then don't worry, MakeMe offers a wide range of workshops and classes from sewing to paper craft and there's even a chocolate workshop. There really is something for everyone at this very unique craft business.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jo and Melissa for a wonderful day at MakeMe workshops.

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  To find out more about the classes on offer at MakeMe workshops just click here.

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