Saturday, 9 May 2009

Old beds into bowers

Make it and Mend its Hilary Bruffell (our resident psychologist and all-round MIAMI superstar) showed us her homemade garden furniture last week, shared her top tips and really inspired us.

Hilary made "Titania's Bower' a garden daybed from her son's childhood bed that had lain neglected in the shed for years. She tells us how she wove her magic with a bit of hard work and a lot of imagination. Hilary loves sewing so the daybed has been adorned with homemade cusions and she is growing trailing plants over it to create a bower effect. At night it is lit up with tea lights. Truly magical!

Not content with that, she went on to make a fabulous Moroccan sofa for the patio out of an old pine bed her mother was throwing out.

It looked a bit like this before
By using the foot of the bed sawn in half and refashioned to make arms, Hilary created this sumptuous and inviting Morrocan sofa. She has piled it with more of her homemade cushions (made from remnant fabrics). The result is perfect for lazy days in the sunshine. Mine's a Sauvignon Blanc please.....

These gardeb seats are great testiments to the fact that living creatively and sustainably can also be done stylishly. Hilary explains how easy it was to do these projects and gives her top tips to wannabe make and menders on the Make it and Mend it website.
She also explains how to make cushion covers
Have you managed to salvage old furniture and give it a new lease of life? Please tell us about it.

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