DIY side table for the livingroom

 

Apr
11
2016

 

Spring is finally here (yeaay!) and I have put together a pretty, spring themed living room idea; to help celebrate all the wonderful things that happen during this lovely season. What gets me most excited in Spring, is seeing the fluffy bees, newborn lambs, sprouting leaves on the trees and of course the flowers!  What do you love about spring?

I’m truly loving the pastel colours and decorative patterns that I’ve selected for this moodboard.  With peach, I’ve combined mint green, pink, coral, khaki and brown tones. They look so fresh against the white background.

Most of the items for this look are plain, and to break up the blocks of colours, I have added a floral wallpaper pattern. Some people are afraid of patterns, but I just love them! Too much pattern can look chaotic, but a little bit is nice and can bring some personality into a room.  It is all about balance. If you decorate one wall with a patterned wallpaper, then you can save some pennies by just painting the remaining walls. I’m all for budgeting, whether that be cutting down on unnecessary costs or doing a bit of DIY. In my spring themed living room idea, I’ve included a side table, which you can make yourself. It’s so easy to make and you can find out how to assemble the DIY side table for the livingroom by clicking here.

 

DIY side table for the livingroom

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All the other furniture pieces you can find on Pinterest

 

You can find so many ideas on the Internet to help you redecorate your home. I have posted a number of ideas on my blog, Modern Retro Living Space and Retro Livingroom Interior, where you can get tips ranging from ultra-modern to classic retro. In more ways than one, sprucing up your home provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity. There are endless how-to’s on-line and in magazines. Some of them are simple, and some require specialised equipment, such as a bandsaw, to help you create really intricate and fabulous pieces.

Firstly, it’s important to understand the use and features of a bandsaw. Screwfix, a UK-based multi-channel retailer specialising in hardware products, describes it as a tool that helps the user cut straight or irregular shaped lines meticulously. In short, having this power tool allows you to be as imaginative as you can. So when it comes to redecorating or re-purposing your home’s furniture, you can go down an unconventional route and come up with simple conversation pieces like a bandsaw side-table for the livingroom.

Choosing a Pattern

To create this avant-garde furniture, you have to start off by deciding on a pattern. You can opt for an abstract piece or even go with a mid-century side table like the one on Sugar and Cloth. After choosing, print out your preferred patterns on two 8 ½ x 14 papers. Use spray adhesive to stick these patterns on the wooden panel, and then drill four line-up holes in the waste area for the legs.

Cutting Process

Cut through the outline (including the legs for drawers). Conversely, if you opt to have drawers – start with ½ inch off the back part of the box, followed by the top four drawer slots. Do the same on the front side. Once you’ve done these, it’s time to drill 1/32nd through the front pattern lines so you’ll have a guide when sawing the drawers.

Finishing Touches

Using a bandsaw, hollow out all the sides, as well as sand the interior cavities and the inside faces (both on the front and back side). You then have to glue the front of the box back to the actual body before attaching the back part. Put the final touches on your side table project by sanding the outside crevices to ensure a smooth finish.

 

Have fun and I’d love to see what you make!

Emma Jayne x

 

About Me

 

Nov
25
2013

 

About-emmajayne-designs

 

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Hi! My name is Emma Jayne and I love Surface Pattern , Illustration and blogging. My degree is in Surface Pattern, for which I studied at the University of Huddersfield. I got a 2:1 with honours. I’ve always had a passion for design and my previous work was heavily influenced by pattern, graphic design and illustration.

About me

Here’s a little information about me… I currently take inspiration from colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it till I was about 10!).

My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 10 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.

I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. I don’t really have one particular signature style and I find that this allows me to be versatile. This flexibility is a useful attribute to have when working on briefs for different types of clients.

In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, corporate promotional literature and web design, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.

Things that I like are; vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick”n”mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.

 

ABOUT MY BLOG

I started my blog in 2010, when I was studying on my masters. I wanted a site that would display my development work (like an on-line sketchbook) and where I could store written thoughts and ideas. As time went by, I started blogging inspiration for my designs and updating my design artwork. Now I like to keep up with current trends and to share my passions for different aspects of design and what inspires me. I also add in the odd piece of design work, which you can see on my Etsy shop.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Altogether I have spent approximately thirteen years in education, after leaving school at 16. My qualifications, apart from the usual gained at school, include:-

Diploma L4 Graphic Design
Masters Textile Illustration
BA (Hons) Surface Pattern
PGCE Teaching
NVQ I&II Business Administration
”A” Level (x2) Art
BTEC Nat Diploma Graphics

and a few more…………….

 

WORK

Current – Shop owner/Freelance Designer in Design & Illustration
Deva Design – Surface Pattern Designer
IF Agency – Intern Graphic Designer
Ultimate Communications – Intern Graphic Designer
The Oldham College – Art & Maths teacher
Turner Bianca – Intern Textiles Designer
Dorma – Creative Textile Designer
R.E.D – Freelance Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

 

 

Swan pattern inspiration

 

Jun
24
2016

 

It’s really exciting at work at the moment. I’m producing such lovely designs  – if I’m allowed to say so myself? They are mainly for children’s and wedding gift-wrap, and I have created a couple of birthday designs. I will be able to let you see them, once they are in production, and they’ll most likely be added to my on-line portfolio, too.

I was looking for new themes, when I came across some beautiful, bird designs. Well actually, the type of birds that caught my eye, were swans. Swans are elegant birds and I see them as a great alternative to the pink flamingos that have been so popular over the past couple of years. Flamingos are large, lean birds and have a sophisticated appeal to them. Swans on the other hand are similar, but I feel that they have a more grown-up feel to them.

In this blog post, I want to share with you some swan pattern inspiration. A couple are painted and others are digitally stylised. I’m loving all the colour and composition variations!

Swan pattern inspiration

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By Helen Dardik

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By Melissa Hourihan

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By Jenn Gallagher

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From This is Gold

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From Cloud9 Fabrics

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By Taylor Shannon

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By Becca Stadtlander

 

Have a great weekend!

Emma Jayne x

 

Mixed media floral collection

 

Jun
17
2016

 

Well, I’m past half way, but I have slipped a little with the 100 day project! I think I’m actually now on day 54, and that puts me 4 days behind. Oh well, there are only a few more to create and I’m sure I’ll catch up soon!

For my 100 day challenge, I decided to do 100 days of mixed media. I have, however, realised from drawing everyday, that I love producing flowers. Using a range of different materials, I’ve created a mixed media floral collection. I used some flowers which I lino printed a few weeks ago, along with new, watercolour and gouache floral drawings. I then combined these and created different compositions in Photoshop. I love experimenting with mixing older and recent pieces of artwork.  This way of working has been of benefit to me, not least for the 100 day challenge.

Here are just some of my latest illustrations/ patterns that I have selected from my 100 day project. They actually do look like they belong together as part of a collection! You can see more on my instagram feed.

Mixed media floral collection

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Next, for the 100 day project, I fancy having a go at creating animals. It will be interesting to see whether I’ll return to drawing flowers again. You’ll just have to watch this space!

 

Emma Jayne x