DIY side table for the livingroom




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


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







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.



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.



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…………….



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



Creating a logo






Every now and then, I like to update my social media headers and logo. I’ll be adding more work to my on-line portfolio, and I may make a few tweaks to the site as well. To start with, I have changed my logo. The one I previously had was lovely, but I do feel that it was rather fussy, with too many flowers and leaves. I felt that they overpowered my brand name, emmajayne-designs. I made the decision to simplify it. I’m going to go through the design process for you, from initial drawings to final design, and I hope this may help you when creating a logo of your own, or for a client.

Creating your own logo can be quite challenging, especially when you are your own client. In my experience, you can easily be over-critical!

Creating a logo

Before beginning any sketches, I took time to think about my style and the type of work I produce. I produce patterns and illustrations and I enjoy experimenting with techniques and scale.  I love colour, so this would all have to be represented by my logo. I do like detail, but I also believe in “less is more”, meaning that if something doesn’t need to be in a design, then perhaps it shouldn’t be.



Once I had decided on the direction my logo would take, I started sketching a simple type-lockup and then developed these in Adobe Illustrator, using different fonts. I played around, varying the font sizes within each type-lockup.


This is the one that I felt most happy with. I love the texture and its laid-back feel. The text fits snugly within a box, which is easy on the eye, notwithstanding the mix of lowercase and uppercase fonts.



After seeing what the logo design looked like reduced, I decided that it was too weak, due to the textured font. For the logo to stand out and be clearly seen, I would need to strengthen the characters. To do that, I hand painted the text, using watercolours. The previous design idea also looked too graphical; more suitable for a graphic designer. I want to show people that I’m an illustrator, so hand rendered text would demonstrate this much better.

I also added a cute bird and flower illustration, just for extra detail.



In this idea, I’ve created a textured round-cornered box. It still has something missing and this idea just isn’t ‘wowing’ me!



I decided to flatten the text in Illustrator and to apply solid colour to the text.  I also changed the linear box into a solid shape. Now it’s getting much closer to what I want, but now I’m not too sure about the colourways.



This colourway is much better. It’s playful, yet sophisticated at the same time. I love the flesh coloured background against the olive green text.


Here’s a useful link to help you when creating a logo of your own. Next is to upload some of my latest work and tweak my on-line portfolio.


Emma Jayne x



Colourful eclectic livingroom ideas





Image taken from flickr

Today, I bought a vintage style, gold mirror for the livingroom. It fits perfectly with the 60’s & 70’s furniture, which used to be my partner’s parents’ before they passed away. Besides the nostalgic feel, Neil and I decided to keep the furniture because we’re both lovers of vintage and retro.

Most of the furniture is quite clean and plain in design, except, perhaps, for the sideboard, which has a few decorative details.  The new mirror – which is circular with spiked edges – will break up the plain shapes within the livingroom. I’m a huge fan of mixing old and new, which is a popular look and has been around for a number of years. I also love mixing patterns with bold colours and so I want to share with you a few colourful eclectic livingroom ideas which I’ve collated for a bit of inspiration.

If you have some furniture that you’ve either bought at a vintage fair or that has been passed down in the family and you’re unsure as to how to decorate or style your livingroom, then these images may give you some ideas.

For my livingroom, I started off with the old furniture and then bought items as and when I saw them. I personally think it’s nice to decorate a room with things that are personal to you and that you love. Take your time and build up the look as and when you see a piece of furniture, an ornament or accessory that you like, rather than thinking that you need to gather everything all at once. There’s an art form when decorating, and wouldn’t you want to sit in a living room (or any other room) and feel happy and inspired with everything in it that you love, than sitting in a room that is mundane, unoriginal and unimaginative?

Colourful eclectic livingroom ideas


I love this bright, emerald-green sofa, which has been toned down by the wooden floor and table. The yellow diamond, pattern wallpaper and blue stool really compliment and add to the whole eclectic look.



This chunky armchair, has been given a modern update with pink fabric. I’m loving the coordinated pink plant pot too, as well as the vintage glass top table and contemporary artwork.



There’s plenty of old and new styling going on in this livingroom, especially with the scatter-cushions. Look at all the different coloured patterns, which stand out against the grey 1950’s style sofa.



I adore this colour palette of warm greens and lilac, with hints of golden orange and yellows. It’s very fresh and feminine and in particular, I love the white decorative sofa and the country style, floral patterned rug.



Oooo! Plain, pink walls with a vintage patterned chair and modern floral cushion!



Berry sofa and pistachio coloured walls. What a gorgeous colour combination! There’s lots of plain, bold colours in this livingroom setting and to add more interest, lots of coloured patterned cushions are used to perfect the look.



I’ve saved the best until last. This look is definitely my favourite! The colours are fab and it’s so stylish, with the retro chair, vintage styled mirror and the cute, contemporary vases.

At some point, when my livingroom is finally finished, I’ll share with you how I’ve styled this room. Have you recently decorated your livingroom and do you also love the eclectic look?


Emma Jayne x