Home has a team of specialists staffing the DIY arena at this year’s Homemakers’ Expo at the CTICC from 23 to 26 August. Here’s a small taste of what’s on their menu.
Elmarie Bredell of Elle le Fleur cut armfuls of olive branches, foliage, wheat, grass, aloes, Pepper tree berries and even spinach leaves, then popped them into containers to create a unique installation. You can enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty too: decide on a colour combination (but don’t let that limit you) and then feel how the season’s new energy recharges you as you pick and arrange.
Décor Consultant Misi Overturf reinvented the wheel and came up with a light – or is that a vase? Or both? She tied test tubes (available from medical suppliers) around two different-sized old bicycle wheels with cable ties, then hung one above the other with sturdy natural twine. With a single light bulb on a cable at the centre (you can also use fairylights), she kept her candelabra simple, inserting branches of green foliage and fresh herbs in the water-filled test tubes. You can also fill them with brightly coloured flowers – or experiment with coloured water.
When Lisa Spaarwater of Lemon & Lilac Paint Techniques found this chest of drawers (previously varnished orange) in an outside room, she decided to strip and repaint it to brighten a dull corner. But the oak grain entranced her, so she opted for an alternative approach and had the bird motif printed on vinyl offcuts, pasted them on the raw wood, and then painted over everything else. The result? Birds in natural wood, cupboard in red! Simple and striking.