Welcome to the No Chintz ‘Handmade Room’ – where everything you see has been created either by hand, using DIY techniques or craft kits, and with a splash of recycled furniture thrown in for fun. It’s Wonka Land for the creative…
It was all glue guns blazing (and needles threaded!) at the recent Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. The challenge? Our No Chintz team were invited to create a Handmade Room for the Craft Fair, loaded with projects that people could make, sew, hang, recycle or create. Never one to back down from a challenge, our interior decorating geniuses, No Chintz owner and Creative Director Chrissie Jeffery and Visual Merchandiser Lisa Llavero, created this incredible room. Clever? Just a tad… Here’s the story behind some of these amazing pieces and of course, how you can create yourself.
Cheat Tip: Not all of us were gifted with the DIY Midas Touch. For those creative lovers inflicted by two left hands, remember, No Chintz have a made-to-order cushion program which allows you to choose from over 130 Fabrics and nine shapes and sizes to design your own cushions online or in-store and have them delivered to your door. No Chintz also make-to-order, curtains, blinds, lampshades, bedheads and other soft furnishings and can upholster your furniture. Or, sign up for one of the No Chintz Workshops for a step-by-step guided class. There is also an extensive range of ready-made designer, limited edition and No Chintz cushions, wallpaper and one-off lampshades, bases and homewares.
Reinvent your chairs using fresh fabrics. The No Chintz team reupholstered these old chairs with slip covers in Peony Garden in Cumquat Taupe, $125 per meter. Give old coffee tables a vibrant lick of paint and scour the vintage shops for furniture that can be used as aesthetic pieces. Retro style two-drawer sewing table available in red or white, $197, available from No Chintz stores.
Customise your cushions. We added an applique ‘A’ letter using striped fabric remnants, then sewed on felt balls and circular shapes. Little ones love them! No Chintz offer cushion making workshops for guided classes. The lampshade was made from the No Chintz Lampshade Kit. Bases are available at No Chintz stores.
Turn blank walls into a spectacular visual display with a fantastic range of wallpapers available through No Chintz stores. This orange and pink ikat pops off the walls.
The floor rug was hand-made in India by traditional weavers, but are available in a selection of colours, styles and sizes through No Chintz.
Create a cushion display with a mix of fabric colours, textures and prints. Choose fabrics ‘off the roll’ and DIY or take a shortcut and have the No Chintz team make-to-order. Left to right cushions: Ruff in Cumquat, $59 per meter, Marimekko Pirput Parput in black and white, $110 per meter, Ikat Spot cushion in pink, $110 per meter, Scratchy Charcoal Cushion, $85, Pink reversible cushion and orange print cushion available from a selection of limited edition collections in-store.
Got a dull sofa doing nothing more than lounging around? Breathe new life into old pieces using old fabric remnants and off cuts. The No Chintz team reupholstered this old Designers Guild sofa in an eclectic mix of remnants that make maximum visual impact. Check out more than 130 fabrics here. Mixing prints, textures and finishes is the new black. Try ikats with stripes and polka dots for quirky cool.
How do you turn and old Victorian Grandma chair into a cool showpiece? Upholster it in bright ikats. Make your living space pop with ikat wallpaper and fabrics, available at No Chintz, a Spice Stripe lampshade made from the No Chintz Lampshade Kit and an old platter covered in complementary shades of fabric.
Wallpaper is an easy way to revamp your rooms and is surprisingly simple to DIY. Check out these cool Polka dot wallpapers, available from a selection through No Chintz.
If your window view is a little lacklustre, jazz them up the Scandinavian way with Swedish Roll-up Blinds. Our team created these using the No Chintz Instructional Blinds Kit available in-store, using reversible Big Dot in Charcoal, $58.50 per meter, with Marina Ticking, $53 per meter, on the reverse. The Instructional Blinds Kit comes with, you guessed it, instructions to DIY. We added panel style curtains with a cut fringe and braid to edges to frame the blinds. Check out our range of trims here.
The floor rug was handmade in India by traditional weavers and are available through No Chintz stores and through our homewares collection.
We created the wall hanging using fabric to cover old platters, but you can buy them ready-made at No Chintz stores.
Where the creative process begins… No Chintz have an extensive selection of fabrics available ‘off the roll’, so pop in to one of our stores and get invaluable advice from the experienced No Chintz staff on all your decorating and soft furnishings needs.
L.O.V.E Miss Stitched x