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Make it yours! creative customisation

01 October 2015

Give old pieces a new lease of life and make new ones stand out. Spray paint each part of a MASKROS pendant before putting it together as a decoration. ‘It took my son Orlando a long time but I just adore it!’ Berni

A colourfully customised pendant lamp with a collection of vases and blooms
Add a textile background to a cabinet to make it a feature piece

Add a textile backdrop

Make furniture stand out by adding fabric to the inside, like Berni did with her IKEA cabinet. ‘The African fabric was a gift from a dear friend and I’d never found the right way to display it,’ she says.

Save space in a small kitchen with colourful fabric doors for the kitchen sink

Screen with colourful curtains

Textile doors are space-saving in a small kitchen and easy to update. ‘When the doors under our sink were damaged, I replaced them with curtains,’ says Berni. ‘They’re cheerful and practical.’

Create a bold-patterned patchwork feature wall using wallpaper samples

Create a patchwork feature wall

Go bold with pattern by making a wall collage, like Berni in her bedroom. ‘I wanted to wallpaper my room but couldn’t afford to,’ she says. ‘Using samples instead was a unique way to add impact on a budget – you could try scraps of fabric too.’

Portrait of Berni, fashion/textiles tutor

‘We’re all creative in our family and find ways to add personality at home on a limited budget. Colour has a really happy effect on me’

Berni, fashion/textiles tutor, London