Thursday, July 17, 2014

moving things around...winter 14

Its been a relaxed weekend of pottering around the house making things pretty.  Fresh flowers, a new succulent from the market, and moving the cat painting behind the dining room table.  It was meant to be here, much better than where it was before in the lounge.  
I love the greens on the table and in the painting, they freshen up the whole space.

Its the last bit of school holidays and financial year end, so we will be on break for two weeks.  I need to concentrate on finishing up a job I have just resigned from, and find a new one.  The job I just resigned from really sapped my creative energy, it will be good to have a break and recharge the batteries a bit.  Lots of exciting things planned for the rest of the year and I look forward to having the energy to make them happen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

pretty things in soft colours

Just because...
They are so pretty and I love the colours and I really want that marble mosaic somewhere.
From top: table vignette, copper light, winter ensemble, plywood detail kitchen, marble mosaic, flowers and antlers.
Have a lovely week

Friday, July 11, 2014

Miss J's room gets a polka dot update

Miss J has moved from the "tiny wee wee" bed to a big girl bed and her room needed a bit of an update. The biggest change is a wall of gold polka dot decals, see my inspiration here, and she loves it!!  See her discovering them for the first time below.

Decals are fab to use!  This was my first decal project and it was easy and cheap to do.  
The wall, which is 2.7 x 3.5m took me about 4 hours to do and by far the longest time was spending measuring where the dots were going to go.  I used a spirit level with a measure on it and marked each point with a bit of blue tape, then fixed any glaring errors by eye.  I am pretty sure there is an easier way to do this, please feel free to let me know the answer.  The great thing is they peel off again seamlessly if you get it totally wrong, or when you want a new look.

I bought both pink and gold (to copy my inspiration from Urbanwalls) but it has ended up all gold except for one pink dot, see if you can spot it.  I love the one pink dot.  I have a lot of pink dots left over for somewhere else in the house!!  

I would love to add a few more pillows, how cute are the ones below, especially the koala!
Overall the room is largely white, peaceful and easy to update with colourful and age appropriate accessories.  A few colourful blankets, the lovely gold dots, some cute new polar bear sheets, and my animal pillow covers, not to perfect, a little eclectic, a little bit fun, and a lot good for being a little girl in.

Koala cushion,  horse pillow,  Ferm Living Totem pillow,  Mr Cat pillow,  Mr Bear pillow,  Ferm Living Inka pillow,  Ferm Living Maya pillow,  gold dot decals,  bunting from Ferm Living

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

new mirror...made from scratch

How clever is my hubby!!  He made me this gorgeous mirror frame, my absolute favourite piece in our bedroom.  I had bought the mirror thinking I could paint the frame it had, but it was pretty irredeemable despite several coats of paint in varying effects and colours.

Mr B came to the rescue making his own frame, and creating the wooden tiles which he laid into a specially designed recessed gap.  The frame was painted in white enamel and the tiles finished with liming wax so they are all slightly different.  Mirror bought at auction, pine for frame around $30, wood tiles made from off cuts of a previous project.  

So impressed with the finish, especially the way the joins are cut in the corners, wish my photo's were better!!  Its been hung that height because we are planning a credenza to go underneath, that's the next woodwork project on the list.  Watch this space...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

diy outdoor lantern for you next picnic or garden party

Make these gorgeous and easy lanterns for your next beach picnic or garden party.   I used them for a beach picnic here.  Light enough to carry several to the beach and back, windproof, inexpensive and easy to make, and so pretty!  You are going to love this diy!  Picnic into the evening and make the good times last even longer!

Make your own Beach Lanterns in 4 easy steps:
You will need: empty 2 litre soda bottles, scissors, bamboo pole, duct tape, tassels to decorate
  • Cut the bottom of the bottle off neatly
  • Place bamboo pole inside the neck of the bottle
  • Tape bottle to bamboo pole neatly.  You will need a few layers to get a firm finish.  Do the final layer as neatly as possible and trim with scissors.
  • Tie two tassels to the base of the bottle neck to finish.
Use your beach lanterns safely:
  • Stand lanterns by pushing the poles into the sand and patting down the base securely so they don't fall over.
  • Fill the base of the bottle with a cup full of sand, and press candle into the sand so that it stands upright firmly and the flame won't touch the sides.
  • The sand will catch melted wax and support the candle, we don't want lanterns melting or catching alight mid party!  
  • If you are in a no fire area replace candles with battery tea light candles for a similar and fire safe effect.

Enjoy!!!  I would love to see how yours turned out, take a pic and share them with me on Instagram at #beachlantern

Friday, June 27, 2014

9 reasons you should follow Kara Rosenlund

I am obsessed with Kara Rosenlund's work and determined to do one of her vignette styling classes one day.
Missed them the last time Kara was in town.  Her blog and instagram is a sure fire way to find inspiration and generally have your hair blown back by incredible photography and styling.

And another nine just to make sure you go and have a look at Kara's site.

{All photographs by Kara Rosenlund}  Pretty amazing....have a fab inspired weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pop up beach party!

We love a beach picnic!  Toasted sandwiches or egg and bacon rolls, wrapped in tin foil to keep warm for winter, or cold snacks and cool drinks for summer.  Nobody is ever quite ready to go home as the sun goes down.  Take a few pillows, a blanket, these diy beach lanterns and you don't have to rush home at the end of the day.

I will share how to make your own lanterns in a few weeks time, super easy and inexpensive, its a diy you are going to love.

One of the great things about living in Sydney is that winter is still beach weather.  You might not swim but it's perfect for walking or picnics.  

Pop back soon for the lantern tutorial, it will be up in a few weeks.  
Hope this inspires you to head for the beach if you are lucky enough to be near one, a local park is just as lovely, and enjoy the gorgeous outdoors.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

pretty dark storage

I love the high contrast of these black storage units against the white walls, and particularly how they are inset into the walls.  Just gorgeous!

If you have time check out the rest of that Piet Boon villa.  
Have a lovely day...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Seasonal styling with Emma from Nest Designs: Winter Wonderland

It appears that despite how hard we’ve tried with the weather the last few weeks, we can’t ignore that Winter is finally here in Sydney. There’s no going back now! So I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my tips and tricks for winter seasonal styling.

Winter is my favourite season and I often choose to travel to the Northern Hemisphere in winter on purpose as Australian winters aren’t really a proper winter! Snow falling outside a cabin window, a log fire crackling and a cup of hot chocolate are a recipe for the perfect holiday for me.

So, how do we recreate this in our homes? Here are the elements I tend to rely on to create that cozy Winter feel. 

{1. Texture}
Think knitted throw rugs, velvet feather stuffed scatter cushions, a deep sofa wide enough for you and a loved one to snuggle on, don’t forget wood is mother natures best texture so adding some textured timber statements to the room will do wonders for the winter theme you’re going for.
{2. Layering}
It’s important when using different textures in a space to layer them through out the room, so a woollen loop pile rug layered with a linen slipcover sofa covered in rich jewel coloured cushions in soft textured fabrics topped off with a floor lamp with a textured timber base and round linen drum shade throwing beautiful warm white light across the room. 
{3. Greenery}
One of my golden rules of decorating is always add greenery, it doesn’t matter the season, there’s always a plant or flower in bloom in winter time that adds a beautiful and life filled element to the space. 
{4. Lighting}
Often overlooked when planning a room but one of the most important elements is the light in the space, in winter to create the comfy cozy feel floor lamps, wall scones and candle light ooze cosiness where as harsh bright white down lights feel stark and lifeless. Always go for a warm white light globe rather than a cool white light globe, warm white light is much more flattering. 

Now, what should you swap out for winter vs summer styling?
 Start with the soft furnishings, this doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise, you can update these elements for less than $1,000. Switch out your sisal summery rug for a longer pile woollen rug in a similar colour tone, swap your hessian and linen cushions for velvets or knitted wool, pop some heavier weight curtains over the windows (this also keeps the warmth in - bonus!), add some pinecones collected in the streets to your fireplace mantel, a beautiful floral display of red berry flowers and a tray on your coffee table for 3-4 candles to burn subtly at night. 

Wintery throws by west elm, yellow chevron knitted pillow, native arrangement by Adam's Garden Florist

Voila! Instant winter makeover for your living space. 

This wonderful blog post was written for us by Emma from Nest Designs.