Thursday, August 21, 2014

Success! Fireplace before and after!

We are loving the gas fireplace from Real Flame.  I do miss the smell of wood smoke, and the sound of wood crackling and popping as it burns, but I surely do love flicking the switch on and off when ever I want to.  The cement shelf feature makes perfect sense of the end of the room, its hard to imagine it wasn't always like this.  Thanks to my amazing hubby for making this happen.

You got to love it when a design turns out like you wanted it to.  The new new couch arrives in a few weeks (the first one arrived with the bench on the wrong side) and I will take some photo's of the whole room when it does.

The shelf is finished with cement render and we love the finish, adding the cement was the one piece Mr B hired in help for, we were worried about getting a really good finish.  The rest, including the gorgeous timber detail above the fire, was designed and built by him.  Just love it, especially this chilly winter!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

get this look...a little bit industrial, a little bit country

I love this kitchen with its mix of country and industrial.  What a really like is that this look could be created, quite realistically, on a small budget.  See below for what I would pick to create this look in your own home.

Replica Eames chairs, 6 for $390 
Yes I know replica is a little touchy but at $65 or less a chair they are a super classic bargain.

Tranetorp extendable table $299
Black or white would both work well, you could use a trestle table too.

Tom Dixon Lustre Black Ceramic Pendants, from $135
A little less used than the ones in the original picture, and I prefer the shapes too.

Subway tiles from $65 a metre, around $350 for a normal size back splash.

Glass vases and flowers (these Iceland poppies were photographed by Leslie at A Creative Mint), lots of white crockery, and the occasional collectible finish it of.
You can get similar industrial look cupboards and shelves at Ikea, but plain white would work just as well.

A really achievable look, and the main elements will cost you less than $1500.
(Top photo via Blood and Champagne, I can't find the original unfortunately.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

some very exciting news!!

I am so excited to share some news with you!!!  We have bought a little bit of land in the country!!!  It comes complete with a little cottage that we are going to do up and then use as a weekender (watch this space you might be able to rent it too!) which means heaps and heaps of diy and before and afters to share with you.  See below for a sneak peak of the cottage and the land!

I am going through all our furniture and bed linen to see what we furnish the space with.  A little tricky since I haven't seen it in real life yet, only in photo's.  I am going to be scouring eBay and the sales to make it brilliant on budget. 

Watch this space!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

coconut & lime chia LUSH loves

This delish dessert comes to you with the permission of Gemma Lush from Lush Loves.
I followed a pin of one of these gorgeous photo's to her recipe and its my new favourite treat.
Gemma is a good, prop and event stylist and her blog is filled with gorgeous things, mostly deliciously photographed food that will make your mouth water, well with a visit!!
This dessert is amazing, quick to make, super healthy, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free, and delicious!!!  If you make one new dish this week make it this one!!

I love chia seeds, we have them in our super seed mix breakfast cereal, but I would never have thought of them for dessert.  What I also didn't know is that most of the worlds chia seeds are grown right here in Australia (thanks Gemma).  I did know that they are a true super food stuffed full of goodness.  So go on, give it a go

1 400ml can organic coconut milk (1 1/2 cups)
2 tbs honey
3 tbs chia seeds (I like to use the black variety, it looks lovely against the white coconut milk)
Juice 1 lime
Handful flaked coconut

Pour the coconut milk into a mixing bowl, add the honey and chia seeds.  Stir well to make sure the honey dissolves.  Cover the bowl with glad wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.  The chia seeds will swell up and absorb the coconut milk, turning the milk into a pudding like consistency.  You can leave the pudding overnight, so can be made a day in advance if you're super organised!

Place the coconut flakes on a baking tray and pop them in a low heated oven, at 140 degrees Celsius for approx. 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.  These too can be made ahead, they can be stored in an air tight container until used.

Before serving, give the pudding a stir and add the lime juice.  This will add a lovely tang to the pudding, and will make the texture a little runnier which is how I prefer to eat it.  Make sure you have a taste, you may need to add a little more lime or honey, depending on how sweet you like it.  I find this ration perfect for me.  Spoon the mixture into ramekins or glasses just before you serve.  Top with the coconut flakes and serve chilled.  This will feed 4 comfortably, or 2 if you're feeling a little more indulgent!

Poached salmon, herb & pearl cous-cous salad, tomato and ricotta almond crust tart, omg raw chocolate caramel slice
Recipe and photographs by Gemma Lush.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A simple dinner party table setting

I love having friends for dinner, cooking delicious food, setting the table and making the house pretty.  When we entertained over the weekend I decided to iron the white table cloth and do something simple.  White plates, pale grey soup dishes, white serviettes and simple white daisies in duck egg blue tumblers from Mud Australia.  Finished with candles in simple glass vases from my favourite two dollar store.

Fresh and simple for a summer evening with friends.

Fresh and simple for a fresh new year.  Hope its a good one for all of us!

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...