Category: Decorating Tips

6 Easy Ways I Reinvent my Cheap Furniture to make it look Expensive

To my husband’s dismay, our home is filled with items I found on the side of the road, second hand EBay and Gumtree bargains and some really awesome treasures from the local scrap yard.  In my opinion, these cheap finds can easily be turned into some ravishing pieces, so read below if you would like to learn some secrets…

 1.  PLAY WITH COLOUR, ORNAMENTS, TEXTURES AND PATTERNS

Entrance Hall vintage suitcase

Our entry way has been redecorated several times in the last few months – who doesn’t like the look of surprise on a guest’s face when they come for a visit!  This pine hall table was a lucky Gumtree find.  It only needed a coat of paint to earn it’s rightful place at the front door.   I added a dash of colour,  stuck some pictures on the wall with washi tape and added a few ornaments from a local home ware store.  Cheap, cheerful and easy to change for when the next visitor comes!  This green suitcase was bought at Doug up on Bourke for the photo shoot of our Sisterhood cushion collection.  It has also created great visual impact at a recent Vanilla Slate market stall and makes it easy to cart our home ware around.  The red timber crate is from a second hand store in Bowral and the soft animal throw from IKEA.  Add one of my authentic patterned backgammon boards from Egypt,  and a ceramic footstool  and you have a super interesting display!

2.  USE IT FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE THAN IT WAS INTENDED FOR (more…)

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If your couch could talk… what would it say?

Even though magazines and decor books and blogs display perfect rooms, I am still a sucker for a well lived in old-fashioned leather couch. Those ones that are a bit torn on the edges and look like they need some well-deserved polish. The couch you think should be thrown out, but it is just soooo comfortable whenever you sink into it. Why do you keep it? I know why! So read on…

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THINK OF ALL THE TIMES YOU SHARED WINE AND SECRETS WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHILE LYING ON THE COUCH.

There were also days when you felt a bit down and just sat there on the couch with your eyes closed, listening to music on full blast.

How many dreams and goals did you plan on that couch?

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Please give me a Christmas without tinsel and bling.

If I touch green or gold or silver tinsel… I literally get shivers down my spine! How can something plastic & unnatural be associated with Christmas? Maybe it’s just me, but I much more prefer real trees, pine cones & natural textures. Let me share six tips with you:

xmis decor without kitsch decorations

I love adding some Christmas spirit to my home every year. I just have a dislike in things tangled around my staircase or colourful decorations hanging everywhere and covering my coffee table, dining room table and windows. It then feels as if my house is in constant chaos and I can’t think straight! So today I want to share with you a few inspirational images how to decorate your house without bling.

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My Front Door Transformation

We recently had our rather weathered, colonial front door replaced with a timber, more modern door.  This decidedly “country” look buffet and hutch had been welcoming our guests at my door for the past couple of years.

Black and White Display

The timber cabinet was a lucky Ebay find (like many of my furniture pieces), that fit exactly into the nook between the pillar and front door.  I had painted it Antique white and lovingly tiled the top with tiles I had painstakingly decoupaged by hand.  Unfortunately, it was time for the “country” feel to be replaced by something a little more sleek and modern to go with the new timber door.

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Recycled Headboards

We moved into our new house two years ago, but my bed still does not have a headboard! We only bought a new mattress with a frame, and I always had this plan of making my own unique headboard. 

I somehow never get the time to be creative and make something funky for our own bedroom. So I need a new action plan!

Brief to myself for a new headboard:

  • It must be easy enough for me to able to make it myself
  • It must not look like something that you can buy anywhere else
  • Affordable so that I can change it again in two or three years (I get bored easily!)

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Ideas to create a bedside table from these 8 everyday items

We take a few things in consideration before purchasing a bedside table.  It has to be the correct height next to your bed, have enough storage space, be big enough to place a few items on, etc.  Have you ever considered using an item in your home; that has been utilised as something entirely different, as a bedside table?  Have a look at the examples below to get the imagination going.

concrete blocks bedside table

These stacked concrete blocks become a funky bedside table in the blink of an eye.  Just add some greenery and a few books for a touch of homeliness.

swing bedside table

A rustic piece of timber can quickly be transformed into a swing for an eye catching bedside table.  Just be careful with those steaming cups of tea! (more…)

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Don’t be a bore – Paint your Door!

When we think about a painted door, the front door is usually the most obvious one that comes to mind.  A painted front door is a great way to make a statement and creating a welcoming feel when guests arrive.  Painting our internal doors, is a different story altogether, as not many of us would even consider it.   I recently came across a few fabulously funky doors, so have a look at the possibilities!

diagonally yellow painted internal door

This diagonally painted yellow door creates a fresh look to this home office.  To create your own, follow these step by step instructions found on abeautifulmess.

yellow greay and blue triangular patterned door (more…)

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Chalk Boards – Too Cool for School

Chalk board has come such a long way since I was at school.  I vividly remember the screeching sound of chalk against the framed green board on the classroom wall.  Although I am sure it was never intended to be a feature but rather an educational tool, the use of chalkboard paint has certainly found its way into our homes and has turned into a decorating phenomena.

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BLACK BOARD 2

Whether used in the office for jotting down notes; or a feature wall in the kitchen to help with planning for next week’s menu, the versatility is without bounds! (more…)

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Conversation Pits

I recall how, in the early 80’s, the conversation pit at my friend’s home became my greatest envy.  The two of us passed endless hours creating magnificent attire for a vast array of Barbie Dolls, marching blue-eyed and perfectly manicured along their imaginary runway.

As technology slowly takes over our home life, the art of conversation is slipping out the door.  Competing with IPhones, IPods and other electronic devices, has become a form of art in itself!  I am slowly becoming an expert at talking to myself, facial expressions included, I have been told.  So, in order to educate those around you in the art of conversation, why not create a comfortable abode to liven up those tongues?

I wouldn’t mind the last one, how about you?

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How to use the Wasted Space behind your Sofa

We all have odd spaces that are hard to decorate around the house.  Some of us give up hope and start looking out for another house to buy, while others just let it be and learn to live with it.  For me, it’s the wasted space behind the couch in our odd shaped tv room that I find difficult to live with.  After removing used teaspoons, sweet wrappers, chewed up dog toys, and (believe it or not), an empty dish from behind the couch, the decorating  process  could begin.  The rest went pretty smoothly, as I discovered the console table to be the most versatile piece of furniture you could ever buy!  It’s the perfect height behind the sofa, especially for placing down a glass of wine at the end of the day.  Here are a few options I found to be very effective:

STORAGE

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The space behind your couch can easily be used for storage.  If you are an avid reader like me and like to have a book ready when in relaxed mode, this option will really tickle your fancy.

CONSOLE TABLE

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A beautiful table lamp on a console table behind the couch is always eye catching and create a warm glow in your home when the sun sets.  It is also practical for those who enjoy reading, playing board games, or continue working.  For a more formal look, place a lamp on either end of the console, or have one large lamp to make a bold statement.  A small vase of fresh flowers or a stack of books will always make a space feel more inviting.

WORK STATION

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A console table with a narrow surface or desk behind your sofa could create an extra workstation to place your laptop, an extra seat for having dinner, or an area to put a few plants and ornaments to pretty the place up.

SHELF

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If you are very short on space, a wall mounted shelf can create a dramatic backdrop behind your sofa.  An elegant arrangement of black and white photos will create a unified look and immediately draw the eye to the back wall.  Remember to style your couch with an array of cushions and add a few items of interest to your coffee table to complete the picture.

GALLERY WALL

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Gallery walls are perfect for creating a focal point and incorporating creative ideas in any room.  Play around with items found at flea markets or garage sales to create an instant talking point when guests arrive.  For extra depth, use a mixture of textures and materials, but try to stick to a theme.

TEXTURES

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With the vast array of products on the market today, there is no excuse to be boring!  Textured wallpaper or an eye catching wallpaper print will create immediate interest in your living room.

BOOKSHELF

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This bookshelf behind the sofa will solve every storage headache you’ve ever had!  A few well placed picture frames and ornaments add some extra character to this space.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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