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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Decor in the 70’s

Among some, the 70’s era is known as the decade that taste forgot.  Self expression and individualism were hallmarks of the time and sometimes presented itself in the most hideous ways!

1970 decor

I was born in the early 70’s, so I was too young to go to a disco, wear flared pants or make use of some terrific slang. Of course, catching up wasn’t hard to do, as it’s the best and most fun era to dress up in ever!

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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…)

The Station – Quirky Industrial Coffee Shop in Wahroonga

It’s funny how the sight of a coffee shop with a beautiful interior can instantly bring a smile to our faces and momentarily add an extra beat to our hearts.  The Station is one of the longest established cafes in Wahroonga, originally called Café Laurella, when it opened in 1998.  Husband and wife team, George and Emma, decided to add their own flavour to the community of Wahroonga and started this thriving family friendly restaurant.  Among the hussle and bussle, we have a quick chat to Emma to ask about their journey and how the interior design of the restaurant unfolded.

coffee shop quirky industrial

VSD: The opening at the street side gives great access to passers by.  Was this done during your renovation?

It is one of my favourite aspects of the fit out.  I wanted a feature that would be immediately noticable and where it would by easy for passers by to stop and get a take away.  At the same time, it acts as a drawing card for people to come inside and see what else is on offer.

yellow chair coffee shop industrial

VSD: How did you come across the premises?

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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.

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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.

Chalk board decorating

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…)

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!

My favourite gift wrapping tools for this Christmas

I don’t know if the same thing happens to you every Christmas, like it happens to me…

Every year I buy the latest creative tools so that I can wrap my Christmas presents with personalised tags I made myself. I always have all these plans for beautiful wrapped presents for my friends and family. Then suddenly it’s Christmas, and I did not make anything, and I run off to the Reject Shop on the last minute to buy the last lonely left over gift bags with boring images of red nose reindeers. This year, I make an official commitment, that it will NOT happen again!

Here are some of my favourite wrapping tools I found online during the year:

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1= Mandala set of 6 Rubber stamps, from the rabbitandtheduck store on Etsy. $15-30. Are they not adorable? I love supporting local Australian shops on Etsy. This seller delivers promptly and is worth a try! These stamps are perfect to use on a gift tag, or even to stamp on to brown wrapping paper.

2= An alphabet wooden stamp set for just $19-95, from the gorgeous website of Paper Cotton Love in Perth.

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