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
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…)
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…
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…)