Tag: Interior Design

Lyndie’s Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

My children’s bathroom was so far out of fashion it was almost back in again!  The tiles had lovely peach tones with a gorgeous gold framed shower and vanity mirror.  To complete the look, the profile on the vanity doors catapulted me into another era and the towel rail also had a very special gold finish which unceremoniously fell to the floor every time we removed a towel.

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Don’t get me wrong, I adore items from yesteryear that add character to a modern interior.  A touch of Provincial has always been a favourite and I’m never one to shy away from the warmth of rustic timber combined with crisp white in a Modern Country style.  Unfortunately, peach tiles combined with gold framed showers have yet to warm the cockles of my heart 🙂

Kids bathroom Inspiration Moodboard

So this is how I jazzed it up a bit… As this would be the only bathroom big enough to house a bath tub, I decided on a large freestanding bath to fit the country look and feel.  I fell in love with the grey toned timber look ceramic tiles at a recent visit to Beaumont Tiles and I selected a top mounted basin for the bathroom cabinet.

White country style vanity

In search of a new vanity, I realised that this item alone could easily blow the budget!  Luckily, I found a lovely timber cabinet for $400 at Knots Pine, which I painted a crisp white and finished in polyurethane.  I replaced the very ugly handles with something modern and stained the top to tie in with the floor tiles, then applied a coat of polyurethane for water resistance.

Provincial style taps

To complete the look, I decided on the Bastow Provincial range from Tradelink, as it ties in with the rest of the bathroom.  A niche in the wall next to the bath ensures that shampoos, candles,bath bubbles and my wine glass are within easy reach.  To add a sleeker look, we installed a frameless shower, a big improvement from the gold framed one!

Bathroom Renovation After

The laundry basket was a lucky kerbside clean up find.  One morning early, Eriana called me to inform me of this discovery in her neighbourhood.  She also threatened that if I didn’t take it, then she would!   As I’m such a good friend, I immediately found a spot for it in my home 🙂

If you’re thinking of a bathroom renovation and not sure where to start, email us for a price list or book an initial consultation.  We promise we won’t bite!  Our blogs about how to run a smooth bathroom renovation  and ideas on subway tile layouts, will get you started on your bathroom make over.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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Lyndie’s Laundry Make Over

My laundry was in pretty bad shape.  We first rented this home for 4 years before deciding to purchase it about 7 years ago.  As it is with most laundries in rental properties, we only had the bare basics; an inset sink with small cupboard underneath and a washing machine.  We bought a large freestanding laundry cupboard which took up a huge chunk of space, and a practical laundry basket without any personality whatsoever.

Laundry Make Over Requirements

Luckily, when you live in your home for a while, you know what your needs are and how you want your workspaces to flow.  I knew that I needed a place to store pool towels, shelving for easily accessible pegs and washing powder, as well as an area for hanging damp clothes or clothes that had just been ironed.  A new benchtop would also come in handy when folding is required and a space to store endless cleaning products is always a big plus.   I needed cupboards/shelving for sliding in tubs with individual family members’ folded clothing, because in my perfect dream world, each person would be putting away their folded clothing into their own cupboards (haha, it’s my dream world and I’m sticking to it!)

Laundry Mood Board

The list goes on… Not only did I want this space to be functional, but also easy on the eye.  It usually takes me about 4 days to  convince myself that doing the laundry will benefit myself and my family.  If it looks pretty, it might only take 2 days, who knows.  In my house, the laundry room can become a stressful space, so I decided on the colour combination of grey and yellow for a calming atmosphere.  I painted my walls grey and added a splash of yellow in my ironing board cover, which is mounted against the wall.

Laundry shelving for pegs

I didn’t want to splash out on a stone benchtop, as our kitchen renovation is coming up soon and I would rather splurge there. To tie in with our new kitchen, I decided on white shaker style doors in a satin polyurethane finish.

Laundry Tap and Succulent

For a bit of playfulness, I put in a pretty mosaic splashback and a succulent in a colourful canvas bag to make the laundry experience a tad more joyful.

Laundry Ironing Board Hooks

My hooks are from Bunnings (for an earth shattering $7,00!) and my yellow welcoming greeting from Target.

Lyndie's laundry renovation

Voila, there you have it!  I would still like to put in black and white retro vinyl flooring to complete the look, but that can wait until the kitchen is finished.  It’s made a huge difference in my life.  I have a place for everything and doing the laundry is less of a chore than it used to be.

I would love to hear about how you’ve improved your laundry experience, so drop us a line with a few photos.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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Six Things that Date your Home Instantly

Sometimes, we get so used to our homes, that we don’t see the gold plated light fittings,  ceramic door knobs and beige trims any more.  If you’ve been living in your home for quite some time, you might not realise that time has moved on and it could be a good idea to take a critical look at your home again.   Here are a few things that has changed since your last home update 10 years ago:

1.  SPLASHBACK BORDER TILES

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Your kitchen splashback with pretty border might have been at the height of fashion when you moved into your home, but the contrasting colour cuts your walls in half, making the ceiling seem lower than it actually is. To modernise your kitchen, a stone mosaic tile in herringbone pattern, or subway tiles that extend all the way to the ceiling, will open things up instantly!

2.  SMALL FROSTED GLASS PENDANTS

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If your house was built in the eighties, there’s a good chance you’ve got small frosted pendant lights or something awful with a gold plated finish hanging over your kitchen counter.   For a more timeless look, go for something more substantial to balance out the size of the counter.  Glass (not frosted!) and steel is a great combination, or an antique brass finish, copper or nickel will update your room instantly. This is not an expensive exercise, as the cables are already there.

3.  TIMBER KITCHEN CUPBOARDS

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Maple and oak wood-stained cabinets with ornate carvings or round timber handles will give your kitchen an aged appearance.  Luckily, we know the magic paint can do, so a lick of paint and new modern handles will already make a big difference.  A combination of dark cabinets for the bottom and a lighter colour on top will show that you have a newfound knowledge of the style of a modern kitchen.

4.  DATED AND CLUTTERED ORNAMENTS

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A lot of us love collecting ceramics and china and other dust collectors to show off in our homes.  Ornaments are a great way to make your home feel lived in and homely, showing part of your personality.  Unfortunately, as with all things in life, there’s a right way, and a wrong way to do things.  Edit your collection as much as possible and part ways with outdated statues and children’s craft.  Group similar items and leave plenty of negative space for the eyes to take a breather.  Put the rest of your items behind closed doors and rotate the display seasonally.

5.  LARGE PRINT FABRIC SOFAS

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Prints and patterns go in and out of fashion constantly and can make a room look dated and busy.  If you’re buying a big ticket item like a sofa, it’s best to stick to something neutral that will always be fashionable.  An accent chair in a bolder pattern, cushions and a rug is a safer way to inject colour and pattern into your room.

6.  FLORAL CURTAINS

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Floral curtains, like the ones the older generation adore, are a big culprit when it comes to dated decorating.  The current trend is to allow plenty of light in and create a sense of airiness in the home.  If you would like something different, try a pattern that’s very subtle in a neutral colour or a textured curtain instead.  These won’t clash with anything in the room and make the space appear bigger.

Good luck and enjoy your home editing!

Cheerio ’til next time!

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6 Tips on how to style when Selling your Home

To hire an Interior Designer or Home Stager is a very effective way to get the best price for your home when it goes on the market.  Unfortunately,  a lot of sellers don’t realise the value in hiring expert advice.  Here are a few of my best tips on how to utilise the items you already have, to make the most of the big day.

TIP 1 – CREATE CURB APPEAL

CURB APPEAL
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No matter how much money you spend on the inside of your home before putting it on the market, most potential home buyers will drive past the “For Sale” sign if the house looks worn and the garden a mess.  Your house will be judged before anyone has even entered it, so spend some time fixing the gutters, cleaning the dusty garage doors, weeding the garden, replacing a worn entrance mat and planting a few pots of colourful flowers for instant curb appeal.

TIP 2 – DON’T FORGET THE BACK

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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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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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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.

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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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How to utilise and decorate the area behind your couch

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:

books and plant behind couch

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.

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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.

narrow hall table

A console table with a narrow surface will take up very little space, but it 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.

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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.

yellow couch art wall

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.

brick wall and station tiles

With the vast array of products on the market today, there is no excuse to be boring!  Look at how this mixture of textures behind the couch create warmth and add interest to this industrial style room.  Old suitcases used as side and coffee tables give it a homely, more vintage feel.

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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!

 

Lyndie

Images in this post found on etsy, sadieandstella, fieldstonehilldesign, theorangedeer, designinspiration, absolutelybeautifulthings and kjerstislykke.

 

 

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