Apr 22, 2015

Pictures of our house and stuff

I am always changing things in our house and one spur-of-the-moment move was this black wall in a corner of our living room. You saw a little peek of it with a picture hanging on it in this post and now you get to see it as a chalk board. I was never interested in the chalkboard wall trend until I was thinking about ways to write a sort of sign for my daughter's 1st birthday party coming up, and the natural thing to do was take down the picture and draw on this. In true mummy-style I don't have time to style photos so here it is with a big ol smudge.

Here's how it fits into the room, with the new hot pink and patterned cushions. 
I could get really honest here and say 'Boy am I glad we didn't get new carpet because it's been pooed on twice in the past week!" but don't want to traumatise you next time you come over. #nappyrashfromhell

I also had my birthday last week so I am offiicially 29.... eeek in my head I stopped counting at 22 so it's always a surprise to be closer to 30. I got thoroughly spoilt this year with a half-day with my husband hanging around town, shopping, restaurants... doing normal things without rushing home for naptime, almost like before we had a baby. Amazing. On top of that I got some sweet gifts! One of which was...

This espresso maker from my family. I'm not the world's biggest coffee drinker but I love the ritual of catching up with someone at a cafe, and I felt like being able to make a latte at home would be so great to do when people come over. I was going to then buy some proper coffee glasses (those double-walled glass ones that are so styley!) but realised I have a kitchen full of teacups that NEVER get used and look so dainty with coffee in them. Now if I could just learn to make the patterns in the milk froth on top... (it's complicated).

Another gift that I just love was this duvet cover from my husband. It perfectly ties in with the headboard and brightens up the room. The floral pattern is on an almost-white background that is still creamy enough to have warm tones - exactly what I wanted. I'm happy.
Not quite the perfect match with the curtains but let's just ignore that..

And lastly, I put my peacock painting on another wall and hung this simple poster I made instead. I orginally wanted to add 2 more so there is a set of 3 hanging across this wall (because obviously the scale is all wrong with our huge dining table) but I'm going through a phase of simplifying at the moment - so I'm more keen to purge our excess belongings than add new ones, just yet!

Speaking of which, I have a literal hallway-full of cushions that I'm getting rid of, and tonnes of cheap photo frames. It's amazing what we accumulate!

What you don't see: these curtains smell of fish because I cooked fish the other night and obviously the smell wafted over and got absorbed by the curtain fabric... I couldn't believe I could still smell it 2 days later and tracked it down to the curtain fabric. Gross. That's why I'm always paranoid to cook fish - stinky.

That's all for now... I'm off to do 'all-the-things' while my baby naps and then hopefully enjoy a latte or flat white with my little bro. woop

Apr 9, 2015

The happs {All the unfinished decor you could ask for}

Want to see a bunch of rooms of our house that are halfway done and that I am tearing my hair out with angst over the clashing colours and failed risks that I took?


1. The bedroom above. I bought the Candy Floss sheeting from collected for super cheap on sale, and a bunch of different coloured pillowcases from the Sheridan outlet store. I had to change the bed today and the clash of the lemony curtains and lime green pillows makes me depressed, as does the fact that the Kas duvet is all in cold colours (in person at least) which brings out the cold colours in the walls, and reminds me that I need to paint them, and makes me angsty that I'm going to make a bad colour choice and be un-enamoured with the result which would be a big fat waste of time. You know??????

 2. The dining room. I got this sample of Hummingbird fabric by Cole & Son and I lurrve it but aside from the thousands of dollars it would cost to have all 8 chairs (only 5 are in the dining room at the mo) covered and have the fabric shipped from America... just ouch. Meanwhile, I forgot to say, I finished something! The peacock painting! I started it before I was pregnant and then after a few months of staring at it while I had Hyperemesis I couldn't stand the sight of it until a month or 2 ago. It's pretty.... BUT (as always) it's not quite right in this room in its current state. I have issues but mainly, the bisque colours walls (complete with 70's wallpaper texture), the hideous window pelmet that they BUILT IN to the ceiling and walls so it's impossible to remove, and more obvious things like the 70's archway to the left, brown curtains, vinyl floors, pointless wall lamp in corner.... etc etc.

 3. I painted this wall black in a corner of our lounge because I was feeling all inspired to do SOMETHING about it and for the first time ever, the circus painting from my childhood looks ok on the wall. I still want to take the black down to the floor but I'm annoyed once again by the window pelmet above and the heater below, which is built into the wall and which I can't paint.
Also, the carpet and the bisquey walls once more.
I also got that new cushion (on couch below) which ties in nicely but will probably never work with florals. And that's an issue for wierdos like me ;)

Speaking of florals, here's the other end of the same couch. I like the hot pink cushion with the floral quilt, it's just a shame that it completely doesn't go with the other end of the couch.


And while we're on the topic of couches, here's the opposite wall with yet another ginormous sofa (actually humongous) with a favourite painting and cheap Ikea cushions. And actually I just realised that I didn't open the curtains for that shot so it's looking pretty dark and not very bright and fresh at all. Believe it or not, the wall the painting is on was recently painted and is significantly lighter than the wall to the left. You can't tell in this photo, oops! My plan was the paint the whole room but Easter happened.

 Back to the black wall corner, something else I actually finished: my 'yarn ball bouquet' which is pretty unimpressive but I am weirdly impressed because I see balloons, rather than balls of wool on kebab skewers.

Anyway, the most incohesive and kind of pointless blog post ever, to show you where things are at right now. Basically, a jumble of colours and uncoordinated decor. It stresses me out and I really need to stop looking at other people's 'perfect' houses on social media or I will die.

I know this house will all come together eventually, but the reality is that it will always be imperfect. So I thought why wait to write a post? Why not show you all the jumble of my thoughts and my home? You're welcome.

Mar 20, 2015

Grey tufted headboard in the Master Bedroom

After about 5 months deliberating over fabric choices (actually) I finally pulled the trigger on this grey number for our tufted headboard! I loved it then I hated it and now I definitely love it. Mainly because it looks so amazing with pink and while I never intended on bringing pastel pink into the bedroom... it works and it feels SO cosy and fresh when you walk in there. Like a hotel room with clothes all over the floor and broken lamps.
{I don't know why blogger is making this blurry but, no time for problem solving so, onward!}
Do excuse my shabby pictures. I was going to make them extra pretty and professional looking and then I was like, why??? 
{A better shot at our crooked new roman blind, which I love, and I don't know why it's crooked right now. Sorry}
 Realities: broken lamp, 'gallery' wall that needs to be redone completely, pink scarf that I would like to make into a cushion if I ever ever get time, and yellow curtain. More on that in a sec.

Just incase you thought there was anything less than perfection in this room (I'm being sarcastic...) here's a look at another wall with a very lonely painting on it that needs lots of friends whom we can't afford yet:

{Personal favourite: the slick and shiny orange veneer doors from the 70s. Scrumptious. :s }
And again, the wall you enter the room through...
Things to do: Replace mirror with something ivory and interesting. Like bone inlay/ pearly stuff / wooden carved detail? I'm brainstorming. Also, we really want to replace the sliding wardrobe door with something white and beautiful and more functional! Like bi-folding louvred doors. But we were quoted $800 for those... can you beat that? $200 anyone?
{Note my super practical laundry-lid hook so that we can literally throw clothes straight into the hamper without having to lift the lid. I'm practical like that ;) )

These pink pillowcases were from an end-of-line sale at Collected and I got them for so cheap! 

Another reality shot: Mismatched curtains. Oh yes. We are not too classy for this. 
Let's just say I was replacing the old blue ones with the other old lemon ones, and then realised the lemon ones let way too much light through. They lemon ones are marginally more good-looking so I let them stay until I can figure out a solution. The plan was to put white slatted blinds underneath (to look like plantation shutters almost) but it's like $400 to do a window of this size and they wouldn't even be a custom fit. I'm waiting for a sale. Until then, no-one OCD come in here ok?

P.S I don't exactly love the lemon ones, but we had them lying around and they brighten the room compared to the blue ones. Cream would be ideal, if I could just find a $1000 note lying on the street... #ideal

So that's where we are at now.
          Still to suss: 
                - the wall colour
                - wardrobe doors
               - pictures and art and things
               - curtains.
               - lamp

And because it's always fun... here's the before and current views:


I feel like these photos make the before look really good. Ack. Darn editing skills of the past.


Mar 17, 2015

Autumn/Winter Bucket list.

I love Autumn. I love the golden sunny days and cold crisp mornings; I love that Easter happens in Autumn (in the Southern Hemisphere); I love the change of seasons; and I get abnormally excited about my birthday in April. And NOW I also have my daughter's birthday to obsessively plan 3 months in advance, too. YAY

Anyway, here are some of my crackalackin' goals to get me through the cold season. But first... things I ticked off my Summer bucket list:

 - I finished the yarn ball wreath Christmas decoration! Just 3 months after Christmas. What can I say, glueing onto polystyrene is a nightmare. I don't even want to look at it anymore.

{5 seconds of fame and down to the basement it goes...}
- The felt donuts and guest bedroom do-over you have already seen. I can't lie, the guest bedroom needs more doing over. Because I'm pedantic like that. And after I bought the lamps and things on a whim (because! They're modern! And boxy blonde wood will never go out of style no matter how tacky. Am I right Ikea?!) and I suppose I'm now doing my classic-Amy ho-hum-don't-know-if-I-like-it-anymore thing. But I think some new pillowcases and such could rectify it and I just got a $10 bargain at Collected so... we shall see!

Onto the Autumn bucket list! Which is kind of overwhelming me in an excellent design freak crafty person way.

1.  Do something about this office. I mean I don't even care what:

{Clearly I do actually care a lot and will be super picky and indecisive over it for the next 6 months}
 2. Finish our bedroom. Because we got this headboard and it's making me really happy! Except when it's making me really unsure if I chose the right colour and I feel like grey is depressing. Which is every second day.
{I'm banking on how pink fixes everything.}{P.S I broke the lamp hanging pictures. Better add lamp-fixing to this list} 

3. A first birthday for my girl. I think this will be a super small and casual affair but that doesn't stop me needing to plan it and put the entire party into a ziplock bag 3 months in advance. Because if I blink I'll miss it so... forward thinking!

4. Watercolour paintings. I shouldn't even go here because I'm still working on an oil painting that has taken about 2 years but... I just feel like Ella needs some watercolour animals in white frames on her bedroom walls and I don't feel like paying $50 per painting. But watch this space because one watery disaster is probably all it will take.

{Susan Windsor deer painting}
5. Yarn-ball bouquet. Don't ask, it's weird. But if I can pull it off I'll show you.

6. Make Ella's room a bit more cool. It's kind of on the right track and much different to how I had it when I was pregnant with her (thankfully!) but I have some ideas! Most of which involve money so excuse me while I go sell my liver.

7. About money. Making it. I've got some ideas for taking on interior design clients in a limited form for some really to-the-point advice about your design problems. It would be perfect for people who want a fresh set of eyes to tell them what would make their room awesome. It would be a one-stop shop and all done online... i.e. it's entirely up to the client if they want to accept the advice or not and I will never know if they take my recommendations or not. I just want to help people make their rooms pretty! But I don't want the tedious back-and-forth and paying-by-the-hour and constant revisions that makes this stuff so difficult for the average person. Thoughts?

Wow I thought I had another hour in the nap bag but now the howling wind wakes the babe up. I have 30 seconds to straighten my hair, do all the dishes from the weekend (it's Tuesday..) and get ready to run all the errands one could wish to run. Typing so fast right now.

Feb 19, 2015

Spare bedroom - upholstered floral headboard and more

It was in my bucket list of things to get done around Christmas and amazingly the guest bedroom was all finished and painted on Christmas Eve, right before our guests arrived.

One thing about our current house is that sometimes it looks better in person than in photos... I'm just learning this! It's the opposite to our last tiny place which photographed awesome.

This house is big and spacious and sunny - people seem to love being here and we love that. But the bright and airy vibe is hard to translate into pictures for some reason.

Anyhoo, here's the room from the doorway:

And just before we carry on, you might remember that it used to look like this...

[When we had just moved in]
 .... and then it was like this (below) for a while as I went nuts upholstering the headboard with a 'normal colour' fabric (navy).

I bought thin sheets of wood, fixed them over the slatted headboard you see above and then stapled wads of foam and batting around it, followed by fabric.

And I hated how it ended up!

(The boring blue that didn't last long, and the yucky apricoty cream walls behind)

I was so disappointed that what I had hoped was a safe option looked so blah. The Huz confirmed it when he told me 'you should do whatever you want to do. Since when have you cared what anybody else thinks?'

So naturally I changed it to a pink floral.

...and painted the walls in a pale aqua/mint and a neutral chalky cream.

The cream/lemon curtains used to be in our lounge, and the bedside tables are from our bedroom before we replaced them with bigger modern ones. I replaced the short yellow curtains above the bed with the roman blind, and put those modernish little lamps in although I'm unconvinced about them with the classic style drawers... but they have to stay for now.

I also just set up this little desk area so I can finally have a baby-free area to spend 5 if-I'm-lucky minutes sometimes to myself to think or pray or do whatever. I didn't really want any clutter there so it's not styled or filled with accessories like all the beautiful design bloggers desks that I see on the interwebs!

 Last but not least, there's a piano down here which was from my grandma. I just popped some leftover headboard fabric on the seat part.

 So there you have it, a quick update that massively changed this room, in person at least!

There is plenty more I would love to finish in this room (don't get me started) but without the time or money or any of that, it's doing it for now, and I figured I better just publish it before it ends up never happening.