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:
 
Before:

Current:

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

xAmy



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.
Jk.

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.