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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Create a Framed Pencil Sketch Portrait of Your House

I thought this project turned out so well that I decided to give it it's own post. 

I was looking for a farmhouse sketch drawing to frame for the toilet room, when I had a fabulous idea. 

I'd use our house, and I didn't even have to take a photo of it! 

Using Google Maps Street View I pulled up our house address and took a screen shot. 

Then I imported this photo into Picasa. Picasa has this great tool called Pencil Sketch which enabled me to turn our house photo into a sketch drawing. 

Then I simply printed my sketch on A4 paper. 

I spray painted an old frame in matt black, mounted my sketch to the mdf backing, and put it all back together. 

I love how this photo turned out. It's one to keep should we move house in the future. It would be cool to add some dates under the photo to remember when we lived here. 

Next up I'll be revealing the mini makeover in our toilet room, which includes my framed sketch.

:) Julie

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snow Season Grey and White Board and Baton Hallway

I'm so excited to be sharing my new grey and white board and baton hallway with you! 

Please excuse the use of artificial light for these photos, but it has been raining non stop here in Sydney, with no end in sight, and even on a good day, this hall doesn't get much natural light, so it is what it is. 

I've been crushing on grey a lot lately, and decided to try out a shade of grey called Dulux Snow Season in our master bedroom. It turned out lovely, but I'm still tweaking our room before I share.  However, this gave me the idea to carry the same colour out into the hallway.

A few years back I installed DIY board and baton using MDF in our entryway, and painted it using British Paints H2O semi gloss in White. I painted the above wall in Dulux Natural White which has a warm undertone and provided a nice contrast.

Around the corner is our hallway. I always planned on carrying the board and baton around into the hall, but it is a time consuming job so I kept putting if off. 

But then I tried my new favourite grey paint in the entryway and it was a done deal. I would have to do the hallway too.

Here is how the hallway looked prior. The walls were a painted Dulux Natural White and I had a red oriental runner that we bought about 5 years ago. Pretty boring.

And looking down the other side of the hallway. With my MDF sheets ready to measure and cut. Such a time consuming job, but affordable and well worth it in the end.

And here is the only photo I got of the board and baton installation. Not sure why, I must have been so busy I forgot. In short, after measuring and cutting my strips I penciled a line on the wall using a spirit level to make sure my boards would be straight. Then I used Liquid Nails and small tacking nails to adhere them. Then I used a punch to punch all the nails, and filler to fill the nail holes and all the joins.  This took a few days.

Then I applied a primer to the walls and the MDF to prep it for my topcoat of British Paints H2O in white semi gloss. Then 2 top coats and finally my 2 coats of my Dulux Snow Season.

I also replaced the red runner with a new grey and white one from Bunnings. It's a bit smaller than our last one so it might take a bit of getting used to.

Otherwise, I totally love our new hallway. 

And here are the before and after photos...



I might add some artwork or a mirror or a pop of something black, if I find something I really like.
In the interim, the MDF adds enough texture and interest.

Next up I'll be sharing some of my Easter decorating. 

:) Julie

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Grey Rug

Yesterday was my lucky day. I had to pick up a few things at Bunnings and when I passed the rug section, there in a reduced box was this gorgeous plush grey rug! 

I'd had my eye out for another grey rug for the lounge room and there it was. Right size, perfect colour and design, and best of all, reduced to $59! The rug was not opened, it had only been reduced as it was an end of promotional line, same as the other grey rug I recently purchased. Lucky me! That rug was so mine.  

It's perfect. And I was able to move the jute rug underneath the dining table. Also a perfect spot.

Happy dance! 

:) Julie
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Crushing on Faux Greenery and Clear Glass Vases and Bottles

So lately I've been crushing on faux greenery and gorgeous clear glass vases and bottles.  Just before Christmas I saw the above vase and faux flowers on the Adairs website. I was smitten. So I spoiled myself for my birthday and bought them.

I've put them on the secretary in the entryway. I especially love how shiny the glass vase is.

And this was the beginning of my obsession.

Let's head into the Dining Room.

On the Dining Table I have another gorgeous glass vase I purchased from Target a while ago. I originally had a candle in it, but after cutting down the stems of my hydrangeas, they look perfect together.  The cute little tray I picked up at Spotlight.

I also found some new additions for my sideboard.

The vase I found at Kmart last week for a bargain $5. Oh, yes, you read correctly. And the stems are also from Kmart. 

And this little glass vase I had in my stash. I just cut down some of my roses and popped them in.

My glass display cabinet now also holds a few faux succulents and topiaries.  All from Dollar Store and Ronnies.

Next we move into the Lounge Room.

On my coffee table is my favourite metal farmhouse style tray from Early Settler, which holds some candles and a faux plant from Ikea. 

This topiary is also from Dollar Store and I've displayed it in an old colander on a side table next to my lounge.

On the other side of the lounges I have another little plant.

The plant and tin planter are also from Ikea.

And on the corner cabinet ...

Another gorgeous clear vase, also from Kmart for only $3! It holds some more of my rose stems.

Some of the vases/bottles I've been pinning lately include these:
Source: Honeybear Lane

Source: Jena Sue Design

Source: House By Hoff

Source: Instagram

And I'm always on the look out for more now.  You can never have too many vases/bottles, can you?

:) Julie
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Adding Grey Accents to the Lounge Room - Including Ikea Cushions and a New Rug

I'm being brave and introducing some grey into my decorating pallet with some new accents.

I haven't used grey before, but I'm totally loving it.

On a trip to Bunnings a few weeks ago I saw some gorgeous grey rugs. Of course, I didn't think I could justify spending money on a new rug, so I walked away.  After obsessing for a week, I decided to go back for another look and to my dismay, they had sold out! Even worse was that these rugs were only a promotional item and were not coming back into stock. Isn't it always the way! However, I did find these rugs in stock at another store. Woohoo! I drove straight there and snapped that rug up as fast as I could.

And I'm happy to say it looks perfect in the Lounge Room.

This is the red rug that used to be in the Lounge Room. We've had it for about 5 years so I don't feel too guilty about buying another one. ;)

Plus, the new one is a lot softer underfoot and a lot easier to vacuum my little kitty hairs off.

Then to compliment the grey in my new rug, I purchased four gorgeous grey cushions covers from Ikea.  Two are grey check, and the other two have a thin grey stripe on one side and a grey floral pattern on the other side. They are a generous 50cms x 50cms and I was lucky enough to have spare inserts already.

 They look fabulously inviting mixed in with my DIY numbered cushions and lumber cushions.

I also found this super soft light grey throw from Target for the bargain price of $6. Target is introducing a lot of new homewares at lower prices so I have to remember to keep a look out when I'm in there.

I also purchased some black ottomans. And although these aren't grey, they are new and go perfectly with everything else in the room so I wanted to share them too.

The kids have been using the plastic Ikea kids stools to sit at the coffee table to do kid stuff, but one of the legs cracked on one stool the other day so I decided to replace them with some ottomans instead. I found these black ones at Kmart for $29 each. The kids can use them as seats. The adults can use them as foot stools, and most importantly, the are far more ascetically pleasing than the old plastic stools. And, the kids love them. Win, win.

Next, I'll be sharing what else I've been crushing on lately. 

:) Julie

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