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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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White French Doors Framed by Gorgeous White Ikea Curtains



Okay, so yes, the French Doors in my Lounge and Dining Rooms have previously been painted, and stripped and weathered and repainted, and stripped again, and repainted. What can I say, other than I am really happy with how they look now.

This is how my Lounge Room French Doors used to look.


And now ...


I used my favourite Zinsser 1-2-3 Undercoat Primer-Sealer Stain Killer all in one to prep the doors.

And three coats of British Paints H20 Water Based Enamel Semi Gloss White paint to finish.
The British Paints White is a brighter white than the Dulux Vivid White that I have previously used on these doors. I prefer the British Paints H20 Enamel a lot more as I used it on our kitchen cabinets and it is so easy to wipe clean and hasn't chipped. 

I also grabbed a can of British Paints Spray Easy Paint and Prime in Black Gloss, which now comes as a two in one with a combined primer (bonus!), and spray painted the hardware on both doors.
I used White Knight Splashes Water Based Enamel in Gloss Black to do the hinges. I really didn't want to have to take the doors off.

I love the contrast of the black on white.

So after repainting my doors, I started wondering about adding some curtains to them.  I did my Pinteresting and decided I wanted to go with white curtains. I found the perfect curtains to compliment my white doors. They are the same floaty white Ikea curtains I have on our lounge room Plantation Shutters windows. They are simple, inexpensive ($15 for a set of 2), and look so pretty with the white French Doors. 

It never occurred to me to hang curtains over these doors. But wow, after they were up, together with the black rod to match in with the new door hardware, I was sold. Hanging them high makes the whole room looks so much bigger and the ceilings higher.  And they can also be pulled across to block of light from the Entryway and Sunroom.

Here was the Sliding French Doors leading into the Sunroom.


And now...

Again, I added a black rod and painted the hardware black. 

To tie the windows in with the doors, I replaced the rustic plank curtain hangers over the windows with a black rod as well.

I'm so happy with the new look black and white doors and windows in this room.

And coming up next, I'll be sharing my New Ikea Cushions, Rug, Throw and Black Ottomans I've added to the Lounge Room. (Sneak peak above.)

:) Julie


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dining Room Botanical Wall Gallery


Hello friends and Happy 2017!

Here in Australia we have a 6 week school holiday break from Christmas to the end of January and I'm both sad and happy to say my kids went back to school today. And boy do I miss them! Really!  Anyway, during this 6 week break I have been making some changes around the house, but have had little time to blog them, so prepare yourself for an onslaught of posts and pictures. 

First, let's begin in the Dining Room. I made my Cafe de Paris sign 4 years ago and it has been one of those pieces that has stood the test of time.  In fact, it has hung on the same wall in the same spot for the last 4 years also. The great thing about this sign is that I created MDF inserts for each holiday that I just pop in and out when I'm doing seasonal decorating. 

This is my Dining Room last year, shortly after we planked the dining table.

Recently I decided I wanted a change over the dining table. So I did a bit of Pinterest purusing and found this idea at Delightfully Noted. Isn't it just dreamy.

Which lead me to create my own gallery. I began by Googling Botanical Prints and printed off a few that I thought looked good together. Then I framed them using frames I purchased from The Reject Shop for $3 each. 


Next I measured up my wall space and the size of the frames and drew out a plan of where I wanted them placed on the wall. I used a lead pencil, ruler and liquid level to position all my frames so that they were evenly spaced, straight, and looked pleasing to the eye. This process took a while, but I'm very happy with the result. 


And my Cafe sign found a new home over my Dining Room Sideboard, which also got a small restyle. 

Here was the before ...

And coming up soon, I'm super excited to be sharing my new look French Doors and new Ikea Curtains!


:) Julie

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