Join me on my quest to RESTYLE, REPURPOSE and RECYCLE preloved furniture and home decor into treasures to be RELOVED. Along the way I'll show you how to REDECORATE your home using Vintage, French Provincial, Shabby Chic and Cottage styling. (Formerly Knot All That I

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Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Fabric Laptop Cover

In Winter my laptop is freezing. It is freezing to pick up and too cold to put on my lap. So I made it this cute floral padded cover to keep my baby warm. Yes, I love my MacBook Air. :)

I made one of these covers in drop cloth a while ago but it was getting a bit grubby and I wanted a change. 

To start, I measured the size of the outside of my laptop by wrapping my padding around it and trimming to match. Then I cut a sheet of fabric, allowing about a 2cms overlap all round. I folded the edges of the fabric over the padding, pinned and then checked the size on my laptop again. Then I sewed all the edges with a basic straight stitch. If I decide to wash the cover rather than replacing it I'll overlock the edges then. For now it works just fine.

And finally I added elastic on each corner making sure it fit snuggly.

The elastic is thin enough that my laptop closes easily.

This whole project took me about half an hour and was made from left over materials. So I'm very happy with my free laptop cover. :)

:)  Julie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dulux Whites - Colour Help Please!

It's so frustrating that you can like a colour on one wall in one area of your home, and that exact same colour looks totally different on a different wall in a different room in a different light. In fact, you can have the same colour in the same room and have it look totally different on different walls, depending where the light falls. And so begins my frustration.  Anyone would think I sit and stare at the walls all day and night. Well, just maybe I do. Haha. 

Which brings me to the new colour in our lounge and dining areas, that is all of a week old. 

Every wall appears different and some walls look dreadfully yellow in certain lights. So, I'm back to researching paint colours again.  The sort of good news is that I'm leaning towards a shade of white. Or not. Have you seen how many different whites there are!

Yesterday, after much Googling, I bought 4 litres of Dulux White on White.  The colour swatch in the shop makes it look like a really bright pure white.

Today, I painted the kitchen and the sun room. And after just one coat, the sunroom looks good, but the kitchen (which is not as bright) has an awful blue tinge to it which many other bloggers have mentioned also experiencing. Arughhhh!!!!!  It's all in the lighting I tell you.

So out with the Dulux Whites colour brochure again. I narrowed it down to Natural White and Antique White USA.  They have been voted the top 2 paint choices by Dulux.

The only issue here is that hubby and I both painted the entire house Antique White USA when we moved in and after a year or so I felt like it made the house feel cold. Then again, it might just have been cause it was Winter, but I won't admit that. 

Here I might add that since the initial paint, hubby has refused to help repaint any rooms as he said he did it once, and that was enough. If I want to keep changing it, then I can do it alone. And I have. The living room has been a pale blue, sunny yellow, Hogs Bristle brown, and the current Chalk USA, and I'm still not happy. I'm sure the room is smaller from the various layers of paint I've applied!

Going back to Antique White doesn't feel like the best decision either, but then again ...

So I grabbed sample pots of both and have done swatches on the walls in the kitchen and living room. The Natural White is brighter and  the Antique White is browny/creamier. But overall, the difference in shades is minimal, at night anyway.  I guess I will do the "right" thing (so not like me at all) and instead of rushing ahead I will see how the swatches look tomorrow in daylight at different times of the day.

Have you had any experience with Dulux shades of white? Do you have a preference?  

Thanks, J

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated - A Few Changes to the Dining Room

Hi, I just wanted to share a few small changes in the dining room. 

Firstly, the walls are now a creamier colour, matching in with the recently repainted lounge room.


And in keeping with adding a few "real" pot plants to our home, I purchased this one and a cute little green pot for it to grow in.  No more searching my bare garden for something to put on the table or spending a fortune of cut flowers at the shop.

The cute little green glass candle holders I found in a discount store for $3 each.  They add a bit of colour to the table.

And I've removed the lamps and simplified the decor on my buffet.

Like I said, just a few small changes. :)

Entryway Update

Hi again, while I'm updating my home tour page, I thought I'd share a few recent pics of our entryway I took recently.

x J