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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Winter Lounge and Dining Room Tour

With our new wood fire recently installed, I decided to rearrange the furniture around the fire to make it the focal point of the lounge room.  This was a difficult task given the shape of the room, but I found something that works.

So the lounges were moved to frame the fire, and the TV moved to the far wall next to the fire. So this is the new view when you walk in.  The little green table that was in the corner I sold.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fabric Covered Office Chair

I bought this office chair from Office Works a short while ago. 
It is super comfortable, just not very pretty. 

I saw this chair at Ikea and it gave me an idea to cover my current chair.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Our Farmhouse Style Combustion Wood Fire Installed

We had our wood fire installed on Friday. It almost didn't happen. It was raining on Friday morning so the installer turned up at 7.30, brought the unit in and says he'll be back on Monday when the rain stops to install it. He couldn't open up or roof while it was raining which was fair enough. But it was still disappointing.  Arrrugghhh!

So we stood in front of it with our sad faces on, rubbing our hands and pretending it worked. 

Then guess what, the rain stopped. Then installer came back and started the installation. Woohoo!

To get the exact location to install our fire, the installer poked a wire hanger up in the ceiling in the position we wanted it.

Then he went up on the roof and removed a few tiles so he could get into the roof and see where all the wood beams were and where he could install our flue. It was about 15cms over from where we had wanted it but we were still happy with that.  

The first part of the flue was installed into the ceiling.

And then some more.

And after the inside was finished, the outside flue was installed on the roof.

And just as he finished installing our wood fire, the rain started again! We consider ourselves very lucky to have had that gap in the weather. 

Then we were ready for the first lighting.

Lots of oohs and ahs here please. 

Hubby adding another log with his special gloves.

The cool vintage looking fire tools on a stand we got at Bunnings.

 And we are using the numbered crate on wheels that I made a few years back to hold our logs.

I'd love to make a faux mantle to go behind it, but maybe at a later date. 

I think it looks perfect on our DIY hearth

It's the perfect addition to our lounge / dining area. 

And toasty warm too!

I spent today rearranging the furniture to make our wood fire a focal point in the room. Once I'm happy with the arrangement I'll post some more pics. 

:) Julie

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Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Make Your Own Hearth for a Combustion Wood Fire

I told you all recently that we are getting a combustion wood fire for our lounge room. Hubby has been wanting one forever, so I finally relented. Lol. It's being installed this Friday and we are all very excited.  When we ordered it a few weeks ago, we were advised we would need a hearth to go under it and the going price was $600. We did some research and knew we could make our own for a lot less than that, and so we did! :)
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Farmhouse French Doors Final Weathering!

I recently striped my white French doors, stained them, and attempted to achieve a weathered wood look. It has taken me a few tries to get the look I really wanted.

I went from white ...
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Framed Farmhouse Images for the Toilet Room

I recently updated my toilet room. You can see the full post here.

While I've been under the weather I've spent a lot of time roaming the house and doing a bit of tweaking here and there. 

In the toilet room, the walls felt a bit bare ...

so I added the set of three framed farmhouse images I had hanging in the hallway. 

I think the black and white ties in perfectly with the rest of the room, don't you?

:) Julie

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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Shabbilicious Link Party and Features!

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Hi everyone! What a super busy week I’ve had at Shabby Art Boutique.
Sometimes I find it hard to keep my life balanced and I have to give myself a little reminder to make that time to simply ‘breathe’ and relax, so this week I shared my easy 5 step relaxation technique and a free printable.
On the creative front, I shared part 2 of my Village Shop project and my favourite chalky finish paint.
I’m super excited to have the honour of choosing this week’s features.

Shabbilicious Features
Keeping with my RELAX theme this week, I loved Janet’s new private space where she likes to unwind at Rosemary and Thyme.
Alexandra’s photography and vintage finds at A Piece of Vintage Prairie warmed my heart. The colour of that clock is quite divine!
Tracie’s garden is always enviable at Fishtail Cottage. This week she had me hooked just at the mention of my two favourite blooms; roses and peonies. I’d love to take a wander through Tracie’s garden and make time to ‘smell the roses’.
How lovely is Susan’s trunk make-over at Evelyn and Rose
This Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colour is simply gorgeous.
One of my favourite ways to relax is spending time in the kitchen and we had several really lovely recipe link ups this week. I’m giving Jamie’s ‘delicious, fluffiest, coffee cake ever’ a go this week. 
Check out this yummy recipe at So Much Better with Age

Thank you to everyone for linking up.
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Each week, the features and some of our favorites will be shared on all five of our blogs and pinned to the Shabbilicious Friday Pinterest Board for even more exposure. We also feature on Facebook and Google+, along with a #ff Twitter shout out!
Some simple rules: 
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties.
– Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page. 
– Link back to any one of our blogs with a text link or party button (available in the sidebar). 
By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission to feature your project on our blogs and on social media. Proper credit and a link back to your post/profile will always be given.  
Now it is your turn to show us what you’ve been up to this week.
Remember, this is a party for all things shabbilicious, vintage, cottage, farmhouse… in a nutshell, ‘perfectly imperfect’. This includes home tours, furniture make-overs, cooking, gardening and other DIY projects
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blogging Break & Exciting News

Hi Lovelies,

I'm taking a short blogging break this week as I've been sick with a cold and just need to rest up. 

I still have plenty of projects on my to do list so hope to be back DIYing in the next week or so. :)

I do have exciting news in that we are getting a combustion wood fire installed in our living room in a couple of weeks and I'll be sharing how we made our own hearth and saved a fortune!

Catch you all soon!

:) Julie

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party and Features!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farmhouse Weathered French Doors Tweaked

I did a post on my Farmhouse Weathered French Doors recently. You can see the full post here.

Here is what they looked like. I liked them, but they just didn't feel weathered enough.

So ...

I dry brushed on more white paint ...
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