DIY Ideas – Outdoor Pendant Lights

September 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’ve been on the lookout for a rustic style pendant light that could be fitted with a solar bulb and hung beneath my pergola for quite some time. I just can’t find quite the right one at an affordable price. So I’ve decided to have a go a making one! Now I just have to decide how to go about it so I’ve gathered some ideas…
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-C x

DIY: Window Shutter Mail Holder

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

 How cute is this easy DIY idea! Just an old window shutter painted a fun colour and mounted on the wall to hold all the mail and clutter that would otherwise end up on the kitchen bench!

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Now I just have to find a gorgeous old shutter that’s the right size. Watch this space! -C x

Gallery Wall – Part One

March 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is the first stage of a small gallery wall that I’ve been planning in my kitchen/ dining area for a while. I love the look of gallery walls but they take A LOT of time and planning to get them just right. I’m hoping to slowly add to this one as I see the perfect pieces.

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Clockwise from left: LOVE Candy Lemon print by Made By Girl, flower canvas from Bed Bath N’ Table and framed greeting card from kikki.K.
I’m hoping to add one of these gorgeous prints next -C x

Ikat Love

February 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

I often fall victim to trends in both fashion and interiors but ikat (pronounced ee-kaht), is an interiors trend that I don’t see going away any time soon. In my small home I have cushions, diy art work and and a lamp shade all in this gorgeous print.

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I love these ikat bowls in a major way, they’re from Anthropologie but are sold out online and the shipping charges to Australia are pretty serious! They are oh so beautiful though…

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A couple of days ago, one of my new favourite design blogs Style Theories introduced me to a whole new world of ikat… tile mosaics!

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Beyond stunning.
I’m head over heels for ikat! -C x

DIY Project – Restored Bentwood Chair

February 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have always admired authentic bentwood furniture, particularly the Thonet Bistro Chair. Widely renowned as a design classic, I’ve often seen beautifully (and not so beautifully) restored pieces in antique shops for ridiculous prices and have been searching for one to restore myself for a few months now. Yesterday I was lucky enough to come a cross a real gem at a secondhand furniture shop in Southport. As the chair was in quite a sorry condition I got it for $20 and wasted no time in getting to work.
This is the chair in the condition I bought it, it was a yellowy cream colour and once I started sanding it back I realised it had been a number of other colours before that!

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I removed the seat from the frame of the chair, sanded the paint back, washed and dried the chair thoroughly and spray painted it in Dulux Satin Gloss White.

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I had a piece of foam cut to the size of the seat and chose a neutral coloured, printed cotton drill to cover the cushion with.

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After reattaching the seat to the frame of the chair it was finished and I am very happy with the results!

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A custom restored, authentic bentwood piece for under $40! Now I just have to decide where to put this little beauty -C x

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