My Turquoise Chair

About a year ago I found this cute little chair on the side of the road in hard rubbish.
A year later I finally fixed it up to add to my mismatched dinning chairs.
Well actually I didn’t do much of the work. My sister-in-law wanted to use it at her wedding, so my parents, my sister-in-law and her mum are the ones really responsible.
The old seat was looking pretty gross and the chair was missing a few bits and had to be taken apart and glued back together.
While apart I sanded it down so that the paint would grip to the wood better.

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Once glued back together it was painted turquoise (a colour I’ve been adding into my house bit by bit lately) and rubbed back to reveal some of the wood and white undercoat – for that rustic look.

The seat was covered in some hessian, which was originally a temporary solution for the wedding and then I could decide what I wanted to use later. I really like the hessian though, so I’m keeping it 🙂

Here it is!

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You can only just see it down towards the end but here’s the chair at the wedding on the long tables which had random mismatched chairs mixed in.20140208-130937.jpg

And this is what it looks like around our dining table. Love it!

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Spotlight on Interior Design Styles: Contemporary

Some friends of ours are building a house and have asked for help in selecting furniture, fixtures etc. They told me they don’t know what styles they like (Although could easily tell me what they don’t like).

So I did some ‘pinning’ of some different styles of interior design to show them and I’ve been doing some more research into what makes an interior design style.

I thought I would share with you, over the next few weeks, some basic descriptions and some examples of a few styles.

Contemporary

Contemporary interior design is essentially whatever is current or up to date. Also often referred to as ‘modern’ (although this can also be referencing another specific style).

This is a style that is constantly evolving but generally contemporary interiors feature modern clean lines, smooth surfaces and mostly neutral colours such as white, creams, browns and blacks etc with bold colours as accents.

Contemporary interiors are uncluttered and can sometimes appear cold with smooth and shiny surfaces but some softer textures, patterns, natural elements and pops of colour can help warm the space. But remember to keep it simple and open with minimal accessories and bold or geometric shapes rather than intricate detail.

Here are a few examples.

Contemporary Living RoomSource: Architecture Art Design

Contemporary KitchenSource: Houzz

Contemporary Living SpaceSource: Houzz

Contemporary BathroomSource: Houzz

Milk Bottles – 5 ways to use them at home

For Christmas I was given a set of little milk bottles – how cute! But what exactly to do with them?

Here are a few ideas.

1. Christmas Decorations

Milk Bottles Christmas DecorationSource: Miss Sew & So..

2. Vases

Milk Bottle VasesSource: Baileys Home and Garden

I’ve used one as a vase on my coffee table tray.

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3. Paint Dipped Vases (for something extra special)

Paint Dipped Milk BottlesSource: Say Yes To Hoboken

4. Drinks at a party

I think I might do this one for New Years Eve to go with my fruit punch!

Milk Bottles StrawsSource: Wed Society

5. General Decor

With a bit of string, hessian or lace tied around them they look great anywhere in the home.

Mine came with some black stick on labels and a white pen so here’s what I came up with –

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Update

Well it’s been a while since I last blogged. Life has been busy; work, weddings, Christmas. I’ve also been busy updating some things in our home.

A few months back we bought a new sofa. It’s a Kaslstad sofa bed from Ikea and matching footstool. Of course along with this I also needed to buy some new cushions and a new rug 🙂

Here’s a reminder of how it was before.

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So here’s an update of what our little home looks like now! I love the changes, especially the touch of turquoise.. more of that to come.

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Moody Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

I cannot believe it’s the end of September already, but I’m in a very good mood about it anyway.

In a few days time it’s my birthday and I’ll be heading down to Deep Creek for an annual family camping trip over the long weekend in South Australia.  I can’t wait 🙂

I’ve also just handed in my final assignment of my interior design course with The Interior Design Institute. Woohoo!

So to celebrate all these wonderful things I bring you some mood boards.

This was part of one of my assignments where I had to speak to someone I know about some interior design work they would like done and treat them as client.

This assignment was actually mostly about paperwork and I only had to write up a scheme for the room but for my own purposes I created some mood boards/layouts.

Teenage Retreat Mood Board (2)

Teenage Retreat Mood Board (1)

This room is a teenage retreat in a family home. Somewhere for the teens to hang out, watch TV, play video games, music (including drums) and the sofa would be a sofa bed for easy sleepovers.

The trunk & footstool would double as seating and storage and along with the bookshelf and storage shelf, they all help to keep bits and pieces stored away neatly.

The mural wall is to be made of a sound absorbent material to help keep the noise from traveling throughout the rest of the house.

I wanted to create something contemporary with touches of industrial and rustic which is achieved with geometric patterns, bold colours and then industrial lighting and a few rustic wooden items. We discussed the colours grey, navy blue and mustard and I added some pops of pink/purple for contrast, fun and a more feminine touch.

The soft greys and dark carpet keep a relaxed feel while the bold shapes and pops of colour create a fun environment.

If I was still a teenager, I would love a room like this!

The Provincial Nest

My lovely aunty Poppy has started living her dream with her own store, selling all things vintage, rustic & recycled.

It’s called The Provincial Nest and is mostly based online but a few weekends ago she had her first ‘pop up shop’ in Hahndorf and I went along to visit.

Her collection was so delightful. The red table was my favourite, of course.

Check out more on the website www.theprovincialnest.com

The next pop up shop will be on Sunday 29th September 2013 on the Storison verandah, 73 Main St, Hahndorf

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5 Great Mismatched Chair Examples

I love mismatched chairs. It’s something I’m working towards in my own home. I have a few different ones but I’d like to improve it a bit.

Here’s some of my inspiration…

Love the mix of colours and mix of styles in the room. Sleek modern, retro & rustic. Mismatched Chairs 1        Source: Design Sponge

This one is very cute. Nice contrast between the colours of the chairs. Mismatched Chairs 2 Source: Design Inc

 

Great chairs – love them all wooden. Love the lights too!Mismatched Chairs 3 Source: At Home In Love

 

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Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Sleek & modern kitchen with rustic mismatched chairs, makes the room fun!Mismatched Chairs 5 Source: From Scandanavia With Love