Moody Monday

I really enjoy creating a mood board and seeing how various items come together to create a space.

Below is one of the mood boards I did for an assignment. I wanted to create a neutral and natural base for an open and comfortable feel, with feature red and teal and various patterns and textures for some fun and warmth.

Living Room Mood Board

A Few Of My Favourite Things

We are well and truly into this year now but I have a few of my favorite things from Christmas to share with you. They make me love my home even more.

1. Red throw rug from House and Garden

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2. Vase from House & Garden. Perfect for my fake flowers 😉20140226-123926.jpg

3. Antique Key Hook from Urban Outfitters. A similar one is available here20140226-123947.jpg

4. String on holder with scissors (a present from New Zealand)20140226-123917.jpg

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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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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Weekend Getaway

A few weekends ago was our annual family girls weekend. 3 generations of women on my mum’s side get away together for the weekend.
Saturday afternoon found us perusing the local op shops and we needed a coffee break to keep us going.
We stopped at Lilla’s Cafe in Yankalilla (and I’ve only just now wiring this, realised why it’s called Lilla’s!)
What a gorgeous little place and we found a few cute and wonderful things that I though I’d share.

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6 Ways To Use Wooden Crates

Wooden crates have so many uses and can be a clever feature item in your home.

Here’s 6 different ways you can use them.

1. Keep your cushions and throws next to the couch

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Source: ext.homedepot.com (Check this out to see how to customise your own wooden storage crate)

2. Display Shelving

A few years ago a friend and I found a bunch of old wooden fruit crates on the side of the road (during hard rubbish collection) and grabbed 3 each!

I immediately found a place to set mine up at home and used it like display boxes/shelves, with ornaments and magazines stored inside and on top.

This is the set up at our old home  IMG_8613

3. Sneaky Storage

When we moved to our granny flat I knew I had limited space but keeping my crates was a must for me!

I found both decorative and practical ways to incorporate them into our new living space. 2 are on top of each other as decorative display similar to before, and the other is a convenient cleaning storage box. As you can see below, it is up against the bookshelf and wall with our Enjo floor cleaner and dust pan & brush inside.

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As you can image there’s not a lot of space in our granny flat so finding sneaky storage solutions was essential. Another crate that I bought at an op shop stores our vacuum cleaner neatly under this table.

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4. Mounted to the wall

A more permanent display shelving solution. Looks great.

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Source: Home Girl London

5. Use them with an old window to create a rustic coffee table

Say what??

Maybe not a common use but I love the creativity of this idea.

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Source: Home Design Board

6. Bedside Table

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Source:  Apartment Therapy