The Flip House | Kitchen & Deck Reveal

Normally when someone mentions a kitchen reveal it’s something to get excited about.

There’ll be new shaker cabinets with sleek marble counters, fancy island pendant lights, cool open shelving, hardware that doubles as jewellery and an amazing tile backsplash.

Yeah, well, this isn’t that kind of kitchen reveal.

As any of you who have been following along with the flip house will know, my friend wasn’t interested in renovating (which is totally fair enough). So, we’ve done the best we can with a simple cosmetic update. And it’s honestly amazing how much you can improve the feel of a space with little more than a good declutter and some fresh styling.

Here’s how things looked at the beginning of the flip…

Kitchen Before

Before Kitchen

And here is the kitchen now…

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

You can find side-by-side before and after images toward the end of the post.

In many ways we got lucky with this kitchen. It had a simple black and cream colour scheme, relatively modern stainless steel appliances and a nice functional layout.

To make it appealing, it really just needed a good tidy-up, a decent clean and a few simple updates.

I’ve spoken about most of the little projects in my previous flip house posts however will touch on them again briefly.

One of the bigger changes was painting the pantry door.

Pantry Door After

I wanted to break-up all of the cream and initially thought black would work to modernise things. I did one coat and hated it. With the benchtops and feature floor tiles it created a checkerboard feel which actually came across as dated.

So I decided to try some of the left-over Duck Egg paint from the exterior and it worked really well. It adds a fun colour hit which softens the black, updates the cream and introduces a touch of liveliness.

Another big-ish change was adding tile decals.

Kitchen Vignette

They look dimpled because the underlying tiles are textured. It doesn’t adversely effect the overall appearance at all.

The original strip of multi-coloured feature tiles wasn’t totally awful, though it didn’t exactly enhance the room or gel with the new feel I was aiming to create.

Tile decals are a quick and easy solution which pack a big punch! You can learn more about them in my previous post HERE.

Kitchen After

To further modernise and solidify things we also switched out the generic silver cabinet handles for more contemporary black ones.

Pantry Door Handle

The pantry got this cool long bar pull and all of the cabinet doors got similar smaller ones.

For a point of difference I used bin pulls on the drawers.

Kitchen After

I couldn’t find any really cheap bin pulls in the style I liked with the right hole centers (as obviously I wanted to use the existing holes in the drawer fronts from the previous handles) so I splurged a little here by spending a bit more than I normally would.

The only other notable change was swapping the old ceiling light for this more on-trend clear glass fixture from Bunnings.

Kitchen After

It’s a subtle change, however we’ve used these simple fixtures throughout most of the house so it just helps with that sense of continuity.

Oh, and I should mention, the two ‘pendants’ over the peninsula you can see in the before pics were merely battery operated lights attached to the ceiling (they were not hard-wired). Although I do love island pendants I decided to remove these ones. Whilst I could have updated them style-wise, the peninsula is angled and they just didn’t look right in the room, plus they obstructed the sight-line through this open-plan space.

I really wanted a shelving unit for the area beside the breakfast bar though unfortunately I was out of time and money. Still, the wall needed something (pretty BIG!) and I came across this large-scale bird wall chart when I was going through my decor stash.

Bird Wall Chart

I created this a few years back when I was helping my parents refresh their living room. At the time it didn’t make the cut (we ended up going for something a bit more feminine and refined) so it has been languishing in a dark wardrobe ever since! Surely it deserves better than that!

I found the free image online, did a bit of editing and had it printed on specialty canvas through a supplier on eBay for the super low price of $25. When I received it the colours were really over-saturated so I white washed it, antiqued it, then threw it in the washing machine.

As a result it has this distressed, grungy, weathered look which isn’t for everyone though I personally love it! To finish, I hemmed the sides then added some basic timber trim and a leather hanging strap.

The bar stools are simply from Kmart and work to give purpose to the raised overhanging counter along with fill some of the vacant space.

Kitchen After

All of the decor are things we already owned.

My collection of blue-green glassware fills the open shelving.

I originally wanted to take these shelves down because they’re kinda my pet hate, however they were well and truly attached and I didn’t want to risk damaging the walls or cabinets. I think this grouping does a good job of making them appear a little more current.

Above the fridge I kept things simple with white crockery layered with cane charging plates.

Kitchen Decor

And the microwave nook holds a few trays and a rustic bowl filled with oranges.

Kitchen After

Kitchen Vignette

We didn’t do much with the backyard (that old time and money thing) however the biggest single expense in the entire flip was building a deck.

The original paved area was wonky and weird and just plain unappealing. In fact, it was probably the single worst aspect of the whole property. Leaving it as is would have been a huge blight on all our other hard work. Fortunately my friend’s son is training as a carpenter so he built the deck for us.

This was the state of things before the flip (well, after some of the pavers had already been ripped up)…

Deck Before

And here’s the area now…

Deck Styling

I’m so sorry, though I don’t have a pic from the same aspect. Mainly because when I took my pics the grass hadn’t been mowed and made everything look really untidy – LOL!

Originally, I had visions of dressing this space to the nines: a heap of string lights hanging from the pergola roof, a DIY pendant over the table, an outdoor lounge zone with rugs, ottomans, pot plants and other pretty things. Sadly though, it just wasn’t gonna happen. We were out of time and money.

Setting After

I simply had to make do.

In fairness though, as satisfying as it would have been to go all out, in the overall scheme of things it probably would have had little impact.

In the end I simply used this table I found on Gumtree for $50 and this set of eight Chippendale style chairs I picked up on Marketplace for $100.

Dining Table

Chippendale Chairs

I simply ripped the table top back to raw using the coarsest sandpaper in the whole wide world (I was going for speed and still need to hit it with something finer for a smoother feel), and painted the base using leftover Duck Egg paint from the exterior.

The chairs were sprayed white though will probably need to be refinished at some stage. Again, I was going for speed and didn’t bother with proper prep. At the time, my goal was simply to make them look white! I guess trying to finish staging an entire house in two weeks kinda depletes your usual care factor!

Chippendale Chairs

Again, the decor bit and pieces are all things we already owned.

Outdoor Table Styling

PRICE & SOURCE LIST (KITCHEN)

Tile Decals | Encaustic Moroccan Tile from Bleucoin on Etsy | $60

Cabinet Door Handles | eBay | $3 each

Cabinet Drawer Pulls | Etsy | $7 each

Pantry Door Handle | eBay | $8

Light Fitting | Bunnings | $14

Bar Stools | Kmart | $25 each

Wall Chart | DIY | $30

Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $256

 

PRICE & SOURCE LIST (DECK)

Deck | Merbau Deck (approx. 6 meters x 4 meters) | $4,000

Chairs | Marketplace | $12 each

Table | Gumtree | $50

Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $4,072

 

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Before Kitchen

Kitchen After

Deck Before

Deck Styling

I know these makeovers are nothing special, though I hope they help inspire anyone who’s trying to make the most of what they already have.

Oh, and I have some exciting news about the house I’ll be sharing super soon. Stay tuned!

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The Flip House | Dining Room Reveal

So, my room reveals may have slowed down a touch, though they’re still coming!

This is how the dining room looked a few months back…

Before

And here it is now…

Dining Room After

I absolutely love the feel of this space! It’s earthy and fresh, and a little bit rustic, and it ties in perfectly with the adjoining living room.

Living Room After

My initial plan for this space was to use cheap second-hand furniture, which would have sufficed, however I was incredibly lucky to be offered this amazing setting from Early Settler. How could I say no?

The dining table is absolutely gorgeous.

Dining Table

And the woven chairs have a relaxed sophistication which honestly makes you exhale.

Dining Room After

To provide an anchor for the furniture, and help soften (and hide!) the floor tiles, this subtle rug works perfectly.

Dining Room After

I was going to use a large basket pendant in here, though once the chairs were in place it felt like there was already enough wicker in the room.

Instead, I decided something metal would work well to add some interest and reference the other gold accents in the house, however I didn’t have the budget for a fancy brass fixture.

Enter this regular fabric shade I found at an Op Shop for $6.

Second Hand Tapered Shade

Making this look like brass was a total experiment.

DIY Brass Light

I first removed the fabric (which is easier said than done – in hindsight I probably would have just left it attached) then spray painted the underlying styrene gold.

It looked okay, though a bit flat and dull, so I amped things up by applying a burnt umber glaze, which I stippled, drizzled and splattered on in a haphazard manner to create a bit of grunge, followed by a clear gloss sealer.

Now it was getting there, though things still felt a little bit plain. To create some interest, and help with the brass illusion, I decided some metal hardware was needed.

I had no idea what I was going to use, however after scouring the aisles at the hardware store I came away with some brass picture frame triangles and gold split pins.

Hardware

They’re just right!

DIY Light

The shade is simply attached to a basic DIY suspension kit which is plugged into the existing batten fixture.

Dining After

The artwork was a last minute addition.

Given there is already quite a lot of feature wall decor scattered throughout the house, I was going to leave this wall blank though it just felt a little too bland. So, I took some left-over white and black paint, plus this old gold frame I’ve had for ages, and created my very own super quick abstract.

Unfortunately I don’t have a close up pic however I’m really happy with it. I painted it outside on a windy day and the breeze occasionally caught the paint and made these random ribbony scrawls which turned out looking really intentional and cool.

Dining Table Vignette

All of the decor are things we already owned. The glass vase and tea towel are still available at Kmart.

PRICE & SOURCE LIST

Dining Table | Highgate Dining Table from Early Settler | $990 on sale*

Dining Chairs | Cera Dining Chairs from Early Settler | $139 each*

Floor Rug | Kaya Diamond Border Woven Rug from Early Settler | $479*

Wall Art | DIY (using items we already owned) | $0

Light Fitting | DIY (using suspension kit and thrifted shade) | $30

Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $30

*We were super lucky to be gifted some items from Early Settler. 
I’ve provided their costs however they are excluded from the total.

Before

Dining Room After

I know this makeover is pretty sweet and simple though I hope you like it :)

Now, just to update you on the status of the sale…the house has been on the market for just over two weeks now and there have been three strong offers! My friend is holding out for a bit more though interest has been high (especially considering the slow and flooded market) so hopefully there’ll be a ‘sold’ sticker across the board soon!

 

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Dining Room Makeover

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The Flip House | Living Room Reveal

Coffee Table Styling

So, I know you guys already know this but…I have the best readers in the whole wide world!

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my previous reveal posts. You have honestly floored me with your kindness. I was actually worried some people might feel the need to jump on and leave critical feedback purely to puncture my presumably over-inflated ego – LOL!

Anyhoo, I’ve been hanging out to share this space because it’s possibly my favourite in the entire house.

Here’s how the living room looked at the beginning of the flip…

Before

Before

Before

And here it is now…

Living Room After

Sideboard

Living Room After

You can find side-by-side before and after images toward the end of the post.

This room was a bit of an evolution.

I started with the sofa, which came with the house (originally in the sitting room). Although it wasn’t the style or colour I would have chosen it was simple and neutral enough to work with.

Next came the sideboard which I found for $80 on Gumtree. I must admit, at first I wasn’t sure about this piece. I was getting desperate and it was the right scale and price so I jumped on it. It wasn’t until I got it in the house that I realised just how perfect it was!

Sideboard

Of course, I needed some armchairs to accompany the sofa, and a nice big rug to warm the space up, help anchor everything together and somewhat conceal the floor tiles.

Ordinarily I would make do with cheap second-hand items, however in this case I was lucky to be gifted some gorgeous products from Early Settler. It was an offer too good to refuse! Whilst they aren’t pieces I would normally purchase to stage a prudent flip house (remember, I am super stingy – LOL), for my own home I wouldn’t hesitate, and I know many of you will love them!

The stunning rug is possibly my most favourite thing ever! The photos really don’t do it justice.

Coffee Table Styling

And how cool are the woven armchairs?

Flip House Living Room

They’re sophisticated yet casual and give the room a lovely unique feel.

With the timber of the sideboard and wicker of the armchairs, I felt that introducing more wood or cane could be a bit much so set about trying to find a metal coffee table. I was about to give up and try making my own when I came across this one on Marketplace for just $40.

Living Room After

It’s simple and contemporary and just right.

When you walk in the front door, you can see the side of the sofa at the end of the hallway.

Entry After

Given it’s quite dark, big and blocky I added this basic gold side table (which I found on clearance at Early Settler) to help break it up a bit.

Living Room After

It can be tempting to scatter decor all over the place, though I left the top of it clear to avoid creating a cluttered feel.

For me, one of the most impactful elements in the space is the gorgeous floor lamp.

Floor Lamp

Whilst it’s not overly bold or showy, it has a gentle sculptural presence which adds interest and provides a needed modern edge. Plus the black and gold works perfectly to tie the room together. Without it, things just wouldn’t feel quite so well resolved and stylish. Don’t you think?

To freshen things up, and also link-in with the sitting room, I added a selection of white cushions. They are all filled with feather inserts we already owned and have been sewn by mum using a combination of inexpensive fabrics and tea towels – yep, tea towels make great cushion covers!

Grid Cushion

I’m not normally a grid person though something about the understated simplicity of this pattern just seemed so right in here!

And, of course, you can never go past a fine pinstripe.

Pinstripe Cushion

Initially I wanted to hang an over-size moody artwork above the sideboard. As awesome as that would have been, due to time and budget restraints I ended-up using this large gridded mirror we already owned.

Sideboard

It normally hangs in my parent’s breakfast nook (you may remember it from this previous post) and was a $5 Op Shop find from several years back which I added the trim to.

Sideboard Vignette

It’s super heavy so to avoid hanging it I’ve merely rested it against the wall which also works to lend things a nice relaxed feel. I absolutely love it in here and am thinking it may work even better than an artwork would have.

My original plan was to keep the decor super minimal, however as I began adding things it just started feeling better and better! I still exercised restraint, so it’s far from cluttered, though it has a layered warmth which helps it look collected and genuinely homey.

Vignette

Coffee Table Styling

We already owned most of the decor, and the vast majority has been thrifted, so you really don’t need to spend much when ‘dressing’ a room.

Sideboard Vignette

PRICE & SOURCE LIST

Sofa | Already Owned | $0

Armchairs | Woven Wicker Occasional Chair from Early Settler | $399 each*

Floor Rug | Nomad Diamond Hand Tufted Rug from Early Settler | $560*

Sideboard | Gumtree | $80

Coffee Table | Marketplace | $40

Gold Side Table | Early Settler | $25 on clearance

Rustic Timber Stool | Already Owned (former DIY project) | $0

Floor Lamp | Williams Trumpet Lamp from Early Settler | $150*

Ceiling Light | Bunnings | $14

Mirror | Already Owned | $0

White Cushion Covers | DIY using Fabric from Spotlight | $5 each

Pinstripe Lumbar Cushion Cover | DIY using Tea Towel from H&M | $6

Grid Cushion Covers | DIY using Tea Towels from H&M | $6 each

Gold Cushion Cover | Already Owned (originally from H&M) | $0

Feather Cushion Inserts | Already Owned | $0

Brass Planter | Ashika Plant Holder (Medium) from Early Settler | $31*

Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $197

 

*We were super lucky to be gifted some items from Early Settler. 
I’ve provided their costs however they are excluded from the total.

 

Before

Living Room After

Before

Living Room After

Before

Living Room Makeover

Hope you guys like this space as much as I do.

Will be back soon to share the dining room!

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The Flip House | Master Bedroom & Ensuite Reveal

Bedroom After

I’m chugging along with the flip house room reveals like a crazy lady. Or maybe just like a proper blogger? Either way I hope you haven’t been too alarmed by my level of efficiency – LOL!

This is the master suite which features a bedroom, ensuite and walk-in-wardrobe. Here’s how it looked a few months back…

Master Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Before

Before

And here it is now…

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Ensuite After

You can find side-by-side before and after images toward the end of the post.

Sorry, I didn’t take an after of the wardrobe because all we did was clean it out.

The master bedroom is one of the first rooms you glimpse as you walk in the front door. Given it has its own little entry hall I really wanted to draw people in and set the overall tone for the house with a slightly sophisticated mood.

Bedroom Makeover

The jumping off point was the mustard headboard which was an easy and affordable DIY (I’ll share a tutorial in the coming weeks).

We were lucky to already have the basic bed ensemble (as per the before pic) though the original Queen Anne style headboard just wasn’t working with the scale of the room. To give the bed some presence and added oomph something more significant was needed.

Initially I was going to go with a bold and contemporary pattern for the headboard, though I couldn’t find quite what I wanted, and then I stumbled across this plush mustard fabric.

I was smitten, and immediately pictured it with deep green, aged leather and shiny brass. It’s a slightly unusual colour scheme though I love that it’s different.

  Master Bedroom After

To compliment it I upholstered the bed base in a linen-look charcoal, which is actually a curtain panel!

Bed skirts, or valances, can be expensive, plus they don’t tend to come in a great range of styles and fabrics (and often they don’t fit well). By making your own you can tailor it perfectly and choose from a wide range of fabrics. I went with a curtain panel because the fact it’s already hemmed means there’s no sewing required! And often they are cheaper than buying the same amount of fabric off the bolt.

This curtain panel came in a set of two for $21 (on sale) and I used one whole panel plus a small strip of the second panel (I probably could have gotten away with using just one if I’d been more careful with my measuring). I’ll share a full tutorial in a future post though I essentially trimmed lengths to size then stapled them directly to the bed base until it was all covered.

DIY Bed Skirt

The bedding is a mix of new and old.

The ticking sheet, block-printed coverlet set, faux leather lumbar cushion and green throw are things we already owned.

Bedding

The green accent cushions and white euro pillows are from Spotlight.

Rug

The rug was a bit of a happy accident. I picked this one up on sale, not quite knowing where I was going to use it, and it works perfectly in here. The grey has a gentle green undertone which references all the other green without being too much, and the geometric pattern adds a slightly modern touch.

Master Bedroom After

I would have loved some natural timber in here however no-one, myself included, was willing to sand the cube tables I found on eBay back to raw. It wouldn’t have been a super difficult job, though it’s not the funnest things to do in the world, especially when you already have a million projects on the go.

The original wenge finish was a little too dark, and damaged, so I decided to simply paint them using some left-over green sample pot paint.

Bedroom Makeover

I then added these cute brass corners from D Lawless Hardware for a touch of interest. It’s all in the details.

Green Table with Brass Corners

Atop the side tables sit glass lamps which I stole from my parent’s beach house (you may recognise them from this old makeover) and a variety of simple decor we already owned.

Side Table Styling

The brass planter holds faux Pincushion blooms (could you tell?) which I’ve supplemented with real gum leaves. Adding real foliage to artificial flowers is a no fail way of making them appear more authentic (although these ones do look pretty amazing as is). I adore live flowers though when you’re staging a property for sale it can get pricey replacing them every other week. This is a great cheat.

Artificial Flower Styling

Another DIY from this space is the basket ceiling light.

Master Bedroom After

I found this basket at Spotlight and immediately knew it was meant to be a light fixture! As with the headboard and bed skirt, I’ll share a full tutorial in the coming weeks though I essentially just re-purposed a lamp frame so I could attach it to the ceiling batten fitting like any regular light shade.

DY Basket Light

I was initially going to use it as a pendant though it felt a bit too imposing hanging low.

To give the natural seagrass a sense of belonging in the space, I added a simple cane mirror above the bed which speaks to it perfectly.

Master Bedroom After

The curtains are the same sheers I used in the sitting room (Caprice Montego in ‘Linen’). I put them up in here first and decided I loved them so much I needed to use them again! They have a beautiful fall and each panel is nice and generous for a soft, full effect.

Bedroom After

In my wide angle shot above I was able to capture the cute plant stands I have hiding around the corner.

Plant Stands

I’ve filled them with lovely lush ferns and they’re the perfect little accent to fill this bare corner and add a touch of life and freshness to the space.

Although the transformation in the ensuite looks pretty extreme, we actually haven’t done much.

Ensuite After

The toilet was a bit run down so we switched-out the seat and cistern to give it a fresh, clean look without replacing the entire thing.

And I had some left-over handles from the kitchen so we changed the original chrome pulls on the vanity for these more on-trend black ones.

Aside from that, it’s really just cleaning and staging.

Bathroom Styling

We were fortunate it was so neutral to begin with. If anyone is currently designing their home and wants something which will stand the test of time, you can not go past classic black and white!

Most of the decor are bits and pieces we already owned.

The rug is vintage (borrowed from my aunt), and you may recognise the little stool from this previous DIY.

The little black vessel is another of my spray painted Op Shop finds which I’ve filled with sweet artificial sedum sprays, and the wall basket you can see reflected in the mirror matches those I’ve hung beside the front entrance. It looks a little lost here on that big blank wall however it’s actually positioned directly over the towel rail.

Ensuite After

PRICE & SOURCE LIST (MASTER BEDROOM)

Carpet | Beaulieu Daytona in ‘Green Beige’ | $600

Light Fitting | DIY (basket from Spotlight) | $22 on sale*

Curtains & Fittings | Caprice Montego Sheers in ‘Linen’ (plus all hardware) from Spotlight | $65 on sale*

Floor Rug | Woolen Payton Maze Rug from Spotlight | $200 on sale*

Bed Ensemble | Already Owned | $0

Headboard | DIY (fabric from Spotlight) | $25

Side Tables | DIY (found on eBay) | $40

End of Bed Bench | Already Owned | $0

Round Mirror | Spotlight | $18*

Glass Lamps | Already Owned | $0

Planter Stands | Spotlight | $46 for both*

Ticking Sheet, Block-Printed Coverlet, Faux Leather Cushion, Green Throw | Already Owned | $0

Green Cushion Covers | Spotlight | $15 each on sale*

White Euro Pillow Covers | Spotlight | $4 each on sale*

Bed Skirt | DIY (using a curtain panel from Spotlight) | $15*

Brass Planter & Artificial Flowers | Koch & Co. | $32*

Other Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $655

 

PRICE & SOURCE LIST (ENSUITE)

New Toilet Cistern & Seat | Installed by Plumber | $160

Floor Rug | Already Owned | $0

Stool | Already Owned | $0

Wall Basket | Early Settler | $35*

Cabinet Pulls | eBay | $3 each

Artificial Sedum Sprays | Koch & Co. | $9*

Other Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $175

 

*We were super lucky to be gifted some items from Spotlight, Koch & Co and Early Settler. 
I’ve provided their costs however they are excluded from the total.

Here are the side-by-side before and afters…

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Before

Ensuite After

Hope you guys like it.

As mentioned, I’ll be back to share the DIY tutorials once the entire flip house has been revealed.

Next up I’ll be posting the open plan dining and living spaces (which just may be my favourite)!

 

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The Flip House | Home Office Reveal

Firstly, thank you all so much for the beautiful response to my last post. I was totally overwhelmed and uplifted by your lovely comments which have really stirred me to get a move on with sharing more of the flip house!

 Home Office Decor

Carrying on with my ‘front to back’ tour, I’m moving just right of the entrance into the fourth bedroom/home office (you can find the floor plan HERE if you’d like to get a better sense of the layout of the house). Here’s how it looked before…

Study Before

Study Before

Before

Sorry, they aren’t the greatest before pics.

And here it is now…

Home Office After

Office Bamboo Shelves

Home Office Makeover

You can find side-by-side before and after images toward the end of the post.

As mentioned in previous posts, one of the big changes was adding a door. Not only does this allow us to market the property as having four bedrooms (instead of just three and a study), it gives the new home owners the option of closing the room off – whatever they decide to use it for.

I was tossing-up between dressing this area as a nursery, a guest bedroom, and even a multi-purpose space with a daybed and a desk (which would have been pretty cool), however in the end I kept things simple by going with a basic study.

Bookcase Styling

Once I decided on the study route, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted (I know, super strange for me!).

I saw a grid of art over a desk, a slip-covered parson chair, a plush rug, a large tree and a cute bookshelf.

Home Office Makeover

I was struggling to find a desk I liked when I came across this one in Officeworks. The shape mimics the entry console I built perfectly, and the modern, slightly masculine style works to ground some of the more pretty and vintage touches in the room. Love it!

The chair is from my mum’s house.

Desk Chair

I wanted something with a skirted slip-cover to harp back to the ottomans in the entry. I was seriously considering buying an almost identical chair from Ikea when mum reminded me she had this one. It’s just a regular timber dining chair which she recently sewed a slip-cover for and added a DIY seat pad to.

At first I wasn’t sure about the ticking (I do ADORE ticking though in my mind saw plain cream linen) though it adds a subtle dash of pattern which actually works really well.

Home Office Decor

I was lucky to be gifted the gorgeous rug a few months back. It’s from We Berber and is the most lush thing in the whole wide world. For reals.

Shag Rug

We Berber hand-weave their rugs in Morocco from natural wool and using ethical, fair-trade means. They are so lovely.

The artwork grid uses gold frames from Kmart and my free printable ferns.

Free Fern Prints

I almost backed-out when I realised the frames were going to cost me almost $100, but I bit the bullet and just went for it. I could potentially have bought slightly cheaper frames and spray-painted them though decent gold spray paint is fairly expensive anyways so in the end I wouldn’t have been that much better off. Plus it would have added yet another project to my compiling list.

Free Fern Printables

Thankfully the prints only needed to be quite small and cost me less than $4 in total from Officeworks. Score!

For a while I wasn’t sure whether to go with edgy abstracts or soft botanicals, however in the end I figured the house already had enough abstract art. I like creating a sense of continuity though sometimes you also need to break things up. I’ve used botanical prints in one of the bathrooms too so they are echoed elsewhere (which saves them from being lost and lonely in here).

Fern Grid

On the wall opposite the desk I positioned this cute bamboo shelf which I picked-up from Marketplace for $50.

Office Bamboo Shelves

I love this shelf and have always wanted one. It’s staged with a variety of items we already owned. I stuck with mainly books to reinforce the office feel and plopped this large green demijohn beside it for a touch of colour and interest.

Bookcase Styling

Even with the desk, chair and shelf, there was still quite a bit of empty space in the room and for some reason I decided a tree was called for.

I’ve never used a tree in an interior before however it’s not exactly anything new. Problem was, trees generally aren’t cheap and I was pretty much out of coin.

Enter this branch (okay, perhaps small limb) from one of my parent’s established olive trees.

Olive Tree Inside

I have it sitting inside a narrow, tall glass vase filled with water to help sustain it, which is sitting inside a standard, plastic pot filled with rocks to help weight it, which is sitting inside the Kmart belly basket to help make it look nice.

Apparently the branch should last for many months. What a great free way to fill a void in a room and add instant earthiness and life to any space.

Home Office Makeover

The simple light fitting is from Bunnings and adds just the right hint of casual texture.

Twine Light Fitting

Finally, the decor on the desk consists of items we already owned.

Desk Styling

You may recognise the green flat file drawers and timber card catalogue from my previous DIY posts.

The brass magnifying stand is out of my little man’s bedroom (originally from TK Maxx) and the black stone canister is stolen from my mum’s laundry (originally from Kmart).

Free Fern Printables

PRICE & SOURCE LIST

New Door & Frame | Professionally Installed | $585

Carpet | Beaulieu Daytona in ‘Green Beige’ | $380

Desk | Rustic One Drawer Computer Desk from Officeworks | $159*

Chair | Already Owned | $0

Floor Rug | OOAK from We Berber | $350*

Bamboo Shelves | Facebook Marketplace | $50

Ceiling Light Shade | Cali String Batten Fix from Bunnings | $52*

Olive ‘Tree’ | Clipping from Garden | $0

Belly Basket | Already Owned (originally from Kmart) | $0

Gallery Grid Frames | Kmart | $90

Botanical Prints | Officeworks | $4

Decor | Already Owned | $0

TOTAL $1,109

 

*We were super lucky to be gifted some items from Bunnings, Officeworks and We Berber. 
I’ve provided their costs however they are excluded from the total.

 

Here are the comparison images…

Before

Home Office Makeover

Study Before

Home Office After

So happy with the way this room came together. Given it’s right at the front of the house I especially love the way it looks through the window from the street.

I’ll be back soon to share the master bedroom and ensuite!

Signature

 

Find all of the previous flip house posts HERE.

In other news, it looks like the house will be Open for Inspection this coming Saturday! I’ll be sure to let you know more once things come to light. Would love to see you there if you’re able!