Chalk Paint Tutorial (Distressed Vintage Style)

Antique Effect Distressed Chalk Paint Tutorial

Some of you may not know that when I started this blog, I was up-cycling and on-selling A LOT of furniture. It was a hobby. My second job of sorts. And I LOVED it. Though with the growth of my blog, and, more pertinently, the emergence of my little family, came the gradual demise of ....Continue reading….

“Leather” Upholstered Mini Drawer Set Hack

Leather Mini Card File Drawer Hack

At the risk of coming across as someone slightly obsessed with mini drawers, here’s another little drawer hack. My mum actually picked up this small drawer set for $12 from Kmart a few weeks back. She mentioned she was planning on doing ‘something’ with it, then I kinda stole it so I could do ‘something’ ....Continue reading….

Re-Love Project…before and after

Hexagon Armoire Makeover

I’m so excited to finally share this! If you’re not new here, you’re probably aware of my involvement in the Re-Love Project and what it’s all about. For those of you who don’t know, in short it’s a Feast Watson campaign in collaboration with Salvos Stores which sees eight design personalities “re-love” a neglected item of furniture ....Continue reading….

Abstract Art Tutorial

Abstract Art Tutorial

Okay, here it is. Just in case you missed it, in this recent post I innocently posed the question of an abstract art tutorial following the surprising success of my own flukey attempt. I thought there might be a little interest though the response was actually overwhelming! Seems abstract art tutorials are in high demand. ....Continue reading….

Playing Vignettes | Sofa Table Styling

Sofa Table Styling

I’m sure I’m not alone in labeling the act of accessorising one of the most transformative and enjoyable in home beautification. Not only does this final layer help bring a room to life, it’s also just plain fun messing around with a bunch of beautiful objects (and, as far as decorating on a budget goes, ....Continue reading….

New Reader-Based Consultation Segment…and a room before and after!

3D Room Design

A little while back now I was contacted by one of my lovely local readers who was seeking some design advice. She was actually enquiring about ‘hiring’ me to help, and whilst this is something I’ve done in the past, the timing was just a little off for me so I felt uncomfortable committing to ....Continue reading….

Easy DIY Lantern Lamp

DIY Convert a Lantern to a Lamp

A few months back my mum mentioned she was looking for a new bedside lamp to grace the guest room at her beach house. Well, actually, that’s not entirely accurate. When I say “looking for” I really mean “dreaming up”, and when I say “new” I really mean “not new at all” because, like me, ....Continue reading….

Quilt Cover Curtains…and a faux bamboo blind

There’s something about the large-scale use of bold patterns which scares me a bit. I know that probably sounds stupid (I mean, it’s just ‘stuff’ after all) though as a budget-concious DIY decorator with a decidedly fickle streak I think it’s the fear of expending a fair amount of both cash and time on something only ....Continue reading….

A Desk Lamp Becomes a Wall Light

Converting a Desk Lamp to a Wall Light

I’ve coveted adjustable arm wall lights from the first moment I saw one. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 To me there’s just something so desirable about their sculptural form and subtle industrial edge. That said, I never really envisioned actually using one in my own home. You see, despite the ....Continue reading….

Distressed Coffee Table (a revisit & rework)

Distressed Coffee Table

Every now and again I receive questions about past projects. It’s always a lovely surprise though also a tad embarrassing to be reminded that people still read my older stuff. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my humble beginnings and grateful for the path my callow bloggy pavers have laid, though ....Continue reading….