One Chair, Three Ways

I figured this little blog was in need of a fresh ‘afters’ injection following all the ‘befores’ ugliness of my master bedroom in progress posts – it’s slowly getting there though and I promise lots of (hopefully lovely) after shots to redeem myself. Anyway, in the mean time, I thought I’d share this fun little comparisons refurb. You may...…READ MORE

The Painted Hive Dining Room

More a nook than an actual room, our little dining area forms the southern end of our living room. The neutral palette combines loads of natural elements and character-rich texture – with nothing too pretentious – for a relaxed, yet fresh space. So, whilst it’s nothing super special, it’s warm, inviting and very much me! Here it is just before...…READ MORE

Glamorous Wardrobe Makeover

Confession: Because I’m a naughty blogger I forgot to take a real ‘before’ pic so the above robe is just a comparable one I found on-line. The actual robe I madeover was in way worse shape than this one though and didn’t have any mirrors or a head plinth but you get the idea, right? Having come straight from the tip...…READ MORE

Ceiling Light Revamp

Question: What do you get when you take…. one kinda very ugly old light fixture, a can of black spray paint, some blingy old necklaces you wore once to a wedding three years ago, and an el-cheapo drum shade from Target? Answer: A pretty awesome ‘new’ glamorous ceiling light for under $20 – score! To ‘create’ this...…READ MORE

Telephone Table Bench Seat

You know those old-fashioned telephone tables? Like this one…. Most of them have good bones and smart lines (and can be found super-cheap!) and I’ve seen lots of them looking great once made-over though the utilitarian function is some-what defunct nowadays with everyone having cordless phones and the like so I thought I’d do a little re-purposing…. First,...…READ MORE

Living Room Reveal

On a crisp, sunny morning the french windows in our little living room greedily catch the first toasty beams of light and spread a gentle warmth throughout the space. When it’s cool and gloomy outside however, they frame a haunting view of dispersing mists rolling over the nearby hills. Either way, a sense of nostalgia is somehow born in...…READ MORE

Retro School Stools

Not sure about you, though typographics always seem to catch my eye. These stools were originally salvaged from an old secondary college where I assume they were used in woodwork class as most of them have what look like saw cuts, nail holes and chisel marks, not to mention the obligatory “Mark waz ere” and “Sharon...…READ MORE

Cottage Chair Makeover

I bought four of these second-hand colonial carvers (advertised as dining chairs) for $5 each with visions of using them with my dining table. Though when I picked them up and saw them in person I knew straight away it was not to be….they were massive and waaay too imposing for my little dining space. So, they sat in my...…READ MORE

Old Desk to Dining Table

This is one of my favourite transformations so far. Sure, it’s not very fancy and won’t blow your mind though I just adore the unpretentious lines and character-filled patina of this piece. Here’s the table before, looking very lonely and feeling sorry for itself: And now: Originally a teacher’s desk, this old table was missing its drawer and had quite a heavily...…READ MORE

Industrial School Locker

I’ve mentioned previously my slightly obsessive adoration for industrial home accents and now here’s a little industrial style project of my very own! I know, probably not to everyone’s taste (and certainly much too cool to fit in at my little cottage) though I love the eclectic edge and character items like this can bring to a space. Here it is...…READ MORE