Easy DIY Mudcloth Pillow | Ikea Hack

Has anyone else been crushing on mudcloth lately? Well, just in case you’ve missed seeing it (absolutely everywhere!), and are yet to learn about its origin, mudcloth (also know as bogolanfini or bogolan) is a traditional African textile characterised by relaxed geometric symbols in predominantly neutral tones. It has a thick nubby texture and its ....Continue reading….

How to Turn a Photo into a “Vintage” Portrait Painting

I’ve been slightly obsessed with vintage portrait paintings for a while now. Whether a solo artwork resting casually atop a hutch or a striking gallery which consumes an entire wall, they seem to impart such a lovely sense of depth, interest and character. Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source ....Continue reading….

A Super Easy Lamp Update

One of the elements I was struggling to decide on for the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house was the lamp. I know it seems like a simple enough item, though everything appropriate I came across was just soooo expensive. I think the main problem was my aversion to anything super trendy. Not that ....Continue reading….

Painting & Stenciling a Floor

This project has been on my “to do” list for waaaaay too long. Over three years ago now we ripped up the terrible old carpet in my parent’s retreat (“retreat” sounds super fancy though it’s really just a modest sitting room adjoining their master bedroom) then pondered what we could do to cheaply and easily ....Continue reading….

DIY Concrete Vessel Planters

Do you guys remember when I shared some pics of this simple concrete vessel I made a few months back… Well, I received quite a few requests for a tutorial so have spent the past few weeks perfecting my process (and learning more than I will ever need to know about concrete!) so I can ....Continue reading….

How to Create a Vintage Industrial Look on Furniture…using Chalk Paint & Black Wax

I love it when the launch of a new product provides the perfect excuse to tackle a well over-due project. Such was the case with the release of Black Wax by Annie Sloan. Teamed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Antibes Green” it seemed like the perfect way to jazz-up some blah file drawers I bought ....Continue reading….

How to Create a “Vintage” Wire Basket from a Plastic Coated Caddy

I have a thing for old wire baskets. You? Well, if you do too it seems we’re not alone. Have you noticed how pricey they can be at old-wares stores and antique markets nowadays? Man! Anyhoo, after I shared this pic of Charlotte’s new bedroom shelves a few weeks back… …I received quite a few ....Continue reading….

“New” Blue Cane Chairs…plus how to use a paint sprayer

Ever since painting my Chippendale desk chair….by hand…with a brush…over the course of several hours…a paint sprayer has been high on my ‘to buy’ list. Some of you may recall I have sprayed furniture in the past using our air compressor, though that big, noisy, heavy piece of equipment isn’t something I like to reach for too ....Continue reading….

Re-Love Project…before & after

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 seven design personalities “re-love” a neglected item of furniture ....Continue reading….

Acrylic & Brass Wall Shelves

I’ve been meaning to share this little project for ages. About six months back, I decided it was finally time to get something up on the blank wall above Charlotte’s desk. Initially, I’d been toying with the idea of a big chalkboard or over-sized art piece (like a vintage number chart or old world map)… ....Continue reading….