Enhanced Natural Timber Furniture

Update: Check out how my timber furniture looks in my refreshed farmhouse style master bedroom here. Before I began my master bedroom revamp I knew I wanted some rustic timber to keep the space warm and grounded, however finding the right pieces to ‘restore’ rather than ‘refurb’ is easier said than done. We all know how easy and...…READ MORE

Distressed White Cabinet

Remember this little cabinet from my bedroom reveal? I reckon this early 1900’s cupboard was originally some kind of kitchen dry store or food safe though I picked it up for $60 off eBay knowing it would be a perfect new house for all our shoes. This was the simplest of makeovers. I really wanted to retain the chippy,...…READ MORE

Chalky Washed Armoire

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my bedroom revamp. One of the most mentioned and asked about items was the armoire. Well, ‘armoire’ is perhaps a tad too fancy, it’s just a plain free-standing robe really. It was funny to read all the different comments eluding to its colour. Most of you thought it...…READ MORE

The Painted Hive Master Bedroom

Update: Check out how my bedroom has evolved! View more recent posts here. Some interesting wall angles and the need for tonnes of storage really dictated the design for our master bedroom. Function and budget were high priorities so I decided to work ‘pretty’ around ‘practical’. The neutral palette combines loads of natural texture with vintage...…READ MORE

The Makings of a Dining Room

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my little dining space. As promised, here are the item origin and cost breakdown details. DINING TABLE I found this vintage Kauri farmhouse table on eBay. Unfortunately, someone had roughly lacquered it so to get the natural rustic finish I was after it needed a strip and light sand back. Luckily,...…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

The Makings of a Living Room

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments about my little living room. It really made me feel all warm and fuzzy! Now, as promised, here are some details about how I achieved the look. SOFAS When we first moved in we had nothing to sit on for a while. Then we borrowed my now brother-in-laws bulky 70’s...…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

The Makings of an Entryway

Following is some information regarding costing and details of how I achieved the look in my entry. WALLPAPER Sorry, I can’t recall its name or brand (poor, I know) though it was purchased new from a home decorator centre. It was my favourite and the most appropriate out of all the thousands I looked at...…READ MORE

The Painted Hive Entryway

At only 1.1 meters deep x 1.6 meters wide (3.5 x 5.2 feet) my tiny entryway doesn’t even rate a mention on the floor plan! An inch either side of the photo below and you’re straight into the living room or hallway. Sorry, I don’t have a before pic though if you can imagine a little undressed space...…READ MORE