An Industrial Edge

I love the depth, eclectic appeal and slightly masculine feel a piece of industrial furniture or decor can add to a space.
From antique timber filing cabinets to retro steel lockers, done right, an industrial hint can really make a room sing.

I could look at these images all day – except they give me such bad cravings I just have to get away from the computer and head straight down to all the local thriftstores and junkyards I can think of to hunt down some industrial goodness of my own!

Welcome to My Hive

Firstly, I have to say, my home is a major work in progress.

When we moved in around three years ago, we had virtually NOTHING! We lived that way for a while, content in just having our own little parcel on earth. During this time we also learned from the bare-bones of the house what was needed in terms of liveability and aesthetics before imprinting any misguided ideas of our own.

Here’s the floorplan.

The entire house is only 12 meters (39 feet) front to back and a mini 10 meters (32 feet) wide.
Sorry, I don’t have many before photos though I had no idea I’d be blogging about this in the future!

Above: The kitchen, living and dining rooms just prior to us moving in.

(Apologies for the poor photo quality though I took these from the original real estate brochure).

After living in our hollow little cave for a while, I decided I had to simplify and streamline as much as I could to create the most neutral as possible blank canvas. Every ceiling and wall got a fresh coat of paint and every single bit of brown timber trim was dressed in glossy white….it was a breath of fresh air (and I’m NEVER painting again!).
The badly soiled berber carpet was replaced with a simple deep grey plush pile to contrast with the light paint and make the ceilings appear taller. All of the door hardware and window furnishings were replaced along with the more obtrusive of the light fixtures. Our “neutral as possible” blank canvas was born – at last, we had a starting point.

Adventures in Hanging a Starburst Mirror

Kristine to Hubby: Hey, do you reckon I’ll need to find a wall stud to hang this?
(Secretly thinking she was just gonna hang it where she wanted anyway regardless of whether there was a stud there or not).
Hubby: It’d be good.
(Commence drilling).
Kristine to Hubby: I think I just hit a stud.
Hubby: That’s good.

Five minutes and three each-longer-than-the-last screws later, my beautiful new convex version of a starburst mirror hangs perfectly in place.

Later that evening….
Hubby goes to have a shower. Hmmmm, the bathroom sliding door won’t budge. Oooops!

What? Don’t try and pretend you’ve never screwed through a wall with a sliding door cavity and mistaken the actual door for a stud. Well, that was about two weeks ago and I still haven’t fixed it yet. Oh well, it’s only the two of us in the house so there’s really not much need for the closing of doors anyway!

Even attached to the door I do still love my new mirror – and playing vignettes!

Chic Standard Lamp Revamp

I picked this baby up for $25 on eBay. Here it is before:

Looks better in the above pic than it did in reality!

It looks lovely lit up at night.


Using fabric trim is such an easy and affordable way to customise, well…anything really!
For anyone wanting to attempt this type of re-furb, a word of warning though….
….unless you have a drum shade, remember that wide lace trim is ‘flat’ and in order to get a consistent finish on an angled shape there is quite a bit of (jigsaw worthy) cut-and-paste required (I certainly learned this the hard way!).

Anyhoo, here’s the basic process….first, the polished brass base was thoroughly cleaned, any cords and fixtures masked to avoid overspray, then lightly sanded and coated with three fine layers of hammered charcoal spray paint.
I did need to buy a new shade for this project as, unfortunately, I had none the right size lying around. I elected for a natural ivory linen one from Target to contrast with the formality of the lace. Next, two different widths of lovely scalloped lace trim and some fabric glue – fini!

Queen of your Castle

In a bee’s world, while honey is the cents, royal jelly is definitely the dollars. It’s a special secretion needed to create the queen bee. So, while the lowly soldier bees toil day and night, with no choice but to expend all their precious jelly in order to make their hive happy, in this world we’re fortunate enough to have learned a few things (hopefully!) and know that we can be queens in our own beautiful castles without having to squander all that extravagant ‘royal jelly’.
Follow me as I share with you some of the thrifty hints and tricks I’ve used so far in creating my hive – queen intact!

Now here are some pretty pictures…