Take advantage of my eternal quest for awesome, affordable and obtainable goodness!
I created this database to catalogue and share some of my absolute fave resources.
For your convenience, also included are many of the supplies used in my projects.
This is an evolving directory so check back from time-to-time to see frequent updates!
Please note: I receive no compensation (monetary or otherwise) for listing any of the resources contained within this directory. All inclusions are simply products, stores and websites I genuinely use and like.
For an attractive vintage-style alternative to standard globes. I used edison bulbs to complete my sconce light makeover and I have them in my living room and dining room pendants.
MAGIC DECAL PAPER
For easy, professional-looking and durable DIY decals. I used magic decal paper to make my pantry canister labels.
HAND CARVED BIRDS
For little crafty projects these hand carved timber birds can add the prefect touch. I used them in making Charlotte's nursery mobile.
CARD HOLDER PULLS
For creating the look of vintage style file cabinets and drawers. I adore hardware like this and have used these pulls on my IKEA drawers and to transform our bedside cabinet.
For a natural, lustrous, nourishing and protective finish on timber furniture. I LOVE danish oil and use it almost exclusively to seal my natural timber pieces.
For creating your own inexpensive DIY industrial light fittings. I used these cage lights to transform some wall sconces.
MODERN MASTERS PAINTS
For amazing high quality speciality paints including the reactive iron paint I used to create a real rust finish on my plastic cage light.
For high quality and innovative speciality paints.
For a huge selection of affordable pre-loved furniture and homewares. eBay is my first port of call whenever I'm after a 'new' piece for my home.
For a wide selection of affordable second-hand furniture and homewares.
For handmade goods, vintage finds, custom items and craft supplies. Etsy is a vast and competitive online marketplace where you can find just about anything!
For a wide range of homewares. I'm particularly fond of their bed linen range and use their ticking sheets on my master bedroom bed. They often offer great discounts and free shipping.
For affordable decorative panels and fretwork to dress-up bland furniture, notably IKEA pieces.
Navigating some of these sites to their full potential can take patience and Holmes-worthy sleuthing though the rewards are worth it. Oodles of amazing (FREE!) images to use in crafty projects or as beautiful wall art.
THE GRAPHICS FAIRY
For a huge range of beautiful vintage graphics. Many at large-scale or in high resolution. Visit the search page to browse by category.
For some amazing (and a few unusual) high resolution vintage images. This site can be slow and a little tricky to navigate though there are some lovely images.
For thousands of downloadable large-scale botanical illustrations. This site is a vast digital library of historic botanical literature so much of the content is text. To find images, open a book and scroll to 'Plate' or 'Illustration' in the 'Pages' list. To download an image click the straight arrow icon in the navigation tab.
THE VINTAGE MOTH
For hundreds of antique and vintage graphics.
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE
For over three hundred lovely scientific historic pear watercolours. Image links are displayed in a text-based table. To view thumbnails instead click the link at the top of the table.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL GALLERY
For thousands (upon thousands!) of free printables. Most images are at low resolution so can't be enlarged though are great for standard certificate sized frames and/or matting.
For thousands of gorgeous vintage images, many of them at high resolution (so able to be enlarged!). BibliOdyssey's images are all neatly stored in Peacay's Flickr stream. I definitely recommend checking this one out!
For links to databases carrying thousands of digitised historic maps. Start your search in the 'Images of Early Maps' link (in the left sidebar).
DAVID RUMSEY MAP COLLECTION
For a huge collection of maps scanned at very high resolution. Registration is required to export maps at their full size (which is often larger than two meters!). Search for maps via this category page.
For forty lovely antique maps. A small donation is requested to download all maps at full resolution.
MISS MUSTARD SEED
For rustic painted furniture, cute vignettes and charming interior decoration.
PURE STYLE HOME
For beautiful interior decoration which mixes old, new and unexpected elements.
THE LETTERED COTTAGE
For visionary DIY, pretty photography and cute cottage style interiors.
Some of my favourite bricks-and-mortar stores (it’s important to me that my blog connects with an international audience though as I’m based in Australia many of these stores are exclusively Australian).
For stylish and affordable furniture, fixtures and homewares.
PROVINCIAL HOME LIVING
For gorgeous French style homewares and stunning inspiration.
For a wide range of affordable home improvement products.
For adorable homewares, lovely inspiration and the occasional splurge item (with affordable nation-wide shipping).
For a wide range of affordable home improvement products and decorator items.
For fabrics, craft supplies, window dressings and affordable homewares.
Some of my favourite places to visit in and around my home town of Melbourne.
THE MILL MARKETS, Various Locations
For a huge range of antique and vintage wares to happily hunt through!
SCHOTS HOME EMPORIUM, Clifton Hill
For traditional and contemporary restoration-style homewares, fittings, fixtures and hardware. They also have a clearance outlet.
ZETTA FLORENCE, Fitzroy
For a beautiful range of stationery items and frame-worthy gift wrap.
PURDY'S FURNITURE, Briar Hill
For inspirational French-style, traditional and modern country furniture and decor.