I’m Back…plus a new room makeover!

Why, hello there!

Remember me? Apparently I’m the person who’s supposed to update this here blog on a semi-regular basis.

Turns out I’m not that good at it.

But I think we all knew that.

I never planned to disappear for four months (and I’m sorry for my unexplained absence – thanks so much to everyone who reached out). But I guess lock-downs can do that.

With stores shut and house calls off limits, it’s fair to say that I just kinda gave up…on blog projects that is. During our previous lock-downs I was able to summon the motivation to keep creating despite the obstacles, but this time around it just felt all too hard.

Not that I’m whining. Life in general went on of course, with its usual spattering of both good and bad days. We went on long walks and had early dinners, watched late night movies and slept in, cried about math being too hard and our house being too small. But overall we remembered to be grateful.

Although projects were always whirring around in my head, I just didn’t have the inclination to put them in my hands…until now!

With the lock-down having lifted, life is almost back to normal. And top of my list is helping my brother with the bedroom makeover he requested back in June!

Here’s his space before…




Pretty sure I can’t make it look much worse.

And here are a few of the pieces I’m working with…

Some $4.78 wall lights!…

Light Before

You might remember that I used one of these lights in a client’s living room earlier this year. But I bought it at full price back then. $4.78 is just insane!

These vintage director’s chairs I picked up for $20 from Marketplace…

Chairs Before

And these bedside tables from eBay

Bedside Table


I actually started this room refresh last week and will be able to post the result in the coming days! Very excited to be creating (and sharing) again.

Thanks so much to everyone who is still here.

Now just to remember where that ‘publish’ button is…







  1. Deb from Maryland says:

    So good to see you pop up in my inbox again. All the best to you and yours!

    • Thanks Deb :)

      • Karen says:

        So glad to see your back. Love looking at everything you do. Thank you

  2. Martha says:

    We all understand. Welcome back!

  3. Anna, Sydney says:

    Please do not apologise. Weird times. We should all just focus on family and our own wellbeing.

    I’m a stay at home mum who used to volunteer a fair bit and help friends out with whatever. During lockdown all that stopped obv and I had all this time on my hands. Do you think I finally did all those DIY jobs that have been waiting for my attention for years?! Nah. Entirely incapable of even entertaining a single thought in my head! It was the weirdest state of mind. Some sort of waiting mode? I just did the best I could and refused to feel guilty about that things that didn’t get done. It’s been strange times.

    Love the bits and bobs you got for the room! Can’t wait to see what you do with it all. WHEN you’re ready. xx

    • Thanks Anna. Yep, it was weird. All this extra spare time but not one globule of motivation. I was always busy somehow but not in a productive way. Some days I felt plain lazy despite doing home-schooling and all the general household stuff. It was bizarre.

  4. RAinNC says:

    I’m just glad to hear you’re OK. The pandemic has been hard on all of us in one way or another. No need to apologize. I love whatever you do whenever you can post. :D

  5. Patricia says:

    So glad to see you again! Glad to hear you are well, and back at work making things beautiful again! 💕

  6. Danni Steinmeier says:

    Glad you’re back!!
    Can’t wait to see After pics.
    My best friend passed Oct.16, and it’s been tuff, been helping her daughter through it. She lives in PA & her Mom & I lived/live in FL. Right next door to each other as matter of fact. So I’m taking care of the house and any small things that come up. Before that I had just started back crafting and now it has really helped me through the loneliness, sadness & pain. Thank The Lord, I have a great & understanding husband, loving and caring children, a great daughter in- law, that have help me through the sad times.
    Looking forward to your post.
    Have a awesomeness Thanksgiving, a beautiful Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss Danni. The pandemic certainly compounded the hardship of tough events. I’m glad you have lots of love and support.

      • Danni Steinmeier says:

        Thank You.

  7. andrea says:

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I really enjoy your blog. Your style helps me to see how you really can transform spaces without spending a fortune

    • Thanks Andrea. This was certainly another budget-friendly makeover. I was worried at first with some of the proportions because it’s such a tight space, but as usual things came together in the end. Yay!

  8. Diane says:

    It has been a challenge for sure but please be kinder to yourself! And I agree with so many other comments…that it is good to see you back and sharing! Can’t wait to see your brothers reveal!

  9. Olivia says:

    Kristine! Welcome back. I smiled when l discovered your post in my inbox. Look forward to the bedroom update and many more inspiring posts.

  10. Denise says:

    Yay! So glad you’re back.
    After your Air BnB makeover I rushed into Bunnings and bought the light you used, it was on sale for $15, I’m going to have another look as it’s such a stylish light and $4.78 – Just Wow!

    • Such a score! They are amazing lights. I’m really confused as to why they needed to be cleared for so cheap! I thought the full price was so reasonable already.

  11. Kathy says:

    Welcome back! We all need some quiet time and just ‘stop’. Looking forward to the reveal. x

  12. Julie says:

    It’s sooooo good to have you back. XXX

  13. Debbie says:

    So glad to see you back and I can’t wait to see the “after” pictures!!

  14. Mieke says:

    cannot wait to see the make over. Hoping to do our bedroom this winter. I need inspiration!

  15. Mary says:

    We have really missed you!

    • Aw, thank you. I’ve missed the interaction as well. It’s been so lovely reading and replying to comments today :)

  16. Melanie Fullerton says:

    Can’t wait for the After. So glad to see you again!

  17. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    Good Morning Kristine, Glad to hear you and your family are okay. Really missed your post, but it’s total understandable. It’s been a rough time. Excited so see how your brothers room turns out. Hang in there!

  18. Nikki says:

    It’s great to hear that you’re alive and well. Bring on the Kristine ‘magic touch’ for that bedroom.😉

    • LOL, thanks Nikki. It’s good to be back in the land of the living :)

  19. Catherine says:

    So excited to see your post pop into my mail box. Your talents and presence has been missed but I think everyone has been in a rut the past year so totally understand. I’m always amazed at how you can transform a cast off piece of “decorative trash” into a lovely piece of art. I’ve truly missed you.

  20. Christy K. says:

    Glad to see an update from you and can’t wait to see the results of this project.

  21. Julie Ritter says:

    Hey cool to see your name in my email feed !! I cannot wait to see what you do for your brother’s room. You’re right can’t make it worse : )

  22. Susan Edge says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished room

  23. Lori G says:

    What a nice surprise this morning! Welcome back.

  24. Theresa says:

    So glad you’re back! Can’t wait to see you work your magic on this room!

  25. Margaret Pickett says:

    I was thrilled to see that you posted again. I love getting your updates.

  26. Dianne says:

    I can’t wait for the reveal!

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  28. Heather says:

    Terrific to see you back again.

  29. Betsy Allen says:

    I agree with others—It’s nice to see you pop up on my emails. Just for the record—-I only follow one other blog for remodeling/crafts similar to yours. There are so many blogs out there and yours is my FAVORITE.

  30. Cathy says:

    Fantastic to see you working your magic again! I had missed your posts, but thought it was the weird algorithym thing. Glad you and yours are well. I think we all have all come out of this with a renewed sense of what is really important. Health, home and connections.

    • Thanks Cathy. Yes, you’re right. There’s been a bit of a mentality shift I think :)

  31. Jennifer says:

    So pleased to see you again, I get so much inspiration from you.

  32. Amy says:

    Echoing many others. :)
    So glad you’re back!!!
    Good to hear that you & yours are well. Sometimes one simply needs a break and a recalculation… and then you’re/we’re on the move again.
    Looking forward to seeing the magic you’ve worked for your brother’s bedroom.

  33. Cynthia says:

    looking forward to see your magic! :)

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