This is what Christmas will look like at my house this year. I am moving away from the bright and garish decorating that is usually associated with Christmas and creating a theme that is more in keeping with our contemporary home. I am adopting a little nordic style and blending it with a bit of Australia. There will be lots of white, minimal decorations and focus on Christmas shapes, rather than colour. I LOVE that Christmas is a time when we can unapologetically decorate in excess, often in bad taste, but for our neutral coloured living, kitchen and dining, I wanted clean and simple decor. Don’t worry, I’ll be flooding my rumpus room with loud and glitzy decorations, all in the traditional red and green combo. A minimal and simple style of decorating style doesn’t necessarily mean boring. My Christmas table setting, while focusing on neutrals, maintains plenty of interest with the varying shapes and textures. The rustic hessian table runner provides some relief from the abundance of white and ties in nicely with our country setting. Using sticks from your backyard, antlers and blooms are a great way to bring nature indoors, especially if it’s hot outside. Including items from nature helps create a relaxing and down to earth vibe, as we often feel more at peace in natural settings. The large white wooden star works well as a centre piece and makes the table look a little more Christmassy, as do the white deer ornaments. And do those antlers belong to Rudolph, shed after last Christmas perhaps? All I need now is some matching Bon Bons to complete the table. So, what do you think of my neutral Christmas table setting? I love it!
I’m totally flattered and grateful to be chosen to kick off Houzz Australia‘s newest series called At Home With… It is a fabulous concept created to showcase some of Australia’s best home and lifestyle bloggers and i was selected first! Chuffed! Houzz readers get a sneak peak into bloggers homes and find out what makes them tick.
One of the great things about this new series is a fun competition element that could win readers a $50 voucher to one of my favourite stores, Jumbled in Orange. It’s a bright and colourful homewares store that I visit often, usually to buy a craft or decorating book. They also have beautiful gifts and home decor items.
Click on the “Featured on Houzz” button above and leave a comment after the interview to be in with a chance of winning. It’s easy to do and only takes two minutes. Please go and check it out. I’d really love one of my regular readers to win the voucher. 🙂 thank you!!
Welcome to my clean and organised home office! I’m taking the photos now as i’ve just reorganised this room and i know that it won’t stay this way for long. I’m sure a lot of you can relate when i say that keeping a home office organised is difficult, especially when there is more than one person using the space. There are five people actively using our home office space, so it tends to get messy and becomes a bit of a dumping ground for junk. Our three kids use our home office for study and homework, my hubby for work and myself for craft and blogging, so it’s nice for it to be organised. That said, it rarely is…Our office isn’t a huge room, but I’ve managed to fit three designated working areas into the space without it feeling cluttered. In fact, after moving everything around and adding an extra desk, it actually feels bigger. I’m not sure how that happened, but Yay! 🙂The key to maximising the space is to be clever with storage and organisation. We are lucky that we have great built in storage that covers one wall of the room. Two thirds of that wall is a built-in cupboard and the last third is a handy little office nook, that you can see below. We have two free standing desks on opposite walls, which means we have three designated working areas. I also added a couple of extra open shelved cupboards that fit nicely into what was previously an unused space. I store a lot of my craft items here. And by adding lots of boxes and files for storage i was able to really tidy up the room, so all i need now is for the kids to put things back where they belong. I know, wishful thinking! The final working area is my craft area. How great would it be to have an entire room JUST for creating! Ahhh, but it’s not to be, so i am very grateful for this little space. I really and truly tried to resist the pegboard trend, but i just couldn’t help myself. After completing my tufted bedhead using pegboard, I’m seeing so much potential for this affordable material. And golly gosh, a pegboard is so great for organising craft supplies. Do you know that you can buy proper pegboard hooks and clasps to help you get organised? I didn’t, but i do now. And finally, i filled my last corner with a big cane basket to hold all my rolls of paper and cellophane. I’ve thrown in a few of my Mollie Makes magazines here too. Boy, i love being organised! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Don’t forget that I’m on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to join me. 🙂
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating gallery walls, but I find a few gentle guidelines can make the difference between an ordinary gallery wall and an extraordinary one. I don’t like too many rules, especially for interiors because it make a home seem contrived and a bit cold, but I think these tips are helpful for anyone who isn’t confident enough to let loose! Here are my three main tips and some images of my own gallery walls –
Tip #1 – Unity : I like to have an element that ties all the pieces together whether it be colour, subject, frame or shape etc. For example, a cluster of unique frames work well when they are all the same colour. In the parlour at the guesthouse I’ve used all gold frames to tie everything together. And below, our family portraits are in a variety frames, but the tones and colours in the photographs are similar which makes the cluster work.
Tip #2 – Organise by size : if you have items of varying sizes it’s best to have the larger items towards the centre with smaller frames or pictures tapering off at the edges. This rule doesn’t always apply, but it is definitely easier to achieve balance if you arrange your items this way. In the gold bedroom at RedAgape Guesthouse I’ve hung a large oil painting over the bed, in the centre of the wall, with smaller frames and items around this central painting.
Tip #3 – Balance : A poorly composed gallery wall will look and feel awkward. There are a couple of ways to achieve balance – symmetrically or asymmetrically. Try to arrange your items on the floor until they feel right or alternatively, use cardboard or paper to represents your items and blue tac them to the wall. If you are unsure, check out my Pinterest board on gallery walls for layouts that you can reproduce.
I love gallery walls and can’t recommend them enough. They can inject lots of life and personality into a room. So take the plunge and give a gallery wall a go! 🙂
I was really excited to finally hang my DIY tufted headboard on the wall in the navy room at RedAgape Guesthouse. You can find the tutorial here if you are keen to make one for yourself. It is a challenging project but well worth the time and energy, as it is so cost effective when compared with buying a new headboard.
You can find more images of RedAgape Guesthouse in my Instagram feed or my FaceBook page. 🙂
Gosh I love a good gallery wall! I have a slight obsession with them and have included them in the guesthouse and my own home. Painting the parlour walls this deep rich navy was one of the best decisions I’ve made at the house. The room was smallish and dark and rather than fight against the natural moodiness, I decided to embrace it. It’s surprising how the dark walls make the room feel welcoming, cosy and warm. I began planning a gallery wall against the navy base even before I’d picked the paint colour. And gold seemed like the natural choice.
I have a small gallery wall featuring gold in one of the bedrooms too, which means I have to split my gold framed finds between to the two spaces. Neither wall is complete yet, but that’s ok because I love how each wall is growing and evolving. Over the weekend I went treasure hunting again for gold frames. This pretty oil painting framed in gold was a stand out during my treasure hunt. It’s so pretty and feminine. I did find another larger framed oil painting of flowers, which was stunning, but the budget didn’t allow it this time. Pictured below is the progress so far. What do you think?
My daughter and I finished the gallery wall in her bedroom over the school holidays, so I thought I’d share it with you. We had talked about adding a gallery wall for a while, so we had already collected most of the bits and pieces. When we found the watercolour print from IKEA, a couple of weekends ago, we finally felt motivated to get started. This is such an affordable way to decorate a wall. We created the large triangle artwork ourselves using paint and washi tape on canvas and the silhouette was from a craft project I started last year.The Pokemon illustration was drawn by my eldest daughter and most of the other pieces we had already. We also used some washi tape to fill in a couple of the gaps. This is really easy to remove when we get tired of it or find something better to replace it. The watercolour IKEA banner is perfect on the wall! But my favourite thing is the pencil illustration above the side table that my daughter drew herself. I love the shading in the hair and bow.
When it comes to interior design, layering is all about what we include in a room to make it feel complete. For example – cushions, throws, books, curtains, candles and magazines are all objects we include when we layer our spaces. I believe the most interesting and welcoming rooms are those that have just the right amount of layering.
Getting that right balance of layers into a room is really important. Too little and a room can appear very cold, clinical and unwelcoming. Or too many layers and a room may feel cluttered and disorganized.
Ok, so getting the balance right? Firstly, I hate staged rooms. Don’t layer with items that serve no logical use in a space. Don’t sit a lamp on the dining room table if you don’t intend to use it, or coffee table books in the kitchen unless you plan to read them. When layering occurs organically then it’s more likely to look natural. I’ve added lamps to both side tables in this bedroom along with reading material, layered with purpose.
Try using different patterns and textures in your layering, but make sure there is a connection between layered objects. The striped throw on this bed adds interest with a contrasting pattern to the florals, but works well because the green stripe ties in with other green elements in the room.
Layering with cushions! Ahh…my favourite type of layering. A lounge with no cushions is so boring and sad. Once again, try mixing patterns and textures. It’s been suggested that you shouldn’t have cushions in the same fabric that match your lounge. While I agree, it’s hard because lounges are often sold with matching cushions. I think the only exception to this rule is when the cushions serve as a structural component of the lounge.
And don’t forget your coffee and dining room tables! Add books, flowers and coasters with different heights and textures. A layered coffee table is a warm and welcoming invitation to come on in, sit down, and make yourself at home.
I am always on the lookout for affordable ways to decorate my walls at home. I don’t believe that beautifully styled homes are reserved only for those who can afford the best of everything. I dislike snobby interiors (and people) and sometimes the challenge of a limited budget can yield the best results!
Framing napkins is an easy way to fill some walls. We bought these Rory Dobner napkins at the The Liberty Department Store, when we were in London at Christmas. I couldn’t bear the thought of using them as napkins, so I found some square frames at a cheap shop and hung them on the wall. My bedroom is a great example of how to decorate walls on a budget. We have recently moved into a fantastic new home, but having invested so much money into the house we need to be sensible about the amount we spend on furnishings and decor. I can’t justify the $$ for a new headboard right now, or the stunning wallpaper I’ve got my eye on, so I have hung an IKEA print as a temporary option. Inside Out Magazine featured my bedroom on their FaceBook page a few weeks ago and my image received over 3000 ‘likes’ and was shared 170 times. Stoked! I love handmade, so making my own wall decor was an obvious option. Wall banners are a fun DIY project and can be custom made with words or quotes that have meaning to you. You do need to be able to sew in a straight line and have a little patience with the hand stitching, but overall, they aren’t difficult to make. Please visit my Wall Banner Tutorial for instructions on how to make the banner pictured below.
I made the wall banner in the image above to fill a blank space on the wall in our bedroom. It was quick and easy to make and extremely affordable. The “have fun, regret nothing!” wall banner below, is also handmade and hangs in the rumpus room. I’m currently working on a gallery wall in my daughter’s room, so stay tuned! It will consist of more affordable, handmade and creative ideas to decorate your walls at home.