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Country cottageAutumn in the country Autumn in and around Millthorpe is always stunning. It’s hands down my favourite season.
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Forty9L Artworks in the house!

Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta HaycockRedAgape Guesthouse is now the new home of some delightfully quirky artworks by Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks. These beautiful creations are for guests to admire and purchase when staying in the house. They are a perfect match for the house, so much so I’m trying to resist the temptation to buy one or two myself.Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock
There are four of Jacinta’s artworks featuring in the house at the moment. The first is ‘Morning Dew’ which has slotted into the parlour seamlessly. The deep dark walls really accentuate the colours in this gorgeous painting.Artist Jacinta Haycock
The other three paintings are hanging in an eclectic cluster on the stairway. Here is ‘Red Dog’, ‘Deer oh Deer’ and ‘Freedom’. Forty9L Artworks - Red Dog by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - by Jacinta Haycock forty9Lartworks1 Forty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock
If you are interested in purchasing any of these gorgeous paintings please contact me at amanda@redagape.com.au or visit Jacinta’s facebook page – Forty9L Artworks directly.Jacinta Haycock artistForty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock

Forty9L Artworks by Jacinta Haycock

Forty9L ArtworksI met the beautiful Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks this week for coffee and feel like i’ve made a friend. Jacinta approached me late last year to see if i’d like to display some of her paintings in the guesthouse. I had already tossed around the idea of hanging local artist’s paintings in the guesthouse, but with Mum’s illness and passing last year the project just didn’t happen. With the new year in full swing it’s definitely time to add some fresh new art into the house.

I really love Jacinta’s paintings. They feel real, authentic not forced. Just looking at them makes me feel happy. And although I’ve admired her work on her Facebook page, seeing them in real life is the only way to do them justice. Her paintings are full of heart and are delightfully quirky making them the perfect fit for RedAgape. Jacinta has generously allowed me hang a range of her paintings for sale (acrylics and oils on canvas or board) in the house. These artworks are currently behind bubble wrap so you’ll have to stay tuned for shots of them in the house.

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RedAgape featured on Recycled Interiors

accommodation millthorpeIt was pretty exciting to have RedAgape Guesthouse featured on Recycled Interiors last week. Helen Edwards is passionate about homes with heart and i was honoured to have been invited to share my house on her blog.

Her site is perfect for anyone wanting inspiration and styling ideas using recycled items and materials. I’m so proud that RedAgape is full of character filled pieces that i’ve sourced from various locations, often saving them from landfill.

You’ll find my feature here and all sorts of inspiration throughout her blog.

Thanks Helen!

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RedAgape Guesthouse Open for 2014 – Millthorpe

redagape guesthouse millthorpeRedAgape Guesthouse is open for 2014. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away in historic Millthorpe now is the time to consider booking. The self contained guesthouse consists of 6 bedrooms, sleeping up to 11 people, making it the perfect accommodation for larger groups. It is ideal for girls’ weekends away and is surrounded by wineries, boutiques, gift shops, cafes and fine dining.

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redagape self contained accommodation redagape loft guestroom millthorpeThis gorgeous 1890s bluestone foundation house has been beautifully renovated and extended into a large, welcoming home. Many guests have described it as their ‘home away from home’. The house has been lovingly decorated with vintage treasures and each room is a pleasure to explore. Situated in the heart of the town, this delightfully quirky guesthouse is within walking distance to all that Millthorpe has to offer.

Luxury linen, bath towels and guest treats all supplied.

Click here to go to our booking page 🙂

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Jumbled Workshop with Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs

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Yesterday i was lucky enough to attend one of the first ever workshops at Jumbled in Orange.  Jumbled is a gorgeous and colourful homewares store in Orange that is all about mixing, not matching. I love this store and rarely walk out empty handed after a visit. So, when they announced they were having a workshop with the beautifully talented Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs, i was super keen to attend. As regular readers would know, i constantly second guess myself when it comes to decorating RedAgape Guesthouse, so any hints and tips from people in the know are always welcome. jumbled on instagramEmma is a interior stylist living in Sydney and homewares buyer for The Home. Emma’s focus is on e-decorating, which is perfectly suited for those of us who are looking for advice, but aren’t living close to a major city. Being able to access online advice cuts down on costs and makes creating a beautifully styled home more affordable. Emma shared her four bigs rules for decorating –

1. Plan – think about how the space is going to be used.

2. Don’t Follow Trends too closely – pick items you genuinely love to have in your home.

3. Floor Plans – think about furniture size and placement.

4. Finishing Touches  – soft furnishings, rugs, curtains, decor items.

One of my favourite tips was using warm white globes in the house, not cool white. Warm globes create a more flattering light, that is, we’ll look much prettier in warmer light.  I’m rushing off to Bunnings today to grab some new globes!! 🙂 jumbled workshop mood board officeAfter Emma had shared her tips, the serious business of cutting and pasting began! My mood board focuses on inspiration for getting my home office furnished and organised. It’s a tricky space because the kids use is for homework, my husband for work and i plan on fitting in some crafting space. The mood board below belongs to my sister, who attended the workshop with me. I must say, i thought her mood board was the best in the room. You really feel like you’re in the room when you look at it. jumbled work shop mood boardWhile creating our mood boards i happily admired the inspiration surrounding us. Even with the centre tables of Jumbled cleared for the workshop, the store was still brimming with fun and colourful homewares. The green beaded chandelier is definitely one of the my favourite things in the shop, followed closely by the Ziggy and Bea zebras on canvas by Penny Farthing DH. jumbled chandelierjumbled workshop zebra canvas penny farthing DHjumbled homewaresAt the conclusions of the workshop, participants wandered the store to happily spend their vouchers that were included as part of the workshop. I spent a little more than my voucher allowed, but came away with a fabulous rag rug for the office and yet another design book to add to my collection. LOVE!! I must say a big thanks to the two lovely Jumbled ladies that made us feel so welcome and waited on us with coffee and snacks. What a great way to spend a Sunday. 🙂 jumbled workshop rag rug modern vintage style

Antique Mannequins and Vintage Ladders

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A few weekends ago my husband and i spent a day in the Blue Mountains searching for treasure! There are loads of antique places in the Blue Mountains and every time we pass through we want to stop, but don’t because of time issues. So we decided to set aside a day and just do it! It was a bit blustery and cold, but still heaps of fun. My favourite treasure from the day was this gorgeous old antique mannequin. I already have two mannequins, but as they are a practical addition to the house i thought one more couldn’t hurt. Right? And this one is different to the others. The base is more decorative and the ageing of the fabric more severe. In fact, i’m going to attempt to fix the fabric down with a fabric adhesive to slow down the deterioration. This mannequin has character! And the beauty of mannequins is they serve a purpose. One of my mannequins hold necklaces, another holds an old irish guard jacket (more on that later) and this one will be good for hats and coats in the parlour.

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After a day in the mountains we returned to Millthorpe where i found two vintage ladders at the shop down the road. I always seem to find the best stuff in Millthorpe! And these ladders are perfect for the bathrooms. There is one larger ladder for the main  bathroom and a smaller one for the ensuite bathroom in the loft. Perfection. I really love when vintage finds are useful and beautiful…..my favourite kind of treasures. vintage ladder as towel rack vintage ladder towel rack

Recycled/Upcycled Rack

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My husband knows me well. On a work trip to Coonabarabran last week he visited one of our favourite secondhand/antique stores and picked up a gorgeous recycled rack. This hook rack was upcycled by a local farmer using a beautiful piece of wood from some old draught horse equipment. He managed to make four of these solid racks and we were lucky enough to score the last one….and at a bargain price too!! Nothing makes me happier than finding decor items that are solidly made, recycled and a reasonable price. This hooked rack is a trifecta!! LOVE!

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The Great Wall of China Plates

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Millthorpe is beyond beautiful in Autumn. The changing colours of the leaves, the warm days, brisk nights and the relaxing atmosphere makes it the ideal time for a weekend away. I managed to finish my plate wall display over the weekend. I have been acquiring plates for a while now and last week i was able to find a few vintage items to complete my collection. It took around three hours in total to get them onto the wall. Here are the steps below that i followed –

 Step 1. Sort the plates by colour, size and shape. Lay them out on the floor until you are happy with your arrangement.

Step 2. Trace the plates one by one onto paper and cut them out.

Step 3. Stick the paper templates to the wall using blu tac.

Step 4. Attach a paper clip using a hot glu gun to the back of the plates.

Step 5. Measure from the top of the plate to the paper clip and then, using that measurement, hammer a small nail the same distance down from the top of the paper template.

Step 6. Hang the plates onto the nails and tear off the paper template.

I know, i know. A hot glu gun and a paper clip!!? It sounds like the MacGyver method of interior decorating, but i can assure you these plates are not going anywhere. I researched the best method for hanging plates and this method is VERY popular. I was sceptical myself, but after the first plate dried i was convinced it was rock solid. Of course, do this at your own risk. I probably wouldn’t hang plates over a bed or passage where people walk.

I’m keen to do another wall of plates at my own house, so i’m going to start collecting again. All in all it’s a pretty great way to decorate a blank wall!

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Being kind to yourself and others…

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My stupid, unpredictable, incurable and chronic illness has flared again completely out of the blue. So today I am trying really, really hard to be kind to myself. I’m going to take it easy and hope that the fire that’s been ignited will burn out by itself. Fingers crossed!! While I rest and hopefully recuperate, I thought I’d share a little idea I had about being kind and generous to others.
I found a lovely old mannequin in the antique shop down the road from the guesthouse in Millthorpe. I’d been keeping an eye out for one because I needed a nice display for a collection of beads I’d been gathering for the house.

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My bead collection includes Elk (my fav), eb&ive plus others in various styles and colours. I’ve been on a few girls’ weekends away and have been keeping a note of things I’ve appreciated in other guesthouses and things that have made me feel completely welcome. Making guests feel welcome is something I’ve had in the back of my mind right from the beginning. It’s so important. With this in mind I welcome guests to borrow a necklace (especially if they’ve forgotten to pack one) to wear out to dinner, the markets or just around the town.

faux deer head.jpg I have been warned about breakages and theft, but I’m prepared for that and I strongly believe in Karma. I hope guests appreciate the gesture and are happy to borrow and return.
Finally, I’m looking at doing to plate display in one of the rooms. Here’s my collection so far. My favourites are the bird, rabbit and yellow dinner plate by Mozi. LOVE!!

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