Friday, 27 December 2013


You'd think I'd take a holiday from decorating whilst I'm on holidays.. No! I will never tire of it. I love it at work and at home. 
Today I changed over my quilt cover and while I was at it I did a quick 10 minute makeover. I bought these floral Sheridan Euro covers years ago and had never used them because they never really matched the decor in my room. So I just changed over to the frames on the wall for a while and pulled out a few cushions from storage to make them work. Bingo! a new look in 10 minutes! A change is as good as a holiday, so why don't you change up a room before the new year and give yourself a fresh start!
Everything continues to evole at my place, nothing ever stays the same for too long but I go back and forth so it's not costly.

This is how it was....

And now.....

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and to all a happy new year!
Carla x

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013


It has been nearly 2 years since we moved in to our home, in that time we have completely renovated the inside of the house. Most of it was done very soon after we moved in and the rest, well there has been a list of things to finish off! I have been successful in getting those done since Dad moved here, I'm so lucky to have a builder for a Dad. Now that inside is all done we recently got back to the outside to do a few projects for summer entertaining. 
We had initially tidied up the yard when we moved in, it was a complete mess and had been let go, we ripped everything out to start again. I planted out the garden bed with lavender and some other shrubs and creepers on the fence. The pergola was a light green colour so we painted it charcoal and added a shade sail over the area off that that would become the entertaining area. There was a big dirt patch under that for some time and initially I planted some hedges along the bottom of the deck but I transferred those before we poured a new concrete slab a few weeks ago. We painted the slab with grey concrete paint and some of the old concrete paths as well to make it all the same. We had the exterior of the fence painted last week which looks so much better, like new! The latest addition has been the new bench seat that is built in to the side of the pergola, we now have a beautiful new outdoor area. The plants are getting bigger and should look great in a couple of years, and the creeper is covering the fence quickly. Here are the before and after photos... They are in order of progress, so I won't label them, you'll get the idea! 

Well what do you think? It is such an improvement, and there's still alot to do in other parts of the yard. I wish I had photos from the first day but silly me forgot to take those until we had spent days and days and were well into it. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy this for a while though!
Have a nice end to your week
Carla x

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


This year I am not doing a lot at all in the decorating department. Usually I spend a leisurely day putting up all the Chrissy decs but this year I am going very low key. We don't have as much room in the house as we usually do with my parents here, and well we are going away for a fair bit of December so won't be here to enjoy it. 
Flynn couldn't bear not putting up the Christmas tree and being only 8 yrs old it wouldn't be Christmas without it, so that was the first thing we did on the weekend and then today I just hung some wreaths and that's it really. Oh and I love fairy lights so did a little strip in the outdoor area. I am in the middle of renovating our outdoor area, we have done a lot outside so that will be the next post. Here are some pics of my quick efforts for a little Christmas cheer this year!

Our Chrissy tree! no themes here just all coloured decs from over the years.

Our Back door, which is really out front door, everyone comes to the back!

I got these lights for $10 at home hardware on the weekend while I was buying plants...

Front door... It's awkward to decorate a double door and this is really just a cheap quick effort but will do for this year. Also I'm worried expensive wreaths may get pinched.

Apart from the Christmas tree this is all I have out and that was because they were in the wreath box.

Where I will hang the Christmas art brought home from school.

A little tree Flynn decorated, he found theses decs in the box also and they had to go up!

Stayed tuned on my Inside Home Living Facebook page for some more Christmas posts leading up until Christmas.

'til then have a great week,

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


I have just finished the very last room left in the house to renovate, the laundry! (oh and extra loo). It actually has been my favourite room to do which seems weird because I totally hate washing, unfortunately it hasn't inspired me to do any yet, I have just been looking at my new laundry a lot cause its so pretty now! I love it to bits.

We had made a snap decision to put a new floor in the family room and kitchen which flows into the laundry so we were pretty much forced to get the laundry done at the same time. I had visions of built in cabinetry and a porcelain sink but with one week to get it all sorted ready for installation that was not going to happen. I ended up buying a new laundry tub almost the same as what was there (I searched high and low for a ready made laundry tub a little different, there was NOTHING!) and did an expensive mixer instead to jazz it up! I made and installed a cupboard at the end of the toilet room which fit like a glove, so lucky! another unit to hold the dirty washing, a drying rack, hooks, a new roman blind and made a cute little curtain to hide some unsightly taps and things! Oh and I painted the toilet with chalkboard paint for a bit of fun!

Before... terrible

and after... pretty

A large Ikea shoe cabinet to hold the dirty laundry...

my handy work, I love a little grey gingham!

below is my view from the kitchen, I am still to fit the sliding door...

I am so glad I have finished the interior of the house... looking forward to a spring/summer of making over the outside now, but until then I might just enjoy what I've done!
Carla x

Friday, 14 June 2013


1,2,3... Instead of chucking a hissy fit and quitting blogging as I have been having issues with blogging on my computer, I calmed down and thought to try the blogger app. So I am doing this from the app today to see what happens? Hopefully it will still look the same and perform better for me! And I know a lot of you (my blogging friends) are probably wondering why I'm not already blogging direct from the iPad? Mmmmm me too, why didn't I do this ages ago! This is so easy so far...

I snapped these pics of our puppy the other day after my mini winter makeover of our family room. He thought he'd get in on the action after I was done, testing the new look out first! They just scrape through my criteria for being relevant to post on my page (has to be design related! Lol). He just fits in so well with my furniture and decor with his lovely grey shiny coat! that's my kind of dog! Haha. Also it's not hard to tell that he loves all the attention and is quite the poser. Maybe he should be a dog model?? 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!