Sunday, 23 November 2014


I put up our Christmas Tree 3 weeks ago! I know, I know, very early but I was inspired after reading a Chrissy magazine and knowing all the weekends leading up to the big day were fully booked out for us that it may be the last lazy Sunday I had to do it! I didn't put much out this year as you will see, it only took me the afternoon and I must say I felt so organised after it was all complete knowing I had many weeks to enjoy it and there wasn't going to be a rush to put the tree up!

I decided that I was going to go with a theme of copper and white. I wasn't prepared to do-away with all the decorations I already had and buy new, I think that's a little extravagant as I would be likely to change the theme again another year. Instead I spray painted some of my old non-sentimental ones copper keeping aside all my white ones I already had and then I bought a few new ones as well.

It was a little windy outside so I set up to spray inside, not a great idea… it was getting a little foggy and the copper overspray would quickly ruin my kitchen! So I made a booth, just one of those plastic storage containers on its side, popped a box inside that that had been poked with toothpicks to rest some decorations on and got spraying outside this time! HaHa

I was really pleased with the result and no one knows they weren't bought that way!

Sorry its been a while since my last post, with everything nearly done around here (except the front yard our next project) I haven't had a lot to blog about. However I am popping the odd thing up on Insta/FB so please check out my pages and follow me!
Carla x

Sunday, 27 July 2014


I came across this pine dresser last month (probably about 10 years old) on a buy and sell page. I'd been on the look out for some type of tallboy or dresser for my bedroom and thought this one had nice clean lines with a straight bevelled edge on the drawer (not rolled) so it was a little more modern straight away. With a few coats of white paint and some new knobs I thought it had heaps of potential so I bought it!
It was fairly easy to paint, I did three coats of white satin after a light sand and undercoat. It only took a few hours of work in total but in-between coats and our busy schedule it was a few weekends to finally get it in my room and filled. I'm really happy with the end result and it fits in our room nicely.
Enjoy the before and afters below!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I certainly did finishing off this and a few other little jobs around here…

Saturday, 5 July 2014


It's been a long while getting around to decorating Flynn's room, he has always had a nice room but it seemed to be a miss mash of stuff since we moved into this house over 2 years ago. So while he was away for a few days these holidays I made-over his bedroom as a surprise on his return and because the house has been so quiet with them away I didn't know what to do with myself! The starting point for his room was the black and white crosses…. I was originally imagining a charcoal crosses quilt cover set but it seemed that it was quite popular and out of stock at the time I wanted one, then silly me didn't order it. When I decided to decorate I saw the black and white crosses throw rug glaring at me on sale in a shop window and I thought right I'm doing Flynn's room this week! I had already purchased the photographic canvas and the metal arrow shelf and I had scored the transformer posters free from a shop window display. The big pieces of furniture I've had for a long time and the lamp and bedside a from good 'ol Ikea. I found a fairly simple white doona cover with tiny little arrow detail on it which is also reversible to charcoal which will be handy for a change up. The fake white lambswool will be moving to my room I have decided, as it got dirt on it the first moment he walked into his room!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!
Carla x

Sunday, 20 April 2014


We had a fairly busy weekend but it was such a relaxing Easter weekend also. We did the Easter egg hunt and festivities at at our local town park for a few hours, we went to Mass and caught up with some of our wonderful friends. The main excitement for us was the new Chimenea I bought...  I saw that one of my fellow bloggers had found an old Chimenea and did it up, that enthused me to look for one, when I didn't have any luck finding anything second hand I got impatient and went and bought one! We had been meaning to get a fire pit last year but winter came and went and we didn't get around to it. I ended up with a Chimenea rather than a fire pit. I figured it would be less messy and well I just liked it, it comes with a handy cover and you can cook on it, we grilled a banana haha! which was lovely with ice-cream, otherwise Flynn burnt some sticks on it. Next time we're going to do roast potatoes in foil.
I absolutely love it, sitting by the fire on my new couch (details on that later) toasting marshmallows, poking the fire, and getting warm in this chillier weather. It was so lovely all of us sat around together for hours, the girls still had their electronics but it was so nice to be together laughing, chatting and listening to music with my Mum and Dad there also.

About the couch... on Saturday I snapped up an old cane lounge.... about 5 doors down the neighbours had an old red cane setting out on the nature strip for council pick up. I made Mark stop so I could check it out, mmmmm I thought a bit of a cleanup and spray paint it would come up well. I was surprised that my 2 gorgeous girls carried it all the way home for me while I loaded the chairs into the car! 4 cans of spray paint later and the couch piece is done finally in white! It is very comfy and we will get heaps of use out of it. Here are some snaps from our weekend!

Toasting marshmallows 

Nice and toasty as it got darker...

And the cane lounge make-over...


And after!
 I will endeavour to make some proper cushions but these are from my stash for now!

Bella and Flynn enjoying the fire in the Autumn sun that kept popping its head out!

Franklin enjoying the fire too!
 I hope everyone had a great Easter x

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Easter is nearly here, and this year I decided to decorate our home a little more than usual to get into the spirit of this special time. Over Easter we will have a lot of family time and celebrate with friends, go to Mass and celebrate the true meaning of Easter then I'm sure the Easter Bunny will deliver lots of Easter eggs!

I had been fiddling over the weekend with some bunnies and fake eggs and today decided to decorate our dining table (we eat round every night) and enjoy it for the week leading up to Easter.

I just did it on a whim and made it up as I went along… its my modern/vintage mixed-up style tablescape. It's just stuff I had in the house to decorate it really, the only thing I bought were the easter eggs! Actually Hubby was out at the shops so I called him to say grab me some Easter eggs please, I gave him a brief.. "small eggs in pastel colours, you know pastels right? and some cute small bunnies or something plain, you know my style? babe just do your best" he went to 3 shops and it totally stressed him out, he had a lot of trouble finding what he knows I like and came home with a bag full of stuff which I picked out just enough small eggs that were OK! (you can picture the rest… Easter bunnies with faces and big eggs with lovely pictures on them LOL!) love him though! The rest will come in handy for Sunday.

A cake stand comes in handy for a nest bed

I used recycled shredded brown paper for the nests

Beautiful Forsythia branches for the table centre

I love this little birdie, I have a few dotted around the house
Lavender from my garden - joy!

I used some linen to make napkins and frayed the edges

Little cake toppers in each bowl with initial

And a few other little Easter decs around the house…

My little moss bunnies
My trusty tree I use for Easter and Christmas every year

Do you decorate for Easter?
I hope everyone has a lovely Easter whatever you may be doing, travel safe and enjoy your time with Family and Friends
Carla x