Ella’s Teenage Bedroom Makeover

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Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been a bit quiet the past couple of weeks with a load of briefs and design concepts to work through. In saying that, today I would love to show you some pictures of Ella’s new teenage bedroom. My clients Narelle and Andrew contacted me a couple of months ago to give me the rundown of what Ella imagines her dream space to look like. The outcome reflects her personality perfectly and it is a versatile room that she can grow with throughout her teenage years.

I was super excited to start this project because I created Kate’s teenage bedroom last year (Ella’s older sister.). We have loosely replicated the furniture layout to match Kate’s, however, the two rooms look so different. Cohesive, yet different! We decorated both spaces using some budget friendly pieces to ensure that we maintained two realistic teenage bedrooms. We all know that teens go through phases, and lots of them!!! Heck I remember listening to Ciara one minute… and My Chemical Romance the next (lol!!!!!)

Here are the before images of Ella’s old room.

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Ella liked the idea of an urban bedroom so we chose to decorate the room in this style instead of furnishing it head to toe in themed product. If I had chosen either rustic wood or metal furniture, Ella would be tied to this particular style for several years. Whereas, by keeping the furniture simple and fairly modern, the room has versatility and can easily be redecorated if Ella grows out of the urban style. This is also a good option if you like to follow seasonal trends.

One of our ‘must have items’ was the Ivory and Deene hammock chair. The room is quite small so we saved a tonne of floor space by having a hanging chair instead of a regular occasional chair. Ella can also slide the leather ottoman underneath the hammock so it is out of the way when not in use. Other than being a great space saver, I chose this piece because it fits the look perfectly… Oh and did I mention it’s only $79.00 Whattttt?!Β  Please note that we added support beams in the roof for extra safety. It’s easy if you know what you’re doing.Β 

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Another product we had to have in Ella’s room was the You Rock poster from Seek and Style. When I showed Narelle it was an instant YES and she stated that it could actually be Ella in the image!! Shorts and Dr Marten’s (or Converse) are her thing, so the poster was totally fitting for her new space. I also strung up a polaroid photo wall behind the hammock chair, however, I didn’t photograph this in detail because I don’t feel right putting her personal memories all over my blog. You can kind of see the twinkle lights in the above image though πŸ™‚

Ella and her family were so happy with the end result and of course I am too. Especially when taking into consideration that a lot of these products are budget friendly. It goes to show if you choose wisely and decorate with a particular theme or colour palette in mind, you can produce a lovely room for less than you think.Β  If you would like help with a bedroom makeover please feel free to contact me and say, “hiii.” Contact Details here. If you would like to shop the look of this bedroom, I have listed some suppliers at the bottom of this blog post.

Have a lovely weekend.

Much Love,

T x

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Soho Hammock Chair || Shop Here

You Rock Poster || Shop Here

Tan Ottoman || Shop Here

Alpha Boards || Shop Here

Moon Bag || Shop Here

Hanging Pendant || Shop Here

Jute Rug || Shop Here

King Single Bed || Shop Here

Desk || Shop Here

Desk Chair || Shop Here

Desk Lamp || Shop Here

Shelf || Shop Here

Wall Weave || Shop Here

Wall Hooks || Shop Here

Quilt Cover || Shop Here

Tan Cushion || Shop Here

Tribal Cushion || Shop Here

Pink Round Cushion || Shop Here

Pink Fringe Cushion || Shop Here

Pom Pom Blanket || Shop Here

Mongolian Hide || Shop Here

Tree Poster || Shop Here

Storage Basket || Shop Here

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The skirting boards, wall trim, doors and top half of the room are painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter and the bottom half of the room is painted in Dulux Tranquil Retreat Quarter.

Pencil holder, candle and jewellery dish from Cotton On Home.

Plants and terracotta pots from Bunnings.

Desk accessories/ stationery from Officeworks.

Curtains, curtain rail and wardrobe handles from Ikea.

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Christian’s Nursery

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Happy Monday!!

Two weeks ago I showed you some snaps of Chet’s room and the response was so amazing. Thank you for stopping by and also commenting on my instagram photos. It was and still is, a work in progress but I think that will always be the case when you work in interiors. Luckily I have other children’s rooms to create magic in and I was over the moon to install Christian’s nursery recently.

This is the second boy’s room I have done for Jemma and Ben, and I honestly could not wish for nicer clients. Jemma- you’re awesome! Thank you for trusting me and never doubting my ideas (and there’s a lot of them.) Anyway, I also created their son Thomas’s toddler bedroom late last year which was featured in the Annual Edition of Minty Magazine. I will blog about it in the coming weeks but if you can’t wait for the post to go live, you can grab a magazine copy here.

When designing this nursery, the idea was to create a soft, cosy space that is versatile enough to become a toddler bedroom in a couple of years time. We also wanted to keep the look of both boy’s bedrooms consistent so we chose Oeuf NYC furniture again. This ensures that the furniture style and colours are the same in both rooms, however the individual pieces are different.

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We started from scratch and the only thing Jemma had already purchased for the room was the Moln Clouds wallpaper. This was music to my ears because I have seen it in person (in my friend’s little girl’s nursery) and it’s so dreamy. We wanted to stick to a fairly neutral colour palette but also bring in warmth by adding beige and taupe alongside the grey. I used lots of textured pieces like the Jujo Baby blankets and Hides of Excellence hide to create lush layers, which added to the cosy look we wanted to achieve.

One thing Jemma really wanted to incorporate into the room was a rocking chair. You can’t go past the quality and versatility of a Hobbe rocking chair, so we locked this firmly in as one of our first purchases. The grey upholstery works perfectly back with the wallpaper, where the white legs suit the timber finish of the cot, framed artwork and dresser. If you’re looking for a comfortable and well crafted nursing chair, this rocker is definitely worth looking at.

I am really happy with the way Christian’s nursery turned out and more importantly Jemma and the family love it. It makes my job even more satisfying knowing it is exactly what my client’s dreamed of. I suppose I should show you some more images and start listing all my fabulous suppliers. I hope you have a lovely week!

Much Love,

T x

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Cot / Dresser || Shop Here

Rocking Chair || Shop Here

Shelves || Shop Here

Reindeer Hide || Shop Here

Cable Knit Blankets || Shop Here

Rug || Shop Here

Sheep Heads || Shop Here

Changing Basket || Shop Here

Blanket in Basket || Shop Here

Flag Garland || Shop Here

Ottoman || Shop Here

24 x 30″ Artwork || Shop Here

Lamp || Shop Here

Moon Mobile || Shop Here

Round Bobble Cushion || Shop Here

Square Velvet Cushion || Shop Here

Quilt Cover || Shop Here

Beanie || Shop Here

Wooden Llama || Shop Here

Plush Toys || Shop Here

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Cute Corner

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Happy Friday everyone!

Just a really quick entry for this afternoon because I don’t want to spam you with a novel caption on Instagram haha. Today, I created a really sweet corner in our living room for Chet, where he can play, craft and not fall asleep haha. Yes I said “not” (am I insane?) I’ll let you know why below- it won’t be long I promise.

Our home is a 4×2 however it’s not overly big at all. It’s just a nice small home we can enjoy as a family, until we build again one day. I have thought about creating a playroom in my study (which is the 4th room) but I know he wouldn’t use it because he likes being able to see me. He won’t even play outside unless I am with him and that’s totally fine. He’s still little and I love that he wants to ‘hang’ around me because I know it won’t last forever. Recently I have been sticking him in front of the TV in the theatre room while I cook dinner at 5:30 but this week it has been backfiring on me.

Chet doesn’t have a nap anymore… He will refuse a day nap for hours and the only way he’ll ever fall asleep is in the car orrrrr…. at 5:30 when I’m cooking dinner eep. Everyone knows that there is no happy ending to your toddler having a 5:30pm nap. Lol! This is why I have created a little space where Chet can craft, play and watch the ipad while I’m cooking. The kitchen, dining and living room are open plan so I can keep an eye on him and make sure he’s not drawing on any of the furniture haha.

I will let you know how it goes but I hope he loves it because I spent so much on textas, pencils, crayons, coloured card, scrapbooks and glue today. The gorgeous desk is from Kido Store and the little holders are removable so they can be placed wherever you like. It’s seriously cool! You can view it here.

Anyway, that’s my back-story! I’ll take some more pictures soon but I won’t ramble anymore because it’s the weekendddd! Have a great one!!

Much Love

T xx

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Cosy Autumn/ Winter Styling

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Happy Monday,

I cannot believe we’re in April already. Whattt!? It was Christmas literally yesterday right? Anyway I am a total autumn girl so I am really looking forward to the seasonal changes. I love the cooler weather, the colours, the fashion, the interior trends and the nature so much more than summer or winter. Today, I’m going to show you how I have redecorated our guest bedroom with some gorgeous AW17 inspired product from Vicinity Centres.

As you can probably tell I am a bit linen crazy! It is such a good way to freshen up a room and introduce a new colour palette. I wanted to go with something a little warmer this season, so I chose some new bedding that consists of creams, mushroom and a dull pink. Mustard is amazing in children’s interior but I much prefer something softer in an adult’s room. Below are the items I picked up from my local Vicinity Centre last week. You can find your closest centre here.

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  1. Vintage wash standard pillow cases, nude pink || Adairs || Shop Here
  2. Jumbo cable knit, marshmellow || Myer || Available In Store
  3. Picardy knitted cushion, stone || Target || Shop Here
  4. Linen cotton quilt cover set, linen || Target || Shop Here
  5. VUE Hayley throw, cameo rose || Myer || Shop Here
  6. Hampden cushion, natural/blush || Adairs || Shop Here

As you can see from the list above I chose pieces from a range of stores and in varying price points. Some are budget friendly while others are more expensive. I like to shop this way because it makes buying seasonally more achievable and it keeps my hubby (and bank account) somewhat happy.

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DΓ©cor is another aspect of a room that I like to change up every now and then. I always style my bedside tables to compliment the linen, so in this case I have used some warm earthy tones and a clay vase to add a bit of texture. Wood, handmade porcelain and clay homewares are a personal favourite at the moment. They give a little more life to the surrounding space in comparison to a flat surfaced vase and they work back with the raw materials of the linen perfectly. Below are the dΓ©cor items I picked up from my local Vicinity Centre last week. You can find your closest centre here.

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  1. Aesop resurrection hand balm || David Jones || Shop Here
  2. 50 x 70cm timber frames || Kmart || Shop Here
  3. Sand clay planter || Myer || Shop Here
  4. Kingston small bowl || Myer || Available In Store

Last of all, don’t forget to add some greenery or floral into your room styling. Having either a plant or a small posy of flowers on one bedside table will help freshen up the room and bring some nature into the space. If you’re not too much of a green thumb, try buying a rubber plant. They look great and have hardwearing dark green/burgundy foliage. As for flowers, I adore the soft, fluffy texture of hydrangeas. If you’re worried about fresh flowers not lasting very long, you can try the hydrangea revival trick I blogged about a couple of months ago.

Well I hope this has inspired you to get your styling cap on and create a warm, cosy bedroom for the cooler months approaching. Have a lovely week!

Much love,

T xx

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This post is in collaboration with Vicinity Centres.

Chet’s Toddler Bedroom

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Happy Monday!!

I think it’s probably time to post a few photos of Chet’s room, don’t you think lol? It’s bright and full of his favourite things at the moment… animals!! Chet loves (absolutely adores) them, so I have very loosely designed his room around animals. It has a fun, modern scandi vibe and I like that the room doesn’t follow a generic theme eg it’s not marine animals, farm animals or woodland animals etc… In replacement of sticking to a ‘theme’ I have used a consistent colour palette instead, to achieve a sweet toddler space for our little love.

You may recognise the Milton and King wallpaper from a recent install I did for another lucky little boy- Thomas. I fell in love with it originally for Chet’s room although I didn’t think Shaun would let me put wallpaper up because “I change my mind too often.” Fair call babe, but after specifying and getting it installed in Thomas’s bedroom, I was sold… It is a design that is super versatile and that can adapt as he grows older. The details are listed further down in the ‘Shop the Look’ section.

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Another piece I wanted to keep was a canopy. Yes I know, it seems like everyone in the world has one, but I definitely needed a large area (of contrasting colour) to break up the two walls of patterned wallpaper. I switched from our previous white Numero 74 canopy to an ice blue one from Talo Interiors to make more of a statement. I then paired it with the matching ice blue quilt and mixed blues garland to tie everything in. I bought a bunch of other great children’s decor from Talo Interiors but I’ll list them further down in the ‘Shop the Look’ section.

Please Note- Before hanging anything over an infant’s sleeping space please read through the SIDS guidelines first. You can find one here.

One of the questions I get asked most about is where I bought Chet’s furniture from- you can find it all on the Urban Baby website. We have the River Single Bed, Night Stand and Merlin 3 Draw Dresser. All three pieces are Oeuf NYC brand. The craftsmanship is amazing, the price is reasonable and they are simply great quality products. I’m super dooper happy with our purchases and the level of service I always receive from Russell and Amelia.

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Chet’s room (actually all the rooms in our home) are teensy tiny so I did face some struggles while designing his room. The bed can literally only go in that one spot because it has the bench seat on the end which makes it a fair bit longer than a normal single size bed. On the left of the drawers is Chet’s wardrobe so the dresser can only be put in that one spot as well. The wall in between the curtains and the canopy is not large enough to have two 50x70cm prints on the wall, but it is too large for just one…

I have always loved the animal print shop’s beautiful prints so I bit the bullet and purchased one of their limited edition ‘Baby Porcupine’ prints. It’s amazing, huge (86x100cm framed) and fits along that wall perfectly. I had Terraze at Art’s Edge frame it for me and she did such an outstanding job. I also got the glass upgraded so the reflections don’t show as harshly- best investment everrrr!

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One of the other tricky factors I had to consider was the corner window of Chet’s room. It is not only a corner window; it’s a floor to ceiling corner window lol. So as much as I adore the natural sunlight it lets in, I find it tricky to style that area because anything I photograph there ‘blows out.’ It also means that I need to use different height variations so there isn’t a huge white space above the storage baskets. I was thinking either a children’s coat rack or floor lamp. I was so torn until I found the Cuba Floor Lamp from Life Interiors. The colour is spot on and it looks amazing in this corner of his room.

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Wallpaper ||Β  Milton and King

Furniture || Urban Baby Shop

Numero74 canopy || Talo Interiors

Numero74 duvet cover || Talo Interiors

Numero74 blue garland || Talo Interiors

Round muskhane rug || Talo Interiors

Tiger and fox head || Talo Interiors

Donkey head || Leo and Bella

Floor lamp || Life Interiors

Tan ottoman and cushion || Onyx&Smoke

Pendant lamp || Cheeky Reubens

Lamb on a stick || Ooh Noo

Felt seat cushions and mushrooms || Growing Footprints

Leather crown || Little Connoisseur

Bedding || Camomile London

Fox teddy || Scandikid

Grandest Bear || Grandyandbaa

Bear cushion || Boo & Bear

Wooden Camera || Moose In The Moon

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It was so lovely to show Chet his room after the wallpaper and main items went in. We actually had my nephews over that weekend and you should have heard Chet. He said, “Come on Noah and Oookey (Lukey,) i’ll show my tiger,” in the most excited squeaky voice. Gah heart explosion. So they went off to his room and started parading around like wild beasts lol. Anyway, it feels great to have such a fun, vibrant room in our home that will help inspire creativity and his growing little mind.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding Chet’s room or if you would like design help with your little love’s bedroom/ playroom.

Much Love,

T xx

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5 EtsyAu Stores You’ll Love

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Hey Everyone,

If you follow me closely on Instagram, you would have seen me posting about some of the loveliest products I have recently found on Etsy Au. There are so many incredible creatives on there and I searched for days/ weeks finding beautiful pieces for our master bedroom before committing to orders. Sorry guys this isn’t a master bedroom ‘tour’ but I thought it would be cool to share the love and show you all some extremely talented Aussie small businesses. To make things fun, I’ll also provide direct links to various home decor products I think you will fall in love with.

I’m such a sucker for linen, textiles and decor because they can completely transform the look and feel of a room. I really enjoyed shopping on Etsy Au because most of the products are handmade and often one of a kind. I especially love seeing tiny imperfections in the ceramic products. It makes them unique and it’s also great to have some gorgeous decor that you know cannot be replicated by huge budget retailers! There are actual faces and families behind the brand you’re supporting, which is such a satisfying feeling. Lastly, the quality of everything delivered exceeded my expectations ten fold and I can only put it down to the creators having so much passion for their work.

Anyway I think that’s enough ramble, now I’ll show you some cool Etsy AU stores…

Much Love

T xx

House of Baltic Linen

Fine Linen Merchants. Melbourne, VIC.

Store website: Here

Instagram: Here

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Rose quartz linen duvet cover || Shop Here

Ivory linen waffle coverlet || Shop Here

Silver grey linen fitted sheet || Shop Here

Lilac linen waffle pillow slips || Shop Here

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Lavallier Emporium

Handmade porcelain homewares. Melbourne, VIC

Store website: Here

Instagram: Here

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Porcelain dinner plate 22k gold rim || Shop Here

Ceramic mug 22k gold rim || Shop Here

Ceramic bowl large 22k gold rim || Shop Here

Porecelain soy candle 22k gold rim || Shop Here

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Ni Ni Creative

Designer cushions and bags. Melbourne, VIC

Store website: Here

Instagram: Here

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Stitched sapphire square cushion || Shop Here

Round tan leather cushion || Shop Here

Round charcoal leather cushion || Shop Here

Leather / cream textured rectangle cushion || Shop Here

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Louise M Studio

Handmade porcelain homewares. Sydney, NSW.

Store website: Here

Instagram: Here

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Soft series dish peach || Shop Here

Soft series dish sapphire || Shop Here

Soft series dish vanilla || Shop Here

Soft series dish musk || Shop Here

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Urban Cartel

Contemporary porcelain. Melbourne, VIC.

Store website: Here

Instagram : Here

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Organic entree plate || Shop Here

Porcelain cloud dish || Shop Here

Copper scallop large bowl || Shop Here

Porcelain vase || Shop Here

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