Furniture and Continuity

Hey everyone,

Can you believe it?! There are only 5 weeks until Christmas! We will have a great little gift this year with the completion of our new home scheduled to finish up in roughly 9 days! Eep! My last entry was at the beginning of October and within 7 short weeks our ceilings, cornicing, windows and doors, sanitary fittings, cabinetry, tiling, stone and part of the internal painting has been completed. All of the exterior has been painted and our feature linings have been installed. We are really impressed with the build progress so far and we are beyond happy with how all of our selections look installed. Another big thanks to the amazing HBC team for making this journey so enjoyable.

With Christmas fast approaching and lead times blowing out as a result, I have now locked in window treatments, extra cabinetry, carpentry (skirting boards,) upholstery and wallpaper installation. I’ve also been sourcing some new pieces of furniture. We won’t be replacing everything because I still like a lot of things we own already, but there are a few pieces that will be too small in the new house. In this post I’ll touch base on buying selected furniture and give some tips on how to achieve continuity and flow in your home. So sit tight, or make sure you bookmark this as a ‘must read’ at some point this week or over the weekend.

I’ll start with furniture. For large ticket items like sofas and beds I always suggest to select a quality product, in a neutral tone. Try to avoid trending, seasonal colours when purchasing anything expensive, unless you really love it and will continue to like it when the trend passes. If you want to inject some vibrance into your home, you can easily style each area using pops of colour in decor, artwork, linen and textiles.

Top tips for buying a sofa

  • Look into sofa designs with removable or reversible seat and back cushions. This way you can rotate them to maximise the life of the foam or feather insert and you can conceal any unexpected stains or imperfections, by flipping it over.
  • If you want elongated sofa seat cushions, expect some sagging in the fabric over time. Stitching helps the fabric stay in place so a long span of cushion will naturally stretch in the centre more than a shorter seat cushion.
  • Consider your family dynamic and the way you will use your sofa before selecting a fabric. Larger/thicker weave fabrics are more likely to pull and catch on sharp objects like pet paws, jean studs, jewellery etc. A finer and tighter weave won’t catch as much but it will show up marks a bit more than a chunkier weave.
  • If you are wanting a leather sofa make sure you do your research on what category/grade of leather will be most suitable for you. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘genuine’ leather. It doesn’t represent a higher grade or quality, in fact it is less breathable and prone to splitting/cracking because of the thin top layer of PU or vinyl bonded on the top.
  • A sofa that is on glides (frame goes to the floor) is easier to keep clean in a darker colour because the bottom of the frame will get shoe marks across the fabric. If you’re wanting a lighter coloured sofa, consider a design on legs so there is no fabric at foot level.
  • If you have an open plan living area and the sofa is not against a wall, take into account the ‘backside’ of your new sofa. Some cheaply made lounges are upholstered to only be seen from the front and will have multiple panels of thinner fabric pieces stitched together to create the back… and not in the ‘luxe quilted’ way either.
  • When choosing a sofa with a modular or chaise option, consider your room layout and locate the chaise on the far side of where you enter the room. This will open up the area and ensure the space is accessible and usable.

I generally have all my sofas custom made here in Perth, but here are some of my favourite store bought designs that I have used or specified in projects.

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Bedside tables

  • Bedside tables with drawers are practical for any bedrooms being ‘used.’
  • Side tables are a great, affordable way to furnish a guest bedroom, where bedside storage isn’t necessary.
  • Designs with a shelf can be aesthetically pleasing, but in reality can collect a fair amount of dust.
  • In my (tried and tested) opinion, one of the best features on a bedside table is a rim around the top edge. It is so handy as nothing falls off eg phone on the charger, reading glasses, books etc.
  • Try and purchase a bedside table with height in mind. Compare the height of your mattress to the height of the table so they are similar measurements. Double pillow-top mattresses usually look better with a taller bedside, whereas low-lying beds look better with shorter bedsides.
  • Be cautious of resting drinking glasses or water bottles on both veneer and timber bedside tables. Watermarks are common and are hard to fix on veneer products, so the best way to avoid them is by keeping a coaster nearby.
  • If you are looking into a hinged/door design, make sure you can specify opposite swing directions. If both hinges are on the same side, one will open towards the bed (rather than away from the bed.)

Some beautiful 1 and 2 drawer bedside table options are linked below. These are a few of my favourite designs at the moment and the first two have the brim around the top (that I mentioned above.)

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Homebuyers Centre ‘Cove’ Display Home

Beds VS ensembles

Choosing a bed with a frame or an ensemble completely comes down to personal preference, but there are a few factors to think about before making a final decision. In the Homebuyers Centre display homes I mostly specify ensembles, paired with a headboard. The base of the ensemble doesn’t need to look pretty because it is covered with a bed wrap or valance, so as a result this is a more cost effective option for us. It also allows me to customise headboard designs based on the style and the colour scheme I want to adapt. In client projects I always gravitate towards a full bed, as it’s a more unified piece of furniture.

  • Bed frames are usually fixed to the headboard making it a more solid unit, in comparison to an ensemble/headboard pairing. In saying this the headboards I have custom made, feature a built-in wall mount option to secure it safely and prevent movement.
  • A quality bed will usually be more expensive than an ensemble setup.
  • With an ensemble you don’t necessarily need to have an upholstered headboard at all. You might want to create a feature wall with VJ panels, wallpaper or a boxed out plinth as your statement headboard.
  • Do you like the look of a valance or bed wrap being visible? Even if you go up a size with your quilt to create extra hang on either side of the bed, you’ll still see part of the valance or bed wrap somewhere around the perimeter (see above image.)
  • An ensemble base will either come with castors (small wheels) or fixed legs. Castors are good if you need to move the base around the room. However in a main bedroom where it get’s used more, the fixed legs will be more practical.
  • For either product, I always try to keep the headboard around 1100mm high. 1050mm is my go-to measurement because it allows enough height for europeans pillows but ample room above for a statement piece of art too. If I’m not using any art, I will arrange to have the headboard made at a taller height of 1200-1400mm.

Ensuring continuity and flow throughout your home

  • One way to create flow with your interior is to use the same timber tone throughout your home. RJ Living have a beautiful European Solid Oak range which extends across various products and this is a neat way to ensure the tone of your wooden furniture is consistent. You can shop their timeless collection below.
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  • Using a ‘Colour’ palette is another great way to create continuity in your home. By dispersing pops of a similar colour palette into each room, it helps the overall interior feel connected and harmonious. You can decorate with colour in so many different ways for example in artwork, cushions, florals, ottomans, rugs, books, vases, textiles, linen, lighting and planters- to name a few. This pointer can also be applied to neutral or monochrome interiors by replacing colour with the use of repetition in texture and tone.
  • This next tip is not essential but I personally like to keep a majority of the interior hardware and trims consistent. Below is an example compilation of how you can create cohesion in your home between hardware, furniture, lighting and decor. I’m actually in love with all of the below!!
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  • ‘Shape’ can also be cleverly used to keep your interior looking unified. ‘Curves’ are insanely popular at the moment and it’s soft, round form can be applied in many areas of the home. In lighting, mouldings, accent chairs, artwork, cushions, shelves, cabinetry handles – you name it! There are plenty of products on the market to inject the repetition of shape into each space, and it doesn’t have to be costly or permanent at all.
  • Similar to the previous dot point, ‘Pattern’ can transform a space and create flow in your home. Linear patterns have been trending for years but they continue to be a huge influence with new, innovative designs evolving. Lining boards like Easycraft Vj panels have been circulating in mainstream residential design for around 6 years now, but batten and half dowel cladding has quickly gained momentum with brands like Porta and Glosswood becoming increasingly popular. Kit Kat tiles are also a firm fave of mine, with many styles and finishes available. These materials use the repetition of linear pattern to generate a textured focal point and feature in your home.

Well if you’ve gotten this far, thank you for reading and I hope this content was informative or helpful in some way. If you’re a first time home builder, I have documented our journey from the beginning and included some shop the looks and handy tips in each entry. Feel free to navigate through them below.

WE’RE IN!!!

My first entry for 2021! We have officially moved into our new home and are currently in Covid lockdown for the next 5 days!! What better way to get ontop of organising and unpacking?! Our construction journey went really smoothly and Homebuyers Centre did an outstanding job of sticking to the handover date and providing… Continue reading →

Landscape Planning and Design

Our HBC build has reached a new milestone to document! My last update was at the end of July and within 9 short weeks our brickwork, plumbing, electrical and roof has been completed… As well as the float (grey cement render) and set (white plaster coat.) We’re seriously impressed, not only with the process but… Continue reading →

Where to spend and save money during pre-start

With loads of people taking advantage of the new home builder government grants, I thought I would share some tips on where to spend money during PreStart. We completed our Pre Start about 6 weeks ago with Homebuyers Centre and I know first hand how overwhelming (but exciting) this part of the building journey can… Continue reading →

It’s crazy to think that the next time I write a post, it will be from my new desk, in our new home!!!!

Have a fab weekend everyone,

T x

7 week progress shots
Cabinetry installed> Cornicing installed> Ceiling, doors, frames and cornicing painted> Exterior painted and linings installed> Stone bench tops in > Tiling complete>

Homebuyers Centre WA has kindly sponsored this blog entry, based on my experience as their decorator and our own building journey. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

Shop the Skater Look

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Good evening everyone!

I recently completed this fun, skate inspired bedroom for Homebuyers Centre WA and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I have compiled a list of the supplier details and created a ‘shop the look’ section below with clickable links for anyone wanting to source items from this vibrant boy’s room.  You can also check out this space in person at the new ‘Ascend’  display home in Banksia Grove (address and details here.)

In the coming weeks I will write a separate blog entry on designing fun-filled kid’s bedrooms and how to style with colour. It will be quite informative and full of handy tips, so stay tuned.

Have a lovely week!

T x

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Sheer Curtains- The Blinds Gallery in ‘Warwick Sicily Slate’ fabric

Paint Colour- Taubmans ‘Barely Beige’ 1/4 strength

Carpet- Victoria Carpets ‘Everest Mirage’

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The best coastal art prints

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Recently I have been uploading snippets of a new coastal display home I completed in March and a recurring question I keep getting asked is, “where is the art from?” Last night, I compiled a list of prints that I purchased for the home, including easy shopping links so you can steal the look and easily find the supplier details. Most of the artwork is available in various sizes and framing options are also available.

Below are a few tips I follow when buying artwork to ensure they are all consistent with the theme of the home.

I order all my prints unframed and get them framed up by George at Demmer Gallery in Osborne Park. This keeps the shipping cost down because to get a framed print shipped to Perth is much more expensive, purely because of the weight. I also buy some ready made poster frames from Spotlight for prints going in ‘non-feature’ areas of the home.

One of the most important things I consider when buying art is if the colours and tones all work well together. So for example, in this home I wanted soft, muted blues and natural tones, with an exception of the boy’s bedroom. If you purchase a few posters from one photographer or one store, you’ll notice a lot of their post production, presets and filters are the same so the colours are always quite similar… This is great if you want to use two prints side-by-side.

I buy a lot of landscape artwork because I like to put prints in the bathroom, ensuite, laundry and hallways. They fill the wall space better and create visual interest in areas that are sometimes left bare. If there is a large wall to hang artwork on, I will always look for a matching pair of portrait prints. I find having two large portraits, fills the wall better than one large landscape… unless it’s above a sofa or bed etc!

Well they’re my top three tips for purchasing artwork and ensuring you keep a consistent flow throughout the home. Feel free to shop the featured coastal prints by clicking on the corresponding numbers below.

Take care,

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Homebuyers Girl’s Room

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Hey everyone,

First of all I wanted to thank you for all the love and messages on my previous post. It was really comforting knowing other women could relate in one way or another. So thank you, I was heart warmed by each comment and private message.

Today I’m going to share some really cute images from the girl’s bedroom I recently completed in the Homebuyers Centre ‘Norfolk’ display home. This room is super sweet and if you’re in Perth you can check it out in person at 4 Quinn Street (off Farrell Road) in Midvale. The opening hours are:

Monday and Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home design, with an open plan living area, theatre, kid’s zone and large alfresco area. I have kept the furniture and decor selections light and bright with a fairly neutral colour palette and the occasional pop of blush. If you want some inspiration or are looking at building your first home, head over to Homebuyers Centre for all the details on how you could receive an interior styling consult with me. Whoooop!

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The girl’s bedroom is probably one of my favourite rooms because I love the blush, white and soft blue colour palette. The warm and cool tones work beautifully together and it creates something different, in comparison to the very popular blush and white scheme for a little girl. I will admit the soft blue product is quite hard to find so I will upload a ‘Shop the Look’ concept further down, with easy shopping links so you can find a majority of the product I have used. If something is sold out online, you may want to contact the store directly and see if it’s in stock somewhere close by because this job was bought and installed only a month ago (sometimes online sells out quicker than in store.)

Often I get asked where I ‘start’ when designing/styling a kid’s room and usually my answer is the art or wallpaper. In this case it was the Sara Winfield art but I also wanted a subtle wallpaper that didn’t take away from the print. I locked in a neutral star wallpaper from Wall Candy (in Perth) but the next step was to find a couple of other prints that complimented the Sara artwork nicely. I approached Little Design Haus to customise her ‘Scandinavian Flowers’ set, changing out the grey for blue. I adore the finished product and they work beautifully opposite the Sara art. From there, I hunted for blush and soft blue decor/bedding to create balance in this magical little space.

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I also wanted to hang a canopy off center to create interest and fill the wall space a little more. I decided to break away from the usual brand I use and try a Spinkie Baby design. Oh my gosh, it’s so soft and pretty. Perfect if you’re wanting to create a dreamy girl’s bedroom or play area. You can choose either a gold or silver crown, or leave it off completely, so it’s quite a versatile styling piece. The Australian stockist is listed further down in the ‘Shop the Look’ section.

To keep costs down and work within my allocated budget I used affordable furniture and focused on spending more on cute decor/ styling pieces. The desk is from Adairs and the bed is from Fantastic Furniture (links below) so I thought these were great little finds that really helped me stay within my fairly tight budget. By watching what I spent on the large ticket items, I was able to buy some cool books from Jack and Willow as well as some gorgeous bedding from various stores below.

Well I better get linking all the product because it will be fairly long. If you have any questions or if I have left something out, feel free to comment below and I’ll answer asap 🙂 Oh and make sure if you’re in Perth you go check it out in person.

Much Love,

T xx

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Bed || Shop Here

Wallpaper || Shop Here

Flower Artwork || Shop Here

Twins Artwork || Shop Here

Canopy || Shop Here

Desk || Shop Here

Desk Chair || Shop Here

Rug || Shop Here

Book Shelf || Shop Here

Books || Shop Here

Quilt Cover || Shop Here

Blue Throw || Shop Here

White blanket ||  Shop Here

Pom Pom Cushion || Shop Here

Kitten Toy || Shop Here

Ballerina Toy || Shop Here

Rabbit Toy || Shop Here

Star Cushion || Shop Here

Blush Floor Cushion || Shop Here

Mongolian Sheepskin || Shop Here

Koala Wooden Toy || Shop Here

Lamp || Target

Pink Vase || Adairs

Faux Flowers ||  Adairs

Blue Cushion || Country Road

Pencils and Acrylic Cup || Officeworks

Star Wand || Cotton On Kids

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This post has been sponsored by Homebuyers Centre. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

 

 

20 of the Prettiest Floral Prints

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Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!

With spring fast approaching, I want to show you a collection of beautiful floral prints that I recently put together. I find artwork is one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room, and with so many on the market you can find some great, affordable designs. I have tried to showcase a wide range of colours, styles and stores in hope that something will catch your eye. A special mention to Jenni for taking my original list from 15 prints to 20 lol!!

In my selections (as always) I have chosen budget friendly options as well as limited edition pieces, that are more expensive. I know that it’s not always realistic to buy new art/homewares every season but flowers are a versatile subject matter that are certainly not limited to spring styling. To make everything that tiny bit easier, I will also list a bunch of my favourite ready made poster frames, as well as a few framing professionals further down. Enjoy!

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  1. ‘Springtime’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘The Catherine’ print | Shop here
  3.  ‘Rosewater’ print | Shop here
  4. ‘I Saw You Standing There’ | Shop here
  5.  ‘Driving In The Hills’ print | Shop here
  6.  ‘Tetra Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  7.  ‘Petal Play Take 2 #67’ print | Shop here
  8. ‘King Protea’ print | Shop here
  9. ‘Abstract Flowering Gum’ | Shop here
  10. ‘Orchid Bliss II’ print | Shop here
  11. ‘See Through Me’ fine art print | Shop here
  12. ‘La Orchidea’ limited ed | Shop here
  13. ‘Paeonia’ print | Shop here
  14. ‘Stella’ fine art print | Shop here
  15.  ‘Ethereal’ print | Shop here
  16.  ‘Flowering Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  17.  ‘Hydrangrian by Joelle’ print | Shop here
  18.  ‘Marley’ fine art print | Shop here

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I love them all and can’t actually decide on my favourite… but what if you’re not a floral type of girl? … or maybe you cannot talk your partner/hubby into yet another flower print- I have you covered with some gorgeous shrub designs! Below are my favourite three prints that will bring life to your home without being too floral or feminine.

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  1. ‘Silver Leaf’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘Shades’ print | Shop here
  3. ‘Shrub’ print | Shop here

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Lastly, I get asked a lot where I buy my poster frames from so I will list a few places for you to check out. For the expensive pieces of art that I own, I get them framed at Arts Edge in Joondalup. If you’re in central Perth Gallery 360 in Subiaco are great too. If you’re based in the eastern states, Kara at Forman Picture Framing is your go to lady. If you want a ready made frame, the following stores are where I look first.

‘Frame Depot’ poster frames at Spotlight are probably my fave, especially the timber one in 50x70cm. I don’t know if it has proper glass but it’s not the plastic stuff that distorts the look of your prints. It’s thick like glass but not as heavy (so clueless sorry.) Shop here.

Officeworks have great frames in a tonne of different colours, sizes and frame thicknesses. I know some of the frames they stock are glass (I’ve smashed my fair share of them) but it’s probably best to choose one in person because I can’t remember the brand I bought sorry. Shop here.

Norsu Interiors have a gorgeous range of poster frames and the larger sizes have a string already attached. Gosh a string makes things so much easier to hang!!! Shop here.

Ummm, who else…Country road have some elegant/ streamline frames that I obsess over and they also have a video on ‘How to hang a Frame Wall’ if you’re stuck on gallery wall positioning.  Shop here.

Then of course you have kmart, target, freedom furniture and general discount stores that also stock affordable frames to hang your new artwork in.

Well I hope for anyone still reading, this post has been both eye candy and informative at the same time. I can’t wait to see more floral prints popping up in my feed soon with Spring quickly heading our way. If you have any questions please fire away and I’ll respond as soon as I can 🙂 Have a fab weekend.

Much Love,

T xx

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Two main images styled by the lovely Jenni Farr, Photographed by me.

Repainted FROSTA Stools

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Happy Thursday everyone!

Today we were supposed to go and catch up with some awesome Perth girls but Chet woke up with a sore ear so we stayed home and got our craft on instead. We repainted the FROSTA stools from Ikea for Chet’s little desk area and they look soooo cute! They instantly brighten up this corner and tie everything together.

I didn’t take any progress shots (sorry) because I wasn’t expecting them to turn out nicely BUT they look so much cooler than I thought they would. Thinking back now I probably should have primed them but they still turned out beautifully… and I’m not a DIY guru so I can’t tell the difference. I literally just wiped them down and painted straight over the top and they look (and feel) fine.

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Here is a list of what we used, including the paint colours:

Two Stools || Shop Here

Paint Sample Pots || Dark Teal || Light Sage

Sample Pot Roller || Click Here

38mm Angled Paint Brush || Shop Here

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Here’s how we painted them:

I stood the legs on four mugs so it was easier to paint the bottom of the legs. I used the paint brush to do one leg at a time. I roughly covered it in paint and then put another layer on with the mini roller (to get a smoother finish.) The angled brush helps you paint the underneath side of the legs much better.

I did all four legs, then flipped it over and painted the underneath. I didn’t roll this part.

I then stood the stool back on the mugs while I painted the top and rim with the brush, then the roller (like I did with the legs.)

I waited an hour for them to dry and then repeated the process once more.

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There you go, super easy and as I said above, I’m not a DIY genius so I didn’t bother priming them. If you want them to last longer it’s probably a good idea to prime them before painting.

Anyway, while I was painting those two stools, Chet was decorating a miniature one I bought him. I actually love it. He’s done such a great job for an ‘almost’ three year old.

What do you think? Do you love the blue tones? More importantly has Chet done a better job than me? Haha I agree! His has personality and sentimental value.

Much Love,

T xx

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