Before and After – The Green Room

 

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My inspiration for the green room make over came from this beautiful picture that i found while looking for a bedroom with a similar headboard to mine. This room caught my interest right away. The headboard is similar to mine and i loved the contrast of different fabrics, patterns and textures. I desperately wanted to find a striped valance like the one in this picture, but after much searching i gave up and settled on a lovely linen one, which fits perfectly. I searched for a few other bits and pieces – side tables, coverlet, lamps, cushion and throws. I’m really happy with the end result.

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I was able to use most of the bed linen I’d already bought for the room and I’m really pleased this didn’t go waste. And even though I made new pillowcases, I was able to use most of the existing material. I just changed the fabric on the front. This meant I could reuse the piping that was on the pillows too, which gave them a lovely professional finish. I did get some initial heart flutters when I first started cutting my beautiful Warwick fabric, but I got over that quickly.

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I’ve never had a sewing project go so smoothly before. Maybe the quality of the fabric makes a difference? I had doubts about being able to reuse the piping, but not only did it turn out perfectly, the colour is a great match for the new fabric. Here are the before and afters….I’m a little ashamed of the befores! I guess it’s nice to know I’m improving though.

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And it would seem that Stayz is working beautifully for me. I’ve had many booking enquires and my first official booking!! Deposit in the bank and fully locked in!! Exciting!!!

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Frame Arrangement – The Gold Room Complete

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Happy New Year! I know we are barely two days in, but this year has been brilliant so far!!  😉 I am starting 2013 with fresh eyes and a positive attitude. Last year was challenging, but there were also amazing times and both have changed me for the better I hope. Here are just some of the lowlights and highlights of 2012.

We saw the New Year in at Times Square NYC. I made the cover of a regional magazine thanks to flattering lighting and Photoshop!  I started studying again and discovered my brain still works. Yay! My chronic illness flared badly this year. Internal bleeding throughout your large intestine is never good, but it reached a new level last year. I really do not want to see 56kgs again.

My husband and I had the BEST ever weekend in Millthorpe and bought a beautiful house that has kept our family close. Johno tattooed a poem I’d written on his back. It’s impressively large and lovely. My Mum was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She has endured surgery, radiation and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and has managed to keep a positive attitude. Amazing!

We had to put our dog Bob to sleep. He was a silly, fat beagle and we loved him. We got a friend for Ruby who was missing Bob and we are so very glad we did because Pepsi is gorgeous. She has slotted into our family with ease and we love her. My daughter Eilish duxed her primary school. I am so very, very proud of her. My husband merged his business with two others and hopefully this will decrease his work hours.

My son Daniel blossomed this year at school and has grown in confidence, which is so very important. And Rose, my gorgeous spectrum girl, not just survived but thrived in her second year of high school. We celebrated Christmas with my parents, all of my siblings, partners and children. And finally, Johno and I saw the new year in on our red seat on the porch of Winterfell.

Oh, and another room at Winterfell is complete!

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My collection of gold frames finally made it onto the wall. I’m hoping to add to this wall as i find more frames.

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I used some vintage wallpaper i discovered at a secondhand shop to fill this ornate gold frame.

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My grandmother’s buffet features in this room. It looks beautiful here. Also, my other grandmother’s bowls sit on the buffet. I’m going to fill them with chocolates for my guests.

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White timber ceilings feature throughout the house.

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I’m a little obsessed with collecting books about collecting and decorating. They will all remain at Winterfell for my guests to enjoy.

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Local artist Leanne Watt created this golden image, which reminded my husband of our daughter so much that he had to have it! It hangs on the wall in the hall before the gold room.

IMG_3282 IMG_3290I have only two more rooms to finish (eek!) before we get to the serious business of creating a website, information booklets, professional photography (yes, i recognise my photographs aren’t ideal) and then finally opening the doors of Winterfell to guests. How very exciting!