This year so far has been a whirlwind of new challenges, some exciting and others a little scary. I cannot believe that August has arrived already….not just arrived, but almost gone. Over the last month the pace has slowed down giving me a chance to stop and gather myself up. Mum’s birthday, early August, is always a time for me to reflect and address the grief I still feel. I passed a lady on the street recently who looked like Mum, not the physically fit and trim mum I remember, but the Mum that was fighting brain cancer, overweight from the drugs and losing her sense of dignity. I recognised the same look in this stranger and I felt sad for her. A lot has changed since Mum passed almost 3 years ago and sometimes the shock of this rises up and hits me unexpectedly, hard and sharp.
When I feel this way I try to spend more time at home. Home for me is my sanctuary, a safe place for me to refuel. I like to spend time moving things around, styling and planning mini makeovers. On the surface it seems superficial, but it’s not just about making things look pretty. A home should be a reflection of those who live there, a gallery of memories and a place where you can decorate however you like! So this month I restocked my yarn storage, started planning a bedroom makeover and finished off a granny square cushion for the office. And with my spare time, I channeled my grandmother and started learning a new skill – knitting. Here’s a snapshot –
Todays creative space belongs to self confessed crochet addict and my good friend Robyn Hicks. Robyn lives in an old cottage called “Firbank” that is situated in a secluded country setting just 20minutes from town. It is here that she pursues her interest in crochet. The house is full of collected vintage objects and upcycled/recycled op shop finds, plus an abundance of beautiful handmade crochet pieces. Robyn is known for her #crochetinthegreatoutdoors pictures on Instagram but not many would have seen inside her beautifully styled home. Today we’re going to take a little look at her living/dining area. I hope you enjoy this little tour and if your interested in discovering and admiring more of Robyn’s makes, you can follow her on IG here.
Upcycled and repurposed dresser – painted a fresh, crisp white and transformed into a hat rack and display unit.
Robyn’s style is country, vintage and eclectic. Her old cottage, Firgrove, is the perfect backdrop for her collected pieces.
A sweet little tapestry, found at an op shop hangs alongside the transformed dresser.
Robyn’s country dining room
One of Robyn’s beautiful crochet cushions – handmade with love. It sits prettily on top of this vintage boudoir chair, which belonged to Robyn’s aunt.
Crochet items are used as display when not in use. This gypsy shawl takes pride of place next to the transformed dresser.
An upcycled printer’s tray is used to store Robyn’s little treasures. An old bedhead has been transformed into a bench seat that holds a beautiful stack of Robyn’s crochet blankets.
The transformed dresser also works beautifully as yarn storage – practical and beautiful.