The spare room might be my favourite…

The house is an eclectic mix of old and new, of neutral and brights, of gold and silver and of practical and just pretty. Each room is different from the next. The loft, the main bedroom, is my husbands and mine. The kids have all decided on a bedroom and are helping me with decorating ideas. This leaves one ‘spare’ room. A room to decorate however i wish….This is the first room that i have finished!

Shopping for bedlinen, doonas, blankets and pillows has been an expensive exercise! Unfortunately, it is an area where i need to buy NEW and thankfully I’ve been able to save a little money due to end of winter sales. And thank goodness really, because it has cost enough without paying full price. I guess it’s all in the timing.

Target lamp shades, my son Daniel lying amongst some of the linen and the ‘before’ shot of the room.

The barrels, before they were a side table.

The bedside table was created using a little experimenting. I picked up a couple of barrel planters, lacquered them, glued and strapped them together and finally attached a tray on the top. In total it only set me back $50, which i was pretty pleased with. :) The lamp shades were a Target buy and were ridiculously priced at $3 each! gotta love clearance sales! I whipped up the cushions with Amy Butler fabric. And the frames above the bed, well you’ve seen those before…..vintage prints $15 in total.

I really like this room. It’s not typical of what i usually like, but maybe that’s the reason it appeals to me…..a change is as good as a holiday right?  Alright, a couple of the other rooms are very closed to being finished. I’ll post when they are done!! Excitement!!

Ebay Bargains and Garage Sales

I have found some great buys on ebay and at garage sales! I have saved an enormous amount of dollars by shopping carefully and i don’t think the quality of the furniture or accessories has been compromised in the process. Here are just a few of the bargains i have found.  I will let the pictures do the talking. :)

We found this chaise on ebay. It was still in the plastic! The owners were moving interstate and didn’t want to take it. Hooray!

We scored two carvers and ten regular chairs from the same ebay seller that was selling the chaise. We managed to get the chaise and twelve chairs in total for an absolute steal! And they are all gorgeous!

I bought this table and two bench seats at a garage sale….the same place where i found the cool bottles. The owners were lovely and generous people. I LOVE this setting.

Gold vintage frame found on ebay.

Happy Thursday!!   :)

A FORK IN THE ROAD

My husband and i spent a glorious weekend in the small village of Millthorpe earlier this year and fell so in love with the town that we bought a house. Sometimes things just feel right don’t they? We are not usually so spontaneous. Actually, we are quite the opposite! Some may call us safe, reliable, responsible and even boring! :) 

We do not buy houses at every holiday location we have enjoyed!! But there is something about that town, the house and the time we spent there, that made it feel right. And sometimes in life you should just do what feels right.

So now we are the proud owners of a beautifully renovated and restored 1890s blue stone foundation home. And our biggest dilemma? Decorating and furnishing the house with style, grace and LIMITED funds! Wish me luck xo