7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict for December

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict on Instagram for December was probably my favourite month yet. The themes were creative and there was a definite focus on being festive! Here’s my round up of images –

1.Giving

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2. Twinkle
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3. Summer
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4. Cheer
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5. Red and Green
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6. Jolt of Colour
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7. Feast
7 vignettes feast christmasMerry Christmas all! I’ll be taking a break from blogging, but am hoping to be back into it in February 2014. Happy New Year!

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Gold Spray Paint Makeover

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I love a spray paint makeover and this vintage frame is the perfect example. I had already spray painted this old frame a nice glossy white, but after a few months I was ready for another update. I had some gold spray paint leftover from my Sunburst Chopstick Mirror project, so I thought I’d give that a whirl. Ten minutes later I was finished. I love a super quick makeover!
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DIY Sunburst Mirror – Weekend Craft Project

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Sunburst mirrors are everywhere at the moment. I love them! I have been admiring a one in a local home decor store for a while now, but the price has stopped me from buying it. I have seen many tutorials online on how to make them, but it just hasn’t been a priority. So, after seeing this little inspiration post from The Painted Branch on Saturday morning and knowing i had some spare time on the weekend, i rushed out to grab the supplies. Other DIYers have used bamboo, sticks, skewers, but I made mine mostly out of chop sticks. Here’s how I did it –

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1. Supplies – glue gun, circle mirror, dowel, chop sticks and gold spray paint.
2. Trim dowel to size to create longer sections of the ‘sun’.
3. Glue on the dowel pieces to create the longer sections and guidelines.
4. Glue on the chop sticks in between the segments created by the dowel.
5. Spray three coats of spray paint on the back and front of the mirror.
6. Attach hanging wire and position the mirror on wall. Stand back and admire!

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I’m stoked with how it turned out and pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make. I’m going to make a smaller version for RedAgape guesthouse using skewers. And with the colder weather setting in, it’s nice to have a little sunburst inside the house. :)

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Treasure Hunting in the Hunter

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Babies grow quickly, right?! They don’t stay perfect little newborns for long, so when my new niece was born last week, i knew we had to visit as soon as we could. The kids were very keen to meet her too, so we made a quick visit over the weekend. It really was a beautiful drive to the Hunter Valley as everything was so very lush and green. The last time we traveled there it was quite dry and a bit sad looking. I managed to get a little bit of treasure hunting in and a generous visit to see the new baby. She was simply perfect, as newborns always are. Such a sweet little baby.

My first find is an assortment of old bobbins as seen above. I found these in Morpeth, just outside Maitland. I have NO idea what i’m going to do with them. I just love the shapes and colours, and being a sewer i felt an instant attraction. Aren’t they neat!

My second find are these old map and state stencils. Unfortunately, NSW is missing and poor old Tassie has to be hand drawn if you are using the one piece map of Australia.

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My last find is this decorative wall ornament of two gold swans. My husband didn’t see the potential. :) But i’m sure they will look great hung outside at Winterfell on the back patio.

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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!

Spray paint side table makeover

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It’s amazing what a difference some spray paint makes! I picked up this pretty cane table for $20 at a secondhand store. It’s in great shape and I knew it would be simple to freshen up.

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After brushing off the cob webs I applied two good coats of lovely shiny white paint, allowing drying time in between. It was a little tricky to get in all the nooks and crannies but the end result speaks for itself. It looks like new!
Here it is at Winterfell in one of the bedrooms. Oh, and here’s a sneak peek at another room that is VERY close to being finished.

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Gold

There are five bedrooms in Winterfell to furnish and decorate. Each room will have a different theme or style. I thinks it’s important to cater for all tastes, so i’m hoping that every guest will find at least one room to satisfy them. My children have been helping me with ideas for the rooms, which has been lovely. It means that all the rooms will have a different feel and personality…..just like the kids!

So, my middle child, Eilish has decided she would like GOLD in her room. This is perfect because we purchased a stunning watercolour from a local artist a couple of years ago which suits. The painting of a child with her cat caught my husbands eye at a local market. He is by NO means an art critic, but it reminded him so much of Eilish we bought it. It has never really fitted in our home, but will be a perfect fit for Eilish’s gold room.

I have also managed to find some gorgeous old lamp bases at some local junk shops. They certainly don’t make them like these anymore. And the gorgeous gold square pictures were only $7 each at a secondhand store.

And tassels!! i have found tassels to hang on the door knobs throughout the house. So pretty!