Well there has been progress with the room.. It doesn't look like THAT anymore - there are walls! They are painted! The windows aren't chipping paint anymore! I will post some progress shots soon.
However, I wanted to let you know the other project i'd been working on is finally complete!
And here she is:
Her name is Beth, and she was born December 27, 2011 at 3.04pm. She was two weeks late and had grown to a substantial 9lb 8oz by the time she made her entrance!
We're still in recovery/readjustment mode here, but happy, healthy and absolutely in love. Even her big sister thinks she's pretty cool!
A big thank you to Duck Egg Blue for gifting me the Versatile Blogger Award too! Forgive me for taking so long to login and acknowledge it - it might take a while for me to regift too - but I will get there! Bare with me.... :)
Not yet ripe for photographing either - but in the meantime, I've been busy with some easy craft projects to help spruce the place up!
Probably the only thing I could photograph would be the kitchen, actually - which WAS a deep brick red colour just over a week ago, and is now a bright, crisp and inviting WHITE! The only problem is.. silly me.. I forgot to take a 'before' photo!!! So I might have to have a dig through some random photos and use that as an example.. and when i'm done 'styling' my 'new' kitchen, i'll post some pics.
Here are my fancy 'new' switch plates - covered with leftover wallpaper I had lying around and some japanese washi tape (bottom pic).
This is how ugly they were BEFORE:
And how pretty they are AFTER:
An extremely cheap and effective way to make your switch plates NOT look like sun ravaged eye-sores!!
Wallpaper samples ($5 + $3), Washi tape ($8.99), some glue/masking tape and a stanley knife. DONE!
Also, check out my fancy 'new' pendant light, now hanging above my dining table:
It still needs a coat of fluro paint.. not sure what colour yet, but I am loving it - especially with the new old school bulb.
All I did was buy the pendant cord ($20), the bulb ($4) and the old lamp shade shell from a junk shop ($5). And voila! LOVE!
Last, but not least - my new framed art for my girls' room:
Fabric remnants, Florence Broadhurst wallpaper off cuts and a glue stick. Craft LOVE!
If you are desperate need to use some swanky wallpaper in your home, yet don't want to splash out on a whole roll then you're in luck! Hygge & West are selling designer offcuts/end of line prints by the yard, and my, my, ain't it pretty!
More suppliers are doing this now - so if the idea of some wallpaper covered drawers or framed art appeals, you can also head over to Ferm Living and our very own Paper Room for a great budget way to spice up your home.
My Florence Broadhurst wallpaper off cuts are still waiting in their packaging tube for me to decide what to do with them, but I keep changing my mind! I think I need some guidance....
I love horizontal stripes too - but this is taking it up a notch.
I desperately need some of this in my house NOW. Finding it hard to come across in fabric stores - but as usual, etsy.com has a booming supply!
Also very tempted to start painting random walls.. might wait till I have some walls worthy of it though... most of them are currently in rubbish condition. But we're working on that.
TradeMe is getting far too populated for my liking. Especially with the likes of people who happen to have the same needs as me. They hijack my auctions, bid on them and push the price up to a point where I can no longer compete; leaving me empty handed and deflated. Woe is me.
Take last weeks' amazing find: a weathered and well loved old teak dining table - big enough and tough enough to take the knocks of a young family and yet still shine like the grand lady of design she was. Turned legs and all! I was in love! And the reserve was only $150!! Then the bidding started. And didn't stop.
When it was all over, the sensible $150 price tag had catapulted to $750!!! Ok, so it was probably worth it. It was beeeautiful.. but sooo not what I wanted to pay. Who likes teak these days anyway?! Hmpfh.
Back to the drawing board.
I mean, don't get me wrong - I really like the dining table I scored on TM for $80 a wee while back, but this was something i'd been after for a long time. And my $80 bargain won't last that long. I need to recover the chairs, actually. Perhaps that will placate me for a while.
Today I was scouring the back page ads in the latest Your Home and Garden and discovered that Mocka - makers of really cool, good quality and affordable kids furniture here in NZ, have branched out into adult stuff! And it's really cool! And all really good prices! They're also doing some super cute cube storage units that would sit well in either a kids room or a light bright adult rumpus.
I love this trestle desk!
And this tv unit:
Simple, lasting design and it won't burn a hole in your pocket.
There are more great pieces to peruse on the Mocka website. Keep your card at the ready!
I am Mum to 2 gorgeous girls, I work part time in TV and have a full time obsession with Interior Design. Our new house really needs a complete facelift, but with the kids, oh, and a wedding to plan and pay for, the budget won't stretch to cover everything.
Yet I can't sit by and let this ruin my plans! I want a champagne decor on a beer budget. Can I do it? Only one way to find out!