Sunday, 21 July 2013

Block Those Colours!

So theres a trend thats been going around for some time that I am really loving: Colour Blocking. 
This trend is super easy to achieve without going out and buying all new homewares, all you need is some paint or maybe some fabric dye.
Colour blocking is an easy way to bring a modern look to your home without having super modern decor, you want that colour to say 'POW!' so its all about how you style it! Typically colour blocking looks best against white walls however it could also look great against darker walls as the dark tones will make the colours pop even more then they would against the white. Colour blocking can also be done on your walls and looks awesome against black or white furniture.
Another interesting way to colour block is to spray paint old ornaments with bright colours and display them about your house!
I will admit this is a project I am yet to try out so stay tuned for my future projects (I'm thinking lamp shades, jewellery boxes and pot plants!). If you, like so many out there, are too busy to find the time for this then why not check out the following products from some awesome online sellers? (Most items aren't repurposed, but its always great to support hard working artisans!)

 1. Set of 3 colour blocked crochet baskets from My Very Own Eye Goggles
2. Red vintage framed magnetic black board from Shugabee Lane
3. Neon pink wooden serving bowls from Wind and Willow Home
4. Orange painted elephant from Juxtaposition SC
5. Concrete colour blocked planter from Sarai Homewares

Now scroll down for more inspiration!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Get That Look!

Hey friends! If you've been a keen watcher of Channel Ten's Offspring like I have then I bet you're constantly swooning over Nina and Patrick's house. In today's blog post I am going to show you how you can replicate their style using reclaimed woods, vintage and retro items and better yet, what you already have!
Now ofcourse it would help if you just happen to live in an old coat hanger factory, but it is certainly not esssential. Make the most of your windows by dressing them with wooden blinds, long draping curtains in whites or greys or better yet, dont dress them at all (if privacy is not an issue for you). Walls should be kept simple with exposed brick work and a colour palette of white or grey for a concreted look, however this should be done on few walls as darker colours will make your rooms look smaller, where as whites will make your rooms bright and refreshing. Since the industrial look is what we are wanting, any rustic crates, boxes, equiptment or furniture you can find or might already have would look fantastic in your new industrial living areas. If you are in desperate need of some key pieces then I have put together a short list of must-haves that can be seen below:

1. Dining table made by Michael Hayes Furniture using recycled timbers.
2. Photo frame made by Mulbury  using recycled timber.
3. Industrial coat hooks by Mulbury using recycled materials.
4. Cushion by Medwin and Mcgarry made from pre-loved denim.
5. Distressed dining chairs by Rustic Boutique made from pre-loved chairs.
6. Chalk board bottles by NAKEBA using vintage bottles.
7. Industrial step ladder from Old New House.
8. Vintage rolling pin from Epoch Co.
9.  Upcycled lamp by Red Zebra Designs using old books.
10. Storage basket by Been & Done made from old coffee sacks.
11. Hand painted pot plant by Birdsnests For Hair.

1. Vintage kantha quilt from Fossik.
2. Original 24 inch acrylic painting by ELCdesigns.
3. Upcycled jewellery display hanger by Ayliss made from repurposed wood and old knobs.
4. Upcycled teak dish painted with acrylic paints by ELCdesigns.
5. Hand made 'Be Brave' cushion by NZFINCH.
6. Bedside table by GHIFY made from repurposed woods
7. Upcycled metalic glass bottles by NAKEBA.
8. Vintage alarm clock from White Space Vintage.
9. Repurposed wood table lamp by BRZ wood DESIGN.
10. Vintage AM/FM radio from The Fox And The Spoon 

Ofcourse all credit to this gorgeous home goes it its real-life owner Adriene Strampp a Melbourne artist who's work can be seen above nina's sofa in their living area. If you are interested in purchasing one of her master pieces you can fin her here.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

My Little Trip To Paradise

Heya readers!
So sorry it has been a while since my last post, I have been having a fantastic time on holiday in Palm Cove, Queensland. The plan was to come up here for some warmer weather (Adelaide is freezing at the moment) however so far it has rained every day. I am here until next monday so my fingers are crossed that I get some sun before then! Any way todays post is a little off topic to our usual thrifty posts and I am sharing with you some of my happy holiday snaps, today's post in particular is focased on Kuranda!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Upcycled Shelf Ideas
Todays post is super short with a lot of pictures. I am always looking for cool ways to display my things and I am just loving these inventive upcycled shelving ideas and I am sure you will too!