Christmas at the Little’s 2021

This year has been crazy, and just like the rest of the world we decided to take the opportunity to do some more renovations on our house while we’ve been spending so much time at home. Having half the house under construction really hindered my Christmas decorating efforts. So, I focused on the one and only clean space in my home right now, our living room, which also happens to be my favourite room to decorate.

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I can’t wait to share it with you as part of the #itsacolorfullifetour hosted by one of the most stylish gals around – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles

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This year I decided to take my inspiration from the colour that keeps popping up everywhere in my house … green, I just can’t get enough of it lately. I didn’t stick to a super strict colour palette like I usually do, I bought the green baubles this year and then added baubles from past years in shades of brown, white and lots of metallics.

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This was the first year I’ve had a flocked tree, I’ve wanted one for ages and now we are finally in our forever home I thought it was time to add one to the collection. I am completely obsessed with it, it has over 6000 lights and it absolutely glows!

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Having a mantle is so fun to decorate, but if you don’t have one you can create the same vibe on a cabinet, sideboard, hall table or even on your bedhead, just get creative.

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I had intended to keep the mantle very pulled back and neutral with just some garland and baubles, then I stumbled across these super cute stockings in the perfect shades of green and the prelit trees that look like they were made to go in my fireplace opening and it all just went downhill from there, Christmas exploded on my mantle.

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The little houses are one of my favourite finds this year, they hold tealight candles and look very sweet with the candle light shining out their little windows.

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Speaking of houses, this pale pink one makes a pretty centrepiece for some sparkly trees on my cabinet next to the fireplace.

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 I really love our Christmas decor this year, I think I say that every year, and I’m sure I’ll say it again next year, but for now let’s just enjoy one year at a time!

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Pop over and say Hello to Lori at Southern Nell’s Gracious Living next and don’t forget to have a peek at all the beautiful homes on our #itsacolorfullife Christmas tour.

 I hope you all have the most amazing Christmas!
I hope you are able to see your loved ones and squeeze them tight!

Merry Christmas from me to you, Hx

Lucy’s bedroom

Last of the kids bedrooms, I’m not sure I’m finished this room, something doesn’t feel right, but it’s a work in progress. A few small updates have made a big difference and Lucy is happy. We didn’t really have a plan for this space, we started by identifying the problems and finding solutions for them first.

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Lucy is 20 now and apparently her room made her feel like a little girl, she thought there was too much colour, too many patterns and too little mirrors … seriously! The issues we needed to address was her need for more desk space and the fact that one of her windows looks directly into the next door neighbours balcony, or more importantly that the next door neighbours look directly into Lucy’s room and they often make eye contact when she is sitting at her desk studying … awkward!

The first thing I did to create a new look in her bedroom was to remove all the things we no longer wanted or needed, then I gave everything a fresh coat of paint so we had a clean slate and could see what we were working with.
We decided to keep the bed, bedside tables and wallpaper, everything else was flexible.

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Now to start addressing the functional problems of the room before we move on to the pretty things.

Firstly, desk space, I spent weeks looking for the perfect desk. I wanted it to run the entire length of the window, nearly 2 metres long, but only be as deep as a standard desk, about 60cm. I looked everywhere, I looked at desks, dining tables, console tables, 2 desks pushed together, nothing was quite right. So I found a picture of what I wanted and asked my husband if he would help me make it. It was very easy, cost under $200 and only took 1/2 a day. I painted the legs white and waxed the spotted gum top.

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Problem 1 solved.

Next, the privacy issue. Obviously choosing the right type of window coverings was important in this room. We decided to go for plantation shutters from Tuiss Blinds Online for a few reasons. Firstly, they are contained within the window frame, with the desk sitting right under the window I didn’t want to use anything that might hang on the desk or get in the way. Next, the blades allow you to control who can see in and out while still allowing the daylight in. Lastly, they are nearly complete block out to keep the room dark for a 20 year old who parties all night and sleeps all day.

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Problem 2 solved.

Now, the pretty things, Lucy wanted me to to remove some of the colour and pattern. We both agreed the wallpaper is staying because we still love it, so we stripped the bed back and only used very neutral linens to reduce the colour and pattern in the room. We chose a clay and natural linen quilt cover and cotton throw in the colour Woodrose to add some texture.

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Lastly, the mirror. I let Lucy choose her own mirror and she found this glamorous gold one in a beautiful shape. We initially tried it above her bed but it was overpowering and too visually heavy, we moved it to the adjacent wall and it is the perfect finishing touch to her bedroom.
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Problem 3 and 4 solved.

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We didn’t make any major changes in this room, but it was just enough to give it a new look. I always say paint and window coverings make the biggest impact in a room and this room has proven that point again.

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If you’re keen to update a room at your home, start by making a few small changes and see where it leads you.

Happy updating!

Hayley x

I manifested a new sofa …

I hate wasted space!

I have this area in our bedroom, it is front of a beautiful bay window, it is one of the loveliest spots in our home, especially on a winters morning with the sun beaming through the windows.
It had a sofa, a chair and a couple of side tables. It was not cohesive, it looked messy and it was not inviting. The sofa was too small and would only seat one person comfortably, plus it was far too squishy to lay down on. The chair was more suitable for a dining or office space. The side tables were just adding to the disorganised clutter. Basically it was a mish mash of things that didn’t fit anywhere else in the house.
It was a dead space.

I felt like it could be a great space if I reworked it. I thought about what we could use the space for and how I could make that happen. I had a couple of ideas and I decided that one sofa would solve all my problems, but it had to be the right sofa.

In search of the perfect sofa I found every furniture store that had a sofa that ticked all my boxes …
– classic shape
– must have slip covers
– available in a light colour, preferably white
– big enough to use as a bed
– feather filled cushions
Then I went in store and tested each and every one of them.
Yes, I actually sat and lied down on them to check their comfort level, I felt the fabric, I played with the pillows and I found the best one.

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I chose the ‘Serena‘ from James Lane, some of you might remember me shopping and sharing this process with you on my Instagram stories back in May of this year. I really appreciated all the advice and recommendations from you all during this process and that definitely had an impact on my choice.

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I started saving, planning the space in my head and imagining how we would use it. I was basically manifesting my new sofa. Then … magic happened and James Lane contacted me to see if I wanted to work with them. Ummmm YES, yes I do!

Hello new sofa, welcome home!

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Let me tell you exactly why this is the perfect sofa for us.

The shape is timeless and it will sit comfortably with most home styles. Even though it is contemporary, the square arms and classic box style cushions make it feel a little traditional, while the deep seats and lavish size make it extremely luxurious. The fact that it is long and low means it doesn’t block any light coming into my room from the windows and it feels light and bright. The slip covers are white linen, which is ideally what I was hoping to find. Linen is incredibly strong and durable, plus it is machine washable, perfect for a family home, especially mine with 3 kids, 2 cats and a dog!

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It is a generous 3 seater at 2360mm long and 1180mm deep. To give you an idea how big that is, a single bed is 1880mm long and 920mm wide, it’s substantially bigger than a single bed. Why is that so important to us? Because our 9 year old still sneaks into our bed in the middle of the night sometimes, he’s getting big, he tosses and turns and constantly disrupts our sleep. My plan was to make a little bed on the sofa each night and if he creeps in, he can jump in there instead of in our bed. I just toss the linen swag I keep at the end of my bed onto the sofa at night and he can come in quietly and jump in without disturbing anyone. It’s been a week now and it’s worked beautifully. We’ve all had a whole week of solid sleep, yippee!!!

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It is crafted from a solid timber frame with feather filled cushions, so it’s super squishy and comfortable. It’s a great spot for Terry and I to escape the kids when they have tribes of friends here and have taken over downstairs. I’ve always wanted a ‘parents retreat’ and this little zone is the perfect answer to that. No kids allowed (unless they are sleeping in the middle of the night). I also added the Luni stool as it’s versatile and can be used as a footstool or a small side table for us to pop our snacks and drinks on.

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I’m so glad we addressed this space, we could have just left it because it was furnished and looked ‘finished’, but it wasn’t functional. By changing the furniture to something that catered to our needs, we’ve created an area that is being used. I know this sounds dramatic, but it has actually changed the way we live, Terry and I have somewhere to escape when the kids are driving us crazy and we are all getting better nights sleep.

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Then there’s the fact that is looks absolutely AMAZING! The larger sofa in place of the small sofa + a chair looks much cleaner, less cluttered and simply more stylish. I kept the decor to a minimum with the solid acacia wood stool and the stunning Lush Fiscus tree. I love the organic shape of the stool and the wood tones bring some warmth to the space, while the tree gives a sense of height and life … yes I know it’s faux, but I bet you weren’t sure from the photos, it looks so real.

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I am thrilled with this space now, I’m glad I did my research and found the perfect sofa for our needs and space. It’s got me wondering what other areas in our home I can reclaim and reconsider.

Do you have a space that could be more functional, more practical or more beautiful? Maybe a new sofa is the answer!
I might be able to help with that, James Lane are offering my friends 10% off with the code MLL10.

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Happy pondering!

Hayley x

Orly’s Dog Bedroom

Who remembers when I was all excited to create a summer camp style bedroom for Orly? I was planning log bedside tables, brightly coloured wall pennants and striped blankets … then I stumbled across the most adorable curtain fabric … I fell in love and everything changed.

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When I saw Tuiss Blinds Online had a range of Emma Bridgwater fabrics available for curtains and blinds, I knew I was going to love them. I popped online for a little sneak peek thinking I could use them somewhere else in my house, then I saw the Dogs Multi fabric. I knew I had to use them, I would happily put them in any room of my house but I decided they would look amazing in Orly’s room. I showed Orly and he loved them too.

Orly’s only request for his room was to use his favourite colour – orange. When the fabric sample arrived I knew it was going to be fabulous, the colour palette is warm with shades of brown ranging from tan, to mocha and rust through to greys and a touch of black. I knew I could mix a burnt orange into this mix perfectly. I didn’t waste a second ordering them, I chose a pencil pleat curtain with the light filtering lining. I hung them on simple black rods to flow with the rest of the house.

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I had already painted his room green (Dulux Backyard) ready for his summer camp room. I really love the colour and although I probably wouldn’t have chosen this colour to go with the new look I decided to leave it and if it didn’t work I could easily repaint. In theory, using split complimentary colours on the chart, I knew it should work, especially if I added a little bit of blue to balance it all.

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So, the curtains were locked in, the wall colour was flexible and we decided to keep his bed frame, then we worked the rest of the room around these elements.

 First we addressed the practical problems in this room. Storage! Although he has a double wardrobe, it is quite small and he didn’t have any drawers. I decided to use drawers as a bedside table, unfortunately I could only fit them on one side of his bed, if I had more room I would have used them on both. I wanted to encourage the modern country vibes of the fabric and I went to Facebook Marketplace and found a beautiful old set of drawers complete with brass handles. They are a perfect fit while still keeping the bed centred under the window (I’m totally OCD about that).

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 The next issue in this room is only a problem in summer, but his room faces west and the sun really heats up his room in the afternoons. It makes it uncomfortable to go to bed when it’s so hot. Plantation shutters provide awesome insulation properties, they keep the heat out in summer and help retain the heat inside during winter. You really can’t beat the clean lines and versatility of shutters, being able to tilt the slats and control the heat and light is worth every cent. Plus, we ordered them from Tuiss Blinds Online again and fitted them ourselves, it saves a tonne of money and it really is surprisingly easy. I shared all the details of how to fit your DIY shutters here.
I also wanted to use shutters in this room as his window is along the front of the house, by keeping all the windows coverings the same along the front facade it creates a cohesive and stylish look.  The office is directly under Orly’s room and I used shutters in there too.

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I couldn’t fit a big bedside table on the other side of his bed due to the 45 degree turn in the wall, I hunted high and low for a vintage style round table. I couldn’t find anything I liked within my budget that was in stock (thanks Covid), so I settled on this table, which turned out to be perfect.

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The last thing I had to address in this room is how to inject Orly’s request – orange. I had intended on using blue or green bed linen with orange cushions and a throw, but then I found this coverlet in the perfect shade of orange (brick) and I decided to go for it. Yes, it’s a lot of orange, but it really warms the space up and Orly’s loves it.

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Everything else in this room we already had. His desk sits in the corner and although I’d love to use that space for some gorgeous drawers and a gallery wall, he uses it all the time, he builds lego, plays with his air dry clay and I’m hoping one day he’ll do his homework there, so it stayed. I paired it with a $20 vintage chair I found on Marketplace and recovered with a remnant of fabric.

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We also kept his basket ladder, this is such a handy piece and I could definitely use it in multiple spaces around the house, but for now it is home for his plush toy collection.

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This room seemed to evolve by me changing my mind multiple times, working with what I could find and not being scared to take risks, and I have to say I think it is my favourite out of all the children’s rooms I’ve done. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, sometimes you have to work within a budget, sometimes you can’t find what you want and sometimes you just change your mind, but sometimes all those things end up being positive and your room comes together beautifully. I love the colours, the little gallery of Orly’s art, the mismatched bedside tables and the curtains … the curtains make me so happy.

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As you can see, Skipper loves this room too, this is often where I find her snoozing during the day.

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I also love pulling the curtains closed at night, this room feels so warm and inviting. I took this photo in the middle of the day, you can see how much light the shutters stop, they are nearly complete block out. Orly loves going to bed and I have to admit I have fallen asleep in there while reading him a book. It’s such a cosy room.

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I hope you love it as much as we do. As always, I’m happy to answer your questions, you can comment here or pop over to Instagram and find me there.

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Happy Styling!

Hayley x