Master Mini Makeover with Madras Link

Making your house a ‘home’ has never been more important. We are all spending much more time at home, in fact most of us are spending all our time at home during the Covid-19 self isolation. Take the opportunity to create a space that you love, a space that makes you feel nurtured and a space that you want to spend time in.

As most of you know, we moved house a couple of months ago. Our master bedroom hasn’t had any attention and is looking a little unloved, the room needs some work, but in this current climate it might be some time before we can access new curtains and flooring. That doesn’t mean that I can’t make it into our sanctuary right now.

I’ve given it a mini makeover with my friends at Madras Link and I’d love to share it with you …..
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We’d also like to extend a very special offer to all of my Mum Little Loves readers!!!

Firstly, let me tell you why I love Madras Link.
They are an Australian business that design everything in house. They travel the world to find inspiration, then start each season with a storyboard. Their designers paint the prints which are used across their range of furniture, lighting, tableware and textiles. This means that you won’t find that print anywhere else. It’s becoming harder and harder to find unique homewares these days and I love that I can buy from Madras link and know that it is an exclusive design.

I particularly love their Country Style range. It is relaxed and cosy with natural elements and fresh prints.
Just wait till you see the new rattan furniture, a pair of these incredible rocking chairs just went straight to the top of my wishlist. Oh so swoonworthy!

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Back to my bedroom.
You all know how much I love blue, and I haven’t removed it completely, but I definitely felt like something different for this house. After living in a bold blue bedroom at the last house, I was longing for something calm, fresh and peaceful.
I have been drawn to green lately, a colour I never thought I’d love so much after wearing a green school uniform for most of my primary school years that I absolutely hated, but here I am … swooning after all the pretty green things.

When I saw this beautiful cushion featuring blue and green proteas I knew that it was the starting point for my mini makeover. I adore blue and green together and this cushion immediately stole my heart.

I chose a couple more cushion to coordinate with the proteas, I like to draw the colours from the feature cushion and enhance it with at least one block colour cushion and another pattern. The pistachio velvet cushion gives me a pop of subtle green, while the blue and green stitched cushion adds some texture and a different shape to the trio.

I chose the throws with the same ideas in mind, colour and texture. The olive faux fur throw adds rich colour and luxurious texture, it makes you want to snuggle up with a hot drink and a good movie. The second throw adds more interest with a plaid pattern in blue, cream and mustard. I love plaid, it’s a classic pattern that mixes easily with most prints, especially florals. It looks warms and cozy in this gentle colour palette.

The green lamps make a statement with their glossy speckled finish and voluptuous shape. The shade of green is perfect and the linen shades are timeless. I fell in love with these immediately. 

Including a few creature comforts in your bedroom elevates it from a boring bedroom to a place where you can linger and lounge for a little longer. A tray is ideal for cups of tea, iPads and books. It’s handy at bedtime, but just as practical in nearly every other room in your home … serving food in the kitchen, a centrepiece on your dining room table, a styled vignette on your coffee table or a catchall in your front entry.
This tray is full of charm with its parquetry finish and soft circular shape.

Which brings me to this incredible chunky wood framed mirror that I chose for above my bed, it would have been perfect to add some warmth and natural texture. I love the circular shape which works so well above a bed, unfortunately we discovered that our fireplace chimney runs from downstairs up the wall to behind our bed. We aren’t keen to start drilling screws into the chimney until we are sure exactly what is behind there, so I hung the lightweight vintage paintings which I will add to and create a gallery wall, then I hung the gorgeous mirror downstairs in my front entry.

It ended up being a happy mistake because I absolutely love it there, as you can see, so does Skipper!

I took the opportunity to style a few of the other pieces with the mirror so you can see how well they all work together, you can also see how versatile these pieces are and how they look equally as gorgeous in a bedroom as they do in a living space of your home.

The country style lantern is functional and versatile in gorgeous grey aluminium and finished with a sweet leather handle. This is one of those pieces that will look good anywhere, it allows you to have a substantial size candle and the glass hurricane enhances the candles glow.

The ribbed vase is the perfect shade of blue and the ribbed design is textural and interesting.

I like to work with odd numbers for little vignettes or styled tray like this. I bought the sweet wooden pear from Madras Link last year knowing it would be a great little accent for styling, unfortunately it has sold out, but they still have an equally as cute apple.

Speaking of cute … I couldn’t resist sharing a couple outtake photos, I told you my pets were little models, they see the camera and they just have to get in front of it!

Isn’t it amazing how just a few pieces can make such a difference to a space.
Don’t be afraid to layer textiles, mix patterns and venture outside your comfort zone and try something different. I never thought I’d use green in my bedroom, but to tell you the truth, I think it’s my favourite bedroom look so far and I’ll definitely be using more green.

You can find all the pieces I used in my room from Madras Link here.

Now for that special offer, its a good one –
Use the code MUMLITTLELOVES for 25% off all full-priced items at www.madraslinkonline.com.au
*Offer valid until 30th April 2020
HURRY!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Coastalstyle Australia

Y’all know how much I love discovering and introducing little and local businesses to you.
I am super excited about this one because with Christmas and Summer just around the corner I know you will love it!

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I found Coastalstyle Australia on Instagram recently and fell in love with their range of pure silver jewellery.
Their pieces evoke memories of days at the beach searching for the perfect shell, and the glistening sparkle from the ocean that always makes me feel so relaxed.

I was lucky enough to be gifted a few pieces from the Coastalstyle range and have been diligently testing them out so I can report back to you all.
I know, it’s a tough life, but somebody has to do it … right?

I have been wearing the Silver Droplets bracelet pretty much permanently for a few weeks. It is my favourite piece from the range because it is so versatile. It has a special clasp that allows you to change out the charms to match your mood or outfit. I have a lustrous pearl drop and a silver charm (organic sea stars) that I think looks like a fingerprint from the ocean. I can’t even begin to tell you haw many comments I have had on this piece, It really is special.

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I have also been trying out a the convertible charm necklace which has the same clasp as the bracelet so I can swap my charms between the two pieces.
What I also love is that you can choose your necklace length when you buy this piece, I don’t know how many times I’ve bought a necklace online and it’s not the right length for me.

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These precious little earrings are made from a real shell found on Scawfell Island in the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef, a beautiful tiny island only accessible by the occasional sailboat passing through. They really are one of a kind, Pippa carefully collected the shell herself. They are handmade using pure silver and then hand sanded and polished.

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The entire Coastalstyle range is fresh, unique and beautiful. It is all meticulously handcrafted on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
These pieces are made to treasure for a lifetime.

Pippa can also work with you on a custom piece. I think it is so special to have something that nobody else does, that was handcrafted just for you!

I am always interested in the back story about these fabulous little businesses so I grabbed half an hour with Pippa from Coastalstyle to learn a little bit about Coastalstyle.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself …
Born in Rhodesia, then raised in the UK, I longed to return to the southern hemisphere. I went to visit friends in South Africa and ended up settling there. A few years on I met my amazing husband. His job led us to travel extensively, living in different parts of the world, Australia being one of them. After 8 years in Sydney, we moved to the Sunshine Coast where we now live with our 2 beautiful Border Collies. We have family in the UK, Melbourne and Brisbane, but the lifestyle, sailing and weather have kept us happily here for the past 22 years!

2. Clearly you are a coastal gal at heart, when did you develop such a love of the ocean?
We have always lived near water so always owned a boat of some sort, whether it was a canoe, a tinny, or a sail boat. On the Sunshine Coast, we had 10 incredible years sailing and exploring the Great Barrier Reef in our Perry43 Catamaran. We would leave Mooloolaba and head up as far north as Lizard Island, visiting different reefs, diving and exploring. That’s when I really fell in love with the ocean.
The azure expanses of crystal clear water, deserted islands and sand quays, inhabited by the most beautiful colourful sea life, not to mention the amazing friends we made along the way, gave us memories to last a lifetime.

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Pippa’s beautiful catamaran!

3.What made you decide to bring your love of the ocean into the creative outlet of jewellery design?
I wanted to capture my love of the ocean to remind me of the places we loved to sail. So many of us have treasured memories of the Ocean and fun holidays in the sun.
I first started with glass designs for colour, and loved creating little underwater scenes in large focal beads. Miniature clown fish, crabs and shells with little jelly fish being my biggest challenge! They were treasured reminders of our cruising life and also became my best sellers. My latest silver shell collections are from different islands that we visited and beautiful deserted beaches that we explored. I carried moulding putty with me wherever we went!

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4.Do you remember the first piece you made?
Yes! My first piece ever was a lampwork bead which looked more like a weapon than a piece of jewellery.That was 8 years ago, I still have it and am so very proud of it!

5. I understand you custom make pieces, tell us about this process?
From Start to finish, I create each piece with love and attention to every detail. No two pieces are ever the same, not even the designs on a pair of earrings. I like to personalise it for each and every one of my customers. I work in both fine, Argentium and sterling silver, with little gold accents using different metalsmithing techniques.

6.Do you have a favourite piece? Or is that like asking a mother about her favourite child?
Yes, that’s a hard one! I love pieces that evoke a memory or story, something that can be personalised. I love the fine silver charms, and have fun making custom shapes and patterns, personalising them or hiding a secret message inside a ring or cuff bracelet. Anything to make it yours and personal.

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7.How do you feel when you see others wearing your beautiful designs?
Happy and proud and flattered! I remember when I was picking up my niece from the airport, and was sure that a lady just walked past me wearing Coastalstyle Australia earrings. I tried to peek a few times just to make sure, and introduced myself before stalking charges were laid!
There is nothing like seeing a special smile on a customer’s face, when you have not only created something that has come from your heart, but when you have also touched theirs.

8. What is next for Coastalstyle?
I will be adding new styles next year, using new techniques to create different designs. Social media has been a wonderful way to make new connections, and I am really looking forward to also showcasing the collection in person at different venues. Or we might just arrange a “Shells and Champagne” get to-gether on the deck!
I just want to make beautiful pieces that people love and that mean something to them.
Oh, and buy more tools!

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Coastalstyle pieces come beautifully gift boxed and with Christmas coming I think these pieces are just the most gorgeous gift for girls of all ages,  my teenage daughters (and wannabe mermaids) love them as much as I do!
My girls have the Mini Shells stacking rings on their Christmas list, and I’m dreaming up a custom made round charm with the Birdsnest Coral design and my initials on the back.
What’s on your wish list?

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You can shop with Coastalstyle Australia here.
You can find Coastalstyle on Instagram here and Facebook here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Christmas gifts for our overseas friends.

So many of us have special friends and family who live overseas, and just because they live so far away they shouldn’t miss out on Christmas gifts from us!
I also understand that postage prices are crazy expensive so it’s important to find gifts that are not too heavy, relatively small and not breakable.

I’ve put this list together with lot’s of time for you to order online and post overseas.
Here’s what I’ve come up with …

Tea Towels are a necessity in most of our lives, and while they might not sound super exciting I think the range available from KE Designs is gorgeous.
They are made from super absorbent microfibre and printed in such fun designs. They have a fabulous range of iconic Australian designs such as Vegemite, Fairy Bread and Lamingtons.
I think this is the perfect gift to send to your family and friends overseas, they come packaged in a matching box and are lightweight and easy to post.

Fairy Bread Tea Towel | KE Designs
Fairy Bread Tea Towel | KE Designs

Who doesn’t like receiving a beautiful piece of jewellery?
The range available from Coastalstyle Australia conveys Australia with seashells and shapes from the ocean that remind us of our beautiful beaches and stunning coastline. My personal favourite from the range is the Silver Droplets bracelet with an interchangeable clasp which allows you to choose and change your charms. I do like how you can personalise it to your own style or to suit the lucky recipient.

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Silver droplets bracelet | Coastalstyle Australia
Silver droplets bracelet | Coastalstyle Australia

Australia does have such fun native animals and I find people from other countries go crazy for a kangaroo, koala or platypus.
These bamboo trays from Cockatoo Collections are fun, lightweight and they come in a sturdy box perfect for posting. Pair it with one of their cute canvas bags.

Platypus tray | Cockatoo Collections
Platypus tray | Cockatoo Collections

This gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a koala, am I right?
I adore these oversized Australian postage stamp wall decals form Quercus & Co Print Shop. Super fun and easy to post for your house proud friends and family. They are self-adhesive and removable/repositionable so they are perfect for homesick Aussie who are renting overseas too.

Koala Wall Stamp | Quercus & Co
Koala Wall Stamp | Quercus & Co

And lastly, one for the bubbas and kidlets. This is one of my go-to gifts and I have sent them to many of my friends babies born overseas. They are made from Australian sheepskin and are super soft and snugly. They are available in a range of colours from FLATOUT Australia.

FLATOUT bearbaby | FLATOUT Australia
FLATOUT bearbaby | FLATOUT Australia

I hope you found something unique and Australian for your overseas friends and family!

Happy Shopping!

Hx