Entry makeover – part one

I’m sure indoor gardens with black rocks, black elephant statues, grass tree plants and green lighting were very fashionable once upon a time … maybe some people still like it, each to their own, it’s just not for me.

BEFORE

It’s the first thing you used to see when you walk through the front doors.
Our front doors are truly beautiful and one of my favourite things about this house, the black rock garden was detracting from the gorgeous french doors and giving the wrong first impression for our home.

AFTER

The entry is quite a large space, it’s open with high ceilings and beautifully bright natural light, but it is also an awkward space and has doors everywhere. I love entries and foyers with seating, somewhere to put on your shoes or sit and wait for the postman with your online shopping. The ‘black rock garden’ was the perfect spot to create a huge day bed and it was easier than you think.

Structurally I didn’t need to make any changes, most of the updates to this space have been aesthetic changes with lighting, fabric, paint and decor.

The frame work was already in place, it just needed some updating. I applied the same process that I did to the bench seats in the living and dining room here.
Removing the high gloss 2 pac paint finish and adding the moulding updates it to a more classic style that fits with the look I’m trying to achieve as we renovate our home.

The day bed seat and cushions were one of the most important choices I made in this space. Although I contemplated different colours, I decided to keep this area predominantly blue and white, it always look fresh, calm & inviting and I wanted to include lots of glossy green plants in blue and white pots.
I played with a few different fabric ideas for the seat cushion, I really wanted to use a fabulous blue and white pattern but I was mindful of the angular shape of the cushion and all the mirrors in this space, I decided it was going to look too busy and ended up choosing a plain fabric for the seat.
It’s a beautiful fabric crafted by a traditional silk mill, it has a delicious nubby texture like a natural fibre, but it is actually a high performance polyester that will withstand my kids and pets.

Handcraft Moonstone from Materialised

Since I chose a plain fabric for the seat, I went to town with the throw cushions and selected a stunning collection of blue and white cushions from Florence Broadhurst Fabric.

Florence Broadhurst is an Australian icon in wallpaper and fabric design. Her library consists of around 500 designs and lucky for us, Florence Broadhurst Fabrics are making a handful of them available to purchase, including some of her most well know classics. The designer fabrics are available by the metre in three different base fabrics with a cotton, velvet or brushed cotton feel.

I love the way the mix of textures, patterns and shades of blue all work together harmoniously.

Cushions by Florence Broadhurst Fabrics

I also changed the downlights to something a little more interesting. Finding a stylish light that works on the curved underside of the staircase was quite a mission, but I think the brass spotlight adds some warmth and a hint of vintage charm.

Seattle Wall light by Emac & Lawton

We will replace the floors eventually, that’s stage two of the entry makeover which will also include the staircase treads, I can’t wait for that! For now, I’ve added a natural jute rug to add some interest to the floors and break up the large expanse of empty space. It was really affordable and looks great.

The only other change we made in this area was to add sheer curtains on the huge glass sliding doors. The white sheer fabric gives the entire area a dreamy white glow that I just adore.

Tahiti Snow Sheers from Blinds Online

I am thrilled with this little makeover, it has made such a huge difference to this space and I love welcoming guests to our home now without having to explain ‘what on earth‘ the mess under the stairs was.

It’s also a favourite spot for our fur babies to sit and watch the world go by, or wait for us to get home. I’m pretty sure they think it was just put there for them.

Stay tuned for my office makeover next, followed by my master bedroom before Christmas.

Happy Styling!

Hayley x

SOURCES

Seat cushion fabric – Handcraft Moonstone from Materialised.
Blue and White cushions – all Florence Broadhurst Fabric.
Floor rug – Tessellated Star rug, sold out, this one is similar at Catch.com.au.
Sheer curtains – Tahiti Snow from Blinds Online.
Lighting – Seattle Wall Light in Brass from Emac & Lawton.
Tray – Heathcote Parquetry Tray from Madras Link.
Flowers and Vase – Silk Flora.
Throw – Linen House Australia, discontinued, similar from here.

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Troy has a brother!

Who remembers Troy?
He came to live with us last year and he has been the most hard working and reliable member of our household. He works without complaining 24/7, he is quiet and he looks good.
Troy is our washing machine.

We love Troy so much that this year we enthusiastically welcomed his twin brother to come and live with us too. He’s not an identical twin, but you can tell they are brothers.
He’s a heat pump clothes dryer.

A new dryer was a priority for our new house. I remember trying to get washing dry last winter without a dryer, lets just say the kids might have worn odd socks and damp sweaters to school on more than one occasion!
We are a family of five, we create lots of washing and choosing the right dryer was a big decision.

We chose the Electrolux 8kg Heat Pump Dryer from Betta Home Living and it has been a life saver!

So, why a heat pump clothes dryer?

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
This dryer has an energy star rating of 7. Most traditional dryers have a star rating of 1-3. The more energy efficient your appliance, the less it will cost you on energy bills. A heat pump dryer will save you around 50% of your energy costs, this can equal quite a big saving dependant on how often you use your dryer.
Of course heat pump dryers are a bigger investment in the beginning, it really is a decision of whether you want to save on the initial cost or have reduced energy bills for years to come.
Here’s a great link to the government Energy Rating website that explains it all.

HUGE 8kg CAPACITY
Size does matter when you have a big family. The large 8kg stainless steel drum is big enough to dry a full load of washing. The large door also makes it easy to load and unload, and it is fully reversible which allow you to customise your dryer to fit your space. 

GENTLE ON CLOTHES
This dryer uses less heat than a traditional dryer which means it is gentle on your clothes. It has multiple drying programs including cotton, delicate, mixed load, silk, sports, wool, bedding and more. Yes, it is safe to use with your most delicate silks, pure wools and treasured family friends! The Electrolux Delicate Care technology ensures every garment is dried at the appropriate temperature, it also measures the humidity and temperature to protect your garments from over-drying and shrinkage.
Full disclosure – this also means you can’t blame the dryer for shrinking your jeans next time you try to squeeze into them … or is that just me?

SHHH…….
There is enough noise in our house! With three kids, a cat and a dog there is constant noise, the last thing I wanted was another obtrusive sound to add to the mix. The inverter technology is quiet enough for me to use the dryer any time of day or night. It’s so quiet Skipper chooses to sleep in the laundry … on the fresh washing, of course!

BLUE!
Practicality comes first, especially in the laundry, but if I can chose a fabulous device in my favourite colour, then why not! This is a good looking dryer and it looks amazing paired with the Electrolux Ultimate Care Washer or the Electrolux 9kg with Ultramix Technology.

So, that’s why … that’s why we chose the Electrolux 8kg Heat Pump Dryer.

What shall we cal him? Roy? Eli? Any suggestions?

Mine is from Betta Home Living, they are fabulous to deal with, very informative and super helpful. You can find a store here or shop online here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Meet Troy …

I have a new boyfriend!
Yes, I am married but my husband approves of Troy, actually my husband loves Troy too.
Troy is tough and strong, dependable and reliable and exceptionally good looking.
Troy is our new washing machine, the Electrolux UltimateCare 800 series from Betta Home Living.

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I wanted to share him with you because I understand buying a washing machine is a big investment and sometimes all those specifications and functions can be confusing. Do I need SensorWash technology? What is an UltraMix system? What is the Vapour feature? And why do I need a powerful spin speed?
I’m going to tell you what is important to me in a washing machine and why I chose Troy.

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SIZE
We are a family of five, between work clothes, school uniforms, sports gear, 4 beds and the 758 towels my kids use every week, I do at least a dozen loads of washing per week. A large drum size is important, I’d rather do one big load that 2 small loads. Troy has a 9kg stainless steel drum with an extra large door opening, making loading and unloading easy and the extra visibility means no stray socks get left behind!

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GENTLE ON CLOTHES
This is where the UltraMix system comes in. It mixes your detergent with water so it is fully dissolved before it reaches your fabrics, resulting in less colour fading and no detergent residue, even in cold water.
The wool cycle has the Woolmark Blue certification so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your favourite hand wash only woollens can be washed safely, with no felting or shrinking.

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SQUEAKY CLEAN CLOTHES
This is where the Vapour function comes in, it refreshes your clothes with nothing but vapour, no detergent required, which means it’s not only gentle and reduces wrinkles, it also eradicates up to 99% of allergens and germs. That means our clothes don’t just look clean, they really are clean.

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ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY
Yes you do need the SensorWash technology. It minimises water & energy use and saves precious time, the smart sensors automatically detect the soil and detergent levels to adjust the washing times for optimal, energy efficient results that reduces unnecessary wear on fabrics. It helps keep your whites whiter and your blacks blacker.

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Troy ticked all the boxes for me, but there’s one more thing that made me take the plunge with him, he’s exceptionally good looking! The classic white with dark blue trim, I can’t think of any other washing machine that I’d rather have in my home.

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My laundry has always been a little ‘vanilla’. It’s never been a space that I’ve found any inspiration, or had any desire to decorate, until now. The blue and white colour of the machine tempted me to clean out the crap, hang some curtains and make it a place where I WANT to be rather than a place where I HAVE to be.
Who knew Troy would inspire a pretty laundry, look after our clothes, save us money and generally make my life easier …
WE LOVE YOU TROY!

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You can find your own boyfriend or girlfriend at Betta Home Living.
Also, for those of you who like to have the matching set, Elecrolux have a dryer (link to dryer here) with the same beautiful blue trim and I’m sure they look amazing side by side, or stacked vertically.

I got mine at Betta Home Living who were an absolute joy to deal with.
Shop online here or find your closest store here.

Happy shopping!

Hayley

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Orly’s big boy bedroom.

We loved Orly’s boat bed and nautical bedroom, it was super cute and made bedtime fun, but he is starting grade 1 at school this year and it was time for a change, something a little older, but still young and fresh.

Boat bed, Nautical bedroom, Kids room, Boys bedroom
ORLY’S BOAT BEDROOM

The first step was a big boy bed. We decided to move him into a Queen size bed for a few reasons … the most practical being that all three kids can share bed sheets, hopefully reducing the amount of bedding in my linen closet. The second being so we have more space for his friends to come for sleepovers and lastly, because rather than stepping up bed sizes gradually, this one should last him well into his teenage years.

I wanted something that was tough and hardy for my rough and tumble boy, but it also had to be stylish and fit with the aesthetic of our home. I chose the Dylan Queen Bed for its handsome traditional style with an industrial twist.

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The detail that I really fell in love with on this bed was the castors on the bed end legs. They are only there for decorative purposes, but are functional and make it easy to move the bed to collect the 357 single socks that seem to find their way under there!

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We still had a queen size mattress in storage from our last homes guest room, it was in good condition and had barely been slept on, but it was pretty hard and Orly wasn’t comfortable. I tried to do a mattress shuffle and swap with one of the girls but nobody liked it, maybe that’s why our guests never stayed long, ha!
Instead of splurging on a whole new mattress, we chose a SLEEPX mattress topper. It’s a great way to transform your mattress when you’re not quite ready for a new one. It’s made from memory foam and is super soft and luxurious.
We also got him some SLEEP X therapy pillows which are made in Australia from soft recovery foam, we chose the medium profile which is recommended for a side sleeper.

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The bed has a matte black finish and I wanted to warm it up with timber bedside tables. I was still hunting for them when the tables I ordered for Lucy’s room arrived, I got 2 x Hampton Bedside Tables.  I ‘temporarily’ popped them in Orly’s room, but they looked so good I decided to leave them there.
Sorry Lucy!
They are crafted from Mango wood in a traditional french design. I was originally thinking of something more industrial but I think these look so handsome and I’m really pleased with them.

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Also ordered for Lucy’s room, was this beautiful rug. Again, it looked so good I couldn’t possibly move it, so it’s living in Orly’s room now. The Skandi Rug is a flat weave kilim style rug and it’s handmade from a soft natural wool. I chose a grey/blue herringbone design. It’s a great rug for children’s spaces as the pattern does a great job hiding any accidents and it is also reversible.
Orly sits here and play with his toys for hours, it’s so much more comfortable that the hard wood floors.

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If you know me at all, you’ll know that I will probably change the bed linen a few times … I might be a little bit obsessed with textiles. For now, I couldn’t resist the Yarn-Dyed Nautical Stripe Quilt. It is such a classic design in a range of beautiful blues, it’s perfect for my home. It’s also timeless enough to ensure I won’t tire of it quickly and the simple stripes allows me to mix it with so many other patterns and colours.

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I’ve kept the decor fairly simple so far. The stripe has been carried over from his last bedroom design, while I would like to do something more exciting, it works for now and I have a list of other things that need doing (Lucy’s room) before I worry about it. I already had the oars stashed in my garage, I hung a few on the wall to enhance the seaside feel. The anchor mirror was also from his Boat Bedroom.

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I’m sure you’re all wondering about the Jumbo Teddy Bear on the bed too. Isn’t he adorable! Orly was having a little trouble adjusting to his big boy bed, along came Big Bear to save the day. He fills the empty space in the bed with a soft and cuddly presence and has been comforting for Orly at bedtime.
If you have a little one moving into a bigger bed, I highly recommend this tactic!

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The other change we made in Orly’s room to prepare him for school was to introduce a study area. I’m surprised at how much he uses this space and can only hope it continues throughout his school years.
We chose the Elliot Desk & Hutch for it’s cool corkboard and savvy storage, along with a swivel chair with a soft cushion seat for comfort.
You can find all the details of Orly’s study space here.

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I hope I’ve answered all your questions.
As always I’m happy to share where things are from or what I truly think of them, ask away!

Now, I better go and organise Lucy’s bedroom since Orly ended up with half her things.

Happy Shopping!

Hx

Disclosure : Some of these items were gifted to me, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, I love the quality and I love the brand.

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