Ready in 45 secs with Tefal

I’m ‘all in’ for anything that makes my life easier or more productive. I know many of you feel the same so I thought it was my responsibility to share this with you.

I recently got my hands on the Tefal IXEO All-in-One iron and steamer, thanks Tefal! It’s one of those things that you don’t know you need until you get it. I wasn’t sure if I would use it for much more than ironing clothes, but I actually reach for it a few times a week, it heats up in just 45 seconds so it’s great for a quick touch up.

Let’s start with ironing clothes, this is not like any regular iron. Firstly, there are no settings, it uses intuitive technology to adapt to the the correct temperature to care for your garments. The iron head is super light, about half the weight of a regular iron and it glides over your clothes effortlessly.

You don’t need a traditional ironing board anymore, which is such a great space saver. You can still choose to iron the traditional way with your Smart board set horizontally, or you can do it at an ergonomic angle or vertically, which is great for steaming, oh and it’s also height adjustable. I’ve found the easiest way to iron business shirts is by putting them on a coat hanger and hanging it from the top of the board vertically. The iron just glides over the fabric and releases all the creases instantly.

Here’s a few things other things I’ve used my Tefal IXEO for in just the last couple of weeks.

Curtains! Anyone who has struggled with the masses of fabric in curtains on an ironing board will understand how fabulous this is. We steamed them while they were hanging, it was so much easier and the bonus of doing it with steam is that you are also giving your curtains a quick refresh, eliminating any odours and killing germs and allergens.

Next, this awesome idea was from one of my lovely IG followers. I removed those annoying old furniture marks in the carpet with steam! As most of you know, we moved into a new house recently, the carpet has lots of pressure marks left from the last owners furniture. It’s where the carpet has flattened down in one spot and no amount of vacuuming will bring it back.
I clipped the fibre brush onto the iron head and brushed the carpet fibres up as I steamed. So easy, it took a minute or two and you can’t even tell where it was.

 Lastly, and probably one of my favourite things about the Tefal IXEO is ironing or steaming textiles directly on the furniture, things like fabric sofas, dining chair seats, upholstered bedhead and bed linen while it’s on the bed. This is a stylist dream!
I removed the wrinkles from my armchairs loose cover and it looks amazing.

Next on my list is to iron my sheets, pillowcases and quilt covers while they are on the bed.
Oh, and just so it’s extra easy, you can also detach the main unit and steam head from the stand and move it around as a portable unit!

You can find yours here.

Happy steaming!

Hayley x

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My Blinds Online transformation

The day has come, my new curtains and blinds have arrived and the excitement levels are out of control.

Putrid Pink!

The putrid pink curtains have gone, thank goodness because I’m sure they were a health hazard, they were so disgusting! I must have sneezed 7,823 times as I was pulling them down, the lining was covered in black mould and they had dead cockroaches falling out of them everywhere.
I had no idea they were so nasty, they didn’t look that bad while they were hanging! Check your curtains friends, they could be extremely unhygienic and causing you all kinds of health concerns. Also, just so you know, we just moved into this house a few months ago and I have no idea how long those curtains had been hanging there.

Naked!

Okay, back to my new window coverings.
I ordered them online from Blind Online.
You can see how I chose and ordered my blinds and curtains here.
The entire process was an absolute pleasure, everything from choosing my fabrics, the excitement the day the samples arrived, the feeling of accomplishment when we installed them and the happy husband when he learnt how much money we saved by doing it ourselves. They arrived safely and on time (even during Covid delays) and were packaged well.

My fabrics

When you receive your online order confirmation, you will receive an installation guide, you can also find the installation guides here. They explain everything in basic language and it really isn’t hard. All you will require is a few basic tools depending on how you will be hanging your blinds and/or curtains.

We hung the roman blinds first. They are really easy to install yourself as they only require a couple of brackets to be screwed into your wall or architrave. The blinds just clip into the brackets and you’re done. So easy!

I shared some video of us hanging them on my Instagram and have saved it to the highlights here.

As I explained in my previous post, this window was a little bit tricky, so we decided to fit our roman blinds into the aluminium window head. This is probably the hardest place to hang them because you have to screw into the aluminium, and it’s still really simple.
First we made a small hole with a drill, then we use the screwgun to put the screws in. We used two screws per bracket.

Then they just click into place, I know that sounds easy, but it’s true, they simply clip into the bracket.

I got so many questions about the roman blinds as we were hanging them. I’m going to answer some of the questions here in case you have the same queries.

Are they lined?
Yes, they are beautifully lined with a separate layer of fabric. I chose the standard lining and it is a white cotton blend fabric.

Is the lining a separate layer or is the fabric coated onto the feature fabric?
As above, it is a separate layer, your feature fabric is not coated.
You can choose the standard lining, a thermal lining or a block-out lining.

How do they open and close?
They come with a metal ball chain, the chain runs smoothly and can be operated easily with one hand.
They also come with a child safety clip to be attached to the wall.

How far up do they pull up?
They pull all the way up to the top layer and fold on themselves neatly.
My windows are nearly ceiling height which makes my roman blind very long and it sits nearly flat against the window. It will depend on your unique measurements but it usually pulls up to between 26cm and 30cm.

Then we hung the curtains.
If you already have curtain rods, then it will be as simple as unhooking the old curtains and hooking up the new ones.
If, like us, you have a new curtain rod, follow your manufacturers instruction to install them first. I had a rod custom made and bent to suit my awkward window. It came with ceiling mounts that were simply screwed into the ceiling.

I chose pinch pleat curtains, you can adjust the position of the hooks on the curtains by gliding the hook towards the top or bottom of the heading tape. As I had a nice pole that I didn’t want to hide I chose to position them  towards the top of the heading. The adjustable hook also gives you a little bit of control with your length, depending on where you position the hook you will lose or gain a few mm’s so you can get them to fall at the exact length you want.
I made sure I had enough glider rings in my rod to accommodate all the curtain hooks and simply hung them starting from one side and working to the other.
If you choose Eyelet or Pencil Pleat curtains the fitting process is similar and explained thoroughly in the Installation guide.

What did I learn during the process?
This was the first time I had ordered blinds online. I measured everything myself, I took my time and I checked and double checked my measurements.
My roman blind measurements were absolutely perfect, my husband was so impressed with me!
As for my curtains, what I didn’t take into account was that we changed the curtain rods, the layout of the new rod is slightly different to the old rod. The old rod was 4 separate pieces and they overlapped in the corners, ultimately making the rods longer. The new rod is one continuous rod with no overlap, hence shorter overall. So a couple of my drops are a few centimeters too wide for the rods, it doesn’t really matter, you can’t tell when they are open and they are just a little fuller when closed.
Lesson learnt and I thought I’d warn you so you don’t make the same mistake. I probably should have put the rod up first and measured from that rather than taken my measurements from the old curtains.

The last thing I did was gave them a quick steam to help the fibres relax.
They will drop on their own with time, but I helped the process along because I’m a bit OCD like that, ha!

Ta Dah!
All hung in a few hours and I couldn’t be happier!

The total transformation of this space is phenomenal. The window treatments have changed the entire look in this room from dated and drab to classic and chic. I don’t think there is another component in this room that would have made such a huge impact.

Have a look at the Before & After … mind-blowing!

BEFORE (obviously!)
AFTER

If you still have shabby old curtains or broken vertical blinds, or maybe your windows are still naked, what are you waiting for? Read my blog post full of tips for selecting the perfect window treatments for your space, then order them online  from Blinds Online and transform your house into a home.

Happy Measuring!

Hayley x

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Blinds (and curtains) Online

Would you be happy to live naked, completely exposed to the world at all times?
What about a sheet? Would you be happy to wear a sheet in lieu of a beautiful frock?
Of course not!

Then why do we leave our windows stark naked and expose our lives to the whole world with no privacy?
Then we decide we need privacy ….. so we staple ugly old sheets up on our windows, is that look you are trying to achieve?
In my case the ugly sheets may have been a better option, I inherited these putrid pink curtains with our new house, I say putrid not because of the colour but because I’m pretty sure they had been hanging there for 20+ years, and I’m pretty sure they had never been cleaned, they were PUTRID! They were also very heavy and dark and I had no option to control the light in the room other than open or closed. They made the room feel dark, dated and dirty.

Some of us live with our current situation because window coverings can be tricky, the options are endless and confusing and we don’t know where to start. Or maybe you decided to take the plunge and got a a local curtain maker around for a quote and were blown away by the price. Or maybe you got savvy and decided to order them online but the process of ordering and hanging them yourself was a little overwhelming.

I’ve done the research, got the quotes and made the mistakes, now I’m here to share all my tips for getting the perfect window treatment at the best price without the hassles and headaches.

Your first step is deciding what type of window covering you would like in your space.
You need to consider both practical and functional elements, as well as the decorative factors of how it will make your room look and feel.

Lets talk about practicality and functionality.
Think about your natural sunlight or light from other sources like street lights or adjacent building. How much you do you want to control it? Do you need a full blockout, or do you want to filter the light? Also consider which way the window is facing, the sun can be harsh in Australia and choosing the right lining can help you with heat and energy efficiency.

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Sunscreen Roller Blind

Often a bedroom will require a sheer for privacy and a blockout for sleeping, this can’t always be achieved with one layer and you might need to consider a blockout blind with a sheer curtain, or a blockout curtain and a sheer curtain, or a double blind.

Double Roller Blind

What other elements do you need to consider in this space? If it is a bathroom you might need to consider water and condensation and choose a material that can withstand the moisture.

Honeycomb Blind

Next, think about your furniture placement. Are you putting a piece of furniture under a window? In that case I would choose a blind, curtains never fall nicely if they are tucked behind a piece of furniture, and sill length curtains don’t give you the same impact a beautifully made roman blind or classic plantation shutters will.

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Roman Blind

Lastly, where are you going to hang your window coverings and/or stack them? Do you have room to hang a curtain rod above your window? If you don’t have room above your window, can you hang curtains from the ceiling, or can you fit a blind recessed inside your window architrave? Do you have space to stack your curtains to the side? If you chose a plantation shutter, have you got room to open it to access the window?

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Plantation Shutters

Now lets talk about the look you want to achieve and how to choose fabrics and colours.
What is your decor style? Do you want your space to feel casual and relaxed or would you prefer a more tailored and formal look? Some types of window coverings work better with certain styles than others, for example, a floral curtain would be perfect in a cottage, but probably not in a sleek and modern highrise with minimalist style. It would take me days to go through all the different styles and options available, I would suggest popping on to Pinterest and finding your style, then have a look at the window treatments that are used in the rooms you love.

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Pinch Pleat Curtains

Often larger rooms with large windows look beautiful with curtains and smaller rooms benefit from the more streamlined look of blinds, but this isn’t always the case and each room needs to be considered individually. Maybe you have an tiny window with an amazing outlook, curtains are a great way to frame your view.

Curtains framing a small window

When you are choosing your fabric and colours consider what other elements are already in the room, things like floor coverings, paint colours or wallpaper and existing furniture. Remember, you don’t have to create a matchy matchy space, but you want all your colours and patterns to compliment each other. If in doubt, choose a beautiful sheer curtain or neutral fabric, they are timeless and won’t date.

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S-Fold Sheer Curtain

Lastly, don’t forget to consider what your house will look like from the outside? You might prefer all your window coverings to be the same colour from the front of your home, or it might not matter to you at all.

When I finished my research and I was confident I would make the right decisions, I took the plunge and ordered my curtains and blinds for my living room from Blinds Online.

Here’s the thought process I had for my space.
It’s a tricky bay window, very large and high with multiple 135 degree angles and minimal space at the sides to stack my curtains.

BEFORE – the putrid pink curtains!

I wanted to filter the light, and would usually choose a sheer but I ruled this out as I didn’t want to block the view. The window faces East and gets the morning sun for a short period of time, I decided a roman blind would be perfect as I can lower them enough to block the sun but not close of the window entirely. We also have a fireplace in this room and I wanted it to feel cosy in the winter, so I added a curtain to layer over the blinds. Having two layers gives me the ultimate choice to control the light from partly blocked with the roman blind to nearly full blockout if I close both the blind and curtains. You can choose from S-fold, Eyelet, Pencil Pleat or Pinch Pleated curtain headings, I chose the pinch pleat for this room for it’s classic and tailored look.
I chose to recess fit the roman blinds as the windows are very high and it will only block the light I want it to block.
The curtains will be ceiling hung on a simple rod I had bent to mimic the shape of my window as this gives me the cleanest, most streamlined look and doesn’t detract from the beautiful roman blinds. I know I’m ignoring my own advice as I don’t have space at the sides to stack the curtains back on the walls, but as I also said, each room is individual and some rules need to be broken, especially when you are dealing with a tricky window.

Roman Blind – V&A William Morris Fruit, Autumn

As for fabric choices, I knew I wanted something fun, but also timeless and I wanted to add colour without it being too bright or overwhelming. I saw the Blinds Online  collaboration with V&A featuring the range of William Morris fabrics and I knew this was something I would like. I popped online and had a browse. I instantly fell in love with a fabric called Fruit (AKA as Pomegranate) in the Autumn colour palette. I knew I had to use it, but things often look different on your computer screen than what they do it person, so I ordered a few samples. You can order up to 10 samples for free to help you choose at home from Blinds Online. I knew I was having a roman blind and a curtain so I also ordered a few plain fabric samples for the roman blind that I thought would coordinate well with one of the patterned fabrics I chose.

Once my samples arrived I placed them in my space and observed how they looked throughout the day with the changing daylight. I still loved the Fruit fabric and had to use it. I knew that the curtains wouldn’t get closed often in this room and certainly not during the day, but I really wanted to appreciate the full pattern of this fabric so I decided to switch up my original plan and use it as the roman blind where I could enjoy the full design more often.
Then I chose a plain Oatmeal linen blend for the curtains, It compliments the Fruit fabric and is beautifully classic and timeless.

Curtains – Bijou Oatmeal Linen

Now I knew what type of window coverings I wanted and I’d chosen my fabrics, it was time to measure up and order online. I know this sounds scary, but it really isn’t hard at all. Before you start measuring, here’s a few things to consider –
* Even if your windows are all different, try to have your window coverings all at the same height.
* Place your curtain rods high above your window and extend it out past the window so your curtains stack on the wall not on the window, but be careful not to expose any wall between the window and curtains. This will make your windows look larger and grander. It will not reduce any daylight, but it will provide a better blockout when they are closed.
* When determining the length, nearly touching the floor is ideal, Blinds Online suggest 15mm above the floor. I know we’ve all seen the images of curtains puddled on the floor on Pinterest, it looks so luxurious and glamorous, it’s hardly practical if you have kids and pets, but if you have a space it will work in, go for it!

To measure up you will need a tape measure, something to write your measurements down on and possibly a stool if you need to reach your ceiling. I also found it handy to have another person to help me hold the tape measure in place since my window was so big.
Tip : Please don’t try and use a ruler and shimmy it along to measure a large window, you want these measurements to be as accurate as possible.
Bigger Tip : Follow the measuring instructions online from Blind Online, they are the experts who have been doing this for for 46 years, and online for more than 14 years. They know what they are doing. If you take the time to read the instructions and follow them closely, you will be fine. They are written in easy to understand language with lots of pictures and diagrams to help you. They have separate instructions for blinds, shutters and curtains.

Once you’ve placed your order you can track it here.

As soon as I’ve got mine ready to go, I’ll show you how to hang them and the before and after photos.
I can’t wait, are you as excited as me?

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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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 …..
AND
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

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