My window has better clothes than I do!

It’s true!
My window has the most amazing new dress and I just had to share it with y’all.
She’s been naked for quite a while now and every time I looked at her I felt embarrassed by her exposed frames and glass.  Winter has been approaching and the lack of any window coverings made the house feel even colder and open to the cold winter nights.

BEFORE & AFTER
BEFORE & AFTER

Finally I decided to do something about it.
Choosing curtains can be such a pain, having those pushy sales people around to your house with their little folders of fabric and unwanted opinions. I have done this exercise so many times and I was not looking forward to wasting hours getting multiple quotes and still gasping with shock every time I finally received one back.

This time I decided to try an online service, I am using online shopping more and more these days so I thought it was worth a try. I looked at a few different sites and read lots of reviews and settled on Pret-a-Portiere. They supply made to measure curtains and drapes that are easy to buy and install yourself. They also supply to interior stylist and decorators worldwide.

I popped over to their website armed with my window dimensions and Pinterest ideas.
I knew I wanted linen, I am currently having a love affair with anything and everything linen and they have a whole section dedicated to linen drapery, I was happy to see so many options available. It was a hard decision, there is so many styles to choose from, but I decided to go with the Soho design with the double bottom banding. I have seen this type of curtain a few times in my favourite designer spaces and was excited when I realised I could achieve this look in my own home.

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Next step is to choose your header style and colours, again, such a hard decision as there is so many different combinations to choose from. I went with a Double Pinch Pleat and 2.5 x fullness. I chose Snow and Mountain Blue as my colours.

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When you have made all your selections you will be given a quote right then and there, none of this – ‘give us all your details and then we’ll e-mail you stuff’, they give you a quote immediately.
You can chose to ‘add to cart’ and get your curtains underway or you can go back and try a different selection.

They only took a few weeks to arrive and I was completely blown away by the quality. I have had custom curtains made before, but these are amazing. I’m not sure if it’s the beautiful weight of the linen, the precise workmanship or the fact that they are just gorgeous, but I am totally in love with them.

 I put hubby to work hanging them, which is really quite easy and I probably could have done it myself, but he was home and I know how much he loves me ordering him around.
My window is no longer naked, her linen dress is much more fabulous than anything in my wardrobe and the whole space finally feels finished and cosy.

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What do you think?
Curtains make such difference to a space, they make it feel complete. I love closing them at night to keep the warmth in and I’m sure they will be great in summer to keep the afternoon sun out. And who doesn’t love the glow of filtered light through linen curtains, it’s just dreamy!

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If you want to have a play with some options for your own home, grab a tape measure and head over to Pret-a Portiere and get some instant ideas, advice and prices!

But here’s the bit you’ve all been waiting for ….
I have some curtains to giveaway to one very lucky home!!!
You may choose from the Soho (same as mine) or Madison range in any colour combination up to the value of $1100, I know … you don’t want to miss this one!!!
We’d love it if you follow Pret-a-Portiere and myself on Instagram here and here, and please come and make friends on my blog mailing list.
Leave a comment here or on Instagram telling us where you need new curtains.
EASY PEASY!

Check back here next week to see if you’re the winner, and don’t worry if you’re not because I will have something special for you anyway – a code to receive 20% off your purchase from Pret-a-Portiere!

There’s no need for naked windows anymore!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

*Competition is open worldwide. Entries close at 11:59pm on Friday 28th July 2017. Winner will be announced Sunday 30th July 2017. No purchase is required. Entrant must answer the question, the winner will be chosen by Pret-a-Portiere.

Jeans for your floors …

I love denim, my #mumlife uniform all year round is jeans, ranging from shorts, to 3/4 length, to long depending on the season.
Recently I was looking for a rug for my living room and someone suggested a recycled denim rug, I decided this was something I definitely needed to investigate further!

I popped over to Sugarcane Trading Co and was instantly sold on the Nalini rug. It’s crafted from a range of gorgeous blue colours, and herringbone design had me at ‘hello’!

When my rug arrived I was surprised at how thick yet soft it was, it feels like it will be durable and hardwearing which is important to me, but it is also soft enough to feel cosy in the cooler months.

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The rugs are handwoven from textile waste and offcuts from the textile and garment manufacturing industries in India. This means there is less impact on the environment from waste going into landfill or being burnt.
Mine is made from 100% cotton offcuts from jeans. The shades of blue range from indigo to a light chambray blue and work perfectly with my colour palette.

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Sugarcane Trading Co have 3 beautiful designs available in the denim collection ranging in size from 90 x 150cm to 200 x 300cm, and a little birdy told me they will have some bigger sizes available soon.

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So, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?
It’s quite amazing how much a rug pulls a room together, gives the space it’s own identity and makes it feel cosy.
Don’t you think?

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You can check out the rest of the Sugarcane Trading Co range here, including some colourful options and some fabulous floor cushions.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley

Creating a beautiful Easter table.

I love to set a beautiful table for Easter!
Actually, the Easter table is my favourite table setting all year. It’s much more relaxed than Christmas, the weather is lovely and you get to eat chocolate for breakfast, what’s not to love?
We usually have a family breakfast followed by an Easter egg hunt with the kids and their cousins, which runs onto lunch, then afternoon nibbles and drinks with friends. It’s so nice to set a gorgeous table to take you through the day.

I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for a festive dinner set and when I saw this one from Villeroy & Boch I knew I had to have it.
It is the Spring Awakening collection, I fell in love with the scalloped edges and pretty floral display, we all know how much I love flowers.
I really love that because it isn’t all bunny rabbits and easter eggs it can be used it for multiple occasions throughout the year, Mother’s Day morning tea is next on the agenda.
It is festive, but versatile, while still captivating the Easter spirit.

I did a little trial run and took some photos for y’all to see what my table will look like on Easter morning, it was also a good excuse to have an Easter egg binge a few weeks early.

 I started with a crisp white tablecloth and layered it with a square of green gingham. I chose the shade of green from the dinner set, which is the hero of the table, and bought a couple of metres from my local fabric supplier. Don’t underestimate the power of a great tablecloth to pull everything together!

Decorating my table and taking pride in all the elements is important to me. I always like to include fresh flowers and I usually buy whatever is in season. Today I used pale pink roses with lilac irises, they look amazing together and really bring out the colours of the dinner set.

I also like to add a couple of elements that indicate what we are celebrating, for this Easter table I chose these dainty little bunnies, they are seriously sweet!

I also included these custom made biscuits, they are such a treat and they look incredible sitting on this beautiful footed cake stand.

I wanted to create interest at eye level as well as on the table. I decided to hang a few ceramic eggs with pretty ribbon from my pendant light that hangs over the dining table. I love the way they gently sway in the breeze bringing movement and life to the table. I also hung my sweet little vase from the pendant. Who says it has to sit on the table? I filled it with a few pink roses and it looks gorgeous swaying with the ceramic eggs.

When I buy a dinner set I like to get all the pieces, even if you don’t think you’ll use them for the meal your planning, you never know what you’ll need in the future. The extra pieces look great stacked on the table or layered underneath other plates to create height and interest.

Don’t be scared to use your dinnerware for things it may not have been intended for, I used the adorable little egg cups for a few chocolate sweets rather than boiled eggs. Don’t they look cute with the little ‘flake’ birds nest and baby candy eggs.

Do you set your table for Easter?
I hope I’ve inspired you to this year!
I’d love to see it, send me an e-mail or tag me on social media.

Happy Easter!

Hayley x

Getting your outdoors summer ready.

Summer in Australia means entertaining outdoors.
I like to think of my outdoor areas as another room of the house. Currently we just have an alfresco dining area, I’m working on an outdoor living area on the balcony for later in the renovation.

I have an outdoor dining suite. It is synthetic white wicker and even though it is about 6 years old it is still in pretty good shape, except for the cushions. The cushions were stained, discoloured and the foam had gone all flat, not very stylish, or comfortable!

Can you believe I actually considered getting an entire new outdoor setting just because the cushions were shabby?
Don’t get me wrong, I had considered new cushions, but mine are a funny shape so I couldn’t just buy new ones ‘off the rack’. I also thought about having new ones made, but the thought of going to one place to have new foam cut, then another place to find a fabric, then taking it all to an upholsterer to have it made not only sounded like an absolute mission, but it also sounded rather expensive.

That’s until I heard of a local business, Century Foam and Rubber, who were advertising that they are ‘your one stop covering shop’. They supply the foam, cut it to size, supply a fabulous range of good quality fabrics, and have an upholsterer on site to complete your new cushion/s for you. I thought it was worth checking out …

So, you take in your old cushions, choose your new foam (if required, you can re-use your existing foam) … yes there are different levels of comfort and density to choose from, choose your fabric (or you can take your own) and they look after everything!
They stock Warwick fabrics and the outdoor SUNDEC range is really beautiful. It is made to withstand sunlight exposure, mould, mildew, chlorine and everything the Aussie outdoors throw at it. If by some miracle you can’t find a Warwick fabric you like, they are located in the Spotlight centre, the friendly staff at Century Foam and Rubber will tell you how much fabric you need and you can pop down to Spotlight and buy something else.

My eyes immediately went to the blue fabrics, surprise surprise, and I chose this gorgeous design …

Have a look at my outdoor dining chairs before, stained, grubby, flat and decidedly U-G-L-Y!

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And after!

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I cannot tell you how chuffed I am with the make over!

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This is why I am so obsessed with cushions, they make such a dramatic difference to every living space. They add colour, pattern, personality and most importantly … comfort.
I just need to add a great big outdoor rug and this will feel like an another room in my home.

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Oh, and just so you know, they don’t just do outdoor cushions, they do so much more.
They also do indoor cushions and have an equally beautiful range of fabrics for inside use.
They can do cushions for your day beds and bench seats with matching bolsters and scatter cushions.
What about some box floor cushions? A floor mat for the kids to play on?
They can even make you a fancy dog bed!

You can check them out here and tell them I sent you!

It’s easy peasy, and surprisingly affordable!

I’m thrilled with my new ‘custom’ look and I got brownie points from hubby for the budget = winning!

I have to go now, I’m going to hunt down a fabulous second hand cane lounge suite to have revamped for my balcony.

Happy cushioning!

Hayley x