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

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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

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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

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Seacova

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I recently heard somebody say that they couldn’t have coastal style in their home because they didn’t live by the ocean. I pondered this for quite some time, why … why if you love the ocean can’t you surround yourself with its treasures in your home? I don’t know what the fancy interior designers would say, but I say – go for it!
We live in Australia, we are surrounded by ocean, so adorn your home in shells and coral, splash the colours of the ocean on your walls and check out these gorgeous cushions …

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I have been dying to share these with you, it has killed me to keep them under wraps while we waited for all the stock to arrive!
I have a few in my own home and every single person who steps foot in my house has loved them, I even had one friend trying to smuggle some out in her handbag! You know who you are!

Introducing Seacova and the lovely face behind the brand, Clare.

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Seacova Coastal Interiors is the result of Clare’s love for the Australian coastline and the charm of American seaside cottages. It is a luxurious brand celebrating coastal living with a stunning range of cushions and furniture. These pieces are perfect for Australian living, with their coastal motifs and stunning colours straight from the depths of the ocean.

I absolutely fell in love with this range as soon as I saw it and knew it would be perfect for my new day bed. When it arrived I was even more excited, these cushions are even prettier in person. They are embroidered on 100% cotton, and piped in coordinating fabrics.

The Cape Cod collection in duck egg blue and sky blue is timeless, sophisticated and beautiful. Perfect for those of you who prefer a more gentle colour palette.

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Cape Cod Collection.

The Florida Keys collection is all about palm trees, sail boats and sea creatures in a crisp navy and white. It is classic coastal style and really makes a statement.

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Florida Keys Collection.

Also, don’t miss the outdoor collection of a faux bamboo sofa and chairs, they are powder coated aluminium and ideal for an Australian summer outdoors.

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 I was lucky enough to steal 1/2 an hour of Clare’s busy day to dig a little deeper and learn some more about Seacova …

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I strapped my travelling boots on after college to explore Asia and Europe. My sister and I finished up living in London where we bunked on the floor of my aunt’s trendy Islington apartment for two whole years! I am grateful for the travel experience as it was character-building and opened up my mind up diversity.

Since then I have always lived close to the Australian seaside where I met my husband twelve years ago after re-locating to Brisbane. In the Spring of 2011 we were married on a tropical island in Fiji and now have two young children. Life is busy to say the least – our 7-month old girl and 3-year old boy certainly keep us on our toes!

 Is your background in something creative or is this a new venture for you?

 In 2010 I completed a degree in marketing at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. From there I worked as a production manager in a graphic design studio followed by a management position at a boutique advertising agency in West End. Because we were part of a small team I was able to participate in developing strategies and brainstorming sessions with the qualified creative team members. I absolutely loved working with my colleagues: creative people are a hoot to be around.

 I was always passionate about interior decorating on the home front, and it was the coastal style that initially grabbed my attention. On weekends I spent hours looking through coffee-table books, shuffling various items around the house and scouting stores for new accessories. Eventually, my hubby actually banned me from buying any more shells or coral!

 As my passion for interiors continued to grow, I decided to take the leap and merge my work with that passion. Seacova became my creative outlet whereby I could develop coastal style interiors from the designing to the sourcing, managing suppliers, building websites and accounting. I could not have become a one-girl show without my previous job experiences and background.

It is clear the inspiration for your beautiful coastal-style cushion range comes from the ocean and seaside, was there something in particular that prompted the designs?  Do you design them all yourself?

I have been infatuated with American seaside cottages for as long as I can remember: front porches, white picket fences, french doors and light, bright rooms filled with shaker cabinetry…they stop my heart.

 My inspiration for the collection came largely from these coastal dwellings. I tried to picture complementary interiors that would create a soothing, relaxing space whilst using a colour palette inspired by the clear blue waters of the Australian coastline. In addition, some of the designs were derived from old ancient engravings I came across in my readings. The designs were created using Illustrator software, and then digitized for embroidery.

Embroidery detail of the Palm Tree cushion.
Embroidery detail of the Palm Tree cushion.

 The colour palette for your 2016/17 range is fresh and relaxed with soft blues, navy and white, then you have an unexpected pop of coral pink, where did this come from? 

 When it comes to colour, I am blue and white all the way, so naturally that dominated the collection. But there is definitely something to be said for a pop of colour. The seaside is largely blue and white on the surface, but underneath the water is a vibrant community of brightly coloured fish, plants and coral. The coral pink represents a hint of this vibrant underwater life. I was not sure about it in the beginning, now it is one of my favourites!

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Pink Herringbone cushion.

 Your collections are named after the famous seaside destinations of Cape Cod and Florida Keys. Have you been there or are they on the travel bucket list?

 I daydream about being there quite often, but have not travelled there as yet; it is definitely on the bucket list. When the children are a little older our plan is to hire an RV and drive all the way up the coast from Florida Keys to the Hamptons, Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Tell us about your own home and decor style? 

 My husband and I recently designed and built the family home. Yes, you guessed, the design was influenced by American architecture but also the attractive ‘Queenslander’. It is a hybrid of all the features we adore: a weatherboard construction with a front porch, exposed eves, french windows and shaker cabinetry. I would describe the style as classic coastal. As we had a limited budget, a lot of thought went into the design and how we could maximise our investment. Luckily, we had a fantastic builder who appreciated the character-build and was on-board with our vision. We are still finishing off a few elements. My husband, who loves to strap on the tool belt on weekends, has built a shed to match the house and is currently working on the white picket fence!

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Clare’s House!

 What does the future hold for Seacova?

 I hope to expand Seacova by developing more design elements and bringing more collections to the market. The internet certainly helps small businesses achieve that these days. I have also been working on some custom statement pieces. Here’s a sneak peek at the Hampton’s wing-back chair and matching ottoman that has just been introduced to the market.

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Hamptons wingback chair and ottoman.

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I know you’re all itching to grab your credit card and start shopping, but before you go I just want to show you how gorgeous the cushions look in my home. Sometimes you see these beautifully styled images and wonder what they actually look like, just hanging out, like cushions do, in an everyday persons home.
They are so good!

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Aren’t they gorgeous!

Happy Shopping! #sorry #notsorry

Hayley x

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