Project: Pop of PINK

A few years ago we went to Hawaii on a Disney Cruise, we only spent 4 days between 4 islands and as much as I wanted to shop, I wanted to see Hawaii more and time was not on my side. I remember walking past a shop and seeing a traditional Hawaiian quilt, it was hand quilted in the most beautiful pattern and it just stole my heart.

A few years later we went back to Hawaii for our best friends wedding. We had a leisurely 2 weeks this time and plenty of time for shopping. The one thing I had on my shopping list was a Hawaiian quilt. I bought handbags, I bought homewares, I bought clothes and shoes … I did not buy a quilt.

You always regret the things you didn’t buy, and I had regret!

Fast forward a couple of years and I spotted this quilt / coverlet, there was no question, I had to have it!

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And so it begins … Project: Pop of PINK … I needed to create a bedroom where the pink coverlet would work. It was going to take a little bit of editing and a whole lot of adding. My bedroom was very blue … blue walls, blue rug, blue bedding, blue hued art, blue, blue, BLUE …… first up – EDIT!

I decided to start with the floor and remove the blue rug. I wanted to lay the foundation for a more neutral colour palette with a versatile, light coloured rug, which is also handy just in case the urge to change colours happens again, ha!
I wanted to switch out the art for something more appropriate to the new quilt but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted. It was one of those – I’ll know it when I see it – ideas.
Obviously, I also removed the blue bedding to make room for the gorgeous pink coverlet.
I decided to keep the blue walls, I really love this colour and I haven’t had it long enough to get sick of it yet.

So, I’m working with a navy blue and pale pink colour palette.

Next is the fun part – ADDING …

Now, I know you’re looking at those pink ceramic lamps with all the heart eyes, which is exactly what I did when I saw them on Instagram. They stopped me in my scrolling tracks and I knew I had to have them. They are a perfect match to the quilt.

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I didn’t realise how much I needed new lamps until I saw these in my bedroom, the difference they make is incredible. They soften my bedside tables with their pretty pink hue and delicate shape. The base is crafted from solid crystal, while details like the sweet finials finish them off with a timeless sophistication.

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Next, the rug, I ordered this one for my daughters room and I loved it so much when it arrived I decided to try it in my room. Sorry Bella, I’m keeping it!
It’s a wool blend in a chunky textured knit design. It’s super soft under foot and the colour is a warm cream without being yellow. It has lots of flecks through it which makes it perfect to hide stains.

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The art … I’m still not sure what I’m going to do here permanently but I know I’m not going to rush into an art purchase, it has to ‘speak to me’ before I buy it.

Project: Pop Of Pink bedroom @mumlittleloves

For now I’ve done something fun that fits with the Hawaiian vibe and makes me smile. I hung a collection of hats on the wall. I’ve used the 3M damage-free, removable sticky hooks so I don’t make lots of holes in the wall. I think a more curated collection of hats would look better but I worked with what I had and it only cost me $15 for the hooks. It has the tropical vibe that I’d like to achieve and is something that would be fun to add to, especially with all the gorgeous hats available these days, although it might not be too practical since I wear these hats often.

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 Which brings us to the bedding, the beautiful Leilani coverlet. Usually I would layer my bed with luxurious throws but I feel like the pattern on this quilt is so pretty and I didn’t want to cover it up. Instead I chose a collection of pink cushions of various sizes, shapes and textures to add some interest without detracting from the quilt design.

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I had most of the cushions in my collection already, the only new addition was the luxe velvet large cushion in the blush pink, which was the size, shape and colour that I needed to pull them all together.

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Whenever I’m redecorating a space like this, I like to shop my home for pieces before I buy anything new. Especially when trying to add a colour like this, I walk around my home and collect all the items I own in that shade, then put them all together to give me options.

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I didn’t have very much in this beautiful blush pink, but the addition of a few book and decorative items is enough to repeat the colour and tie it all together. I picked up the gorgeous pink glass knot the same day I bought the quilt because I knew I would need a few decor items to compliment it. Isn’t it sweet, it’s one of my favourite little pieces.

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Just a few changes makes such a difference!
What do you think of my pop of pink?
Are you tempted to change something or add a pop of colour to your space?

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Hayley x

SHOPPING DETAILS
Ceramic Table Lamp in Pink 
Diamond Trellis Hand Woven Viscose Cream Wool Rug
Leilani Tropical Coverlet and Pillowcases
Velvet Cushion Cover – Pink 60 x 60cm
Velvet Breakfast Cushion – Rosewater
Fringed Cushion – Pink
Pods Pirka Cushion – Pink
Glass Knot in small pink
If I haven’t listed any items you would like details for, just drop me a message here or over on Instagram. Hx

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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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Easy Peasy bed styling.

Do you have unlimited cash to spend on luxurious bed linens?
Unfortunately, neither do I!

So I thought I’d share a few different looks you can achieve with just a few pieces.

Firstly, this is not one of those Pinterest worthy, magazine ready, takes 3 hours to make your bed type of posts.
This is how to achieve a styled bed everyday in just a few minutes, because I’m pretty sure y’all have better things to do than obsess over your perfectly placed throw pillows.
Am I right?
Also, please excuse my lack of ironing, my sometimes blurry photos and my weirdly high bed … real life people!

Ok, now we have that cleared up…

There are places to splurge and places to save, especially with bed linen.
One of the things I’ve always splurged on and never regretted is a basic white or neutral coloured quilt or comforter. It is the perfect base for so many looks throughout the whole year.

I prefer a quilt or comforter over a doona and doona cover as they sit beautifully on the bed, I don’t have to do the shake and shuffle with huge king size doona covers and they are often larger than a doona, which is great when you sleep with a #quilthog who pulls it all to their side during the night (the #quilthog might be me).
If you prefer or already have a plain doona cover in a neutral colour that will also be a perfect starting point.

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Currently I have a natural coloured linen quilt on my bed. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I love linen, you can read all about it here. I’d really love a pure white or light grey/silver quilt going into the warmer months. I think white always looks so fresh and serene, and silver is cool and inviting.
I’ve shared my favourites below.

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My current quilt – The Capri Linen Quilt | Her Shed
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On the wish list – Sheridan Abbotson in Silver
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Belgian Flax Linen Quilt | West Elm

Next – pillows!
I like to use king size pillowcases on a king bed, it fills the entire space so you don’t have a gap between them.
I have taken a few photos of my bed with king size pillows and with standard size incase you don’t have any in the king size.

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Mine are from The Pillow Slip Store, you can find them here. They also have the best range of king size pillowcases around.

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Ruffles Linen King Pillowslips – big love!

This is where we start to add layers with a second set of pillows and a blanket, throw or second quilt. I like to add a contrasting colour or a pattern. If you are unsure about mixing patterns and you’d like to add a patterned cushion, stick with a plain colour, any colour that makes you happy and works with the other elements in your room, also look for some texture to add interest.

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My diamond quilted linen throw is available in heaps of colours. You could also use one of these as your base quilt, I switch mine around often.

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Pretty sure I need this in every colour! – Belgian Flax Linen Diamond Quilt | Pottery Barn

Next, add your favourite cushion to the middle of your pillows.
This is probably the most basic styled bed and super easy to accomplish everyday.
The bonus with this one is you don’t have to remove and replace a huge pile of cushions every morning and night.

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Lexington Pinstriped cushion | Riviera House

Another option which is just as simple, add a pair of cushions in front of your pillows. You can try european size or smaller throw cushions. The ones I’ve used below are from Pottery Barn and are no longer available, but I’ve found some similar if you love them.
TIP: Always use feather inserts, they plump the cushion out and make it easy to give it a good chop in the middle. I buy mine from Ikea where they are great value.

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Artwood Navy Check Lodge cushion | Crawford & Co Living

Ok, lets try something slightly different.
Here I’ve used standard size pillows and laid them flat instead of vertically. I’ve also folded my sheets back over the top of the quilt. This looks great if you have patterned or coloured sheets in coordinating colours. My sheets are from Bed Tonic here.

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Again, add your decorative cushions and another blanket or throw where your sheets are folded back.

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My hand embroidered cushion is from Cathy Penton Atelier here. And the white blanket is from Canningvale here.

If you’re feeling rather creative, try laying 2 pillows vertically and 2 horizontally.
Add 2 decorative cushions in different sizes, I like to use one square and one oblong cushion. Look for interesting fabrics, textures or patterns. I’ve mixed a leather cushion with a linen cushion, such a perfect pairing.
Add a textural throw for more interest and luxury.

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The leather cushion is from Square Fox Design here.
The throw is one of my favourites from Mayde, it is super soft and such beautiful quality. The blue is no longer available, but they still have a few left in charcoal.

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Kirribilli blanket | Mayde

Lastly, if your in a rush in the mornings, try the relaxed look with layers of cushions casually thrown on the bed and a couple of blankets and throws unfolded and tossed on the end of the bed.

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The gingham cushion is by Caitlin Wilson from That Pretty Market.

Obviously there are hundreds of ways to style your bed with countless textures, fabrics and patterns to choose from. If you see a picture of something you would like to create in your own room, take notice of the small details like the way the pillows are placed, the layers of quilts, throws and blankets, the textures, the patterns, etc…

There really aren’t any rules!

If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #MLLbedstyling too see a few of my combinations.

Happy Styling!

Hx

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Christmas at the Little house.

Firstly, yes thats my surname – Little.
I’m not referring to my house as little, because even though it’s smaller than our last house, it’s still too big, I know … because I’m the one who has to clean it, urgh!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that we are mid renovation and currently the entire upstairs of our house is out of bounds so we can paint everything, and I mean EVERYTHING and re-finish the timber floorboards. What this means logistically, is that every item we own is currently downstair or shoved in the upstairs bathrooms and balconies, you might have seen us camping out on our mattresses downstairs on the floor. Let me tell you, It is not an ideal living situation and I certainly wasn’t excited at the thought of Christmas decorating.

My tree is HUGE and takes at least an hour to put it up, and then it always looks like it’s on a lean no matter how much I try to make it straight. Next for the lights, I swear I wrap them up carefully each year but when I pull them out the next year they are in a pile of tangled mess, so I spend an hour untangling them (and swearing under my breath) to then spend another hour getting them on the tree. All that before I have even started decorating. I truly didn’t know if I had it in me this year, but I have 3 excited kids so I knew I had to make an effort …

Until Balsam Hill kindly offered to send me one of their amazing trees this year, and they said it would be pre-lit. Did you just say PRE-LIT? I couldn’t have said YES fast enough. It arrived in a couple of days, you might have seen the excitement from my youngest Orlando on my Instagram, he could barely contain himself!

We had the entire tree unpacked, assembled and the lights twinkling in less that half an hour. It was so easy and Orlando, who is only 6, was excited to help me fold out the branches with the included gloves, he was so impressed with himself. And I am so impressed with this tree, there was no wrangling lights either, the entire tree is pre-lit evenly and beautifully, all you need to do is plug it in.
FYI – My tree is the Monterey Pine 150cm, you can find it here.

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Monterey Pine / BALSAM HILL

At 150cm, our tree is on the smaller side this year. The advantage of having a smaller tree is that it is much easier to find a spot to put it, it takes less decorations and is faster to decorate. It still looks amazing and gives us all the Christmas feels while I get to keep my sanity.
I did consider putting up a second tree, it seems to be very on trend to have more than one tree these days, but I just can’t face my big tree. Maybe I can talk hubby into another Balsam Hill tree ….

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What do you think? Isn’t she pretty with all those twinkling lights?

Photo 27-11-17, 12 41 50 pm I didn’t buy any new decorations this year, I would have loved to do a pink theme but to be honest, I think anything would look beautiful with those twinkling lights! I attached a big red satin ribbon bow instead of a star or angel. I thought the pop of colour was a pretty touch and seriously, who doesn’t love a bow!

Photo 27-11-17, 12 42 23 pm I used this Regency Dupioni quilted tree skirt around the base. It’s pretty and classic, and will last me for many years. It’s also from Balsam Hill, you can find it here.

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I went with traditional red and green wrapping paper. I don’t often use red in my home decor, it feels like Christmas to me, so I probably go overboard with red at this time of the year.

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I even pulled my red Kitchenaid out of the cupboard!

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It creeps into my living room too!

Another thing that I like to sprinkle around at Christmas time is twinkling lights. They are just so pretty and elevate everything to the next level of beauty.

Photo 27-11-17, 12 50 30 pm I created a fun centrepiece on my dining table with some pretty blue baubles, a big wooden tray and some of these gorgeous LED fairy light ornaments, also from Balsam Hill. I love the way they sparkle at night and give the table an inviting warm glow. You can find them here.

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They come with individual battery packs and are also on a timer which is great because you don’t have to remember to turn them off.

So, the Little house is ready for Christmas and I’m pretty happy with how easy and stress-free it was this year. I didn’t go overboard, I would love to add some garlands to my staircase and maybe a beautiful collection of snow globes to my sideboard, but they will have to wait until next year.

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? Do you go all out? Or are you content with a pretty tree?
I’d love to see your Christmas decor! Please tag me on SM or e-mail me.
Who wants me to share my favourites?

Hayley x

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