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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Much ado about Bamboo

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Four month ago I was challenged by Linenly to try out their bamboo bedding.
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I am mildly obsessed with belgian linen and to be honest I didn’t think I was going to love the bamboo sheets.

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I accepted their challenge, but I ordered the sheets to fit my daughters bed because I wasn’t ready to part with my belgian linen. Yes, I use my kids as guinea pigs! I have never heard a kid rave so much about their bedding, she absolutely loves it and complains if I change her sheets with something different. She kept telling me that I had to try them, so when she was away for the weekend, we slept in her bed ….

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Okay, now I get it …. they really are beautiful to sleep in. They are soft and silky without being sticky or clingy, the fibres are cool and breathable and we truly did get a great nights sleep.

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I was happy to get these sheet for the kids as they are not only affordable but they come from a sustainable source and are friendly to the planet, and now I’ve added a set for my own bed.

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One of the best things about these bamboo sheets in particular is the ‘long side’ label, it is an absolute sanity saver and I can’t understand why it isn’t mandatory on all fitted sheets!

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Oh, and Skipper loves them too, have a look at her doing her morning yoga session here …

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If you want to give them a go, you can find them here.
Now excuse me while I pop back to bed for a quiet cup of coffee ….

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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A Sofa Slipcover Review with my friends at Comfort Works

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you thought was timeless and you were going to love it forever, then a few years later you’re a little bored and the love is fading? That’s exactly how I felt with my sofas, just a little ‘meh’.

My sofas are from the IKEA Stocksund range, IKEA sofas are durable, practical and very affordable. Ours are super comfortable and only a couple of years old, they are still in perfect condition and they work well in our living room. The issue is that I am interior decor obsessed and I like to change things around often. I felt stuck in a rut with my current blue and white ticking sofas and was longing for a fresh new look.

That’s when I decided to have a look at Comfort Works and see what they offered in the way of IKEA sofa covers or more specifically Stocksund sofa covers. I think slipcovers are a great choice for families as they are so carefree ….. who wants to be that parent that is always yelling at the kids and wrecking all the fun by being precious about the furniture? Not me!

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When I asked for your advice and ideas about my fabric selection on my social media I was inundated with so many questions, so I popped up a quick blog post about the ordering process and a few other questions.
If you missed it you can find it here.

I was blown away by the customisation options and range of beautiful fabrics available at Comfort Works.

Firstly, lets talk about the fabrics. They have curated a collection of beautiful colours in a selection of both synthetic and natural fibres. Natural fibres tend to be softer and comfortable but less durable, while the synthetic fibres are tough but not as comfortable. A natural and synthetic blend tend to be a great compromise of comfort and durability. They also have speciality fabrics available like velvet and leather.

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I chose the KINO fabric for my sofas. They are from the Heavy Duty range and are 100% polyester. This fabric will withstand lots of wear and tear from the pets and kids, it will hold up to lots of washing and is the most hardwearing fabric in the collection. With three kids and 2 pets, this is just what we need!

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I also chose to have contrasting piping for my sofas. This is another customisation option available, you can choose plain seams, matching piping or contrast piping. I know most people tend do do a darker colour for the body of the sofa and a lighter colour for the piping, while I love this look I really want these slipcovers to be as carefree as possible, so I chose a mid strength colour for the body of my sofas and a dark colour for the piping.
I think if you want to do the reverse, with the light coloured piping, slipcovers are the only way to do it. Can you imagine trying to clean white piping on a sofa without removable covers!

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The last, and most exciting customisation option I chose was to have long skirted covers. The Stocksund sofa has tall legs and is high from the ground. I thought the open air underneath them would give our living room a sense of space, which it does, but now I find myself wanting a more intimate looking space and the long skirted slipcovers have created the warm and inviting atmosphere that I was looking for.

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Other customisation options include built-in USB ports, yes you read that correctly, you can have a USB port built into your slipcovers for easy-peasy charging of all your devices. Genius!

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Comfort Works kept me updated with every step of the order process from the beginning through to shipment details and delivery date.
When my covers arrived they were neatly folded and packaged with care. They all had individual labels telling me what part of the sofa they were for, no guessing required. It made it so easy to pop them on, I had a whole new look in under half and hour!

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So, the big question on the edge of everyones lips is – Am I happy with my new slipcovers?
ABSOLUTELY!
I am thrilled with them!
The fabric is softer than I was anticipating and the fit is perfect. I love the colours I chose and the contrast piping is amazing. The best part of all … the long skirts, they have completely changed the look and vibe of these sofas and it truly feels like I have all new furniture.

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I am so happy with entire process and I have no hesitation in recommending Comfort Works for all your custom sofa covers and slipcover needs.
I am already planning my next transformation!

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley

DISCLOSURE – I was gifted my slipcovers by Comfort Works. As you all know, I would never recommend anything unless I have used it or experienced it for myself. I know you trust me and I will not betray your confidence by recommending an inferior product or brand. All opinions above are my own.

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What’s all the fuss about Bamboo?

Tired, tired, tired … everyone is tired!
Maybe they don’t know what I know … sleep is important!
I know that sounds pretty basic, we all know that sleep is important, but people are sleeping less than they have in the past and the quality of our sleep has also decreased substantially, which is obviously why we are all so tired!

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Now, more than ever it is important to create a sanctuary in your bedroom where you can relax, unwind and get the best night sleep possible. Choosing the right bedding can be beneficial to getting that elusive good night sleep, but choosing the right bedding can be overwhelming, there is so much on offer and it’s confusing unless you know the facts.

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The lovely people at Linenly know how obsessed I am with bedding, they believe in their product, and they offered me some of their bamboo sheets to try out and review.
Here’s what I learnt ….Bamboo is sustainable, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, thermo-regulating, breathable, absorbent, durable and very luxurious. Pretty impressive huh!

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Bamboo is growing in it’s popularity due to it’s sustainable and eco-friendly nature. Bamboo doesn’t requires chemicals and needs very little water to grow, healthy bamboo can grow up to one metre per day, every part of the plant can be used for food, building and of course … creating beautiful bamboo sheets. You can sleep easy knowing your sheets are friendly to the planet.

These silky soft sheets are also fabulous for allergy sufferers. The breathable nature of the fibres creates an environment that discourages dust mites, and because they are organic there are no harsh chemicals or dyes.

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The thermo-regulating fabric is perfect for our Australian climate where the nights are hot and humid. These sheets are moisture wicking which means they draw the moisture away from your skin making you less ‘sticky’ and they are highly breathable which keeps the air flowing around your skin creating a cool environment.

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Bamboo is a durable fibre that will outlast cotton if cared for correctly. It is incredibly soft and drapes beautifully over your bed with no ironing required.

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What’s my verdict?
The initial investment may be a little higher for the luxury of bamboo sheets, but the peace of mind you get from using a sustainable source, along with the comfort and coolness of bamboo is definitely worth it.

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 You can find your new bamboo bedding here.

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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