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!

HERE IT IS – MLL20 for 20% off!!!

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.

** UPDATE – WE HAVE A WINNER!!! As chosen by Alice from Pret-a-Portiere the winner is Michele.J. CONGRATULATIONS! Alice from Pret-a-Portiere will be in contact to organise your prize.

Ettitude bamboo bedding.

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About six months ago the gorgeous peeps and Ettitude sent me a pair of their bamboo lyocell pillowcases to try, oh my giddy aunt … they are so good!
Soft and smooth, and crazy comfortable!
So when they approached me to share a story with you about their Cloud Pink bedding, of course I agreed!

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They sent me a Bamboo Daydream Duvet Cover Set in Cloud Pink and the fight is on … the 2 teen girls of the house are squabbling over it likes it’s a bucket of gold.

For now, It has ended up in Arabella’s room, and we’d love to show you how pretty it looks!

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It is a darling shade of pink, not a sugary pink like I was expecting, but more of a blush pink, almost peachy. If you’re are thinking that pink is just for little girls, you are so wrong, this shade is quite grown up and will work well with a range of colour palettes.

Now, when I said it was soft, I meant beyond babies bottoms SOFT!
Their sheet and duvet sets are made from organic bamboo lyocell. I could go on about how this fabric is one of the most sustainable textile materials of the 21st century, but really, I think this will interest you more …
Organic bamboo lyocell is gentle on sensitive skin and kind to our hair, you can really get your beauty sleep with these bamboo sheets!

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 If you suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or other skin conditions, organic bamboo lyocell is your new best friend. It is free from harmful chemicals, irritants, allergens and is hypoallergenic.  Bamboo sheets are breathable, bacteria-proof and moisture-wicking which means they keep your skin free from sweat and bacteria all night long. They are also thermo-regulating, so you can sleep under these beauties all through the seasons.

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Ettitude is so confident that you will love their products they offer a 100 Night Trial!

“Sleep on it, think on it, dream on it, for 100 nights. 
If you’re not completely amazed by our bamboo sheets,
you can return them to us for a full refund.
You’ve got nothing to lose.”
ETTITUDE

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If pink is not your colour, never fear, Ettitude have a fabulous range of nine colours available from Feather White, to Paradise Green and my favourite – Blue Nights.
You can shop here.

You can find Ettitude on Instagram here.
If your lucky enough to have some Ettitude goodness in your home, tag #sleepwithettitude and show us!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Real Homes: Dave and Jaime

Yay, I love doing these posts! I’m sharing another beautiful home that I discovered on Instagram. I follow so many people on Instagram that have gorgeous homes. Families actually live there, they are not styled for magazines, just a real home, with real people and real stuff. I’m hoping to share lots of them with you this year.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a peek inside somebody else’s home, and you might just find some new friends to follow on IG! Here are the links to few I’ve shared in the past –  Ingrid’s house, Mels’s house, Jo’s house.

Today we are meeting Jaime from @bay_beachhouse

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Tell us a little bit about yourself ?

Dave and I have been married 13 years and have two children, Tom 11 years and Ivy 9 years. My husband is a Primary School Principal and I am Primary School Teacher. While my babies were little I took some time away from Teaching to study photography and found a love of newborn and family portraiture. I returned to teaching once my children were older and have only picked my camera up recently after deciding to document our journey with Bay Beachhouse. For as long as I can remember Dave has had a green thumb and a brilliant eye for colour. With his landscaping and gardening passion and my love of interior design and photography we have endeavoured to create a home that has character and warmth. 

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Why did you choose your current house?

We purchased our house in 2011 after stumbling across it whilst my husband was driving laps around the block waiting for me to come out of the hairdressers. We had three things we were looking for in a house. My husband wanted a large shed, the kids wanted a pool and I wanted a plantation style home with character. When we found Bay Beachhouse we knew we had the trifecta!

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Did you have an idea of what you wanted to do with it, or did you decide after you moved in?

The renovation was designed by Jared Poole Design and all the building work was completed by a local builder Bob Smith who was the person we purchased the home from. Whilst much of the major building work was complete when we moved in we still had a considerable amount of work to do outside and some minor changes to make inside.

What changes have you made, tell us about it?

The most significant change to our home occurred before we moved in and this is when the home was converted from a two bedroom one bathroom run down shack to the home it is today. This involved a complete re-build with bedroom 2 and 3 the only original features left standing. The kitchen was converted into the main bedroom and newly built additions included the lounge room, outdoor room, ensuite, sunroom and kitchen with cathedral ceilings. On the outside we only have one original tree left standing and we have completely re-designed our entire yard to incorporate a new pool area, kids play area, formal garden and vegetable garden. Since moving in we have re-designed our main living area to include a fireplace and changed the colour and lighting scheme a number of times.

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Do you have any further plans, or are you finished?

We are always making changes and this year we are looking at incorporating VJ paneling in our bedrooms, kitchen and lounge room and building a fire pit in our rear garden. Our long term dream is to build a guest house at the rear of our property and add an additional level to the main house which will enable us to have views of the ocean which is only a couple of streets away.

What’s your favourite space in your home, and why?

Our favourite space is certainly our rear indoor/outdoor verandah. It has been designed to capture the sea breeze all year round and it has a great view of our swimming pool. It links to our kitchen, lounge room and main bedroom via recycled French doors which completely opens our entire home. We spend many summer days and special occasions in this space and many of our family and friends comment on the relaxed feel of this area.

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How would you describe your style?

We both always say, “Less is more.” I am crazy about ‘white’ and find myself constantly drawn to a style that reflects a beachy, relaxed vibe. I do think however, that my husband is a little OCD with his hedges and lawn! His hedges are always cut to perfection and his lawn is cared for so meticulously.

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 Where do you find your inspiration?

The inspiration for our home comes from the beach houses of Noosa and Byron Bay. We love the relaxed white and bright designs that can be found on the beaches of these holiday destinations. Instagram has been a huge part of our renovation journey and we follow many amazing stylists/interior designers and landscapers whom have similar styles to ours.

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 Where are you favourite places to shop?

My favourite place to shop is at Peregian Beach Village as they have an eclectic mix of homeware stores with a beachy/boho vibe. I have purchased a number small pieces of furniture and homewares from these beautiful shops.

What’s on your current wish list?

We are about to build a fire pit with a surrounding outdoor deck in preparation for Winter. I would love to redesign our sunroom by stepping out of my comfort zone and bringing a boho vibe to that space.

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Isn’t it beautiful! I feel like a tropical vacation just looking at it!
If you want to see more you can follow Jaime on Instagram here.

Do you have a beautiful home you think I should share? Or maybe you know of one? Send me an e-mail, tag me on Instagram, get in touch and let me know.

Hayley x

Real Homes : Jo

It’s that time again! I’m sharing another fabulous home that I discovered on Instagram. I follow so many people on Instagram that have great homes with their own style and personality, I’m hoping to share lots of them with you this year.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a peek inside somebody else’s home, and you might just find some new friends to follow on IG! Here are the links to few I’ve shared in the past – Melissa’s house, Ingrid’s house, Cathy’s house.

Today we’re ooohhhing and aaahhhing at a beautiful home in Sydney, Meet Jo …

Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

My name is Jo, I’m married to a very patient man and we have two boys, Callan 14 and Finn 11, both are sports mad and keep me pretty busy! I’m interior obsessed and love anything to do with decorating, diy and home decor! In a previous life I worked in corporate Admin and HR and then in retail merchandising. I now work from home, product styling and refinishing furniture for clients. Every now and then I have a market stall selling beach house style handmade, new and vintage goodies. I’d love to do some further study and get into home styling and staging for sale.

What made you choose you house when you bought it?

We’ve been in our current house for about 6 years, when we first looked through the open house we disregarded it thinking it was too big for our family. We were coming from a small fibro home which we had totally renovated. I didn’t want to feel like we would be rattling around in a big house with wasted space! It had good bones, was in a great location with a lovely leafy outlook with views of the Royal National Park and Port Hacking. I’m glad we had a second look and went for it, as the kids have grown from little boys to teens and with the addition of beautiful Flat Coat Retriever, Paisley, we’ve definitely grown into the house!

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What changes have you made? Tell us about them?

 We’ve actually done lots to our home since moving in, the house was built around 2000, so whilst it wasn’t old it lacked the character we love. The first big change was putting in a swimming pool, this totally changed the backyard and the way we live. We’ve added retaining walls, landscaping and painted the outside trims. Inside we have new flooring downstairs, my hubby is pretty handy and installed our timber flooring. We added plantation shutters which I love. In the back of the house is our kitchen/family/dining area, this whole room was gutted about 2 & ½ years ago, we put in a new kitchen, travertine flooring and 3 sets of French doors to open the space to the outside. We’ve also renovated our laundry and downstairs power room. Upstairs is still a work in progress! Our master bedroom has had a half make over, we added VJ board to the wall, repainted and got a new bed. The bathrooms and painting our bannisters are on my hit list for this year!

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What’s your favourite room in your home and why?

I’d probably say our kitchen/family/dining space as this is where we spend most of the time, eating, watching tv and entertaining. We love having a large island, it’s great for eating, homework or just having a cuppa.

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How would you describe your style?

 Mmm well I feel my style is always evolving, of course I love coastal sytles but I also like mixing in vintage items and eclectic pieces from our travels. I hope that our home is welcoming and comfortable! I don’t want to be too precious about anything in our home, we have boys and a dog so it has to fit with that!

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Where do you find inspiration? 

I love to flick through mags, I’m IG obsessed and follow some amazingly creative and talented people. I also love browsing furniture and home wares shops, I could do that all day! And of course love I don’t mind a good Pinterest session now and again!

You are a bit of a DIY’er, We’ve seen many of your furniture pieces get a makeover with paint, what’s your favourite paint and why?

Well it depends on the project, but I think the key to any good finish is the prep work! I know many of the new chalk paints say no sanding, and whilst that’s appealing I prefer to give my pieces a light sand and good clean before starting. It just makes for a better finish. For furniture I mostly use Annie Sloan, Blake and Taylor, Porters or an aqua enamel depending on the finish I’m after. I love Zinsser for undercoat, you can’t beat it! For a quick spray job the Rustoleum and White Knight ranges are great.

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What’s your favourite piece you’ve upcycled?

Each time I finish a piece it becomes my new favourite for a while! I’ve sold many favourites over the years, not enough space to keep them all, that and I tend to move things around the house as my tastes change! My husband loves it! At the moment my fav is probably the sideboard in our lounge room, it has great storage and is a good focal point in the room.

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Where are your favourite places to shop?

Oh wow where do I start! I love shopping online at sites like Temple and Webster, The Home, Zanui etc I also love Instagram for discovering new shops, there are so many wonderful small online businesses with beautiful pieces! Of course I love Alfresco Emporium, a wander through Freedom, Ikea etc. If I’m searching for a specific item I’ll often check eBay, Etsy, Gumtree or local op shops for vintage treasures!

What’s on your current wish list?

oooh a few things… I’d love a new mirror for our downstairs powder room, I’m obsessing over getting a Bamileke side table! I’d also like a big squishy armchair for our library room. Pretty accessories like cushions, vases and plants etc are always on my radar too!

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I think we’d all agree that Jo and her husband have done a fabulous job at creating a beautiful family home. If you want to see more you can find Jo on Instagram at @coastalhomelove or over on her blog www.coastalhomelove.com.au.

You can also shop some of Jo’s crafty creations here.

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Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us Jo!

Hayley x