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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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

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


Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us Jo!

Hayley x

Gloria’s granddaughters house …

As promised … presenting the incredible home of half of the Gloria Linen and Home team.

This stunning little cottage is nestled in the hinterland at Montville on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Our shy owner worked with the the gorgeous girls at Highgate House to complete this project.

When our owner found the property it was not the beautiful space you see today, but she could see the potential and engaged Leigh Boswell from Highgate House to make her vision a reality.

And doesn’t it look amazing!

Lets start with the master suite. I love the gentle colour palette of white, browns and duck egg blue. It is relaxed and serene, but still packs a punch with the statement mirror and custom made roman blinds, that fabric is dreamy!




The cabinetry is stunning. The beautiful design with the mirror back was all custom made and doesn’t it look incredible?



Get the Look | All items available at Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available at Gloria Linen and Home

The bathroom is finished with custom cabinetry, marble bench tops and floors, and beautiful shiny nickel fixtures.



Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home

The living space is finished in the same gentle colour palette as the bedroom which makes the little cottage flow beautifully. It is a small space, but it has everything you need without compromising on style.




Off the living area is this delightful little dining area complete with banquette seating and two statement chairs. The singular chairs have open backs that allow the space to feel open, but they also have a graphic design that acts as another piece of interest in the room.


And finally the kitchen, wow, just wow!



The lovely cast iron setting on the deck was a lucky Gumtree find that was re-powdercoated to bring it back to it’s former glory.


Get the Look | All items from Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home

I could quite happily live there forever, isn’t it beautiful.

If you are inspired to do some shopping to ‘Get the Look’ you can browse at Gloria Linen and Home here.

Or if you are inspired to do your own reno, you can contact the girls at Highgate House here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Ingrid’s house …

It’s no secret that I love Instagram. I find so much inspiration, ideas and beautiful things there. Every so often I come across a home that makes my heart skip a beat. Not one of those mega budget, interior decorated, styled to perfection for a magazine shoot homes, just a gorgeous REAL home, with real people who actually live there.

I started following @ingridand3 a while ago, her taste is so similar to mine it is almost scary. I love her home and everything she does, and I knew y’all would too, so let’s all meet Ingrid together, and I’ll even give you a sneak peek of her gorgeous home …



Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Ingrid, I’m 29 and for the time being am a stay at home mum. Once upon a time I studied Interior Design at Uni, however once I graduated I never worked in the industry. I am still absolutely enamored with interior design/decoration and I can’t see that ever changing.

Who do you share your home with?

My husband Shannon (31) My 2 boys, Austen (3) and Crawford (1) and Twilly (dog)

What made you choose your home when you bought it?

One of the reasons we chose our home was the fact it needed renovating. I have particular taste and knew how I wanted my kitchen, bathrooms etc and as it was our first home I wanted everything to be how I had been imaging. We also loved the setting, the outlook is so green and leafy and it has a large deck off the living space which was a real draw card.

What an incredible view from the deck!
What an incredible view from the deck!

Have you renovated much? Tell us about it?

I grew up with my dad renovating every home we lived in, so it seemed only natural that I would follow his influence. This is our first home, so our first renovation and it definitely won’t be the last. We have put our mark on every square inch of this house. When we moved in it had orange timber floors, salmon carpet, apricot walls and ceilings, and 1970’s kitchen and bathrooms with lino floors…it was not at all pretty. But we saw through all of that and saw its potential and are pretty happy with the results. There were many compromises due to budget etc but with my dad’s help we managed to do a lot of what we had planned.

Thos floors look amazing now!
Those floors look amazing now!

Are you finished? Or what is next?

Unfortunately we are not finished, but we are very close though. All the big jobs have been done, there is just a lot of finishing touches and some painting to do. We added a bedroom downstairs many months ago and still it does not have cornice, skirting or a door frame. But we are looking to get it all done quickly as we are thinking about putting the house on the market in the near future.

Do you do much yourself, or employ the professionals?

We have done everything ourselves with my dads help. He lives in Canberra though so came down for several weeks at a time to get the kitchen and bathrooms done and removal and building of walls. My husband and I have both acquired many new skills through this experience which has been enjoyable and challenging in equal parts. Doing it ourselves definitely makes it feel like ‘our’ creation.

Beautiful kitchen!
Beautiful kitchen!

I adore your linen sofa with leather piping, did you have it custom made?

No we didnt, that was actually purchased on sale from Schots Home Emporium here in Melbourne (for $1500 can you believe). It was one of those pieces that we had to have as soon as we saw it.

Oh that leather piping!
Oh that leather piping!


What is your latest interior décor crush?

I am absolutely obsessed with Hmong batik and African mud cloth cushions at the moment. I spend pretty much all of my spare time looking at fabrics!! This new found obsession has also led me to a love for Modern Bohemian style which I am slowly and subtly looking to introduce into our home.

And she can sew! Ingrid made these gorgeous cushion herself!

What are your favourite shops?

Well I adore Pottery Barn, I find it hard to walk in there and not purchase something, even if its little. I also love Coastal Living Sorrento which is down on the Mornington Peninsula, I would love to be able to furnish my whole house with their furniture and accessories. And Schots Home Emporium, we have purchased many things for our home from there.


What’s on your Christmas wish list?

The real question is ‘whats not on my Christmas wish list’!! The problem with things like instagram is that you see so many beautiful photos each day from peoples homes and shops, so I feel like I’m constantly saying to myself ‘I’d love that’. But if I could have one thing it would probably be a new rug for our living room, our current one is looking a little sad thanks to the boys.

I adore Ingrids large print from Provincial Living, and that marble top table is beautiful.
I adore Ingrids large print from Provincial Home Living, and that marble top table is beautiful.

I know! Isn’t it gorgeous! I knew you would all love it! Now go and find Ingrid on Insta, follow her and say Hi!

Hayley x

*** All pictures taken by Ingrid, and used with permission ***

Weekend Facelift, part 2

I am convinced, paint has to be the number one best thing to instantly update a space. It can change the mood, freshen it up and make everything look shiny and new. It is relatively quick and easy (especially if you hire a painter like we did for this project), and doesn’t break the budget.

First of all, let me tell you about this house. Although it is 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, plus study, it really is a house for a couple. It was built by a couple as a holiday house where they would come on weekends, and sometimes have their children and grand children come and stay. The layout is perfect for this and that is what we had in mind when we furnished and styled it for resale.

The inside has been re-painted at the ‘Apricot Central’ house. I chose Dulux Natural white for the interiors. Unfortunately the budget and time constraints didn’t stretch to re-paint all the doors and trims, they are not a great colour and I had to work with them, while still lightening and brightening the home as much as possible.

Dulux Whites
Dulux Whites

Here’s a few before and afters of the inside transformation.

I shopped my own home for items that we either can’t fit in the new house, or can temporarily live without while we put this house on the market.

Let’s start with the kitchen. In an ideal world I would have completely re-done the kitchen, but it’s not, so I worked with what I had.

We changed the back splash to something a little more modern, although still fitting within the current design. I chose a matte white hexagon tile with grey grout to really make to shape pop. We also added 2 pendant lights, they are from Bunnings and we had the electrician hang them from existing down lights. Ideally I would have like 3, but I think they look OK and I love the way the filament bulbs look in the glass pendant. 

Kitchen - AFTER - new backsplash matte hexagon tiles.
Kitchen – AFTER – new backsplash matte hexagon tiles.
Brilliant Clear Laurent light | Bunnings
Brilliant Clear Laurent light | Bunnings

I used my beloved rattan bar stools to furnish the space and they instantly update it.

Kitchen - BEFORE & AFTER
Kitchen – BEFORE & AFTER
Kitchen – BEFORE
Kitchen - AFTER
Kitchen – AFTER

Moving on to the dining area. The previous owners had a gigantic cabinet in the dining area which was covering the shutters that go through to the master bedroom. Yes, I know, shutters from the master bedroom to the living area is a bit strange, but I actually like it now that I have spent some time there. I have dressed the dining room very simply, keeping it classic and clean.


In the before picture below you can see that gigantic cabinet, it completely overpowered the entire dining and living area.

Dining and Lounge – BEFORE
Dining and Lounge – AFTER


The lounge area from the previous owners was dark and heavy and didn’t do the space any favours. I put my linen modular there which is a lighter colour and fills the space without taking over the space. I added a rug (probably a bit small) to define the space and some cushions for a little bit of colour. I chose not to put a TV in this space, I don’t think anyone requires 2 in this small space. I’d rather sit with a book and cup of tea and look at the beautiful view.

Lounge and Family - BEFORE
Lounge and Family – BEFORE
Lounge and Family – AFTER


The TV/family area (far right on the ‘before’ pic) is quite small, the previous owners tried to squeeze a 2 seater sofa and 2 recliners into the space and it looked cluttered and messy. I have used two rattan chairs with ottomans and a small side table. It doesn’t over power the space and is perfect for 2 people.

The front entry ‘before’ had a big round table with an apricot ceramic base, oh gosh I wish I’d taken a photo of it! It had a pair of pink ceramic flamingos each side and a huge bunch of faux flowers on top, not the good kind, the plastic layered in dust kind. Not pretty!

Entry from the front door.
Entry from the front door.

I put my big round Madras jute rug from Freedom there, with my eBay round table. I added a big blue and white monkey vase from Botticelli House, I filled it with palm leaves and I think it looks very inviting.

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Entry, looking towards the front door.

I’m looking forward to showing you the outside, actually I’m looking forward to seeing it myself, it is currently a very tuscan terracotta colour. I am having it painted in Dulux Hog Bristle, with a Dulux Lead Colour trim. I can’t wait to see it.

What do you think?

Hayley x