Master Mini Makeover with Madras Link

Making your house a ‘home’ has never been more important. We are all spending much more time at home, in fact most of us are spending all our time at home during the Covid-19 self isolation. Take the opportunity to create a space that you love, a space that makes you feel nurtured and a space that you want to spend time in.

As most of you know, we moved house a couple of months ago. Our master bedroom hasn’t had any attention and is looking a little unloved, the room needs some work, but in this current climate it might be some time before we can access new curtains and flooring. That doesn’t mean that I can’t make it into our sanctuary right now.

I’ve given it a mini makeover with my friends at Madras Link and I’d love to share it with you …..
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We’d also like to extend a very special offer to all of my Mum Little Loves readers!!!

Firstly, let me tell you why I love Madras Link.
They are an Australian business that design everything in house. They travel the world to find inspiration, then start each season with a storyboard. Their designers paint the prints which are used across their range of furniture, lighting, tableware and textiles. This means that you won’t find that print anywhere else. It’s becoming harder and harder to find unique homewares these days and I love that I can buy from Madras link and know that it is an exclusive design.

I particularly love their Country Style range. It is relaxed and cosy with natural elements and fresh prints.
Just wait till you see the new rattan furniture, a pair of these incredible rocking chairs just went straight to the top of my wishlist. Oh so swoonworthy!

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Back to my bedroom.
You all know how much I love blue, and I haven’t removed it completely, but I definitely felt like something different for this house. After living in a bold blue bedroom at the last house, I was longing for something calm, fresh and peaceful.
I have been drawn to green lately, a colour I never thought I’d love so much after wearing a green school uniform for most of my primary school years that I absolutely hated, but here I am … swooning after all the pretty green things.

When I saw this beautiful cushion featuring blue and green proteas I knew that it was the starting point for my mini makeover. I adore blue and green together and this cushion immediately stole my heart.

I chose a couple more cushion to coordinate with the proteas, I like to draw the colours from the feature cushion and enhance it with at least one block colour cushion and another pattern. The pistachio velvet cushion gives me a pop of subtle green, while the blue and green stitched cushion adds some texture and a different shape to the trio.

I chose the throws with the same ideas in mind, colour and texture. The olive faux fur throw adds rich colour and luxurious texture, it makes you want to snuggle up with a hot drink and a good movie. The second throw adds more interest with a plaid pattern in blue, cream and mustard. I love plaid, it’s a classic pattern that mixes easily with most prints, especially florals. It looks warms and cozy in this gentle colour palette.

The green lamps make a statement with their glossy speckled finish and voluptuous shape. The shade of green is perfect and the linen shades are timeless. I fell in love with these immediately. 

Including a few creature comforts in your bedroom elevates it from a boring bedroom to a place where you can linger and lounge for a little longer. A tray is ideal for cups of tea, iPads and books. It’s handy at bedtime, but just as practical in nearly every other room in your home … serving food in the kitchen, a centrepiece on your dining room table, a styled vignette on your coffee table or a catchall in your front entry.
This tray is full of charm with its parquetry finish and soft circular shape.

Which brings me to this incredible chunky wood framed mirror that I chose for above my bed, it would have been perfect to add some warmth and natural texture. I love the circular shape which works so well above a bed, unfortunately we discovered that our fireplace chimney runs from downstairs up the wall to behind our bed. We aren’t keen to start drilling screws into the chimney until we are sure exactly what is behind there, so I hung the lightweight vintage paintings which I will add to and create a gallery wall, then I hung the gorgeous mirror downstairs in my front entry.

It ended up being a happy mistake because I absolutely love it there, as you can see, so does Skipper!

I took the opportunity to style a few of the other pieces with the mirror so you can see how well they all work together, you can also see how versatile these pieces are and how they look equally as gorgeous in a bedroom as they do in a living space of your home.

The country style lantern is functional and versatile in gorgeous grey aluminium and finished with a sweet leather handle. This is one of those pieces that will look good anywhere, it allows you to have a substantial size candle and the glass hurricane enhances the candles glow.

The ribbed vase is the perfect shade of blue and the ribbed design is textural and interesting.

I like to work with odd numbers for little vignettes or styled tray like this. I bought the sweet wooden pear from Madras Link last year knowing it would be a great little accent for styling, unfortunately it has sold out, but they still have an equally as cute apple.

Speaking of cute … I couldn’t resist sharing a couple outtake photos, I told you my pets were little models, they see the camera and they just have to get in front of it!

Isn’t it amazing how just a few pieces can make such a difference to a space.
Don’t be afraid to layer textiles, mix patterns and venture outside your comfort zone and try something different. I never thought I’d use green in my bedroom, but to tell you the truth, I think it’s my favourite bedroom look so far and I’ll definitely be using more green.

You can find all the pieces I used in my room from Madras Link here.

Now for that special offer, its a good one –
Use the code MUMLITTLELOVES for 25% off all full-priced items at www.madraslinkonline.com.au
*Offer valid until 30th April 2020
HURRY!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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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.

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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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Teen-Adult bedroom make-over …

Yes, teen-adult …
My daughter Lucy is 18, still a teenager but also an adult.
Her style, like most this age, is a little more grown up than unicorns and glitter, but still young and fresh.

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Her room was tired and cluttered. She had a mish-mash of all the pieces of furniture that was left over from another house and we hadn’t bought anything new for her room. Her bed was actually the first bed that my husband and I bought together over 20 years ago, it had a fresh coat of paint, but was still not the style we were going for.

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So, what style did we want to achieve?
That’s the hard part … Lucy is a typical teenager where she didn’t know what she wanted, but she did know what she didn’t want (yes, you might need to re-read that sentence to make sense of it)!
She did not want bright colours, wallpaper or excessive patterns.
I know, she’s no fun at all! This are all the things I love to decorate with and everything I showed her she assertively disagreed.

So basically, I kept putting this room to the back of the queue because I knew we were going to have a hard time agreeing on anything … Until I showed her this bedhead that I’d fallen in love with and she loved it too.
HOORAY!

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While I’m talking about the bedhead, let me tell you what a joy this company was to work with.
The Bedhead Co. have an amazing range of ready-made design to choose from, or they can custom make your very own piece of art in one of 9 different bedhead shapes, with a fabulous range of quality fabrics.
We chose the Napa in Ticking for it’s timeless shape and classic stripes.

Finally we had a starting point to create a room around, and don’t tell Lucy, but she just broke one of her own rules and let me use a pattern – stripes. True, it’s probably the most neutral of the pattern family as it works with anything, but I was thrilled to have a little pattern!

I ordered a simple Oak bed base to pair it with. I also ordered a pair of Oak bedside tables, but when they arrived I was also giving Orlando’s room and update and I liked how they looked in there and decided to hunt for something else for Lucy. She also decided she needed extra storage, so we found a beautiful set of white bedside drawers. They have 3 substantial sized drawers and gorgeous details such as the blackened ring pulls and hand carved details.

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Next up was linen, if you know me at all you will know that I change my linen often and I get bored easily. For Lucy’s room we decided to choose a doona cover that would allow us (that would be me) to mix and match different throws and cushion and achieve a fresh new look as often as we like. We chose a textured doona cover in a light grey. When I said textured, it actually has has a decorative spotty type pattern throughout the pure cotton fabric.
Haha Lucy, no patterns …. now we have stripes and spots!

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Next thing we needed was a rug. Again, I ordered a beautiful blue and white herringbone wool rug for her room but it arrived while I was doing Orly’s room and it didn’t quite make it out of his room, sorry Lucy!
Luckily, when the grey linen arrived I had a lightbulb moment and remembered I had a grey and aqua blue striped rug in storage. I showed Lucy and she shook her head NO! I decided to try it out while she was at school and couldn’t protest. It doesn’t want to sit flat, probably because I had it folded, but I’m hoping it will relax after a little while. I popped a couple of aqua blue cushions on her bed to tie the colours together.
I loved it and patiently waited for her to get home … She loves it too!
YIPPEE!

The bedside lamps bring another little touch of feminine pattern to the room. Shhhh, dont tell Lucy, she either hasn’t noticed the pretty blue floral or she has given up …. maybe I can sneak the wallpaper in without her noticing?

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I haven’t sourced any art for the walls yet as I’m still trying to convince her to let me (or sneak in) wallpaper. She has agreed to consider it as long as I find one she likes. So we are currently doing the wallpaper dance and hopefully we’ll find one we can agree on soon.

The gorgeous starburst mirror was a gift from one of my best friends Mum’s many years ago, I love it and always find a spot for it.

Lastly, and probably the biggest change to her room was the window coverings. Lucy’s room had cedar shutters, I understand that they are expensive and sought after window coverings, but they also restricted the light and gave it an overall dark vibe. We removed them and replaced them with beautiful 100% linen sheers, the amount of light that streams into this room now is incredible.

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This room is not perfect, it has been achieved with a limited budget and it is still a work in progress, but I think the best spaces evolve over time. I’d rather wait and find the perfect pieces and let the space grow with Lucy as long as she’s still living at home.

Apparently they don’t leave home until their 30’s these days, WHOA!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reply with a message, send an e-mail or pop over and say hello on Instagram. I’m always happy to share.

Hayley x

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