Our house in Queensland Homes magazine!

It’s true!
Our house is in the Spring/Summer 2018/19 edition of Queensland Homes.
See more here.

It was photographed by John Downs. He in one of four generations in his family who are, or have been, professional photographers, so you could say it’s in his blood. His work is broad and he photographs people, products, architecture, food, motor bikes, houses and more.
His work has been published by Home Beautiful (he shot my last home, you can see it here), House & Garden and Queensland Homes, to name just a few.
If you think your house would look good on the glossy pages of a magazine, you can send John a few snapshots at johndownsstudio@hotmail.com and he’ll contact you if he’d like to do a test shoot.

The lovely Kylie Jackes styled our home for the shoot and wrote the article, she’s multi-talented!
Kylie is a regular contributor to interior magazines including Home Beautiful and Queensland Homes. She was absolutely lovely and wanted to keep the styling as authentic to our home as possible which I really appreciated.

The article looks great, but of course not all the photos made it to the glossy pages. John was kind enough to share them with me so I can show them to you.

Let’s start with cuteness overload from Holly, we all know that’s the real reason that our house made it into a magazine!

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And a detail shot of my totally OCD colour coded bookshelf.

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I always loved those photos in magazines of the home owner casually walking through the kitchen in a blur. Now I have one of my own, ha!

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Another few of the kitchen because after a 3 month renovation it deserves a little spotlight!

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Moving on to the dining room where they published a beautiful picture of my eldest daughter Lucy setting the table. I’m so glad they chose the shot with Lucy in it, it’s one of my favourites!

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Moving upstairs, I know you’ve all seen my bedroom a thousand times, but I really like the angle that John took this photo from, and those hydrangeas were so pretty!

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Kylie even managed to style my bathroom to look halfway decent, I’d love to renovate them! My ensuite is such a great size, I could have so much fun in there!

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They captured Bella in her natural habitat … in her bedroom, with headphones on. #teenagers

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And Orly in his room. I’m not looking forward to the day that he grows out of this bed and decor, it’s so fun!

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Lastly a couple of shots outside. As you can see from the wet umbrella, it was a grey overcast day and the minute the rain cleared we all ran outside for a quick pic. Kylie styled up this space like a pro so quickly, unfortunately there was no time to style myself, so I’m in my Mum uniform of jeans and a mum bun in the magazine … oh well #keepingitreal

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So, if you want to see me in my mum uniform … mum bun and all, grab the latest Queensland Homes and check it out!

Hx

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OMG, OMG, OMG … It’s here!!!

Yes, I am a little bit excited! Pottery Barn, PB Kids and West Elm are in my hood, Squeeee!!!!

Three of the world’s most successful and stylish furniture and home wares stores have moved in to a fabulous big retail space in Brisbane’s hip James Street.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of them, let me introduce you.

Pottery Barn is a global retailer of high quality products for your home. Their range is primarily based around comfort, quality and style. I have been a huge fan of Pottery Barn since I discovered it on our travels back in 2005, I remember hearing about this place called ‘Pottery Barn’ on the TV sitcom ‘Friends’ and when I saw a store in Los Angeles I ventured in out of curiosity. Oh my, it was filled with gorgeous glass lanterns, shiny silver table ware, plush sofas and the most beautiful bed linens I had ever seen (that I could actually afford). And so it began, my love affair with Pottery Barn. From that day on every time we travelled I spent hours oohing and aahing in every Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids we came across. I would buy anything that I could fit in my suitcase, and sometimes more than would fit, I have had to purchase an extra suitcase a couple of times!

More recently I have discovered West Elm. I feel it is a bit younger, a bit hip and it moves with the times. I love it for buying on trend items. Currently they have a great range of brass, marble and beautiful linen bedding, the price point is very affordable and the quality is great!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek with the media launch before opening time. There was red carpet, coffee, croissants, cookies and a ribbon cutting ceremony. But more exciting than that was the feeling in the air, the feeling that PB wasn’t just moving into our city, but moving into our community. They have utilised the skills of our local talent for the front of the counter in the West Elm store. It was hand made by local, Kylie from Paper Boat Press, you really must check it out next time your there, it is incredible. West Elm have also put the call out to local handcrafted creators to take their wares to the Brisbane store on October the 10th (this Saturday) to be reviewed and get a chance at being part of their monthly pop up stores. I love that they are supporting our little and local talent!

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Source: Paper Boat Press FB

I also really enjoyed the styling sessions they had running in store. I felt inspired after watching Kara Rosenlund work her magic styling a coffee table. She made it look so simple!

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I snapped these shots for you to get an idea of the incredible range of goodies, but truly, I would break my website if I tried to upload all the beautiful furniture and home decor they have to offer. You really must pop in when you have a chance! It’s worth a look just to see the beautiful styling, the room displays and little vignettes everywhere you turn. The shop fit-out is absolutely incredible too, just wait till you see the giant set of barn doors when you walk into the Pottery Barn entry. Grab a girlfriend, or take your Mum and make a day of it!

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Pottery Barn Cortona furniture, Tenny Tile quilt cover and Belgian linen diamond quilt.
Pottery Barn Antique Silver collection with
Pottery Barn Antique Silver collection with Cambria dinnerware.
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Pottery Barn wall of goodies, check out those Wood Paddle Pedestals.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware with Coral melamine accent plate.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
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West Elm Organic Shaped dinnerware with metallic rim and Gold Cutlery.

If you don’t live close to a store, don’t worry, you can shop online at Pottery Barn here, Pottery Barn Kids here and West Elm here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Bedside tables can be tricky!

Is it just me? Or can finding the perfect bedside table be harder than losing weight at Christmas time?

My bed is super high, and I feel like I need a decent bedside table to balance it out, I currently use a chest of drawers each side as they are a great height and big enough to fill the space. They weren’t perfect, maybe a little large, but I was impatient and on a budget, so I bought them on a whim, changed the handles and they have lived there ever since.

My bed & Ikea drawers as bedsides.
My bed & Ikea drawers as bedsides.

I recently stumbled on a pair of stunning Xavier Cayman chests on Gumtree, I know right … I think that was every bit of good karma I’d earned for the last 10 years rolled into one lucky Gumtree find! They are the most stunning drawers, crafted from mahogany, with a bamboo detailed front, 3 drawers and slightly smaller than my Ikea ones. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the quality, they are just beautiful! They were finished in a custom grey colour that I didn’t love, but I had planned on having them re-painted in antique white and using them as my new bedsides. That was until I finally got my hands on a copy of the plans for the new house … they won’t fit, Argh!!!

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Cayman Chest in Antique White, from the Caribbean Collection | Xavier Furniture

Here’s the new master bedroom plan. As you can see it has a little nib wall which makes the actual room for a bed and bedsides quite small. I don’t want to remove that nib wall because it blocks the view from the bed into the walk in wardrobe, and who wants to lay in bed looking at all their clothes laying all over the floor, eek! Ultimately, I only have 3.5 metres for my bed and bedsides, my king sized bed is approximately 2m wide, leaving me 1.5 for 2 bedsides and some breathing room.

The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom

So, here are a few options I’m considering, remembering that I do need a little bit of height for them to balance the bed. The bed is 0.8m to the top of the mattress.

Brelan | La Maison $549
Brelan | La Maison $549
Federation bedside table | Keeki
Federation bedside table | Keeki $799
Hudson side table | Alfresco Emporium
Hudson side table | Alfresco Emporium $549
Elise 3 drawer bedside with tray | Provincial Home Living
Elise 3 drawer bedside with tray | Provincial Home Living $329

 

Montaigne side table | Rococo Design $439
Montaigne side table | Rococo Design $439
Barraux bedside | Xavier Furniture
Barraux bedside | Xavier Furniture

What do y’all think? Do you like any of these? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!

Hayley x

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Real Homes : Melissa and Jason.

We all see those amazing photos in the glossy magazines of those incredible houses that are styled to perfection. They are decorated with designer furniture and trinkets that are so expensive, most of us would have to sell one of our kidneys to afford them. I thought it would be fun to take a peek in some ‘real’ homes of ‘real’ people. Homes where people live and play, with children and animals, with handprints on the wall, and furniture bought from shops that we can actually afford.

What do y’all think?

First up is one of my besties homes, you can probably tell why we are friends, we have similar taste, and we shop well together (when we’re not bitch fighting over a ginger jar). I know your going to love her home as much as I do.

Mel and Jason bought this home about 6 years ago and have slowly renovated the whole home, room by room.

Lets start with the front entry, where you can just catch a glimpse of the gorgeous home beyond. The downstairs flooring is polished concrete with a gold fleck through it, although its hard to capture in photos, it is rather pretty.

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Through the front entry, you naturally gravitate toward the casual living area. They call it the ‘man cave’ but I’ve got to tell you, it’s about as far from a man cave as you can get. Mel has slowly brought in pretty pieces and made it into a beautiful room, full of coastal charm and beautiful blues. It opens out to the waterfront with a wall of bi-fold shutters and is light filled and airy. Everyone loves this room, and as it was originally meant to be Jason’s media man cave, he is happy to accept all compliments about this room, and often takes credit for Mel’s interior decorating skills. Yes Jay-son (his self appointed interior designer name), nobody believes you!

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Let’s move into the kitchen. Mel and Jason have kept most of the original kitchen, but just by changing the back splash and rangehood, and adding a new floral blind and pendant lights they have updated it and given it loads of character.

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This attention demanding cabinet houses all of Mel’s pretty china, she has a weakness for jugs, can you tell? Also in the kitchen area is a little desk nook, I love this idea, because lets face it, most of our paperwork piles up in the kitchen and never makes it to the office!

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The kitchen leads on to the dining room which is a beautiful room surrounded by white shutters, it feels intimate and is perfect for dining.

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On the other side of the dining room is the formal living area. I say formal, but nothing is too formal here. Mel and Jason have created a relaxed family home where you feel comfortable enough to throw your feet up on the couch, which is just the way I like it.

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Also downstairs you will find a beautiful, blue, guest bedroom with stunning wallpaper and classic bed linens. Wouldn’t you love to be a guest here?

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The downstairs / guest bathroom is timeless and stunning with a selection of subway tiles hand picked by Mel and Jason. They work well together and this bathroom is my favourite.

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No room has been left untouched, even the laundry has had a facelift, and isn’t it gorgeous with it’s butlers sink and nautical wall display. And those lights are pretty special too!

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Lets go upstairs and have a peek in Mel and Jason’s bedroom and ensuite. Their bedroom is decorated in an array of beautiful blues and feels relaxed and peaceful. The ensuite is finished with layers of marble tiles and shiny nickel hardware. It flows perfectly and feels serene, just like a master bedroom should.

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And just because Mel and Jason are so good at renovating bathrooms I thought I’d show you the third bathroom as well. It is the kids bathroom, and is also finished beautifully.

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What do you think? Isn’t is a beautiful family home?

You can find Melissa on Instagram – @melly2605

Do you want to see more ‘Real Homes’? I know I do! If you have a home you think I should feature please let me know, e-mail me some pics or tag me on Instagram.

Hayley x

FYI : All photos were taken by me (not a pro photographer) on my iPhone, on a rather dull day. Sorry! I hope I did your beautiful home justice Mel! xx

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