It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Tuesday, December 4
 
Wednesday, December 5
 
Thursday, December 6

 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

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#mypotterybarntable

As promised in my post – Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set I am sharing some of my favourite table settings styled by you, my gorgeous readers and IG followers.
Have I told y’all lately how much I love it when you play along, I really do! Every time somebody tags me in a picture that was inspired by me I do a little happy dance.
You guys are the best!

Here we go!
The first one is by @fortheloveofmyhome
Mel has created a bright and colourful Easter setting with some PB bunny plates and her PB brass bunny. Check out the PB Easter range here.

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Next is this blue and white beauty from @ingridand3
She has added some shimmer to her table with her PB glass hurricane. You can find one similar here.

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Oh My @tabledecoratecelebrate has shared quite a few expertly styled table settings with us (you can enter as many times as you like).
This is one of my favourites, it features the Tava round chargers and Tava napkin rings, and also the Coastal Enamel Cutlery, I love this cutlery set, it’s a great price and it’s definitely on my wish list!

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Next up is the gorgeous Cheryl, AKA @che_crc
Cheryl couldn’t resist these Antique Silver Chargers, and who can blame her, they are showstoppers.

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Lyndsay from @homesweetrental showed true dedication to table styling.
She stayed up half the night hand dying eggs to match her beautiful new Majolica Snack Bowl Set, but boy it paid off, her table looks incredible!

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Annette of @love.to.style came home with a new set of Majolica Salad Plates.
She loves the vintage feel of them and they look stunning on her beautiful blue and white table. I think I might need these too!

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Nicole from @yardagedesign has created a colour clash that makes me week at the knees.
Big Love!
Nicole has layered the PB floral rim plates (sold out online, but Lyla is available and just as pretty) with some West Elm blue and white Collector’s Edition Dinnerware and finished it with a sweet little sea anemone she picked up from West Elm Brisbane’s latest pop up shop by @coastetc.

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Aren’t my readers so style savvy! I’m so impressed!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set…

Yep, I said need … not want, not should, not would … NEED!

Lucky for you, I have found the perfect white tableware …

Introducing Leila from Pottery Barn.
Isn’t she lovely! I love her fluted edge and rustic beading. She is hand glazed which gives her a lovely handmade feel. This set is perfect for everyday use, but also charming enough for more festive or formal occasions.

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Leila Dinnerware | Pottery Barn

A white dinner set is an absolute necessity, everyone should have one.

I feel pretty strongly about this, and I’m not only going to tell you why, I’m going to show you why. Pottery Barn have given me all the fabulous bits and pieces to style up a few different table settings to show y’all.

But firstly, here’s one of the best reasons to go white …
Food looks better on a white background, yep, it just does. So, if you’re a fabulous chef, then let your food shine on a white dinner plate. Or, if like me, you’re not the best cook, a clean white plate makes your food look so much better. #winning

White goes with everything. You can mix it with any table linen that takes your fancy, or you can layer it with accent plates, your Nanna’s vintage pieces or those super expensive plates that your still collecting, but only have 4.

It is suitable for every occasion, let me show you ….

For a dinner party.

I started with a beautiful crisp white tablecloth, then layered it with lashings of antique silver accessories, sparkling glassware and a shimmering candle votive. Finish with fresh white flowers.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Classic Belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Family and friends antique silver napkin ring.
Antique silver drink coasters, set 4.
Cafe glassware.
Alice floral cut vase.
Mercury glass votive cups.

For a casual lunch.

Leila goes casual with the addition of a fun accent plate and a rattan charger. Keep the styling simple with some fresh flowers or greenery from your garden.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue
Spring blossom salad plate.
Antique silver cutlery.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Tortoiseshell glass votive (used as a vase).

For a Sunday breakfast.

We all know how much I love blue and white, and this confirms why. The Shibori table throw is the superstar here, isn’t is amazing! Here I have paired Leila with her friend Elsie, they are a match made in heaven, and perfect for casual dining.

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Leila dinnerware.
Elsie dinnerware.
Antique silver cutlery.
Antique silver drink coasters.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Shibori print table throw.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Alice floral cut vase.

A summer soiree.

Bring the outside in with flowers, fresh colours and garden creatures, seriously, how sweet is this frog jug! The coloured glassware glimmers in the sunlight, and the floral table runner screams summer in the most beautiful way.

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Alice floral cut vase.

For a birthday party.

Leila will play nicely with any colour of the rainbow, perfect for themed birthday parties or celebrations. Here she is looking fun and festive with some turquoise plates and pops of pink.

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Leila dinnerware.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue.
Antique silver cutlery.
Cafe glassware.
PB basic jug.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Tava round charger.

For a festive occasion. Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever you like to celebrate.

For my Easter table I have used Leila dinnerware as serving bowls. That’s the fabulous thing about Leila, she is happy to help out in any situation, and always looks great doing it!

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Alice floral cut vase.

Isn’t Leila a versatile gal! She can be classy or casual, stylish or sassy and fun or fabulous.
Have I convinced you yet?
You really do NEED to invest in a white dinner set!

I’d love you to show me how you style your Pottery Barn tableware, use the hashtag #mypotterybarntable on Instagram.
I’ll share my favourites on Instagram, Facebook and here on my blog.

Get snapping friends!

Hayley x

* Everything pictured here is from Pottery Barn’s current range. If I haven’t provided a link to a product that you like, it’s probably sold out online, but may still be available in store. So here’s what you need to do – put your running shoes on and get yourself down to your local Pottery Barn, then cross your fingers they still have one left in store. If they don’t, never fear, I’m sure you’ll find something equally as gorgeous.

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Creating a study space your kids will love.

Creating a study space for a child that is functional is one thing, creating a study space that is functional, and where your child actually wants to do their homework is another.

I wanted to create a space for my daughter Arabella that she loves, a space that reflects her personality, a space all of her own, where she feels inspired and motivated to learn.
Arabella is 13, she wants a grown up space, but she still loves pretty things and a touch of pale pink. 

We worked with Pottery Barn Kids and both Arabella and I are absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

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Putting together a functional and inspiring space for your child is not as hard as it sounds. Consider your children’s requirements, ask them what they think they need, and it can be a space that you both love. It’s a great idea to let your kids help you choose a few things so they connect with their space and will want to work there.

Now, It’s all very good to have a desk and a chair, but if it’s not inviting and interesting to your children, they will not want to be there.  It’s also great to have a fabulous looking space, but it has to be functional. Let’s have a look at how to make it both fabulous and functional.

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 A DESK – Do they need one with a big table top to spread out paperwork and projects? Or maybe they only require a small space for a computer or tablet? I like to look for a desk with a couple of drawers to hide all the uglies out of sight, you know the ‘uglies’ … the crazy amounts of cords and charging cable our kids seems to collect, along with their eraser and sticker collection. Yep, they still have them at 13 years old!

We chose the Blythe desk in vintage grey. It ticked all the boxes for both Arabella and I. She loved the colour and the drawers, I loved the turned legs and beautiful hardware.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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A CHAIR – Here’s the trick, you should choose a chair that is comfortable, but not so comfortable that they fall asleep.

We chose the Knox stationary chair in Simply White. It has a saddle-cut seat for comfort and is built from solid rubber wood which makes it exceptionally durable for many years to come. I love the cross back design.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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Now that the absolute essentials are taken care of, ask your child to help you layer the space with things that make it comfortable and inviting, things that reflect your child’s character and things that will help them concentrate and learn.

Here’s what Arabella and I chose to personalise her space.

A LAMP – If lighting is low in your study space, choose a lamp with directional lighting. Also, size is important, you don’t want it to take up all of their work space.

We love the Brinley Bubble lamp base paired with the Vivian shade in pink. What I love about PBK Mix and Match lighting range is that you can choose your own base and shade separately. I don’t know how may times I’ve bought lamps in the past, only to replace the shade with something more to my taste.

Find the Mix and Match lighting here.
Find the Mix and Match lighting here.

STORAGE – There are so many options for storage available. Choose storage that is easily accessible for items on high rotation like pens and pencils, then choose boxes and containers for items that are precious or used less often. Luckily the Blythe desk has lots of drawers and Arabella can keep all of her bits and pieces out of sight.

We chose a basket for Arabella to keep her revolving pile of books in. She is an avid reader and I used to find little piles of books everywhere. The Simply White Sabrina nursery basket is perfect. Yes, this basket is a nursery basket, it’s actually a nappy caddy, but there are no rules, and it often pays to look in areas where you wouldn’t normally venture. I’m glad I did, this basket is perfect!

Find it here.
Find it here.

We also chose the Abigail Medium Jewellery box for storing precious items. Arabella is a dancer, she loves the fairy ballerina that twirls to the music of Swan Lake, she also loves that it comes with a key so she can keep her special things safe from her pesky little brother.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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A RUG – I think layering the space with a rug makes it feel warm and inviting.

This gorgeous hand tufted wool rug in the prettiest of pale pinks. Arabella loves to stretch out after dancing and read books, the Addison rug is soft and comfortable.

Find it here.
Find it here.

DECOR – This is a great area to let your children help you choose a few things. Pottery Barn Kids has pencil cases, bookends, speakers and so many pretty little things to choose from.

Arabella chose an ‘A’ for Arabella, of course!

Find it here.
Find it here.

I chose a gorgeous white gallery frame for Arabella to display her choice of art or photo. It can be changed easily when she tires of the current picture, as teens tend to do! For now she has one of her prized possessions, an autographed photo of Minnie Mouse from a family vacation to Disneyland.

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Find it here.

I’m sure over time we will collect more bits and pieces as her needs change, but I am confident that the big items we chose will grow with her until she leaves home. Actually, Miss Arabella has informed me that she is taking it all with her when she moves out! Cheeky!

I managed to catch Arabella at home soaking up some afternoon sunshine, which is a miracle in itself with her crazy school and dance schedule. She adores her new space and spends so much more time there than she ever did at her old desk.
Lets just hope it makes her a brilliant scholar!

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Arabella is relaxing with her favourite pillow she’s dragged from her bed. I love the PBK monogramming service, it truly makes an everyday item into something quite special. She has an Organic cotton pillowcase in white.

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Find it here.

What do you think? Do you love it as much as we do?

If you want your own Pottery Barn Kids study space, or maybe some help with colours and furniture selection or maybe an entire room makeover, PBK has a fabulous design service to help you out. In fact you can get a design consultation from Pottery Barn or West Elm also. You can choose to work with the design team in store, over the phone or possibly in the comfort of your own home if you live in Metro Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. They can work with you to design a single space, or your entire home. And the best bit … their design service is free!
You can contact Pottery Barn Kids here.
Or Pottery Barn here.
Or West Elm here.

I hope I’ve inspired you to spruce up your office or study space, or any other space in your home.
Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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