23 August, 2016

Filling the Void // DIY Oversized, Round Mirror


Well….it’s great to be back blogging!! 

My last post was back in October 2014, which coincided with the start of our kitchen renovation.  I’ve been dying to share my new kitchen – I can’t wait to share the process we went through, all the things I learnt, the agonising decision on whether to choose my dream marble bench tops or go with sensible Caesarstone BUT I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it until it was all finished, up to scratch, finito – perfect (just a little bit ocd hey !!).

It feels like so much has happened since I last blogged, the renovation process was long, but only because we dragged it out.  We lived with a partially finished kitchen for over a year as we found ourselves at that stage where we just couldn’t deal with the dust anymore.  We got really comfortable living with a partially finished reno….AND then we found out I was pregnant (!)  

That exciting news was the kick up the bum that we needed to get it finished.  It gave us a deadline to work to and in so many ways, was exactly what we needed.  Now, our new baby boy Elliott is here and I can relax in a finished home.  I often look around and am so proud of what we accomplished.


I’ll share my kitchen reno with you soon but I wanted to share an area of my house that was causing some unease.  You know that spot in your house that isn’t really a spot.  Not quite a nook, not really space but a blank area that just needed....something.  

It’s the internal wall where our bifold doors stack when they are open, so I needed a moveable solution, nothing too heavy or permanent.

I popped into Gogo Furniture one day and spotted the Replica George Nelson bench and knew it was exactly what I had been looking for.  The colour, style, the size all fit and for a bargain price of $259 for the medium bench.

When we put it together, it looked great but obviously the area wasn’t finished.  I jumped onto pinterest to see how other people had styled their George Nelson bench. Of course, I was drawn to the bench/oversized round mirror combo by megtimjakebay (below) from instagram.  Pinterest link here 


The picture instantly reminded me of a heap of images of oversized, round mirrors that I had recently pinned on pinterest which I wanted to incorporate into our renovation as some stage. Check out my Pinterest board  D E C O R A T E here   

1. The Design Chaser Blog - the home of Hanna Wessman
2. Decorfacil.com
3. Minosa Design
4. Image via Laurel & Wolf Blog

I literally went down to my local mirror/glass shop, Fremantle Glass that same day to get a quote for a round, 1 metre in diameter mirror.  Before I knew it (less than 3 hours!), they delivered it - all for the bargain price of $200.  

I asked their advice about the black tubing surround for the mirror edges and we decided that I should try car windscreen repairer.  
When I went back in to pay, the owner showed me some tubing that was exactly what I needed.  

It was 4mm window glazing rubber to fit my 4mm mirror.  So in less than four hours, I had the completed mirror ready to be hung.

Hanging it was a bit of a challenge which luckily wasn't my department.  Paul considered a couple of methods including:

  •      Glueing it directly on to the wall but we didn’t like the permanency of this   
  •      Spring loaded mirror clips – nope
  •      French Cleat method - nah
French Cleat Method

We ended up using liquid nails to stick a wooden piece to the back of the mirror.  One piece at the top and a piece at the bottom for stability.  Paul then screwed a wire into the wood to form a loop which we hung on a screw in the wall.  Simple !!

I think the finished look is exactly what I was looking for and it all came together really quickly - just as I like it.

If you have any questions on making your own oversized, round mirror - drop me a line.  

20 October, 2014

Instagram for dummies // the beginning of my love affair....

Ok, I'll admit it.  I never really understood Instagram...there I said it.  

Don't get me wrong, I love a good Hefe filter as much as the next girl but I didn't really, you know...get it .... and don't get me started on hashtags #zeroclue!  The bigger Instagram got, the less I understood and the further away I stayed ....until recently.

So, I'm a Pinterest girl and along with the rest of you, I like facebook too.  But I get them.  You upload a photo, connect with your family and friends, at home and overseas, you chat, you like. Yup I get it.  

Ohhh Pinterest, my dear Pinterest - I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for you....a place where I can organise all of my favourite web images (with the original weblink), by category of my choice...it's an OCD persons idea of heaven-in-a-website.  I pull out my Pinterest daily; at the hairdresser, the cabinet makers & even the supermarket for ingredients for a new recipe.  Visit my Pinterest boards here

So, back to Instagram.  I started to get a feel for Instagram by jumping in and observing...who am I kidding...I asked A LOT of questions so I'd like to thank my gorgeous friends who helped steer me in the right direction (YES I even understand hashtags and probably use too many!) and kicked off my love affair with Instagram. Check out my Insta-spiration:

Rose Grandile Pizzi - Click to see more or follow her @rosegrandilepizzi

Melissa Rossi - Click to see more or follow her @Melr03

Amy Day - Click to see more or follow her @daisyree

I started seeing my friends gorgeous images, taken with a humble iphone and got inspired.  With the evolution of this blog, I realised that Instagram was an awesome way to connect with the community and my favourite brands with the click of a button and also to get new traffic to my site. But you don't have to have a blog or a shop to enjoy Instagram, there are literally hundreds of communities within Instagram in which you can watch, follow or interact with.

I'll give you two examples

If you go out to breakfast in #freo or #fremantle, then people who search #freo will find your picture. They might be inspired by your granola and maybe visit the @cafeinfreo that you tagged in your post.  If you add the #breakfastinperth, then you may even be featured by @breakfastinperth.

My husband and I often browse this hashtag for inspiration on where to go to breakfast or places to add to the list!  Are you following?

The second example is photo challenges and one of my faves is @fatmumslim
Chantelle Ellem runs this really popular challenge and there is a massive community of people who join in each day.  Basically, to play along you need to upload a picture that fits the theme of the day and add the hastag #fmsphotoaday.  Everyday Chantelle features her Fab Four with kudos to the photographer

So a couple tips before you jump on in:

1. Connect with your favourite brands and celebs: think @Beyonce, @Victoria Beckham, @Country Road @RealLiving Mag 

2. Edit your photos, you'd be surprised the life that the sharpen tool alone can bring to your images

3.  Use free photo editing apps like VSCOcam & Snapseed...dont forget the hastags #vsco #vscocam #vscocamphotos or #vscokids 

4. Forget the filters - i know its tough but somtimes less really is more

5. Forget the random hashtags or keep them to a minimum eg: #ohmygodilovemykidssomuchtheyarethebest

6. Join some communities, here are a couple to browse during your lunchbreak: @nothingisordinary_ @todays_simplicity @lovelysquares

I hope this blog post has inspired you to give Instagram a shot, even if its just to sit back and enjoy the view....you may find a flash sale on your favourite brand or even find a funky new cafe in your area.

Be sure to follow me and I'd love you to share any of your #toptips  Do you have any favourite people to follow? or favourite communities to recommend?

14 September, 2014

Ikea Hack // Kraft Paper Dispenser for under $15

If you know me, you're no doubt aware that I have a slight obsession with kraft paper.  I love its versatility - it can as easily dress up a Christmas present for a 3 year old as it can a present for an 80th.  

This year I have decided to purge all other wrapping papers from my house (a little bit ocd...hey!) and use only kraft paper to wrap my gifts.  I use a variety of tags, labels & stamps to help me add a little bit of personality and to personalise each gift.  Here are a couple examples:

So, as any good obsession of mine goes, I tend to take it to the next level...I've had my eye on this little baby for quite a while.  

It's a kraft paper dispenser from George & Willy and I love it for so many reasons, including:

i)    it holds a HEAP of kraft paper
ii)   I would use it to keep me up to date with all my friends and family birthdays for the month
iii)  it would be a little focal point / art work for my office
iv)  it's matte black...say no more

I was so close to buying it, deciding on a little splurge for my newly renovated office, when I stumbled across some bits & pieces in the curtain department at Ikea and it got my d.i.y juices flowing....

I used the Racka, curtain rod system from Ikea, cut down to size and here is the result.  It is actually perfect as I can adjust it based on the size of the roll of paper that I buy.

So, its not exactly the chic, matte black dispenser from George & Willy but I'm really happy with how it turned out and the $275 change I ended up with in my pocket !

Here are a couple more of my kraft paper favs

1.  Restaurant menu
2.  Disposable table cloth - coming to a party of mine soon !
3   Shopping list - I sometimes pen my shopping list on my paper and then snap a photo of it as I'm running out the door
3.  Hours of entertainment for the kids - young and old