Decorating With Prints

Decorating with prints is one of my favorite ways to spruce up a room or give it a whole new look, without breaking the bank. If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you would know that I am constantly changing up the prints around our home. As well as everything else home decor related…

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When decorating your own home, my top tip is to select your wall art first. From it, you can extract your theme for the space as well as the colour scheme and then match soft furnishings and decor pieces to it to tie the space together and create a harmonious room. To save a few dollars (to spend on home homewares perhaps!!) look at purchasing art prints which are a lot cheaper that original pieces.

Today I wanted to share with you some ideas of how the best way to display and use art prints in your own home using some gorgeous pieces from your one stop online print store, Desenio. Their print range is huge! And filled with not only on trend designs suitable for so many interior styles. But also in a range of different sizes and all at great prices. Not only are their prints stunning, the paper is fantastic quality and their customer service gets 5 stars from me. I ordered my prints online and had them in my hand within a week! Using just a few different prints from their range, I was able to create 3 different looks in our master bedroom as below. 

 

 

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Frame your prints yourself. I am a self confessed scrooge who is always looking for a bargain. Which can be hard when you have a home decor obsession… However, I save dollars where I can by framing prints myself. These days you can pick up some really nice frames in an array of finishes from places like Kmart, Spotlight and Office Works for a great price. A tip for home stylists who often photograph their framed prints, is to remove the glass or plastic so that there is no reflection or flash showing in your styled shots.

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Consider using a picture ledge to display your prints. Recently I added a picture ledge on the walk above our bed and it was the best decorating decision I’ve made for the space! Perviously, I was constantly changing the prints I had hanging on the wall and our poor walk looked like it had been sprayed with bullets with alk the holes I had made in it…So when we updated our master bedroom, I decided that the IKEA Mosslanda picture rail was the perfect solution for me to avoid another ruied wall in the future. Available in 2 sizes (55cm $7.99 & 115cm $14.99), the rail allows you to rest your framed prints on it and simply change them around or remove them when needed. The ledges are also great for displaying small homewares on with your prints as well.

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Position your prints right. Something which is very important when hanging your framed print in the wall is to make sure its at the right position. Too often I see prints hung either too high or too low on a wall, which takes away the impact they should be making and can throw off the vibe of a whole room. The center point of either a single picture or a grouping of works should be at eye level. Don’t hang the artwork too high or too low and close to furniture. If you have a small piece, put it in a frame that has a larger mat. A tiny piece on a big wall can end up looking lost and out of place. when hanging multiple frames, leave approximately two inches on either side and below between them. Hanging pieces too far apart from each other can also look odd.

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Create a gallery wall. Who doesn’t love a gallery wall? They look amazing and make for a great statement piece in any room in the home. My tip for creating your own gallery wall is to use prints which have a theme; be it a colour theme or a style theme. This gives it order and will look more cohesive overall. There’s no real rules for setting out a gallery wall but do play with using different sizesd prints and frames. Before commiting to a layout, cut some butchers paper or card to the size of your frames and blu-tac them on to the wall until you find the perfect layout before drilling any holes in to the wall. Also consider using something like the 3M command adhesive strips to hang your frames which are easy to remove and means no drilling. Perfect for renters or those who change around their decor a lot like myself.

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When selecting your prints, look for ones that fit your own personal interior style rather than ones that are trending. This way you’ll really love them and won’t feel the need to replace them in a hurry. Below are my own picks from the Desenio range which fit my neutral, natural inspired style. Click below links to view prints.

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  1. Dried bouquet No.2 poster
  2. Bouquet of Autumn reeds poster
  3. Marc Jacobs beautiful poster
  4. Texture line faces poster
  5. Ceramics poster
  6. Mark Twain poster
  7. Abstract reeds No.1 poster

Use discount code ‘DIYDECORATOR‘ at checkout on the Desenio website to recieve 25% off your purchase. *Valid from June 18th to 20th 2019. Not valid on frames or handpicked/collaboration/personal posters.

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Jacks Room Makeover Using Reusable Wallpaper

IMG_20190604_122919_033Wallpaper has come a long way over the years. No longer do we need to be scared of the time consuming process of both putting it up and also removing removing. Ask anyone who has worked with it in the past if they enjoyed working with it, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be met with a firm NO! In recent years, we have seen the introduction of fabric, reusable wallpapers and decals. A product which is well and truly a game changer! Easier to put up. Easier to take down. And you can use it again and again. Amazing! Now, I’m going to be honest. Although I knew that reusable wallpaper was a far better product to work with when doing a DIY project, I was still a little skeptical when it came to the installation of it. I’m a need to try kind of person before I can form a proper opinion and recommend it to you guys. So when the opportunity arose to install some myself, I jumped at the chance!

PhotoGrid_1559558852984Tiny Walls is an Australian small business specializing in a range of gorgeous wallpaper and wall decals for children’s rooms. Every design is printed by Tiny Walls in Melbourne, Australia and they use an extremely high quality gabric media to print their designs on which is made from a fine woven polyester weave and features a low tack adhesive on the backing. This enables easy removal and reuse of their products over and over, without leaving behind residue or damaging your walls.

 

Removable_Wallpaper_-_Gone_Fishing__97364.1556362252The Tiny Walls range of wallpaper and wall decals include designs to suit a variety of styles. From floral, watercolour, Boho and Scandi, they have something to help you decorate your Nursery, Boys or Girls bedroom. Some designs I think are even suitable for other areas of the home, or for retail spaces as well. The wallpaper I chose is the ‘gone fishing‘ design and it was to go in Jack’s room. He and his Dad love the beach and fishing so I thought it was very fitting. And also, it’s a style that will grow with him over the years, meaning I won’t need to redecorate any time soon.

 

PhotoGrid_1559624379820Installation: My top tip is to make sure you don’t attempt installing wallpaper on your own… I did think I would be able to but thankfully I enlisted the help of Em from Stilettos & Bricks and am SO glad I did!! You definitely need more than one set of hands when it comes to lining up each sheet and getting it up. For the one wall in Jack’s room we used 5 sheets which were pre-cut and labelled so we knew where each panel was to be positioned on the wall. To apply, simply peel back the backing sheet to reveal the adhesive side of the paper which is to be stuck on to the wall. Line up the top of the sheet with the bottom of the cornice or ceiling line. Then using the supplied squeegee tool, push the paper on to the wall in an up and down, vertical motion to both attach it and also to smooth out any air bubbles. Keep doing this until you reach the bottom/skirting board. Trim off any excess by scoring/cutting the edge with a Stanley knife. Keep in mind that walls are rarely 100% straight so the paper may not meet up square with the edges of the walls. Ours didn’t, but it was so minimal that you couldn’t tell unless you closely examine it. Also, remember that if you do create a large air bubble or if you haven’t lined up the paper properly, you can slowly lift it back off the wall and re-apply. The beauty of a reusable wallpaper!

Repeat the process for each remaining panel, but now making sure that the images from each panel line up. We did have a little trouble with this, simply because we had never done it before so thought it would simply be a matter of sticking the panels exactly side by side. Where infact, you need to overlap them slightly so that the designs meet up smoothly to create the final look. Take your time making sure each panel lines up. Due to our uneven walls, some of the little fish are a little odd looking, but overall they look fine. If you have any items such as light switches or power points to wall paper around, you could measure it out and cut in advance, or do what we did and simply cut the holes while we were applying it by again using a stanley knife to cut where needed.IMG_20190526_122255_165IMG_20190604_122218_755IMG_20190604_123216_986And that’s it! Told you it was easier than traditional wallpaper installation!! No messy glues. Less chance of making a mistake. And it looks bloody good! (If I do say so myself 😉). So if you’ve been wondering about using reusable wallpaper in your own home but weren’t sure if you had the skills (or the patience) to tackle the project, remember than Em and I were able to do it with no prior experience of using wallpaper (and a lack of patience from me) So, you’ve got this!! 🙌

Below is the mood board I compiled when redecorating Jacks room. As well as a list of where each item is from.PhotoGrid_1558844894604Cork board – Officeworks

Quilt cover – Kmart

Tan cushion – Kmart (old stock) 

Floor Rug – Bunnings (old stock) *IKEA has a similar design

Desk – Kmart

Timber book shelf – IKEA

White metal chair – Kmart

Blue knit throw – Madras Link

Whale plush toy – Kmart

Desk lamp – Beacon Lighting

Plush raccoon wall decor – Adairs

Tray side table – Freedom

Blue seat cushion – BigW

Small prints – Desenio

Large pier print – Boho Art Styling 

Fishing print & hanger – Adairs

Wall hook – Freedom

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Zoe Gilpin, The DIY Decorator 

Curtain World Install

IMG_20190519_105121_465Our master bedroom is the most photographed room in our home, mainly because it is a large space and gets plenty of natural sunlight. You may have noticed however that I never shared photos which included the window side of the room… And as silly as it may sound, it was simply due to the dirty, broken black metal venetian blinds which A) do not match my neutral decor at all. And B) are SO not “Insta worthy”… Don’t get me wrong, I love our home, but I was not a fan of the window dressing choices which were already installed when we purchased it. They didn’t suit our decor, they were dust collectors (which did not help with my allergies!) and they weren’t really blocking out much light either due to being bent and broken, thanks to the previous owners and my destructive children…

So to replace them with something beautiful, which I actually loved and which suited our light and bright, naturally decorated home, was a big thing for me! I was like a kid at Christmas when they were being installed. Stalking the poor man who installed them who was probably thinking who is this overly excited woman taking photos over 5 minutes? As someone who hasn’t had custom made window dressings installed in my home before, this was a new process for me. And what that I feel many others aren’t really wary of either. So today, I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.

Image-about-us-1@2x.pngLiving in Western Australia, I was well aware of Curtain World. They have been around since 1974, so I think it’s fair to say that many Perth people have heard of them. I first met with some of the team at The 2019 Perth Home Show. We had a good chat about what it was I was after, and then organised a free in-home measure and quote which happened the following week. What was suggested to me was exactly what I was after! A light coloured fabric block-out blind behind a sheer curtain. The perfect way to block out light, whilst visually making your windows look appealing at all times of the day whether the sheers and blinds are open or not.

Our bedroom is a huge space, so it has not only the one giant window by the bed, but also a bay window on the other side of the room, which I use as a home office. I thought the bay window may have been a bit tricky to dress, but Curtain World suggested 3 roller blinds and the sheer curtain on a curved track, which worked perfectly! I’m not a fan of bay windows, end especially wasn’t with the existing blinds, but now with the new roller blinds and sheers, it looks amazing and has actually opened up the room, making it look even bigger!

IMG_20190519_101056_743For the master bedroom, we opted for the Blockade fabric roller blinds in the colour cloud. And for the sheers, a triple pleated Odin fabric in the colour porcelain. I can not rave about this fabric enough! Although sheer, it is a thick, textured fabric which adds warmth and depth rather than creating a stark, white look. In regards to costing, the sheers were roughly $500 per window and the blockout blinds roughly $200 per window. Keep in mind that each custom install will differ in price depending on of course the size of the window, and what the room needs in regards to blocking out light, privacy, look/style etc. Something to chat to the team at Curtain World about.

IMG_20190519_101748_168When it came to installing the new window treatments, it was an easy and fairly quick process. The installer arrived at 7:30am and was done by 9:30am. Not only did he install the new blinds and sheers, but also took down our existing blinds and left not a spot of dust or mess along the way! Once installed, I entered the room and simply said ‘wow’! I could not believe how amazing they looked and how the room now felt finished. It’s been over a week since they were installed and I still find myself going in there just to stare. Or touch that beautiful sheer fabric. Even my husband, who usually doesn’t even notice new additions to our home, was very impressed!

So can I recommend using Curtain World? Absolutely! From start to finish, everyone I dealt with was extremely professional. Their products are of such a high quality and look amazing! I’ve already recommended them to a few people including a client who will be decking out their entire new build with Curtain World products. To view their extensive indoor and outdoor range, which includes much more than just roller blinds and sheers, or to book in for your own free measure and quote, head here to their website or over to their YouTube channel to view some more of their installs.

 

 

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Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

Panel Wall Project

As both a home decorator and an interior decorator, I am always on the lookout for inspiration to use in my own home, as well as for my clients. Scrolling social media, flicking through books and magazines and watching home renovation shows on TV is a daily occurrence for me.

 

I had been wanting to update our master bedroom with an Easy Craft panel wall for awhile. So when House Rules contacted me to undertake a House Rules-inspired project in my own home in celebration of the new season starting tonight, I jumped the chance. I love a good DIY project where I can get my hands dirty and feel a sense of achievement knowing that I did it myself. Something as simple as changing the look of a wall in a room can give it a whole now look and feel. And that’s exactly the project I had in mind for my own home.

 

download (1)House Rules viewers will know that for each home renovated, the owners set a set of house rules to help guide the other contestants create their dream home. I think this is something you should take in to account and put in place for every home project you go in to. It sets some boundaries, which makes it easier to stick to the task at hand and not be distracted by other styles or items along the way. Set some rules: style, budget, how you want the room to feel. And if  you reach a point during that project where you feel like you’ve gone off track, refer back to those rules to guide you back to your initial goal.

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My house rules were simple: Scandi Coastal Vibes. Minimal styling with plenty of texture. I wanted to create a peaceful space which looked amazing whilst also feeling inviting and calm at the same time. Above is my inspiration board for the room. Making a board helps me to see the finished result before any purchases are made or work is done.

Here’s what I needed for the panel wall project. *Keep in mind, I fit them over a double brick wall.

  • Easy Craft Panels
    -Screws & wall plugs
    -Gap filler
    -Paint (no primer needed)
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    -Tape measure
    -Circular saw for cutting
    -Jigsaw for cutting out spaces for power points, phone lines etc.
    -Drill  & drill bit (hammer drill for double brick)
    -Corking gun
    -Paint brush, roller & tray

PhotoGrid_1556179361749Start by choosing your panels. Easy Craft offer a different range or styles and sizes. We went with the Easy regency 2400x1200mm x 9mm Primed MDF Interior Wall Linings from Bunnings. For the one wall, we needed 3 panels. We measured the wall they were to go on between the skirting and cornice and then cut the panels to fit. Hold in place against the wall (this is definitely a two or more person job). Drill through the panels, where you will be adding screws to hold them on to the wall, enough so that the wall is slightly drilled in to as well. Take the panels down, drill through the wall and hammer in your wall plugs. Lift the panels back in to place again. The holes in the panels will line up with the wall plugs so now you can attach the panels to the wall with the screws. Fill the screw holes with some putty or gap filler and smooth to create a completely flush surface.

Once all the panels are up, you may find that there’s a gap between your board and skirting or board and cornice. No house is perfectly straight and even, so this is totally fine. It’s also a good idea to run the gap filler on both sides of the panel wall to make a smooth line between the panels and the surrounding walls. Simply use something like Selleys gap filler to fill these gaps before painting. Fill the gap using a corking gun. Then to push the filler in to the gaps, run your finger or something like a pop stick over it. Finish by wiping with a wet cloth to take off any left over gap filler and smooth the line. Once that’s dry, its time to paint!

PhotoGrid_1556179462021The boards come primed which means you get stuck straight in to painting them in your chosen colour. As with any wall, tape around the edges and then cut in with a paint brush. I also recommend using the brush to paint over the grooves in the panels details as a roller wont get in there and cover the small areas. Once this is done, start rolling paint on to the individual panels. I suggest using a smaller roller which is roughly the size of each panel to save getting any excess paint in the grooves. As I used a light colour, I did 3 coats.

IMG_20190423_203336_448And that’s it! It really is an easy project. One that I am so glad that we did and that I would love to do in another room in the future. I hope you’ve been inspired to tackle your own home reno project in the near future. For more home renovation inspiration and DIY project ideas, make sure you tune in to this season of House Rules on channel 7.

Zoe – The DIY Decorator

 

 

*We budgeted $250 for our project and came in at just under $270 which is still a great price for such a big change!

Some inspiration from previous House Rules finished homes.

 

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Boho Home Office

As an online interior decorator, I don’t have many tools of the trade. Just my pad, a pen and paper, and a cup of coffee. Usually a cold cup of coffee thanks to the kids… So up until now, I have been happy working from the couch, dining table or breakfast bar. But as my schedule get busier, I feel the need to have a dedicated space in our home where I can sit myself away from the kids (and the temptation of netflix) and concentrate on my work.

 

Naturally as a decorator, I wanted to create a space which looked great and gave me inspiration rather than just a typical office with a desk, chair, filing cabinet etc. I am very lucky that our master bedroom is a huge space which meant I could turn half of it in to my home work area. Knowing how much room I had to work with and what I needed, now it was time to start sourcing furniture and accessories to create a work space for The DIY Decorator.

IMG_20190407_080753_534Our home is decorated with a very neutral palette. Plenty of natural textures and tones, but not much colour. Our master bedroom especially is very light and bright and so I wanted to carry on this theme to the half which would become my office. However to pack a real punch and make the space pop, I decided to add in touches of black to give it more of a Boho vibe. As you can see above, the small addition of black, balanced evenly amongst the styled space, adds dimension and interest. Using some beautiful white and light timber items from Officeworks and complimenting them with these black items as well as plenty of natural elements, I’ve designed a space which is functional as well as visually pleasing.

resizeThe Copenhagen desk from Officeworks is the perfect desk design for creatives. With it’s large 150cm wide x 70cm deep top, it can be used for product styling and flatlays as well as a working space. Although it doesn’t have drawers, with today’s technology of wireless devices and plenty of room for any office equiptment to sit on, I prefer this design for my own space because of it’s size and style over one with storage.

resize (1)The Horsens 4 cube Bookcase, also from Officeworks, is the perfect way to decoratively store away office items. With it’s oak and white finish, it ties in perfectly with the Boho scheme and provides me with the storage space I need because I chose a desk without storage. By adding some storage boxes to the shelf, it hides away any items you don’t want on display. Cube shelving is often considered only necessary for storage, but by adding some simple homewares to some of the shelves amongst the storage boxes, it can also be a great decorative piece as well.

resize (2)I like using a cork board for a home office project, not only for keeping items such as receipts and lists safe, but also for displaying prints and photos. The Kamashi Bianco Cork Board is a perfect layering item for my Boho scheme with its timber frame and speckled cork detail. I’ve layered it with some decorative prints and leant them against the wall, sitting on my desk to create a focal point. This is a great way to display art and photos if you are unable to hang them from a wall. Perfect when renting!

IMG_20190407_075825_457When it comes to decorating a home office, consider how much space there is for both your funtional items and any decorative ones. Because of the larger size of my Copenhagen desk and because I work from a pad rather than a lap-top or desk-top computer, I am left with plenty of space to include some decor pieces that add to the Boho look. The addition of some simple stationery pieces, art and a plant are just the right amount of items for upon the desk to give it the styled look I’m after. Whilst leaving me with plenty of room when I’m working.

To compliment the desk and cube shelf, I brought in textures and natural tones with the chair, layered floor rugs and decorative accessories. Using every-day items such as the rattan bags, vintage camera and woven basket, adds to the Boho look, whilst complimenting the furnishings. Using existing item and mixing them with new puchases and second hand finds is my favourite way to decorate as it creates your own unique style. By keeping the larger items (desk/cube shelf) in the space neutral, it allows for an easy style change in future if required.

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Bleached Jute Floor RugMoscow Cotton Rug, Black – Rattan ChairOld Hands Art PrintOwl Art PrintExpendable Peg RackRattan BagsStraw Hat

So if you are looking at sprucing up your own home or work office space, decorate it how you would any other room in your home and don’t think it has to be a bare and boring work space. Create a space that feels comfortable and gives you inspiration, rather than just a work area. All it takes is a few furniture pieces and decorative accessories which will make you want to get that work done instead of avoiding it!

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator 

 

Autumn Prepping With Bunnings

IMG_20190323_114209_030As the days cool and the sun sets earlier, it is easy for the productivity spark to fade. Autumn generally becomes the time where the extra blankets come out and settling into a cosy couch seems more appealing than housework or D.I.Y. tasks.

Although household chores and ambitious D.I.Y projects will always continue to pop up throughout the year, wouldn’t it be a dream if you were able to get organised and conquer both those larger interior and exterior projects before the rainy days emerge? Start working through your Autumn to-do list to give yourself extra time for researching, planning for future projects and binge-watching Netflix when Winter hits.

IMG_20190323_112730_699Spring cleaning has become a key calendar event and it’s when most of us feel more motivated to make a start on these long overdue home and garden projects. But why wait until it’s almost the end of the year? This is usually the busiest time of the year for most of us!

To me it makes more sense to get those house and garden jobs out of the way in autumn, that way we have more time to enjoy our cosy winters and warm spring days with a shorter to-do list.

So, I’m encouraging everyone to use the last of these warm days to get inspired and motivated to complete those lurking jobs. Catch you later ‘spring cleaning‘. Hello ‘autumn prepping!’

With the help of some items from everyone’s favourite home improvement store Bunnings, I’ve put together a list of fun and easy projects to help you make a start this autumn, regardless of your skill-set, state or home type.

Give your garden a good prune.
Let’s be honest, when the weather cools and the days are dark and wet, we don’t get as much of a chance to get outside and tend to the garden. Sure, 20 minutes here and there when the suns out to maintain is an option but what if you could avoid gardening in the cold all together?!

Give your garden a good pruning now so that it doesn’t need as much attention during those cold winter weekends where you’d rather be curled up on the couch watching Netflix. Be sure to invest in a good set of pruners and pruning saw to help make the job easier.

Products: Hortex Heavy Duty Pruning Saw. Hortex Power Pruner.

Organise your outdoor area with functional storage solutions.
If any space is cluttered or messy, it often becomes a place we neglect and outdoor areas are no exception. Autumn is a great time to sort this area of your home out and have it looking it’s best so that you are still inspired to use it over winter. Using outdoor storage boxes are the perfect way to neatly hide away the build-up of items every patio area and veranda seem to acquire.

Available in a range of different sizes and finishes, these outdoor storage options can also double as extra seating by placing padded outdoor cushions on top. This creates both a functional and decorative space in your outdoor area which can be enjoyed all year round despite the cooler weather.

ProductsMarquee Outdoor Storage box. Mojo Square CushionMojo Outdoor Cushion Cover.

Invest in an outdoor heater so you can still enjoy the space on those cooler days.
You are far more likely to utilise your outdoor space throughout winter if it’s heated. Outdoor heating has come a long way over the years with a range of different heating items on the market at affordable prices from electric, gas, wood or even a fire pit, investing in a form of outdoor heating is a great way to make the most of your patio and host friends and family in comfort.

PhotoGrid_1553420826986Products: Fiametta Stainless Steel Gas Patio Heater. Glow Rustic Fire Pit.

For a quick freshen-up, introduce some greenery indoors.
There are many indoor plants which are easy to care for and perfect for rooms that get plenty of natural light. If your home doesn’t get enough sunlight or if you don’t have a green thumb, Bunnings also stock a great range of artificial plants. Pop them in some decorative pots grouping different sizes together on the floor to create a feature or place them on shelves and in-between other decorative items to bring in that gorgeous pop-of-green, which compliments an interior space just as much as an exterior one.

Products: Giant Elephants ear plant. Tuscan Path Large Art Egg Pot, Rust.

Store items away to decrease clutter.
It’s amazing how much better a room can look simply by storing items away out of sight. If your home is lacking in built-in storage, consider getting creative with a decorative cube shelves and storage boxes or perhaps some industrial style open shelving units which can be very effective when decorated correctly.

Products: Flexi Storage 2×2 Cube Unit. Water Hyacinth Cube insert. 5 Tier Heavy Duty Shelving Unit.

Organise your laundry to make it more functional during the wet months.
Laundry spaces are commonly quite small and storage is often an issue for many people – including me! For those of us without a dryer, it’s can be considered a luxury to have somewhere to air clothes when it’s raining. There are both storage and airing options suitable for even the smallest of laundry spaces. If you’ve heard of the Mari Kondo method, you would know that getting rid of clutter and organising spaces in your home is huge right now, especially in rooms like the laundry.
See some great examples here:

Products: Hills Premium Drying Centre. Ezy Storage Solution Tub.

Give a room a mini makeover by changing the colour of the walls or adding in a feature wall.
A change of colour and/or finish is a simply project that can easily be done over a weekend and will give the room a whole new look and feel for the winter season.
Wall panelling is incredibly popular at the moment and is a cost-effective way to create a statement feature, plus fits many interior themes. Simply cut to size and attach to an existing wall and paint in the desired colour. I guarantee visitors will be saying ‘wow’ when walking into your home! *Styled images of the Easycraft panels via home stylist @projectcoastalboho.

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Products: Easycraft Wall Lining Panels. Dulux Wash And Wear Paint.

Upcycle an existing furniture item to give it a new life.
Who doesn’t love an indoors weekend D.I.Y. project?! Upcycling something you already have or perhaps a new find from a second-hand store is a fun and satisfying way of changing the look of a room. Whether it’s a coffee table or a timber chair, or even an old vase which you love but isn’t the right colour, there is a variety of paint colours and effects available at Bunnings which are easy to use and a great way to totally transform an item.

Products: Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked Paint. Dulux Stone Effect Paint.

I am super inspired to get stuck in to some of these home projects myself and get my home organised over the next few weekends! By getting them done over the autumn months, my mind will be at ease knowing that I can be that little bit lazier over winter, not having to think about all the things I will need to complete come spring. I hope you guys are inspired and motivated to become an ‘autumn prepper’ too!

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Using Scent When Decorating Your Home

IMG_20190216_112430_436Something I really love is walking in to a room where a smells grabs your attention, invites you in and and leaves you feeling refreshed. It’s no coincidence that this is the case as scent taps into our bodies and can make us feel at ease within a space. Scent is one of the most important senses and can help us become more creative, inspired, relaxed and even joyful. Adding scent to a space is a further layer to the decorating process, and I love the way it can quickly transform the atmosphere and mood of a whole room in just minutes.

It’s often the little details that add the most impact to a room. When I am decorating my own home or the home of a client, I always include a scented item. Even when I’m creating a mood board. Be it a candle, reed diffuser, scented soap, room/linen spray or electric diffuser. I feel that in order for a room to truly be complete, it needs to not only look beautiful, but smell beautiful as well. When decorating, it is a good idea to remember to please the human senses as it assists in creating an inviting, harmonious space. Include beautiful furnishings and home decor pieces for the eyes to view and textures for the fingers to touch. Even incorporating sound is something to consider when interior decorating as it creates a certain vibe to a space. Pleasing the nose and using scent is also very important. Consider using scents that accompany the room and lift it and to give it a finished feel.

IMG_20190216_112533_937Choosing the right scent for a room is very important. If you dont know what scent to go with, a tip is to choose a scent that relates to the room it is going in. Coffee scent for the kitchen. Fresh linen or cotton for the laundry. And in the bedroom, something soothing like a blend of lavender, geranium and chamomile. It is also important to choose how your scent is delivered. Candles are usually a favourite but unfortunately for someone like me with small children, it’s not always the most practical or safe option. My go to for scents in the home these days is an electric diffuser. Switch it on for an hour or two and you’ll have your home smelling devine. We have a large one in our living area which is used most days. As well as smaller ones in the bedrooms which I use with lavender based scents to help us sleep. And occasionally with eucalyptus if anyone is feeling a bit under the weather. A few drops of essential oil is enough to fill the air with your favourite scent which both smells great and is beneficial health wise as well.

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Currently in my own home, I use a diffuser and oils from Tri Nature. An Australian owned and operated company which has been leading the way in responsible home alternatives since 1989. Their products harness the power of plant based ingredients, pure essential oils and herbal extracts with unique, sophisticated formulas. With over 25 years of environmental manufacturing expertise, as well as winning countless awards time and again for product excellence and innovation, they continue to demonstrate that they are the very best in all aspects of performance, safety and sustainability. The Tri Nature range includes everything from cleaning products, personal care and pet products, through to aroma products including 100% essential oil, oil blends, massage oils and room spray.

IMG_20190216_120039_969I personally love the Tri Nature pure essential oils and blends and have the Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser on my bedside table. I like to pop a few drops of the Sweet Dreams blend in to the diffuser and turn on half an hour before going to bed. The scent fills the room and I find that it helps me to relax and fall asleep. Occasionally during the days I like to use the Wellbeing blend to help me relax or to help me get motivated when doing some product styling around the house. Some days, just because I feel like having some soothing scents to help me through the day, I’ll pop in something like the Lemon Myrtle or Geranium in to the diffuser. Diffusers create a gentle scent which wafts throughout a room and because the oils are natural, it’s a family friendly, safe way to add a gorgeous smell to an interior.

IMG_20190216_121516_650Another scented item I like to use around the house is a scented room spray. Don’t let the name make you think that they are just for spraying around in the air to give off a short lived scent. They are also perfect for spraying over bed linen, cushions, couches etc. The smell is absorbed into the fabric, giving off a longer lasting smell. Great for masking odors or to simply keep a room smelling fresh. Currently I am using the Tri Nature  Japanese Quince room spray. It is a beautiful, clean smelling scent which is perfect for using when decorating, when you are expecting company or after a good house clean. I personally like to mist mine over the cushions around my house to leave a fresh scent after I’ve cleaned the house.

Playing around with scents in the home is fun! And to me, it’s a must when decorating a home. So do your research. See what scents you are attracted too and which ones are suited to your home, and have your guest’s ooh-ing and aah-ing when they come to visit.

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Zoe – The DIY Decorator

Bed Making With Just Bedding

sian-white-qcs-main-kas-white_1One of the most common questions I’m asked via my social media pages is “how do I make my bed look magazine worthy”? Now, I am no bed making expert, but over the years as a visual merchandiser and property stylist, I have literally made hundreds if not thousands of beds! These days, I’m only making my own and the kids beds, but I do still like changing things up and playing with different bedding styles and pieces to create a different look when I feel like a change. So today I am going to share with you some tips to help you make your own bed look amazing!

carnation_denim_main_3Now, lets be honest. Most beds we see in magazines are styled to the max and consist of copious amounts of layered blankets, throws and cushions. Don’t get me wrong, they look great but it isn’t really practical for every day people living busy lives. Spending 15 minutes every morning making the bed and another 5 or so minutes taking everything off at night can become very tiring and make the love of a heavily styled bed fade fast. Husband’s everywhere are nodding their heads right now in agreement. If there’s one thing they hate, it’s having to remove more than one tristan_white_main_3scatter cushion before they can rest their poor heads down at the end of the day. Bless them. For me, a nice covered quilt, throw rug and 3 cushions is perfect to dress my queen size bed. I like to change things up simply by changing the arrangement of the cushions or where the throw sits on the bed. It’s amazing how many different looks you can create from just a few bedding pieces.

Here’s a few of my tips to consider using to jazz up your bed.

  • My biggest tip to remember when styling a bed is that if you are using a plain quilt cover, add some interest via texture, pattern and colour with cushions, blankets and throws. However, if your quilt cover is quite busy, keep those elements simple by instead using complimenting textured, block colour items so that the cover is the star and the other items are backing it up. Your bed should be inviting and calming. Too much colour, pattern or layered items can create a jumbled mess.
  • Using harmonious colour will instantly give your bed a magazine look. If you like natural tones, use white, beige and browns together and maybe pop in a touch of sage green. If you prefer a more Scandi look, mix together grey and white items with a touch of pink. Or, if luxe is your style, try black and greys with touches of metallic elements to add some shine.
  • Play around with cushions, using different shaped and sized ones. A great combination for scatter cushions is to use a large square cushion, a smaller rectangle one and a round one together placed centred over the pillows. When choosing cushions to use, a great tip is to have a cushion with colour, a cushion with texture and a cushion with pattern. This is a great way to create interest oj the bed whilst creating a cohesive look. Also consider using European cushions against the bed head to add in another layer and instantly give your bed a hotel luxe vibe.
  • To create layers to the bed, try using a sheet pulled back over the quilt cover to create a block of colour and give a formal look. You could also use a second quilt with cover to drape over the end of the bed to give a more luxe and fuller style. Also play around with throw rug position. Drape over the end of the bed or throw randomly on to the bed to create a more casual look. Or to mix things up, try positioning one up near the pillows, under your cushions. For a really layered look, incorporate a blanket draped over the end of the bed, layered with a smaller throw rug on top.
  • Have fun! My biggest tip is to create what you love and you will always be happy with it. Sure, follow the rules but also remember to add a bit of you to your interior. Creating something that is a reflection of you will bring a smile to your face when you look at it and that’s what matters most.

silverton-linen-qcs-private-collectionAnother question I am often asked is where to get quality bedding from? Nobody wants one of those annoying slippery quilt covers that constantly need to be re-adjusted. All though I am all about bargain buys and saving money when decorating, I do believe in spending a good amount of money on your bedding as it’s something you are constantly using so you want it to not only to be comfortable, but to look good and last as well. Just Bedding is Australia’s leading retailer of online bedding. Since 2005, they have been offering a huge range of designer quilt covers, matching European pillowcases, sheet sets, doonas, throw blankets and cushions to suit many interior styles. Offering all sized bedding from single up to super king, Just Bedding stock major bedding brands, such as Sheridan, KAS, Logan & Mason, Ultima, and more. They offer free Australia-wide shipping from Sydney to Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane (International shipping also available). 30 day returns, and AfterPay and ZipPay are also available. Keep an eye out on their website as they do have great sales and often offer discount codes which are also great!

IMG_20190203_150330_406I am lucky enough to have in my possession the Silverton quilt cover set quilt cover set by Private Collection which is via Just Bedding. A quality quilt cover and matching pillow slip set which although lends itself to a more traditional style of interior (as styled in the above image), however I feel it can also be suited to a more natural, Boho style as well. By simply breaking up the bold pattern with some softer decorative cushions and a linen valance, the cover works perfectly in my naturally decorated master bedroom as you can see to the left and below. Even though this design is very neutral in colour, it is highly patterned so I wanted to break up the boldness with the help of similar neutral tones. Paired with some complementing decorative accessories, the Silverton is still the feature of the room whilst looking right at home. To layer it over winter, I would add in a heavy, textured throw rug draped over the end of the bed which is both functional and a decorative statement piece.

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It’s amazing how you can change the look of a whole room just by playing around with a few key bedding items. Invest in some quality pieces for your bedroom and play around with how they are arranged on your bed. Keep in mind the above tips and you’ll be able to create a space that gets you excited for bed time while also having your friends commenting on how magazine worthy it looks at the same time.

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Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

Kidz Shack Cubby Makeover

IMG_20181109_135641_153As a kid, my sister and I had some interesting cubby houses. A wood shed. A caravan. A tree. And even an old rusty plough that we somehow made in to a house…(Keep in mind we lived on 5 acres in a country town). My kids are the age where they can have their first cubby to create their own memories in, so it was time to get my DIY on and create a space for them to play and let their imaginations run wild. The Summer Shack plus carport from Kidz Shack (find here) was the perfect base for me to makeover. It’s a great size and made from quality materials, so I know that it will be used for many years to come. When approaching the design for the house, I wanted not to be too “kiddy” as I want the kids to be able to grow with it and perhaps use it as more of a hang-out zone when they are older. After scouring the internet for inspiration, I settled on a black and brown boho style.

 

The Summer shack was delivered flat packed, so with drill in hand I put it together. It took me around 2.5 hours in total with a little help from my husband (ladies, I did 90% on my own 💪). Now, I built ours unpainted. If I were to do the project again, I would paint the individual pieces before assembling as it would be much easier! Painting was time consuming, mainly because I chose to use the different colours instead of painting one solid colour. Even though the cubby is sitting in our patio area under cover, I still chose to use Taubmans low sheen sunproof exterior paint wich you can find here from Bunnings. The two colours I went with which are also from Taubmans, are Coffee Break and Trendy. Find here. For the flooring, I kept with the natural theme and used the Smart Home Products blackbutt aquasmart plank flooring which you can find here.

 

When it came to decorating the cubby, I knew that I wanted to add in lots of greenery and natural toned and textured items that would contrast well against the black and brown. By combining both decorative items and kids play toys, it creates an on trend area that looks great and which the kids can continue enjoying as they get older. Full list of items featured below:

  • Zohi Interiors 2 tier hanging basket. Find here.
  • Zohi Interiors Teepee reversible outdoor floor rug. Find here.
  • Walls Of Stories personalised wooden letters. Find here.
  • Hello Red Hen felt ball garland. Find here.
  • Tiger Tribe vintage tea sets. Find here.
  • Final Touch Decor framed canvas wall art. Find here.
  • Little Cove Living brass palm wall hooks. Find here.
  • The Mindful Designer personalised toy box. Find here.
  • In Good Order wood look labels. Find here.
  • Seeya Collection shaggy cushion. Find here.
  • Krash Home round ottoman. Find here.
  • Bunnings artificial hedge. Find here.
  • Bunnings bamboo screening. Find here.
  • The Reject Shop artificial turf. Find here.
  • The Reject Shop side table small round side table (old stock).
  • Spotlight macrame wall hanging. Find here.
  • Target round macrame wall hanging. Find here.
  • Kmart toy kitchen, toy BBQ, kids chair, artificial bouquets, black hanging baskets, bulb solar lights, hanging cage solar light, baskets. Find here.

 

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May Gibbs Room Makeover

PhotoGrid_1540628672110As a kid, I was a big reader. I fell in love with books and in love with the inspiration and imagination they opened me up to. Some of my favourite authors we’re Dr Seuss, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. But my all time favourite, whose books I read over and over again was May Gibbs. I think it was the combination of the storylines in her books, along with the fact that I lived in the country, so the bush theme throughout her stories resignated with me. I remember wondering if there were really gum nut babies and Banksia men living in the bushland behind our home and would often keep an eye out for them during walks. Fast forward to almost 20 years later and I’m rummaging through a local op shop and come across a copy of a May Gibbs book (see right). It instantly brought back such happy images (3)memories for me. As soon as I got back home, I started researching May Gibbs and gum nut baby themed home decor. Now, as much as I would have loved to give my own bedroom a bushland makeover, I’m not sure that my husband would be on board. Or that it’s OK for a 33 year old mother of two to have her bedroom decorated in a May Gibbs theme… So naturally, the next best thing to do was to push the idea on to my 1 year old daughter who has can’t tell me no yet. And so Harper’s May Gibbs Room makeover began.

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IMG_20181026_131107_612It’s funny how some times in life, things are meant to be. I was meant to find that book that day. Because soon after when I contacted the lovely people at May Gibbs, they informed me that October 2018 was the 100th anniversary of May Gibbs releasing Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie. What are the chances! So this opened the door to an array of home items which were coming out as a part of a collaborative range between May Gibbs and some well known Australian home decor and clothing stockists. So fortunately for me, I was gifted some absolutely amazing stunning for Miss Harper and her room, as well as finding some items perfect for the room from some large and small retailers. Below are some image’s of how the room came together, as well as a product list of all the items I’ve used. I am so happy with how the room came together and feel that it is a special place that suits the natural look of our home while paying homage to one of my favourite authors and both of our love of the Australian landscape.

IMG_20181026_132011_682I wanted to create a real feature dedicated to May Gibbs on one of the walls in the room and so decided to add in a gallery wall. I enlisted the help of  Perth business Vertical Print to print an original May Gibbs image directly on to the wall. This process was amazing to watch and I am beyond happy with the final piece. Something unique and very special to treasure for years to come. I also used various pieces from Spineless Classics, Head in the Cloud GiftsMinky Dinks and No Longer Lostas well as images I collected from books and ones I already had in my possession that fit the theme.

When it came to the colour scheme of the room, I drew inspiration from gum leaves. As they age, their colour goes from a vibrant green to tones of earthy yellows and pinks. So I purchased a quilt cover set and throw blanket from Adairs which brought in these tones, as well as a pink floor rug from IKEA. To bring in the green element to the bed, a gorgeous custom made pillow slip from small business Princess Panda Pants and plenty of artificial greenery. The amazing cane bed head was a find from a Facebook buy and sell page which I picked up for just $25. I’m so happy to have found it as its a real feature in the room.

When I found out that Walnut Melboure were releasing a kids clothing and shoe range in collaboration with May Gibbs, then first thing I asked of course was if they made it in adult sizing? Really, I am that obsessed with Snugglepot & Cuddlepie 🙊 Their range is simply stunning and the quality is amazing! It includes onsies, shirt and pants, baby blankets, bibs and shoes. My little gum nut certainly looks adorable in her storytime onsie and shoes. To view the rest of the range, head here.

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IMG_20181026_125654_311May Gibbs have also collaborated with two fantastic Australian home decor brands to bring out a range of children and home items to celebrate the anniversay. Make Me Iconic, who have released a wooden puzzle range and Ecology, who have brought out a range which includes mug and coaster sets, placemats and coasters, gardening tools, aprons, hunting, toiletry bags and more. May Gibbs have also released a range of toddler and children’s books inspired by the Bush baby friends as well as a 100th Anniversay edition of the complete adventures or Snuggle pot & Cuddlepie. Head here to view the entire book range.

IMG_20181018_084104_518A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this makeover. Especially Rosalie at May Gibbs. None of this would have happened without her help and guidance and also for arranging some of the beautiful pieces in the room. You have not only made a little girl very happy, but her Snugglepot & Cuddlepie loving mum as well 🍃💚

Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator