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 ūüí™). 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‚Äôm 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‚Äôm 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 Gifts, Minky Dinks and No Longer Lost, as 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 ūüôä 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 ūüćÉūüíö

Zoe Gilpin РThe DIY Decorator 

 

 

Christmas Decor Inspiration 2018

PhotoGrid_1538530550044The most gorgeous Santa sacks you ever did see ūüėć Perth business Onyx & Smoke are known for their amazing hand made pieces like cushions and ottomans. This year, they have released the luxury personalised velvet Santa/toy sacks. Made from quality Warwick fabrics velvet, and available 14 beautiful colours, and in two sizes, each sack is personalised with your choice of initials. These stunners come in two different sized and start at $220. A Christmas item which is sure to be cherished by young and old on Christmas mornings for many years to come. Onyx & Smoke are kindly offering my followers 25% off their sack range. Simply use discount code DIYLOVE at checkout. Expires Sunday October 21st. Shop¬†here.

1_StumpandcoThe moment I saw these beautiful wooden tea light holders from Stump and Co, I knew that they needed to be on my Christmas table this year. The perfect addition I think to any Christmas table. As well as a gorgeous items to have out on display throughout the year. The stumps are available to purchase individually or as a gift set which includes both a mini and small holder, as well as 4 x scented tealight candles. And let me tell you, the scent range is amazing! The tealight wooden gift set is just $39.95 and can be found here. Use code THEDIYDECORATOR20 for 20% off. Expires December 9th. Pppssst, they also have afterpay!

 

animalsset11webChristmas crackers that are almost too pretty to break in half! The Aussie animal Christmas crackers from Paper & Style Co will be a feature on the Christmas table this year and will certainly be enjoyed by both adults and children. Australian illustrator and stationery designer Di, whose drawing skills are next level! Inside each cracker is of course, a cheesy joke, and a gorgeous resin gum leaf tree decorations. The crackers are $44.95 for a set of 6 (there’s two designs) and can be purchased¬†here. Be sure you get in quick as orders must be in by October 31st to ensure delivery by Christmas.

 

 

ADV18-GIN-PERSPECTIVE-HR-1024x1024OK, so this one may not be an actually Christmas decoration…but I feel that it’s something that parents in particular will appreciate in the lead up to the holidays. Cocktail Kit is a website where dreams are made. They stock an Australian gin Christmas advent calendar for adults, which consists of¬† 25 x 30mL hand-picked Australian gins¬†also comes with a tasting booklet with 25 ‚Äėscratchie‚Äô slots. Find the slot for that day and scratch to reveal interesting facts about the featured distillery and gin for that day. Merry December to me ūü泬†Also available is an Australian whisky advent calendar and both can be found here. Prices start from $269.¬†Use code DIYDECORATOR for 15% off until the end of November.¬†

PhotoGrid_1538608660406What is a Christmas tree without some personalised decorations? These beautiful acrylic Christmas baubles from Perth small business Strachan Creative are perfect to buy for yourself, your kids onto give as a special Christmas gift that is sure to be cherished for years to come. Also available in wood finish and a range of other colours, a set of three decorations are just $15.50. There are also two other style designs which can be found here. For 15% off storewide, use code DIYDECORATOR at checkout.

 

christmas-tree-silver-wall-stickersDon’t have room for a Christmas tree or looking for an alternative? Moonface Studio offer a Christmas Tree wall sticker available in matt silver, gold, green and white. Available in either medium or large size, the Christmas tree is supplied with baubles and a star as individual items so you can customise your own tree. Made from premium grade removable vinyl, these stickers look great on walls and doors and are priced from $43. Moonface Designs¬†would like to offer 10% off code to my followers. Use code DIYDECOR at checkout. Expires December 31st.¬†You can view the full holiday sticker range¬†here.

 

IMG_20181004_095301_371To me, smell plays a role in the lead up to and on Christmas day. Last year, my family burned gorgeous hand made Christmas candles from Sydney company Aria Rose Collection. Their Christmas scented candle range, with scents including mulled wine and gingerbread are the perfect addition to such a special day. The stunning amber glass jars with a simple white label design, tie in beautifully with other Christmas decorations, plus they are also a great gift to give to a loved one. Prices start from $25 and you can find the Aria Rose range here. Use discount code DIYCHRISTMAS at checkout for 20% off. Expires December 24th.

 

PhotoGrid_1538610711344It’s always nice to have a special family piece to bring out each Christmas. The Colour & Spice Bamboo family wall hanging is a lovely addition to any family home during the festive season which can be reused year after year. This gorgeous 20cm wooden wall hanging is made from bamboo and is available in a choice of dark bamboo plaque with light bamboo wreath detail, or light¬†bamboo plaque with dark¬†bamboo wreath detail. Both come with red and white twine¬†so they are ready to hang. Priced at $65 each and with¬†free shipping Australia wide from the Melbourne studio. You can find them here. Use discount code THANKYOU10 to get¬†10% off at checkout.

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Who wants a boring old generic Christmas card this year? Not me! Well Drawn Cards are makers of hand drawn, designed numerous themed cards, printed in Yarraville, Melbourne. All cards are created with love and humour onto a 300gsm C grain watercolour paper and come with a beautiful brown craft string tie envelope. Priced from $6.95 (includes free postage), these cards are perfect for that special someone in your life who enjoys a laugh, each card is blank on the inside to allow for your own, personal message. Shop here.

 

MMI_Aussie_Xmas_Deco_Design_2_02_LRIf you are like me and like something a bit different when it comes to Christmas decor, you will love these iconic Christmas decorations from Make Me Iconic. There are five mini wooden ornaments to decorate with: iconic map, lamington, iconic greeting, iconic cockie and kookaburra and Vegemite. The perfect addition to any aussie home, or what a great gift to give to someone who might be overseas during the holiday period to remind them of home. They are priced at $29.99 and you can find them here.

Happy shopping!

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Zoe РThe DIY Decorator

Summit Sleepover

In my 33 years I have not once lived in a new build. Growing up in the country, all of the houses we either lived in with my parents or rented when we were older were built in the 1980’s or earlier. Even now, our first home here in Perth was built in 1996. So although its design is fairly modern, its lacking a lot of features that current new homes contain. So when I was offered to bunk up with my buddy Em from Stilettos & Bricks for the night in the Industria display home courtesy of Summit Homes, I jumped at the chance! As an interior decorator I see a lot of new builds. But most of them are either empty or in need of decorating. The Industria is fully furnished and decorated and is a home that takes the industrial interior style to a whole new level. Even from the outside, the home has an industrial look about it and was easily recognizable when we pulled up for our stay recently.

IMG_20180910_131110_459The Industria is a 4×2 with all the features you would expect from a new build. Although almost 2 years old, the home which is located in Baldivis Western Australia, has everything a family could ever need in 2018 and beyond. The 221.62m2 design is a perfect family sized home and one that entertainers will love. My favourite area of the house has to be the huge open plan kitchen, living and dining areas which sit under a gorgeous raked ceiling with exposed beams. Such a bold, industrial statement to match the equally stunning gourmet kitchen. Boasting a Tasmanian Oak breakfast bar with waterfall ends, a massive walk-in pantry, hidden scullery, plus plenty of storage and bench space, this kitchen is geared towards modern family living.

IMG_20180910_130503_792Another favourite area was the spacious master suite which features exposed brick walls, impressive raked ceiling, and oversized windows that give the room a light and airy feel. I also love the inclusion of the barn-style door which leads through to the indulgent walk-in robe and ensuite. The styling in this room and the rest of the home which is by LaVie Interiors is perfection. The absolute definition of industrial transformed in to a well decorated and functional space. Another beautifully styled room is the theatre room. These days we see a lot of cinema style theatre rooms which consist of oversized chairs for lounging, a giant screen and not much else. In this home though, the room has the extravagance and feel of a theatre room yet is styled to be more functional and therefore able to be used as a second lounge room or somewhere to simply relax in style. The size and IMG_20180910_130651_182location of the room also lends itself to being used as another bedroom or home office if you aren’t in need of a movie room.

To make the most of our stay, Em and myself decided that the beautiful timber breakfast bar deserved and equally beautiful grazing platter. So along with the help of some amazing Perth businesses, we put together a spread with enough food for 15 people. Even though there was only the two of us…ūüź∑ An assortment of fruit, cheeses, breads, dips and more were the base of our platter which was made even better with some sweet delights from some wonderfully talented lady bosses. The naked cake was not only a beautiful creation, but damn tasty as well. Fun fact; Jemma from All The Cakes studied under well know Australian p√Ętissier and chef, Adriano Zumbo. And the gorgeous custom Summit Homes¬†cookies by Oh Cookie Co were so amazing, that unfortunately after using them in the grazing platter, we devoured them all and forgot to share…ūüôä Of course, the grazing table wouldn’t have been complete without some decoration. Tanya from Sea Of Love Studio supplied the gorgeous bunch of fresh blooms and Nat from Aura Crystals supplied us with some amazing quartz platters which we displayed food items on. Em and I were so happy with our creation that we may join forces and add ‚Äėgrazing platter creators‘ to our resumes ūüėČ

 

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Getting to experience even just one night in the Industria really opened my eyes to what it means to love in a quality built home. Impressed isn’t even enough to describe how I feel about the Summit built home. There is no cut corners. The finishes are well thought through and the quality of them is top level. The attention IMG_20180910_130316_809to detail when it comes to how the home has been styled is the perfect way to show potential clients just how amazing their future home can be. I’m not going to lie, I was a little sad to go back to my home. But thanks to Summit, I was able to experience for myself what its like to live in a home full of modern technology and design and after hearing more about the Summit building process, it has opened my eyes to the possibility of me wanting to build in future. Something I always felt intimidated by in the past. I am very thankful to Summit Homes and the Style Studio By Summit for opportunity and also to Em from Stilettos & Bricks. Never have I danced or laughed as hard. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself as much without you there ‚̧

Zoe РThe DIY Decorator 

Hamptons Home Styling With I Wanna Go Home

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The Hamptons style of interior decorating is one that is always on trend. Due to its light and airy sophisticated look which gives a holiday home appeal, it is popular amongst home decorators of all ages and is a style we are constantly seeing on TV, in magazines and all over social media. So why is it so popular? Due to the use of fresh tones and timeless furnishings, the Hamptons style is a very elegant look and so it doesn’t date like some other interior trends do. So how can you create a Hamptons style in your own home? This is something I am asked often as here in Australia, Hampton‚Äôs style pieces can be harder to source. So I’ve collaborated with Australian business I Wanna Go Home to show and explain to you how by using the right furniture pieces, home decor pieces and colour palette, you can bring this style to life.

PhotoGrid_1535873729224As the I Wanna Go Home team will tell you, the key element to the Hamptons style is white, white and more white. Build on this with other key decorative elements and accent with touches of colour and texture where it counts. Think of your Hamptons decorating journey as one with 3 layers. Layer one: The base, which is hard finishes of the room. Layer two: The furnishings, which are your larger furniture pieces. And layer three: The styling, which are the decorative items which finish the space and pull it all together. For all three levels, you are looking for crisp, white finishes to create the bright, open look which is true of the Hamptons interior style.

The ideal flooring choice for The Hamptons look inside your home is to go for timber floorboards. Pale timbers with grey undertones that give the air of effortless coastal style. If carpet is preferred, look to natural tones and simple textures that evoke sandy shores and driftwood. For the walls, again we are looking for neutral colours such as white or ivory. Light and airy window dressing and statement lighting is also key to creating a genuine Hamptons home. Metal, timber of wicker pendant lighting are often popular choices. Keep to light-coloured benchtops and choose all white finishes for kitchen cabinetry with featured areas of open shelving or glass paned doors.

PhotoGrid_1534742386766When it comes to selecting furniture pieces for your Hamptons interior, think relaxed luxury resort style with deep, overstuffed sofas upholstered in pale neutrals. Sideboards and side tables in natural timber or white adds extra dimension to the room, as do occasional tray tables and cane or rattan armchairs with plump upholstered cushions. Shop for pieces that ooze the luxury, coastal style of the Hamptons such as these pieces to the right from I Wanna Go Home. The Australian Hamptons style furniture and homeware store stocks quality timber and MDF pieces which come fully assembled and are therefore better quality than a flat pack item. Offering delivery to all metro and regional areas around Australia, I Wanna Go Home also help you save money when furnishing with Hamptons style pieces by offering furniture bundles such as the popular Halifax essential Hampton’s bundle.

For decoration, layer with rugs in natural fibres of jute and sisal or woven with textures of natural cotton and bleached wool. Washed out blues also work beautifully on timber floors. Cushions piled on sofas is must and this is where you can bring in a little colour. If you are looking for accessories and items such as coat racks and floating wall shelves in Australia, I Wanna Go Home offer free delivery on these items. What colours should you use for the Hampton style? China blues and ocean inspired tones such as sea glass blue and sand work together and with the style so well. Texture is also an important feature to keep in mind when decorating. Quality linens, jute edges and piping on cushion edges really adds a whole new layer to the space. Use items such books, glass lanterns, china bowls and pieces of coral to create decorative vignettes around your living spaces on top of tables and counter tops to complete the Hamptons look.

Use these tips to guide you in creating a Hamptons style home which will give the look of luxe, whilst always being in style.

Zoe Gilpin ‚Äď The DIY Decorator

DIY Dollhouse

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You guys know I love a good op-shop bargain. The things you can find if you put the time and energy in to looking are amazing. You can find items in the best condition and some which are in need if some love and care. I am very lucky when it comes to some of my finds as my mother in law is a keen op-shopper. Now that she’s retired and living in Perth, she’s hitting the second hand stores multiple times a week so I can can basically place my order to what I’m seeking and 9 times out of 10, she delivers. She’s found two doll houses for me so far. Both which at first glance you may have walked past and though nothing can be done to make them look better. But someone like me who sees the beauty in the impefect, knew that these structures could be turned in to someting great. Today I’m going to share with you how I turned this bright and colourful timber doll house in to something me and my kids, and maybe even their kids, will treasure for years to come.

Above left is the doll house when my MIL first delivered it to me. Pretty special right! But, I knew that all it needed was a good sanding and a coat of paint to make it look completely new. The shape of the doll house itself was great and the main reason why I could see the potential in it. I love the arched doors and the staircase especially and the fact that it could be turned in to something quite realistic looking. To start the makeover, I had to sand back the existing paint so that I could apply the new colour. The gloss paint was not overly easy to remove, so I did use an electric sander for the areas I could reach with it. Then the rest was gently sanded by hand. I removed all of the paint from the roof but didn’t worry as much about the inside colour as that wasn’t as glossy so was easier to paint over. Because I’m not the worlds best painter and have an unsteady hand, I simply painted the whole house white. I just used some leftover house paint we had in the shed. Two coats covered any existing colour and gave the house a fresh new feel. Now that I had a blank canvas to work with, I started thinking about the finishes for the interior and exterior. I wanted to in a way recreate our own home so decided to stick with white walls and to decorate PhotoGrid_1526963675847with neutral and natural items and finishes. For the roof, I made tiles (shingles) using large pop sticks I picked up for a few dollars at a discount store. They are the ones that beauticians use to apply hot wax. You could use regular sized ones as well but it would take longer to cut and stick them all on. I also used pop sticks, this time some miniature ones, for the skirting boards I glued around all the interior floor/wall joins. Now when I say glue, I used a hot glue gun for everything in this project. It’s easy to use, strong and dries fast which I like when I’m working on a DIY project. For the flooring, I picked up some timber look vinyl place mats from Kmart which were around $3ea. I simply cut with craft scissors to the floor layout and hot glued in. For the curtains, I cut up some lace fabric I already had, and threaded on to some thin dowel from Bunnings which I glued above the interior windows.

PhotoGrid_1526962177490When it came to decorating the interior of the doll house, I didn’t just want to buy items which you always see in doll houses. I wanted to make it more realistic looking. Not having worked with a doll house and miniature items before, I went in to the project not really knowing what to get or where to get it. I measured the house and did some Googling to find out the scale of items I needed. Which for this house is 1:12. (Barbie doll house is 1:6). I found out quickly that buying doll house furniture can cost a small fortune. Especially if you get obsessed like me and want to buy all the things! After much research, I found out that purchasing items from international sellers on eBay was the way to go to keep the cost down. The plus side: it’s super cheap. Like $1 for an item plus free postage. The PhotoGrid_1526962206885most expensive piece I purchased from from eBay was the kitchen at $24 which I think is still very cheap considering the detail to it. The down side: buying items from places like China takes time to receive. But if you are willing to wait a few weeks, it’s definetly worth it. Some items arrived within two weeks. Some were longer at around 5 weeks. Each seller is different. I had no issues with any of the items I purchased from Chinese sellers. They were all exactly as they appeared online. And they all arrived safely. My tip when buying from eBay us to search ‘miniature’ under the doll house & miniature category as to the left. Then change the settings to search lowest price & postage to find the cheaper items. There’s a lot of sellers listing doll house pieces for rediculous prices. I’m talking hundreds! Don’t let that trick you I¬† to thinking you need to buy expensive items. Go the cheap ones! Apart from eBay, I picked up a few items from friends whose kids didn’t use their doll house furniture anymore, and I also found some items in discount stores and op shops. Some needed a bit of DIY which I’ll go in to next.

PhotoGrid_1526962086722I made a few items myself using my friend the hot glue, dowel, pop sticks and fabric offcuts. I found jute twine really useful and made items like the little baskets and the basket wall feature simply by coiling the twine and gluing it together. They turned out great and literally cost cents to make. I found some jute edging at a discount store which I cut in to strips and glued together to make the floor rug to the right. I also found artificial plants I had laying around the house useful as I cut them into smaller pieces and turned them in to miniature plants for decoration. I made bedding and cushions out of scraps of fabrics. And even tiny artworks which were simply interior magazine photos of artwork, cut out and glued to some cork backing. Some of the items I purchased from eBay or got second hand weren’t the right colour so I simply repainted them to make them fit the scheme. I really just played around with buying, making and hacking items until I felt that the house was coming together. Once the furnishings were in, I really went to town on eBay purchasing items like food, books, framed art and decorative items to give that realistic look to the house. Overall, I am beyond happy with the final result. I know I’ve created something social for my son and daughter which for the moment will sit up very high on the shelf where they can’t touch it. But, in future when they are a bit older, will surely love. I have another doll house to work on which is Barbie doll sized. So I’m looking forward to finding items for that and sharing another doll house makeover project with you guys soon.

Zoe – The DIY Decorator

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Whollygrail

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Communities make the world better. From our commitment to fair trade, to finding the best small, family owned businesses and supporting life changing organisations; the Whollygrail Store gives you peace of mind for quality and integrity. – Whollygrail.

IMG_20180514_135944_066In a world where the environment suffers for our wants and needs, we can help remove some of the strain by making smarter choices when it comes to buying both decorative and functional items for our home. Empowering people with knowledge is an important factor to helping us understand the issue and make the effort to purchase more wisely. For this blog, I not only have the pleasure of interviewing an Australian company whose sole purpose is to produce and distribute these items, but also try out, style and share some of the range with you guys. But first, a little bit about the amazing Australian small business making waves with their affordable, eco and fair trade friendly home and body products.

IMG_20180515_115739_190Whollygrail was created by #girlboss Danielle to inspire conscious choices for our every day decisions, simply because that‚Äôs where we can make the biggest impact for our health and the biggest change for the planet. Based in Mona Vale NSW, Danielle, who is a Mum, nutritionist and passionate health advocate, created Whollygrail which focuses on personal care products, sheets, towels, kitchen linen and baby wear for their first edition range. The Whollygrail range contains no nasties and are produced by small scale family owned, Australian businesses. Their textile range is GOTS certified organic and made from fair trade cotton and theres no use of chemicals or pesticides in the making of their products which means no nasties against your skin.¬† Quite often body care items can contain chemicals and toxic ingredients which have been linked to a variety of health issues in people’s systems. Whollygrails personal care range is completely¬†chemical free so you know its safe for you and your families skin.¬†The two products I will be working with for this blog are the Bedding in a Bag Sheet set, in colour stone. And the 7 piece Towel set which is also in the stone colour.

IMG_20180515_121429_418Whollygrail prides themselves in not only environmentally friendly produced products, but also ones that are well made and perform well too. And you can tell that both their towel set and bedding range is of the best quality and is going to last. The towels are thick, heavy and made with the finest quality organic and fair trade Indian cotton offering ultimate softness and absorbency. The set consists of two bath towels, two hand towels and two wash cloths, with a beautifully soft 900gsm foot towel for ultimate in luxury. My favourite piece in the set is the oversized hand towels. The perfect size for drying big hands and little hands which need washing multiple times a day! The stone colour is the perfect neutral tone for my bathroom and adds just the right pop of colour against our white tiles. The set is also available in a charcoal and linen colour. Whollygrail also stock beach towels and a range of other eco friendly bathroom items including bamboo toothbrushes, vegan makeup brushes and hand-cut soaps.

IMG_20180515_115313_949I’ve said it before, I am not a huge fan of folding fitted sheets. I can not do it. I will never master it and have resorted to hiding those sheets in the back of the linen cupboard to hide my shame.¬†So I was quite excited when I saw that the Whollygrail sheet set range comes in a matching drawstring bag which, I can hide my fitted sheet in! Hoorah! This isn’t the only thing I love about these 300 thread count 100% organic and fair trade Indian cotton sheets. The fitted sheet is a deep base fit which means that it is as larger than average fitted sheets and therefore can be used for pillow tops and mattresses with thicker depths. The sheet sets are available in white or the stone colour I have used and come in all sizes from single to king. They not only feel great, but look IMG_20180515_115355_093amazing as well. As with the towel set, you can tell by the feel that the sheets are of great quality and are worth investing in as you know you will have them for years to come. Whollygrail also stock a gorgeous range of cot sheets, along with other baby items including rompers and onsies which you can find on their website.

Opting for items which are better for the planet doesn’t mean forking out huge amounts of money or losing quality and style. Quite the opposite. Purchasing products such as those from¬†Whollygrail guarantee you well made, on trend pieces which are available at a suitable price point. They are items that are worth investing in and which you will get your money out of for years to comr. For more information on Whollygrail and their approach to everything nature friendly, or to view other items from their range, head here to their website.

Whollygrail have kindly set up a discount code for my followers. Use code ‘MAY20′ at checkout for 20% off all sheet sets, including cot sheets, and 7 piece towel sets (Expires end of May, 2018). Plus free shipping for all Australian orders over $130.

Zoe – The DIY Decorator

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Caim & Able

IMG_20180502_111059_112The moment I was contacted by the team at Caim & Able, I was very excited to work with their product. That packaging ūüĎĆ Yes, I am totally a judge a book by its cover type of girl. Which I think is totally fine. Especially in this day in age when a lot of us online shop and don’t actually get to see or smell the product before committing to buy it. To me, if a company has gone to that extra effort to make their packaging look amazing, it means they have put just as much effort in to their product. Caim & Able are a successful Australian company who not only create a gorgeous range of natural, ethical, cruelty free products, they also give back to the community by donating a portion of profits to causes such as women’s community shelters. So by making a purchase, not only are you receiving a beautifully packaged, all natural product, but you are also helping to give back to those in the local community who are in need. The fact that this company gives back so much is also another reason why I’m so happy to work with them. The two products that I have been lucky enough to try out are the skin nourishing magnesium salt body scrub and the protect magnesium bath salts.

IMG_20180502_101242_636The nourish body scrub contains coconut oil, desert lime, citrus and magnesium. The scent itself is citrus smelling yet not an overpowering smell. The gentle exfloiant is gentle on the skin, leaving it feeling oh so soft by removing the dead skin cells and letting the hydrating oils and nutrients absorb in. The scrub also contains a rich concentration of vitamin c which is a powerful antioxidant which helps to refuvinate the skin, enhance skin firmness, even out patchy skin and revitalize skin tissue. I enjoyed trying out the scrub whilst soaking in a warm bath. The texture of the scrub is just right and left my skin feeling smooth and smelling devine. Definetly a great product to have for those days where you need a little relaxation time for yourself.

 

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IMG_20180502_110653_443I love the look of the magnesium bath salts. Tiny shards of rosemary and lavender scented pieces which are made from high quality, mineral rich salt magnesium chloride helps to replenish vital magnesium levels. Soaking in Magnesium Bath Salts relaxes nerves, removes everyday stress, relieves tension, jump starts enzymes important for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, and can aid in relieving back pain, muscle pain, and arthritic pain and stiffness. The addition of lavender oil which promotes relaxation and relieves stress and the rosemary supports healthy collagen development along with aiding pain relief. To use, simply add a half a cup to bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes to make the most of the plant extracts and minerals. Soaking with this product really helps your body to relax and gives you that day spa experience in the comfort of your home. The scrub is also very safe and great to use for both babies and and the elderly.

So for me, the Caim & Able range ticks all the boxes. Beautifully sleek packaging Wonderful scents. And natural ingredients which are a great benefit to the body. So next time you are lookimg for a treat for yourself or for a friend, keep this amazing Australian business in mind. And make sure to head here to their website to see the rest of there gorgeous range.
Zoe РThe DIY Decorator 

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Solvej Baby & Toddler Swing

 

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How lucky are we these days to be able to buy gorgeous and well made products for our kids, which also have the bonus of matching our home decor as well. For an interior obsessed mum like myself, it’s a big win! I’m not one to buy the bright plastic kids items simply due to the fact I like my home to look how I want it. And like a kindergarten is not the look I am after… Yes I love for my kids to have colour in their lives and I don’t completely deprive them of fun filled bright toys. But if I come across an item which ticks the box of my kids loving it and it all looks nice in my home, then it’s the product for me. When I was asked to try out and review the Baby & Toddler Swing from small business Solvej, I was very excited as I know it’s the type of product that I love and could also share with the interior savvy Mums of Instagram who would love this type of item for their own homes as well.

PhotoGrid_1523509886611Pronounced Sool-vay, Solvej swings are a product of¬†HOLMS√ĄTER which is a manufacturer, wholesaler and direct mail order company making and selling high quality canvas and wood swings. Established in 1993 in the North Island of New Zealand, the business started after it’s owners felt there was a gap in the market for attractive, great quality, well priced and environmentally friendly children’s swings. They offer a beautiful range including the baby & toddler swing, board swing, child swing and more. The canvas used in their range is 100% acrylic canvas. It is rot proof and is the best outdoor furniture canvas on the market andhas a 5-year manufacturers warantee from fading.¬†The choice of timber used for the producgs has to fulfil the criteria of being naturally weather durable to avoid chemical treatment with the pollution that can come with that. Timber used also has to come from a planted or sustainable source so to not be a part of the depletion of indigenous forests anywhere in the world. The quality of these swings is amazing. The look and feel of the timeless natural design tells you that this is an item which is made with love and one that will last for years to come.

IMG_20180412_122511_987The Baby & Toddler swing in our possession is a safe and generous baby swing that converts into a toddler swing and can be used from 6 month to 6 years old (40kg max). It can be easily shifted from indoors to outdoors and is available in 11 gorgeous colours (no fluro in sight!). The swing can be mounted from a doorway, beam, ceiling joist, verandah or pergola using the provided stainless steel screws. At the moment Miss Harper is using the swing set to the toddler setting which means the leg divider is in place. Once she is older, or if Jack wants to use the swing, we can simply remove the divider which makes it into a toddler swing. Both our kids love the Solvej and I know it’s something they are both going to enjoy for many years to come. As will I thanks to its neutral colour and gorgeous design.

You can purchase directly or find a stockist at the Solvej website .

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Artificial Indoor Vertical Garden

IMG_20180403_143743_074When I told my husband we were installing an artificial vertical garden in our home, I though he may not be on board with my latest decorating idea. To my surprise, he was actually very interested and agreed to help me install it. And now that it’s up, he’s the proud DIY’er standing back and admiring his handy work. He even very proudly uploaded a photo of it to his social media accounts. The decision to install something as large and permanent as a vertical garden can be quite daunting. And to be honest it is something I ummed and arghed about for awhile before deciding to give it a go. I’m so glad I chose to go with this idea to decorate what was a rather dull area of our home. I’ll go through the installation process shortly, but first a bit about the supplier of the artificial vertical garden panels,¬†Designer Plants.

PhotoGrid_1522062058165The DIY hedge panel system from¬†Designer Plants¬† is the answer to having a vertical garden inside or outside of your home which requires no watering, no maintenance and is guaranteed not to die on you. Win! After installation, all that is required is an occasional clean with a feather duster and damp cloth. That’s the kind of indoor gardening that appeals to me!¬†Designer Plants has been leading the industry with innovative, high quality artificial hedges and plants for¬† years and are known for their quality and long lasting products. Their aim is to make transforming your home or property easier with products that involve no planting, cultivating, toxic chemicals, fertilizer, watering, weeding, pesticides, maintenance, trimming, or endless expenses. Artificial hedges, fake plants, and vertical garden screens are the solution! High Quality, UV engineered Spring Sensation¬†Green Wall¬†‚Äď Perfect for fences, walls, patios, balconies and as you’ll see in this blog, interior spaces. Each UV stable sensation DIY Hedge Panel/Screen is¬†1 meter wide by 1 meter long. It is easy to install and can be cut to shape to fit an area of any shape and size. The super dense foilage is highly realistic and lifelike and will have visitors asking if it is real or fake.

IMG_20180403_143333_812The middle of our home is quite a dark area and one of the only spaces which I can’t keep a real plant alive in. I love having some greenery in every room in our house, so the idea of having an indoor vertical garden appealed to me very much. For our wall, we needed a 2x2metre panel which is 4 of the standard 1x1metre panels. The beauty of this system is that the panels clip together neatly so it can be added to if needed. The walls in our home are double brick so we used the provided wall pugs and nails to fix the panels to our wall. If you are installing on to a different surface, refer to the¬†Designer Plants¬†website. Before working with the panels, we measured the wall so that the backing grid would fit perfectly to the edges of it. We then measured and cut (with scissors) the joined panels to get them to IMG_20180403_143009_576the right size. Next, we measured, marked and drilled holes into the wall where the now 1 large panel was to be mounted. Once all the holes were drilled and the wall plugs tapped in to them, we (it takes at least two people to do this part) lifted the panel to the wall and attached it with the nail and washer (The washer holds the panels in to place by being placed over the backing grid). We were left with some excess pieces of panel (cut offs), so we removed each individual piece of foilage and added them to the vertical garden to fill any gaps and cover the nails and washers. And that’s it! An easy and fun weekend DIY project with maximum impact!

IMG_20180403_143619_022The overall looks is so lush and green and really makes an impact to the room. As the wall is now such a feature, I have kept the styling quite simple. A three piece cane setting along with a few simple decorative pieces is all that is needed to finish that area of our home. Other ideas I had to compliment the vertical garden would be to hang a large print over it or even a basket wall feature. I think a small two seater sofa or occasional chair with side table and lamp would also work well in front of the wall. The possibilities are really endless! Greenery to me is a must for every decorating style, so using an artificial vertical garden either indoors or out will suit many interior styles and is guaranteed to be a great investment for greenery lovers.

Thank you to the Designer Plants team for allowing me to work with their amazing product! For more information and to see other available designs in the range, head to their website where you can order a free sample.

Zoe Gilpin РThe DIY Decorator