Harper’s Pink Room Makeover

IMG_6874-01My daughter Harper is SUCH a girly girl! As in loves pink, shoes, clothes, dolls, princesses tutu’s etc. I don’t know where she gets it from and have no idea whose child she actually is, as I am the total opposite! She is almost 3 (going on 13) and has lately been telling me she wants a pink room. Even picking out her own pink paint samples when we are in the paint section at our local Bunnings. Unable to deny that little face, and always keen for a room makeover, I decided that a pink bedroom project was on the cards!

PhotoGrid_1579594883647As our home is quite neutral and full of timbers and natural items, I wanted to make sure some of these elements were featured in Harper’s room to help it flow. Instead of using a bright or pastel pink, I opted for a darker dusty pink which would give the room a more vintage feel. Choosing the right tone took a little while, but I settled on Dulux Evening Blush. To continue on with the vintage style, I decided to do half the wall painted in the blush pink, and the other half wall papered. Boho Art & Styling have a great range of removable wall papers that are super easy to install and being a brand I’ve worked with before, I was keen to try out their range. I chose a design called ‘Boho Blooms’ is a beautiful floral design which incorporates soft pinks and browns and is a real statement piece while remaining soft and feminine.

After painting the top half of the wall with three coats of the evening blush, I put up the wall paper. I have to admit that it was far easier to install than I thought it would be! It literally took me 15 minutes on my own to apply the 4 panels to the bottom half of the wall. Each panel is was cut to size and numbered, so it was simply a matter of lining them up on the wall. To finish the feature wall, I used a Porta Timber rail from Bunnings to cover where the paint and wallpaper met. I left the rail as is (raw timber), as it worked well with the vintage look. However, it could have easily painted or stained as an alternative. I used liquid nails to stick the rail to the wall. Holding it in place with masking tape overnight until the glue was dry. When it came to decorating this wall, I kept it very simple due to the pattern of the wallpaper. Hanging a natural rattan mirror from Nook Lifestyle & Living, and custom name print from Boho Art & Styling, hung in a frame from Spotlight.

As Harper plays on the floor of her room quite a lot, I wanted to add in a large floor rug which filled most of the floor space in the room. I went with a 200x290cm rug from Urban Rugs in the design Saffron Kansas, pink. It is a is super lush and soft floor rug that works nicely in the space. The majority of the rug is white which I felt the room needed, being that there’s a lot of pink in there. The soft pink criss-cross pattern amongst the white is just the right amount of colour to tie it in with the other items in the room. The quality of this rug is amazing and having it really helps to finish the room and pull it all together.

I really wanted to add a block out blind to the space as the curtains that were in there didn’t fit with the new scheme and also let in a lot of sunlight. We installed a fantastic custom blind from Blinds In Print which is a fun way to add in some colour and pattern to a room via a practical piece. Before settling on a design, I requested a few samples from Blinds In Print so I could make sure whichever design I chose didn’t clash with the other finishes on the space, and suited the overall look. The design I went with is Clapham Weave in Peach. It’s a beautiful muted pink tone that really works well with both the wall colour and wallpaper. The small detail of the dot pattern works beautifully in to the space. Its a subtle pattern which is a statement but doesnt dirstract from other pieces in the room. Ordering the blind via the Blinds In Print website was really easy. Simply entering in the required dimensions for the blind and picking your design. Installing them was just as easy, with my husband having it up within ten minutes. We chose this blind to be hung over top of the window so that less light would show. Although not as streamline and neat as a blind recessed inside a window frame, it is more practical for a bedroom. *A week after installing the blind, and Miss Harper has been sleeping in later. Proof that a block-out blind is worth investing in!!!

Another important addition to Harper’s room is of course the Scalloped Chantal Occasional Chair I collaborated on with Luxo Living (more stock and new colour options coming soon!). The pink design is perfect for Harper’s room as it is a piece that will grow with her and she can use for years to come. Another new item that I added to the room is the $35 poly-rattan shopping buggy from Target. A cute piece that Harper loves to play with and looks great in her new vintage style, pink palace. I also added the Kmart hacked planter stand which I turned in to a dolls bed (find here).

  • Bedding, Adairs (old) find similar here.
  • Pink throw, Spotlight.
  • Cane bed head, gum tree find.
  • Bedside table, Ecosa.
  • Large framed print, Boho Art Styling.
  • Table lamp, Kmart.
  • Pespex shelves, find similar here.
  • Chest of drawers, Fantstic Furniture.
  • Pink suitcases storage, Bianca Design.
  • Dolls house, DIY project. Find here.
  • If  you would like to know where anything else in the room is from, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or my social media platforms.

I am so happy with the overall result. For such a small room, we managed to add a lot of pink. A lot of girly detail. However, using the more vintage style not only works well with the rest of our home, but is also a space that Harper loves now and is sure to love as she grows older too. It’s a space that won’t need updating any time soon as it has everything a girl needs. As I write this, Miss Harper is currently playing in there with her doll house, chatting away having a great time! She spends so much more time in there now and really enjoys the space. That makes me as both a mum and interior decorator very happy!






Zoe Gilpin
The DIY Decorator

Entry Styling With Willow & Wood

Mudroom; A small room or entryway where footwear and outer clothes can be removed before entering a house. 

PhotoGrid_1568523177159Mudrooms are something that we are seeing a lot more of in Australian homes, and in ones that aren’t necessarily the traditional farm house style. When we think of a mudroom, we often think of large built in cabinetry either located at the entry of a home or perhaps in the laundry. Scour pinterest and you’ll find that most images containing a mud room are in American homes, and one’s that are quite grand and fall more in to the line of traditional interior styles. But at the moment, browse any Australian home magazine or the social media accounts of some well known stylists, and you will spot mudrooms being used in homes of many interior styles.

a71302a5039bee966d14d8624a89fcd9So what exactly what is a mudroom? And what does it contain? Mudrooms are area’s of the home where you can pop your bits and pieces as you enter it. The perfect place to hang your handbag, sit down and remove your shoes and chuck them neatly out of the way. Having an area like this is especially handy when you have kids. By removing their dirty shoes, wet jackets and hats and leaving them by the front door, it stops them trailing the mess through your home. As I mentioned previously, mudrooms can be large and grand. However, if you have a standard sized home like mine, you can add in a simple bench to sit on, as well as adding a few baskets under the bench to pop shoes in. Hang a coat rack on the wall above it to give you somewhere to neatly store bags and coats. It’s so simple to create these areas in your home with just a few furniture pieces.

PhotoGrid_1568523313025Enter Willow & Wood. An Australian small business based in Melbourne. Owner and ‘head furniture chick‘ Rebecca created her first piece 25 years ago with help from her dad. A piece she still has today which has lasted the test of time due to it being built with love and made to last. Rebecca continues to carry this philosophy in to every piece created and sold via her business. All of the pieces are designed by the family owned business to be quality, timeless pieces that are both functional and decorative. To view their extensive range of beautiful timber pieces, which are not only perfect to use in entries and mudrooms but other areas in the home such as bedrooms and bathrooms as well, head here to their online store.

Using four pieces from the Willow & Wood range, I have created both a mudroom space in our entry, as well as using some pieces from their range in two room within our house. Our home was built in the late 90’s and is a very stock standard design which lacks character. The walls are square and gyprock. The overall design of the house is very basic. So to give it life and create interest, I’ve had to add the character in to it myself. Adding something like a mudroom to the entry of the house brings in some life with the addition of warm timber and eye catching pieces.

IMG_5498-01The entry space to our home is basically one wall. So I had to make sure that whatever went there wasn’t in the way upon entering. In the past I’ve had floating shadow boxes and framed prints on the wall which looked great but wasn’t overly functional. So by adding in the Country Farm Bench as well as the Recycled Timber Hooks in white above it on the wall above it, I have created an area to hang my bag when I walk in to the home, as well as a place for us to sit and put shoes on or off as well. By adding a few decorative baskets to store shoes in, the space is now not only functional, but looks great as well. To finish the space, a small jute rug to wipe dirty shoes on before popping them in the baskets. For decoration, a simple dried floral arrangement hanging from one of the hooks to a pop of colour with greenery which is all the space needs to feel complete.

IMG_5440-01In our master bedroom, I used the French Country Bench at the end of the bed. As the room is quite large, I like to extend the bed and fill the space with the use of a bench. This design instantly brings character, charm and warmth to a room with the tone of the recycled timber and stunning crisscross sides. It again works as both a decorative and functional piece. The perfect place to sit and put your shoes on while getting ready, or somewhere to place clothes on at the end of a busy day. To match this piece is the Country Timber Hooks. Also made from a recycled timber, it is the perfect piece to accompany the bench seat, or is a stand out piece on its own. I have used ours as a decorative feature and somewhere to hang a hand towel and some decorative items from in our laundry. A piece which could also be used as a towel rack in a bathroom.

So when you enter your home via the front door or perhaps your laundry and don’t feel like that space is quite right, consider a mudroom. A practical and easy to install addition to any home that is not only functional, but can look amazing as well!






Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Bistro Blind Installation

Bistro blinds are the perfect way to make your outdoor area a space that you can enjoy all year around, regardless of the weather. When we purchased our home in sunny Perth 3 years ago, we loved having a decent size patio area for us to enjoy, as well as the for the kids to use as a second play area. Anyone with kids knows that over those cooler months, they hate being cooped up inside and love to head outdoors to play with their toys and make general kid messes! So to save our interior, we decided to install bistro blinds to close in the space so that it could become an area for my husband and I to relax and entertain, as well as somewhere for the kids to play and make mess, any time of the year.

IMG_5371-01Cue my friends from Smart Home Products who I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few times now. Their products are quality, affordable items which are available from Bunnings, meaning they are accessible to pretty much anyone, anywhere across Australia. Having installed roller blinds from their Riva Blinds range, I was excited to now try their bistro blinds from their sister company, Bistro Blinds. Made from durable, heavy duty PVC, their blinds not only protect from the elements, but also maintain air flow and also add insulation to the home as well.

The order process with Bistro Blinds is super easy:

  • Measure up windows.
  • Take sizing into the special orders desk at Bunnings.
  • Fill out and sign cut form.
  • Bunnings will place the order and email the cut form through to manufacturer.
  • Warehouse cuts the blinds.
  • Warehouse package up the blinds.
  • Direct freight deliver them to the Bunnings store the order was placed with.
  • 7- 10 business day turn around.

PhotoGrid_1566891204233The range of bistro blinds are available in a range of finishes. We went with the clear blinds with white edging to go with our light, neutral colour scheme, and also so I can still see the kids when they were playing outside of the patio area. Once our blinds arrived, it was my turn (well, my husband’s turn) to do the work. With all the screws and hardware supplied with the blinds, installation was as simple as drilling in to the steel beams that the blinds were to hang from, and holding the blinds in place with the provided screws. Once hung, we then attached the base anchor plate to the brickwork base so that the blinds could be tied down with the attached straps. The final DIY was to drill in the holder for the excess rope. And that’s it! To hang the four blinds in total took us (I supervised) around 2 hours.

PhotoGrid_1566890913044During the cooler months, we will leave the blinds down to create a barrier from the weather, however in the summer when we want to let that cool afternoon sea breeze in, we can use the pulley system to roll up the blinds with ease. With our blind design, we installed four separate blinds which sit in between existing brick pillars. However, if you had a larger space which required multiple blinds to be hung together, they are available with a zip joiner which allows you to extend and connect your blinds for more enclosure around your outdoor area without placing them in between the pillars like we have.

IMG_5357-01For the entire project which was 4 separate blinds plus all of the included hardware, the total cost was just over $1100. That includes the initial blind cost, $99 cutting fee for each of them to make them a custom fit, plus the various sized trim extenders. A very reasonably priced project to enclose our patio area so that we can use it as an entertainment area and kids play area no matter the season.






Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Living Room Styling Tips With Interior Secrets

The living room is our most used room in the home. It’s Not only a place to relax, but also where we are gather and connect. So it’s important that not only is it a comfortable and functional space, but one that looks great as well. Even though each living room in each individual house is different, there are some key decorating tips to keep in mind that can help you create a homely and inspiring space.


Mood board design by The DIY Decorator

Above is a living room mood board I created using items from popular furniture and homeware retailer, Interior Secrets. An example of what furniture pieces to use, from coffee tables to entertainment units and seating, it shows the key pieces often required this room to make it both a functional and attractive space.

A mistake often made in homes is using the incorrect amount of furnishings, or the wrong sized pieces within a room. Using too many items in a smaller space or not enough in a larger one instantly puts the rooms proportions out, which can result in it not looking or feeling right. Use smaller scaled furniture and not too many pieces in a smaller space. And for a larger one, select larger sized pieces that fill the space rather than get lost in it.


Image Via Interior Secrets

A common problem people have is not knowing how to arrange their living room furniture.  Furniture doesn’t just need to be pushed up against the walls of a room. Position them facing a focal point. In the past, furnishings were usually directed to a focal point of a room which was the fireplace. These days that focal point is the generally a television. So the seating should be arranged in the best position to it for comfortable viewing. If you don’t have a TV in the space, create a focal point using an item such as large artwork to direct the seating at instead. Also think about positioning furnishings so that they create conversation areas as well. Consider too the traffic flow in the room. Position the pieces so that they are easy to walk between and not in the way.


Image Via Interior Secrets

In modern times, there are two main pieces to focus on when decorating a living room is the seating and entertainment unit. These are the pieces that in modern times we need in the room to make it functional. After including them in the space, everything else added in can work around them. If there is room, add in items such as a coffee or side table. When it comes to choosing matching furniture pieces or not, I don’t think its a must. As long as the pieces are of similar style, they can work nicely together even if they aren’t from the same matching range.

If you don’t have wall space to hang art or wall decor, or perhaps you are renting and can’t hang items at all, use pieces such a floor lamp and tall plants to add some height and interest instead. When it comes to adding decorative pieces to your living room, remember that they are simply the items to compliment your furnishings. Not take over and distract from them. Adding just a few items on top of a piece such as a coffee table or console table, is all you need to give that stylish look without creating a cluttered or over-decorated space.


Image Via Interior Secrets

If you struggle with setting a colour of style theme for your living room, start with adding in larger items such as art or a floor rug.  From those pieces, pull the tones, textures and patterns from them to decide on what soft furnishing and homeware items to use. Repeating colour and texture within a room is a great way to help it flow while feeling homely and inviting. Choose your decor items depending on the size of the room and use what the space needs, remembering the important decorating rule, sometimes less is more.

My biggest tip when styling your living room, or any room in your home really, is to plan first. Like everything in life, planning ahead can save both time and money by saving us from purchasing the wrong item or perhaps too many of them. Using the above tips, arrange and style your living area so that it’s both a practical and attractive room. But most importantly, remember to use items that you love and ones that reflect you and your family to make it an enjoyable space and the heart of your home.







Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator 

A Better Night’s Sleep Thanks To IKEA

IMG_20190811_142142_037Sleep is something that is very important to me. Unlike my husband who can fall asleep at a drop of a hat anywhere and any time, I can only catch some zzz’s in the comfort of a bed. And the best sleeps of course, are always had in the comfort of my own. So naturally, I should spend the time to not only make it look great, but also on the items you don’t see which are where the real comfort is coming from.

PhotoGrid_1565596659988Thanks to IKEA, I was able to recently visit their mattress and bedding studio and select all new items to assist me in not only getting that better nights sleep, but helping to protect our existing mattress as well. I was quite unaware until my visit, that you could purchase everything bed related from the frame or base, to the mattress, inserts and protectors, all the way though to bedding and decorative cushions and throws, all at IKEA! Your one stop bedroom shop if you will. And if I can get everything I need in one store, that’s a big tick to me! So now knowing that you can do just that at IKEA is news that I had to share!

PhotoGrid_1565597079552The staff at IKEA Perth were more than helpful when it came to showing me around and helping choose the right products for our bedroom. Their knowledge of the extensive bedding range was amazing and I left knowing a whole lot more about all the ways to improve your sleep with their products. My brief to what I wanted to get from my visit was simple: Soft, fluffy, warm bedding items that I love due to the feel and look. As well as items suitable for my husband who runs hot and so needs to right product to help him get a better nights sleep.

Below, I have broken down what items I selected for our bed and why, as well as links to them all on the IKEA website.


a. Rosendun Mattress Protector (Queen size $99). A mattress protector is a must to help prolong the life of a mattress by protecting it from stains and dirt. The quilted mattress protector I chose is made from a lyocell and cotton blend fabric, with a lyocell and polyester mix filling. The lining contains tiny wax capsules that store and release excess body heat. If your body temperature rises, the excess heat is absorbed, and when it drops again, the heat is released, helping you maintain an even body temperature and get a restful nights sleep. I chose this one with my husband in mind as I mentioned before he runs hot and often sweats in his sleep. So with this protector, paired with some other bedding items I chose, he should now get a better nights rest and wake up dry in the morning.

b. Sotvedel quilt, warmer (King size $149). A warm quilt made from soft cotton, filled with duck down and feathers. I chose this as I often feel the cold at night so wanted something that would keep me snuggly and warm, and which also looked great as well. The stitched inner walls retain the heat which gives me a warmer sleep environment and is also a breathable insert as well. This quilt also comez in a cooler and extra warm design to suit all sleepers preferences.


c. Kungsmynta pillow protector ($9.99). I selected these protectors for the front pillow inserts which we use to sleep on because they are again made from the lyocell and cotton blend fabric and a lyocell and polyester mix filling, which absorbs moisture and helps to give a comfortable and dry sleep. So not only are they protecting our pillows, but helping us get that better night’s sleep as well.


d. Angsvide pillow protector ($3.49). I chose these pillow protectors for the back pillows that are more decorative than for use. By saving a few dollars using these cheaper covers on them, they are still being protected from stains and dirt, and I’ve still got a few extra dollars in my pocket. This pillow protector is made from of polyester and cotton blend with polyester filling.

e. Jordrok pillow, firmer ($16.99). A firm pillow made from a soft cotton, filled with duck down and feathers. I tend to be a side or back sleeper, so the support of the firmer, higher pillow, is perfect for me. I am a fan of duck feather inserts for both my pillows and cushions as they are nice and fluffy and sit really well as well. The perfect choice of insert for someone like me who likes their bed to look amazing at all times.

IMG_20190811_141047_232f. Blavinda quilt cover set, beige (King size $89). I chose this design to go with our new bedding items as it fits in well with my decor and suits the relaxed, fluffy look I was going for. I love not only the look and feel of this cover, but also that it has the zipper opening and comes with a set of 4 matching pillow covers. For under $100 for the largest bed size, this is a great quilt cover which works for so manh interior styles. It is also available in a grey stripe.

g,h,i. Nattjasmine flat sheet, fitted sheet pillow cases, light beige (From $6.99). This is another temperature controll item that I chose with my husband in mind. The sheets and pillow cases are a sateen-woven bedlinen, made from a cotton/lyocell blend that absorbs and draws moisture away from your body. Keeping you dry all night long. The items themselves, with a 310 thread count, feel very soft and look great as well. I chose the beige to compliment the other chosen bedding pieces and fit in with our natural interior.

j. Aina cushion cover, beige. (50x50cm $9.99). To finish off the bed, I added this 100% linen cushion to add some detail and texture to our bed. The ties make the cover easy to remove and adds a decorative detail at the same time. 

k. Jofrid cushion cover, natural (65x65cm $19.99). This cotton & linen blend cushion is ideal to use as a backing cushion against the wall, behind the pillows. It adds both height and another layered item to the bed. I’ve filled mine with a duck feather & down insert to give it a great shape whilst making it extra comfy too. It works perfectly with the natural, inviting look I’ve created on our bed.


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I will admit that it took a few nights to get use to sleeping with new pillows, but I can gladly say that bed time has become that little bit sweeter with it’s makeover! The addition of the new items has softened our bed and helped us have a better nights sleep thanks to the combination of the temperature controlled items mixed with the fluffy, breathable, cosy ones. So now I can go to bed knowing that my mattress is protected and that my husband and I will be getting the best nights sleep we can with the help of the new additions from IKEA.


Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

Stylish Storage Solutions

IMG_20190808_190318_215Gone are the days of unattractive storage solutions. With the likes of Marie Kondo and thousands of organisation obsessed people inspiring us to live a more clutter free life, we are seeing home storage front and centre rather than hidden away. From pantry and laundry storage to smart wardrobe solutions, we are always on the lookout for on trend, affordable storage options to showcase in our homes.

Australia’s favourite home improvement store Bunnings, has listened to the masses and are offering a great range of home storage solutions as a part of their special buys this month. Currently, items including storage boxes and baskets, garment racks, coat stands and free standing wardrobes are available in stores for fantastic prices!

IMG_20190808_193049_707As soon as these items appeared at my local Bunnings store, I grabbed a few pieces to style up and share with you guys to show you just how easy it is to make a standout in your home rather than hiding it away. The items I chose to work with are the following. (Hit link to go to item on Bunnings website).

The garment rack is a perfect addition to a bedroom if you have a tiny closet, or perhaps an overflowing one. A freestanding wardrobe is a great piece to have on show in a room and perfect for dispaying either your best clothes or bulkier items such as coats and jackets. Having the extra clothes storage space out in the open may even force you to keep your clothes nice and organized instead of in an avalanche pile in the closet 😉

I love the Bunnings coat stand because of its simple design. It’s not often these days that you see coat stands for sale in stores. Espcially not affordable and on trend ones! These are the perfect addition to spaces such as entries or bedrooms, for popping bags, scarves or coats on. An item which is a stand out piece decoratively, as well as as being super functional.

As both a decorator and a product stylist, I love matching pieces within a space via colour and texture. So when I spotted the assorted baskets from the new Bunnings range, I knew they would work well in my home. The baskets are made from thin rope, so are light but durable. The rectangle baskets are perfect for storing items such as belts, scarves and small shoes like sandals in. The large hamper style basket makes for a great place to store shoes.

Storage doesn’t need to look perfect. For this blog I have styled it in a presentable way, however in real life it’s quantity over quality and we are more likely to fill our storage items to the brim so that they are doing their job rather than just looking pretty. However, I have a few tips on how to make your storage look more presentable whilst being functional at the same time:

  • Match your storage. Pick a theme. Wether it be a natural theme like I have gone with, or perhaps a more Scandi style using grey baskets, by keeping all the storage items of the same colour palette, it instantly creates order and cohesion.
  • Use hampers or large baskets to store shoes away. You can still chuck them in there after a long day at work with ease and not worry about seeing a messy pile of shoes on the floor.
  • Clear baskets and containers are great to use as you can see the items from the outside so they are easy to find, but still neatly tucked away. Or if you dont want items on show, opt for a non transparent stosge option and add a label on the outside for a stylish look.

IMG_20190808_190718_556I hope this blog has inspired you to get your clothes storage under control with the help of just a few simple items which are both on trend and easy on the budget! I’ve even inspired myself to give our walk-in wardrobe a much neaded clean our and organise!







Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

Decorating With Rugs

Floor rugs. An item which is no longer just used to soften hard flooring, but one which when used correctly, can be a real statement piece in a room. As well as being a functional item used for looks and comfort, a rug can also anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room’s decor. Changing the rug in a room is a great way to update the look of a space, as well as being a great starting piece to take inspiration from when decorating.


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These days, we are spoilt for choice with quality, on trend rugs, available at retailers such as one of my faves, Bunnings. Which means anyone with any budget can have a great looking rug for their home. So before you run off to buy yourself a beautiful new modern, scandi, boho, tribal or kids designed rug from Bunnings new range, let me give you some tips on what to consider when choosing your rug and when using one to decorate your home.

Choose the right size. The biggest mistake I see home decorators make is using the wrong sized rug. Using the correct sized rug can make or break a room. Using one which is too small can make the whole space look out of proportion and it will get lost amongst your furnishings. Using a rug that is too large for a space can also mess with the proportion and even close in a room if it’s too big against your furniture. For example, using a rug that is too small under a dining table will look odd and isn’t very practical when moving chairs in and out constantly. We want the rug to almost frame our furnishings. Not be the same size as it and get lost.

When laying a rug under your dining table, try to have at least 60cm of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. The same applies for your living area. Either select a rug which fits nicely between your couches and under your coffee table. Or, if your living room is larger, go with a larger sized rug which fills the space and goes under your couches.


Image Via Bunnings

Use rugs to define spaces. If you have an open plan living area or larger rooms in your home, using rugs is a great way to separate areas. For example, if you have an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, use a rug under the dining table as well as under your couches and coffee table to clearly define the two spaces. Keep in mind however, that when using two rugs in a room, be aware that same sized rugs can visually cut the room in two. If this is not the look you are after and you prefer the room to flow, use different sized rugs to create a sense of variety.

It’s not just the open plan spaces that can benefit from floor rugs. They are also great to use in rooms for both functional and decorative purposes. Stepping on to a plush rug first thing in the morning is far more appealing that stepping on to a hard, cold timber or tiled floor. They are also great under a bed to ground them and give a bedroom space a grand, finished look. Also consider using rugs in areas such as kids rooms and play areas. They are lovely and soft to play on and are a great way to introduce colour or bring in a theme to these spaces.

Play with shape. Although rectangle rugs are most commonly used in decorating, it isn’t a rule that you must use that shape and that shape only. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. Figure out which shape would look best depending on the shape and size of your furniture and which is going to be practical as well as look best. Sometimes square or round rugs will work better in a space. For example, a round rug is going to look best under a round dining table. Just make sure the rug is a fair size bigger that the table and chairs together. A lounge room setting may look better configured on an intimate square rug over a large rectangular one.

Use the right tones. To start decorating a room, you can choose a rug as the basis of the colour scheme for it. On the other hand, if you add a rug after you have your furniture in place, you can use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colours. Use a rug to visually quieten a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper has an ornate pattern, choose a rug that is more subtle. When walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern or bolder colours to add more interest to the room. Choosing a rug with similar tones but of a different material can also work to ensure harmony. You may wish to choose a rug with more a textured pile to add warmth and comfort in a living room, and opt for a flat, hardwearing rug under you dining table.

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Consider layering rugs. Layering rugs on top of each other has become a big interior trend over the last couple of years and I am all for it! It is a wonderful way to add more texture and interest to a space. The key is choosing patterns and colours that compliment, but are still different. You don’t want to use mismatched designs which compete with each other and end up creating a visual mess. Personally, I like for the bottom rug to be a pattern free, solid colour design, and then add the interest via colour, and pattern with the top rug. Jute rugs work really well for the bottom layer. If the dimension of your favourite rug isn’t going to be large enough for the space you want to use it in, layer it with a larger rug beneath so that it can still be used whilst working proportion wise in the room. Layering isn’t just for hard flooring. It can also work well on carpeted areas. Just make sure that again, your chosen rug doesn’t compete against the colour of the carpet or blend in with it.

One final tip for people with hard flooring, is to use a liner to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. The rug liner should be appropriate for your floor type, and also be the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding.

As I mentioned earlier, my go to for rugs at the moment is everyone’s favorite home improvement store, Bunnings. Although they’ve had a range or rugs available for awhile now, this new range, which is appearing in stores across Australia as you read this, is getting home decorators everywhere excited! Including myself! The range includes a variety of on trend designs suitable for kids spaces, scandi styled spaces, beautiful boho abodes and more. How’s the quality I hear you ask? I have picked up 3 for own home and am beyond impressed with them! They are well made. Nice and heavy, so sit flat on the ground. And I haven’t experienced any shedding from them which is a big tick to me! You can find Bunnings huge range of rugs here. And below, is a round up of some of my personal favorites from the new range (hit links to go to each rug on the website. Rugs available in store only).


  1. Beckway Rug 230x160cm $169
  2. Zig Zag Fringed Rug 300x200cm $229
  3. Wemyss Natural Ivy Rug 230x160cm $169
  4. Admont Linen Rug 2300x160cm $169
  5. Fluffy Mini Rug 200×290 $99
  6. Dark Cloud Rug 170x120cm $59
  7. Moldova Rug 300x200cm $229
  8. Ivory France Loop Rug 230x160cm $129
  9. Natural Sicilia Rug 230x160cm $129






Zoe – The DIY Decorator 


DIY Riva Blinds Install



When we purchased our first home almost 3 years ago, the one thing I really didn’t like about it was the choice of window treatments. They were not on the best condition or what you would describe as “Insta-worthy”. Our living room vertical blinds especially annoyed me, and is the main reason I never shared styled photos of the room to my social media accounts or blog. The only before photo I have to share with you is this one from the real estate from our homes listing before we took ownership. As you can see, the area has a large window and a sliding door. So we decided that roller blinds would work best as a replacement to the existing verticals.

Riva Blinds is a part of the Smart Home Products family, who I have worked with a few times now. Their products are on trend, great quality, and of course affordable. And are of course available at Bunnings stores, Australia wide. Riva offers a range of window treatments including roller blinds, roman blinds, pinch pleat curtains and more which are all custom made to size to fit your home. The process from ordering to receiving the products is an easy one. So easy in fact, that even I did it 😉


  • Select your blind type.
  • Choose your fabric colour at your local Bunnings store
  • Or order your free colour samples online.


  • Measure your windows using the easy to follow instructions.


  • Confirm your selections & retrieve your design number.
  • Take your design number to your nearest Bunnings Special Orders Desk to place your order.


  • Your order will be ready to collect in 15 working days


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As you can see from the simple steps above, using the Riva website to order your blinds and curtains really easy. And in a matter of weeks, they are ready to collect from your local bunnings. Now the fun part, installation.



Don’t be scared of this step. I think people often feel that home DIY projects are too hard and often seek professional help to install items such as blinds. Which is absolutely fine! But if you are on a budget and want to save a few dollars, give it a go installing them yourself. My husband and I installed the 4 blinds, two for the large window and two over the sliding door, ourselves in a matter of hours. It’s simply a matter of measuring, drilling and installing. Our home is double brick, so we drilled, inserted wall plugs and then used screws to hold up the blinds. Our blinds are inside mount, meaning that they are installed inside the window from rather than over it. I chose this as I feel it gives a neater look.


In regards to cost, it is of course going to depend on the type of window treatment you choose, as well as the additional items such as chains, rods etc. The type of fabric you choose will also alter the overall pricing. We went with the single roller blind in the Tuscan block out fabric in the colour natural. The perfect fit for our neutral colour palette. The overall cost for the 4 blinds in the room was approx $1300. The quality of the blinds is fantastic and they look amazing! They have changed our living room for the better and have made it a room that I will now happily share on my feed!

To view the extensive Riva range, head tp their website here.







Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

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…


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.



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.


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.


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.


Image via Desenio

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.



  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.






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






Zoe Gilpin, The DIY Decorator