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!

 

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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.

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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).

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  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

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Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

 

DIY Riva Blinds Install

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Before…

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 😉

1. CHOOSE

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

2. MEASURE

  • Measure your windows using the easy to follow instructions.

3. ORDER

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

4. COLLECT & INSTALL

  • 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.

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After!

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.

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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…

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Jacks Room Makeover Using Reusable Wallpaper

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Quilt cover – Kmart

Tan cushion – Kmart (old stock) 

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

Desk – Kmart

Timber book shelf – IKEA

White metal chair – Kmart

Blue knit throw – Madras Link

Whale plush toy – Kmart

Desk lamp – Beacon Lighting

Plush raccoon wall decor – Adairs

Tray side table – Freedom

Blue seat cushion – BigW

Small prints – Desenio

Large pier print – Boho Art Styling 

Fishing print & hanger – Adairs

Wall hook – Freedom

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Zoe Gilpin, The DIY Decorator 

Curtain World Install

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Zoe – The DIY Decorator 

Panel Wall Project

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zoe – The DIY Decorator

 

 

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

Some inspiration from previous House Rules finished homes.

 

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Boho Home Office

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator 

 

Autumn Prepping With Bunnings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Using Scent When Decorating Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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