September 1, 2012
Has everyone one in Sydney received there Ikea catalogue in the post?
This is the first time in 7 years since we have had one delivered, so it’s all pretty amazing.
I love seeing how ideas are styled together more than I like buying things…. which is great and very cheap enjoyment.
Before the catalogue arrived, however, I did purchase ANEBODA, for a linen cupboard.
The beauty of the Aneboda is the $89 price tag, the down side (and the thing that has meant I haven’t purchased it before now) is the ugly see-through plastic panels on the doors.
No doubt this keeps the price low, but ….really…. this is the best option?
I decided to hack the cupboard so I could enjoy it both for it’s price and it’s appearance.
…. and I’ve included a quick tutorial so you can too. There is no sewing required!
What you will need
- glue gun and glue
- cardboard (I used the box the flat pack came in)
- about 1/2 m of fabric. (if it is wide enough) otherwise approx 2m of fabric
How to do it.
1. Measure carefully the plastic section of the cupboard door you want to cover. Using the cardboard that the cupboard came in cut 2 rectangles the same size as your measurements minus .5cm in the length and width of each piece.
2. Lay the cardboard pieces down on ironed fabric. I choose stripes….. (I purchased this from Ikea too) and cut around the cardboard leaving about 5cm turnover on all sides. If you are using a changing stripe (like this) or a fabric with a large and obvious repeat…. this is the time to make sure the pieces are cut with this in mind.
5. Repeat for other door panel.
July 20, 2012
Each chair was covered with a different Prada print from collections past.
Like Overall Baby, I love a great print. ….. and red.
July 10, 2012
Deb has given me the search item for this interctive series… How Pinteresting…..
She is in the early renovation stage and it thinking about light fitting for single pendant lights, for the kitchen dining area. The area she describes is mostly white and wood, and wanted some ideas. She was also keen that I included some DIY’s in the mix…. and of course, I had to include some upcycled ideas as well. Light fitting can be crazily priced, so I have mostly looked around the real world (via the virtual one) rather than in the stores to put together a ‘Light’s for Deb’ pinterest board. I’m sure she will find something here she likes.
With a similar theme to the photo above, light fittings could be made using kitchen items. I am thinking a colander, tupperwear bowl or even a vintage cake tin or mixing bowl. Can you think of any others for Deb?
…. alternatively give me your ideas to collate on pinterest.
I haven’t forgotten about the fete…. more on that later next week.
March 4, 2012
November 14, 2011
October 25, 2011
A couple of months ago one of my favourite blogs Apartment Therapy posted a series of videos that make sense of colour in interiors (although I think the theories hold true across all colour design fields)
Colour is tricky.
White isn’t white.
Some colours approach and others recede.
There is a reason interior designers get paid to make rooms ‘feel’ a certain way. They know stuff.
It’s a bit like a science that is not taught in schools…. generally.
Like physics or chemistry, some of us have an instinct for it, while others are very afraid. But like physics and chemistry you can learn it (in theory)!
Following are 4 short videos that begin to make sense of some of our big colour questions.
October 23, 2011
The story behind this is quite sweet.
You can read it here if you like here at Apartment Therapy
I think it has all the makings of a great children’s book.
The tree the house is built in has a story.
Most of the materials used were recycled and reclaimed.
Most of the work was voluntary.
The result is gorgeous!
October 20, 2011
I’m loving this super simple idea.
August 17, 2011
Gotta say…I also love the cow rug ….although it’s not a shared love in my house, so I guess having one on my blog is as close as I am ever going to get.
# ht apartment therapy. Click on picture to see the whole house…… it’s pretty quirkily inspiring.
July 29, 2011
Here is a before photo of my studio….most days…. and my workdesk. Soooo messy and disordered.
I don’t have a before photo to show you of the ‘big girls room’ mostly because it was such a jolly awful, messy, super squishy room in it’s previous life.
To give you an idea though…. it had 2 loft beds in the only spaces they could be put…. under the loft beds were 12 and 11 year olds desk, clothes and stuff! It was always a mess (maybe I have said that already) and I hated going in there to do anything for fear of a broken ankle from a stray shoe, lego foot (injury caused by treading on stray lego in bare feet)….or a panic attack due to the claustrophobic space generally (the lofts were separated by about 80cm). On top of that the loft beds blocked almost all the light to there desks underneath making it a nasty place to attempt homework….or for an adult to help them with homework. I hated when the kids had friends over because they couldn’t play or hang out in there enjoyably which would mean they bought stuff out into the shared areas of the house leaving nowhere for anyone else to be.
In short it didn’t work well!…I guess I could have just said that.
So out with the beds…. and stuff (big girly cull of things)….. again out with the yucky carpet…and a freshen up before changing it’s purpose.
I’ll show you that tomorrow…..