Handmade/DIY, Lifestyle, Style & Fashion, Uncategorized

Some fashion faves! Inspiration for a socially conscious & sustainable wardrobe

I’ve been doing a lot of ‘window shopping’ online of late, I think it may be the fact that I haven’t bought a piece of clothing in almost 12 months! Half of the reason is because I’m a full time student with a mortgage, but also because the next time I wear something new I want to know where it’s come from, I don’t want to buy from some main stream store that is a part of ‘fast fashion’. I’m really motivated to make some shorts out of old jeans, source some blouses from an op shop and upcycle them into something a bit more on trend. Perhaps even embellish a jacket with some beads from my old collection. I don’t know exactly what my first little project will be but the combination of having no spare money for retail therapy and my newfound mission to wear only sustainable clothing means I will be making something with my poor unloved sewing machine very soon. I love fashion but not at the expense of others!  Below are some images to inspire me. *Watch this space*



Handmade/DIY, Home Decor & Textiles, Interior Design & Styling, My Home Renovation

A 1970’s kitchen renovation on a budget

As you may know from previous posts, we are renovating our 1975 built home in Perth, Western Australia.

We started work on the house in December 2014 and I feel that in just over 2 years, we have done quite a lot! It has been a full home reno, on a budget and while my partner and I have been working full time jobs – it’s been an experience to say the least. One of my favourite areas to refurb was the ug-lyyyy green and brown kitchen. Yep! It had green laminate bench tops, dark timber cabinetry and a brown brick feature wall with an arch characterised by the 70’s. We completed this kitchen project at just over $2,000 (AUD), which not only included the finishes but also a new range hood, oven, sink, tap ware and down lights!

Here are a couple of before and after photos:

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We painted all of the brickwork, painted the cabinetry in Dulux Monument Grey and used Rust-oleum Countertop Transformations for the bench tops.

There’s just one finishing touch yet to be completed – that is to find some beautiful old salvaged timber and make some shelves to go either side of the range hood and perhaps above the sink. It will break up the white and add some warmth to the colour scheme, plus  I’ll have somewhere for my cookbooks, some little plants and anything else I want to have on display.

I’m looking at these images for inspiration.

I’m not sure yet whether to have floating shelves or use brackets and whether to go for a rustic raw edge or a sleek/modern look.

Let me know what style you think would suit the kitchen best in the comments below!