A new bathroom can be eco-friendly!

I recently worked on a bathroom project and loved exploring material options that were either eco friendly or that were handmade, supporting artisans craftsmanship.

I’m currently exploring different options to achieve a ‘green’ design in all instances of design, which is fun! Below is my hand render of the concept for a main bathroom. The client wanted eclectic, old meets new with lots of colour, pattern and texture with the overall style to be ‘transitional’.

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I’m a huge fan of recycled furniture and loved the idea of a vintage/retro inspired timber vanity, because let’s face it the real vintage pieces are expens-ive and this family had a budget. So I decided to go with a custom made look-a-like one made from recycled timber.

All of the tiles in the bathroom, both wall and floor, are cement & handmade, sourced from Tiles of Ezra, an Australian tile supplier. I believe they are sourced from South America.  Absolutely love the idea of supporting artisans in their trade.

The other elements in the bathroom at this stage are new items, however for future projects I’m keen to look into scouring second hand stores and salvage yards for old tap ware, vanity mirrors, pendant lights & baths that can be re-purposed and used in residential design.

Would love to know your thoughts!

Jess  x

 

 

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Eco friendly homewares! Ft. One of my favourite suppliers.

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I’m loving EcoChic. They by far have the best range of homewares online which you can be confident are Fair Trade certified and that the materials used for making the products are derived from renewable resources. Eco conscious shopping here we come.

They have the perfect pieces to create that high/low, old/new look. Mix it up!

Do yourselves a favour and check out their range.

Jx

Please note this post is not sponsored or endorsed – I just love spreading the word about people who are doing the right thing by other people and our environment.

 

 

The Modern Barn House

New Zealand homes are amazing, I have been there twice now with my partner who is from there and each time I am obsessed with the houses! I think the Kiwi’s are really ahead in terms of design.

I am currently obsessed with the Modern Barn House and the New Zealanders do them well and they just cannot go wrong with that amazing scenery the country is renowned for!

We plan on moving over there in the near future for a few years and most likely build a small home and I think we’ll be using homes such as the below for inspiration.

 

 

 

The peaked ceilings, timber cladding, full height glass windows and doors. They are just stunning and ooze an open, spacious feeling that also looks comfortable and with the right furnishings, homely and warm.

This type of home is definitely on the wish list for our next house!

Jx

Image sources – Pinterest, Fearon Hay, Red Architecture, Cushla Thurston, Build Me Architecture, Case Ornsby, RTA Design

 

Eco Conscious & Cruelty Free Autumn Finds.

I am a lover of all things Interior Design, Textiles, Fashion and Beauty! Couple that with a keen interest in doing what I can to live a more conscious life and it’s led me to constantly be looking into brands and products that are more eco friendly (and affordable…) and in the way of beauty products – safe & animal cruelty free. I’ve put together a bit of a mood board below, of a few things I’ve currently got my eye on!

 

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Clockwise from left: Shirt from Asos, Lighting from Jasper & Eve, Beanbag from Koskela, Dress from Free People, Boots from Free People, Lipstick from Inika,  Kantha quilts from Eco Chic, Mules from Revolve Clothing, Grey rug and Floral weave rug from Armdadillo&Co

 

So here is a bit of background info on these companies.

One of my all time favourite online stores ASOS, now has a section on their website called Eco Edit which has a great range of sustainable products. Their fair trade label ASOS Made in Kenya, which was created in partnership with SOKO Kenya, also showcases some really cool clothing. I am so happy ASOS have delved into this – finally!! It’s hard to find affordable clothing these days that you can have confidence in, knowing that it’s been produced in an environmentally and socially conscious way.

In regards to shoes, I look for faux leather/suede and in particular Revolve Clothing always have an amazing range. To make things easier, online stores  Lulu’s and Free People  have a ‘Vegan’ section for shoes and while not always a huge range – they always have something I want!

I am now an avid user of organic, natural and cruelty free makeup. I’m dying to try Inika – I’ve heard they’re amazing and I’m keen to try the ‘Nude Pink’ lipstick. I currently use Arbonne & Eye of Horus (EOH have an amazing eyebrow pencil by the way…)  but want to broaden my makeup collection and try a few new things!

NOW, homewares… I find it really hard to find beautiful fair trade, eco friendly products! But alas, I have found a couple of Australian companies who offer a gorgeous range. Jasper & Eve are a small business and have partnered with Cambodia WTL International, an organisation helping Cambodian people and $1 from every purchase, they donate to this charity. Amazing! Another company is Eco Chic, this is where I found the Kantha Quilts (loooove).

Koskela & Armadillo & Co are two more well known Australian Homeware companies who have an amazing product range and are doing great things. Koskela supply sustainable products and 1% of all their product sales go back to Indigenous Australians who help make the products, to support their way of life and to enable them to continue their traditional practices. I particularly love the Willie Weston collaboration which the beanbag is part of. The Willie Weston fabrics are simply stunning!

Armadillo & Co supply hand woven rugs which are fair trade and sustainable and they have an amazing range, in particular I love the ‘Perennial’ collection.

I so wish there were more brands out there that were more eco friendly & socially aware. There are definitely already many who’s practice and ethos entail this, but the world needs more of them. It’s slowly getting there!

If you know of any amazing brands, products or companies, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear about it.

Jx

 

 

 

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!

Jx

Obsessed with One Kings Lane…

Sooo it’s currently Sunday night in Perth, it has been 38 degrees (celsius) today – which is super hot! All day I’v been in and out of the pool and doing bits and pieces on my computer  in the air con. Pretty cruisy day I must say.

At the moment I’m loving Olioboard for putting together mood boards for the rooms in our house (a.k.a full home renovation!).

Our bedroom only consists of a bed and one set of drawers, no curtains, no nightstands, no lamps, really not a lot. So I put together the below to get a feel for how I want to style it.

All of these items are from One Kings Lane (If you have never checked out their range, do so now!)

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Being that the room is quite small and has mid brown floorboards, I feel like a lighter coloured rug is actually better if I want to make the room feel bigger. Although I do have a  love affair with colourful Kilim rugs, I can instead introduce colour through the textiles and artwork.

design-communication-1-assignment-3-one-point-perspective-drawing_final-1This is the render I did recently for the bedroom, what do you think – light coloured rug or a colourful Kilim?

Let me know in the comments below!

P.s our budget kitchen renovation story & progress photos will be up soon!

Jx

Our new Office/Study

So we have just finished off the last room in our house and this will become my office/studio… which is super exciting because for the past 2 years we haven’t had a spare room to hide away and catch up on work or for me, study! I cannot wait to make this room my haven, for now I’ll be using my current desk and chair but once we have some extra funds I plan on going all out and buying pieces I LOVE.

Here are the before and after photos. Yep… this room was once a grow room. It took a plasterer and about 6 coats of paint to get it looking right.

 

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My idea for this room will be an eclectic look with a relaxed feel, bright with colourful elements, some greenery (probably a faux plant as I’m not exactly a green thumb!), some ethnic pattern in the rug/textiles and definitely some interesting artwork.

After over 2 years of renovating a whole house and living with hand me down furniture  from family – although very grateful – I am so so excited to start sourcing furniture & homewares from my favourite stores and get down to business with the styling.

More before and afters from our mid-70’s brick home reno to come…

Happy Friday!

J x

 

AN ECLECTIC BEDROOM

 

So one of my all time favourite modern interior styles is an eclectic look with a touch of ethnic – through the use of textiles, rugs, cushions, wall hangings and art work.

I feel like it’s really authentic, interesting and it can be a mix-mash of different elements but if the balance in texture, colour and size is right it looks amazing and gives off such a relaxed and easy vibe.

This is a board I created through Olioboard, loving using these at the moment to throw together ‘dream’ rooms – this one I would quite happily have as my own bedroom!Eclectic Olioboard.jpg

Do you have separate zones in your bedroom, i.e one for relaxing and one for sleeping?

If so, let me know in the comments below I would love to hear about it!

Jx