Bathrooms with recycled vanities

I love bathrooms, they are one of the first rooms you spend time in when you get up in the morning, it’s a place where you can relax in the bath and pamper yourself. I think bathrooms should feel warm, cosy & welcoming just like any other part of the home.

I’m obsessed with using old vintage dressers and drawers for the vanity cabinet to bring in warmth through the timber and add the element of the ‘old’ mixed with the new elements in the room.

The other great thing about them is that they are eco-friendly! One of the criteria I try to meet when I approach design solutions is that of using environmentally friendly and socially conscious product & materials as much as possible, a great way to do this is to try and find second hand or recycled items. If I can’t find the right thing for the project using that process, I use products from companies that have the right sustainability practices in place.

Here are a few images I’ve been looking at for inspiration for an upcoming project.

Next stop: 2nd hand furniture stores & Gumtree!

 

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Love this simple look

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Design by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

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Stunning bathroom design by Bre Bertoloni from Brepurposed

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Sarah Sherman Samuels amazing bathroom

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Via the Design Files. Cute!

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Via ecochic.com

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

Jx

 

It’s been a while… and I want to talk about home offices!

Wow, it’s been a while in between blog posts. I have been extremely busy however with studying a Diploma alongside completing a Certificate IV (which I finished today yay!) and wedding planning! Busy busy. I’m also in the midst of organising my office, I don’t know if you’re anything like me but I have to work in a ‘zen’ space free of clutter or I cannot concentrate on what I’m doing.

Our home office is small and in one of our back bedrooms, it has enough room for a large desk -which I currently have- and some storage but right now everything is ‘organised’ on the floor and on the shelf above my desk which my fiancé made for me the other week. It looks fab! Albeit slowly but surely filling up with the stuff that should be in drawers which I don’t have yet!

Apart from more storage the next on the list of things is a macrame hanger to cover the built in cupboard which doesn’t have doors (because these were extremely damaged when we moved in) and I want to do something a bit boho. I also really want a little sewing machine desk with hair pin legs (oh so cute) so I can keep my  current desk free for design work. I also really require some greenery in the form of faux plants…because I do not do real plants. If they want to live they shouldn’t come and live in my home!

I’m a big believer in creating a really comfortable work space, especially when it’s for something creative. Us creative types are usually pretty affected by our surroundings and we also want a space that inspires us. It’s my mission amongst everything else on my to-do list for the rest of this year, to finish this office so it’s set up for work, study & making. Essentially I really want it to be a creative studio, despite how small the room is! I’m going to have to get really creative about the storage solutions and layout, to fit a desk for drawing, a desk for a sewing machine, room for storage of art supplies, books, magazines, samples, crafty stuff… I can’t wait to have it finished.

Below are some of my favourite images of home offices & work spaces. I find all of these really inspiring. Also, if you have any hints or tips or know of any really good storage systems which don’t have to be fixed to the wall and suitable for small spaces,  I would love to know about them!

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This craft room/office is clever. Sewing machine table goals right there!

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Love the boho look of this room and that pendant light is gorgeous.

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Stunning office by Studio McGee.

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By Dee & Darren from The Block Australia. Loving the shiplap!

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Love this simplicity of this room by Perth’s Sass & Spice.

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Moody wall and stunning desk. By Chanel Dror.

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From SF Girl by the Bay. Love the layered rugs and chunky rustic timber desk.

 

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