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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Flea Market / Antique Store Finds - Some of my favourites

If like me you love vintage or antique finds but don't love the price tag in the retail stores, then flea markets and garage sales are probably one of your favourite places to spend and hour or so on a weekend.

Finding the perfect piece for a project, or just finding a piece you had no idea you wanted until you saw it is a big part of the fun - and even bigger fun - getting said piece at a bargain price!

These are some of my recent favourite flea market finds!



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

A review of the IKEA Domsjo farmhouse sink

After more than 18 months the white porcelain farmhouse sink we bought from IKEA is standing up to the day to day use better than I expected. But don't get too excited......


Saturday, 11 May 2019

10 Things to consider when building a new 'old' house

So many people dream of having an old farmhouse but more often than not they actually build a new house to look like an old farm house - but so many just don't look the part. What do they get wrong?

If you are building or renovating an existing home and want to achieve a more authentic farmhouse look, then you may find my top 10 of interest.


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Feature Framing - Quick & Easy

Take an old 1930's wooden oak frame that is starting to part at the corners, has lost it's glass and maybe isn't quite 100% square anymore - what do you do with it? Frame something of course - but not in the usual way!

Framed plates decorated simply in earthy tones for Christmas


Friday, 14 December 2018

DIY Fireplace Mantel - In the nick of time for Christmas

We took on the challenge of building 2 fireplace mantels in our new farmhouse.

The first one went up fairly fast as we needed to get organised so the gas log fireplace could be installed in time for Winter. The second mantel, well not so quick, in fact we only just did it a few weeks ago so I could decorate it for Christmas!

So many things to do in a new house and this poor fireplace stood bare for nearly 9 months.

Here is a DIY tutorial on how we made the mantel just in time for Christmas decorations!




Thursday, 29 November 2018

Old Christmas Tree - New Identity!

This being the first year in our new farmhouse I have found so many new spaces to decorate for Christmas, and I decided that the family room was the perfect recipient for a second Christmas tree.

But, a wide tree would take up too much room - so I searched the internet for options and discovered the super slim Christmas trees. I longingly looked at image after image of those super slim trees, but they are not readily available here in Australia at a price I could afford or at a quality worth having. So seeking a way to fulfil my slim tree dream, I hit upon the idea of seeing if I could convert my old wide tree into a super slim.




Thursday, 22 November 2018

'Brass to Farmhouse' - DIY Scales Makeover

I have been coveting for some time now a set of simple black iron farmhouse balance scales made by Laurel Foundry in the USA, the sort that you see on shows like Fixer Upper. I can readily find some to buy online, but the price tag in most cases is well over $100 before postage!

So, I have resisted buying a set, and I'm glad I did because I came cross a set of brass 1970's Libran star sign sort of scales online locally for only $30. They were a bit worse for wear with an aged pitted finish to the brass that wasn't attractive, plus they had chains holding the dishes which wasn't exactly the look I wanted - but I had a plan!


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

DIY Faux Aged Metal Christmas Bells

I love those vintage style metal Christmas bells popping up everywhere this year, but I don't love the price of many of them.

So when I cam across these very glitzy gold plastic bells in my local dollar store I looked past their less than desirable exterior and saw their lovely pattern and shape and bought them knowing they would be getting a serious makeover. Plus they were only $6 for a pair!




Thursday, 1 November 2018

The Things We Do For Vintage Stuff!

If you are like me and love finding vintage treasures online, you have probably experienced the intense joy of finding that amazing piece you can't live without, then the crushing disappointment when you realise it's located hours away from where you live.

You may also have experienced the third phase in the scenario - the little voice in your head that squeaks - you can't let this go, find a way to make it yours!




Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The sweetest little bureau - I finally found the perfect piece!

I had been looking for the perfect piece of furniture for our entry foyer for nearly a year - but due to size restrictions I hadn't been able to find anything to fit that met the criteria - until I discovered this sweet little writing bureau!

Sometimes the planets align and you find the perfect piece.


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Top 5 Tips for buying vintage items online

It's easy to make mistakes, or to be duped when buying vintage items online - here are my Top 5 Tips to save you from getting caught out.



Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A visit to the Bredbo Christmas Barn - Magical!

If you have worries on your mind or the weight of the world on your shoulders then you can check them at the door, as once you enter the Bredbo Christmas Barn you will be surrounded by a world of Christmas magic that overrides every other thought you had in your head.

This place is the ultimate escape for the lover of all things Christmas. There isn't enough space in your mind for anything but trying to absorb the atmosphere and shear volume of this visually amazing feel good place, where it seems every childhood dream of Christmas has come home to roost.

So come inside and follow me through a maze of Christmas delights.....