Friday, August 15, 2014

Pretty Spring Florals.

Though Spring's still a couple of weeks away l hope you enjoy these florally pics l put together .... l found this lovely vintage doona cover in blue and white floral which was the inspiration for the post.

I also found a few things for my stall at the Mill.....vintage tiny floral print dress. Old watering can and 70's fringed shawl.

The candle is a keeper......the Florentine picture frame will be sold. 
One of my tutu paintings sold.... so l had great fun painting a replacement. 
l sooo wanted to keep these bohemian glass bowls, but l packed them up and took them out to my stall before l could change my mind ... along with the tambour lace cloth and Florentine tray....but struth it was hard l tell ya :-) 
Anyway hope you all have a fantastic weekend coming up....
til next time,

Friday, August 1, 2014

From The Auction Room.

A few changes to the snore zone.... 
The mirrored shelf was discovered at auction, covered in dark green paint, and cobwebs.... a good scrub and three coats of white paint later....:-)
The wall sconces that were once multi-coloured, have been painted to match. 
A vintage paisley shirt.....and roses. 
 Lady head vase.... also found at auction. 

New cut glass lamps from Target....The shades are lace sleeves cut from an unworn top.

Such loveliness........found here
Love this pic taken of my daughter a week or so ago in Queenstown, (New Zealand) where she's been snow boarding....looks a little chilly though..
Mind you it's pretty chilly here as well.....these pics were taken in my garden earlier today.
We usually only have one or two snowfalls a year so it's a bit of a novelty to us:-) 

Wishing you all a marvellous weekend whatever you're up to....
Til next time,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kitchen Update.

l really hope you enjoy having a peek at my new look kitchen and are inspired seeing the big impact paint can have on a space. Though the kitchen has always worked on a functional level being that it's set out well, receives great natural light from the bay window, as well as morning sun due to it's Easterly aspect, my main issue was the out-dated, dingy orange timber stained cupboards. As the house was built around 20 years ago, it's to be expected that things end up looking like they're stuck in a time warp after a while, and except for the bench tops which were replaced a few years ago, our kitchen was straight out of the 90's.
(There's a before picture at the end of the post).

The space now seems so much lighter, and is more open and airy. My Sister's an interior designer and she selected Antique White USA for the paint colour...l think she's chosen perfectly. (Thanks Sis :-)
The plain pantry door was replaced with this leadlight one to tie it in with the leadlight of the overhead cabinets. l kept all the same appliances since they all still function perfectly fine.
Looking from the dining room into the kitchen, the family room is to the left. 

Flowers and candles pretty up and soften the space. 
The handles and doorknobs were all bought online where there's a huge range to choose from. The porcelain has a fine (deliberate) crackling through them which l think gives them the vintage look l was going for.
 Small shelves at the end of the cupboards hold jugs at the ready for bunches of flowers.
l still love the original feature tile so no need to change anything there.

In the kitchen looking out....on a very dark Wintry day. 

Now if only l could convince hubby to paint out all the timber skirting boards and architraves in the house....but l guess that's a battle for another day haha:-)
 This is the only before photo l have, taken about 12 months ago, but you can see just how orange the cupboards and bench look.   
 A (fuzzy) photo l took of the work on the bench, still in progress. Hubby removed the corbels for the pine lining which he nailed directly onto the hardwood bench. The corbels were then returned to their original positions, and architrave was nailed along the bottom edge. This not only neatens the edge, but also gives the bench more of a sense of solidity.  
Thanks so much for popping in for a visit and l hope you all have a great rest of your week.
Til next time,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Midwinter Visit.

The painter was here for almost two weeks, so it's been a bit of a mad rush to have the kitchen back together in time for daughters' weekend visit. The last door knob was put in place late yesterday evening just a couple of hours before they arrived, so no time for photos yet, but l'll try and post some next week....We haven't got a lot planned for the weekend as Winter is intent on asserting herself .... so it'll prob'ly be spent by the fire with home made pizzas.....My cooking skills don't extend much beyond that..... and a bottle of wine should dull the tastebuds, haha.. 

It was a sensational Winters' morning here a couple of weeks ago so l seized the opportunity to take a few pics to share. The sun was beautiful and warm and a real reprieve from the usual grey, chilly days we've been having. The colours were inspired by the Autumn tones of the dying roses, which to my eye were beautiful just the same.
The curtain panel was found at the opshop for only a pretty.... what a shame there weren't another couple.....don't want much do l:-)
Still trying to fit in a bit of painting time.....experimenting with ocean scenes and drippy, water trickles.

Old hats found at a garage sale, a few pics..... and then out to my stall to be sold. 
A couple of new/vintage perfume' keep for now.

Found a couple of pictures from my photo files l haven't shown before..

Fluffy Spring blossoms, from my garden a few years ago.
Pink Summer roses.

Wishing you all a happy, sunny weekend.... thanks so much for stopping over and also for your lovely comments.
Til next time.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Change For The Good.

After years of me banging on, hubby has finally cracked and agreed to the painting of the kitchen cupboards..... from (dated) orangy/yellow (timber) to light and white-ish....then l had to endure another 10 weeks of waiting for the painter to be able to fit me in....struth!!...
FINALLY he tells me it's gonna happen and tomorrow's THE day.....(-: (-: (-: happy dance.
In honour of this momentous event..haha, l've made a few changes in my dining room as well......l was OVER the aqua backboards on this dresser. l wanted to add some texture to them and make them look kinda rustic.
l used a beige/grey paint, plus white.....when almost dry l wiped back with a damp cloth to reveal some of the previous blue, then lightly washed over the blue with white to give it a faded effect. 
l've finally put to use these little niches, great for displaying vintage cups and saucers. 
 Everything got a dust and a spruce up, l added here and subtracted there until l thought it looked ok and this is how it looks now....but minus the roses. (they're compost:-)
Mum's been loving me having my stall, cos she's been able to clear out things she hasn't known what to do with for years and thinks they're now serving a purpose??....she recently gave me this old black duck, which WAS going straight out to the Mill, but then l found the bird migration poster at the opshop, and then remembered l also had a bag of ducks and some fake eggs somewhere..... so a couple of pics needed to be taken before it went.

Isn't the poster a cracker!! 
 This is the dresser before the new paint job. You prob'ly think it looks better here.... but hey, sometimes we just want a bit of a change:-)

Hope you all enjoy a fantastic weekend, thanks so much for stopping in for a visit.

Til next time,