A Pretty Mirror, Lilies and a sheepish return from renovation exile! ;)

Hello!

Is anybody still here?  It’s been a little while, we have been renovating and for most bloggers this would be gold…  lots of progress photos, planning and reveals.  For me though it was all I could do to keep my head above water and keep on swimming through each day! 

I fully plan to share with you the reno details and a bunch of photos, but today, inspired by these beautiful Lilies I thought I’d dip my toe back into blogging with a mirror makeover…

I was drawn to the lovely curvy shape, the carved details at the top and the gorgeous bevelled mirror which follows the frame shape.  I didn’t even remember to snap a before pic (I’m really out of touch with it I know!).

 

 
Mirror is available for sale, pop me an email if you are interested! 
 
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Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s lovely to be back! πŸ™‚

Jo xox

 

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A Crafty Little Solution for those Dreaded Remote Controls…. A Coffee Table Caddy!

Good Morning!

A quick little post of something I whipped up the other day.  No before pics, I was literally watching tellie and looking at the remotes scattered on the coffee table. Ughh.  Next thing I know I was painting up this caddy to combat the coffee table chaos.  Being the only female in the house, the boys just don’t understand my dislike of remote controls. Ugly things. And soooo many of them!

Anyway here’s my crafty little solution… a sweet coffee table caddy!  Easy to move out of the way for Friday night pizza πŸ˜‰  Holds said ugly remotes which are hopefully disguised somewhat by pretties yet easily accessible.

Finished in Annie Sloan Duck Egg and Old White {LoVe}.

What do you think about a Coffee Table Caddy?  Where do you stow your remotes?

That’s a Hat Trick from me.. 3 blog posts in one week. Crazy!   I’d love for you to join me here and follow along my little blog πŸ™‚

Have a happy weekend lovelies,

Jo xx

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Hello Annie! I get a tad excited about painted furniture :) Coastal Home Love meets Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

Hello Gorgeous Coasties!

I get excited about holidays, Christmas, my boy’s soccer games, shopping and lots of other wonderful things.  But don’t get me started on painted furniture… let’s just say the word obsession may or may not be an appropriate term to describe my relationship with it!  Love. 

So you can imagine my delight and happy dance worthy sheer joy over receiving some gorgeous new paint to test!  Now not just any ordinary run of the mill paint, but Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!!  Excited much, pick me up off the floor… hardly covers it πŸ˜‰

I had many projects lined up in my studio aka garage awaiting a makeover but I decided to dive in feet first and tackle quiet a large piece.  Allow me to introduce Big Bessy…..

Bessy came to live with us almost two years ago, she serves as a sideboard in our dining area and deserved a special make over.  In comes Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.  Delicious.

I decided to prime her all over, even though I know this step was not necessary, but I wanted some of the white to peek through after distressing.  I applied two coats of Duck Egg, the first coat went on like a dream.  I followed up with a second coat to ensure beautiful coverage.  I painted the back boards white to add some more definition and contrast to her.

After a little distressing I finished her off with the crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me of waxes!  Annie’s Soft Wax is amazing…  I could eat it on toast for brekkie with a nice English Breakfast tea and be in heaven!  {don’t try this at home ;)}.

And without further ado, I think I’ll have to call her Beautiful Bessy now….

 

 

 

I’m so happy with how she turned out and I’m more than a bit in love with Annie’s paint.  So happy we can get it in Australia finally! :))  Find more information on Annie Sloan products here.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Jo xx

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Back with a Tiffany Box Blue Mirror Makeover!

Hello luvlies,

Wondering if any of you are still with me?  Boy have I been a slack blogger!  At first I told myself I’d wait until the kiddies went back to school… well ahem… that was a month ago now.  Time just slips by.  Whilst I have been neglecting my blog… I do have to fess up about something.  I kind of feel like I’ve been having a sultry affair…. ;o  …that is cheating on my blog.  The object of my recent affection and attention is Instagram.  It’s so quick and easy to check in and post pics… I love how I can keep up to date with people and chat too.  I’ve made many lovely cyber friends… do pop over and say hi!  I’m @coastalhomelove πŸ™‚

So whilst I love hanging out on Instagram… there’s no place like home, and this little blog feels like my virtual home.  So I’m back to remove the drop cloths and dust off the cobwebs.   I thought I’d start by sharing a recent makeover.  I do love a good before and after story, especially one with a happy aqua ending πŸ˜‰

So here’s a before pic of a large mirror I purchased recently…  the usual fake tan orange pine, but with a gorgeous shape;

And after….  in her glorious Tiffany Box Blue colour.  I used a colour called Pacific Lagoon and added white until I got the perfect shade of aqua πŸ™‚

So after having most of the Summer off from blogging…  I’m back, on this wildly Wintery first day of Autumn… I even got to wear boots today!  Here’s to the change of season!

Do you love Instagram too?  Do you look forward to the change of Seasons?

Hugs…

Jo xx
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Decking the Coastal Christmas Halls…. Tra la la la la

Hello lovelies!

Tis the season to be Merry and Bright… and deck the halls with shiny gorgeousness!  I love Christmas decorations a lot. Sparkly, glittery goodness. 

I look forward to decorating every year…  and can’t wait for the 1st of December to come around to get my Christmas on! 

That said with so much going on with work, kids sports and events… Christmas decorating and planning for that matter, is a slow process in this coastal home πŸ˜‰

I’m feeling quite disorganised, with only a few presents shopped for, none wrapped and no plan for a Christmas menu!  Best be giving myself a shift kick in the Christmas behind me thinks πŸ˜‰

We have the tree up and decorated, I just love seeing it twinkling in the back ground as we watch tellie at night!

I’ve had fun making some Christmas bunting to hang about the place…  here’s a little Joy work in progress!   I also made Noel for my mantel and some Merry Christmas ones which I sold at Market.

Still on my Christmas To Do list is a skirt for our tree… she’s a modest old girl and think a lovely ruffly number would suit her to a tee! 

Finally, I added some fairy lights and the Noel bunting to complete our Coastal Christmasy mantel..  which is not so much a mantel as an Ikea floating shelf above our TV…  but it’s as close as I get to having a mantel so it gets treated as such πŸ™‚

This weekend hubby will channel Clark W Griswold… and hang the outside lighting!  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…  I think we watch it every year…  and still laugh out loud ;O

What’s on your menu for Christmas lunch?  Desperately seeking inspiration!

Hope you’re enjoying this crazy beautiful time…

Jo xx

To Market to Market!

Hello Lovelies πŸ™‚

Well my second market outing is done and dusted.  Last Friday night I attended some Night Markets at a local school.  It was hot, crowded and so much fun!  The atmosphere was very Christmassy and we were entertained all night by gorgeous singing kiddies.

Here’s a few pics I snapped.  My apologies for the quality of the pics…  I used my iPhone, which is my usual choice of high tech photographic equipment… but I was pressed for time whilst setting up and it was so hot! 

I reckon I lost about 3 kgs with all the lifting, carrying, jumping up and down off chairs to hang my curtains etc.  However, I promptly undid this effort by enjoying a lovely croissant breekie with the Cricket Mums on Saturday morning πŸ˜‰

 
 
I made the Christmas bunting and I was so happy to receive a couple of orders for bunting on the night.  I have another post coming up on the bunting πŸ™‚ 
 
 
I sold these sweet little nesting tables to a lovely lady.  Their transormation is not quite complete…  I’ll post their full story when they are finished!
 
 
 
 
I also sold a few of my handmade rustic signs
 
 
 
 
 
All in all it was a great night!  Looking forward to booking in for the next one πŸ™‚ 
 
Where are your fave Markets?
 
 
Jo xx