Coastal Styling Summer Blues with Lorriane Lea

Oh Hi!

Just casually popping in to share a few little changes around here. I have to celebrate the little changes as I’m currently living in a reno zone and it’s not pretty.  We’re renovating our bathroom. It’s a big job. I’m most definitely over it. But it will be worth it in the end! So I keep telling myself.

In the meantime, my bedroom is looking pretty with a few new pieces from Lorraine Lea. I’ve worked with Lorraine Lea before and was thrilled to team up again for their Spring / Summer campaign. Which by the way has some amazing pieces!

So you know I love blue and white and when I saw the Temple Quilt I might have gasped just a little, it’s that beautiful. The chinoiserie print is whimsical, gorgeously crisp … it speaks to my love of ginger jars and of course blue and white.

I’ve paired it here with a pair of navy velvet cushions, because velvet, it’s so lux and adds a lovely contrast. Also in the mix is the Miami cushion. I’m all for mixing and matching and I adore the fringing and watercolour like print of this cushion.

Then to add extra layers and depth I’ve added a trio of the Isla Euro pillowcases in white.  These have a beautiful textured pattern on them and will go with everything! Definitely good bang for the buck.

Of course, my cushions love travelling around the house, I like to change it up by using them in the lounge and family room. I love that about cushions, such an easy and affordable way to change the look and feel of a space! Here they are posing in our family room….

I’m off now to decorate for Christmas, and maybe plump and faff with my new cushions just a little bit more! 😉

Jo xx

NB: This post is not sponsored however, some items were gifted to me for my review.  As always I only recommend items I truly love and am happy to have in my own home.

Surf’s up…. A Surfboard Coffee Table

Hello friends!

I had a bit of fun with this makeover…  as soon as I saw this old retro coffee table I knew just what I wanted to do with it!

Here’s a before pic, I had already started sanding and filling before I realised I had forgotten to snap a pic! 😉

After quite a bit of sanding and painting….  here’s what I ended up with!

Surf’s up baby 😉

I think it’ll look great in a beach house…. hopefully there’s someone out there looking for a surfboard coffee table!?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jo xx

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! 
 


Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s lovely to be back! 🙂

Jo xox

 

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Aqualicious Hall Table and Mirror Makeover!

Hello lovely friends

I realised this is my 50th blog post, a milestone for my little blog!  Thank you so much for following along and for all your lovely comments, they warm my heart!  I feel so lucky to have had a few projects featured, including three in the last couple of weeks…  this is crazy exciting for my teeny blog.  You can check out my featured projects here :).

Now onto a Before and After Quickie!

I’m always on a mission to ban fake tan furniture… so when I came across this guy I knew I had to help him!  I fell in love with the shape and details of this piece..  and I knew he was destined for Aqua greatness!

 

The chair is part of a set of four which I refinished earlier this year.

Here’s the before…  well made, nice shape, bad fake tan finish 😉

 
 
I also refinished this lovely mirror in the same aqualicious colour.  I find it tricky to photograph mirrors, I usually end up with a foot or an arm in shot…  not this time but I do have the ‘leaning tower’ of cushies in the background 😉
 
 

Thanks for stopping by lovelies,

Jo xx

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A Mid Century Coffee Table Refresh!

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Long weekend here in NSW, after a morning of kids sports I delivered this coffee table back to its owner…. Jo from Poppy Handmade Designs, she’s just gorgeous and one of my favourite clients.  She asked me to update her coffee table.  It belonged to her Grandparents so she wanted to keep it but tie it in with her decor. 

Here’s a before pic….  Classic Mid Century design, again with that dreaded fake tan orange!! 😉 
It also had some water damage to the top.  Where liquid had penetrated the veneer and the particle board beneath had expanded 🙁

So here’s how it transformed…

I stripped back the top and re-stained it.  The colour is called Brazilian Roast, it’s lovely and rich (pic to the left shows the first coat going on).  When I took the tint base stain up to the paint counter and asked for Brazilian Roast, the cheeky guy asked if I’d like sugar with that! 😉 

I ended up doing four coats on the top, probably could of gotten away with 3 but I wanted to build up a deep rich colour and ensure it was well sealed.

I also stained the rattan shelf to tie in with the table top.

The frame received three coats of Annie Sloan Old White and some distressing per my client’s wishes.

Here’s how it came together in the end….

I also finished the little Coffee Table Caddy this week…  if you missed the post… click here to see 🙂

 

I couldn’t do much about the water damage, but it’s much less noticeable now.  The darker top really helps with that.  Anyway, hopefully it’s now ready to face many more years!

Thanks for checking in!

Jo xx

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A Vintage Table Makeover in Coastal Blue!

Hello Friends

I’m back to share a makeover I finished a couple of weeks ago.  Two posts in as many days… unheard of from me!  I guess that what happens when the weather is wild and wintery and you’re housebound 🙂

 
This gorgeous half-moon table belongs to a lovely client who asked me to give it a much needed makeover.  Her hubby couldn’t quite see the potential and why she loves it… but hopefully after a makeover he’ll “get it” 😉  

I absolutely love the shape of this old piece, it has buckets of character and as soon as I saw it I knew it would come up a treat.
Before… 




















He was in pretty bad shape, the top had two large holes all the way through and many layers of peeling paint.

As soon as he was dropped off I got started stripping the top back and repairing the holes.  

Old pieces like this one have the potential to be amazing with some time, patience and a whole lot of TLC.  If you happen to find a hidden gem at the back of Mum and Dad’s shed please note, more often than not, the paint probably contains lead.  Lead is very nasty and can be very dangerous so please, please use precautions.

Once he was all prepped, a horrid messy job, I gave him a good sand all over and undercoated him.  Then he was ready for some colour… going for a fresh Coastal look, I mixed up a beautiful shade of pale blue and gave him two coats.  Then took to him with some fine and medium grade sandpaper.  I finished him off with some gorgeous Annie Sloan clear wax.

 

 


I love how this piece turned out, the toughest part of my job here was handing him back!  


Hopefully my client’s hubby changed his mind and now loves him as much as she does  😉

Thanks for stopping by 
 
Jo xx
 
 
 
 
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