Big Boy Room Makeover and a Giveaway from Hickory Hill Home!

My big boy is 13, I’m not sure how that happened, it seems like only yesterday I was holding his little hand to cross the road.  His room had not been touched since we moved into this house about 5 years ago.  The walls were an ugly shade of builders beige (eeek)….  So painting them had been on my to do list forever!


Hello Taubman’s Knight Grey!

Paint is pretty cool stuff.  I’m still amazed at the power of paint and how it can transform a space or piece of furniture. For this project I chose a dark charcoal colour called Knight Grey by Taubmans.  His room faces north and is upstairs, it gets great light and is a large room, so it can handle this bold colour.

Painting with such a dark colour requires a steady hand when cutting in as any mistakes are very unforgiving.  Have a wet cloth at the ready just in case… I actually use baby wipes, I’m super professional like that! ;O Don’t be afraid to use a bold colour, it’s only paint and can be changed relatively quickly and inexpensively!

Once I had the walls painted, I really tried to work with what I already had to style and furnish his room.  We had a couple of spare shutters hanging around in the garage and these became a new head board.  We’re going to get him a new king single ensemble soon so it will fit perfectly.  I love the contrast of the pure white against the dark walls.  The other furniture was already in his room and received a fresh coat of white paint.  The little footstool at the end of the bed was a makeover I did ages ago, you can check it out here if you are interested!



I did buy the print above the bed, I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I hope that my boys will always have these qualities.  The print is from Spotlight. The cute little birdy cushion is also new and is from Ikea.  The collage on the wall is my son’s creative work, it consists of drawings, pictures and things that mean something to him 🙂







Dusty Blue Gingham Doona Cover and Pillow Shams by Hickory Hill Home

The doona cover and pillow shams are new, they are from Hickory Hill Home.  I’m very excited to be collaborating with them on this project.  Be sure to read to the end for details of a giveaway!

I love the quality and simplicity of the gingham, not too grown up and a lovely contrast with the white and charcoal. Hickory Hill Home have the most beautiful range of bed linen, pyjamas, cashmere and items for the home.  You can check them out here, the doona cover is on sale right now with free shipping within Australia, plus there is a 20% discount off your first order when you sign up!





The vintage style world map is from Typo.  Basket is from Big W. Chest was a vintage find.  Lamp was from Horgans. The oar was another DIY project.



My son made the black and grey patchwork cushion at school last year!  He did a really great job and this cushion was actually the jumping off point for the room!  He gave me a big hug when he got home from school and saw his new space all finished. I think he’s pretty happy. Makes it all worthwhile 🙂


Ok let’s talk giveaways!  I’m super excited to be hosting a giveaway for Hickory Hill Home over on Instagram! They are giving one lucky follower the chance to win a $200 voucher to spend on their website!  How cool is that?!

Pop over to @coastalhomelove on Instagram for all details on how to enter!  Gotta be in it to win it!

Jo xx


Coastal Home Love Facebook Giveaway

Hello Lovely friends,

Just popping in to share a little giveaway I’m holding on my Facebook page

I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported my journey so far. 

To mark the milestone of 1000 likers, I’m giving away a little Coastal Home Love pack 🙂

It contains one my hessian doily tote bags, a hand painted rustic sign {made by yours truly}, and a sweet little birdy hook.

Details below on how to enter….

 Thanks so much,

Jo xx


  ~ How to enter and Terms & Conditions ~ {apologies for the boring stuff coming up}

This competition is in no way connected to Facebook. It is being run by Coastal Home Love.

♥ To enter simply email ~  I will assign each entrant a number and then use to pick a winner ~ Easy Peesey!
♥ Entry is open to Australian Residents only
♥ Entry is open to likers of my Facebook page
♥ Anyone who shares Coastal Home Love on FB will receive an extra entry! …but it is not compulsory 🙂
♥ By entering you agree, should you win, your name will be published in a post on the Coastal Home Love Facebook page (when announcing the winner), and you will need to contact me to claim your prize.
♥ Entry closes midnight on Friday 23 November 2012
That’s about it 🙂

Shabby Chic Stencilling fun & My first Give Away!

Hi Lovelies!

I’ve been MIA these past weeks, basically keeping a) warm and b) dry… Sydney winter is here with bells on…  and it’s been wet and chilly!!  I’ve not painted anything for a little while, instead preferring to work on indoor projects; watching MasterChef, eating chocolate, crocheting and the odd glass of red!  All wonderful winter activities 😉

I am super excited Coastal Home Love’s Facebook page has almost reached 500 likes… which is just crazy great!!    I’m so grateful to have such friendly, stylish and lovely likers on the page 🙂

Soooo to celebrate reaching this milestone I’m giving away one of these Paris Flower Market signs….

~ Classic White with French Grey ~

I have been having fun creating some signs.  They are hand painted and stencilled on thick canvas art board.

I’ve been playing with different colour combos; What colours would you like to see??  

Paris Flower Market Signs are available to purchase at via CoastalHomeLove


~ Olive with Blue ~
~ French Blue with White ~
~ Tiny Dancer Pink with White ~

If you like to win a Paris Flower Market sign…  here’s what you need to do…

 ~  CONDITIONS OF ENTRY in 3 easy steps!  ~

1) ‘Like’ Coastal Home Love on Facebook  (please note this needs to be from your personal Fb account!).

2) Share page on Facebook with your friends!

3) Email Coastal Home Love ( letting us know you have completed steps 1 & 2, and advise what colour you would choose if you win!

Easy Peesy! ~ Like… Share… Email!

For an extra entry you can follow along with my blog….  I’d really love you to join me for some upcycling adventures 🙂

Good luck and thanks so much for your support,

Jo xx

~ Conditions of entry ~
Giveaway open from 17 June 2012 and will close midnight on 30 June 2012. Open to Residents of Australia. Entrant must ‘like’ Coastal Home Love Facebook page and share with friends on Facebook. Entrant can be an existing liker or a new liker. Entrant must email Coastal Home Love stating preferred colour choice and that they have met entry conditions.

Prize includes; One Paris Market Flower Sign (choice of available colours) and includes postage within Australia.

A winner will be chosen using Winner will be notified by email and I will announce winner on my blog and on Facebook!
Please note this giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored or endorsed by, or associated with Facebook.  Entrants are providing information to Coastal Home Love and not Facebook. Email information will not be passed on by Coastal Home Love.

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