Sunday, February 7, 2016

A bohemian wedding - desert, cactis and a kombi

I came across a photo of this wedding on Pinterest and just had to click through and see more photos of this amazing event. Although my wedding day was a long time ago I still love to look at wedding magazines and blogs occasionally to get inspiration for parties and styling ideas.

The stand outs for me with this wedding was the gorgeous table setting and the chill out space beside the kombi. Stunning! I also love the palette of teal with pops of copper and tan.

Here are some more photos.......

What do you think?

All photos via Green Wedding Shoes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Teen Bedroom - Finn's Room Makeover + Pallet Bed

We made over Finn's bedroom in the holidays. We wanted to give it a freshen and a more mature vibe. We wanted to give him a bigger bed (as he was outgrowing his single bed ) and also incorporate a comfy space to chill out. 

The layout of the room stayed the same as his shelving and skateboard racks are bolted to the walls and I didn't want to have to remove them. Also his desk fits well underneath the window.

I had seen lots of pallet beds on IG and Pinterest and loved the relaxed look of them. It was also a low cost option instead of having to buy a new bed frame. We just had to buy a double mattress.
I've shown how we decided on the size and readied the pallets at the bottom of the post.

I found so many amazing pieces for his room at such great prices. Kmart was a treasure trove!
I am also using bits of our linen in his room as our queen size quilt covers sit well. 
I've listed below the suppliers and items I've used.

Here is how his room looks now.......

How we assembled his bed.......

We bought 4 old pallets for $5 each from a local building materials recycler. 
Due to our space constraint we wanted to leave enough room for a double mattress and about 40cm around the edges to use as a little side table/ledge. 

Simon cut approximately a third off 2 of the pallets (these went closest to the wall) this gave us the dimensions we wanted.  He then used the pressure hose to clean them. They were then given a light sand to get rid of any splinters and rough edges. I'm the ideas girl, Simon is the handyman ;)

We were just using up some white paint we had left over from other projects. We used 2 coats of Taubmans Endure low sheen in white. We found a paint brush was better than a roller as it worked the paint into the grooves in the timber. We weren't overly precious with the application as I knew the texture and imperfections would add to the overall look. We started to run out of paint so decided to skip the middle bit that the mattress would be covering!

A new mattress was purchased and then the fun bit began........ the styling!

It really was a team effort as Finn had quite strong ideas on how he wanted his room to look.  
We're all really happy with the result!

Jasper loved it so much he now wants his own single bed version. We'll see........

Did you do any room makeovers over the holidays? What is it about the start of the year that makes you want to change things around?

Suppliers List
(Note - I bought all of the products myself. None gifted or sponsored. Just things I truly loved)

Pallets - $5 each from a local supplier

Lamp - Kmart

Plants - Palm from Bunnings, Fern from a local nursery, Fakes from Kmart and Freedom

Rug - Kmart

Side table - Kmart

Desk - Officeworks

Peace sign - Typo

Skateboard racks - Ebay

Wooden surboard (Alaia)- Simon shaped it himself from Paulownia wood

Tall white lockers - Kmart

Bookcases - Ikea

Roam Free banner - Pony Rider

Baskets - Freedom

Quilt cover - Kip and Co 

Throw and Cushions - Adairs

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our last week of Summer holidays

Our gorgeous summer holidays have come to an end. Reality and routine starts today with the boys back at school and all activities starting up again.

We've had an amazing 2 months together as a family and are well and truly rested and ready to get into the year ahead. It's so funny to feel like the year is only starting and it's almost February!

Here are a few photos from our last week...........
We had another trip to Byron, celebrated Australia Day, popped into the divine Island Luxe in Bangalow, enjoyed beach days and quiet breakfasts on the balcony and some surfing in the rain.

How was your week?

Friday, January 22, 2016

A visit to Crystal Castle - Mullumbimby

We've squeezed in another quick trip to Byron before the reality of the school year starts. 
While we were up here we decided to pop into Crystal Castle in the Byron hinterlands.

It had been a few years since we had visited so it was lovely to wander around the grounds and see what was new and marvel at how much everything had grown.

There is something peaceful and magical about the place. Even the boys noticed it and were quite interested in reading the little signs about the crystals and following instructions on walking the labryinth.  If you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit.

Here are some of our photos from the day - 

One of the highlights was the wishing tree. It was so sweet to see the boys thinking of things to write to hang on the tree. There were quite a few "peace and love" and "world peace" on there. 
One can only hope!

Last time we were in the bamboo forest I was 6 months pregnant with Noah. 
It was funny to be back in the same spot with him running around. We had to grab a photo.

Have you ever been to Crystal Castle? Did you have a favourite part?

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