Welcome, friends! I have a treat in store for you today! I was invited to be part of a Fall home tour this week. And of course, I said yes, because well - home tour, right?! I've always wanted to be one of the cool kids doing a home tour.
So then I started looking at all the beautiful homes of the bloggers participating in this tour, which kicked off on Monday. And guys. The thing about this home tour? Emphasis on the fall part. It is a very seasonal tour indeed. Let's just say there are a lot of pumpkins. Very, very, beautiful homes. With pumpkins.
My regular readers I'm sure are having a good laugh right about now. Don't get me wrong - I love pumpkins. But, well, see, the thing is... it's actually spring here in Australia.
So, this will be a fall home tour with a difference. Emphasis on the home tour part. You won't find any pumpkins today, but I think my moody colour scheme fits the autumnal theme perfectly anyway. I've been busy busy busy finishing off a number of spaces to show you today and so I'm super excited to welcome you inside! (And let's just say my husband will be glad to have his garage back - it's been completely taken over with DIY projects the last few weeks!)
We're standing in the entry at the moment, where you will experience your first taste of my cushion obsession. I've recently made-over an old, dated mirror into this stunning beauty. In fact, my regular readers will notice several new updates and makeovers since you last set foot (virtually speaking) inside this house. I've been so busy DIY-ing of late that I've done very little blogging about it. Full tutorials and before-and-afters to come in the weeks ahead. (Don't want to miss out? You can subscribe here to receive my posts by email!)
If you turn left after the entry, you'll see our living area. GASP!! Who noticed?? THE CURTAINS, I TELL YOU!! I finished them! Those stripes are actually hand-painted. (Tutorial coming up!) I love how much height and drama and elegance they add to the room. Very classic!
Look left, and you'll see the next change...
I have wanted a gallery wall in my life for SO LONG. As evidenced by the fact that I'm now going to take ten thousand pictures of said gallery wall and show them all to you. So much lovely.
Sources for all prints and decor items, plus a "how to hang a gallery wall" post coming up. So juicy, right? (Have you signed up yet?)
Are you feeling my excitement yet? I think you need a couple more pictures...
Alright, I'm tearing myself away from the gallery wall. Turn just a fraction to the right and there is other loveliness to see.
A keen eye may have already spied my brand-new DIY herringbone artwork. (You guessed it - tutorial coming up!)
On your left are my stencilled Ikea Billy bookcases.
Oooh, and what is that next to the bookcases? A gallery wall, you say?!
Sorry, sorry. Here we are, looking back towards the kitchen...
Let's zoom in a little closer. What's that you've spotted?
Yes, I made my pantry door into a giant chalkboard! It's so much fun to use it as a menu and tantalise people with dishes that may not actually ever be made.
Look at those lovely autumnal pears. (Have you forgotten it's spring, yet? Good, good.)
Tucked up next to the kitchen is my compact home office/ family command centre. I love how it's right in the middle of all the action! It's been the best design decision we made with this house. So convenient, especially with little kids to keep an eye on. You can read about how I made-over this unused corner of the room right here!
If we zoom in a little, you'll spot the most popular project on my entire blog - my DIY industrial wire mail baskets, made from $5 cleaning caddies.
I've recently added a technology charging station - just the right size to fit an iPad mini, an iPad and a couple of phones.
To the left of the kitchen is the kids' playroom. It's open to the living area so I can supervise the kidlets easily.
I've updated the window seat with a DIY upholstered seat cushion. I love it! Such a cosy spot to snuggle up with the kids and read a book.
You can read about my yellow stencilled wall here.
Another update I was really excited to make was this brand-new kids art gallery. (Simple tutorial coming up, of course!) I love having a place to display the kids' artworks.
I've also recently finished updating my daughter's doll's house - you can see the before and afters and an easy tutorial here!
Down the hallway, you'll find the main bathroom.
I added some leaf prints to the walls and some new striped towels.
Lastly, the master bedroom!
This room was crying out for some colour, so I thought I'd be daring! Coral linen Euro pillowcases mixed with turquoise, pink, and a bright yellow throw. I'm so glad I decided to be brave - this room makes me feel happy whenever I walk in!
Thank you so much for coming through my home today! I hope all my new guests felt right at home, and I'm smiling at the thought of how much of a transformation this has been for my regular readers. I hope you love it as much as I do.
And of course, don't forget to take some time to have a browse through all these gorgeous homes by some of the most talented bloggers around! It's like a free magazine in your inbox. Ahhhhhh. Love it!
An Autumn Welcome ~ Thursday, September 25, 2014
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