Fall home tour.... downunder!

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.

Because this post was already so long, I stopped short at including my kids' rooms. But - another big upcoming room reveal - my son's bedroom is finally finished!! Woohoo! I'm so happy with how it turned out and can't wait to share it with you. (If you're new here and don't want to miss the big reveal, take a second and subscribe if you haven't already!) You can also follow me here:

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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 Home Tour~ Day OneAn Autumn Welcome ~ Monday, September 22, 2014
An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014~ Day TwoAn Autumn Welcome ~ Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014 ~ Day ThreeAn Autumn Welcome ~ Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour- Day Four
An Autumn Welcome ~ Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014 ~ Day Five

An Autumn Welcome ~ Friday, September 26, 2014

Doll's House makeover

This post first appeared on Practically Functional, where I'm a monthly contributor. Now it's my turn to share it with you guys! I've been looking forward to this. :)

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine
It all started when I purchased this second-hand doll's house as a birthday present for my daughter.

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I loved the classic lines and the solid wood construction. I wasn't in love with the dark, orangey-brown stain. It's just not my style, and it makes the doll's house look a bit old and dated. So, I decided to freshen it up.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I removed the internal shelves and got to work. The house needed two coats of stain-blocking primer. After just one coat, the stain was still seeping through in places and turning the white primer a dirty yellowish color like nicotine stains. Not exactly the fresh look I was after! Two coats did the trick beautifully. I followed with one coat of matt white spray paint.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

This was the finished result! So much lighter and happier.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

The next step was to "wallpaper" the rooms to inject some color and personality. For this task, I raided my supplies of scrapbooking paper, and used a larger piece of wrapping paper for the attic. I just creased the paper firmly into the edge of each "room" to mark the dimensions, then took it out, trimmed the paper down to size and affixed it with double sided tape.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Here's where we ended up!

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I was so pleased with how well the colors and patterns worked together. Each room has a different feel, and the overall effect is so sweet and cheerful.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Now the fun part - time to furnish the rooms! I bought a pack of doll's furniture from Toyworld shortly after I purchased the doll's house. I enjoyed unwrapping all the cute little miniature pieces and arranging them in the different rooms. But of course, I couldn't just leave it there. The house needed a few extra special little touches to make it feel like home.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I began by picking up a few little bits and pieces from Spotlight (my local craft supply store). For the attic bedroom, I cut a piece of white fleece to make a floor rug, then layered a miniature crocheted doily over the top for a warm and homely feel. I spray-painted a little monogram letter "A" for my daughter's first name and propped it on the dresser, then raided my fabric box and cut out some fabric to make little bedcovers.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

A crocheted bead became a ball fit for a little dolly to play with.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Lastly, I spray-painted a wooden coaster white and affixed a smaller circle of cloud-print paper over the top to create a window with a view.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

For the living room, an off-cut of chevron fabric became a floor rug, layered over fleece. I found some chipboard frames in my scrapbooking stash and painted them white, then used them to frame prints clipped from a magazine.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

In the dining room, I made a table runner out of the same chevron fabric, and tacked up another magazine cut-out straight onto the wall for a casual, poster feel.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

The bathroom didn't need much - just a doily rug. That gorgeous peacock wallpaper is the real star of this room!

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Finally, in the master bedroom, I made a polka-dot bedcover, then turned a magazine clipping of flowers into a work of art by displaying it in a chipboard frame.

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine

All those small details help to make this little house feel like a real home. For miniature-sized wooden people.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Best of all, Allegra absolutely loved her doll's house. After spending a while tucking her little dollies into the beds and plonking them in the bath, she then proceeded to empty out all of the furniture and pile it back in haphazardly in one big jumble. Ahh, that's better. Now it looks more like home. ;)

Speaking of which, how funny is it to compare this doll's house to a couple of my real-life rooms?! Seems that I love doing the "theme" thing!

cot view
Polka-dot nursery
playroom wall pin
Stencilled playroom wall

Let's chat: Do you like doing different themes for different rooms? Do your kids have a dolls house - and does it still get used? And what is it about miniature furniture that's so addictive?!

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