Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekend Finds

My hunger for a find did not disappoint and yesterday I picked up this cute tray/basket. What a steal for $1 thought it would look perfect with magazines in it or on the table as it is now filled with some lovely flowers.
Then theres this gorgous old bevilled mirror - can just see this in my sons room as thought it was quite masculine with all that patina around the edges.
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Cool Change


Hello cool change - with all the hot weather we have been having lately its nice to see some rain and the temperature a tad cooler. Got up early today and did some re-arranging in the lounge room. Still loving my white floors and yes so far they are easy to maintain - even ran the steam mop over them which was a breeze. I am having market and thrifting withdrawals and cannot wait to get out and find some goodies. For now its back to washing school uniforms and making sure the pantry is stocked for school lunches. Hope your children all had a great week back at school. The traffic here on the Gold Coast was a nightmare so I think the school bus is looking good. Have a great weekend. Sandy x




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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Australia Day

Just could not resist blogging these beautiful images. We are all set for our beautiful Australia Day. Have the snags ready for the BBQ, the tarp going up for shelter from this harsh aussie sunshine. We have the backyard cricket ready to go, the beers on ice, our bikinis and thongs on and all ready for a swim in the pool. Nothing better than spending the day appreciating our great country. Have a good one Sandy x


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

For the love of Chenille

Some of my collection. Images courtesy of other sources.

Chenille has been around for years and I would never pass up a beautiful bedspread on my thrifting travels I would make them into lovely cushion covers, raggy quilts and even slipcovers. They are very versatile and the best part is they wash and wear better over time. I would have to say that I have picked the best ones up in Victoria. I think the climate is more suited to them in colder states and I always seem to find one wherever I went. Can't say that now and many chenille bedspreads I have seen are well over the $200. I have kept mine for years and always seem to find a purpose for them. They are even great as throws over the couch.


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Friday, January 22, 2010

A Friday Find

During all the running around today I did manage an op shop or two - as you do. A few weeks ago I was in an antique store and saw this amazing cruet set, as much as I loved it I refused to pay the high price tag. Then low and behold look what I found today in the op shop for an absolute bargain. It's almost identical to the one I previously saw. Just pays to wait and all good things will come. Oh the flowers were a nice find too some gladies in my own garden.

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Some Friday Hamptons

With the kids back to school next week I am going to find myself running around today getting those last minute things. Yes I am one of those who has left it to the last minute. Oh well at least I can enjoy these images before heading out into the hot sun today.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Still love some colour


As much as I am enjoying decorating my new home in lots of neutrals its hard to take the flower out of the girl. I think I will always be a rose and pink girl and still have lots of rose paintings, floral doona covers and not to mention loads of shabby pieces. It's nice to be able to change things around and have either look. All you have to do is have the standard white couch and mix it all up by changing your cushions or lamps.



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Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Snaps

Thanks again for all your comments on my floors. I will be sure to keep you posted on their durability and if the paint lives up to my high expectations. For now here are a few quick snaps from around the house this morning. Today is going to be a high 34 degrees and good job my husband set up the above ground pool again yesterday as I spent most of the day just floating in it. Have a great week all. Sandy


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bedroom Floors Get Painted Too

After

Yes I did the bedroom yesterday as well.

Before
I was so pleased with the lounge rooms floors that I could not wait to get stuck into our bedroom, plus I have had no kids for a week so this has helped with doing these sort of projects. I used a concrete paint. This is an aqua tread paint with a superior hard wearing satin finish. Honestly its like walking on a piece of satin it feels that clean and soft. That's if you can imagine concrete feeling soft. It feels like when you just shave your legs and apply a lovely moisturiser. I guess only time will tell if this is going to be easy to maintain but for now it was a cheap alternative for a fantastic look and who really cares - I love the look and thats all that matters.




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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Finished Painted Concrete Floors

The concrete was in good shape not rough and the paint that I used had a satin finish which makes it feel nice and smooth under your feet. Well girls I did it - my completed painted concrete floors. Took me the best part of the day. Started out by cutting in and painting all the skirting boards as they were an off white. With a roller and 8 litres of concrete paint this is the end result. The paint was very easy to apply and I hope you agree that the end result is truly beautiful. What a great alternative to expensive flooring and having to worry about staining beautiful carpets. For now I think this will be a great option throughout summer and I think I will now do the same to my bedroom. Yes you guessed it the master bedroom has that revolting blue carpet too.



This room gets lot of sunlight and the awnings on the outside were a great bonus. I can easily pull these down when the sun gets too hot.

Now I look forward to hanging some chandeliers, buying a new rug and putting up my new curtains to complete the look.

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