Dining table makeover

Today I wanted to share with you a project thats been in the making for over 2 YEARS!! Seriously, I cant believe how long we’ve been thinking, planning and figuring out this project, all the while having a big, ugly, orange table in the middle of our dining room! 

 Before the magic happened.... 
Before the magic happened…. 

Admittedly, it wasn’t a priority for a long time as we had such a huge list of other (practical, yet, non-pretty) jobs to get done around the house. That list started to clear and then finally, the weather cooled down just enough that all the sanding didn’t seem like such a bad idea!

It took me ages to find a process that would be just right for what we wanted. All I knew was how I wanted it took look in the end but I really had no idea how to get there! Just staining or whitewashing wasn’t going to cut it, so I spent ALOT of time researching different ideas and finally found a process (on this website) that seemed like it could work. Before we tackled the table I tried out the method on a smaller piece of timber, it worked perfectly but also made me realise just how much sanding would be required to get our table back to it’s bare timber state…  

To get the finish, we pretty much just used the tutorial on Heidi!’s blog as a guide, her instructions were simple and easy to follow – the main changes we made were what supplies we used! In the garage we already had white ceiling paint which we watered down for the white wash, and an old can of walnut stain turned out to be the perfect tone for our space. I literally only had to purchase some lacquer (a clear, flooring sealant) from Bunnings and we were ready to get to work…

We started with the table top leaves and once they completed and dry, we removed them and tackled the legs – which were super easy as they just needed a light sanding, undercoat (we used a Zinzer primer) and two top coats (Dulux half-strength Antique White USA in a semi gloss). And that was it – for all the hype we made about how long we thought this project would take, it really was completed faster than I ever imagined! I’m so glad we finally got around to doing this project and am so excited to share it with you all! Every time I walk in this room now, I feel so proud of our hard work and am so pleased with how great it looks in the space. It really has transformed the room…. 

Oh, and for anyone interested… we also purchased these spindle back dining chairs to comeplete the look, which I am also totally in love with! 

What pieces of furniture have you made over?

Let me know in the comments! 

Liv xx

Fave Finds

Happy Friday everyone! Have you got some exciting plans for this weekend? I am off to a baby shower down in Canberra with a few girlfriends, which means my first FULL day away from my baby girl! I’m a little scared, but totally know my hubby has got this! He is so the best daddy a little girl could ask for, and I think he’s just a touch more excited about it all than he’s letting on! 

Anyway.. Just a quick post today of a few things my fingers have stumbled upon this week while I was in hiding from this crazy hot weather we’ve been having! Enjoy… 

   Favourite Vases & carafes
Favourite Vases & carafes
  Favourite coffee table book
Favourite coffee table book
  Favourite Mantra
Favourite Mantra
  Favourite candle
Favourite candle
 Favourite cushion combo
Favourite cushion combo

Are any of these things inspiring to you too?

Let me know in the comments

Liv xx

Dive in…

This time of year the beach is simply too good to resist, and it’s always when I come home from beach that I feel most inspired. The fresh sea air, soft sand under your feet, an array of blue that just makes you want to dive in – Nature sure does have a way of bringing the most beautiful things together, and it’s exactly these things that inspired me to pull together this colour scheme. Keep scrolling to check it out… 

Button cushion, pendant light, artwork, potted fern, armchair, velvet cushion, scollop cushion, gold cushion, tassel throw, sofa, colour block throw, coffee table, side table, rug

What places leave you most inspired? 

Let me know in the comments

Liv xx

While in Wahroonga

They say never judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes a cover can be oh-so flirtatious and it just begs you to take a look inside and thats just what happened the other day when we drove past this home. I noticed the for sale board out the front and immediately had to do a quick google to see if my judgement of the cover was indeed correct… 

Much to my delight, it was as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out. High ceilings, hardwood floors, louvered windows – they all sing to my heart and make me feel a little giddy! But it’s not just that, it’s the character found in the details that really had me swooning over this beauty and dreaming away…

 This is the kind of kitchen I dream about! That range in particular...
This is the kind of kitchen I dream about! That range in particular…
 Picture rails... one of my most absolute favourite details to find in a home! Yep, I know, I'm an odd one! 
Picture rails… one of my most absolute favourite details to find in a home! Yep, I know, I’m an odd one! 

 Seriously?! That bath.... heaven!
Seriously?! That bath…. heaven!
 Sangria on the back terrace, anyone?
Sangria on the back terrace, anyone?

What do you think of this home? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Liv xx 

It’s been a while…

Hello 2017 and Happy New year to all my gorgeous followers!  The past couple of weeks (okay, months) have been a complete blur – this motherhood role has totally got me, or rather my little one has completely wrapped me around her teeny-tiny finger! But alas, here I am and here I hope to be a bit more this year! 

Over the Christmas a new year period we had ALOT of family time – a huge family reunion in Fiji, family get togethers over Christmas and a few days at my in-law’s holiday house up the coast – It’s been totally wonderful, but now the reality of the daily grind is setting back in and I’m determined to make better choices this year! 

To start off with I thought I’d share a bit of a photo diary of what’s been happening over the past few weeks/months.. 

 We had some professional family snaps taken in the most gorgeous park in Chatswood..
We had some professional family snaps taken in the most gorgeous park in Chatswood..
 I introduced S to the Sydney night noodle markets and I enjoyed my favourite summertime beverage! 
I introduced S to the Sydney night noodle markets and I enjoyed my favourite summertime beverage! 
 Spent one Sunday morning hiking to Barrenjoey Lighthouse... 
Spent one Sunday morning hiking to Barrenjoey Lighthouse… 
 ... and then enjoyed brunch at the Boathouse afterwards. 
… and then enjoyed brunch at the Boathouse afterwards. 
 I kicked off my favourite time of year by putting the tree up...
I kicked off my favourite time of year by putting the tree up…
 And decorated it with all my favourite ornaments 
And decorated it with all my favourite ornaments 
 We had a pre-christmas holiday in Fiji...
We had a pre-christmas holiday in Fiji…
 ...and I was treated to the most amazing & luxurious spa treatment! 
…and I was treated to the most amazing & luxurious spa treatment! 
 Came back home just in time to celebrate Andy's birthday and I made him this chocolate overload cake.
Came back home just in time to celebrate Andy’s birthday and I made him this chocolate overload cake.
 ... and then overloaded with more chocolate, making rocky road for the neighbours. 
… and then overloaded with more chocolate, making rocky road for the neighbours. 
 We celebrated Christmas eve at my Dad's house, who always dresses up as the best Santa! 
We celebrated Christmas eve at my Dad’s house, who always dresses up as the best Santa! 
 Enjoyed our first Christmas morning as a little family of three..
Enjoyed our first Christmas morning as a little family of three..
 ...and spent the rest of the day celebrating and feasting with the family.. 
…and spent the rest of the day celebrating and feasting with the family.. 
 S had her first ride in Granddad's boat...
S had her first ride in Granddad’s boat…
 ...and we started off the new year on just the right note! 
…and we started off the new year on just the right note! 

6 Months in..

Last week we celebrated 6 months our baby girls. I can’t believe half a year has gone by so fast!! There wasn’t any cake or big surprises, but I couldn’t resist putting together a little memory roll of some of our best memories!

I really can’t believe how this time has passed so quickly, it’s been a rollercoaster with highs, lows and moments where I think “where did that come from?” (no really how can someone so tiny bring up so much food, its crazy!) but I wouldn’t change a moment of it! This sweet little girl has brought us so much joy and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives sharing in that joy with her! 

Nursery Tour…

It’s been a long time coming and I can tell you, I’ve been wanting to share this for quite some time.. it’s just time keeps getting away from me! But better late than never they say, so while my little one is still just that, I’d love to share with you her gorgeous little slice of our home. 

Summer skies and winter sunsets were my original inspiration for Summer’s room – Capturing those awe inspiring moments and those moments of fun as hot air balloons pass or children run along gazing at kites soaring in the sky.

Before we knew if it was going to be a little girl or boy’s room, we decided to give the room a pale, sky blue canvas and built everything from there. The colour we ended up choosing was a perfect mix of blue with a pretty lilac undertone, in the morning sun it feels bright and fresh, while in the evening it looks slightly purple and makes the room feel oh-so soft and warm.

As soon as I found out a little girl was on the way, I knew I could go down the sweet road of pretty sunsets and pastel skies – my mind was filled with images and everything came together very quickly from there. I wanted the room to feel whimsical but also peaceful, to be a place that would be fun for a little girl to play in but to also feel timeless and relaxing.

The rose pink velvet chair was my first must have piece of furniture and it really gave the room that pretty, yet elegant feel. We ordered the cot, change table and set of drawers online and then I put a lot of DIY into the room. The mobile, hot air balloons, rainbow and pastel building blocks were all a labour of love – even the kites were made in the wee hours one morning when I couldn’t sleep at 8 months pregnant! We already had the IKEA bookshelf, which I decided to flip onto it’s side, add legs and then I white washed all the baskets on the bottom shelf to soften the golden colour up a bit.

When it was all finished, I have to admit I was a little sad to see the end of the project – it was so much fun designing a space for a little one. I really can’t wait for the next children’s space I get to create – be it a playroom, toddlers room or another nursery – there is just so much imagination that can be brought to life. And this room came together just how I wanted it to, both Summer and I absolutely love spending time in here. A very rewarding project indeed! 

Baby Shower Dreams

Over the past few weeks I’ve been really keen to get back into my little blogging world, but have also been having a little change of heart about what that looks like. With a new arrival on the way (bubs is due in late April) I’ve been thinking about how this space could change.  While in the past all my posts have been put together, alongside working full time I am hoping that with being home more I’ll be able to share some more personal stories and what design really means to me!

So in a bid to get a little more personal with you, I thought I’d share a few snaps from my Baby Shower last weekend.  From the very beginning, this shower was a labour of love! I really wanted to be all over the details and so a lot of heart, planning and DIY went into the final product. From making the floral chocolate bark, to painting the jars, collecting decorations and learning how to decorate cakes and cupcakes, it’s safe to say this was a full scale initiation into party planning for little people – and I loved every moment of it! 

Being a sucker for design – colour and the over all look of the table was pretty important to me. Admittedly, I even planned the food around the over all pastel colour scheme. Decorations were collected over a few weeks from countless stores and to get the right look I painted old pasta jars for the bunches of baby’s-breath. 

I’ve heard before that a gathering with out cake is just a meeting, meaning cakes and cup cakes definitely had to be on the menu. BUT I also wanted some healthy options so berry flavoured bliss balls, a fruit platter and veggie shots were added in to balance things out. These coconut cupcakes (you can find the recipe here) were absolutely divine, soft and fluffy on the inside with a heavenly Swiss Meringue butter cream (recipe for the butter cream here) and hints of black and blueberries .

Within mixing up healthy and not-so-healthy options, I also knew I would need some options that were super easy and quick to put together. The hummus veggie shots, pop corn cups, pikelet stacks, and bruschetta vol au vents were complete life savers here – and the added bonus of them all being mini in size was a super cute addition to the table too!

Fruity, floral chocolate bark was also a super easy addition and totally looked a million bucks – the only downfall was Sydney being in the middle of a heat wave, that chocolate did not stay solid for much more than ten minutes – oops! 

Finally the cake was definitely my most favourite part! Inside was a super delicious humming bird cake, which was covered with a subtle lime flavoured buttercream and whimsically decorated with sugar pearls and sprinkles. Almost, nearly, too cute to eat! 

So that was it! If you’d like to see where I got all my inspiration from, check out my Pinterest Baby Shower board below. And as an added bonus, I’m also sharing the planner I created to help get everything in order! 

Follow Olivia’s board B A B Y . S H O W E R on Pinterest.

 Have you ever hosted a baby shower before? What was your favourite part?

Let me know in  the comments!

XOXO Liv

Sunrise Nursery theme

Many of my friends and family know by now that we’re expecting a baby girl in April – if you follow me on Instagram, you will have also seen a few things I’ve been putting together for the nursery. Being a mum is something I’ve always dreamed of, and being someone who is particularly interested in design and all things pretty it should come as no surprise that I’ve been planning away our nursery for quite some time!

I started out with an image that really inspired me and worked from there. From colours to the overall theme of the room, I loved the idea first light or dawn for a nursery. Once we found out there was a little girl of the way it was decided – soft pink & lilac with pale blue walls was the way to go. So gradually our dawn sky theme is coming together, we’ve already painted the walls – a stunning pale blue that is fresh and lively in morning light, but takes on a subtle purple hue in the evening and below is the beginnings of what I hope will be something like our finished space… 

From top to bottom: Kites (DIY project), Cloud Pendant, Cot & Drawers, Baby Blanket, Curtains, Cot Sheet, Lamp, Unicorn, hot air balloon and  World Globe (custom), Armchair, Baskets, Prints, Cushion (similar), Moroccan Pouffe, Cloud Shelf, Lilac Blanket

Wish me luck xxx

Inspired by Abstract Art

Art is often one of the most over looked items that can really add a lot to any home. I’ve been to many friends places with bare walls one day and art another and the transformation really is huge. While it’s natural that priorities are to get the practical furniture pieces – sofas, beds, tables etc first, it’s also important that in time our dwellings feel like home.

Enter accessories & art – but at the moment I’ve got my mind set on the art. Whether it’s a gallery wall, a famous painting, something abstract or a sculptural piece adorning your walls – art comes in all different shapes, sizes & prices. Today I wanted to share with you a few abstract pieces that really inspire me, not just because they’re good, but because I also believe they are great ones for a DIY project. Take a peek and let me know what you think… 

A beautiful mess…

Layers of Fabric…

Bold colour… 

Golden texture…

Pastel simplicity…