Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A grown up bedroom space with a touch of charcoal grey...

There have been a lot of before and after posts on this blog recently. This post is not a before and after (mainly because I have no before pics) but rather an update of the spaces the young adults in this home frequent.

Having young adults living at home brings with it the challenge of allowing them to develop own personal spaces where they feel connected to their surroundings.

Luckily both girls enjoy having input into their spaces that reflect their personal style and preferences. I have loved watching them develop.

Room 1

Room 2

Notice the colour scheme....loving their choices....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Transforming a mess into a workspace

I'm finally feeling that the house is getting into a state that I am comfortable living with.
All of the old traditional  rustic country style is finally gone.

The study area was the last frontier that needed to be converted.

It had been living a double life- that of a study area and that of a dumping ground, for everything that needed to hidden away.
Yep, close the door and it doesn't exist any,more!

I was sick of closing the finally tackled the last bastion!

No easy feat considering it was painted half way up the walls with Suede effects paint.
Actually it was a lot easier to get rid of than I expected due to Dulux's  acrylic sealer undercoat ultra smooth (no not a sponsored post). We just sanded lightly then gave it one coat of the undercoat and voila! Ready to paint.

So now it looks like this:

where as before it looked like:


Favorite paint color- Dulux Hogs Bristle;


So now it is a bit of a man cave !

Some components of this room are:
Lamp- Freedom stores
Shelving- picked up on sale from Early Settler
Desk- Royce and Royce rustic country decor-Geelong
Lockers- purchased from Ebay and painted with chalk paint
Book boxes- IKEA
Collections: baskets, knick knacks-Ebay and Tyabb Vintage Shed
Clock & Ambersand- Typo
Footy jumper- gift

Still a little bit of tweaking but almost there. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The story of one bedroom....

We have lived in our home for a number of years and I have been known to change things up every now and then...

it is not until I looked back at pictures that I had taken that I realized just how much things have changed!

Recently I've fallen in love with the West Elm and Pottery Barn style since it is fairly new here in Australia. I love the eclectic mix of old and new.

Some recent purchases from West Elm  and my favorite bedding supplier Aura led to my latest bedroom decor...

I had a little giggle when I saw this and realized how my taste had changed.

with this look somewhere in between.....

Same bed...same room....many different ways!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bathroom budget makeover Before and After

It has been awhile since my last post but many things have improved at Kyandra so I'm hoping to share some before and after pics of our home in the near future.

If you have been a reader of Kyandra, you will remember how 'Country' she originally was but now she has a fresher style which I describe as French Provincial with a mix of eclectic modern and vintage pieces thrown in to give her some interest.

The bathrooms have been a challenge. Although completely functional there aesthetics have left a lot to be desired.

When selecting tiles during the original build I knew I would never tire of the gorgeous subway tile but I also thought I would love the pink and green floral border tile forever too.

The challenge was to update as cheaply a possible without ripping out the entire bathroom.

This is how I updated on a budget.



Her bones weren't bad, she just needed a new lease of life !



Installed  new chrome tap-ware. Love, love , love.


Due to cracked and leaking shower bases because of poor installation, it was necessary to replace the showers in both bathrooms... a cost we could have done without.


Sadly the subway in the  shower stall had to be ripped out too. So we replaced it with a
gorgeous tile that looks like Carrara marble.

I painted the previously gold luggage rack that we use to store towels matt black and installed a new chrome towel rail.

This bathroom is teeny tiny and serves as our main bathroom. It is functional and now more aesthetically pleasing and keeping with the colour and style I've come to love!

So what did we do?

Painted out the border tile with tile paint- $50
 Shower base and shower tile replaced due to leak (Tiles Beaumont Classic Carrara white) - $400
Tradesman for shower bases- $ 800
New chrome tap ware shower, bath and sink( Bunnings Mondello Maestro on special) - $220
New chrome towel rail ( Early Settler)- $ 100
Painted luggage rack - $15
Painted walls (Hog Bristle 1/4 strength)- $60
Chrome door handles (ebay) - $8

Total cost- $1653 although half of this was the cost of tradesmen due to the leak otherwise it would have been a cheap mini makeover.

I'm pleased with the results and can't believe what a difference painting out the tile border has had on the entire look. Still contemplating whether or not to paint the sink cabinet black?????

Have you completed a mini makeover?

Thanks for stopping by.



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