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!!!
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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.

After:


Before:


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

After:


Before:


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









After:




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.

 Before:
During:

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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Monday, December 30, 2013

The right shade of grey !

I'm trying to find the right shade of grey to paint a wall in my bedroom. Usually I'm quite confident when choosing paint colours as I've used soooo.... many over the years but the shade of grey I'm looking for has me stumped.

Currently I have a number of samples taped to the wall but they are either too purple , too blue, too light or too dark ....  oh the choice is confusing.

I just want to paint the wall behind the bed which is currently a plum colour.
The other walls are a neutral  Dulux Hog Bristle , the floor is charcoal and the bed is black.

The American blogs show some beautiful colours but down here in Australia we seem a little limited.

If anyone can suggest a fabulous shade of grey/gray I'de be delighted to hear from you.

Some inspiration from Pinterest:
Tracie's Gorgeous Grey Bedroom Makeover <3
 Inside Scoop: Monochrome Calm in a Netherlands High Rise 
 love the gray door repurposing as a headboard and the use of the branch wrapped in lights above it.....
My Sweet Savannah: ~fishtail cottage~
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas decorating


 Long time no post..... It's been a crazy year so I'm hoping next year will be a better one!

I thought I would share a few pictures of Kyandra's holiday spirit. I'm loving the way it is all coming together.

I hope you're enjoying your Christmas ...... wherever you are!!!!







Merry Christmas 

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