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Spotted Curtains | A Beautiful Mess
Is it just me, or are curtains ridiculously expensive?! Just like rugs. Or maybe it’s just the curtains/rugs that I like that are expensive (see other posts re: my tastes and what I can actually afford!). I read a LOT of other blogs and remember seeing a pair like this that I totally loved They have a 101 Dalmations, chic quirkiness to them. Plus, black and white goes with so much. Pick up a pair of the cheapest curtains you can find and get to spotting - if you’re not keen on black and white, try some other trending combos like black and bronze or neon and white (or pick out colours from your room and go with those!)

Spotted Curtains | A Beautiful Mess

Is it just me, or are curtains ridiculously expensive?! Just like rugs. Or maybe it’s just the curtains/rugs that I like that are expensive (see other posts re: my tastes and what I can actually afford!). I read a LOT of other blogs and remember seeing a pair like this that I totally loved They have a 101 Dalmations, chic quirkiness to them. Plus, black and white goes with so much. Pick up a pair of the cheapest curtains you can find and get to spotting - if you’re not keen on black and white, try some other trending combos like black and bronze or neon and white (or pick out colours from your room and go with those!)

Leather & Brass Campaign Bedside Table | Vintage Revivals
I have a strange requirement when it comes to my bedside table - it needs to support a cat. So even though I love all those pretty, spindly, mirrored tables, they just aren’t practical. I saw a gorgeous campaign style chest of drawers in the new Homes+ magazine in a bright green - this pink is a bit more my style though! Even better, this is made using the super cheap Rast bedside table from IKEA. It looks lovely, it’s cheap to make and Sophie can jump on it all she wants!

Leather & Brass Campaign Bedside Table | Vintage Revivals

I have a strange requirement when it comes to my bedside table - it needs to support a cat. So even though I love all those pretty, spindly, mirrored tables, they just aren’t practical. I saw a gorgeous campaign style chest of drawers in the new Homes+ magazine in a bright green - this pink is a bit more my style though! Even better, this is made using the super cheap Rast bedside table from IKEA. It looks lovely, it’s cheap to make and Sophie can jump on it all she wants!

Paint Dipped Balsa Wood Candle Holder | A Beautiful Mess
Standing in the hardware store the other day, I found a stand of balsa wood. I told my dad that I wanted some. Why?, he asked. I don’t know, I replied, I just like balsa wood. And who knows when I would find the perfect project for it? And then look - here is not only the perfect thing I’ve been looking for for my mantle piece, but it’s made from balsa wood! See, I’m not crazy (though I may be a hoarder). If you’ve never used balsa wood before, you will love it. It’s so soft that you can cut it with a craft knife, it’s light weight and if need be, you can make a model airplane out of it.

Paint Dipped Balsa Wood Candle Holder | A Beautiful Mess

Standing in the hardware store the other day, I found a stand of balsa wood. I told my dad that I wanted some. Why?, he asked. I don’t know, I replied, I just like balsa wood. And who knows when I would find the perfect project for it? And then look - here is not only the perfect thing I’ve been looking for for my mantle piece, but it’s made from balsa wood! See, I’m not crazy (though I may be a hoarder). If you’ve never used balsa wood before, you will love it. It’s so soft that you can cut it with a craft knife, it’s light weight and if need be, you can make a model airplane out of it.

Multiple Taper Candle Holder | Inspired By Charm

I love this candle holder and the fact that IBC has shown them in two colour ways - black and gold and white and black. Black and gold is a big colour combo right now - you’ll be seeing it more and more in the stores. But there’s something classic and black and white. This would be great for a centrepiece for your table - like a modern candelabra!

Stacked Plywood Bench | Vintage Revivals
I’ve finally gotten round to decorating my bedroom after putting my wallpaper up last year! I really want a bench for the end of my bed but all the ones I like are, of course, insanely expensive! I love the hairpin legs on this bench and the fact that it’s so easy to make. You will need a few power tools if you want to make this (well, it will make it a lot easier and quicker if you do!) like a power saw and power sander. If you don’t need a bench, you could make it wider and use it as a coffee table too.

Stacked Plywood Bench | Vintage Revivals

I’ve finally gotten round to decorating my bedroom after putting my wallpaper up last year! I really want a bench for the end of my bed but all the ones I like are, of course, insanely expensive! I love the hairpin legs on this bench and the fact that it’s so easy to make. You will need a few power tools if you want to make this (well, it will make it a lot easier and quicker if you do!) like a power saw and power sander. If you don’t need a bench, you could make it wider and use it as a coffee table too.

Pom Pom Table Runner | Haberdashery Fun
If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo

Pom Pom Table Runner | Haberdashery Fun

If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo

Brass Hanging Planter | Nalle’s House
2014 will be for me the year of the hanging planter! I bought myself some rope and tried one of the DIY’s I’ve featured before. It……did not end well. RIP plant. Note to self, make sure your knots are even! But I still like the look of hanging planters and I think this one would be more stable. Plus I am all about bronze right now so this is right up my alley. Perfect with modern interiors, and you can hang it inside or outside. This time I might give it a test before I hang it first though…

Brass Hanging Planter | Nalle’s House

2014 will be for me the year of the hanging planter! I bought myself some rope and tried one of the DIY’s I’ve featured before. It……did not end well. RIP plant. Note to self, make sure your knots are even! But I still like the look of hanging planters and I think this one would be more stable. Plus I am all about bronze right now so this is right up my alley. Perfect with modern interiors, and you can hang it inside or outside. This time I might give it a test before I hang it first though…

Aluminum Chair Makeover | A Beautiful Mess
Some of you who read the British Mollie Makes mag (there’s also a German and American version I believe…) would have seen a project similar to this recently. I saw it, I loved it, I could not for the life of me understand what the directions were saying. I personally think that the directions in this makeover are a bit easier to follow. But regardless, it’s a super cool makeover for something that normally gets chucked when it breaks, so being able to upcycle it in such a bright and colourful way is a huge positive in my mind!

Aluminum Chair Makeover | A Beautiful Mess

Some of you who read the British Mollie Makes mag (there’s also a German and American version I believe…) would have seen a project similar to this recently. I saw it, I loved it, I could not for the life of me understand what the directions were saying. I personally think that the directions in this makeover are a bit easier to follow. But regardless, it’s a super cool makeover for something that normally gets chucked when it breaks, so being able to upcycle it in such a bright and colourful way is a huge positive in my mind!

Midcentury Modern Side Table | A Beautiful Mess
Midcentury modern is my favourite style of furniture. It fits in perfectly with my little house, and it looks great to boot. I like the idea of making my own as I find that side tables are usually too short for my sofas - I have very high arms, which makes grabbing for coffee a risky action! I think this would look fab with ‘dipped’ legs - maybe white or hot pink?!

Midcentury Modern Side Table | A Beautiful Mess

Midcentury modern is my favourite style of furniture. It fits in perfectly with my little house, and it looks great to boot. I like the idea of making my own as I find that side tables are usually too short for my sofas - I have very high arms, which makes grabbing for coffee a risky action! I think this would look fab with ‘dipped’ legs - maybe white or hot pink?!

Upcycled Vintage Plates | Honestly WTF
Does anyone else love collecting vintage china? I have picked up this dangerous habit from my mother, who has an amazing collection of chintz Winton & other pieces she has collected. She also has a knack of finding gorgeous embroidered tablecloths. I might have knicked a couple of them! Though I have some plates that I adore and would not alter in any way, there are a few that could do with a bit of an update. I love these pieces inspired by Melody Rose. They’re still vintage and pretty but with a bit of a modern edge. Keep in mind that most waterslide paper is not to be washed or eaten off of (though there are some types of paper that you bake in the oven that you can then eat off of and wash, but check before you do!). Check out Free Pretty Things For You for free vintage pics to decorate your china!

Upcycled Vintage Plates | Honestly WTF

Does anyone else love collecting vintage china? I have picked up this dangerous habit from my mother, who has an amazing collection of chintz Winton & other pieces she has collected. She also has a knack of finding gorgeous embroidered tablecloths. I might have knicked a couple of them! Though I have some plates that I adore and would not alter in any way, there are a few that could do with a bit of an update. I love these pieces inspired by Melody Rose. They’re still vintage and pretty but with a bit of a modern edge. Keep in mind that most waterslide paper is not to be washed or eaten off of (though there are some types of paper that you bake in the oven that you can then eat off of and wash, but check before you do!). Check out Free Pretty Things For You for free vintage pics to decorate your china!