Home shopping not so lamo

There comes that time every month when the inevitable happens! The husband threatens to cut off all credit card privileges if he sees on more unnecessary expenditure appear before the end of the month roll over. Kill joy :(

It’s usually around this time I start looking for a few more cost effective ways of continuing to keep my spaces unique and visually interesting! Enter Home Shopping! Turning your house into your own “free” store.

By changing perspective on how we use thing we already own we can still have spaces that are stylish and inspiring on little to no budget at all! Here are a few ways you can start to use your home as the worlds cheapest store.

1. Moving items from one room to another

Sounds to simple to work but it really does.  I am forever moving cushions and art around. Its surprising just how many people comment on something that I really have had for ages but moved from somewhere else. It is the quickest and easiest (and cheapest!) thing to do to change a space.

2. Make your own art

It doesn’t have to be Kandinsky! These days anything goes as art. Old wrapping paper framed. A cheap canvas with some coloured dots or actually use some of those digital photos and have them enlarged. I recently created this master piece with a photo I took in New York. A few minutes in photoshop, $18 to have it printed at k-Mart & an Ikea frame I already had= awesome new print for the living room that reminds me of my awesome trip to the NYC. I also have some pennies I am thinking about framing……..

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3. Repurpose furniture that you already have or refurb them

This seems like an obvious one but again is a simple way to reinvigorate a space. One of my favourite past times is to search on Pinterest ‘repurposed’ or ‘ikea hack’. There are loads of ideas of reusing items you probably already have. One of my favourites is this – an old dresser turned into an island bench, brilliant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Learn to love paint

This really follows on from the above suggestion but simply painting a piece of furniture can completely change the look and feel of your space. I have a $15 bargain coffee table I got off Gumtree waiting in the garage for a fresh lick of paint, a perfect cheap solution to get a new coffee table and not worry about what the kids might do to it!

5. Create your own swap market with family and friends

I do this a lot! My family and I are often swapping furniture, art, soft furnishing and linen! Thank goodness Mum always buys the good doona covers! Some of my favourite pieces are ones that I have been given from my family. My parents have just given me a drinks cart (which are so IN right now) that they have had for years! Insert point 4. (paint) and I will have one chic landing table for all the family’s bits and bobs! We all like to keep things fresh so don’t be shy about asking if there is anything your friends and family want to trade!

Hope this has given you some inspiration to beat the budget around your place!

Got better ideas? Share – I would love to hear them!

Tunns xoxo

 

If I were……

An Ikea Lamp!

I went to my happy place today. And no, I don’t mean that imaginary island that features a shopping mall with all my favourites (Mimco, Kikki, Witchery) where everything is free, the cocktails are readily available and each day ends with a 3 hour long massage. On no, that happy place is reserved for when I am in the foetal position, rocking in the corner murmuring something along the lines of..make it stop! Don’t pretend we don’t all get there at some point!

I went to my real life happy place -Ikea! My lovely 3 year old happily took himself off to the play room, the one year old chilled out and sucked on a rusk (despite the fact I forgot her lunch) and Mum come along to support my every unnecessary purchase. It was bliss!

I just love wondering around, seeing what’s new and drooling over unrequited love. You know who you are Ikea PS 2014 Low Pile Rug! But what I love most about Ikea is that no matter what your style, you can find something! That range is so big and so different to what you can get elsewhere.

Got me thinking. What’s my Ikea style? Myself, I am a no one style kinda girl. I like to mix old and new. Scandi and industrial and romantic and modern and Hollywood regency….but it I bite off one category at a time maybe I could pin point my Ikea style. So today, it’s lamps!!

Whilst I love the Barometer work lamp, I think for me it’s the Ranarp work lamp. The variation in metal gives it that little bit of added interest whilst keeping a classic look, with a slight hint of Art Deco (another of my favourite styles). The shape of the shade is just that slightly bit more feminine than the Barometer. Yes, I like it!

What would you be?

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Break the routine…..and get creative!

It’s totally great going to the park with your little ones. They burn energy, get some fresh air and if you’re lucky – you might get a take away coffee to steal sips of in between the gazillionith “Mummy push me higher” and bark eating interceptions!

But every now and then, it’s nice to throw something a bit different into the park/playdate/craft activity monotony..I mean rotation. If you’re like me and like to encourage some creativity in your child’s world, then you can’t go past the free kids exhibits at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). Last week I took my little treasures to the Pattern Bandits exhibit and they loved it!

Jemima Wyman - Pattern Bandits

Perfect for all ages, the exhibit by Australian artist Jemima Wyman is a series of experiences all designed for kids to get immersed in a variety of patterns! Designed to explore how patterns influence who we are, where we live and transform how we see the world, it features a Spinning Wall Mandala Portal where kids can experience optical illusions, a Pattern Action Zone which is a bit of a trip-out for adults but great fun for kids, Kaleidoscopic Tessalations (basically puzzles) and a Harlequin hallway where kids can see their own faces replicated in kaleidoscope images.

The best part is – it’s totally free!  GOMA is located right in Southbank (near Kurilpa bridge) so combined with a picnic in the park and a trip to the playground before tossing in the car to sleep on the way home, its the perfect morning out! Especially as the days start to cool down!

I parked in the convention centre as the gallery car park was full but considering the exhibit was free and the having the convenience of driving to and from- $18 for parking was a small price to pay for my sanity! Oh and the kids enjoyment of course…..

I encourage you – take your kids out to Pattern Bandits! They’ll love it!

Tunns

Let’s get real

A couple of years ago I started this blog. With a love of interiors, art and generally all things creative, I thought it would be a great outlet for my thoughts and ideas. I thought if I was passionate enough I wouldn’t struggle to keep it up to date. I’d find a way to make it happen. Needless to say, reality generally always falls short of even the best of intentions. A full time mother of two and part-time career girl, leaves just enough time for the odd coffee date, church activity and sometimes even sleep. Pinterest dates are usually around nap times and are about 1/100th the amount of time they used to be, leaving the hunt for interesting, stimulating content as easy as searching for the dummy on my hands and knees at 2am in a pitch dark room whilst trying to keep the baby from waking the 3 year old. Also known as IMPOSSIBLE.

In addition to a complete lack of time, there is the guilt factor. Guilt for doing something else rather than updating the blog, guilt for updating the blog instead of something else and the guilt of indulging in something some might see as trivial. I have for a while felt that some might see an interest in interior design materialistic, unnecessary or even superficial, and I think some people do take it to that degree so that has held me back too. I don’t believe these traits are inherently in my nature and they are definitely not aligned with my beliefs but I am human and therefore worry about what is perceived by others.

So recently, I put myself in timeout and had a really good think about why I have such an interest in design and interiors. What keeps pulling me to look, think and feel about the creative realm. And apart from clearly being wired by God as a right brainer, which is what attracts and maintains my interest, it comes down to my values and my gifting and how I can use that to contribute to those around me. I have art in my house to inspire my children to be creative,  to inspire those that visit and to remind me of important milestones. I want to turn our bedroom into haven so the time my husband and I do spend together is relaxing, inspiring and refreshing. I want my laundry to be organised and pretty so I actually want to do it for my family! Cause sometime I think they should be thankful I even brought them cute clothes!

I believe a home should work to suit your needs, lifestyle and reflect your values and beliefs. It should be functional but also inspiring, there shouldn’t be a compromise. A functional home without aesthetics is like watching a music video without the sound on. You might know what happening but you wont bop along to the song stuck in your head all day. You can live comfortably and go through the motions just fine but seeking real inspiration will determine how you face your days and circumstances, bringing joy to your day to day life.

Its not about taste or trends. Its about what inspires and how is fits within my lifestyle. I think glass coffee tables look great but in my household would be a guaranteed trip to the emergency room. And I am sorry but anyone that uses a random branch as decoration to “warm up” a room, clearly doesn’t have a 3 year old who WILL use it as a sword and potentially take out an eye = another trip to the emergency room. Oh and Sharpie does not come out of a linen sofa, even with bleach. Lesson learnt.

But putting aside guilt and the stone cold fact that is has been well in advance of six months since my last post, I can’t deny – I love it.  I love design and creative living. I love writing. And I have missed it.  So I am not going to commit to any kind of regularity but I am committing to not being done yet. Join with me, as I try to navigate interiors and the sorts, and steer TOS into an honest, practical and a real life blog. With only a mild scent of lusting over things – just cause they’re pweeetty!!!

Tunns

xoxo

Mid-week Naf Fest: Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That  Art Print – $20.80 Society 6

What is Mid-week Naf? Well ordinarily I find those little quotes on Facebook a bit naf but earlier this year I decided that sometimes we all need a bit of naf in our lives! So every mid-week I aim to bring you a little bit of inspiration/wisdom/giggles to brighten up your week!

Fit out your bedroom for spring with Urban Outfitters

Can you believe spring is just around the corner? I believed it today when I broke a sweat pushing little Elise up a hill in what felt like 30 degree weather! So in perfect timing for a spring clean or as I like to call it – spring redecorating, Urban Outfitters is having a great sale on their home wares. I am particularly fancied with the idea of a new dooner cover myself! Not that I will be using a dooner for much longer if todays weather is an indication of a sizzling summer!  Check out their sale here!

Plum & Bow Overdyed Floral Quilt

Heaven on a bed – Plum & Bow Overdyed Floral Quilt ($119 on sale)

Rock the clock!

If you want to brighten up your walls but don’t feel confident in the art stakes – how about a funky clock?

Of late I have been a clockhead since falling head over heels for this little number on huntingforgeorge.com……..

Penny Clock – $169

…and it has struck me that clocks are often something that get neglected. So I have put together a few funky finds to brighten up your walls! Just because it reminds you that your running late, doesn’t mean it can’t look fabulous! Enjoy!