House Tour...


Recently I was asked to describe my style!
In one word it would be: eclectic...
(deriving ideas, style or taste from a diverse range of sources).
In a whole lot of words it would be:
a little bit of everything...
Vintage, homey, French country, 
beachy, colourful, neutral,
creative, artistic, informal, luxe, 
shabby chic, Italian.

What I am is not is:
minimalistic - I LOVE stuff!
Or modernistic - because there is just something 
that tugs at my heart 
when it is old, shabby, vintage, crafted, 
a little bit redneck or repurposed.

When it comes to trends:
I'm not so much a follower because I simply love what I love!

The spaces in the house are all a work in progress, 
as I am always changing something, nothing is ever deemed finished!

So in a nutshell my style is eclectic and forever evolving...

Benvenuto

Welcome to a peek into my home...

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The laundry room:


 The laundry room is blue paint over textured wallpaper.
The bathroom which is the next room is painted the same colour for continuity.
There is art in the laundry -
because I love art!
 There are benches on both sides of the room 
with cupboard and drawer storage under them.
The cupboards are white.
 Accessories are French Country.
 Handcrafted decor pieces hang above the washing machine.
Click here for instructions on how to make the laundry sign:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/laundry-sign.html
The tutorial for how to make the button heart on the silver tray can be found here:
 This picture is a free image I found at:
I simply popped it into a white frame.
There are hydrangea heads in bottles...
Because one must have flowers!
And I can honestly say these upcycled bottles are authentic FRENCH ones,
because they once contained juice imported from France! 
They are wonderfully textured and a lovely shape.
A cubism styled shelf unit is on the wall,
(I asked the builder to build me a shelf, and this is what he made.
Not quite what I had in mind, 
but I think it adds interest to the room.)
 The basket was spray painted white.
And the French tin vase was a bargain at $3 from Farmers.
A French label from 'The Graphics Fairy' 
was simply mod podged onto a clip lid preserving jar. 
The pegs are from the craft section at the $2 Shop.
 These laundry powder tins look fabulous as well as being practical.
The handles on the cupboard are matt silver with crisp clean lines.
 The benchtops are grey...
 The floor is a pebble look grey toned lino. 
The wash tub is built in to the formica bench top.
 It was the biggest one we could find.
We had a few strange looks when Gracie the maltese dog was taken to the store 
to see if she fitted in the sink!
The tap fixture can extend and has a shower function.
Perfect for little dog bathing!



The wish List:

*Move laundry entrance door,
 so it does not enter off bathroom,
but via the hallway.

*Paint walls pale grey.

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The Blue Bathroom:



 With access to the laundry room...

There a two asymmetrical wall shelves...

Here's a close up of the shell topiary that is on the top....
That's another DIY post to come!
The shelf is home to a bottle of shells, 
a large crystal rock,  a airplant jar
 and a French ceramic ball.

On Shelf no.2 there's an antique lantern, 
bottle collection in blues,
and a simple beach found shell...
 I'm guessing you have worked out that I am quite fond of shells...
 There's art...
Yes art!
Why can you not have art in the bathroom? 
This original artwork compliments the blue painted walls.
 A DIY Shell ball...
(A large polystyrene ball with beach collected shells glued on)
sitting in a shabby French urn.
A cut glass lidded jar...
A rustic wire basket,
and inside it,
another shell...
:) 
  
 Of course there is the necessary ablutions...
a Shower... 
 Basin and storage...
 Fresh Flowers in glass...
Must always have fresh flowers in the bathroom!
Heart wall decor...
(it was brown so I spray painted it white!)
But where is the bath I hear you asking?
Well long story short...
Small bathroom,
needed a shower...
When one had NO idea about bathroom design,
bath was removed.
Super duper design MISTAKE!!!  
(see wishlist)
The Blue bathroom....
Hamptons meets French Country and the Beach!


A pallet mason jar organiser is a new addition.
Click here for the tutorial on how to CREATE THIS.

Wish List:

*Change paint colour to a pale grey.

*Install a BATH!

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The Home Office:


Birds, art, French Country
and a little shabby rusticness.
An office with touches of the things I love!
 Cushions stitched...
 Home made embellished pin tacks for the noticeboard...
Re purposed containers...
 A few found treasures...
Home created chalkboard labels,
and pops of colour to brighten up a small dark room...
 There is a DIY fabric covered coffee coaster...
 My favourite Quotes on the pin board... 
 A shabby metal cross...
 Baskets and flowers...
 A handmade driftwood heart...
 The home office is a tiny space at only
1.20 by 1.50 metres in size,
but it is comfortable and pretty!

                                    
For full details about the Home Office makeover  
and the links on how to make the DIY created pieces, 
Click here:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/the-18-home-office-makeover.html


Wish List:
* DIY or handcraft a new light shade.
Button theme continued with this addition:
Find the DIY Button light shade instructions are here:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/diy-button-light-shade.html
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The Back Porch: 


Nothing beats a covered porch for summer dining,
an outdoor room to relax in, listen to music, or spend time with family & friends.
 It's quite a large area,
sited between a bedroom and the red sitting room.
Bonus is it has a roof!

There's an old oak table centred on the deck that has a mosaic top.
The picture is of a butterfly.

The words read: Fly like a butterfly - free.

The chairs are worn wood, 
I thought maybe one day I'll chalk paint them,
 but right now they're just plain shabby,
but I like that!
The old fish tank sits atop a huge cabinet...
it contains air plants, a bromeliad, rocks, and driftwood and various treasures. 
The porch is a lovely space...



French doors open onto the deck from the bedroom...
as well as French doors on the opposite side from the red sitting room.
There's bonsai, and plants galore.




There is art in many forms on the back porch...

As the rules list...
This is exactly what we do on our porch!

(for more photographs and the links to create some of the décor pieces click:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2015/03/porch-love.html

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The Lavender Bedroom:



The next room to reveal in the house tour is the Lavender bedroom.

This room was painted lavender many years ago, and even though it is brighter than what I like in interior colours now, I just haven't been able to change it!

It is a peaceful and pretty room...

And in it as in every room in the house,
there is art in many forms.
Here you will find a whole lot of shabby, a little French, 
and a whole lot of me!
This shabby trinket box was a $5 op shop find.

The lamp is a more contemporary, but I love the glass globes and metal on it.
This was a mere $30 in a Briscoes 60% off sale!

There is a DIY  padded fabric headboard.
The fabric is the same as the Roman blind on the window.
The duvet is French themed in lavender and white, and the pillow slips have beautiful lace edging.

Ya all know how much I adore aqua,
so it is no surprise that this colour is an accent colour for the lavender bedroom!
Pops of aqua everywhere!
;)
On the side of the shelf is a metal heart holder...
for photos, memories, and messages.

The furniture is reminiscent of the French Country look...
Painted in shades of white.
Here's a close up of some  of the collectables on the shelf,
birds... 
and a vintage aqua vase that was a gift from a very special friend.

The shabby aqua birdcage
and gorgeous pastel coloured crystals.
A tiara and more crystals.

I'm a Bling lover - what more can I say!

A hand crafted stamped canvas...
instructions on how to create his here:

More bling...

A very old Japanese vase...

A heart collection, more art, and more sparkly, shiny things!
Plus an old oak chair that has been painted white, 
and had the seat recovered in a purple floral fabric.
I'm quite fond of hearts...

And metal...



Oh be still my beating heart!
There's more BLING!


The handcrafted heart was the first hand stitched pretty I have ever made.

And my friends certainly know what to gift me...
This heart is made of tin and handpainted.

The Lavender Bedroom is one of my favourite rooms...



 Because it is full of my favourite things.

Find out how to create this artwork using  printable graphics here:
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/sunday-craft-session.html


 The lavender bedroom...a place to dream.

2016 UPDATES to the lavender bedroom:

The butterfly wall stickers have been removed.
The duvet cover is now in mint & aqua tonings...
The throw is a mint green textured handknit (from Freedom)
A diy doily cushion was added to complement two other white cushions.
Find out how to make one HERE.

There are a few new vintage vases.
And a pin board for my favourite brooches.
(This is a picture frame with the glass removed and a piece of polystyrene placed inside it. )



Wish List:

*New drapes 
*Recover headboard
*Replace carpet

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 The TV Room...


                The TV Room is a small wing off the dining room.   Even though it's snug, 
it is a great space to watch television, play games, listen to music or chat over tea and cakes...
 There is a French hall table under the window...
and on the bottom shelf sits a simple vintage book stack.
To create this DIY, pop over to the tutorial here:
This table is an antique hospital table.
And the chair is a 100 year old family heirloom. 
 A top of which sits French themed bits and pieces...


The art is original...

This chair is my favourite.
I love the textured fabric and the mahogany.
There is a lot of texture in this room, 
from cable knitted throws and pillows, to linen and smooth tactile leather.
 This room is home to two stags head cushions.

The tutorial on how to make the DIY mosaic tray can be found here:
and the mirror tray makeover is here:
The TV Room has French Doors that open onto a covered deck.

There is a built in wall unit  for the TV, storage...


 and displays of treasures.

 This artwork on tin was painted by my Grandmother in the 1930s...
(perhaps a clue as to where I have inherited my love of aqua!)


A framed 1950's vintage postcard of the Eiffel Tower.

The recently made stag head silhouette cushion is placed on couch.
Tutorial  on how to make this is here:

 The couches are worn old leather, in a rich burgundy colour.
Then afternoon sun streams into the TV Room...
perfect as a lazy day book nook too.


Wish List:

*New drapes 
*Replace carpet
*Find the perfect floor rug

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The French Masculine Bedroom


The French Masculine Bedroom consists of neutral earthy tones...
with a pop of black.
The drapes are pulled back with brass and rope curtain tiebacks.

For the DIY photographic tutorial on how to make them, click here:
Wall art is an original vintage etching and a Paris graphic that have been framed in black.

The furniture has been left natural wood to compliment the wooden skirting and door frames. 
The large basket is to collect the clothing that would normally be left on the floor.  
(And it works a treat - training does not take long to complete!)

The dado rail in the ensuite is also oiled wood,
and guess what?
The love of shells continues here as it does in the 'Blue Bathroom'!
There is a bit of a original beachy artwork on the wall too.

The duvet was found at Briscoes...I love the pin-tuck effect.
The crown cushion in natural linen and black is from Wallace Cotton.

The quilt is also from Wallace cotton.
The leaf print is very masculine.

Here's the link to their online store: Wallace Cotton Online

The bedside table displays the flying pig,

a black metal crown, filigree metalwork ball,
 and...

a huge crystal rock.

Note how Mr Pig is sitting on a few vintage books.
This is referred to displaying using a riser.
You'll find a fabulous explanation of risers by Anita over at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
What's a riser?

The other bedside table has a basket to hold all the 'bloke' bits...

A stylish basket is the perfect solution to bloke mess!

I'm loving the open weave and the cool metal handle.

Above each bedside table are some framed images...

You'll find these FREE photographs here:

On the antique tallboy sits a moth orchid in a bowl.
The knick knacks are items collected on holidays to Bali and Fiji and continue the natural wood, stone and black theme.
Moth orchids are a favourite of mine.
Especially the white ones!
The centre of the flowers look like angelic doves....
So beautiful!

To make your own orchid bowl,
click here for the tutorial: DIY Moth Orchid Bowl
Arabella enjoys the afternoon sun in the French masculine bedroom.
It's a room with subtle colouring,
 but I think the black accents and natural wood gives it wow factor!



Wish List:

*Replace carpet

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Dining Room:

This room is the centre hub,
it's not big, but the flow is good...

with the TV Room, Kitchen and sitting room all connecting to it.

As there are a four entrances to other rooms off the dining room, 
the furniture is minimal.
A dining table, two china cabinets, an antique chair, and a stool.

The dining table and china cabinet vignettes are always changing.
At the moment - the dining table décor is:
 a potted olive tree that has been standardised in a pressed tin French display pot.
The runner is home made.
Pop over to this link to find out how to make one:
DIY Table Runner Instructions

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The Grey French Bedroom...  
   
The Grey French bedroom...  

with grey and white floral wallpaper...

  and a shabby white linen shaded bedside lamp...


The ornate chest of drawers has intricate handles...

This cushion is from Harvey Norman.
I wanted to bring in a pop of citrus and pink...

Which carries through  with the rose quartz rock, and the citrus coloured jar candle.

The throw (also from Harvey Norman) is a bright citrus handknit with knotted tassels...

Though it is very bright...

 it looks fabulous with the grey, neutrals and pink.



The bed linen is in crisp white with lace detailing...

The Grey French Bedroom is a calming pretty space...
the citrus can easily be changed to another colour later on, 
without to much expense when a zizz of new is desired.



More rooms coming soon...