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Pele Findson’s ‘cheat’ DIY Giant xmas bunting

November 29th, 2013

Well its another week closer to christmas and with all the craziness it can be easy to lose sight of the true spirit of christmas, when we were younger my siblings and I had to do a good deed for someone each day to be able to ‘earn’ our advent calendar treat; a simple deed of sharing or giving, reaching out to someone sad or alone, or letting them know how special they are, a special christmas tradition that I thought I would share.

This week we have guest stylist Pele Findson sharing her beautiful DIY giant christmas bunting, I especially love how it need not be packed away after christmas, it can be enjoyed all year round!

A few words from Pele...

I love Christmas. Hands down, it's my favourite time of the year. It's also the busiest time of the year, so I tend to steer towards the sort of DIY that makes a big statement with not much effort.

I got the idea for this over-sized bunting from Sydney-based super stylist Megan Morton's latest book, I Love My Room. In the book, adorning her youngest child's nursery, is a giant red, yellow and white bunting that was left over from a magazine shoot. Her tailor had made it too large by accident - a happy mistake!

Wanting to make something similar - but not wanting to dig my sewing machine out from the shed - I harnessed the power of Heat n Bond adhesive tape...

Pele Findson is a Perth based interior stylist & writer, follow her creative adventures over on her BlogFacebook and Pinterest.

My fun & easy DIY colourful xmas baubles…

November 29th, 2013

One of my favourite things about christmas is of course the festive decorating! This week I am kicking off a series all about inspiring your own festive flair around the home; I have invited some very clever stylists to share their inspiration for 'A Very Stylish Christmas' each week they will share an idea or DIY to help you bring the joy and festive spirit to your home!

Over the weekend my 3yr old niece & I had heaps of fun creating our own christmas baubles which turned out beautifully and were so easy to make. The materials are readily available and there are no tricky or time consuming steps to follow which makes it great for the kiddies (or the non-crafters out there!). I bought all the materials from Spotlight for under $30.00, if you have a craft box at home you could raid this and let your imagination run wild as you can really use anything you love to decorate & personalise the baubles.

My niece made up some especially to gift her mum, dad & nana etc. I am going to have a play and attempt some kind of bauble chandelier like this one, I think it would be pretty hanging above the dining table, I'm also picturing a bauble garland draped along the centre of the dinner table or over a shelf or mantle piece, check out the guide below and do let me know if you have a go at these yourself, I would love to see your own versions!

Natalie x

4 Simple Rules for Mixing Prints with Effortless Chic…

November 22nd, 2013

I Hope you are having a beautiful week! In case you missed it, the wonderful Maya (who you may remember from this previous guest post) did an interview with me to share the 'behind the scenes' of Bowerhouse on her very popular blog House Nerd - well worth checking her blog out to see gorgeous houses each week and interviews with all sorts of people in the interiors world.

This week is all about print, pattern & how to mix them. Trying to mix different prints & patterns in the home can be a scary thing but if you can master this art, then beautiful things can happen! Below you will find some simple rules & inspiring images to introduce you to the world of print mixing...

  1. Stick to a colour theme… If you are going crazy in the pattern world then you will want to make the colour pallet consistent to keep the look harmonious. See pics 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8.
  2. Mix the scale of your patterns... a really simple rule to follow is always keep the scale of your prints varied - so big scale pattern next to big scale pattern generally won't work, likewise if you have lots of small scale patterns in the space it will lack the punch and contrast that a large scale print brings - sit a large scale print next to small scale and the magic starts to happen! See pics 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.
  3. Anchor the space with some solid colour... Weather its through solid colour walls, a sofa or a quilt cover on a bed, it will allow each print to stand out without making you cross-eyed! See pics 4 & 5.
  4. Try to stick to 3-5 different patterns maximum for a room... This one is self explanatory, although its fun to go crazy with pattern, if its a space you are living in every day you still want it to look & feel harmonious, limit the number of prints to keep the balance. See all pics.

Above image credits; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


'Legacy' framed artworks 'Vivid Floral' & 'Little Bird'
'Button Up' cushions in Geo Black, Geo Saffron & Painted Black
'Tanushri' vintage kantha quilt
'Drum' stool in Wenge/Geo Saffron cushion
65 x 65cm cushion in Painted Black

Natalie x

9 Beautifully Styled Coffee Tables

November 19th, 2013

Today first up I couldn't resist sharing our gorgeous customer's home as featured in the latest Australian House & Garden mag (shot & styled by my beloved Style & Focus girls) so lovely to see her Bowerhouse vintage kantha quilts & Nomadic floor cushion sitting beautifully in this dream home - this mag is a cracker by the way, lots of lovely chrissy decorating inspiration!

I have a 'new house resolution' to be more adventurous & creative when it comes to styling my coffee tables, in the past I have gone with the obligatory stack of coffee table books or magazines and perhaps a scented candle, without much thought put into the styling and I am always in awe of a gorgeously styled coffee table because there really seems to be an art to it.

Ive added a 'surface styling' board to Pinterest to share some inspiration and ideas to try, see below some of my fave images that I hope inspire you to go on an adventure with your coffee table!

PS... If littlies at your place would have an absolute field day with precious heirlooms and breakables on your coffee table, similar ideas could be used for a higher height console table, sideboard/buffet or shelf.

Image Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9