Billy bookcase and cable camouflage …

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Everyone has that dreaded corner where unsightly cables seem like they are about to take over the space like a viral epidemic. You know you are in cable crisis if every time you walk past them they catch your eye and it drives you bonkers! I tried tying mine together with twine to make them into one big ginormous cable. * not a good idea.

Then I labelled them with those little plastic tags you get from the Kleenez man. That served no purpose only to satisfy my organised self … they still managed to creep out underneath side tables, chairs and scream at me every time I passed them.

I decided one afternoon that the spaghetti junction would not get the better of me. I was faced with two dilemmas.

1. the telephone line and internet modem had to stay there, as does some form of light source

2. the space is in a part of the room that everyone walks by at least a hundred times a day so it is a very visible and awkward space

The epiphany arrived and it came as a two for one offer. A bookcase, to be more specific … my old reliable Ikea Billy Bookcase (which to be honest had been kind of shifted from one room to another as there was no space for him since we moved to this house )

Billy got a makeover and got to try out a new position on his side and hey presto… I solved that awkward corner walk through space and hid my unsightly cable situation. Hurray! win win all round 🙂

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Check out my internet modem camouflage aswell … I spotted this ages back on Pinterest and knew I had to do it. We have one of those really archaic modems … it’s huge … so I bought one of these faux book wooden boxes and it sits right in.

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Ah it’s the simple pleasures in life that bring us peace!

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I took these photos quickly just after I re-jigged everything around … and in case any of you noticed the blank walls … they are waiting for some lovely artwork or photos … not sure which yet 🙂

I’d love to know if you have had any great ideas for hiding ugly cables/modems or any tips for Ikea hacks …

hope you all having a great week so far,

ciao for now,

gx

First image above sourced on pinterest from mint.com/blog

Wall Art Inspiration …

A recent visit to a local Art Gallery really inspired me to get moving on the Wall Art situation at home so here’s some home Wall Art Galleries to inspire and admire!

found on stylebyemilyhenderson.com

found on stylebyemilyhenderson.com

found on younghouselove.com

found on younghouselove.com

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found on babble.com

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found on houzz.com

found on houseofturquoise.com

found on houseofturquoise.com

found on desiretoinspire.com

found on desiretoinspire.com

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found on houzz.com

found on houzz.co.uk

found on houzz.co.uk

found on bferry.wordpress.com

Off now to root out some paints … I wish! … anyone else feeling inspired? would love to hear if you’ve any projects on the go … photos for my photo gallery are almost ready to print … hurray!! … no frames as yet but it’s a start!! Need some moral support on this one so feel free to write in the comments and fill me in on your progress too!

Have a great week. ciao for now

gx

Buddha Revamp …

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Anyone who has travelled in Asia will have found it impossible to avoid Buddha. Whether you are Buddhist or not, it is very difficult not to be struck by the tranquility and calmness of being in the presence of a Buddha image/sculpture and all it represents. Since travelling in South East Asia many moons ago I vowed to one day have my own Buddha for my own tranquil space (when I finally found my own space)

In the search for a little Zen I picked up this Buddha this time last year in a sale and intended to revamp him as soon as I brought him home.

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Off I toddled to my local Co-op and got loads of help from a young chap who broke all the rules by opening a few different cans of spray paint so I could get the exact colour I was looking for ( honestly, I was a bit mortified…and felt like a wannabe graffitti artist as I sprayed and stood back and sprayed another … all the while looking over our shoulders to make sure the manager wasn’t about … you get the picture! ) Anyway I finally decided on Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed bronze.

Above is the ‘just before the spray got under way’ look … The first coat was quite light and almost golden and I was tempted to leave him that colour … but then decided Gold wasn’t really the aim so kept on going with the second coat. I was a little unsure about the final result and had a few seconds of regret that I hadn’t left him in his light golden state…but the colour grew on me and it has a nice sparkly sheen in real life.

I wasn’t quite sure where to put him indoors and everytime I moved him around the house he just didn’t seem to quite fit … so the last few days we have been out in the garden a lot and his ‘spot’ finally revealed itself to me! Outside amongst some pots of flowers he sits in all his Zen-ness. I can look at him from inside the kitchen and pass by him if I walk around the outside of the house.

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I remember reading somewhere that a Buddha should never be placed directly on the ground so I need to place something underneath him … just in case … I’m not superstitious or anything… it’s just out of respect … well maybe I am just a little superstitious … 🙂

Do you have a Buddha in or outside your space? … or are you a bit partial to some spray painting? … please tell all in the comments below!

ciao for now,

gx

ps. I am working on the photo gallery wall … am sifting through hundreds of photos … no pressure on anyone now … 🙂 keep me posted on your progress … or lack of!

La Luna …

Inspiration DIY Art

All things Lunar seemed to be all around us of late! We are all lunatics in this house … no really we are … we are all affected by the full moon so usually we just have to look up on a clear night and we have that ‘Aha’ moment (and relief) … that explains our children’s bonkers behaviour … and ours too ( well mine, I must take ownership of this one 🙂 )

Anyway, I have been a little obsessed by all things spherical, circular and lunar for the past while and (inspired by many gorgeous wall art on my Pinterest board … like this one above) I decided to just do it.

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So I went off to B&Q and got myself some Plyboard ( they are fabulous for cutting it to the exact proportions and very helpful ) I decided I wanted some art for over my mantel ( I feel like all I have been posting about is this mantel but just bear with me if you can!) Anyhow, I had the vision in my head, it had to be large and square and minimal. I am hoping it’s not too large but it’s been cut now so I have to live with it!

I had originally planned it to be bright sunflower yellow … and then I thought … maybe like an emerald-green or hot pink…and when I went into the shop to buy the paint I was instantly drawn to this pastel pink colour! So unlike me in lots of ways ( I thought ) but I love the colour and think it’s soft enough to not tire of too easily.

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And so here it is. My own sphere, circle, luna, moon … whatever you want it to be. What do you think?? Am still a little unsure if the dimensions are a little big… but I think I like it!!!

Feel free to leave a comment below … thumbs up or down … and I promise there will be no photos of this mantel in the next post!!!

Ciao for now

gx

Mount … Frame … Hang

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We all have hundreds of photos (and sometimes collections of prints) just sitting in our spare rooms or in our hard drives and if you’re anything like me you keep saying … ‘ Someday I must print out those photos and put them on the wall’ . Well I’ve been having too many of those moments lately and although I have a small gallery wall on our stairwell … I really need to just go do it. So here is some inspirational pics I’d like to share that just might make you go do it too!

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I am always a little wary of putting too much inspirational living quotes on walls as no-one wants to go into someone’s house and be told in every room how they should live … but I think this really works and those chairs …

Found on smartfurniture.com

This Gallery wall is what I call ‘The Cool’ gallery wall … when your dining room actually does look like an Art Gallery

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This species I call ‘The Higgle’ gallery wall … it appears to be just randomly hung in all shapes and sizes but it is very well thought out and planned … I like it …feels homey and memory-ish.

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Now this is the ‘Look where I’ve been’ gallery wall … but it is beautiful and cohesive and black and white … love

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The ‘Kiddy’ gallery wall is always my favourite ( every house should have one ) … usually the art that gets the most compliments in our house is the Kiddy art!

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And finally the ‘Cheat sheet’. Some people lay out all their frames on the floor to play around with plans … the next trick is to cut out the exact shape of each of your pics from your cereal boxes and tape them to the wall to really get the feel of your gallery wall before you put the hammer to the nail!

Hope you got some inspiration to help you go for it with your own gallery wall …do you prefer mix and match vintage style frames or Black and White photos in crisp white frames? feel free to leave a comment below to share your gallery wall dilemmas or phobias …

Ciao for now 🙂

gx

It’s the lickle things in life …

Big joy from the smallest of things is just the berries! I had been waiting for this frame from Marks and Spencer to come into store for a few weeks ( nerdy I know 🙂 but true) I love its versatility… It could be used for Kiddie’s art in the livingroom as part of a gallery wall ( it is easy peasy to interchange prints or artwork) Or if pressing flowers and ferns is your thing then this frame is definately for you! This one is the large which fits an 8 x 10 print.

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The print in the frame is a card I bought in Carewswood Garden Centre ( in East Cork for anyone who’s from around these parts) I thought it was too pretty to use so framed it instead. What do you think?

You can check them out on Facebook at ‘Carewswood Garden Centre & Café’ we had a lovely afternoon coffee there with my parents in law … it was such a lovely find with a gorgeous shop, really helpful and friendly staff … considering we had 3 energetic little people in tow … amazing bespoke furniture in the Cafe and the yummiest scones! ( and no they did not pay me to say this. It’s just all true 🙂 )

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This Bell Jar has been hopping around the house of late! Another Marks and Spencer treasure. I am really liking their recent homeware collection. Belljars soo handy for displaying little trinkets, plants, flowers or even use to cover your butter when you’re having afternoon tea!

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And last but not least my little ( or not so little) Stag. A few people asked me where I had gotten this from when it was on the last blogpost. Clio from Quay Designs Interiors created this little gem and she also can take custom orders! I think this would be fab in Hot Pink 🙂 check out Clio’s shop on her Facebook page at ‘ Quay designs interiors’. I am a big fan of Clio’s work and you never know what treasures you’ll find in her shop … magpie heaven!

So that’s all from me this week … have been pottering around at a few projects we have on the go here…must get my photos in order. Hope you all enjoying our crisp spring weather.

ciao for now gx

Bathroom envy …

Our Family bathroom is … in two words … pretty miserable. It is dull, unloved and needs a complete overhall. We have been reluctanct to change the floor (even though I really hate it) because you all know what it’s like when you open that can of worms!

First change the floor tiles (which will immediately accentuate the awfulness of the wall tiles) and then you start to really think about what is under that bath… It’s only the dreaded fear stops you from taking a peek for fear of uncovering a black hole of deadly mould. ( cue psycho music )….oh the joys 🙂

Last week I made the mistake of trying to make it look a little better ( we were preparing for visitors). I painted below the bath…then the skirting …followed by the door….and there it remains. I don’t have the pics uploaded yet to enlighten you on the miserableness of the before shots or the progress on the ‘nearly after’ shot , but suffice to say, now the can of worms has been truly officially opened ever so slightly.The walls will need a paint … and even though I swore I wouldn’t paint the floor…I am caving in to that idea possibly… just temporarily.

Here are a few pics I’ve been drooling over using to inspire me for when we really ‘Gut’ the bathroom and start again……

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Please feel free to share any cans of worms you’ve opened lately…or are afraid to open in the comments below….

ciao for now x