When I say be creative, I don't mean that you should all go and become great painters and poets. I simply mean, let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.
There's no place like home...
By Sian Ponman 22 February, 2017
'Help - I need help styling my home! How much do you charge to style my home just like yours?'
Firstly, I'm always flattered by this, it's always lovely to hear!
However, I don't actually do interior styling. I absolutely love styling my own home, but I find it very personal and subjective. It is also an ongoing process and I just collect items as I go.
I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when styling a blank canvas, is that they want it done all at once. (I've also been guilty of this in the past). You want your lounge room completed ASAP, and instead of waiting for the perfect couch or the right rug, you find yourself reaching for things and settling for items that are available NOW, that you don't absolutely love. This will always lead to disaster! It has to feel 100% right, otherwise it will haunt you for as long as you have to look at it! My advice is to take your time, wait for the right piece. Don't force it. Even if it is backordered for 12 weeks (so annoying, I know). In instances like this, I like to turn lemons into lemonade! For example, you might be without a couch for 3 months, but this is the best time to throw some blankets and cushions on the floor and picnic in front of the tv! Or have a girly night with movies and face masks, lounging on the floor. Build a cubby! I don't care what you say, they're not just for kids ;)
The time will pass before you know it, and trust me, it'll be worth the wait. Now, you look around and you need some plants/things to hang on the wall etc. Again, wait. My style can be a little quirky and unique, and that's because I collect items over time. From travels, op shops, online, etc. It's all personal and special to me, and that way when I find something I love, I carefully find somewhere to display it. Don't just fill a blank wall with whatever you can find that day. Wait. Let the wall be blank and let the right decor find you. That way, it will be so special when you do, and it'll be something you love.
Also, don't buy things just because they are 'on trend'. Now I'm not saying that you should avoid on trend items all together, I love new trends. But just in small doses. If you decorate your entire house with decor that is trending, and you bought it purely to be in vogue, you'll find yourself out of vogue in no time, and left with a lot of decor you didn't really even love in the first place. I tend to be true to my taste and work with that. I've loved gold and copper things since I was a preschooler. That will never change. I only wear gold (never silver) and this is a huge passion of mine. I'm always drawn to gold, brass, copper etc, so I know when I find a piece like this, it will be with me forever. I also love greenery, wood (LOVE WOOD) and white. Lucky for me these are all timeless pieces (or maybe that's why I love them). Have you noticed that a beautiful Hampton's home never goes out of style? There's a reason for this. It's timeless.
And the big one - 'I want what she's got'.... No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Please no. Your home is your sanctuary. It should reflect you and everything that makes you feel good. My number one priority in my house, is that it makes me feel good, and I feel cozy. I also want that for all of my guests. When you come to my house I want you to feel comfortable and welcome. I find that when people come to my house, even for the first time, they're taking lollies from the goodies jar, they're walking around on their own looking at things, they help themselves to a drink. I like to think that's because there's a vibe in our house, that facilitates and encourages that. That's just me.
What's important to you? What makes you feel good? What makes you smile? For me it's having lots of plants around, framed quotes that are personal jokes between Hubby and I, keepsakes from our honeymoon, my dried bridal bouquet, heirlooms, many candles, antiques, lots of wood, crochet, and rustic decor. This is what makes my home a sanctuary. And people wonder why I don't like to go out much?! When you get your home to a place where you're truly happy with what's inside, it makes it very hard to leave!
The problem with wanting what someone else has, is it's such an unachievable goal. First of all, if you regurgitate someone else's home and style, it will never feel like your own, and you'll be reminded of that person that you copied every time you look around. That can't feel good. Secondly, there will always be someone new to copy. Just when you've replicated Suzy's kitchen with the wood top benches and earthy blush Turkish runner over those beautiful white floorboards, you'll see another kitchen with a marble bench tops and a copper range hood with a cream Moroccan rug. Uh-oh. Now you don't feel so good. That's why it's important to choose what you like, you'll be able to live with your decision much easier, trust me. And be happy with what you have. To be honest with you, I never want what other people have. Ever. I can appreciate the aesthetics of a beautiful home, but I always want my own home. Even when I lived in a small 80 year old, 2 bedroom apartment by the beach at Bilinga. I loved it. I made it a home. Everyone loved it. My friends would tell their friends about it. Then when we did some reno's to the place and cleared everything out, some of my friends were truly baffled at how awful the place really was without everything I had added to it. It had dreadful dusty pink/brown carpet, a light mauve kitchen, the bathroom from hell! But everyone seemed to feel so good there because of the decor. So believe me when I tell you, you can work with any canvas.
It's a slippery slope wanting what others have, and it's not good for the soul. There will always be someone with something bigger and better than you. And that's ok! Instead, focus on what you've got, and make that place beautiful. Nobody is you, and that is your power. The difference in not only your home, but within yourself will be worth it. I know some people think decorating a house is shallow and a waste of time and money. But I feel it is so important to make your home your castle! This is where you spend your days. This is where family and friends come to visit you. Your home should be your safe place to land, and coming home to it should get you through those hard days. For me, coming home is akin to putting on a fresh pair of cozy pyjamas on a cold day. I'm instantly enveloped in joy and contentment, and there's nowhere else I'd rather be.
When I was little, I used to bake with my Nan a lot. This is a recipe for caramel slice she scribbled down for me on a scrap piece of paper. I kept it all these years and now it's a framed keepsake in my kitchen, that always makes me smile.
This kitchen is for dancing. Amen.
I'm finding it just a little weird that our dining table get's it's own write up, but I get so many questions about it, so I thought I'd let you all know once and for all - WHERE IT IS FROM!
I promise when I tell you this, you'll be so surprised. This was back in 2015, and I had been looking for something exactly like this for months, to no avail. Then flicking through some junk mail (which I hate, I'm on the verge of getting one of those stickers to put on our letter box, NO JUNK MAIL!). Brendan always brings the junk mail inside though and likes to flick through it while he's having a coffee. Sometimes he even circles things in our local town newsletter that he thinks might be fun and leaves it for me to have a look at lol. But that's another story! Anyway, this beauty pops up in the Super Amart catalogue! Needless to say, I jumped online and ordered one right away. And the rest is history! In the last couple of years this baby has seen many dinners with friends and family, birthdays, morning coffees, LOTS OF CHAOTIC MESS, baking days with the girls, Christmas festivities, lots of crafts, and Nola's paws are often at the edge trying to sneak some food off of B's plate. It's also a little house for Nola sometimes, she likes to have a little snooze under it.
I just spent the morning trying to find the online order in my emails, but I haven't been able to track it down. Off the top of my head I remember it being something like $800 for the table and the bench seats. Did I mention it was on sale too?! CRAZY hey. Now, I'm pretty good (very good) at tracking things down online, and I've done heaps of searching for you all this morning, hoping to find them still lingering online somewhere, but they seem to only exist now in the land of pinterest. Everyone pining over this table that was right under our noses, and such a bargain!
I have seen another one, that to me looks nearly identical to the one I have, the only difference is the size. Mine is 2.4 metres long, and this one comes in 1.5m or 1.8m. You can find it at West Elm and it's actually on sale at the moment! I've just checked the price and for the table and both bench seats it's currently $2,548 (for the 1.8m)
Heres' the link for you if you're interested. And by the way, I have promised my followers that if I ever decide to part with my table, you guys will be the FIRST to know! I've also included links for other items in the picture you might be trying to source (see below).
Curtains: Urban Outfitters - click here
Rug: Temple and Webster - click here
Moroccan wedding basket: West Elm - click here
Copper Pendant light: Domayne - click here
Lovers print: Yorkelee Prints - click here
Poster frame for Lovers print: Kmart - click here
Forest print: Urban Outfitters - click here
Custom typography: Harley Quinn & Co - click here
Flooring: Beaumont Tiles Tweed Heads - click here
Gold curtain rods: Bunnings - I've only ever seen these in store
Our dining table...