Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fun with soft furnishings

Lately I have had a few clients that already have a house full of furniture but they wanted something a little extra to jazz up their rooms. The average house is not stocked full of cushions and fantastic throws across their beds because lets face it, maintaining the level of perfection while living in your house is almost impossible. But if you are trying to sell your home you generally go to a little extra effort to reach that perfection, after all you want the best price for your home.

These clients requested that I simply style a few rooms adding only soft furnishings, one of the houses was just one bedroom. It was a 2 bedroom small home and they just wanted the spare bedroom to look nice, the owner told me she wanted to keep it simple but liked pops of colour, so we went with yellow. They already had a mattress and base in the room with 2 bedside tables, so I simply addedd bedding, artwork and a few lamps, lets check out the finished product.
It's amazing what a little pop of colour and some lamps can add to a room.

The other house was another small house, the client wanted to add some colour to what she thought was a boring home, she wanted her home to stand out in the crowd that is the real estate market. So that's what we did, we added colour into their spare bedroom. They already had a dark bed frame and mattress together with matching bedside tables. The walls were neutral so we could really add whatever colour we wanted. Here is what we started with....pretty simple right!
They wanted colour so that's what we did. However as the bed frame was already quite dark, we went with a lighter quilt cover with lots of added colour.
As fun as I thought it was the clients expressed that they wanted a bit more colour so asked if we could provide them with another option. At Styled to Profit we aim to not only please the majority of the market, but we also aim to please our clients. We decided that it was not going to make a huge different to the sale campaign whether we used this bedding or something a little bolder, on the basis that it was still something that would please most people. So here is what we went with...
I absolutely love this linen, its bright and fun and looks fantastic. And what makes it even better is that it comes from a fellow Australian company, Sleepy Bum. Such a fun name! Here is a link to the exact bedding that I used in the photo above, but there are a heap of other colour options to choose from so make sure you look around.

I absolutely love the Sleepy Bum products, they are such good quality and have so many amazing options. It was a really quick turn around as well between putting my order through and receiving the delivery. I always find amazing products from overseas and they take so long to arrive so it's so nice to have similar products right in your backyard. Love it! Make sure you check them out using the link above. 

The client loved this option and so did their agents! Tick and Tick! We toned it down with some basic white accessories but the client was so happy. Job done well I say!

Have you added some fun styling to your home recently, adding a cushion or strategically placed lamp can make such a big impact on a space. Please share some of your fun styling photos with us, I always love seeing what others do in their homes, and the inspiration that I get from all of you is just awesome!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Catch up and chit chats has been the busiest few weeks in our household....what about yours?

As much as I would love to sit down and chat with you all everyday, life seems to get in the way and unfortunately I haven't had work at the forefront of my mind. From our extremely slow progressing ensuite renovations (I'll share updates with you below), to work, to play dates, sick kids, social get togethers and birthdays to everything in between. There really isn't enough time in each day.

We have some exciting things and news in the works as well that we will be able to share with you soon, but for now, let's just chit chat and catch up!

So ensuite renovations as promised. When we do things ourselves they seem to just take forever between the initial demolition which happened a few weeks ago, to the finished product which will happen God knows when. We have been busy putting up waterproof cement sheeting then adding the waterproofing membrane and we just started tiling too. Can't wait for that to happen! Our bedroom has been taken over by our vanity that is just sitting there until it can be hung, together with all of our fixtures and tap ware that are again just having a party together until start work.

It will happen......that's what I keep telling myself! But for now here is our demolition progress.

After the inside was gutted we built the wall to separate the ensuite from our bedroom. Luckily that went up quickly, there is no way I was sleeping in a room that had open ceilings and floors!
We need to add skirting and cornice and then of course paint the wall, that is still a work in progress.

Sadly I didn't get any photos of the empty room with the cement sheeting and waterproofing membrane, but wouldn't really be a nice photo anyway.

We started tiling over the weekend as well, had a bit of trouble though so it is a slow process. The existing walls are not straight, that happens quite a lot with old houses, and pretty much every bathroom we have ever renovated! We have had to take our time tiling and attempting to get them as straight and level as possible. Let's just say we are NOT professional tile layers so they will not be perfect. When they are all done and the grout has been finished, if there is a small lean in the tiles, it will barely be noticeable. But I will share those photos with you so you can be the judges.
Obviously there is a heap of work still to be done, which we will get to at some point. I have never had an ensuite before so I am so pumped about when it's finished. Sadly I just don't think we will get a whole lot of use out of our brand new ensuite.  I'm sure you are all thinking....what?? Why?? Well...

Last week we had plans finalised to build a new house in our backyard!!!! YAY!!!!! I told you we have been busy.

We submitted it to council and did the right thing by our neighbours and went and gave them all the heads up. We figured we want to be honest and prepare them for whats to come so why not tell them before they receive that letter in the mail. After all we want our neighbours on our side during this process so the kinder and more honest we are the better.  When we did our last subdivision we had constant communication with our neighbours and at the end of the whole process we even dropped off some flowers, chocolates and bottles of wine to our neighbours to thank them for causing such a hassle over a few months. If you want people on your side, chocolates and alcohol will always work!

The council that we live in advised that it will take around 8-10 weeks to go through and hopefully be approved, subject of course to any objections. So fingers crossed it only takes 8 weeks and then we can get started on the build straight away. Hopefully we actually finish our ensuite before this happens! We have quite a bit to get organised over the next 8 weeks so I'm sure that will keep me busy. Busy with tasks such as arranging building quotes, fencing quotes, we need to knock down a few trees so getting that done, sorting a complete colour scheme for the new place together with selecting the fixtures and fittings and getting our backyard ready to go. I love the pressure though so bring it on!

Aside from all this fun stuff we had a very sick daughter for a little bit as well, knocked us around. It is so hard seeing them so unwell knowing that the only thing you can offer is lots of cuddles. We had multiple functions and events, work requirements, family commitments and everything else in between. I am so sad I haven't caught up with you and all in a few weeks, I have so many fun post ideas which will hopefully be coming at you like crazy every week. I hope you have all had some fantastic weeks behind you and look forward sharing some more fun with you soon...