Welcome to Katamama

Katamama Christchurch

Looking for that statement piece to tie a room together is time consuming, stressful and you always end up getting something “okay” but never 100% what you had in mind. Before we started our renovation in our little villa we were struggling with finding inspiration so we thought we’d go window shopping to see if any styles would jump out at us.

Wooden Pendant light

Walking down the stunning atrium at The Tannery, Georgia’s Hawke like eyes spotted a pendant we had seen in a magazine but gave up looking for locally. We hadn’t heard of the store “Katamama” so were intrigued to see more. As you enter the store you’re overwhelmed with a sensory haven of homewares, every corner is filled with something you could visualise in your home.

After about 30 minutes of analysing every pendant in the store, we purchased a wooden beaded pendant for our master bedroom, and it created the path to the bedroom that we have now. At this point, Katamama was a pop-up store so it was bittersweet because we knew we wouldn’t be back in because we were about to drop thousands on a reno and they probably wouldn’t be there after we finished.

Interior decor

Fast forward 6 months, we’ve finished the reno and they’re back…. And they’ve been shopping!! We popped in to see Penny (a former corporate lawyer who has since pursued her passion with her friend Teresa in being full-time Katamama girl bosses) who showed us around their store and their new finds. It’s clear when you look at these items that this store has been built on that passion and by people who have an eye for detail. I mentioned how hard it was to find a piece to finish a room, their items range from giant oyster shells that give a mantle some Hamptons glam, hand painted faux bullheads to start the New Orleans Mardi Gras and our favourite tones of wood and rattan to bring a little bit of Bali and Palm Springs to your home.

Swinging Chair

Their statement pieces come at an affordable price and make shopping at the main retailers pointless because they have something for every space, even rattan day beds for dogs! We’ve been working hard to achieve a botanical theme in our bedroom by using natural fibres like linen and wood. We knew where to go for our headboard, it was a tough choice between their leather headboards and the rattan but ended up going home with their AvalonRattan bedhead and it’s done exactly what they say, it’s bought the room together and become the statement piece of the bedroom.

Rattan Bedhead

We’re very fortunate to have Katamama in Christchurch, they bring many different styles that you can’t find here, and when you’re in store with them they calm the daunting experience of having to choose between so many amazing options with their own expertise at home styling.

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Real Reno – Master Bedroom Remodel

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A master bedroom is like the middle child, it’s a great room but the glory and attention are often taken away by the kitchen and living space.

When Mooch and I were planning our house reno it was this room that was so easy to plan.

The old bedroom was the same shade of pinky-white on the ceiling, skirts, walls, sill and architraves. At some point, someone removed the original decorative architraves and skirting boards and replaced with smaller rimu versions that had then been treated to multiple coats of paint over the houses 110 years. We were replacing everything throughout the house to restore some character and elegance and this middle child wasn’t an exception.

THE THEMEWooden shelf

We always start our renovations with a vision/theme. I’m a plant man, so I may have had a jungle in mind for our room, it sparked the theme of the room, natural tones with a big focus on green through plants and a feature wall.

THE PAINT COLOUR

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We continued the black-white from resene in this room, accented with a flat alabaster ceiling, semi-gloss skirting boards and architraves and the boldest move to paint the wall behind our bed head “Celtic green “ by resene. Georgia fell in love with the colour when the velvety blues and greens were on trend as it wasn’t too rich or muddy for the rooms natural colour palette.

FEATURES

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I mentioned above that we upgraded the detailing in this room, this was quite the process for first time DIYers. We opted for MDF versions of the period features from Bunnings. Our favourite feature is the James Hardie, Hardie groove wall behind the bed. It plays on the 3m high cielings and you can’t miss it when walking past the bedroom.

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Exposed Shelving

The shelving system is from mitre 10, it only came in white and we wanted to match it to the black fittings throughout the house so we sprayed it black using white knight enamel paint. We wanted wooden slats to tone down the room so decided to invest hours into stripping back the rimu architraves and skirting boards, were so pleased with how they finished up and it’s nice to have elements of the house’s history included.

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Curtains

The Curtains are all custom made for this room by Russells Curtains and Blinds. We had one of their local consultants come around and provide advice on what we should choose. We could style with Nicky any day, her advice was invaluable to our bedroom reno. With Russells, we made the decision to go floor to ceiling with natural toned linen, backed with their thermal lining. If this blog had a feature where you could touch what’s in the photos Russells will have to employ more consultants because they are absolutely stunning! You’ll notice the black rail with the reverse box pleat heading style, again another recommendation from Russells to tie in with the houses aesthetic.

Carpet

The carpet is Fog grey from Flooring Xtras Miro range, a solution died nylon so Frankie doesn’t damage it. The choice to go this colour was heavily lead by Sam at Watkins flooring xtra who helped us in store and even came to our home to help us decide and bring us back down to earth with what was practical when you have a boxer puppy that uses your hallway as a quarter mile time trial.

Styling

We’ve styled this room to compliment the fixtures and colour scheme. The pendant and bed head are both from katamama, our favourite store for our house as everything as a natural tone and they are locals to Christchurch so you can go into their store and physically see everything.

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Our cushions are from H&M home and Foxtrot Home. We are VERY picky with cushions and we’ve found they both have the best range of linens and naturally toned cushions.

Our duvet is from ezibuy home, we’ve been longtime fans of their homewares especially their duvets and outdoor furniture.

This has been such a cool transformation and is now the best retreat after a long days work!

Real Reno – Guest Bedroom remodel

Grey Carpet in bedroom

We love having people stay, our little villa has surprisingly large bedrooms, we’re not talking a rugby field but we are also not talking one of those rooms that could easily pass for an office. If you follow our Instagram you will know this journey, but here’s some background to the madness.

When planning our guest bedroom reno we decided to go bold. The room doesn’t get used often but the door is always open and you can see into it when walking down our hallway, so we wanted to create a sense of comfort for whoever sees it. The biggest challenge we faced was the paint colour, we were tidying up the walls and installing new skirting before the carpet was installed so needed to pick a colour that complimented the rest of the house.

THE THEME

Georgia led the charge with this room, we knew it was going to be a bolder room than the others so while we were painting the second guest bedroom we were deciding on the colour. The options were deep blue, olive green and grey, however, it was important that the room tied in with the other colours in the house so we ended up choosing to go a darker grey. The styling came naturally as the wooden furniture and white trims helped the colour become a statement so we leaned towards a boho/desert aesthetic.

THE PAINT COLOUR

The colour embodies a sense of comfort and added continuity to the colour scheme we had in the living spaces. We landed on Half Baltic Sea by Resene, a warm grey that demanded a boho styled bedroom. It was a huge departure from the all white colour tone that was in this room previously so was probably the biggest risk we took with the colours. You often hear people say that painting a room dark makes it feel enclosed – not the case, this room feels so much taller and cosy now.

THE FEATURES

The addition of the tall period feature skirtings, painted in Resene Alabaster was a great move and one that was influenced by Three Birds Renovations when Bonnie recommended cutting costs with skirtings by either going thin or getting a replica. The ceiling is over 3m high and the darker colour really extends it so we needed something higher than the 50mm ones that were originally there.

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We took the opportunity here also to replace the switch plates and light switch with our favourite switches by PDL Schneider this has also been a small change but everyone notices them!

The previous carpet was a looped pile polyester that felt like walking on plastic, the underlay we found out was all in cut up sections and half of it was actually just carpet underneath it so we replaced that with a solution died nylon recommended by Watkins Flooring Xtra. We decided to go with Fog Grey by their Miro range with an 11mm thermal underlay, plush is an understatement and the colour is perfect.

The Curtains were so important for us for this room, keeping in mind that we had ugly pelmets and tall ceilings we wanted to hear from the experts what they think we should do, so we booked a consultation with Russells Curtains and Blinds. A local consultant Nicky came to our place equipped with thousands (literally) of fabric samples but started by listening to our challenge and then popped out to her van and bought back a range of linens. With her, we decided to go floor to ceiling white linen with a block out thermal liner, this would give us the elegance we’ve tried to add to the house, stay with our boho style theme and the added warmth.

The curtains still blow our mind with how warm they keep the room and how having them handcrafted has meant that they are 100% tailored to our space.  You’ll also notice that we’ve gone with a black rail to keep on theme with the black features in the house, a nice suggestion from Nicky that we didn’t think we could do.

STYLING

The walls really set the tone here, heaps of white, heaps of natural timber and so many textures. We started by setting a tone and it was one of soft textures, so we knew we needed natural timber (ties in with the rest of the house) linens and soft throws. We actually had items from our house before we renovated that helped bring this room together. The white linen duvet cover by Domani X Farmers, bedside tables in a natural timber from Kmart and accessories by freedom.

To capitalise on the giant walls, we went hunting for baskets to put on the walls to avoid the risk of the room feeling too cold. These were sourced all over the place, from thrift stores to the likes of H&M Home. It was a fun mission but ended up a tiresome one too – no one had baskets like these (check out our video on how to make a basket wall).

THE SPLURGE:

The curtains and carpet were an opportunity to add comfort, texture and warmth to this room so we weren’t hesitant to invest in a premium product to give the house more warmth in the winter.

THE SAVE:

The furniture is easily a save, the two bedside tables look like $400 ones from a premium store but were $40 each from KMART.  The dresser was $1:50 that I upcycled!

Russells Curtains & Blinds – The Consultation

Our villa has undergone a full renovation this year with a mix of DIY and professional services. We decided from the start that it was important to wait until we had the cash flow for window treatments, so we’ve stuck it out with pelmets that don’t match the style of the house and curtains that let more light in than they block out and no thermal lining.

We’ve used a local curtain company for our front window in the lounge and are very impressed with their thermal qualities and we’ve even noticed they absorb some sound, so it was a no-brainer to go with Russells again for the rest of our house. What makes Russells Curtains and Blinds unique and so attractive to us is that they have style consultants in every region of New Zealand that come to tour home with their skill, area knowledge and thousands of fabrics to match to your aesthetic, function and style.

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You’ll all know that we are keen stylists and take a lot of pride in the products we use, they need to serve a purpose while maintaining a constant flow throughout the house with look and feel and texture. Nicky from Russells came over and started by greeting Frankie (our boxer pup) which instantly put her on our Christmas card list being a dog lover, she then walked in and loved what we had done to the place and pointed out things like our black lights and the wall colours that she loved. We had a chat about the reno and then we started in the Master bedroom talking about the style and tones in the room and continued through to the rest of the rooms. She then went to her van and come back with 4-5 fabric swatches in all different shades. What Nicky brought back to the Master bedroom was exactly what we had in mind but couldn’t explain it. She suggested linen with a thermal lining and of course take them floor to ceiling to achieve the same look as our Hardie Groove walls with the long straight lines, there are a few more details here that really make a statement of these curtains, but I’m going to keep these for our next blog post!

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Every room was a different challenge, a different colour, and a different purpose. In our opinion, there’s no way a shelf holding readymades can understand and communicate the need for different fabrics, linings, gather and quality with you. We asked Nicky where the price in custom curtains is, she explained the process that the fabric houses they use such as James Dunlop, Charles Parsons and Maurice Kain have in place is like quality control for the finest lines of clothing. It doesn’t stop there, every metre, every stitch, and every pleat is carefully crafted and examined by Russells here in New Zealand for New Zealand homes. Then, their installers install so it’s end to end but the process really starts well before you’ve made the call to get Russells In for a free consultation.

We are beyond excited to see how these curtains answer the function of our home and complete the look we’ve been working so hard to achieve. Keep an eye on our Instagram and blog for updates for our #moochXRussells curtains and blind journey, this is a collaboration with Russells, you all know we love them so of course, all words are our own. Feel free to leave a comment if there’s anything you want us to cover.

Creating a basket wall

Hanging wall baskets

Basket walls are covering our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. People are becoming more and more in touch with natural tones and sustainable living, so hanging baskets that may be vintage or used in another country for function are fast becoming aesthetic.

We’ve recently updated our guest bedroom as part of our whole-house renovation.  The walls are a smooth grey tone and we’ve chosen to style the room in a boho/desert vibe to add a sense of calm for our guests (and because it’s bloody cool). Having a 3m high ceiling stud meant that although we’ve styled the room with a lot on the ground, on the walls – it still felt sparse. Adding a cluster of baskets to the walls looked to be a fun project and bring a new element to our home.

We’ve covered the install of the baskets on YouTube but keep reading to see the end result and a few pointers.

 

Hanging wall basketsKnowing how many baskets to choose.

We have a bit of room to play with, both horizontally and vertically. So we decided that we will just go shopping and see what we can find. We ended up with six large size baskets (over 30cm wide).

Where to find the baskets

So this we thought would be the easy part – nope!

We went to thrift stores expecting to bag a bargain and found nothing, we also went to a few of the likely suspects like KMART and The Warehouse and again nothing. So we had to think outside the square. We looked in the placemats section and managed to find a really cool chunky weave back at KMART and then at Freedom Furniture found two placemats that were perfect again! We also spotted the best find of them all at H&M Home, a large natural tone basket with a slight bend in the sides!  Farmers have recently upped their game and we got the striped one from thereThen on a recent trip to Junk & Disorderly (our fav shop for all things retro), we found another beauty to complete the set!

How to choose your layout

We placed them on the floor first to visualise how the set will look together and the rough design we wanted. We realised that we shouldn’t over think this part because they looked awesome as a complete set however we structured it. So we started in the middle of the wall and worked our way out from there. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t think too hard about the design and being symmetrical, things like this work best when it’s natural.

Final step – how to fit them on the wall

We used small command hooks (the ones with the tape that you can pull off without removing paint). They were $6.99 for a pack of 6 from Briscoes and had a “strong hold” – Ideal.

We were told you could easily sew a little loop on the back of them by hand, or use cable ties. But we figured that it was all weaved so just used a part of the weave and it worked great! The only thing we were anal about was ensuring they all had a uniform gap between 1 of the baskets it bordered. This just means that it’s easy on the eye and spacing works so much better.

It’s super cost effective and a fun project for a weekend to give you those desert vibes like the houses you see on Pinterest! Check out the pics on our Instagram of the grey room HERE.Hanging wall baskets

My Parents Rustic-Modern New Build

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On a recent trip home to Te Anau, I visited my parent’s house and I couldn’t wait to see their finished new home build. They are well known by friends and family as keen renovators taking on numerous whole house renovations that most people would walk away from in the first week, so of course, the challenge was all too tempting for them.

The Location

Settled just 5 minutes from Fiordlands town of Te Anau down a shingle drive sits the 333 sqm two-story new build including a gottage (garage cottage) on 8.5 acres with their two dogs and three cats. If you’re in the vegetable garden behind the house you’ll enjoy the views of the Takitimu Mountains, and as you sit in the lounge you can admire the Murchison Mountains from all angles through their windows, being home is more like an alpine retreat than staying at your parents.

The house

My parents home had interesting beginnings, they purchased it as a shell, no landscaping with the 10-year-old cottage already attached and being lived in while the previous owner hadn’t made many movements in the previous 4 years. The exterior of the house was completed and the inside framing had been completed. The house is framed with 6×2 Jframe and lined with woollen/polyester insulation and the foundations were all thermal breaked. The windows are commercial alloy, think European quality and that’s what they have.

Family on farm

The piping is Geo Thermal and works via a solar PV system which has been designed for the sub-zero conditions that they frequently get in Te Anau. This winter has been the test for them as they have been in the house almost a year now. The Metro Eco wood burner they use to heat the house heats every corner, with the double glazed windows doing their job to insulate so all their efforts to insulate have paid off, the house is piping hot with no curtains shut at night.

The finishing

Moving into the Gottage in October 2016 with the plan to complete the house over the next year it was an extreme downsize for them going from 242 Sqm to an all in 1 cottage. Rounding up contractors proved challenging when renovating in a town that is rapidly growing with baches and housing. When they got going there was no stopping them apart from a few minor setbacks with finding available tradies.

“I didn’t have a vision beforehand. We knew we wanted rustic mixed with modern so went to Guthrie Bowron and spent a while looking through wallpaper books and when we found the right paper, we styled around it”.

Rustic headboard

With 3 spacious bedrooms, the first guest bedroom has been styled with a wallpaper feature wall that looks like the old boards on our farm stable, this created the base look and feel for the room. The headboard fireplace is actually the original fireplace surround from one of the bedrooms in the 1926 Bungalow on our farm, this room was used as our nephew’s bedroom over the last year when he and my sister lived with them. So my step mum has big visions to complete the rustic feel in the future.

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The second guest bedroom was styled around a duvet. They both liked the colours and patterns, so set the tone from there. The wallpaper is a geometric 3D effect that absorbs the colours from the room to give a fresh feeling. To warm up the space and continue the rustic feeling in this room they’ve used wooden side tables and a dresser. The view from these rooms makes art and prints redundant with the framed view of the Takitimu mountains.

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While the other bedrooms have double wardrobes, the master has a walk-in and a large ensuite. The wall behind the bed has a 3d effect floral print feature wall and has been styled a little darker than the other rooms with all the light coming through the large doors that frame the Murchison Mountains and step out onto a private deck.

The Kitchen has a separate scullery for all my step mums preserving jars and appliances. Wanda’s had x2 brand new kitchens now cooking for 5 adult kids, their partners and a grandchild when we are all home so had a list of things a new kitchen needed to have.

  • Shaker Style cupboards
  • Large Island 
  • Bricks 
  • Oven to entertain 
  • White cabinetry 
  • Modern rustic feel

The feeling when walking into this kitchen is exactly what Wanda set out to do. Everything works so well together and the hanging swingle tree light feature is the statement and ties the rimu wood in with the rest of the house.

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The living room connecting to the kitchen bordered with windows and a sliding door has panoramic mountain views. The wallpaper, a pressed tin effect gives the space a grand feeling and ties in with the ceramic pressed tin style tiles in the kitchen.

Rumpus room

From the living room, you walk upstairs to a rumpus room that scales the length of the house. The intention here was to create a comfortable den-like space where you can retreat for a cosy, warm relaxed atmosphere. My step mum loves books and the atmosphere of a library (hence the wallpaper). We’ve spent many hours up there playing pool and having drinks and laughs. There’s the most amazing sitting spot that has a low window where you can read a book, have a cup of tea and look at the mountains. This space also doubles as my dad’s office so has a masculine feel to the furniture up here.

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My parents home is exactly what they envisioned for them. A space that pays homage to the rural background of our families and the historic homes my parents have lived in. This house proves that a new home doesn’t have to be state of the art, glossy and minimalist. It’s refreshing to see my parents living in a home that is truly them.

Wallpaper and paint – Guthrie Bowron

Lighting – Lighting direct 

Kitchen – Mitre10

Tiles – Tile Centre 

Carpet – All Lay 

Windows – Aluminium Services 

Going Green with Koala Mattresses

We’ve all seen the videos online of the mattresses where people are jumping on them with a cheeky glass of red and the wine doesn’t move at all.  Georgia and I had the opportunity to order a new mattress for our guest bedroom and Koala made sense for so many reasons. It’s becoming more and more important to us that we do our part in terms of sustainability, Koala ticks all the boxes for us, adopting a Koala with Australian purchases and a Kiwi in New Zealand and planting over 5000 trees.  They also have almost no carbon footprint through the manufacturing process and are made using sustainably sourced Australian materials

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When ordering anything for our home we are always tempted to go in-store and buy off the shelf because you can wait up to 3 months for some things to get to you, not with Koala.  We ordered on a Sunday, with Monday being public Holiday, it was on our doorstep on Tuesday morning!!

We had our doubts about the comfort of a mattress that comes rolled up in a box.  As soon as it started unrolling Frankie jumped up and started rolling on it! She’s a sucker for comfort and has slept on it all afternoon. I’ve read amazing things online about how it has repaired peoples backs and necks and from laying on it this afternoon I can see how.  It’s firm, but a different type of firmness, it’s closer to a memory foam firm (although containing 0% memory foam)  than a solid metal spring firm – which is what makes it so comfortable and with zero partner disturbance when getting in or out of it.

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From a single to a super king, the prices in NZ range from $850 – $1400 so extremely affordable compared to the inner sprung versions we are used to seeing. If you’re not a fan, Koala give you 120 days to return for a full refund!

Our view on these mattresses is that they are great buying for what you get! We also appreciate the extra steps that they take to minimise their carbon footprint and give back to nature by planting trees with profits and adopting our country icon!

We grabbed you all a bargain! Get 15% off a mattress with my unique discount code MOOCHSTYLE15 when you spend more than $1000 here

NB: This is a collaboration with Koala, all words are our own

See the full unboxing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuf7og9nK_s

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Styling with Freedom Furniture

Freedom Furniture bedroom

freedom furniture has been in New Zealand homes since 1996. We are huge fans of freedom, their values align with our own, aiming to inspire all New Zealanders to express their individuality and sense of style in their home. At freedom, you can always find something that suits your home, tastes and lifestyle – we just love that!

When we heard that freedom was opening a new store on Moorhouse Ave we wanted to be involved somehow so we can show everyone that follows Mooch Style their prodigious offering for your home.

9am on a Saturday morning just before the grand opening we arrived at the new store. Wide eyed we walked around before we did anything in awe of the product available and the pure scale of this store compared to the one we were used to. We were lucky enough to be given a space to style and had been online so had a rough idea of how we were going to style it.  Things soon changed when we walked in and decided this store is too good to not “shop” like we would any normal day.

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Below we walk you through how we styled the bedroom setting and the items we used.

FURNITURE

We set the scene with the furniture. We chose a Scandi bedroom set that uses blonde oak, grey linen and white finishes. Scandi is minimal which means it calms the brain and flows well with soft furnishings. In our own bedroom, we have blonde wood and white linen but not Scandi so jumped on the opportunity to play with this. freedom is really good at offering sets and multiple styles for whatever your style is.

In a bedroom, storage is essential so we used a tall boy, low boy and bedside table. They are also fun to style because they are all different sizes.

OSLO BEDSIDE 2 DRAWER – $399.00 | Oslo Bed – $1,299.00 |OSLO DRESSER 5 DRAWER – $899.00 | OSLO TALLBOY 7 DRAWER – $999.00

TEXTILES

Scandi can be kept clean or allow you to be braver with bed covers, pillows and throws. Freedoms new store do a great job of showcasing what’s available with the large space allowing you to picture it in your home. Start with the duvet and an accent colour.  We like depth with bed covers and they had the best duvet displayed for this, you can see it working with thicker cushions and fluffy throws because of the textures.

Cushions shouldn’t be the same on a bed in our opinion, they are a great opportunity to bring different patterns, colours and depth into the room. We decided mustard will be our accent colour as it pairs nicely with the blonde oak and sets an earthy tone to the room (allowing us to have fun with plants).

We like two throws on a bed, one for wrapping up in when you’re reading and one for aesthetic. Being able to select from a broad range of styles and weave types was great. We chose a knit and a patterned weave that went great with the cushions too.

TEXTURED DOT PILLOWCASE STANDARD (PAIR) – $49.95 | AKORI CUSHION 35X55CM – $54.95 | MATHIS THROW 130X150CM – $139.00 | NOLETTE CUSHION 50X50CM – $74.95 | PASCALE CUSHION 50X50CM – $74.95TEXTURED DOT QUILT COVER – from $249.00 to $279.00

ACCESSORIES 

This is the fun part, all the ground work is done and now its time to dress it up! As you’ll know, we loooooove plants so this is where we start. freedom has the best artificial plants available and they all look so real (and won’t die). We chose to lay a “bouquet” of flowers flat on the dresser and have the orchid stand tall and match the Scandi vibe. A lowboy is a good place to leave some space to put keys, drink bottles and jewellery so we went nice and clean for that. The lighting on show at this store was better than most stores, you can walk in a spacious area and browse the styles comparing them against each other.  Again – something for everyone, we found a thin stemmed wooden based lamp that was ideal!

The biggest win on the accessories was the large Fiddle Leaf Fig in a belly basket, that alone got people looking at the room.

FLORA PROTEA 70CM – $16.95 | ROGUE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID 48CM POTTED PLANT $59.95MAI BASKET LARGE – $39.95STACKED CANDLE HOLDER 25CM – $16.95 | VECTOR MIRROR $74.95 | JERADA TABLE LAMP – $89.00 | ROGUE FIDDLE LEAF TREE 110CM – $89.00

Click HERE to see a video of our morning at freedom.

Creating a guest bedroom retreat

Guest bedroom decorating

Having guests in your home should make you proud, we work hard to get into our homes and even harder to afford to dress them. Having a guest in your house allows others to enjoy your home as you do (we get super house proud).

While we may make a great job of decorating our homes, the guest bedroom is often overlooked. A guest bedroom should be a retreat, somewhere they can put their feet up and relax over their stay.

Our Villa was appealing to us for so many reasons, one of them being the size of the three bedrooms. We took the largest, turned the road facing one into our project room and the last would be our guest bedroom.

Guest bedroom decor

Our tip to everyone when decorating a guest bedroom is to have something that is cohesive with the rest of the house and create a room that is just as dressed as a master bedroom (because it should be just that). To start I jumped on Pinterest, created a “GUEST” board and started pinning for inspiration.  What I like about Pinterest is that it allows you to click on something you like and then scroll down to see similar.

Link to my board here

Start with the bedding

We really liked the theme of a light blue linen because of the white walls, and it also works in well with the greys and blacks throughout the house. We also liked tieing it in with wood rather than white or black bedside tables. When Harvey Norman NZ released the Nimes Soft Blue Duvet Cover Set by Savona we knew we had a winner!! A natural 100% linen that requires little effort and easy to mix and match with other accessories.  What’s best is it’s pre-washed for added softness and will become even softer and luminous the more it’s washed. Keep reading to see how we are giving you an opportunity to get a bargain on one yourself!

We also have the euro pillows in the same range which is the best way to add some volume to a bed!

Time to accessorise

Side Tables – As mentioned we wanted wooden side tables. We didn’t want to remortgage the house to be able to afford them so went along to our trusty friend KMART and bought two natural Scandi style side tables and damn they look good!!!

Lamps – Our lamps also are from KMART, we had these already but from memory were $20.00 each.

Print- The large print is from Ballantynes, I think it was supposed to be wrapping paper but it looks so cool as a poster haha (always keep that in mind), of course in a large poster frame $20.00 from KMART.

Wall Hangings – The triangle with the string of pearls plant also from KMART is super cool and adds to the Scandi natural vibe – always good to have greenery in your room too.  The Macrame wall hanger was on sale for $15.00 from Bed bath and beyond, it was actually different to the one that we thought we were getting but was so cheap we just kept it.

Jar and Bottle – The oversized Jar is from Acquisitions, we’ve had that for years and finally found a home for it haha. The Black bottle was $4.00 from Kmart.

Brown knitted throw – We also had this already but think it was around $30.00 from KMART 

We are super happy with how our guest bedroom now looks and we know our guests are going to feel at home when they stay. Think about it next time you walk past your guest bedroom “does this feel good??”.


As we mentioned, our friends at Harvey Norman NZ have hooked our followers up with 30% off ALL their duvets*.…. I KNOW.  So head over to their website and use the code DREAM to get 30% off at checkout.

*(Percentages off normal ticket prices, excludes already discounted products- Valid until 06/04/2017)


#dreamyourway