Repairing our spouting with Marley CLASSIC™

Old spouting

Curb appeal and protecting our investment is important so before winter sets in we are fixing parts of our spouting so the wooden deck at the back of the property doesn’t get damaged from rain overflow. Our friends at Marley have a great range of options for all styles of houses, you guys know we take our landscaping seriously, the spouting is no exception.

We have a 1909 Villa, so there’s no better option for us than the CLASSIC™. The name says it all, it’s made for properties like ours whereas a modern house would go with STORMCLOUD®.

Replacing your spouting is easy, we’ll take you through choosing the right design for your house and give you some handy tips!

Choose your design

Marley offers a wide range of spouting and downpipe profiles to suit a variety of house styles and rainfall levels. There are a few options to consider, however, we had the Classic™ installed already and it suits our 1909 villa with the original Roman profile design so went with that.

Prepare

Like every element of a renovation, preparation and planning is key to ensuring you get the correct quantity of products and the right tools to do the job. Marley spouting and downpipes are intuitively designed as a modular system, making repair and replacement much simpler.

Measure your lengths

If you’re repairing or replacing your spouting, the measure twice cut once rule applies! You’re always safer to have too much than not enough as cutting is easy! You’ll have to consider things like expansion joins and downpipes and where they will be positioned too.

Marley Classic

Health and Safety

It’s a no brainer but better to be safe than sorry, wear all the correct safety gear and make sure your working space is secure before climbing any ladders.

Locate the low points so your water flows

Locating the position of the downpipe outlet or any corners the water will have to get around will give you your “low point”. Remember the water will have to flow down not up so the down points are important.

String line

Now you’re on the hunt for your “high point”. Install your first bracket as high as you can on the fascia under roof overhang – this is your high point. Fix the string line to the fascia using a screw adjacent to the first bracket and run the string line under the first bracket to the low point. Ensure a min fall of 5mm for every 10m of run.

Measuring Spouting

Drill those brackets in

The distance for the brackets should be no more than 500mm apart. In high wind or snow-prone areas (yes, I’m looking at you South Island) reduce spacing to 300mm. Use a minimum of 3 Marley galvanised nails or 3 stainless steel screws per bracket. If installing on wooden fascia The minimum screw is 6g x 20mm coarse thread count. NB: Gib clouts aren’t what you need so don’t go there!

Drilling in brackets

Expansion outlet

Position outlet at the low point (in line with drainpipe) and ensure string line aligns with the side tabs of the outlet. Secure outlet to the fascia using a minimum of 4 fixings.

Install the spouting

For internal brackets, position front of spouting into the front of the brackets, then roll spouting into the back of the brackets until secure. Check every bracket is correctly engaged.

Cutting spouting

Expansion allowance

Slide the spouting into the expansion outlet. Beforehand measure and cut it to length based on the temperature at the time of install, using the indicator marks on the inside of the outlet. Do not glue.

Joins

Use spouting joiners and only Marley MCS® solvent cement to connect lengths of spouting to components as necessary.

Note: For runs between corners exceeding 4m with no expansion outlet you must use an expansion joiner. And for runs exceeding 16m with an expansion outlet, you must also use an expansion joiner. Follow the instructions provided with this component for easy installation.

Corners

When required, solvent weld corners onto the correct end of the spouting. N.B Corners should be supported by brackets either side- 50mm clearance from the corner point for external corners and 200mm clearance for internal corners.

Spouting corner

Give it a good once over

While admiring your handy work, check that everything is secure and ready for a good downpour. Clean any excess Marley solvent cement (MCS®) from corners or joiners as you install to minimise potential pooling of water. Ensure spouting is correctly secured to each bracket and space has been provided for expansion and contraction, this is really important to include in the planning stage to avoid rework.

Marley Classic Spouting

There it is team, an easy guide to DIY’ing your spouting. It’s a quick job that can save you a world of heartache from rotting weatherboards and potentially internal framing (leaky home) and damaged gardens.

This blog is in partnership with Marley however all words are our own, visit Marley.co.nz to see their range of spouting systems and other rainwater features available in New Zealand.

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Preparing for Hydroseeding

Hydroseeding

Landscaping is one of those tasks that many put in the too hard basket when the reality is a lot of your properties value sits outdoors.

Before we got our dog we had a perfectly manicured white stone path, she quickly turned it into her play pit and put stones everywhere. Combine that with the patchy blend of lawn/weeds and ankle rolling pits caused by the earthquakes, we decided it’s time we paid some attention to this area of our property.

Family front yard

We got planning and included a garden renovation in the mix when mapping out what we needed to do. We were under time constraints with winter just around the corner so needed to get moving. we started by stepping out the process so we knew what we needed and when

The process of replacing your lawn

⁃ Spray the existing lawn

⁃ Remove the path

⁃ Remove the existing lawn and top layer of topsoil

⁃ Build garden edges

⁃ Put a new layer of topsoil down

⁃ Compact

⁃ Hydroseed

We were completely blind to how extensive this work will be so I’m glad we did our research to get the process right but if I’m being honest we touched base with Canterbury Lawns nice and early and they gave us advice along the way.

It’s important you do the planning before you rip into it so you don’t have any surprises like the price of topsoil and how much you’ll need. We worked out our rate of topsoil being 50mm across the lawn so need 3 cubic meters, there are some great tools online to get you this measurement.

Turf Cutter Kennards Hire

Going to Kennards Hire for all our hire equipment was the best decision. Their team helped us find what we needed and I’ve never received such incredible customer service (honestly they shocked me it was that good). We got straight to work with a turf cutter that thing is a bloody good work out!!!

Once all the turf was gone we built our new raised garden beds to box up the gardens and create a border for the lawn. This was pretty straight forward just make sure you get timber that can be underground and not rot. Our tool shout out here was the RYOBI 18V ONE+ Brushless Planting and Digging Tool, it saved us a lot of work with the digging the holes for the pegs. We also realised at this point that our lawn was completely unbalanced to the level of the house so a good opportunity to straighten that up.

Woman Raking Soil

The laying and compacting of the topsoil was the easy part, I unloaded it into a wheelbarrow and Mooch with her meticulous eye evened it out. Once we were all done here it was time to call in Canterbury Lawns and get their crew in with hydroseed. This is like the icing on the cake – literally!!! They sprayed a mix of brown top, fescue, and ryegrass onto the topsoil and it’s all done in about 10 minutes! Their team also provided us with an aftercare sheet which is so helpful because all the info we found online varied from the weather we have here. Keep an eye on our Instagram for progress.

Hydroseeding small section

The Best Lawn Mower for Nana

Ryobi ONE+ 18V 33cm

On a recent trip home I was talking to my Nana about our new Ryobi 36V 5.0Ah 46cm Brushless Lawn Mower and how it’s a game-changer for our lawn, It’s light enough to lift over the porch and makes mowing easier than I ever thought it could be.

My Grandfather isn’t around anymore so Nana needed a mower that wasn’t heavy and was a piece of cake to use, so I got talking to Ryobi about the best option for her and we landed on the Ryobi ONE+ 18V 33cm Lawn Mower from Bunnings. It’s 10.3KG making it easy work for Nana to lift across the stones to get to her garden, there’s no petrol, no stiff cords, and no bulk so it’s ideal for her small 10x3m section. If you’re sporting a small section, this mower is the one for you.

Ryobi ONE+ 18V 33cm specs

  • 13″ (33cm) deck width
  • 6-year replacement warranty with online registration
  • Cordless
  • Lightweight with instant start
  • Compact storage and lightweight design
  • Single ONE+ Battery operation
  • 30min runtime on a 5.0Ah battery
  • 35Ltr catcher capacity

Our review

Cordless mowers are fast becoming popular with smaller sized sections and you can see why. Ryobi made this mower more convenient by adding it to their ONE+ family meaning the battery can be used across 80 tools! No cords, no petrol, and being lightweight makes for a much easier cutting experience. Unlike the usual case of the specs saying the catcher is designed to hold more and in fact, they hold less, this mower actually uses all the space of the catcher which is great for Nana because she only has to empty it once with her smaller lawn. I’m really impressed, I wasn’t expecting much because of the size but in all honesty, Ryobi has nailed the purpose of this mower, it’s too small for our lawns but it’s ideal for a smaller apartment, retirement flat and courtyards.

You can shop the mower here: https://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-one-18v-33cm-lawn-mower-console_p03381252

Get the battery for the mower here: https://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-one-18v-5-0ah-lithium-battery-pack_p00295032

A weekend in Little River

Silo Stay

Little River is a quaint township that lies in the valley at the head of Lake Wairewa, it was a thriving coach and railway stop in its hay day, today, it’s known for being on the rail trail cycle route, its heritage, the art gallery and the quirky Silo Stay accommodation.

Georgia and I have always driven through Little River en route to Akaroa and wondered what the Silo Stay would be like, the concept of 9 eco-friendly apartments, inside a Silo, really intrigued us so we were so excited when we were invited to spend a night in one

Silo Stay

On arrival, you’re greeted by a drop box that you use a pre received code to access the keys for your Silo. You walk into the village of Silos and were like school kids finding their bunks on school camp, eager to see which one was ours. Entering the bottom floor of the Silo you’re acquainted with a mechanics tool box style Kitchen with industrial fittings, a steel spiral staircase and can instantly feel the quality of the award-winning architectural design. The warmth from the heating is like a cabin that had the fire roaring for hours as it’s heated by a gravity-fed pellet-boiler that also provides hot water for the units.

The top floor fits so much into one space, a comfortable bed with word class views of the mountains and overhead you can pop the top up and stargaze as you fall asleep. We enjoyed a bottle of champagne on the private balcony as we listened to music played through a car stereo that’s connected to built-in speakers. Your bedroom shares the shower and basin in the same area. Oddly, the concept works, it’s something you never see but makes total sense for the space. Sounds good? Use our code for $40 off with booking.com shayde35

The Little River Gallery

It’s hard to miss the Little River Gallerywhen you’re driving through town. The unique design of the building stands out and what’s inside is just as much of a treat on the eye. The gallery that’s been owned by the same owner for 20 years is situated on the same site as a sculpture garden, gift store and Little River Cafe that always hums like it’s in the heart of a city.

When we visited we sat down for the best eggs bennie and coffee we’ve had in a while and had the time to relax outside as the town woke up, then head in to take a look around the gallery.

The Little River Gallery is the home for New Zealand talent to showcase their masterpiece and creation. Jewellery, canvas, prints and everything in between can be found here. The Gallery has monthly rotations exhibiting all levels of artists, while we were visiting the talented Lisa Grenell was launching her ‘Fantastic Beasts’ exhibition so we went along for a look. Lisa, for example, lives a humble life on a lifestyle block in Nelson and draws inspiration for her artwork from her animals, creating unique perspex reverse painted masterpieces!

After admiring/browsing for half an hour, Georgia and I went home with a print by Amber Smith and can’t wait to have it framed and up on our wall! We were pleasantly surprised by the two places we visited in Little River and found it to be a place where we can unwind and relax, enjoy each others company and embrace the slower paced atmosphere.

Little River Art Gallery – http://www.littlerivergallery.com

Silo Stay – https://www.silostay.kiwi.nz

Discount code for Silo stay through booking.com – “shayde35”

5 Fast-growing screening plants

Griselinia

If you have a fence that’s not too easy on the eye or your property is exposed to the road and neighbours, you’re probably looking for the perfect privacy screen to do the trick. Hedges are a great option because they add colour to your yard and are a cost effecient privacy screen.

Choosing the right tree for the job can be the hard part so we’ve been down to Southern Woods Nursery to check out what they have and put together a list of our 5 favourite screening plants for your home.

PHOTINIA ‘RED ROBIN’

Bright-red growth tips on a compact, lush green shrub. Small white flowers in spring. New Zealand bred cultivar. Tolerant of a wide range of well-drained sites. Evergreen and hardy – the hands off gardeners choice!

A Photinia 'Red Robin' hedge after it has been nursed back to health.

PITTOSPORUM TENUIFOLIUM

A large shrub or small tree with attractive dense foliage and scented flowers. Hedges well for lower-tier farm shelter or suburban privacy screening. Excellent revegetation species. Tolerates wind, drought, frost and coastal conditions. Attractive to bees. Evergreen. Very frost hardy. If you’re after a good all rounder – this one is for you.

Pittosporum t. 'Silver Sheen' as sheered hedge. Mill Valley, CA

DODONAEA VISCOSA – Green Ake Ake

Attractive, fast-growing small tree with green foliage. Ornamental papery flower clusters in summer. Tolerates salt winds and dry conditions. Makes a great trimmed hedge or tall coastal shelter. Attractive papery bark. Prefers well-drained soils away from heavy frosts when young. Ake Akes are also evergreen and have interesting colours throughout the year with different shades of purple and green depending on your variant.

ake ake

GRISELINIA LITTORALIS ‘BROADWAY MINT’

One of the most popular hedging shrubs with large, glossy leathery green leaves. Has the benefit of sprouting away from bare wood. Becomes a small, round-headed tree if left untrimmed. Excellent shelter. Withstands drought and coastal conditions although performs best with regular irrigation. Trim in summer. Berries attract birds. Evergreen and hardy, if you’re after some brightness in the yard Griselinias are the perfect choice.

ESCALLONIA RUBRA VAR. MACRANTHA

Masses of rose-crimson, bell-shaped flowers through summer. Popular for hedging. Likes a well-drained site in full sun. Larger flowers and leaves than other Escallonia cultivars. Evergreen and hardy, the escallonia is the most ornamental of the screening plants with its glossy leaves and bell-shaped flowers.

Escallonia Macrantha

If you’re looking for a garden centre with variety and expertise we always recommend heading to Southern Woods Nursery and talking to them. All of our plants have been purchased from them and have been a success from day 1!

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.

Juju hat

The Mooch Style Christmas Wishlist – For the home

Floral Christmas Tree

Have a keen DIYer or home styler on your “to buy for” list this Christmas? We’ve got the best gift ideas for you.

This year we’ve created a list of our favourite items that should be on your gifting list (or the “please buy me list”). We’ve tried and tested the majority of the items on our list and know first hand how they compliment your styling with timeless design and quality craft or will genuinely help get the job done over the summer break!

Georgia’s recommendations


For the Christmas Lovers:
Bring the forest to your home with the scent of pine wood entwined with subtle comforting notes of Christmas spices.


– Lyttelton Lights

If you’re like us and don’t have a real tree this Christmas, Lyttelton Lights – Pine Forest is the perfect scent to relax and start the festivities this summer, buy online or from various stores around the country.
Lyttelton Lights candle


For the interior stylers
A simple coastal headboard to finish your bedroom.

– Katamama

Any piece from katamama is worth buying for your home, but the rattan headboards are worth every cent! They compliment all the hard work you put into styling.

Rattan Headboard


For the Botanic Babes :

Bring the beautiful outdoors inside with a hand painted print by artist Lydia Eden.

-Leden Design

A great alternative to attempting to keep your plants alive, Leden Design has an amazing range of nature-inspired prints.

Nature print


For the pamper princess:
Something special for someone special (and so easy)!
-Sugar Cube Co

The easiest gift to buy someone because it’s guaranteed love at first site. There’s chocolate and scrubs to keep you feeling rejuvenated and smelling like a smoothie.

Sugar cube gift pack


For the summer snugglers:
The perfect woolen blanket to cart around the house with you.

– Ezibuy Home

There is no more versatile accessory than a soft and plush throw, especially the Summit Wool Throw. Being Woolen it has temperature regulating qualities and is naturally insulating, can be machine washed, is non-allergenic and has natural elasticity throughout – perfect for lugging around in summer.

Ezibuy woolen throw


Shayden’s Recommendations


For the summer backyard sessions:

Finally, a hand crafted crowd pleaser for the summer sessions with mates.


–  Kubb Brothers

Kubb Brothers sets are handcrafted from sustainable hardwood and finished with protective oil so they’re built to last. It’s the ultimate summer game for backyards, campsites or parks and you’ll get serious cred when they see the quality of the set.

Kubb set


For the city dwellers

The solution to mowing a small lawn
–  Ryobi Power Tools

If you’re a fan of our Instagram, you’ll know we are big fans of Ryobi mowers. If you have a small property the ideal solution is this Ryobi One+ 18V 4.0Ah Lawn Mower Kit

Ryobi One+ 18V 4.0Ah Lawn Mower Kit


For the backyard beers

Nothing better than chilling out on a bean bag in the sun.

–  Ezibuy Home

Ezibuy Home have backyard styling sorted so you can relax in the sun all summer long –  a must-have for every outdoor setting that’s as stylish as it is comfortable.

Large Beanbag NZ


 

For the green thumb:

Have an ugly fence that you want to hide or are limited to space? Espalier your plants!

– Lock Jaw espalier kit

Lock Jaw Espalier kits are becoming popular with gardeners and landscapers to create compact and attractive tree features. If you have a limited outdoor area in suburbia this is ideal. This was on the list last year and we LOVE ours so have suggested again!
Espalier kit

Real Reno – Master Bedroom Remodel

dRIED FLOWERS

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!