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Ella’s Playful Oasis

Ella’s Playful Oasis

We’ve moved back in and we have finally sorted most of the rooms in our house. It’s one thing to get back into a renovated home, but it’s another to get the house looking and feeling as you want. On the day that we moved, I was lucky enough to have my sisters dedicate their time towards arranging and styling Ella’s room. Fit for a princess, she certainly is a lucky little girl, as she stepped into her dream room when we finally moved back in. Clearly loving pink, her new room is a mixture of old favourites and new additions. Inspired by many of the amazing rooms I’ve seen on Instagram, and in particular I loved the ideas and images from Belinda @ Petite Vintage Interiors, we arranged and rearranged her room to both look beautiful and be practical for a toddler to play, sleep and enjoy her days.

I’ve finally got the room sorted and have added the finishing touches and thought I’d share some of my favourite snaps with you. I have loved finding many of the products, particularly from local businesses and online sources…

This Alice in Wonderland Wing Chair was an old favourite from Ella’s Nursery. From Freedom, this oversized chair is a beautiful place to sit and read. The personalised pillow is from Wendy Pamela.

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Her King Single Bed is from Adairs, and I love the classic powder coat white finish. I found it really difficult to source simple and elegant linen, without the fan fare of crazy designs. I ended up sourcing simple waffle covers from Spotlight and accessorised with beautiful cushions and throws from Country Road.

 

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Another angle of the simple but classic linen and accessories. Love the hand made cloud pillow, created lovingly by my Mum.

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These house shadow boxes are from Cotton On and are inspired by Petite Vintage and feature some of Ella’s favourite trinkets. Draped in a Felt Foxes hand made garland, they look gorgeous on her wall.

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Another old favourite are the heart button canvases I made myself after Ella was born..

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Nothing beats this beautiful Dolls’ House she got from Santa last Christmas…

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This Mirror Hook was a present from my dear friend Paris, the owner of Little Tinkers Homewares. The perfect place to hang her scarves and bags..

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This ‘Love’ teatowel was framed in an Ikea picture frame. The icecream lamp is from Leo & Bella.

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Probably my favourite…this insanely cool Freckle Rug. A large one at 200cm, it is the highlight of her room..

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I just love this idea…cloud hangers holding gorgeous postcards from Eef Lillemor with teeny tiny pegs! The hangers are hard to come by at the moment, but I sourced mine from Lark Store and Big Dreams.

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I simply can’t go past these Rasberry Apples from Little Tinkers. The most perfect way to store a little girl’s trinkets…

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The messy and fun side of the room! Ella adores this play tent from Kmart!

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And finally, a little girl’s room is not complete without beautiful dolls. These two were also given to her when she was born by my beautiful boss. The Ladedah Grace doll is her favourite.

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I’ll be sharing more snaps from our renovated home in the coming weeks, once we get more rooms finalised. Thanks for your beautiful messages, I’m so proud of my hubby and the beautiful home he has made for us!

kate

 

I’m no Martha Stewart, but…

I’m no Martha Stewart, but…

I’m no Martha Stewart, but I have to admit, I do love a bit of DIY crafting. It must be the Primary School Teacher in me. There is nothing more exciting than a glue gun, some patterned scissors and some Pinterest inspiration.

Recently, I’ve been decorating my kid’s new bedrooms. There have been so many gorgeous things I’ve bought, many from local businesses, but I have to say that there has been nothing better than making my own decorations and adding them to their walls. There is something about knowing that you have put your love into things for your kids. It may not turn out as wonderful as the photo you saw on Pinterest, but if you choose things that are simple enough, you can’t go wrong. It’s a lot cheaper too, and many businesses have DIY kits that help you to source the parts, but put them together yourself!

Some of my favourites have been…

The felt ball garland. As easy as pie, all you need is some felt balls, thick thread and a needle. I purchased these balls from Felt Foxes in packs of 50 for under $20! This one was made by myself, and Ella helped me choose the colours.

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Another garland, this time in classic black. Perfect for a little boy’s room. Sorry no, Hudson didn’t lend a hand with this one!

 

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This one was made by my dear friend Janine. A name canvas. A beautiful way to welcome people to your room.

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Whilst I didn’t actually make these letters, this OMM Design banner allows you to create your own magic, words of wisdom and inspiration! I reviewed this product last week and you can read it here.

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A simple Tea Towel in an Ikea Frame!

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And probably my favourite would have to be these button hearts. I saw them on Pinterest when Ella is born, and headed to spotlight for supplies to put them together. They took a while (I’m talking months), but when I had time I made them bit by bit, and I think they look beautiful in her new room.

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So whether it’s a large project or a small one, there is nothing nicer and more satisfying than creating something for your own children, and seeing it on their walls. It may not stay there forever, but whilst they love it, I will too.

kate

Friday Find: OMM Design DIY Banner

Friday Find: OMM Design DIY Banner

9814749-origpic-e42d11-320x320Those of you who follow Happy Ella After on Instagram will know that recently I’ve been going a little crazy decorating Hudson’s ‘Super Hero’ Themed Room. There have been so many super cool things I have found, many of which are very reasonably priced. One item in particular is the OMM Design DIY Banner. An old fashioned letter banner pack, containing 122 characters, metal joiners and strings. 

It can be used for any occasion, from birthdays, to graduations, however hanging it on the wall of your child’s bedroom is, I feel the most beautiful use. You can change the banner however and whenever you like. I have decided to go with a super hero theme and have hung the banner in two places…

To Infinity & Beyond
To Infinity & Beyond
The First Avenger
The First Avenger

Characters and Symbols include:

AAAAA BBB CC DDD EEEEEEE FF GGG HHH IIII JJ KK LLLL MMMM NNNN OOOO PPP QQ RRRR SSSSS TTTT UUU VV WW X YY Z ÅÅ ÄÄ ÖÖ ÆÆ ØØ Ë Ï Ü ßß Œ Ç Ñ & ! ? ‘ ‘

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They are currently sold out in lots of places, but you can try to purchase or pre-order them from Leo & Bella  or Lark Store. They retail for approx $18.95.
To follow more design ideas and inspiration, follow me on Instagram here.
kate
Friday Find: Confetti Dots Wall Decals

Friday Find: Confetti Dots Wall Decals

If you are a Happy Ella After follower, you would know that we are in the midst of a Korber household renovation, in preparation for baby no. 2. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Etsy for ideas for Ella’s new room, and have come across the most beautiful idea to decorate her walls. Confetti Dot Wall Decals are the ‘new thing’ in kids’ rooms. Easy to apply, with your imagination your only obstacle! They come in a range of colours and sizes, and give any child’s room a beautiful, happy, whimsical feel!

There are so many shops, especially on Etsy, that sell these gorgeous dots, but I have found that The Lovely Wall Co on Etsy sell them at a reasonable price, with sensible shipping costs! Here are a few of my favourites from their range:

Bright BRIGHT confetti dots give an amazing pop of colour:

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Neutrals and Metallics for a clean, modern look!

 

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‘Very Boy’ dots add a playful feel to any boy’s room

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and finally, my favourite, that I am definitely going to purchase for Ella’s room is the very aptly named ‘Girly, Girly’ dots. Cannot wait to get my hands on them!

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Most sets sell at a price of $56.45 AUD, with $16.45 shipping to Australia. You receive a set of 80 dots, with most of them being re-usable (metallic dots are not re-usable).

Each of the above images is linked to their Etsy store. You can also follow ‘The Lovely Wall Co.’ on Facebook here.

Incy Interiors also did a beautiful feature of Confetti Dot Decals on their Facebook page today. Syled by Hide & Sleep, it is another example of how to use these gorgeous decorative decals.

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I think they are just beautiful!


kate

 

Friday Finds: Girls’ room Pinspiration

Friday Finds: Girls’ room Pinspiration

This week for Friday Finds, I’m sharing some gorgeous Pinterest ideas for little Girls’ rooms (sorry boys). Given that our renovation is in full swing, I’ve started to think about Ella’s room when we move back in, hopefully in just under three months time. We don’t know the sex of baby Korber no.2, so we’ll be keeping that room pretty neutral. I’m pretty excited however, to give Ella’s room a new face lift to reflect her growing interests and personality. Even though I love, loved her nursery (as seen on Babyology here), her old room will become our new room, and so we have had no choice but to change things up!

Here are some ideas that have got me a little excited..

Designed by Petite Vintage Interiors, Freya and Sibila’s room was featured on Down that Little Lane this week. The light up letters are just to die for…

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 This silver sequinned ‘love’ cushion from Max & Me (available from Down that Little Lane) is a must have for Ella’s new ‘big girl’ bed!

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From the Incy Interiros Facebook page, this idea board is just divine…particularly love the cloud hanger

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and a little bit more…can’t get enough of the pink chair as a side table, and the ‘isn’t she lovely’ cushion by Empire Lane, also available at Down that Little Lane.

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After a few years of pining over these beautiful reading nooks, it is a must do for Ella’s new room..

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and finally, Holly’s room, also designed by Petite Vintage Interiors, has to be one of my all time favs. Such a beautiful room, if I were Holly, I would never come out!

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So much to get excited about in these designs. All I can say is thank God for Pinterest!

You can follow my ‘Kids’ wonderland’ Pinterest board here.

You can also follow: Petite Vintage Interiors, Down that Little Lane, Max & Me and Incy Interiors.

kate

*All images are linked to their original source