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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: 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

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Christmas Market

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Christmas Market

mm_logoLast year I blogged about the fabulous Mathilda’s Market! This Sunday, they are holding their annual Christmas Market at Caulfield Racecourse. For any parent who simply loves beautiful, stylish and affordable toys, nursery items, clothing and manchester, then this is the market for you. Over a hundred stalls of mostly handmade products, from bibs, to wooden instruments, framed prints and bamboo sheets, the range at this market will please any fussy parent. I have been over the past two years and each time, I have found precious new things to adorn Ella’s room.

This year, some of the items I will be looking out for are:

These beautiful wall stickers from ‘Beautiful Online Boutique

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These gorgeous personalised aprons from ‘Marybelle’s Co

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and finally, these unique letter ‘toy bins’ from Little Big Designs

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With thousands more on show, be sure to get on down to the market this weekend!  Best of all you will be shopping local, and supporting families!

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Happy Christmas Shopping!

kate

Friday Finds: Tickle or Treat

Friday Finds: Tickle or Treat

Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 9.38.11 AMThere has been an influx of new little babies again in our life lately. A new baby also means decorating a nursery. When Ella was born, we created a feature wall in her room with a gorgeous decal tree from Surface Inspired. This tree brings so much joy and interest to her room. Many friends have commented on the tree, and have also used similar ones in their own nurseries at home. There are so many gorgeous products out there, and with the power of the internet, Mums and Dads can preview products and ideas from the comfort of their own home.

Whilst creating our Facebook Page for Happy Ella After, I was browsing other great sites that other parents had created. I stumbled across ‘Tickle or Treat‘ via “Little Tinkers‘ and was immediately struck by the unique nature of their collections. A Mother herself, Tickle or Treat is a handmade range of children’s toys, homewares, accessories and clothing inspired the coastal living environment of waves crashing on the beach and birds chirping the huge trees that grace her backyard. They are inspired by memories of her childhood, dreams for her sons’ future and are all carefully and individually hand made. Each piece, be it a children’s toy or something for your home are unique and are created to be lovingly used and admired and then passed onto generations in the future.

A home grown business, the Tickle or Treat studio is nestled in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, where she is surrounded by the beautiful nature from where she draws her creativity. The individuality of the entire range means that there are pieces to suit any home, nursery or V.I.C. (Very Important Cutie!).

Here are some of my favourites from her collections…

Personally, the  ‘Enchanted Wall Gardens’ are my favourite. These are a great alternative to a wall decal and very reasonably priced..

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The handmade owls are a beautiful addition to any child’s room…

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If I was decorating a new nursery, I would certainly be making a purchase from this range!

You can check out ‘Tickle or Treat’ via their Facebook page here.

kate

*All images are linked to ‘Tickle or Treat’s’ Facebook page.

Friday Finds: DIY Reading Nook

Friday Finds: DIY Reading Nook

Ella received dozens of books for her Birthday and I’ve been thinking about the best way to store them so that they get a good work out! As always, I have turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and have been blown away by the gorgeous idea of creating your very own wall library. By using simple spice racks, or a piece of dowel you can transform an every day bunch of books into a visual art work! By displaying books on your child’s wall, they can access them easily whilst transforming the space into a reading wonderland…..

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A gorgeous reading nook….

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Books galore…..

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Whether a large wall, or a small little space….I think this idea is gorgeous for any room!

kate

*Images are linked to their original source