Doing some DIY

Thank God its Monday, strange thing to say no but our weekend wasn’t exactly a stroll in the park. Decorating on the hottest day of the year wasn’t exactly fun especially when the doors of the new bedroom closet kept warping and hanging out at a funny fashion. Plus G and I do things in different ways; I’m the lets shove it up brigade and deal with it later and he is precision man. There were some rows. As an example I had to paint the perimeter of the new wall in black (the rest of the bedroom is a brownish pink) so all the joins to the ceiling, walls, floors had to be carefully done. Except I couldn’t find a small brush (when I say couldn’t find I didn’t exactly look to hard I have to confess) so anyway I painted it out in a pretty large one and of course black lines spread all over the ceiling and everywhere else – argument number one. Secondly I didn’t wash the brush before changing paint colour, (yes I know but its like 70 degrees outside) I wanted out of there – argument number two.  The worst part I’m not sure I love the end result, because although this part of the bedroom semi works it’s now thrown everything else off. Everything now feels  wrong I tell you – some images below for you to judge. So after slogging away for hours and me saying ‘shall we take it down and rethink’ it wasn’t such a happy enviroment. The only thing that saved us – roast lemon chicken with crunchy potatoes, green beans and beer. Downside too much beer and I don’t feel like going to Pilates this morning – not the way to start the week!

In amongst all of this we are on the craziest deadline for a project, oh and one thousand apologises guys I’ve postponed OPEN CALL until the end of the week. I thought we might get something like 30 or 40 submissions but we have got zillions and its taken much longer than I thought to go through, so give me until the end of the week and then I’ll post the first capsule collection up on all my social media sites. Also I must apologise regarding the wording on Open Call, when you submit images some highfalutin lawyer wordage comes back at you saying all images are now our copyright. What this means is you are just giving us permission to use your photographs to post on my social medial channels that is all.  I will get this changed.

Do I literally have to oversee every teeny tiny part of this business? -YES is the darn answer because I was mad, mad I tell you when I saw those words!

Anyway here is the bedroom going through its transition – to me  its not good enough, can’t quite nail why its just bothering the heck out of me!

This is where we started from:


Phtography Graham Atkins  Hughes

Phtography Graham Atkins Hughes

bed1Blocked off the fireplace with sheets of MDF to create the new closet


Ended up with this (excuse bad photography it was late and I took on my phone).  I don’t love it, might have to change the wallpaper not sure. Have got to get a new rug as the existing red one doesn’t work and this cream runner is purely an example of the the route I was thinking of going down. Don’t know, don’t know shall sleep on it for a little bit! I think I can make it work?


Happy Monday, lets hope!

Oh by the way tickets go on sale tomorrow for our Australian master classes in Melbourne and Sydney in July. Due to our lack of time (regrettably again) numbers are limited.

Final thing before I shoot (or shoot myself) did the stats from all of your wonderful feedback on the blog and social media channels (thank you so much) and 73% of you want more posts. So my plan (starting some time in May) is to increase the posts to two a day depending on my schedule , categorize everything and then have certain days when we yabber about certain things. Like DIY Mondays – only lets hope the DIY is a little more successful than this hey!



16 thoughts on “Doing some DIY

  1. I love it, but I kind of know what you’re not quite sure about, perhaps it’s the cream rug as you mentioned, my eye keeps going to that, maybe something darker? I’m sure you’ll pull it all together in a flash, you have the magical touch!

  2. Hi Abi, I love it – it’s busy in an eclectic way and eclectic is my style (dobt judge but I love many different wallpapers, decades and colours in the same room). I seem to remember that you have wood wall on the other side of your room which is quite calming (please don’t think I’m creepy, after I saw the wood feature during your house tour at design school, I’ve decided to use that idea of a wood feature wall in my kitchen).

    If it was my bedroom, and taking into consideration the wood calming colours- I’d paint the ceiling the colour of the walls and throw down a chinese deco style orange, purple or blue rug? Maybe a big brass chandelier and a chaise lounge? It will totally work and I’ve loved that wallpaper for some time now, it’s nice to see it used on a closet! How creative! While the wallpaper screams look at me, I definitely think you can calm her down by drawing your immediate attention to something else? Keep us posted 🙂

  3. Love both – the before and after.

    Can’t help myself so here goes with suggestions for the after … Replace with a circular rug, try a collection of mirrors on the wall, the dressing table chair needs to be more curvy and maybe a painting on the floor against the wall next to the dressing table,

    Good luck and happy Monday to you too x

  4. Is the wardrobe behind that wall, if yes, how big is it? I have forever been enchanted by the picture of the mexican looking man, if you decide to depart from it please let me know.

  5. Morning Abigail, oh how frustrating, I am amused at the fact that your blogging devotees are giving YOU advice…..

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do with it! For the record I like it….. I think it’s the rug too btw!

  6. The chair seems out of the place but other than that, the room looks pretty good to me. Good luck on whatever you may want to do with this room. I know you can do it! 😉

  7. Hi Abby, don’t think the new look works. The wallpaper is too big for the space and too shiny for a bedroom. The stark white chair sticks out like a sore thumb! Maybe paint the new wall black lots of mirrors and bring the beautiful orange chair back. Happy day. Susie.

  8. Think on it before you tear down.. this wallpaper is freaking OFF THE HOOK!! BTW..just bought the book.. Kind of obsessed and doing a big overhaul in my place now. Love your style and attitude… Enough with the rules..let’s get CREATIVE!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I liked the fireplace to but I have them in every room so losing one here isn’t such a big deal I think. Although I need to nail the scheme first x

  9. I love the wall paper ( have a sample of it currently stuck on my cloakroom wall and have been musing about it!) and I love the set, except perhaps the rug. It’s hard To tell from the photograph (on my phone) but perhaps the ceiling could be darker? I look forward to seeing how you feel about it tomorrow.

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