Sunday, May 2, 2010

Early beginnings

Mood board time! I ducked into town today to grab a few things to get my mood boards underway. Bunnings was a great start, where I picked up some great colour chips to inspire me, along with some lovely test colour paint.

I tested the paint colours on some canvas board to get an idea of how they come up on a reasonably large area. Once we get going in the spare room I'll prop them up in there to see how the light effects them. I've already decided that the red will only be highlight colour in decorative elements in the room, but some of the other colours show some potential to make it onto the walls. (Not sure about going the all white walls I had first planned).

I also dropped by Spotlight where a found a gorgeous mix of buttons and ribbons.

Check out the before and after shot below and note with envy my brand new hot glue gun! I've always wanted one, but wasn't quite sure why - UNTIL I used it! What fun!! I'm now desperate to find something else to glue! (Sorry about the image quality.)

We've also started to make our first purchases for the nursery.
So far we’ve managed to order THIS fabulous chair!

I just could not stop thinking about since seeing it on line, and we found this store in Melbourne that had a sample one for us to check out. We had to place an order for it and it should arrive in a few weeks. I’m really excited about it - although it’s kind of amusing that our first baby purchase is more about me than the baby!

I’ve also tracked down a cheaper alternative to that Japanese lantern I fell in love with, when I spotted the above image in the latest Real Living magazine! The store is called Papier D'Amour and you must check out the lovely blog, unless you're lucky enough to live in Sydney where you can just visit the store! I could not find the lanterns in the online shop, so I rang the Sydney store and ordered a mix of colours and sizes for the room. The staff were fantastically helpful and were so quick to help me that the lanterns have already arrived on my doorstep! They're perfect, but I could not get a good photo of them to share with you. I'm also seriously loving the use of grey.....hhmmm...something to think about.

I also fell in love with this cute lamp following a comment from Fi regarding Aero designs! ( I still can’t find the tree though, so I may have to visit the store...although I'm a little over the tree trend....AND OWLS!)

Now just to put a bit of a cap on the spending (and in some small way try to justify the decadent purchase of the rocking chair!) we've decided not to give into our every whim, and have left this cot that we've had our eye on, in the store!

Instead we've accepted a very generous offer from one of our friends to borrow a cot. I’m very pleased with this as we really want the room to be a mix of old and new. Someone PLEASE remind me of this if things are getting too co-ordinated and designy! I’d rather it was eclectic and fun - just like the mood board.

I'd like to do a FABRIC mood board too, to get some texture happening and to give me some direction to my crafting urges! So much to do!

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Carly Findlay said...

Wow, it's looking amazing!
Can't wait to see the finished room :)
Love the chair, love the lanterns, and the lamp. Great colours.
I had a hot glue gun once too, they are such fun...but when making jewellery, it blew up!! A big bang and a spark and a puff of smoke! Should I be telling you this?

Anonymous said...

I promise you will love the tree – though you do have to see it in store. Great buy on the chair though – can't wait to see it all come together. Will email you a pic of the tree as a photographer sent me an image of his with it in it. Talk soon. Fi :)

Danielle McDonald said...

Carly - thanks for the warning about the glue gun! Am slightly scared but not enough to stop using it!
Fi - you've got me VERY curious about the tree! I'd love to see it!