My little french chair has been selected by Dana as a finalist in her Saturday mornings competition.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I was driving back from a client meeting today and saw a St Vincent de Paul shop ("Vinnies" as we Aussies call it) that had a 50%sale on. So I thought I'd see if they had any good deals. No furniture but I managed to snag this deal - $6 for a lovely picnic basket with leather handle and straps all in perfect condition. It's old and dusty but beautiful. Made in West Sussex, England.
I'll find some nice blue and white plates for it and then we'll have to take it out for a picnic.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I did this a while ago but thought it was worth blogging about, if only to inspire someone and perhaps save them $1000s on a new sofa.
I've had this sofa bed for about 15 years ago and it was starting to look a bit shabby. However it was still reasonably comfortable - let's be honest, what sofa bed is ever really comfortable especially with 2 people in it...but as a lounge, this old girl still has a lot of life left in her and I liked the shape of it. I originally paid around $2000 for the lounge from Oz Designs and it is sturdy and well build so I didn't really want to spend a lot of money replacing it but I was OVER the eucalyptus green damask (especially alongside my beautiful aubergine lounges).
|bad shot but I forgot to take before photos|
Then I had the brilliant idea of recovering it myself. I measured it all and managed to buy pretty much the exact amount of material I needed (I had just enough left over to recover my dining room chair seat pads). I think it was around 4m. I bought a marco-suede as it's great for keeping clean especially with kids, dog and an active outdoor life. I think the colour was ecru.
|from the back|
For the arms I drew a template of the actual sofa bed rather than the old slip cover and then using upholstery thread and my trusty sewing machine, I sewed the shape then pulled it tight to ensure a good fit.
I saved some money by reusing the zippers from the old cushion covers. I always use the hidden zipper method to make it look nicer and sit flat.
And here's the finished product - although with over a year of wear and tear on it since it's transformation.
Last year on Masterchef the contestants had to try making Balmain patissier Adriano Zumbo's Macaron Tower. It was a crazy show with not enough time for the task and the contestants had a lot of trouble with them. But it got me thinking about macarons and how pretty they are so of course I thought I should have a go.
I made these Violet Macarons with white chocolate ganache and they all turned out perfectly. It was my first time I've made them and I was really happy with how the centres were all gooey but the outsides firm and crisp. They were very sweet and I'm a bit more of a savoury gal but my husband loved them. I think next time I'd use more purple colouring so they are more vivid.
This plate is one of my favourites - from the little island of Murano near Venice, Italy. We had a delicious lunch at a beautiful trattoria there with good friends and lots of bellinis. Nice memories.
For the Violet Macaron I used Callum's recipe that he made in the London episode and won the challenge with. Find the recipe here.
(leave out the filling obviously)
White Chocolate Ganache
200 gm (7 ounces) white chocolate
Bring cream to boil, pour over finely chopped white chocolate and stand 5 mins. Stir until all chocolate has melted and mixture is glossy. Chill approx 45 mins and use as required.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I reupholstered this little kids chair for a friend's daughter's 5th birthday using a dropsheet and paint to transform it into a gorgeous French Chair. Usually I start my projects at the last minute (ie morning of or night before the birthday party) but we're glad we gave ourselves a lot of time on this one.
I bought the chair on ebay for a bargain price of $1.75.
My little boy was a great apprentice. Check him out using his new tool set we gave him for Christmas. They are proper miniture tools and not toys.
Really happy with how it turned out - a couple of little smudges in the red line paintwork but I don't think it's too noticeable.
I'm sure my friend and her daughter will love it.