ARI’S ROOM MAKEOVER – JUNGLE THEME

Whether its a birthday party or room make over, I find so much joy in creating magic for my minis.  Carefully selecting each product with love, placing it in its spot and watching their eyes light up when they see their completed spaces.  I am also passionate about the brands and small businesses that I work with, and am so grateful to captures these memories through photography with my friend, and photographer, Nicola Holland Photography.

When I put Ari’s room together I knew that I wanted it to be practical yet stylish.  Little and big boy at the same time.  It needed to be  budget friendly and also moveable as we will be relocating within the year.

My heart was so happy to hear Ari’s screams and squeals of delight as each package of goods arrived.  Un like with Chloe’s room where I set it up by myself, I allowed Ari to work on this with me on our ‘special project.’  He was involved in every decision from idea to placement, and this gave him a huge amount of pride in his new bedroom.

Check out some inspiration for a Jungle themed bedrooms on my Pinterest.  As well as a sweet little video of Ari’s room reveal on my YouTube.

Lastly I want to say a huge thank you to Nicola Holland Photography once again for always giving it her all, even when I present her with an extremely poorly lit bedroom with zero natural light!  The images below turned out better then I could have ever dreamed.

Enjoy!

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Sonata bed King Single in Black – Mocka
Mocka Locka Single in Black – Mocka
Greenery Garden Wall Decal – Ginger Monkey
Mustard Throw – Bed, Bath, Table
Light Grey Throw – Bed, Bath, Table
Linen Tassel Throw in Charcoal – Feather and Oak
Bamboo Sheets – Ecosa
Ecosa Mattress – Ecosa – To watch our unboxing click here.
Sanela Cushion Cover in Dark Green – IKEA
Homely Creatures Zebra Pillow – Baby Donkie
Olli Ella Luggy Basket in White – Baby Donkie
Green Plants – IKEA
Lily & George Lancelot the Lion – Milk Tooth
JÄTTESTOR Soft toy Elephant in Grey – IKEA
Oh How We Wished For You, Book – Little Jane 
Mustard Knot Floor Cushion – Knots Studio
Avi’s A-Z Flashcards – Bambini Wellness
Tyrion the Crochet Lions – When Crafting is Life
FLÅDIS Basket in Seagrass – IKEA
Light and Dark Grey Tassel Throw (in basket) – Adair’s
Clementine Bamboo Muslin Wrap – Bubba Bump
Giraffe Soft Toy – Purchased in Bali
Oliver the Bear – Cuddle and Kind
Wooden Tipi –
Unknown Instagram Store
Custom Blocks – Unknown Instagram Store
T- Lab Pole Wooden Zebra – Leo and Bella
T- Lab Pole Wooden Elephant – Leo and Bella

Kids Teepee Super Size – Rainbows and Clover
Felt Ball Rug – Rainbows and Clover
Grey Felt Ball Garland – Rainbows and Clover 
Elephant Wall Head – The store I purchased this from has since closed
FLÅDIS Basket in Seagrass – IKEA
Light and Dark Grey Tassel Throw (in basket) – Adair’s
Clementine Bamboo Muslin Wrap – Bubba Bump
Giraffe Soft Toy – Purchased in Bali
Avi’s A-Z Flashcards – Bambini Wellness
Homely Creatures Zebra Pillow – Baby Donkie
Assortment of pillows – From IKEA, Kmart and Bed, Bath and Table
Giant Giraffe – There are lots available on Ebay
Tiny Hand Drawn Dots Wall Decal in Black – The Lovely Wall
Elephant Head – My Pretty Little Dolly

Little Belle Night Light in Mint and Gold – Little Belle Lights
Custom Bunting – Shabby Sweet
Custom Artwork – Bambini Wellness
Black Frames – IKEA
Woven Pot and Green Plant – 
IKEA
Tiny Hand Drawn Dots Wall Decal in Black –
 The Lovely Wall
Ari’s Ocean Adventures –
United Letters
Kat the Legend of Gnawbona – A book by Nick White
Oh How We Wished For You, Book –
Little Jane 
Kids Teepee Super Size –
Rainbows and Clover
Felt Ball Rug – Rainbows and Clover
Grey Felt Ball Garland – Rainbows and Clover
Giraffe – There are lots available on Ebay
Avi’s A-Z Flashcards – Bambini Wellness
Elephant Wall Head – My Pretty little Dolly
Homely Creatures Zebra Pillow – Baby Donkie
Assortment of pillows – From IKEA, Kmart and Bed, Bath and Table
Tyrion the Crochet Lions – When Crafting is Life

Custom Clothing Rack with Swing – Bubble Gum Royal
Clothing on the rack from – Bonnie and Harlo, Piper and Me, Wyke Collective and Two Darlings
Custom Garland – Sewn and Wood
Giant Giraffe –
There are lots available on Ebay
Olli Ella Basket – Baby Donkie
Hap Push and Pull Zebra – Leo and Bella
T Lab Pole Pole Wooden Animal Giraffe – Leo and Bella
T Lab Pole Pole Wooden Animal Cheetah – Leo and Bella

Special mentions –  A HUGE thank you to Jess from Bonnie and Harlo for supplying Ari and Chloe with the most gorgeous clothes!  Also the beautiful Hannah Mills for my beautiful make up.

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MILK TOOTH
MOCKA
SHABBY AND SWEET
THE MUM LIFE

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SEWN AND WOOD
BABY DONKIE
BUBBLEGUM ROYAL

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*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

10 STEPS TO A HAMPTONS RENOVATION FEATURING BLINDS IN PRINT

The fascination with Hamptons inspired houses and décor has long reined.  The indoor/outdoor life style that many Australian live by is the perfect match for the Hamptons beachy aesthetic.  This East Coast USA style has many fans including my parents!  Their Hamptons renovation which is currently a work in progress prompted me to investigate this style more.  My parents Sunshine Coast apartment is by no means Hamptons style, and when you live in a building governed by a body cooperate and other owners there isn’t much you can do about the outside… you can however make your interior match you coastal dream.

Here’s how:

  1. Colour Scheme – White, Blue and Grey.
  2. Kitchen Benchtop – Marble is amazing by a reconstituted stone looks just as good for a far lower price.
  3. Flooring – Solid timber in a dark stain is optimal whereas a vinyl plank in the same colour is a more budget conscious alternative.
  4. Textiles – Layer patterns using cushions, rugs and throws.  Artwork is another great way to add in a pattern.  Stick to your colour palate of white, greys and blues.  Florals, geometric designs, nautical and ikat prints are perfect.
  5. Walls – Crisp white painted walls.  Timber cladding and moulding also in white.
  6. Blinds – Should be white or patterned in theme with the Hamptons look.  Blinds in Print have a huge range of blinds on offer including Hamptons friendly options.  (See more on Blinds in Print below.)   
  7. Plantation Shutters – A known staple in any Hamptons home.
  8. Nautical Decor- Think boats, navy ceramics, artwork, ocean photography, twine, books, jars and bowls with faux shells, faux coral, striped umbrellas and old marine maps framed.
  9. Furniture –  Keep your main pieces like your couch and beds oversized.  A big fabric couch is the staple of the home.  The style should be relaxed yet put together.  Floors lamps are a must and big textured rugs.   Timber dining tables with fabric chairs, a gorgeous glass or marble coffee table.
  10.  Second Life – Mix the old with the new to create the perfect balance of shabby chic and modern elegance.  Give existing furniture a new lease on life by getting couches recovered, sand/varnish tables, paint bed frames and use chalk paint to get that desired Hamptons feel.

I have pinned some of my favourite Hamptons style inspiration here.

More on Blinds in Print –  
Blinds in Print started in 2017 with a mission to turn the humble, one colour roller blind, from a fitting to a feature!  Be it an amazing pattern for your home, or logo to promote your business, their aim is to bring blinds to life!  They can print any image onto a blind and can also colour match too.    And one of the best things is that all of their blinds are made in AUSTRALIA!

What they did for my parents Hamptons apartment –
My Mum had a specific vision in mind for the sort of window furnishings she wanted.  For above her kitchen sink she was after something unique and modern, but still in touch with the Hamptons aesthetic that she had been creating.  She went to the Blinds in Print website and chose a design called Maple that she thought was perfect.  She wanted her blind to match some feature walls which will be painted in the apartment so Blinds in Print colour matched Dulux Duck Egg Blue for her.   Her roller blind was produced and delivered to her door with everything needed to install a full functioning product.  (If you aren’t up to the job of installing a blind then they can oragnise someone to do this for you.)  She as over joyed with how easy the whole process was and is recommending Blinds in Print to all her friends!

DETAILS –
Blinds in Print – Website
Blinds in Print – Instagram

Some images of my parents custom made Blinds in Print – Maple in Duck Egg Blue.  Keep in mind that their renovation is definitely still a work in progress!

Update – the team at Blinds in Print have also launched a new online business – Acoustic Blinds and Curtains. More to come…

And so it begins…

If you have been following my families journeys for awhile, you will know that in recent years we have moved house ALOT! For whatever reason none of the houses we have built stuck for us. In fact last time I counted Ryan and I have moved 13 times in 12 years!

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Well, moving is about to be a thing of the past for this little family, because we have officially purchased ourselves a one and half acre block in Didillibah (on the Sunshine Coast.)  It’s big, it’s flat and it’s everything we could dream of. Now to start designing our dream home! As many of you know Ryan, my husband, is a builder, which makes the process even more fun!

This page of my blog will be dedicated to project “dream house”, and I can’t wait to share our journey with you. At this point all I know is that we will be taking inspiration from Palm Springs, which is super exciting because I wanted the house to have some character and having a theme gives us direction. I love Pinterest and have set up a board for inspiration which you can check out here!

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Chloe’s Room Make Over – Swan Princess

I’ve had such a great time giving Chloe’s room a ‘Swan Princess’ makeover. From choosing products, to styling and shoot day it’s been a labour of love. I feel incredibly grateful to have been able capture it all, during our photoshoot with Nicola Holland Photography and within the words of my blog.

There were two important things that I wanted to consider when putting her room together.  Firstly I wanted it to be budget friendly and secondly I wanted all of the items to be able to be moveable i.e. no wallpaper. I’m happy to say that both of these goals were achieved and I’m thrilled to share the end results with you. My heart BURSTS seeing Coco love and enjoy her ‘Swan Themed’ room even more then I do.

Scroll down to shop by sections and to the very bottom for a bunch of AMAZING discount codes.

You can check out some inspiration for a Swan Princess Room on my Pinterest. As well as our sweet little video of Chloe’s room reveal on my YouTube.

Lastly I want to say a huge thank you to Nicola Holland Photography for her beautiful imagery and for also being one of my number one supporters.

Enjoy!

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Clothing Rack with Matching Wooden Hangers – Bubble Gum Royal
WD Dolls House – Winnie Dot
Swan Rug – When Crafting Is Life
Falling Petals Wall Decals – Sailah Lane
Custom Swan Artwork in Kmart frame – Bambini Wellness
Dusty Pink Feather Lights – Darlings of August
Sew Heart Felt Odette Swan Animal Head – Jack and Willow
Custom Flower Crown – Shabby and Sweet
Alimrose Designs Reversible Fabric Crowns – Little Timber Tribe
Bed of Roses Tutu Dress Blush – Giggle Me Pink
Valentina Tutu Dress – Ma Mer
Evie Play Suit- Moon Child (Cloth and Hide)
Rose Gold Sequin Bolero – Bug and Mouse
Maybel Ruffled Tutu Skirt – Bug and Mouse
Spinkie Pom Pom – Milk Tooth
Nana Huchy Sophia the Swan – Baby Donkie
Mumma Swan Wheelie – Love Tildy

 

Dolls Moses Basket including Timber Plaque and all Bedding – Little Mackie
Miniland Dolls – Baby Donkie
Dolls Dresses – Tailoring for Miss Polly
Vintage Baby Cot – Painted by my Mother and kindly gifted after the children would not return it!
Pom Pom Blanket – West Elm
Alimrose Aurelie Linen Cat Ivory – Sweet Little Dreams
Nana Huchy Velvet Star Pillow – Nana Huchy
Wood Rabbit Cloud Shelves – Willow and Wood
Books – A selection but out favourite is Uncle Bear Skin Productions
Bow Puzzle – Love Tildy
Alimrose Star Wand – Little Timber Tribe
Crysta Ballerina Wall Decal – The Mum Life
Avi’s A-Z Flashcards – Little Bambini
Feather Crown – Made by our beautiful friend (photographer) Nicola when Chloe was born
Alimrose Audrey Grab Rattle – Dreamy Kidz
Ice Cream Truck – Kmart
Numero 74 Canopy Grey –
Leo and Bella
Spinkie Pom Poms Large Sparkle – The Mum Life
Pillows –
Closely Knit, Milk and Sugar and Target

 

WD Dolls House – Winnie Dot
Furniture – Purchased from various Instagram stores (that currently aren’t operating) and from local shops.  I like to choose things slowly and pick cute items as I see them.
Figurines – Sylvanian Families

 

Dresser – This was Chloe’s old change table which was purchased from Pottery Barn.  It was looking very tired as it was the same table that Ari had used.  My Mother repainted for me and we had a friend add on cupboard doors as it used to be open.  I also purchased pink ceramic flower shaped handles from a vintages store.  I am in love with end result!
Hand Woven Wall Hanging – Rhino Republic
Alimrose Pink Suitcase Set Pink – Little Timber Tribe
Florence Swan – Darlings of August
Rose Gold Petite Mirror and Stand – Darlings of August
Pink Glass Container – Target
Glass Vase with Flower – Target
Vintage Hair Brush and Comb – A gift from Chloe’s Auntie Nicole
Wooden Tree and Bird Wall Decal – Little Interiors Australia
Swan Print in Kmart Frame – The Mum Life
Felt Ball Beaded Garland – Sewn and Wood
Rocking Chair – Gifted by my Mother from here house.  I found one for you here.
Sheepskin Rug – Milabert
Lily and George Sylvie the Swan – Milk Tooth
Side table – Kmart
Swan Night Light – Damon and Danae
Vase – Myer
Flowers – Target

 

Cot – Pottery Barn
Couture Fitted Sheet Set in Blowsy Blooms Pink – Tilly and Otto
Heirloom Blanket in Peony – Tilly and Otto
Handmade Custom Lace and Pearl Bunting – Shabby and Sweet
Paper Flowers – Sydney Paper Flowers
Wicker Dolls Pram Grey – Jack and Willow
By The Stables (Print) in Kmart Frame – Yorklee
Spinkie Star Garland in Gold – The Mum Life

 

Outfits and extra details –
Tulle collar Leotard in Milk White, Shirred Shorts, Silver Metallic Classic Ballet Shoes and Tulle Pom Pom Headband – Bug and Mouse
Bed of Roses Tutu Dress Blush –
Giggle Me Pink
Valentina Tutu Dress – Ma Mer
Evie Play Suit- Moon Child (Cloth and Hide)
Custom Flower Crown – Shabby and Sweet
Alimrose Designs Reversible Fabric Crowns – Little Timber Tribe

DISCOUNT CODES – Use the code SWEETLIFE for all stores listed below
BABY DONKIE – Shop – 10% – off storewide some exclusions to brands apply
BAMBINI WELLNESS – Shop – 10% off storewide
BUBBLE GUM ROYAL – Shop – 15% off storewide
BUG AND MOUSE – Shop – 30% off shoes and accessories
DARLINGS OF AUGUST – Shop – 15% off storewide
GIGGLE ME PINK – Shop – 10% off storewide
LITTLE TIMBER TRIBE – Shop – 15% off storewide
LOVE TILDY – Shop – 10% off storewide
MA MER –
Shop – 10% off storewide, min order $50
MILK TOOTH – Shop – 15% off storewide
RHINO REPUBLIC – Shop – 10% off storewide
SAILAH LANE – Shop – 10% off storewide excludes large peony wall stickers
SEWN AND WOOD – Shop – 10% off storewide
SHABBY N SWEET – Shop – 10% off storewide
SWEET LITTLE DREAMS – Shop – 15% off storewide
LITTLE INTERIORS AUSTRALIA – Shop -10% off storewide
THE MUM LIFE –
Shop – 15% off storewide
TILLY OTTO –
Shop – 15% off storewide

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MILK TOOTH
TILLY AND OTTO
SAILAH LANE
RHINO REPUBLIC
SYDNEY PAPER FLOWERS
SHABBY AND SWEET
BUG AND MOUSE
TAILORING FOR MISS POLLY
THE MUM LIFE
BAMBINI WELLNESS
SEWN AND WOOD
MOON CHILD
MA MER 
GIGGLE ME PINK
SWEET LITTLE DREAMS
BABY DONKIE
LITTLE TIMBER TRIBE
BUBBLEGUM ROYAL
DARLINGS OF AUGUST
LITTLE MACKIE
WHEN CRAFTING IS LIFE
UNCLE BEARSKIN
LITTLE INTERIORS AUSTRALIA
WINNIE DOT
LOVE TILDY
JACK AND WILLOW
DAMON AND DANAE

Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram for more of life with my little loves.

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here