Well what a month it’s been! Many of you will already know about my exciting new venture but if you don’t and you’ve been wondering why I’ve been M.I.A, then let me share some very exciting news! I’ve opened a travelling homewares store, and online boutique called Scouted Design and it’s based out of my renovated vintage caravan.
It’s an absolute dream come true which began bubbling away last September. There’s been lots of bumps in the road and whole lot of hard work but I would do it all again in a second because I’m so happy with how it has all turned out.
Since you last saw my little vintage caravan she’s been adorned with my logo and filled to the brim with a gorgeous collection of homewares, home decor and lifestyle products from my favourite Australian and international designers. From Cushions and scented candles to kitchen ware, table decor, wall art, rugs, throws and garlands, I have a beautiful range of contemporary Australian and Scandinavian inspired wares.
Who isn’t loving Kmart’s Homewares range right now! From lamps and rugs to pots, vases and storage, they’re got some really cool products for really low prices! Last week I gave my workspace a little update with the Kmart pegboards. An absolute bargain for just $29 each and super versatile and stylish. I tried my pegboards in about four different spaces before finally deciding to keep them in my workspace. They looked great next to the boys desk, in the boys rooms and also in the playroom too.
I placed my pegboards side by side and played around with the shelving heights depending on the object size I wanted to add. Here I’ve just styled them with bits and pieces I already had plus a new print from Hark Home.
A few days after buying my vintage caravan I began the first stage of her makeover, the big clear out! Like any renovation it always looks worse before it gets better so don’t expect any glam photos in this post.
From the outside the only noticeable difference is that the old window decals have gone. But if you step inside you can see quite a few changes. I removed everything that wasn’t attached to the frame, from the mattress, to the soft furnishings, curtain rails, screens, light fixtures and two layers of lino floor covering. I was tempted to keep the original lino as a template for when I cut out the new flooring but it was so sticky and putrid it had to go!
Lurking beneath all that stuff I found holes in the veneer walls, more rotten wood, more cracked glass windows, perished window seals, a hole in the floor and a huge pile of dirt and dust, so much dust!
Now that she’s been cleared out and all her interior flaws have been revealed it’s time to start planning her repairs and begin work on the exterior to get her water tight and secure.
I have so much to learn and at times the amount of work to be done is a bit overwhelming but I’m sure I’ll get there, I just have to be patient. Have you ever done a caravan renovation or makeover? I’d love to hear about your journey and any tips you might have.
Just before the last school holidays, I started another room makeover. This time it was for my ten year old son Zavier. It’s been five years since I first decorated Zavier’s room, so he really needed something a bit more grown up. It was time to say farewell to his aqua walls and tree decal and create something which could easily transition with him through his teen years.
After we’d moved everything out, and set up a temporary bedroom in the playroom I painted his walls in Dulux Vivid White. It makes the room look much so more spacious and fresh. Then to add some depth and fun to the room I painted his wardrobe doors with black chalkboard paint (much to the envy of his younger brother).
We kept his existing furniture but gave it a little update by painting his bed with Blake and Taylor furniture paint and adding some new doors and storage boxes to his expedit bookcase. The Ikea Kallax inserts fit perfectly into the expedit and are great for hiding clutter and keeping books dust free.
After updating his colour scheme I added some new art, linen, and accessories. The Mapiful map of London was one the biggest splurges, but it’s a timeless piece and could easily be moved elsewhere should Zav decide he no longer wants to look at London. Why London you ask? well it’s his favourite city of those we’ve visited so far.
I’m really happy with how Zavier’s bedside lamp turned out. It was originally a pendant light from Milk and Sugar (which I’d bought for a different room) but with a little help from my electrician to change the fixture to a three pin plug, and the edition of an Ikea Ekeby shelf bracket, I turned a ceiling pendant into a wall mounted reading light.
Hey there, it’s been a super busy week here as I continue my makeover on the kids powder room. So far, I’ve plastered, sanded and painted the walls, as well as filled, sanded and painted the floor boards. It’s already looking so much better.
As it’s a tiny space, I’m keeping it light and bright with painted timber floorboards, fresh new fixtures and some minimal accessories. Here’s a little sneak peak into what I’ve got planned.