time to freshen up

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When Jenni sent her request via our website ‘contact’ tab, her words typed bold and clear -  

Jenni and her husband have been in their Marchooydore home for over 8 years and her vision was whiter and lighter colour scheme with more of a relaxed living vibe. Perfect for this couple who have retired and live more of a relaxed life style (I know Jenni will laugh at this comment, as she certainly has a full calendar, it’s only “work free”).

After the consultation, Jenni and I worked on a plan to start her project with a decent ‘list’ we created a moodboard to grab details she wanted to see in her home.
List of the project for the new look :-

Fresh paint internal
Update kitchen, bathrooms & laundry
New carpet
Update TV cabinets
Select new sheer curtains in Master Bedroom
Select new cushions, homewares, rugs, linen & art
Restyle bedrooms, living, TV space, sitting room & study

Help with Jenni’s personal DIY project of updating the wall way cabinet (check it out, it looks amazing)

Let the journey begin.

Choosing a new design and details for your home can be scary and make you feel uneasy but I loved the way Jenni embraced all the new ideas to create the perfect look. It was great to hear Jenni’s updates and excitement as each listed item was achieved, we made a great team!


Design details of this Project

To create that breezy and fresh sanctuary, we wanted the areas to work all as one, so the kitchen, dining & TV space leading out to the pool to align with lifestyle it offers. The walls painted Dulux Lexicon ¼ strength white and remove the ‘green’ feature behind the TV as we didn’t want that be the focus of the room. The large art was re-placed into the spare bedroom and a selection of muted coloured art now hangs to offer an over-all feel. New cushions, rug, dining chairs, pendants & bar stools added to create the space. We also re-styled Jenni’s favourite bits in the spaces as this is what makes a house a home, collectables that are on display that make you happy.


Kitchen, dining & living

In this look we added textured elements such as the pendant lights, VJ panels to the front of the island bench and drama of black tap & handles for a contemporary feel. The front kitchen doors where replaced with a fresh white colour and the bulky range hood was replaced and extra top cabinets added with handle free, for a seamless look. We kept the bench tops, cook top and splash back the same to save on costs. Updating the dining chairs from Hello Trader in black to keep that hint of textured punch in the space and adding black in the rug & cushions so the area flows. We moved the console to the back of the sofa definds the area and offers an element of a ‘centre stage’ piece. The TV cabinets got a face lifted of new fronts in Laminex Impressions range, so it adds subtle texture and kept the same black lip pull handles as the kitchen keep the same aesthetics through the house.  

Bedrooms & Study

Jenni’s request was to keep the master bedroom soft and relaxing colours. Of cause white was the perfect choice but adding Jenni’s favourite colour of a sage green to add elegance. Jenni picked all the art and totally feel in love with the swing over the water print! Perfect don’t you think? It offers such a relaxing feel and with the soft sheer curtains what a lovely match. Jenni also has some stunning antique pieces that we styled to show them off, something that Jenni can admire every day. The collectable crystal bottles sit so proud under the modern round mirror, this just shows how the old and the new work so well together.

In the spare room we added the bold art and hung it as a bed head, so the piece gets all the attention, we created the remaining room less busy! The art is the “hero” and Jenni’s husband favourite piece, you can see as you walk down the wall way. Perfect compromise.

This couple have been to some amazing places around the world and collected post cards and other items that we placed on the moodboard over the desk. We lost the ‘red’ and relaced it with white to keep it simple but effective. The single bed was re-style to act as a ‘day bed’ feel and offers the room to feel more like a office. Jenni has so many love items she has collected and been given from family and friends that they are now on display.

Bathrooms & Laundry

Given that the stone tops didn’t need updating we just added new fronts in a charcoal and added the white lip pull handles. This instantly updated the bathrooms and laundry into the now that it looks like they have new bathrooms. We shopped around for new pattern towels and accessories to add more visual appeal. I believe that textured pattern towels offer a space that is better balanced to the block colours (tip for you to use at home).

Below is the final look of each space of Jenni's new home.

We also had a couple of fabulous days shopping at local stores to finish off her home, some cuttings from my garden and flowers from Campbell and Bradley florist to concrete the style.

Finishing off this project and saying goodbye to Jenni was sad, sad that I was not going to see or talk to her as much as I normally do, clients always turn into friends in some way shape or form. Absolutely loved working with Jenni to freshen up her home and I just know we will stay in touch. You are amazing Jenni!



Shopping List locations


Kitchen, laundry, bathroom & TV cabinets

Kitchen Contours
Bells Creek, Sunshine Coast

Pendant Lights & dining chairs
Hello Trader

Hello Trader
Country Road

Magnolia Lane
Hello Trader
Pillow Talk



Now, I know you love seeing the "BEFORE" shots of the interiors. See below....

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Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have enjoyed seeing the transformation of this home as much as we loved creating it. We wanted to share with you some tips below. If you are thinking of renovating, re-styling, building or need new furniture. We would love to help,just contact us through the "contact" tap like Jenni to make the first move

Love and smooches

Simone & Anoushka x


-Get the details right!
-Choose 1 style and stick with that
-Create a moodboard and keep referring it &
-Stop looking at pinterest
-Be prepared for the unexpected (Mess, dirt & dust)
-Re-deisgning your home takes time
-Loosing the plot through the process? We are here to help you through it


Please note :-  Images above styled and photographed by Simone - Please ask for permission to use.

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