Friday, January 20, 2012

The Lounge Room

Over the last while I have found I have been nesting with the zeal of a libido driven bush turkey!

I'm not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination. For example, just finished vacuuming and find a stray dust bunny near the lounge....pick it up and drop behind said lounge and avert eyes and walk away whistling....I mean, who really looks behind there anyway?

But lately I have found a need to make the space where I spend most of my days one which is clutter free,  comfortable and most importantly...lovely to be in! As a stay at home Mumma I feel like my home is akin to my office or desk and when it's bland, chaotic and uninspiring I feel like I'm in the eye of a storm just waiting for the eerie silence to subside before I'm engulfed in the madness, whisked away never to be seen in my former self again!

So to the place where I plonk my derrriére three hourly through the day and more than I'd like at night...the lounge. This creative lass's book has some brilliant ideas none more so than this cushion pattern which quite frankly is pure genius!

I kid you not! The four square cushions took about an hour to cut, sew and plop on the lounge.

Using some yummy yellow and lime vintage sheets and some green, cream and lemon men's shirts picked up for tuppence at the 50% off men's wear at the local oppie I managed to make our lounge smile.

And that is saying something as this is the chair I primarily feed Remy on and hence it spends the better part of most days with milk in some digested form splashed across it's flanks. On that note...people often recoil in horror when they see we have a white lounge...with small children! But heavy duty cotton drill slip covers are magic as they just zip off, have a rock'n'roll in the washing machine, hang all easy breezy in the sunshine and back on the lounge all sparkly new again. Can't imagine too many lounges that can squeeze into your trusty washing machine!

The obsession with vintage sewing baskets is also getting a wee bit out of hand. Last count...6!
But they do look heaven next to the lounge stocked full of crafty projects I'll hopefully get around to doing when I'm not jersey cow 24 hours a day. (Note: love it and wouldn't change it for the world but Geez Louise what I'd give for one feed off!)

And to complete my latest nesting extravaganza...some black and white wedding piccies in an old casement window which we turned into a frame.

This space makes me beam! What nesting have you been up to?


Anonymous said...

Is that an Ektorp sofa from Ikea? I have been wanting one for the longest time but my hubby is opposed to them with five children. The cushions really pop against the white and are gorgeous and cheery.
Neat idea to turn that window into a picture frame :)

jennie said...

LOVE your cushions!!
Especially against the white sofa.
I've been painting a 1960's dresser for Miss 10. About 3 coats later, I'm still seeing bits I need to go over!X

Catherine said...

You put me to shame with all your beautiful crafty nesting Steph. I must get my crafting mojo going again, maybe after the girls are back at school it will return. Your home is looking very pretty with those happy cushions you've made sitting on the lounge. Love the photo frame too. Have a lovely weekend. xx

Felicity said...


The colours are sunshiney wonderful and the idea of using the sewing baskets beside the lounge for storage - genius....well very clever anyway.

Happy weekend Lovely!

Bungalowgirl said...

Love your yellow inspired cushions, that yellow and green floral is delicious. Good effort for the mobile milk bar to actually have time for sewing too. And sewing baskets, don't get me started as I love them too. Surely a girl can never have too many? melx

Kylie said...

It looks great. I am about to get my crafting on:) sewing machine is coming out today to take up and in Amelia new school dress (she is such a little squirt) and while it is out I am thinking we need a new picnic rug for our new surrounds. Miss you. Will try and call during the week.

green tea and red nails said...

love this! I have been trying to sort out our living area too as it just isnt a space that we really want to spend that much time in.. haha. hopefully over the next few weeks it will start to come together. yours looks awesome - LOVE those cushions you clever girl!

Kel x

Janine said...

Love the cushions Steph and happy birthday wishes to Bijou - E loves blue too, pink doesn't seem to rate a mention round here! Lots of nesting here as we have just moved. One box more to unpack and details coming soon. That little man of yours is just gorgeous! xx

Makeminemidcentury said...

just about the picnic basket you thought might be nice for your little blue girl ... could you email me at:

I have it here if you still want it.


Amanda said...

I agree that when you're a stay at home Mum, it's important to make your surroundings comfortable and pleasing to the eye as most of your time is spent there. Your lounge room spruce up looks wonderful with all your gorgeous cushions. I've been looking for ways to make a few changes around here too. Cushions are high on my list x

Tracey said...

HI! Just stumbled on your blog!
wondering how you made the round cushion? love it!!

Steph said...

Hi Tracey. Thanks for popping in! I made the round cushion buy sewing a doily onto a bit of matching cotton and then cutting it into a cirle shape. With right sides together I sewed this circle to another matching circle leaving an opening for turning. I then turned it right way out, stuffed it with polyfil and then hand stitched the opening closed. Super easy!! HOpe all is lovely in your world :) x

Sophie Isobel said...

Gorgeous! Just the most beautiful fabrics, they make the whole room just pop.
Sophie x

Vanessa said...

Really love the frame for your wedding pics! Nice to meet you Steph.

Lea said...

Oh this is a beautiful space. Can't go wrong with vintage floral..and yellow! the icing on the cake.

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