Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Finishing Touches- Part 1

I absolutely love love love French Provincial, Shabby Chick, Hampton and Coastal Inspired Decors...and I apologize in advance if I repeat myself again and again throughout this blog..but I really do love it!! So I have added these classic and timeless elements in my home to create that subtle look and feel...also by using lots and lots of white!

As you can see, most of them have already been installed in our home and the rest are purchased but safely stored away until kitchen and bathroom renovations are completely done...and I can't wait for that day to finally come! And only then will I be able to start posting room reveals =D.

White Plantation Shutters


Modern Industrial Lights

Vintage Style Kitchen Tapware

Stone Kitchen Bench Top

Clawfoot Bathtub

Double Butler Sink


Bathroom Vintage Design Tapware

Ceiling Rose


French Kitchen Door Knobs

French Kitchen Handles

White and Grey Stripe Wallpaper

Peace & Love,

Monday, 12 August 2013

Countdown for the new kitchen

When we first bought our house we immediately sold the main existing kitchen on Ebay (see pics on my House Tour page)  as the entire upper level was about to go through major guttering in order to do our extensive remodeling.

You would usually find me spending my down time in the kitchen whipping up something healthy or indulging to impress my hubby's pallet. And it's been 2 months since our the original kitchen was ripped out and we've been patiently waiting for our new one to arrive and it's been very tough, most especially for me.

But now I have great news, 1 more sleep to go because tomorrow our new provincial kitchen is getting installed.... Yay yay yay!! However it takes 2 days to install the cabinetry and 1 week wait for the bench top to arrive but nevertheless we're just thankful to finally see progress =D.

We also picked up our double ceramic butler sink and our  gorgeous classic tap wares today and if you saw me, I was all smiles and jitters...and so was Jeff.

At the moment this is what our kitchen looks like....

But stay tuned because you'll slowly see photos of our new spanking kitchen being put together in the next couple of weeks.=D

Peace & Love,

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Old To New- Seat Stool

I purchased this little piece from a second hand furniture store to bring to a how-to-reupholster 1 day course offered by our local community center. I was told by the teacher that it's a very very old stool and it's such a little vintage beauty. 

But because it was such a short course I only got to the stage of reupholstering the seat..which is the crucial part really...and so I had to bring it and finish it up in my own home. I've been working on this old stool for months now, in between our home renovations projects when I get my little spare time.

And it's FINALLY done!! I love the end result and I am so happy with it. It'll probably end up as a seat/stool for my vanity table. =)

 So below are the steps I took to reupholster, re-foam and repaint this little cute stool. I didn't feel the need to provide so much instructions as I thought the photos explained the process but I am more than happy to answer any questions..so ask away =)
Using a strong staple gun, wrap the seat with reupholstering fabric and start to staple the edges
Sand the furniture well
apply 2 coats of primer after sanding
Apply 2 coats of semi gloss paint, your choice of colour

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Story Of The Vintage Wine Crate & Steamer Trunk


My first glimpse of this wonderful wooden crate and steamer trunk, I just instantly knew I had to have them. However, it took a few weeks before I managed to convince Jeff they will be worth every cent because they will do a great job as coffee tables or storage boxes. I know he appreciates my love for the vintage and the old but as usual his main concern was having no space to store them while the house is still in a beautiful mess due to the reno’s.

At first, I purchased the wooden crate because it was visually beautiful but as days went by, the branding on the wooden crate has raised my curiosity to know a bit of more of its history but importantly its age. And so I searched and searched on the web...and am still searching for an answer.

Below is a response I received from Sogevinus Fine Wines after I inquired about the history of Feueheerds Bros. It's all still a bit vague to me and doesn't quite answer my question.


Dear Maz,

Thank you for your email.

The Feuerheerd’s came from Hamburg, Germany, to set up trading, mining and wine interests in Porto and Viana do Castelo in the beginning of the 19th century. Since 1815, under the family name Feuerheerd Brothers, the company was shipping port.

With the 1930's depression, and Albert Feuerheerd’s untimely death (the company´s founder), the family saw the need to dispose of the Shipping House, Feuerheerd Brothers and in 1933 it was sold to Barros & Almeida, a very well established in Port trade with other brands like Porto Barros, Hutcheson, Vieira de Souza and The Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association.

In 1996 Feuerheerd Bros was merged with Hutcheson to became Hutcheson Feuerheerd Associates but still belonging to Barros & Almeida.

Finally, in 2006 when Sogevinus bought Barros Group, this company was included in the acquisition but the brand was practically extinguished. Feuerheerd and the group, now focuses its activity on its major brands (Barros, Burmester, Cálem and Kopke).

We hope that this small explanation help’s you to get to know a little about Feuerheed’s brand.

Kind regards,


What's your thoughts on how old this crate may be?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

My Special Phone Cover

It was on my birthday last year when Jeff gave me a Samsung S3 and immediately thought to purchase a cover to protect it..I'm very clumsy you see, I tend to drop things a lot. And I remember one night I was walking around a night market in Chinatown and found a stall selling fancy Samsung S3 Phone covers for a hefty price, $30-$50 or more for custom made design. I wanted one so badly but was not prepared to pay the price. So I decided since I had a big stash of beads and embellishments, why not make one myself. And so I purchased a clear Samsung S3 case from Ebay for $5 and with my hot glue gun..whalah! 

DIY Phone Cover

Great thing about it is, I got to design it myself. I only use it in special occasions like attending weddings or parties etc. I get a lot of nice comments. Maybe I can make another one....hmmm, perhaps a little more subtle.;P