• Oct
  • 31
  • 2011

nursery 101 | update 1

nursery toddler's bed

This is Aliya’s room/nursery 6 months ago. Since then, we have installed rolled blinds and changed the curtains to a light grey blockout. Her room is still in a work in progress as I haven’t exactly finish what I had originally planned out . For example, this wall next to the toddler bed was supposed to be the feature wall painted in grey. But we didn’t get around to it, I don’t think it will (ever) get painted as she sleeps in this bedroom full time now. So toss away the idea and lets decorate it with something else. I was thinking of an oversized hand painted canvas. Hmm, am I going to get the time to sit and paint it myself? Maybe. Perhaps. Ok, I’ll try. I’ve already bought the canvas (over 3 months ago!) so I just need to find the time and inspiration. Any suggestions? Hubby was saying why not make it an Arabic canvas with Arabic alphabets,  what a brilliant idea!

nursery bedside table nursery chair

Right:  DIY painted bedside table by hubby. White plastic pot and and flowers from Ikea. ‘Aliya’ painted wooden name sign, a sweet gift from CUE Designs and DIY curtains by me!

Left: Vinyl wall decal from eBay. DIY painted rattan hair by me, you can read the post here to see before/after photos!

nursery pendant

After a long and tiring hunt for a nursery pendant lamp, I finally found the perfect one!. This was the second lamp. I originally bought another one but then had to refund it simply because it looked good at the showroom but NOT when it was hung up here. And thank God its one of those DIY, at least I didn’t have to call the sparky*! So it took me another couple of weeks to find this. I should’ve taken a picture of the other one that I returned. Oh well. But isn’t this pretty? Even prettier when lit up!

Stay tune for the next nursery update. Hopefully by then, we can see pictures of her cot/sheets, DIY clock that I recently made for her and her oversized canvas. Oh and her gorgeous white chic wardrobe! And rug!

*sparky is an Australian slang for electrician


  • Sep
  • 07
  • 2011

master bedroom 101

I probably need to write a separate post to my beloved husband just to thank him, a) for this house and b) for taking 3 weeks off work but instead of relaxing, working double the amount of time to get this house fixed, which he did most of it by himself Mashallah.

Every single room had a different patterned wallpaper, different patterned vinyl floor. Oh,  it was terrible.  My husband had to strip out the entire flooring in this house. Thank God he discovered original floorboards underneath it all, or we’d have to fork out more money to carpet the bedrooms. So now, we have polished timber floorboards. Yay. Alhamdulillah.

For our bedroom, I wanted something different from the rest of the house. I wanted to feel special. Glamourous. Dreamy. So I opted for a vintage glamour look. The first thing I wanted to do was – get rid of my low profile bed. Initially I thought of making my own bedhead but after some calculations and a bit of research, I finally found the perfect bed, with the perfect height + a high enough leathered bedhead that would satisfy my needs. Not to mention, at a very reasonable price too.  So our current bedhead is about 1.2 metres off the floor.

Everything is in black and white. To break it up, I added a tang of sweetness by having some fresh pink flowers on the bedside table. I didn’t want to overdo on adding more colours, because the highlight/focal point of the room is the gorgeous wallpaper itself. And then everything else just falls into place. I even kept the sheets as simple as possible.



  • Aug
  • 13
  • 2011

Dining 101

This is our 40 year old house, well part of it. It used to be a small family area but we have transformed it into a dining space. The original interior decor is a typical 60′s style, retro modern (thats not too bad) but it was so gloomy (perhaps because it was a deceased property? Just kidding).

Now this house is speaking “I need to fit in the new era”.

So fast forward to 2011 with some new paint, stripped the old flooring, change of artwork and some  furniture…ahh what a bright and fresh new look! Notice the pendant light? I didn’t change that one though. I thought I’d leave that hanging, the antique lamp that adds a sentimental value to the space. But the truth is, we just couldn’t afford an electrician with all the other reno expenses we had to cover. Maybe one day. Someday. It’ll be replaced.



  • Aug
  • 07
  • 2011

kitchen 101

Since winning this house at the auction in March 2010, getting hold of the keys a couple of weeks before I was due (with my first) and renovating  a few days after I gave birth (my husband that is, not me!); this kitchen probably has to be the every renovators worst nightmare. So much drama. So much hassles. So time consuming. From the very beginning to installing the very last handle on the kitchen cabinet door, there was always something wrong.  How could you possibly drill a hole in the wrong spot? I do not like builders. But, Alhamdulillah.

Whilst I was pregnant, I was in charge of the kitchen. Drawing the layout in AutoCad, designing, choosing materials  and finding the builder + suppliers. And then my daughter decided to pop 2 weeks early. The day that I gave birth, was the day I was going to order the kitchen from the supplier. I had to drop everything and hand it over to my husband. Of course he was a little clueless. Poor guy. I had to fill him in at the hospital. Oh such memories.

So now, my husband took over my role. Before he could start renovating, he had to get the kitchen checked for asbestos to get it professionally removed. And then he could demolish the entire kitchen (leaving only the stove/oven because it was still fairly new and in excellent working condition). The vinyl flooring was annoyingly difficult to remove. I think it was stuck to the ground with super glue! And because of that, it  wrecked the floorboards underneath. A few other things went haywire, like how the plumber and builder started arguing. In the end, I had to compromise and swap a couple of my cupboards around. Great. But you learn to get over it.

Excuse the poor quality photo. It was taken with an iPhone. This was after the vinly flooring was removed. Even after extensive sanding, the lines wouldn’t go away. He could not stain it as it would just enhance the lines, so he had to use paint. Painting means covering the timber floorboards and their wooden grain.

Though I wanted a stone benchtop, it would cost us a fortune to get it. We have a huge bench space area so that explains the cost but I was happy to settle for a laminate instead. The kitchen extends to the opposite side (of the sink) where we have overhead cupboards, a pantry and the fridge.

The splashback? Lets just say I did not approve of that. I came back from the hospital one day to find out my glass splashback had turned into a tile splashback. What?!! Hm…Ok. Just accept it Iva. And I did. Its not that bad after all. But did I mention I do not like builders?

Ok enough of the negatives, after all the negativity part of it was only when it was getting built. The end result is what matters. I love the picture (above) as it shows the contrast of the dark timber floors against the white cupboard doors and walls. I have to thank my husband for a wonderful job. He painted the whole house including the kitchen in my favourite colour: white, I love white. So refreshing. So pure.


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