Lara’s Kitchen Refresh: Before and After

We love a good before and after…so here’s a cool mid-week boost!

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We’ve loved Lara Hotz‘s work as a photographer for years now but what’s happening in her home is equally inspiring and we’re excited that we get to share it today.

Sometimes we want to make so many huge changes we get overwhelmed. But a lot can be achieved with small changes: a simple change of materials (or fixtures or colours) can make all the difference.

Lara Hotz’s gorgeous kitchen refresh is one fabulous example.

– full instructions below. What do you think?

Before:

Lara Hotz kitchen before

During:

  • Step 1: Measure your kitchen cabinets and have doors cut to size (or cut them yourself)
  • Step 2: Remove old doors (get out that drill or bring a friend over who’s handy with one to come help out) and everything in the cabinets
  • Step 3: Replace with new wooden doors
  • Step 4: Accessorize: Add shelf and new accessories and…

Voila! What a difference 3 wooden doors and a wooden shelf make!

After:

Lara Hotz kitchen after

We’re proud to feature Lara’s handy work. Her DIY is impressive and we hope it inspires you to refresh your space with a few small changes.

And if you don’t know where to start or decide – connect and we’ll kick start your project and get you refreshing your space in one session. Yes, really.

 

Friday Faves: Some Light, Bright & Fun For The Weekend

Hey lovelies,

Somehow a second week of September has flown by and we’re celebrating! Tip’s well into her #sugarfreeseptemer – and lost weight, too! Nat had a curious thing happen. She went to ride her bike to the café, but realised she was actually more excited to ride her bike than about the café! She’s doing a little happy dance that finally her new habit has become automatic (and even fun!)…Yup, Nat’s a gal who’s started to like riding a bike! (She’s still in a little bit of shock about it too.) What new habit do you want to create that will make you feel happier and lighter?

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We’re on the hunt for a new name

Shocked? Yes, we were too, but hey, we do practice what we preach…you notice you’re at a turning point…you can ignore or it or you can say OK, let’s turn, let’s ask for help, let’s do this with ease and grace if we can! It’s been coming for a while now…we realised we have outgrown what we started out doing. And while “Apartment Diet” will likely be the name of what we hope to be a very profitable ecourse / decluttering / downsizing / get lighter type services, what we do and who we are for our clients is now bigger than that. Two things that keep coming up are that we help people move (move on, move homes literally, change careers/exit planning) and lighten the load (the literal and subconscious weight that comes with things hanging over our heads and in our homes and bodies). We’ve been asking past clients and the universe and are also happy for you to weigh in. Drop us a comment or email us.

This week’s inspiration is designed to give you a visual and mental break from the images of fashion week, Maison & Object (bucket list: we’re there next year!), Kate Middleton or whatever else you’ve been bombarded with…and share some lovely gems from the internets.

Have a light, bright ans FUN weekend,

xo Tip + Nat

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DIY honeycomb table runner

top pins of the week:

polka dot wallpaper

…zebra hug to you all

Friday Favourites: Summertime Edition

Summer’s on our mind. Think long, hot, sticky, ice-cream filled, kids not at school, days. Think aircon. Think holidays. Think suncream. Think lying in this DIY hammock.

DIY Summer Hammock via Remodalista

DIY summer hammock by Remodalia (tx Zoe)

Or if you’re like me, wondering how it’s almost mid-August…? And busily woking. You may have noticed that Tip and I are growing Apartment Diet the business, coaching and ecourse offerings, Happy House Rules and more. We love creating happy healthy homes for our clients and with you all and want to be able to do this full time.

And of course, happy warm winter to our Southern hemisphere friends! Don’t worry, there are links for you too ;)

This week’s Friday Favourites:

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Tip’s genius ikea hack idea – using Sketchinc’s gorgeous wooden doorknobs (above)

This ice cream pillow

Cookies + Cups ridiculous smores marshmellow milkshake (In time for National S’mores Day on Sunday- tx Myan)

Grey ombre nails

Waiting for summer by Asia Pietrzyk
Art for my wall Waiting for summer | by Asia Pietrzyk (via Bonnie Tsang)

Sarah’s Rapini Noodle Bowl

This shared kidsroom by Aura by Tracie Ellis  (especially the diy-able triangle headboards!)

Anatomy of a Weaving Loom by Natalie Novak Combed Thunder
Anatomy of Weaving Loom by Natalie Novak  (tx Mel Bomba)
These cotton sun shades  (via Designlovefest)
and Si’s  summer make up

Happy Friday, Summer (/Winter) and Happy Weekend!

Advent time of year

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As we near December I’ve also got advent calendars on my mind…I keep saying each year that I will do something so the kids can enjoy this lovely tradition in the run up to Christmas but I have yet to do it. This year will be different (she says). So, a couple of pictures via a merry mishap from last year to start getting me inspired to try my hand at a little advent DIY. What are your traditions around this time of year?

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Mini Trend – Raw/Unfinished Wood

I’ve been noticing a lot of raw/unfinished or any other kind of wood popping up in the interiorsphere lately so thought I’d do a little roundup of ideas – because we all love a roundup, don’t we?

Some inspiration from the Amsterdam Woonbeurs earlier this month:

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woonbeurs barn woonbeurs barn 3

You could try your hand at a plywood DIY (a desk or pegboard shelving perhaps):

Desk DIY peg board

Do your whole room like this small space storage awesomeness:

wooden bedroom storage darker

Or just bring in a few accessories here and there:

wood block side table raw wood accessories

Are you going to jump on this raw wood trend too? If so, let us know how (send us a pic – we’d love to see it!).

Pegboard Love

Love this pegboard in the current #insideoutmag. In the currently popular natural (ply)wood.

(Made by the Hornsby Berowra Men’s Shed.)

Chandelier DIY

Go check this DIY out at the LGN blog – it’s actually DIY heaven over there!  So many ideas, so little time …

thedecorista:

quite possibly the coolest DIY ever. go @jennykomenda XO via

Clever DIY – Storage Planter Boxes

Love love love this storage/planter/room divider DIY by the owners – the folk behind Vipp in their Copenhagen apartment as seen in the current Livingetc.

DIY Eames Elephant

Love this DIY Eames Elephant idea! Templates here

~ via April and May

Clever IKEA Hack

Saw this rather clever #IKEA #hack in the #boligpluss mag the other day. Big like. :-) #diy