Arlo’s Nursery

February 6, 2015 | Baby, Personal

Yesterday I showed you some of my inspiration for Arlo’s nursery, and today I wanted to share how it turned out. I’m no interior decorator by any stretch of the imagination, but here we go ;)

Arlo's Room

We’d been very generously gifted the Stokke Cot, the blue Eames Elephant, the teddies, and loads of books from family and friends, so we used those as the starting point. We knew we wanted a touch of mid-century modern, so we bought this beautiful sideboard (from here in Singapore) that we’re using as a change table and storage. I love it! Not only the look, but also because we can very easily use it elsewhere later down the track.

Please excuse the slightly ill-fitting change mat cover… I couldn’t find one here so decided to make my own. I didn’t have a pattern to follow, and it shows haha.

Arlo's Room

These three bears are very special to us. They have personalities and each have a story. The awesome Dinosaur print by Corby Tindersticks was a gift from a lovely friend of mine.

Arlo's Room

My wonderful Mum came over to Singapore before Arlo was born and we spent the week sewing up a storm. One of the things we made were the organiser boxes above (I saw them first on my friend Julia’s blog). They’re so super handy! The pattern is from Noodlehead and you can find it here if you’d like to make some too.

Arlo's Room

The mobile above the change mat was one I made years ago, and I was thrilled to finally have the perfect place to hang it. Arlo adores it, he could watch it for hours :)

Even though it’s only a small room, we really love how it’s turned out. The only thing we weren’t able to fit in comfortably was a chair, but for now I just nurse in our bedroom. Hopefully this will become a space that Arlo will enjoy as he gets older too :)

If there’s anything I’ve missed out and you’d like to know where we got it, please just let me know! I’ll do my best to answer. You can find some of the items in this post.

Nursery Inspiration

February 5, 2015 | Baby, Inspired by..., Personal

Last year, when we found out we were going to be having a baby, we were super excited (as many people are, I think) at the prospect of decorating a nursery for our little boy.

We decided that we’d convert our guest room into the new nursery, which is the smallest (tiny!) room in the apartment. Because we’re in a rental, we were pretty limited with what we could change, so unfortunately the walls couldn’t be painted, and the ugly beige curtains had to stay. But we tried to make the most of it!

Before I show you what we ended up with, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration.. we really wanted earthy blues and greens, lots of neutral, and a touch of mid-century mod. I also didn’t really want it to look overly “baby”.

Pinterest was my best friend while I was looking around for inspiration (of course!)… here’s some of what grabbed my eye:

Inspiration

Top: Amber Interiors via Mini Style | Nursery Notations   Bottom: Project Nursery | Charleston Mag

So with all that in mind, I went on the hunt for the perfect furniture and accessories – or at least, something close to what I’d seen online. A few of the items I put together below aren’t what we ended up with (as they weren’t available here in Singapore), but were a good starting point for style. We’d also been generously gifted a few items – the Eames Elephant, the Stokke Sleepi cot, and loads of beautiful books – so we went from there :)

Arlo's Room inspiration

1. Oliver Jeffers Books  2. Utopia Elephant Lamp  3. Alhede Rug  4. Ellipse Dresser  5. Stokke Sleepi Crib  6. Baby Jives Cloud Mobile  7. Poang Chair  8. Eames Elephant

I’ll come back in a couple of days and share some photos of the finished room with you guys… we’re really happy with how it turned out :)

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

October 3, 2013 | DIY

Hellooooo!

I know I haven’t done a DIY for you guys in a little while (my bad, life has been Busy with a capital B), but I’m sure you’ll forgive me when you see what I’ve cooked up for today :)

Feast your eyes on these cuties!

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

How cute are they? AND they’re a cinch to make too – bonus!

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Materials:

- Pouch Template
(Get the 2-tone pouch template in A4 and LETTER, or the single colour pouch template in A4, or LETTER)
- Faux-leather
- Fabric scissors
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Ball head screwback studs (if you’re in Singapore, I found them at People’s Park China Town, if you’re not, try these ones).
- Sewing machine and thread
- Pinking Shears (optional)
- Permanent paint markers (optional)
- Bull-dog clips (optional)

Some things to keep in mind:
– Before you start, do some test runs on your sewing machine with the faux-leather. I found that the metallic leather was great to sew on either side, but the green and brown only worked when the material side was facing up. It’ll differ for you, so it’s best to test it first – the way it sews might determine which colours you use where.
- Because the leather won’t fray, unfinished edges are A-ok! 

Step 1.
Print out the template, and cut out each piece. Feel free to make adjustments! You can make it whatever size you want, make the front flap longer/shorter, finish the edge or not. Up to you.

Step 2.
Lay your leather face-down and trace the pattern piece/s onto the back. Cut them out. Keep in mind that 1 cm (0.4″) seams are already accounted for.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Step 3.
If you’re going to hem the top edge of the pouch, do it now. Just fold it down about 8mm (1/4″) and sew in place.

Next, if you’re doing the 2-tone pouch, place the the two sides together, keeping in mind that it will be turned inside-out (so be careful about which colour is facing in and which is facing out).

If you’re just doing a one-colour pouch, fold the leather in half lining up the bottom edge with the two bits that stick out. I’m getting really technical with my wording here. Hopefully the photos below will help.

Step 4.
Ignoring the top flap for the moment, sew the two pieces together 1cm from the edge. If you’re having trouble keeping the two sides together, use bull-dog clips to hold them. It’s best not to use pins because they leave holes.

If you’re doing the 2-toned pouch, sew both sides and the bottom. If you’re doing the one-colour pouch, just sew the two sides.

Step 5.
Using pinking shears (or scissors) trim each seam fairly close to the stitching. Trim corners.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Step 6.
Turn pouch right-side out. Fold the top flap in half vertically with the underside out. Mark the spot you’d like your closure stud to be with a pencil. Carefully snip a little cross on that spot, but be careful not to make it too big.

Step 7.
Now close the flap over the front of your pouch and poke a pencil through the little cross you just made, marking a spot on the pouch front. Snip another little cross on the point you just marked, and stick the screw base (from the stud) through the hole from the inside. Screw on the ball head.

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Now close your pouch and admire your amazing work! And then go make lots more :)

As an alternative too, feel free to get creative with your leather! Permanent paint markers work beautifully for creating pretty patterns. Again – best to do a test first. :)

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

DIY Faux-Leather Pouches DIY Faux-Leather Pouches DIY Faux-Leather Pouches

Fun right? What will you do with yours?

Pins 18.06.13

June 18, 2013 | Pins

Pins

1. Lacquer White Trim Box from C Wonder (via Erin Loechner)
2. Bedroom and Graphic Pillows by Heodeza (via)
3. Black Dotti Oxfords from Zuzii (via Vane Broussard)
4. Large Pentagon Pinata from Prospect Goods (via Jeanne / Shop Sweet Things)
5. Baggu Stripe Duck Canvas Bag from Paper Source (via Sycamore Street Press)
6. Enamelware Candle Tin from Anthroplogie (via Kelly Werner)