Lounge | Before & After, and finding the perfect standing lamp

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That beautiful capture of the pooch Frankie Blossom and I was snapped by the ever incredible photographer and gal pal Heather Liddell. All other photos by Blackbird.

Artwork by Blackbird | Couch from Big Save | Tassel Cushion by Blackbird, | Tweed Cushion from Jamie Kay | Cream cushion old Country Road | Sheepskin from Lapco | Hide on floor from Lapco | Coffee Table by Blackbird & Co | Marble Vase old Country Road | Candle by Curio Noir | Shibori Cushion by Blackbird | Day bed refurbished by Blackbird & Co, covered in fabric from The Fabric Store | Cane chair vintage, Thrift store find | Grey Rug, vintage off Trade Me | Leather Moroccan pouf from Let Liv | Rubi lamp from Let Liv | Linen Look curtains are DIY with Drop cloths from here  | Sideboard, vintage off Trade Me | Driftwood Candle holder by Blackbird

Nearly one year on, and it is incredible to stand back and see how much we have done, and how far we have come. With most of the major projects done, we have the hallway and spare room to go. Can you imagine, a finished house!?! Amazing.

So here it is, in all her white on white glory ( Sorry to all the unpainted wood fanatics,  she was a mess under there ) . We adore living in this space, even with a dirty pawed dog. The floors are in Resene white in Enamacryll gloss, which wipes up in no time. And the walls in my favourite Resene Black White. White on white really gives the most amazing canvas to display all your treasures on. 

Now for that lamp. After searching high and low and finding others too modern, too vintage, too small or big, I found her. Rubi, the standing lamp by leitmotiv from Let Liv. The perfect clean lines with a nod to mid century. Perfection. Tying in nicely with our absolute find of the year, the 5th Avenue couch in leather from Big Save

Yep, we are pretty chuffed with how she turned out, and we must’ve done something right cause we made the cover

You can read more about our lounge by grabbing a copy of the latest Homestyle Magazine

Until Next time


MAKE IT | pet travel cushion

blackbird pet travel cushion

There is some pretty exciting news at our house, We are finally getting a puppy!

If you would like to see photos of our little pooch, head over to my instagram!

She is a delicious little Cavoodle, and we get to bring her home in two weeks, perfect timing for my birthday! So in anticipation of her arrival I made her this seriously easy little travel cushion for her crate! I wanted to to be able to throw the whole thing in the wash if any accidents ( undoubtably ) occurred.

Here is how I made it:

First off you will need : A sewing machine, 60cm by 60cm of durable material ( you could use old towels, t shirts, anything that is natural so it breathes ) 58cm by 58cm of thick batting, a ruler, a long needle and embroidery thread.

FIrst off, sew your squares of material together, leaving one side open. Turn your cushion cover inside out. Next take you batting and insert into the cover you have just sewn, make sure it is sitting flat and even. At this point I like to pin the open edge together, with the raw edge tucked in on it’s self. Then hand stitch the opening close.

Now is the fun part! Taking your ruler, measure out where you would like your tacs to be. Use a pin to mark the spot. Mine were 15cm apart. Thread your needle and tie off the end.  Coming through the back of the cushion, stitch one small diagonal line and bring the thread back through, then stitch another across it to form an X. Tie off, and repeat until done! And there you have it! A cozy little cushion for your pet!

blackbird travel bed

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