Posts Tagged ‘rustic’

Who doesn’t love that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you’re reducing waste by reusing materials? One of the most versatile items to upcycle into furniture, it seems, is the humble wooden pallet.

feminine pallet coffee table

Coffee table by Norske Interior Blogger.

Ashley Ann pallet daybed nursery

Daybed in this too-cute-for-words nursery by the crazy talented photographer Ashley Ann.

child's pallet bed

Perhaps the little one needs a real bed like this one (via MonkeyZen).

Pia Jane pallet bed

…or yourself. (I still remember reading this article years ago in Home Beautiful. Styling by Pia Jane Bijerk and rediscovered on Design*Sponge.)

Stylizimo pallet headboard

Maybe just a headboard is all you need (Stylizimo via Creature Comforts).

Put it all on display like chris.shutter.

katrin-arens-kitchen-jordi-canosa pallet plate rack

Katrin Erens‘s farmhouse plate racks via Remodelista.

Life on the Balcony pallet planters

Vertical garden by Life on the Balcony.

pallet book shelves

Great display shelving available from IndianSummerGarden.

remodelista pallet storage buffet

This looks like it’s in a restaurant but on a smaller scale it would be great for a domestic dining area or office.

seesaw pallet photo display

Add some hooks and pegs to make a cute rack (See Saw Design).

Pallet office

You could even construct your entire office from pallets like Most Architcture did! (via Javakonindo)


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Bark vase 1

Need some centrepieces for your rustic or autumn wedding or party? See the full tutorial for these bark vases here.

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Way back in November I introduced Woodland, my debut Christmas collection that was commissioned by Poppies Flowers and Mary & Gabrielle Events for a Christmas photo shoot in South Australian Style magazine.

I also promised that I would share with you the full photo shoot ‘soon’. Ahem. (In my defence, I was trying to get the official photographer’s photos but it didn’t eventuate.)

So, here we are five months later, with a much-belated Christmas photo shoot.










As you can see, it’s not overly Christmassy, so I hope you’ll find it useful inspiration during the year.

Didn’t Mary & Gabrielle do an amazing job styling? And Sally‘s use of beautiful, crisp giant peonies combined items from her collection of vintage bottles and crates provides a wonderful contrast. Thanks again, girls. It was great working with you!

You can see the magazine article here.

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Oak leaf garland

This is a foolproof project for those of you out there who say you don’t have a crafty bone in your body. It requires only two materials and no special equipment and you’ll be done in five minutes flat. How’s that for easy?

Oak leaf garland tutorial materials

You will need:

Instructions:Oak leaf garland tutorial

1. Tie on tags at even intervals along the twine.

2. Tie a loop at each end to hang.

I hung them on the stairs (using mini 3M Command Strips) but it would also look great on a mantle, window or tree. If you don’t want to shell out for the tags (sob!) you can easily substitute simpler freehand cut leaf shapes or any festive shape cut using a craft punch. For a more polished look, replace the bakers twine with satin ribbon.

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Scrabble tile ornament

You know me, not even my Christmas tree is immune from typography influences.

Scrabble tile ornament tutorial materials

You will need:

  • scrabble tiles
  • power drill with fine bit
  • metal skewer
  • thread
  • needle

Instructions:Scrabble tile ornament tutorial 1

1. Make a small pilot hole with the metal skewer in the top of each tile  to prevent the bit slipping.

2. Drill through the height of each tile. Edit: Please please don’t be stupid like me and drill it between your hands! You should use a vice so you don’t end up in casualty just before Christmas like reader Jasmine’s fella.

Scrabble tile ornament tutorial 2

3. Using the needle, pass the thread through all three tiles starting from the bottom. When you get to the top, thread it back through, leaving a loop at the top.

4. Tie off the thread after the last letter (you’ll have to do it a few times to make sure the knot is bigger than the hole).

I think this ‘Joy’ ornament would be great in a set with ‘Peace’ and ‘Hope’. What would you spell out?

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Red and white Christmas branch tree

This year I decided to carry the theme of my Woodland stationery collection through to my Christmas decorations at home, which meant lots of natural fibres, forest-inspired motifs and a red, kraft and white palette.

Red and white folk Christmas ornament

I have a whole bunch of neutral white, clear and silver ornaments that in previous years I’ve used as a base and added a few highlight ornaments in that year’s colour scheme. This year was a little trickier, though, because I was trying to go for more natural elements rather than glitzy. I didn’t have any red or timber decorations at all, but I didn’t want to spend much money on new ones. In the end I only bought one new set, these great folksy patterned baubles from Ikea. The rest were really easy craft projects from everyday materials.

12 Days of Christmas crafts

Which brings me neatly to announcing my first ever themed post series: 12 Days of Christmas Crafts! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting one Chrissy project each weekday for twelve days. Most days it will actually be in addition to the regular post so I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I’m really excited about it and I hope you enjoy it!

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Show & Tell

Akimbo Woodland squirrel Christmas card

I had actually not planned on doing any Christmas cards in my first year in business because I wanted to focus on developing Akimbo’s general range before adding any special seasonal collections. However that all changed when I was invited by the talented chicks from Poppies Flowers and Mary & Gabrielle Events to provide the paper goods for a Christmas photo shoot they were collaborating on. I set to work designing a collection that would tie in with their vision of a rustic and eclectic Christmas supper with a fresh white and green palette complemented by pops of berry reds.

Acorn fill-in invitation with red fabric pocket

The result is Woodland, a collection made from raw, natural elements, featuring hand screenprinted and stamped forest-inspired motifs, with a dash of red for a subtle hint of Christmas. It doesn’t get much woodsier than a squirrel in a tree eating acorns, so he’s the star of the Season’s Greetings card. I just love mini flags, they are such a cute way to dress up yummy morsels like these berry tarts and the ‘eat. drink. be merry.’ message speaks of the season. Whether you’re hosting Chrissy Day lunch for a crowd, an intimate dinner party or a holiday cocktail party, spread the word in style with these fill-in invitations. Guests will slip off the cute ticking fabric pocket to reveal all the details of the shindig. Since I’m all about the details, I’ve included these versatile diecut oak leaf tags with red bakers twine. They are great as place cards (as in the pic below), gift tags and tree ornaments, plus since they’re not specifically Christmas you’re sure to find uses for them all year.

Oak leaf kraft gift tag or place card

So there you have it: Akimbo‘s debut Christmas collection in all its krafty glory. You’ve seen glimpses of the incredible table setting here, but be sure to check back soon when I’ll have the full photo shoot.

Orders and enquiries here.

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It’s Wednesday which normally means my Obsess & Inspire feature, but today I’m going to interrupt the normal schedule to share some exciting news, plus a second free download for the week.

WSG wine numbers

Imagine my excitement a few weeks back when my favourite wedding magazine Wedding Style Guide approached me to design some table numbers inspired by this gorgeous event. I have made two colour options for their readers (and mine) to print at home.

WSG wine numbers2

I thought they were so charming that I couldn’t resist completing the suite. I’m happy to present to you Laurel: my first full collection of free printables. It would be perfect for a relaxed Mediterranean-inspired outdoor or barn wedding, but since it doesn’t cost you a cent, why not go all out for a long lunch with friends or start planning your Aussie Christmas?

Akimbo Laurel1

Akimbo Laurel2

Download invitation

Download RSVP card

Download thank you note

Download menu

Download escort tags

Download table numbers (green)

Download table numbers (brown)

To enter your text for the invitation, menu and escort card, you will also need to download the font.

The new issue of Wedding Style Guide goes on sale today. With my wedding only next week I certainly don’t need to be taunted by pages full of beautiful ideas that I can’t use but, well, I want to see Akimbo in print for the first time so I’m off to buy my copy right now!

UPDATE: By request, I have added more numbers to the table number and escort tag downloads to cater for larger weddings.

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