Thursday, December 13, 2012

Busy Little Bee

Living Area

Outdoor Area (LHS) and Dining Area (RHS)

Master Bedroom (LHS) and Study/Guest Bedroom (RHS)

Floor plan

If you have laid in your bed at night wondering where on earth I have been and why I have not been posting so much, there is no need to lose another wink of sleep as I'm back!  I have been juggling working, kids and a very intense term of school.  Apologies for my cyber absence, but I seriously doubt that anyone lost any sleep or even spent a second pondering my activities.  Nevertheless, I'm still going to share with you the fruits of my labour as it gives me pleasure (however misplaced) to think that, perhaps, others will see my work (other than my teacher, who is paid to and my husband who has no choice).
This semester's unit was Furniture and Accessories.  I entered this subject with glee, thinking how fabulous it was going to be to fluff around with my favourite things.  Whilst it was fun, it was also a lot of work (they don't just give out passes because you like cushions - what the?!).  This was our final assignment where we had to to a floor plan for an apartment and create boards for furniture and accessories for the whole apartment.  They also had to be costed (boo hoo) with a budget of $80,000 for furniture and accessories and $30,000 for artwork.  It sounds like a decent budget, but how quickly the dollars dwindle when you are fantasy furniture shopping!
On top of that, you had to choose a style that influenced your decorating.  I choose Scandinavian as this is very much outside my comfort zone.  I thought that it would be good to challenge myself and my decorating abilities.  What I came up with is my version of Scandinavian style.  It's still underpinned by the Scandinavian principles with a light colour scheme, multi functional furniture and lots of organic shapes, yet I've added my signature with sophisticated glamour and pops of delicious colours.  I've kept to my favourite blue and green tones in the lounge to keep the room calming and relaxing and soft lilacs and pinks in the Master with soft, tactile fabrics.  The study is energised with a vibrant orange and red scheme which I loved doing.  My favourite items would have to be the fabulous feather ball pendant in the the dining room and the sensational rugs from Designer Rugs used throughout the apartment.
Hope you like it, I would love to hear your thoughts xx


  1. Hi Leah, beautiful work. You have a gift. We just purchased a house in Mill Park and sadly.... I do not have your gift :-(. Do you need a little project like helping me decorate????
    Let me know.
    Suzy Kranjec.

  2. Aw thanks Suzy - you are so sweet! I would love to help you decorate. I'll be I touch in the new year. Hope you are all well xx

  3. Hello clever lady, these boards are truly fabulous - I LOVE Them! What great work you are doing - good on you for sticking it out, and getting through school for another year with a family and JOB!!!!!
    more posts please

  4. Great work Leah,
    Good on you for wanting to push yourself out of your comfort zone and go for a Scandinavian influence. I would sit in school and watch people rubber stamping the same old look again and again. Have you signed up for anything this year? I heard the Greensborough campus is closing!