Gumtree – My favourite place to shop

 

Some people like to shop at Ikea, some people like to shop at Freedom but I LOVE to shop on Gumtree. This may have something to do with the lack of funds available to spend on homewares and furniture (having three kids is bloody expensive) or the fact that I love a good bargain but whatever it is I can’t get enough. I’d say 60% of my furniture are bargains off gumtree and I have no shame about it. You have to be quick though because all the good stuff gets snapped up quickly, I am going to share some of my tips on how I get good bargains on Gumtree.

Before I get started I thought I’d share some of the things in my house that are gumtree finds.

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By far my most favourite find and most asked about on Instagram is my kitchen stools, these were in perfect condition (and still are, I am surprised my kids haven’t trashed them) and I got them for $50 for ALL 4!! double high five they were located in the next suburb, I love it when that happens. Ohhh and can you see those vintage scales with the lemons on top in the background? it was from gumtree for $5, they are about 100 years old according to the lady I purchased them off, they were her grandmothers. I love to mix the old with the new.

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After searching high and low for an ensemble bed with storage I found the perfect one on Ikea’s website, it was $450 which i was happily going to pay BUT before I did I thought I’d try gumtree and yep you guessed it I found one, it was 6 months old and only $150. I did have to travel 1.5hrs to get it but I was going to travel that far anyway to my nearest Ikea and it just so happened to be around the corner from Ikea so I still got to go for a browse.

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Another find was my dining table, this one is still current in store at Early Settler for $999 and i picked this up off gumtree for $250 which also included a jute mat which has found a new home in Hallie’s room.

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For those who have been following me for a while now would know I did a bathroom renovation last year and the majority of the materials where from gumtree including this vanity. We had stored it for a while till we where ready to renovate but I am pretty sure I payed $50. We replaced the old bench top with a new DIY Oak top and purchased new basins. In this new bathroom I found the vanity, shower screen, tiles and stool all on gumtree, the total cost of the bathroom was under $5000 including a tiler to lay the tiles. I think I’ll do a blog post with more in depth information later down the track.

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I have a real thing for bedside tables and love to swap them out every so often because I get bored, these ones I found on gumtree for $100 for the pair. They only just fitted in the space so I since sold them, that’s the beauty of buying things off gumtree you don’t have to keep something because you paid an arm and a leg for them you can sell them and move and loose next to nothing.

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My last find I am going to share is Alahni’s new bed. It was $100 and originally a horrible cream colour, I painted it a beautiful deep pink because she requested a pink sparkly bed but I managed to get away with a pink bed and some fairy light… win!
So now you can see why i love to shop on gumtree.

 

Here are my top tips.

 

  • If you like something and want it never wait to get in contact with the seller do it straight away, chances are if you leave it you will miss out.

 

  • Don’t try to talk someone down on a price if the add has only been on gumtree for a short period, most people aren’t negotiable on prices if they are getting  lot of interest. If you are trying to talk them down and someone else comes in and is willing to pay full price they will give you the flick pretty quick.

 

  • Weekends are the best time to be on gumtree which is also the time when most people are busiest, If we are travelling in the car or you have 5 mins to spare just jump on and have a browse.

 

  • When I look on gumtree I browse the whole category of ‘home and garden’ in the entire Newcastle area, I mainly do this because I never really have a particular item I am looking for I just look for bargains.

 

  • When you find something on gumtree and you are in contact with the seller i would recommend to say to the seller something along the lines of  “when can I come over to take a look at your bedside tables” this way you aren’t committing to buying them rather you are checking them out. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem in photos so it’s always good to cover yourself if you get a nasty seller.

 

  • Always ask the seller questions if you need to, in particular “is the item in good condition” that way you aren’t travelling around town for something that needs a lot of work if you aren’t up for it.

 

Happy shopping!

 

Anna

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Lunch and house tour of Lana’s forever home from Three Birds Renovations

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I squealed with excitement when I received an invitation from Connect Pr to a tour and lunch of Lana’s forever home hosted by Caroma. I have been a long time fan of the Three Birds Renovations after discovering them on Instagram during their very first renovation. I HAD to go so a quick juggle of work and the kids meant I could attend.

After having a hectic morning of things not going quite right I finally jumped in my car and punched the address into my GPS the trip was predicted to take 1hr 28 and the event started in 1hr 30 so the whole trip there was very nerve wracking I had no time to be nervous. I arrived 5 minutes early, I couldn’t have timed it any better.

The first impressions of the exterior was WOW so white and very Santorini. As I made my way up the driveway to the side deck I found the famous boganvillia I can see why Lana fought so hard to keep it. it’s beautiful.

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I was greeted by Lana, Bonnie and Erin with a champagne and some nibbles, as we were chatting I couldn’t help but notice how serene this space was and to think it was once an unused area of the house. The wide Hardie Deck decking is something of my dreams, it made me really think about my upcoming deck renovation, is this something we can use on our deck?

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I have watched all the Three birds Tv Series so I know how Lana has a thing about shoes in the house so before we stepped a foot inside the shoes were off. I didn’t mind, I would have kicked off a pair Jimmy Choo’s to get in that door. The massive beaded pendant from Klay Life slapped me in the face ( in a good way ) as soon as I entered Lana’s house, far out that thing is huge and soooo perfect for the massive void.

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As my eye’s wondered around the room I couldn’t help but notice the “Butlers office” I have never seen one before, How did Lana come up with this idea? maybe the next trend? This was also the talk around lunch. Erin said she would have had a butlers pantry, Bonnie said she would have a bigger laundry. Me i’m still unsure? Maybe just a bigger kitchen not that the kitchen is small or anything.

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We had a tour of the house and plenty of opportunity’s to take photos and have a chat as we went through. Lana gave us a demo on the Luxaflex silhouette shadings window covering ( NEED ) and the Caroma rimless toilet, yes there is such a thing. Imagine how much time this will save cleaning.

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I love the detail in the cornice.

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We had to take a selfie of course.

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After the tour we had an amazing lunch out on the deck overlooking Lana’s pool and backyard. The girls spilled the beans on a few upcoming projects which  I’m not going to share… you will have to wait.

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The day was amazing, the house is amazing and the Three birds girls are amazing. It is going to take quite a long time to get over the fact that i was actually in Lana’s house and i met the girls behind the Three Birds Renovations

 

Anna

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Jake’s new bedroom

 

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After putting it off for years I finally got over my fears and decided to create new bedrooms for my two eldest downstairs. I was a bit worried about them being by themselves down there but the whole sharing a room thing just wasn’t working anymore.

Jake’s bedroom was originally a kitchenette which was no use to us so we built a wall to create a decent size bedroom. The next step was to gyprock the walls, put new windows in, install carpet and built in wardrobes. The room only gets filtered afternoon light so I went with mirrored doors to bounce the light off and create more light.

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Once the bedroom was built it was time to start the fun part decorating and choosing furniture. It was a must that it fit it into the rest of my home – “a little bit coastal with blues and timber”.

I chose to paint the walls two tone – the top half is Taubmans “miss universe” and the bottom half is “stormy shadow” and “silver mink” on the barn door that Aaron installed.

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I had to think practical when it came to furniture choices. The room has two doors, an entry door and a door into the shared ensuite so this made things a little more challenging. For this reason we decided to design and build some of the furniture, the bench seat in corner and waterfall desk was custom built by Aaron and of course designed by me, just call me Mark Tuckey…not lol.

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Aaron made the desk using a bench top from Bunnings and attached it the wall using brackets, he made it look easy so easy. Jake loves to save all his drawings and pictures of cars etc so I created a pin board wall using a sheet of felt pin board from bunnings and cut it to size. I decorated it with prints from Yorke Lee  and Happy Ella After and an etched timber times table print Foot Prints By Nature . The chair is a gumtree find that i painted using Taubmans “blue lava”

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For the bed I went with the ikea Mandal bed which is no longer available, it has four good size draws on the sides which i have filled with lego and matchbox cars…this kid has a serious collection happening. To allow the draws to all open I used H and G Designs  suede leather bedside shelf, I am a huge fan of Hailey’s work so adding another piece to my home was a no brainer.

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I think it’s the art and accessories that really make this room and I was lucky enough to have so many nice things given to me to include in the room.

Jane from Pick a Pear Creative designed and hand drew the whale prints, the detail in them is amazing. She kindly let me choose the colour of them to match the room, I couldn’t go past navy. After giving Jemma from Jemma Calavassay a brief description on the room design she was able to come up with a beautiful abstract piece, I love how it goes so well with all the other pieces in the room and looks a little bit like fish scales… don’t you think? The quirky “octobike” print from Carley Brady adds a bit fun and colour in the room, Jake thinks it’s the coolest thing ever. To add a bit of texture and shape to the walls I chose to add a leather anchor from Lux Baby Love with the words “ahoy” stamped into it.

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Jake will be 7 this year so I still wanted it to feel like a kids room. The moon cushion from Piccolo Studio and pirate boat from Charlie and Jae add a bit of fun. There wasn’t much room for a bedside light so I chose to use The Wall Collective wall hooks with the Ikea light bulbs. The cotton bag from The Native State is perfect for Jake to throw his bits and pieces in.

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The kids have so much fun playing with the alphabet board from Alpha Board Co i have a play every now and then too…

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Let’s talk linen for a minute because this is probably my biggest addiction in life. I’m a real sucker for super soft linen so when i received a package from Little Things Interiors with a charcoal duvet cover i was in heaven, the jersey cotton is super soft. I almost stole it for myself. I teamed this with a Peshies  turkish towel throw,  Cotton and Thread button cushion and Sew Loved handmade doll.

I’m so happy with how Jake’s room turned out, Jake thinks it’s pretty special too. I’d love to hear what you think.

 

Anna

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A little visit to High Swan Dive

I love discovering new shops around Newcastle and the Central Coast and when a friend made me aware of High Swan Dive I was all in for going to visit.

We started the day with coffee and a little bite to eat at Salula Cafe across the road from High Swan Dive on King Street Newcastle. You can’t shop on an empty stomach so if you decide to take a trip to visit the shop Suluna Cafe is a must beforehand.

The weather that day was so strange, we witnessed torrential rain, hail and sunshine all within 3hrs. Of course it rained as we decided to cross the road but nothing was stopping us from shopping.

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From the moment I laid my eyes on the shop i fell in love….indoor plants are my thing! I have to work hard on keeping them alive but I am getting better.

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The amount of amazing indoor plants was a little overwhelming, some I had only ever seen in magazines so it was nice to see them in real life. I love the range of pots, vases and handmade ceramics on show too, next time i visit i will be going child free so I can have a better look. I don’t normally take my little angel to places like this but I had no choice this day and a little bit of Elsa on you tube will entertain her for hours.

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I wanted to buy the whole store but of course I couldn’t because they wouldn’t fit in the car haha. I eventually decided on three plants – Epipremnum gold and Epipremnum Aureum (ivy) and Calathea I had a few spots I needed to fill so I had to make sure they were going to be ok in these spots. The ivy was going in hanging macrame hangers at my front door where it doesn’t get much light so Sophie advised these were going to grow well. The Calathea was going in my lounge room with a little bit of filtered light so it was prefect for this spot.

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My new babies are settling in nicely and i am so happy with how they look in their new homes.

If you are visiting Newcastle or are a local i strongly recommend a visit, make a day of it with a visit to local cafes on King Street or just drop in for a look around you won’t be disappointed. Sophie is very helpful with care instructions because if your anything like me you need a little help in this department.

 

High Swan Dive is located at 178 King Street Newcastle NSW

Open Tuesday to Friday 10 – 5 and Saturday 11 – 3

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DIY Cuttlefish Wall Decoration

I have been eyeing off these cuttle fish and driftwood wall decoration for so long but never had a spare $300- $400 to spend on one so i decided i’d make my own.

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I thought yes this will be easy i live close to the beach so i’ll go there one afternoon and collect around 20-30 cuttlefish and i’ll be set. I spent 1hr at the beach and found…. one flimsy mini teeny tiny piece!! I was not happy, i imagined where i could put it – i even imagined having several around my home.  Weeks later a friend told me you can actually get them online so i jumped on and ordered them from Five Chicks Discount on eBay. They arrived within a few days so typical me I dropped everything I was doing that day and got straight to it….housework can wait.

I had no idea how i was going to create this because I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere (hence why i am sharing this with you all) but it came out ok, i think?

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • A roll of strong wire
  • 1kg bag of cuttlefish (more than enough to make a big one )
  • wooden beads
  • Driftwood broken into 10 – 25cm bits
  • Sea sponge
  • Silver wire coat hanger
  • Drill 

 

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HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. I started by breaking up the driftwood into 10 – 25cm pieces, i only found a few bits of small driftwood so i broke the long bits into smaller bits.
  2. Drill a hole into the middle of the driftwood making sure the hole is big enough for the wire to feed through.
  3. Drill a hole into the middle of the cuttlefish, i drilled from the soft side because it was easier to do.
  4. Cut the wire to the size you want the wall hanging to be. Mine is approximately 1mtr in diameter but because the wire i had already was quite soft and bendy i decided to use two pieces and twined them together. If you have to purchase this i’d make sure your wire is quite strong and not to easy to bend.
  5. Now that you have everything ready it’s time to make a display on the ground of the order you want the cuttlefish, driftwood, beads and sea sponge to be. I started in the middle with some longer bits of driftwood working my way into smaller pieces but this part is totally up to you.
  6. Once you are happy with how it looks on the ground start to feed the pieces onto your wire starting from one end working your way to the other.
  7. Twine each end to one another, i like the rustic shabby look of the wire so i made mine a little rustic looking.
  8. Depending on the strength of your wire this is where you may need to use a wire coat hanger. I found mine wouldn’t hold it’s oval shape it all just flopped into the centre which i didn’t want so i unraveled the coat hanger and bent it into an oval shape. I inserted the wire into the top bead on each end then wrapped the wire around coat hanger to hold everything into shape.
  9. Hang on the wall then stand back to admire your creation. High five….

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I hope you find this DIY to be as easy and fun as i did.

 

Have a great day.

Anna. x

 

CHRISTMAS IN THE MOORE HOUSEHOLD

Another Christmas has crept up on us again and it’s time to decorate the house and get into the Christmas spirit.

This year has been hectic with Jake starting school, me starting a new job and all the other craziness that comes along with three kids, so our tree went up a little later than normal. The kids didn’t let me forget though and loved helping to make some new decorations and the tree look pretty.

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This year I went with a whole new look, I wanted everything to be natural and raw to go with the coastal look I have throughout the house. So off to pinterest I went, I found lots of cool ideas and had big plans to do a million DIY’s, but the closest I got was wooden log decorations which I have included instructions below on how I did it.

The only thing I had to buy for the new look was the hessian bows which I picked up from a discount shop, and the rest I had lying around. The tree consists off pinecones, starfish, feathers, wooden log decorations, wooden shapes and hessian bows. I spent a total of $10….bargain.

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One thing I found super difficult was putting the tree into a basket, is there a trick to this? I have been wrestling with the tree since putting it up, then Aaron came to the rescue today with a solution, not sure if it’s 100% perfect but it will do for this year.

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DIY Log Decorations.

These are simple to make and take no time at all.

 

What you need:

– wooden logs around 7cm in diameter

– string

– drill

– sander

– drop saw

– paint pen

How to:

Cut the log into 1.5cm pieces, you will get a few out of each log depending on the size of it.

Drill each decoration at the top to create a whole for the string to loop through.

Feed the string through the hole and tie a knot at the base of the decoration and another knot at the top to create a loop, this helps them to hang more straight.

Using a paint pen draw on your image or word I did snowflakes, trees, noel, love, merry, joy, snowmen and my kids initials.

A follower on instagram had a great idea of using the trunk of her tree once Christmas is over, I think this is a great idea, you could start a collection over the years.

 

Now that the house is ready for Christmas it looks like Santa better finish off the shopping, although I am pretty proud of myself getting the majority of it done already. How’s your Christmas shopping going?

 

Merry Christmas from the Moore’s

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Art Styling for Jemma Calavassy

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Newcastle Artist Jemma from Jemma Calavassy recently contacted me with the opportunity to style some of her beautiful artwork, I was so drawn to the vibrant colours in her paintings that I jumped at the opportunity.

With six kids between us we finally managed to meet (and with no kids in tow, that is always an achievement in it’s self) to discuss her work. I instantly picked up the vibe of Jemma’s art philosophy “be a free spirit, let go and follow the journey of where the painting takes me”. Her use of vibrant colour, curves, dots, circles and lines really create unique and interesting art that makes a real statement in a room.

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My house is very “blue, white and timber” so having some colour on my walls was very refreshing, it made me realise how much a piece of art can change the whole look of a home. In fact I think I might base a new room design around one of her art pieces, Iv’e seen people from places like the block choose the art then the bits that go with it so I’m interested in trying this out.

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I love that Jemma’s art has so many colours to it that you can pretty much choose a rainbow of products to style with it. I went for blue’s and white’s with a touch of yellow because these are the colours I love to use throughout my house. You could literally redecorate your house at a later stage without having to change the art, I love that.

Jemma’s overall vision is make people happy when they see or think about her artwork and i think she is accomplishing that well in the pieces I have displayed in my home.

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I have attached a link below of Jemma’s Instagram page so you can see more of her work and keep watch for her new website coming soon.

https://www.instagram.com/jemmacalavassy/

Have a lovely day,

Anna

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