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Christmas 2015 – teacher gift list

Christmas 2015 - teacher gift list

Christmas 2015 – teacher gifts!

Pretty much everyone has a teacher to buy for – sometimes a lot a teachers to buy for, to thank them for their hard work during the year.  This range of gifts has a priced gift for every giver – and not a coffee cup or a box of chocolates in sight!  Teachers spend A LOT of their own money on making their classroom  prettier/better/more interesting for your kids so sometimes it is nice to buy something like the light box or pen holders to help out and save their own money.  But sometimes it is nice also to give them something for themselves – candles, movie tickets, vouchers, even a christmas ham! That helps them and their families celebrate! And if in doubt (from a teacher) wine, always wine!

Christmas 2015 – teacher gift list by monaandolive featuring metal stud earrings

Kitchen gadgets tool
14 AUD – cottonon.com

Home decor
28 AUD – cottonon.com

Home decor

Home decor

Floral Fragrances | Glasshouse Fragrances
60 AUD – glasshousefragrances.com

Typo | Cotton On | Stocking Fillers
18 AUD – cottonon.com

Metal Lantern Green

Our Adventure Awaits themed Nursery

Before we got pregnant we knew we wanted a blue nursery with clouds, it was set in stone. Planes for boys, hot air balloons for girls – Done! So that part was easy setting it up was the hard part – considering the planes and balloons we liked we saw in New Orleans…

This was our vision

boy nursery
Our baby boy adventure awaits nursery mood board

We had a lot of work to do to make it meet our vision, but we both are pretty happy with the end result, Paddy hasn’t really told us yet if he likes it! But all the other little people in our lives seem to think that he does!

We painted the room ourselves and CJ’s mum painted the clouds – you can see how she did that here

baby boy nursery
Paddy’s adventure themed room

Paddy grown so much he has started this week sleeping in his cot in his room! He no longer fits in the bassinet in our room, he is 8 weeks old so I had a good run (I did contemplate moving his cot into our room.) But Paddy loves his room so much he sleeps better in there, so there he will stay ;-(

adventure themed nursery
adventure themed nursery

Our cot, drawers and cubes are from IKEA

Our plane and hot air balloon are AUTHENTIC MODELS HERE

Map, cloud cushion, cloud light and aqua baskets are KMART

Dream big cushion is from TARGET

Artwork above change tables from big cousins <3

Paddy loves his cloud onesie
Paddy loves it when his onesie matches his walls!


Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams


Summer Dreams by monaandolive featuring clear glass tumblers

110 AUD – amazon.com

Folding garden chair
400 AUD – orvis.com

Crate and Barrel vintage outdoor lighting
68 AUD – crateandbarrel.com

Woven picnic basket
110 AUD – chairish.com

Martha stewart serveware
54 AUD – macys.com

Bar tool
85 AUD – selfridges.com

Home Decorators Collection clear glass tumbler
34 AUD – homedecorators.com

Sur La Table ice tea jar
27 AUD – surlatable.com

Crosley Radio Furniture music home decor
110 AUD – nordstrom.com

Adventure Awaits – a baby boy nursery

Adventure Awaits - a baby boy nursery


Adventure Awaits – a baby boy nursery by monaandolive featuring word wall art

Word wall art
140 AUD – lampsplus.com

Wall art
18 AUD – amazon.com

Canvas home decor

Peek-A-Boo Cloud Wallpaper (Blue)
120 AUD – kohls.com

IKEA HENSVIK Crib, white
130 AUD – ikea.com

Upholstered arm chair
975 AUD – allmodern.com

Wilko Coloured Bunting 3.6m
2.18 AUD – wilko.com

645 AUD – ikea.com

Home Office Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration


Home Office Inspiration by monaandolive featuring ESSEY

OKA floral decor
$53 – okadirect.com

ESSEY office accessory
$18 – connox.com

Trestle kitchen table

Home storage furniture
$465 – dwell.co.uk

Moroccan leather ottoman
$135 – zocohome.com

Gemstone pendant
$485 – mattblatt.com.au

DIY buffet – how I made this!

How I updated this buffet…

The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Since moving into our new house, there has been a couple of things that we have wanted to do. But as most people we don’t have endless money but also CJ and I have very different tastes, which makes agreeing on stuff very time consuming! So we decided to have a wall off! Cam gets one wall and I get one wall to style and buy things for, in a budget. More about our “wall off” later but today I’m going to show you how I painted and updated this wooden buffet I bought from EBay. I paid $200 which CJ thought was excessive but once we picked it up he agreed it was a pretty good price for the size and quality of the piece!

Buffet diy
Buffet before makeover

So first step was I to pull it apart. The drawers and doors came off. The drawer pulls also came off so I could paint easily around them. We left the hinges on because they were brass coloured and so I sprayed with black with the paint/primer.

Next we needed to sand it back – we had brought a primer and paint in one. But the buffet still needed a light sand so we sanded it back with 80 grit sand paper by hand. The top of the buffet was only going to be varnished not primed and painted so for that I got out the electric sander with 80 grit sand paper and sanded it back until no shine was left – it took a couple of goes but otherwise the stain would never of took.

Buffet top
I used an electric sander to get as much varnish off as I could.

I then used the spray paint/primer to spray the sides and the front of the buffet ready for the turquoise paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in black and used 2 cans for the whole project. (at this stage I was contemplating leaving it black, I really liked it, but thought it would blend int the wall too much)

DIY buffet half way
The buffet primed and ready to go!

I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. make sure its smooth before you add the paint.

DIY Buffet paint
Chalk paint being mixed

Next I added about 1/2 cup of paint (I used Dulux Riveria Sea) mix well – it makes the paint a lighter shade so just be aware.

Aqua Chalk Paint
The paint mixed with the chalk mixture

Next I finished painting the buffet – but I left the top with out any paint or primer!

The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done
The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done.

Allow to dry!

Stir the stain for the top – I used a brush to apply and did two coats – making sure all brush strokes were going with the wood grain. The instructions on the the tin said to leave for 5 mins, but I left it on a lot longer – like 4 hours. I think this is because I didn’t sand the top back enough! Once the top stain was set to touch I sealed with a clear sealant.

Cam then helped me re-assemble it and screw the door back on etc and move into the front lounge room! I am still deciding on if I will sand back parts of the buffet to let the undercoat come through – what do you think? The wall behind is still a work in progress, I need to update our photos with some new ones and add some things to the top of the buffet to dress it more but so far I am really happy with how the buffet turned out!

The buffet completed - maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet completed – maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Family Room Fresh

Family Room Fresh

Family Room Fresh by monaandolive featuring a cowskin rug

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge by monaandolive featuring plastic outdoor chairs

Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room by monaandolive featuring an iron floor lamp

Iron floor lamp

Hand made oriental rug

Acrylic wall art

Wooden trunk

Window ledge

Replica furniture
$745 – mattblatt.com.au

Black and Gold Master Bedroom

Black and Gold Master Bedroom

Black and Gold Master Bedroom by monaandolive featuring mod furniture

Biba black home decor
$52 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Biba cream throw pillow
$52 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Fratelli Boffi mod furniture
$5,425 – progarr.com

Sunpan tufted furniture

Round nesting table

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