My first job!

So I am a little bit excited!  My wonderful friend has asked me (ME!!!) to help her bring her home to life and to have her home reflect her and her girls.

Like most of us, money is tight, especially at this time of year post Christmas and the purchasing of all the Back to School supplies.  This makeover will be over an extended period of time but step one has already made a big difference.

The brief:

To create a space that feels welcoming, homely, fun, happy and like me.

Kyly purchased a new lounge and some cushions for it 6 or so months ago.  The cushions were $20 each from Big W and the pinks and oranges are the primary source of inspiration for this makeover.  Kyly has been a lover of pink since I’ve known her in 1995, and well before then.

As you walk into Kyly’s home there is very short hallway that brings you to her living room.  The wall is just over 2 metres long.  There is a beautiful artwork there signifying that this is a home that has a child living with Cystic Fibrosis here which prompts you to clean your hands upon arrival.  Kyly wanted to create more of a welcome along this wall and I was only too happy to help.


We started by sourcing a few bits and pieces to go on this wall.  I located the mirror at Trade Secret for $20.00 and the art print from Big W for $12.00.  We went to Typo to purchase the letters K, I and A (3 letters for $10.00) and I stopped in at IKEA on my way up to Kyly’s place to purchase 5 FISKBO frames ($1.49 each).

Once I arrived and we had a little chat, we collated all the items and discussed how we would lay the items out and ultimately hand them on the wall.

I then shocked/scared Kyly a bit with the suggestion that we were going to create our own art.  DIY art.  We’ve discussed this before but I don’t think she was expecting it to appear right be her front door.  After dinner I got the paints out and we pulled up Pinterest for some ideas.  This is what we came up with:


We headed to bed, ready to put it all together on Sunday.

Sunday came and after a lovely beach-side breakfast and trip to Typo for the letters, we commenced hanging things on the wall.


We centred the mirror on the wall at the perfect height for Kyly to have a quick check of herself as she walks out the door.  We then commenced hanging the balance of the items around the mirror.  This is what we came up with:


Kyly says:

“It makes me smile every time I walk in the door and see that wall. It has made me feel so excited to see how amazing my wall looks and to think about what else we have in store!”

Her two girls squealed with delight and loved their letters so I guess it was a win with them too!

The total cost of this makeover is $46.90 ($12.00 Big W print, $20.00 mirror, $7.45 Ikea frames, $10.00 typo letters).

So tell me… have you been inspired by my entryway or this one?  Do you like to do a bit of DIY art?