DIY Striped Wall Art

DIY Striped Wall Art | A Lovely Look

As I mentioned earlier this week we’re getting closer to our move. We’ve now got a lot of the big pieces sorted so I’m starting to think about art for the walls. I’ll be doing a gallery wall (or two) in the house, as well as hanging a few pieces on their own. We’re aiming to DIY a lot of items for the house ourselves – and art pieces are no exception to that. I’m a huge fan of stripes and lines so I created this piece based off that. The design of this DIY striped wall art is a great mix of fun and simple and can be easily personalised based on the colours you use. I wanted to use a lot of colour in mine as so far we’re really missing that in our décor plans.

DIY Striped Wall Art Supplies | A Lovely Look

SUPPLIES

PAINT | NEWSPAPER OR SCRAP PAPER
THICK PAINT BRUSH | ART PAPER OR CANVAS

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1. Lay out the newspaper or scrap paper to protect the surface you’re working on.

2. Dip the paint brush into your first colour.

DIY Striped Wall Art Tutorial | A Lovely Look

3. Paint a stripe starting from the very edge of one side going across until the paint starts to fade out.

DIY Striped Wall Art Tutorial | A Lovely Look

4. Repeat with your second colour, then third colour and so forth.

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Homeware Haul & Wishlist

With only a few weeks to go until settlement on our first home (fingers crossed) we’re fully in shopping mode! We’ve ordered our couches, dining table and chairs and our dishwasher. We’re now narrowing down our outdoor dining suite and ottoman, boring pieces like a heat pump and I’m lusting after a few ‘want’ pieces too. So I thought I’d share a homeware haul of what we’ve bought, as well as our wishlist of what we’re still to buy.

HOMEWARE & FURNITURE HAUL

Homeware & Furniture Haul | A Lovely Look

 

1. Sleek Dining Table | 2. Signature Sofa 3 seater + 2 seater (Sebastian Grey) | 3. Fisher & Paykal Double Dishdrawer | 4. Stanton White Dining Chair | 5. Amalfi Sly Floor Lamp (Copper) | Not Pictured: Colorado Outdoor Lounge Set

HOMEWARE & FURNITURE WISHLIST

Homeware & Furniture Wishlist | A Lovely Look

1. Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pump | 2. Metro Table Lamp (Copper) | 3. Animal Planter (Elephant) | 4. Ecoya Winter Berries & Sweet Peppercorn Madison Jar Candle | 5. Gold Feather Cushion | 6. Pina Pineapple (Metallic) | 7. Oregon Outdoor Wooden Table & Chair Set | 8. Diamond Light

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Easter Chocolate Bark

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After making chocolate bark last Halloween I’ve become a little in love with this sweet treat so I just had to make Easter chocolate bark! It’s easy to throw together with whatever you’ve got in your pantry – Easter eggs, marshmallows and M&Ms all work (you could even add in a salty flavour with pretzels or nuts!). It’s also really quick – you essentially just melt the chocolate, mix in the other ingredients and then chill until set.

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INGREDIENTS

WHITE CHOCOLATE | MINI EASTER EGGS | FOOD COLOURING

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METHOD

  1. Cut the easter eggs in half.
  2. Melt the chocolate.
  3. Pour the chocolate onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Put one drop of food colouring on the chocolate and swirl it around with a spoon. Repeat with all the colours (I recommend 1-3 colours).
  5. Sprinkle the easter eggs on top.
  6. Set in the fridge for at least an hour.

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Easter Egg Nail Art

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In true A Lovely Look fashion I’ve got some Easter nail art for you. It just wouldn’t be an A Lovely Look holiday without nail art!

This nail art look is more of an inspiration post than a tutorial. I just grabbed my nail dotting tools and some pastel nail polishes and painted dots, stripes and a chevron pattern based on the designs I’d paint on eggs when I was a kid.

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I’ll be rocking my Easter egg nail art this weekend. How will you do your nails?

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Easter Egg Print

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Easter has well and truly snuck up on me! There’s just over a week to go – which makes me rather shocked we’re almost a quarter through the year but it also makes me very excited! Between my new job, my surgery and the new house I am in need of a break! A long weekend full of chocolate, family and relaxing sounds idyllic! I’ve got a few Easter projects over the next week and we’re starting with this geometric egg print I designed.

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There are three versions – an A4 print, an A5 card (two on one A4 page) and A4 wrapping paper.

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FOR THE CARD

  1. Fold the piece of paper in half so there is one egg on each half.
  2. Cut along the fold.
  3. Fold in half again to make the card.

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Rose ‘My Lips but Better’ Lip Colours

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Thanks to Kylie Jenner, nude 90s style lips is the It look at the moment. Everyone seems to be looking for that perfect lip product and method to get Kylie’s pout. While I am a Kardashian/Jenner fan, personally I love the trend because it’s so easy to wear. My take on this look is more rose and mauve than Kylie’s brown-based nudes. I tend to gravitate more towards ‘my lips but better’ colours than true nudes (although I have thrown a nude in here!). I love that no matter what outfit I’m wearing or how I’ve done the rest of my makeup I can still wear all of these shades.

MY BARE LIPS

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MY FAVOURITE ‘MY LIPS BUT BETTER’ LIPSTICKS

Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Social Climber

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in 500 Molto Mauve

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Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 225 Sultry

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Rimmel Apocalips in 201 Solstice

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Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creme in Hon-O-Loo-Loo

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St. Patrick’s Day Drink Stirrers

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! My main goal in life is to create the life I want and have fun along the way. This is also the main focus of A Lovely Look; I want to inspire you to create the life you want through creativity, celebrating, DIY and – most importantly – following your dreams. For me, celebrating the traditional holidays like Christmas and Easter, as well as the fun ones like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day are all part of what makes life fun. I love getting crafty, spending time with friends and just spreading joy, fun and kindness. So whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or not, I hope you have a wonderful day today doing things you love and working towards your dreams while having fun along the way.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY DRINK STIRRERS

For parties and get-togethers I often put great effort into decorating the house and the presentation of the food but I forget about the drinks. I usually just pour juice or fizzy into a pretty glass bottle and be done with it. I’ve been seeing drink stirrers a lot recently so I thought I’d give them a go this St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve done three drink stirrers – all of them are so easy and only use two supplies each!

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PIPE CLEANER CLOVER DRINK STIRRER

SUPPLIES

GREEN PIPE CLEANERS | BAMBOO STICKS

.INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Twist the piper cleaner into a clover – you can do a four leaf or a three leaf.
  2. Wrap the stalk of the clover around the pipe cleaner.
  3. You can secure it with hot glue but it’s not necessary (I didn’t).

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POM POM DRINK STIRRER

SUPPLIES

GREEN POM POMS | BAMBOO STICKS

.INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Poke the sharp end of the bamboo stick into the pipe cleaner.
  2. You can secure it with hot glue but it’s not necessary (I didn’t).

Ribbon-Drink-Stirrer

RIBBON DRINK STIRRER

SUPPLIES

GREEN RIBBON | BAMBOO STICKS

.INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Tie pieces of ribbon around the bamboo stick – you can do knots or bows (both look great!).
  2. You can secure it with hot glue but it’s not necessary (I didn’t).

ST. PATRICK’S DAY ON A LOVELY LOOK

You can find all the St. Patrick’s Day posts here.

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POT OF GOLD FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St-Patricks-Day-Nail-ArtST. PATRICK’S DAY NAIL ART

 

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Nut Candle Holder

DIY-Nut-Candle-HolderI have a lot of candles placed around the house – mostly church candles and scented Ecoya ones – but I wanted to incorporate some table candles. They give me an instant feeling of nostalgia and happiness. I have fond memories of them burning during family roasts. I’d been brainstorming ideas for candle holders for a while – I’ve got a few more coming up – when I was in my boyfriend’s workshop having a look through his tools and supplies as we chatted and he worked. Suddenly I got the idea to turn some nuts into candle holders!

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The hardest part of this project was finding the right nuts to fit the right candles. I used 22mm nuts and tried out a couple of different candles. I found you want the candles to be almost exactly the same size as the nut so that you have to screw the candle in. If the candle is too small then it doesn’t stand up straight and if it’s too big then it just won’t fit in! I got my nuts from Bunnings and these candles from The Warehouse. All you need to do for this DIY is screw your candle into the nut. You could also paint the nuts if you want – I liked the silver though so I left as is.

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Home Décor Books

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The completion of our new house is getting closer, although we still don’t have a final date! We’re expecting it to be within the next 6-8 weeks though (please keep your fingers crossed for us) so we’re now reaching new levels of excitement!

In order to keep myself from going mad in this seemingly never-ending waiting game I’ve been searching for inspiration and planning our décor. You might remember I started looking on Pinterest over eight months ago but I then stopped for a while.

Lucky for me, my amazing family and friends bought me several home décor books for my birthday and Christmas. These two events were timed perfectly with the start of our build in December. I’ve spent many hours perusing them this summer and my head is now exploding with ideas. My plan is to now gather all my ideas and sort them into room plans and shopping lists – I’ve started a wishlist board on Pinterest which is rather handy!

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HAPPY HANDMADE HOME BY ELSIE LARSON & EMMA CHAPMAN

As the title suggests this book is full of the DIYs, crafts and handmade touch we all know and love from Elsie and Emma’s blog, A Beautiful Mess. The images are absolutely gorgeous and their bright aesthetics get my creative thoughts going!

DOMINO: THE BOOK OF DECORATING BY DOMINO EDITORS

Each chapter in this book is dedicated to one room/area and discusses its overall style, components (such as furniture and décor items), examples from real houses and concludes with the story of the room. I particularly loved the tips which discuss layout of rooms and placement of items as I didn’t even know where to start with that!

DESIGN BLOGGERS AT HOME BY ELLIE TENNANT

I’m a blogger who’s obsessed with home décor and all things blogging so how could I not love this book?! I love that this book features the homes of so many different people so it’s a huge mix of styles; I found this super inspiring! It’s also fun getting a sneak peek into the homes of people whose blogs of read. Plus, there’s an extra chapter at the end which features tips for starting your own blog – I thought that was pretty awesome!

ELEMENTS OF STYLE BY ERIN GATES

This book is unlike all the others – actually it’s unlike any book I’ve ever come across! The book is a mix of interior design advice and witty essays about Erin’s personal life. It provided the perfect mix of pretty pictures, helpful bite-sized tips and heartwarming stories. I first heard about the book when Erin (who is a blogger and interior decorator) was a guest on Jess Lively’s The Lively Show and I was instantly intrigued!

If you’ve missed any of my ‘Our First Home’ posts you can find them all here. I first shared the news in June and since then I’ve talked about pinspiration and my tips for building a house.

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St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

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A holiday or celebration isn’t complete without a little themed nail art. I love a good excuse to have some fun with makeup and nail polish – and St. Patrick’s Day is certainly a good excuse! For this nail art I wanted to do something quick and easy that focuses more on the colour green than the usual symbols and icons.

SUPPLIES

WHITE NAIL POLISH | A FEW SHADES OF GREEN NAIL POLISH

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint your nails with the white nail polish then let dry completely.
  2. Starting with one of your green nail polishes, paint one or two messy brush strokes on each nail.
  3. Repeat step two with your other green nail polishes.
  4. Let your nails dry completely,

St-Patricks-Day-Polka-Dot-Nail-ArtHere’s an extra nail art look which you can do by following my confetti nail art tutorial – just substitute the different colours for a few different shades of green nail polishes.

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