31 January, 2011

Drab to Fab...Gorgeous Office Pinboard*

The finished 'Fab-ric Pinboard' - no more boring drab here!

I recently purchased an over sized cork board/ pin board for our [home] office....when looking to hang it on one of our office walls it looked terribly boring & plain. So I decided to spruce it up with some colourful bird & foliage printed fabric and black / white ribbon that I had in my fabric stash, and also made some coordinating floor cushions [for my little girl Isabelle to play when she's in the office] too!  I have just a few finishing touches on our accompanying personalised desk chair cushions to do - so will post pics shortly once I finish a little applique!
So take a look at this little afternoon project - all in the name of colour & design!
Choose colourful printed fabric in stripes, checks, geometric, paisley or a botanical design from your local fabric store [Spotlight or Ikea in Australia are great places to visit] with an inexpensive ready made cork/ pin board from your local variety or craft store [such as the Reject Store, or Hot Dollar discount stores in Australia].
May be you'd like to spruce up a boring old pin board into something gorgeous?

1. Choosing fabrics, layout & ribbon combinations....playing with your
fabric & trims is important so that you can work out & feel good
about your colour combination choice.

2. Use polyester wadding to create a soft layer between the cork side/ pin board
 & the fabric, this also acts as a stabiliser and creates a better cushion for
 the pins when putting something up. Cut the wadding a little larger than the
board size - this will allow you to fold & stretch back around
 the board with fabric

3. Apply craft glue or adhesive spray onto the cork side - and lay the wadding on top
of this glue and press lightly down so wadding is attached

4. Cut fabric to the same size as your wadding.  I have used an over locker to finish
 & trim my fabric edges to keep it a bit neater as I go.Check that if you are using a
print and it is not multi directional  that the 'direction' is going the correct way.
You don't want to look at your pin board print upside down or across ways!

5. Layer fabric on top of wadding - matching up the cut sides - now staple!

6. Using a heavy duty staple gun, or a cordless staple gun - take the longest sides first
and stretch to pull over and secure the first 2 sides with a couple of staples. then stretch
to pull the two bottom ends and staple to secure. Once this is done you can go
 back over the 'gaps' on all four sides ensuring to stretch taut as you go to
staple the fabric edges. If you want cover the back of the pin board with some
black or white card - to cover the edges.

7. Using a combination of black & white ribbon I staple the
ribbon ends to the back of the board and begin a lattice effect  - with
 equidistant space between each one - with weaving alternate ribbons under
 & over. this will allow me to also place notes and cards onto the
 pin board without tacking them on.

Nearly finished weaving - worth the effort - it gives
the fabric another graphic dimension and is functional!
Once done I pin pearl pins into the centre of each 'X'

Coordinating floor cushions make for a fun, colourful & softer play area
 in the office space for my baby Isabelle.

I just love this print & the coordinating hot candy pink stripe I used.
Definitely my new favourite cushions.

New favourite colour print & stripe combination!

One things is for sure I never like to be 'under cushioned' my office
 & home are always filled with cushion that suit the room or the seasons!

28 January, 2011

Happy Weekend...

This weekend it's the start of Term 1 swimming classes [our 2nd term]for our little Isabelle, thankfully this time 'Daddy' aka my husband Matthew is now doing this- yay! Getting in the pool each week was a lot of fun, especially the doing the 'hokey pokey' as grown adults splashing & singing at the top of their voices...but not so great on the hip pocket thanks to the many beautician appointments!
I have a few other things on this weekend...some taxing some not so!
My hope for you is to get a sleep in [even a sneaky 15mins] and all the other Palatial things you want to do!
Thanks for joining me this week, and a BIG Thank You to all the New Palatial Living Twitter followers - thanks also for having a sticky beak here at the blog!
Take care & enjoy,

image via tumblr

27 January, 2011


These images of Jackie Kennedy Onassis never fail to take me by surprise with her simple elegance that seems to be forever timeless... goes to show that true great style doesn't age.  

images via tumblr & life magazine

26 January, 2011

Happy Australia Day!

Hope you have a wonderful time today - Happy Australia Day!
It's a very hot one here in Sydney today - just perfect for fresh prawns, BBQ and cold wine!
Here are a few pics I took on Sunday afternoon whilst we taking our pets, Lucy [pictured]  our Cavalier and Zach, our Cavoodle for a run & a dip, at a puppy friendly beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches.

images by Sarah Verity - Verandah Home & Garden Living Solutions

25 January, 2011

My Desk...

Here's a moment on my desk this afternoon... I had successfully completed a day of admin and an 18 page application for an exciting [potential] project.
So can you tell that I have been working? Even the coffee cup is a sad story! I am most surprised that one or both of my dogs,  Lucy & Zach, aren't also tucked under the desk - they love to lie at my feet as I work no matter how hot it is! They're definitely great company mascots!
Tomorrow is a celebration for our national holiday - Australia Day and it's going to be a hot one at an expected 36C, and excitingly it also my parents-in-law's 37th Wedding anniversary! Coincidentally it was my parent's 39th Wedding anniversary last Saturday... gee even the family calendar is a little manic! So needless to say I am looking forward to some fresh prawns, salads, a bbq and wine, wine and champagne tomorrow! And maybe a little tidy of this desk and 'mood /message boards' of mine!

Hope you had a productive day too!

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24 January, 2011

Summer Inspiration...

These images from my picture library just jumped out at me today - the freshness & the crispness of the sky-chalk-blue and the muted ashen-timber shades all with white and lawn green. All a devine colour scheme & very Gatsby-esque [one of my all time favourite books & films with a delicious youthful Robert Redford to boot!] all made me feel like a wonderful summer's day has just been had!
And it had - I was lucky enough to take an afternoon dip with my little girl Isabelle and some friends at the very lovely and very Hampton's inspired Breakfast Point Country Club today.
Here's to your Monday the start of another inspired week!

images in no order - via pretty stuff, life of polarn per,
east atlana, tumblr, & the guardian uk 

23 January, 2011

A Big Birthday....

Sending BIG Birthday Wishes & Loads of Love to my darling bestest friend, Jacqui, who is also God mother to our little girl, Isabelle.
We hope you're having an amazing BIG 4-0 [or 31+9] Birthday day today and special weekend away from the rat race! Can't wait to hear all about & celebrate with you soon. I know you'll love these macaroons! Happy Birthday to You, hugs & kisses

images via tumblr, aast atlanta, life of polarn per

21 January, 2011

Happy Weekend!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! It's gearing up to be quite warm one here, and this week coming smack bang in the middle of the week we have our national holiday aptly name Australia Day!
Thank you for joining me this week at Palatial Living... See you next week, Have fun & Enjoy -

image via tumblr

19 January, 2011

Feeling like Summer Time...

It was one of those wonderful warm summer days today with dark clouds moving in and out of the way... I meandered through my image files and thought that the colours and a sense of play made it just perfect! Does this conjure up feelings of long summer days for you too?

images via tumblr, pretty stuff, east Atlanta, a little of that.

Mid Week House Snoop...Leafy Master Built

A contemporary-elegant palatial home set in Pymble on Sydney's Upper North Shore cat master build with sophisticated fittings. I love the front pivot door, the seamless kitchen cupboard wall storage - very clever, and the well established lifted sandstone garden beds. So inviting.... 
It looks like Coco Republic Property Styling or Living Edge furniture hire may have been in this [yet to be lived in] house -  fitting it out with minimal pieces. Being brand new - it is showroom presented -but house snoopers and potential buyers alike can easily envision their own pieces in these rooms - and if you can't then you need to give me a call or shoot me an email, at Verandah, to help you! And so with a few personal pieces, some much more colourful art work pieces and carefully considered repainting of a few walls & rooms - this house would become a fabulous home perfect for Palatial entertaining and living. Simply stunning.... Take a look, Enjoy -

Agent's Blurb - Century 21 Cordeau Marshall - Gordon
Custom designed for luxury family living, this brand new, double brick home is quietly positioned in one of Pymbles' prestige avenues. It has been crafted with meticulous attention to detail to ensure a lifestle of supreme relaxation. With a seamless indoor/outdoor flow, it enjoys generous proportions, light-filled interiors and impeccable finishes and inclusions. Wonderful handy position, directly opposite Gray House Walk, entrance to Pymble Ladies College.
•Lounge and dining flows outdoors onto large wrap around deck
•Casual living flows outdoors
•Vast open plan ILVE gas kitchen featuring Caesarstone bench tops
•Ironbark timber flooring throughout entertaining areas
•Upstairs main bedroom with ensuite and quality built-ins
•Downstairs bedroom also featuring ensuite and walk-in-robe
•4 Bedrooms feature custom designed built-in robes
•3 bathrooms plus guest powder room
•Reverse cycle airconditioning, security gate entry, alarm, ducted vaccuum
•Sparkling pool, spa and water feature complete with Remco automatic cover (for winter)
•Low maintenance landscaped gardens
•10,000 Litre rainwater tank
•Double auto garage with internal access
•Walk to Pymble station, stroll to Pymble Ladies College

Property ID: 2008778030

Images & sub text via domain.com.au


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