Gone troppo at home

Summer trend alert lovelies! Tropicana! Think bold colours teamed with fresh white, floral prints, pineapples, green life and of course gorgeous pink flamingos. This mini-trend for the home has been gathering steam for a while now and with summer knocking very loudly at the front door, it’s the perfect time to give it a try. With warmer days and nights now upon us why not give your back deck a boost with this new summer style? A word to the wise though lovelies: choose just a couple of your favourite tropical-themed pieces to keep your space looking cool and not kitsch.

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Have  a lovely day. X.


New kids on the block

Hi there lovelies! Last weekend we took a trip up to the new Pottery Barn and West Elm stores in Bondi Junction. LOVE! Finally, some new and affordable furniture and homewares stores just made for wintry weekend’s browsing (and in our case, buying). While these stores have been around for a number of years in the States, they have only just now made their way down under.

We were (very) pleasantly surprised by the prices. You know the drill lovelies, your fave international store finally open on Aussie shores only to slap us with hugely marked up prices… not so at West Elm and Pottery Barn (as well as Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma). While the costs are probably a little up on US counterparts, it’s not by much. Encompassing two floors each, the shops are jam packed with lots of gorgeous goodies for your home – furniture, rugs, bedding, decor and more. Anything that’s not on display in the store can be bought online and delivered anywhere in Australia.

We purchased the super pretty Leah Durner serving tray in pink and orange, which is now taking pride of place on our dining table. Here’s how we’ve styled it.

West Elm - Leah Durner Tray


If your home needs a little pick-me-up then you definitely need to take a look around West Elm and Pottery Barn – either in store or online.

Have a lovely afternoon. X.

How a vignette can transform your home…

Good afternoon lovelies! Lately we’ve found ourselves very into creating vignette’s around our home. ‘What on earth is a vignette?’, we hear you ask. A vignette is just a fancy pants word for a small collection of items that are lovingly arranged to help bring a space to life. Think flowers, trinkets, books, artwork and more. In fact, the more personal and outside-the-box your vignette is, the better it will look. This is an excellent way to experiment with different looks on the cheap, so chop-chop lovelies… have a go!

We’re always on the lookout for little bits and pieces that we can dot around the house, or include in a vignette. You never know where you might find something really beautiful. Take for instance the copper goblets in the first two pictures below. We found these in our local St Vinnies – $8 for the pair. Used as tealight candle holders they cast a gorgeous warm glow in any space. Plus, copper and rose gold tones are going to be big in homewares this season, providing a softer look than silver or yellow gold.

Here are a few snaps of some of our own vintage vignettes.








Have a lovely afternoon. x.

Home makeover…grown up glamour.

Good afternoon lovelies! A couple of weeks ago we created a brand new living and dining room space for a very special styling client. The brief was to develop a grown-up, but fun room that was functional and also appealed to the apartment’s art deco architecture. Our client had already purchased a couple of pieces that she was keen to hang onto – a creamy white leather couch, neutral shag rug and a chocolate brown shelving unit.

There were two (small) catches. Firstly, because this was a rental apartment we weren’t able to removed the pale pink and white swirly wallpaper that covered several walls. We had to find a way to complement and detract from it instead. Secondly, our client was on a limited budget of around $1,500, so maximum bang for buck was required.

We embarked on a major shopping expedition (both online and bricks ‘n’ mortar) with our client and hit up a range of retailers including Aura by Tracie Ellis, IKEA, Kas Australia, Vintage Venus, Oz Design, Domayne and more, to put together the perfect look that she can add to over time. Take a look at the before and after shots below. A transformation… and one very happy client!

Need help overhauling your home? Email us at sayhellolovely@gmail.com for a quote.









Have a lovely night. X.

Get cosy with colour…

Hello lovelies! Well, let’s get straight to the point. Colour. Specifically, colour in your home. Yes, we know we regularly bang on about the importance of taking a few risks when it comes to choosing a palette for your space, but there are lots of simple ways you can introduce some new hues to complement neutral investment pieces like your couch or coffee table.

Last week we were getting over a rotten cold and spent far too much time wallowing on the couch, watching The View and dreaming up a change of colour for our living room. With the promise of a churros pitstop at Sugarloaf Patisserie in Kogarah, Mr Lovely unwittingly agreed to accompany us on our homewares quest.

What did we find? A treasure trove of sunny yellow (our favourite – once you get into yellow, it’s hard to stop) and teal blue, the latter of which is going to be a very hot colour for interiors this coming season. Here’s a few snaps of the items we bought to jazz up our beige sofa and warm grey walls.

Owl and tealight holder (both from Domayne)













Trio of birds (from I Like Birds)







Mini yellow alarm clock (from Matt Blatt)




















Vintage Lahco fashion print (from Vintage Venus)












Charcoal check throw (from Laura Ashley)











Retro circus print (from Oz Design)










See lovelies, a few colourful decor pieces can completely change the look of your space. A great way to redecorate on a budget!

Have a lovely night. x

Cocktails on the back verandah?

Hi there lovelies! Well it’s that time of the year again. We’re surprised we’ve made it this far without complaining, actually. One word. Winter.

We’re over it already and are hanging for the first signs of spring. Tell us we’re not alone. What’s got us in this frame of mind this afternoon? We’ve just been snooping on one of our favourite websites Hooked on Houses and found this image of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s back verandah at their Hamptons home. It looks so inviting. Is it OK to be jealous about a porch? We love the mix of weathered timber against fresh white. Can you imagine sitting out there on a warm summer’s night with a cold cocktail or glass of wine, taking in the sunset? Aaah, bliss.

Have a lovely night. x