Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dream Bedroom Inspiration



I have a folder on my desktop named "DREAM HOUSE" where I usually save images of home interiors that fascinate me. Is it just me or do you do the same as well? 

So today I'm sharing some of the beautifully styled bedroom images from my DREAM HOUSE folder with you for some Saturday afternoon inspiration!

Just imagine waking up everyday in these gorgeous rooms! Sigh!


Loving the organic, earthy feel of this bedroom



Soft and comfortable bed linen! Check out that wall!



The bamboo window dressing is what caught my eye along with the gorgeous headboard.



A Smorgasbord of Colours!...And yet they work so seamlessly together!



The copper pendant lamp is just to die for! 



Wrought iron beds are still so on trend!



Wall paper glory!

(All images from Pinterest)

Enjoy!

xox
Rani

P.S. Most of the images are from Pinterest pinned by a number of people. But if you do know the original source, please let me know and I'll happily re-reference them.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RUGS RUGS RUGS - Natural and Eco-friendly

RUGS RUGS RUGS - PRODUCT REVIEW

It's no secret I love a good rug, especially those that are natural and eco-friendly. 
Sisal, Jute and Cotton are some of my favourites. Synthetic Wool - not so much!

The perfect rug can instantly define a space, add appeal without breaking the bank, create interest and make a space flow.


I just love the natural and eco-friendly rugs hand woven by Dainty Red Bird. These Royal DARI rugs are made from refined jute and they are smooth underfoot.


ROYAL DARIs are signature rugs hand woven by Dainty Red Bird. They are patterned after traditional Indian Royal architecture. These motifs can be found engraved on the walls of the Royal Palaces of Indian Royalty. 
How gorgeous is that! A piece of history in your home! No wonder they are called the Royal DARI!
The colours and patterns are just gorgeous: Licorice Black, Azure Sky, Emerald Sea, Crimson Lake, Natural Sand, Pomegranate Passion, Indigo Skye, Paris Dreams, Cloudless Night and so much more. And the prices - low and reasonable. Each rug is made in just limited quantities to keep products fresh and unique for their customers.

Apart from their creative venture, this small home business also supports a charity 'Aspire' based in India that helps provide shelter and medical assistance to underprivileged women mostly victims of domestic abuse. 
A part of every sale is donated to the charity. The business also provides part time employment to the girls living in the shelter. Truly, a small business trying to make a difference! And it's not easy work!


        

         

 All designs come with style tips to make the most of every rug on their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/daintyredbird



Refined Jute Bales in Dainty Red Bird Studio

To top it all, Dainty Red Bird is having a Facebook Pop-Up Sale
 on this Sunday 23rd March at 
4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time & 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM US time (Saturday 22nd March night)

Make sure you are there! Also stop by their Facebook page and give them a Like!

Here are the details again:
Dainty Red Bird on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daintyredbird
Dainty Red Bird on Etsy: www.daintyredbird.etsy.com

xox
Rani


Saturday, March 15, 2014

How To: DIY Concrete Bowl and Indoor Garden


The weather today is Windy, Sunny, Cloudy, Windy….and so on.

So since none of my products were drying, I did a spot of gardening this morning and planted a few succulents in my new DIY concrete bowl to make a gorgeous indoor garden.


Concrete is everywhere you look, homes, bridges, walkways and now homewares and furniture. There is something different yet familiar about concrete. And I love the colour of concrete - not taupe not grey not white…just natural and beautiful!

Supplies you will need to make you own indoor garden:


1. Fast drying natural cement mix (from Bunnings)
2. Paper cup to mix the cement and water
3. 2 Moulds - 1 large, 1 small - I used plastic plant pot holders (from Bunnings)
4. Plastic spoon to scoop out the cement mix
5. Water
6. Patience - a lot of it!

Making time: 20 minutes
Drying time: 4 days : Concrete takes approx 20 - 40 hours to cure.

Mix the cement mix with water in plastic cup till it has cooking cream like consistency. Pour half of it in the larger mould and then sit the smaller mould inside it on top of the concrete mix that you just poured and fill up the sides with the rest of the concrete to make the bowl shape.

Shake and tap to get rid of the air bubbles, fill the smaller bowl with rocks and pebbles to weigh the small mould down and set aside to dry.

After a couple of days,  slip the bowl out of the moulds and let it dry for a day in the sun and sand it lightly with double grit sandpaper to get rid of any loose concrete powder.

Now its time to decorate and enjoy!


Fill your concrete bowl with succulents or pine cones or candles…the choice is yours.


I'm still yet to decide where my new indoor garden will live. I'm leaning towards the coffee table or the guest bath. But that's a story for another day!


You can also make paperweights with concrete. I used a heart shaped soap mould from Wholeport to make my paper weights.


If you decide to DIY with concrete, please share your photos! Would love to see the unique and beautiful things that can be made from humble ol' concrete!


Feel free to Pin!

I'm off to make a serving platter with concrete now! Will share soon!

Enjoy your weekend!

xox
Rani





Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is being spent dreaming up some new designs based on my favourite poets and their written words…

This one is by E.E.Cummings…one of my favourite poems 
I carry your heart with me ~


All will be revealed soon…


Hope you have a day filled with happy surprises, love and giggles! 

xox
Rani




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Facebook Sale TODAY at 4pm


Valentine FB Market - TODAY Tuesday 4th February 2014

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 

Market sale begins at 4pm AEST Tuesday the 4th February 2014- orders are not taken until sale starts. Sale finishes Friday 7th February at 9pm. Once market begins you must write SOLD in the comment box to ensure the sale. *Postage costs - $7.00 standard postage flat rate - Australia & International*. So no matter how many goodies you buy, it's the same cost. 


**ORDER & PAYMENT DETAILS** Email: rudrani.engineer@gmail.com Add into subject line- Valentine FB PLEASE only ONE email per order. If you want multiple items, include it all in the one email. Please include the following: How you would like to pay - either bank transfer or Paypal. If Paypal please email address linked to your PayPal account, Postal address (no PO Boxes), item title and quantity. Items will not be posted until invoices are paid. Payment needs to be received within 48hours of the market or sale will be void. 

Thanks, and Happy Valentines Day!

















Hope to see you there!

xox

Rani

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blog Neglect and a Giveaway!

I  know, I know…I should get the award for BLOG NEGLECT! I'm so sorry but the truth is I have been really busy with my Interior Design course, designing new tags for my Etsy shop and filling orders. But I hoping I can make it up to you with a Pre - Valentine's Day Giveaway and a promise to be more regular on the blog.

So here are the details of the Giveaway:

Valentine’s Day Giveaway 
What you win? An assortment of gift tags as shown in the picture below! These clay tags are not only to tie onto a present - they can also be a gift on their own for someone special.

To enter the giveaway you have to do all 3:
 like our page : www.facebook.com/lamaisonjolie.handmade
 share & like the giveaway post on your page
 comment on post : What has been your best Valentine’s Day gift? (Gifted or Received)

Giveaway closes on 11th Jan. Giveaway open to all! Winner will be announced on 12th jan on www.facebook.com/lamaisonjolie.handmade  
So make sure you check back! 

Good Luck!
xoxo




I promise to be back with new DIY projects completed or started over the holiday period.

Good luck with giveaway!

xoxo
Rani



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS, RECAP & A SNEAK PEEK!!!

 Where do I begin?
…This year has been an eventful one with lots of ups and downs and it means the world to me that I'm ending it on an UP!

Lots of thank you's…

I'm grateful and thankful for a number of wonderful Australian brick and mortar shops stocking our gift tags and ornaments.







We've participated in a number of Christmas Fairs - Thank you Maryanne & Susan!


A huge thank you to all our Etsy customers who have bought gift tags and Christmas ornaments from us…May you have a special Christmas!






Grateful for all those who have Liked us on Facebook!


Thank you to all of you living in faraway countries I will probably never get to visit for featuring La Maison Jolie products on beautiful treasuries and gorgeous blogzines! I'm truly touched!




And a heart felt thank you to all of you who stop by and read my blog! I have made such great friends with some of you…thank you… thank you… thank you!

Now for a quick sneak peek at 2014… there are many more designs that will be revealed…but here's just a teaser.
Lots of new developments happening at the brand front and lots of new DIY projects getting completed at the moment at home! I'll share them soon.

That's all from me for 2013! See you all in the new year!



xox
Rani


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