I am ALL about creating a welcoming home that feels like a holiday and for me that starts with the dining area.
This summer season will see us entertain our family and friends more than ever, there has never been a better time to get your home ready for the festive season with everything you will possibly need from Supa Centa Moore Park!
Starting with a beautiful timeless dining table made from rustic timber, adding warmth and character, matched with rattan dining chairs to bring personality into the space. By incorporating feature lighting, like this stunning bamboo pendant light from Oz Design, it casts a beautiful pattern across the dining room and makes it a space that you won’t want to leave.
Add a matching buffet for extra storage and use it to display your favourite pieces or sound system like this amazing Sonos sound bar from The Good Guys! When it comes to styling your buffet it’s important to play around with different heights and shapes to balance out the dining space and create interest. My tip is to make sure you have space between each item so it doesn’t look cluttered.
Floor rugs really define the space, so if you can add one that’s larger than your dining table, it will ground it and make the room feel cosy! Not just for the cooler seasons, I’ve chosen one made from jute from Coppola Home so it’s easy to clean and works in with the warmer weather too.
The entire dining room is a blend of natural materials and textures such as rattan, jute, rustic timber and antique brass, which creates that holiday look and feel.
My tip for bringing this space to life is to add plants in various heights and shapes. You can find some incredibly realistic ones which you know will last forever at a variety of stores throughout Supa Centa Moore Park.
Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more tips on how to take your house guests to Morocco and how to make your house feel like a holiday over the Summer period!
So I can see that everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit early and FAR OUT, I actually don’t blame anyone – WHAT A FREAKING YEAR AND IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!
Christmas is always my favourite time of the year, it’s when the magic happens in the home, the sparkles come out, the fairy lights make the loungeroom feel like a wonderland and having Christmas decorations in the home, just makes us feel so much happier right?
The most frequently asked question is, where do I get my decorations from? I made the most incredible Christmas tree set up with the $50 kmart tree. Check it out by clicking HERE!
The secret to getting the tree looking full and pretty is to spraypaint branches gold and white!!!
Yep you got it! Head on over to bunnings, pick up the Dulux or rustoleum spraypaint and raid the bush for dead branches and leaves to spray. Then you can cable tie them to the tree, right at the centre, so you don’t see the cable ties (make sure to trim them)
Wanna know what I am doing this year?
I am spraypainting dried palms which you can literally find by looking up and seeing all of those dead palms on the trees!!! I am always driving past a palm tree with a pair of hardcore snips and cutting them down and shoving them in my mini! HAHA!
The kids get so embarassed, but it’s worth it!!
Then I trim them into a sword shape and spray them pink, white, gold or even orange!!!
Here’s what I will be creating in the next 2 weeks…
So many earthy tones and I am thinking of making decorations with Terracotta paint, stone paint and air dried clay like this…
Let’s see how I go! I know that there will be earthy tones! It really has been the year for natural stones, earthy warm colours and organic shapes, so Christmas 2020 will be ALL about that in my home! And that touch of luxe with gold accents – this is what takes it to the next level baby!
If you are setting up your tree, I would LOVE to see pics, so be sure to tag me @crystalbaileyandco so I can see them!!!
Let me tell you a story about a stay at home mum living in Tamworth with a dream bigger than most, but had NO IDEA how to make it happen….
I am the kinda girl that always saw the bigger picture, but often had challenges putting it into actionable steps, so I procrastinated for months, until I was like ‘screw it Crystal, just start and take one step forward’ So then I would and I’d get stuck again. Like what the heck do you do next after the first step??? No one was there to hold my hand on this journey, except one lady all through a book.
Lisa Messenger impacted my life way back in the days of living in a small country town, trying to be an entrepreneur and far out a decade ago without social media or basically no digital technology – it was hard!!!
I was working at every clothing store imaginable, playing shows in the music industry in a band with my family, but I never really felt that this was my purpose. I was living on $500 a week, not really knowing how make a living doing what I loved. I had these dreams, but no action plan, no clue, no really help to guide me and no idea if it was even my purpose!
My Purpose is… What on earth does that even mean? It’s like a question that some will never be able to answer in their lives, which is sad I know. But we aren’y born with a roadmap to life or a stamp on our head saying what our purpose is or how to navigate the entrepreneurial journey are we?
We are all born with a purpose, we are ALL put on this earth to use our gifts in exchange for currency, so we can have the life we desire. As simple as that sounds, OMG it’s so not!!!
So back to Lisa Messenger. Her books inspired me so much, they helped to start the questions rolling around in my mind about what is my actual purpose? Do you know yours?
She has a wealth of knowledge and there’s that old saying ‘don’t take advice form people who aren’t where you want to be or haven’t gone before you and succeeded’ – well it’s something like that! But Lisa is that woman who has gone before us and succeeded, learned the lessons and shared it along the way to help us avoid them or navigate the OH SHIT WHAT HAVE I DONE moments!
I read her books, went to her events and followed along like a mad woman, until one day when she came into my shop that really she also inspired me to build, called Design Twins. She walked in while I was actually building another one in Los Angeles (yeh I was that batshit crazy inspired) and Lisa instagrammed my shop!
I freaked out and casually called the girls in Sydney, where she was at the time and said to wrap up that artwork she just instagrammed and give it to her! So they did and OMG she so wasn’t expecting it and I wasn’t expecting anything more from her either. It was a thankyou for inspiring my dreams and helping me navigate my entrepreneurial journey – which can get so lonely and scary at times. She is the virtual best friend for entrepreneurs that you’ve never had! 😉
So anyway that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
We have worked on 9 projects in the last two years from renovating The Collective Retreat, through to painting her bathroom white with undies as face masks, covered in tile paint – having absolutely no bloody idea what we were doing and sharing the journey anyway! It’s always been FUN whatever we have done and it’s been a beautiful exchange without mention of a friendship. It’s not often we hang out, but it’s quality and today is an exact representation of that!!!
I can talk with marbles in my mouth underwater, so you can imagine how long my blogs may be. Nah I will try keep it short, although I am feeling very Carrie Bradshaw right now 😉
I AM SO EXCITED TO BE PARTNERING WITH YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND FOR ENTREPRENEURS LISA MESSENGER!!!
Heck yes I am, because her books are exactly what you need to build your business and guide you along the journey.
They are exactly what you need to learn about finances, life, friendship, mindset and rather than go here and there for advice – you only need ONE BBFL to learn from, just like I have and Lisa is your girl!!!
So this is THE BEST PART… WHO WANTS A DISCOUNT?
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Anyway, I would LOVE to see you create your dream life and Lisa has written a book ALL about this, you literally have everything you need to smash this entrepreneurial journey out in one location now with the queen of it!!!
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Happy Shopping, w/rapping and learning from the best in the biz!!!
My name is Crystal bailey and I’m starting this blog as an extension of my life, sharing people, stories, products and spaces that inspire me!
I thought I would share a little bit about me first, so here we go!
I started my creative journey when I was 15, spending a decade in the music industry, touring the country with my family. After deciding that it was time to pursue my own journey, I set off to be an Interior Designer, which was what I had always been passionate about..
Enrolling into an Advanced Diploma course in the Sydney CBD, I had originally planned to study for 2 years, but we all know life doesn’t always go to plan and I fell pregnant within the first few weeks of enrolling, so instead, I graduated 8 months year later with a one week old baby!
I then found it a little challenging to get a part time job in the Design Industry, so I moved back to my hometown of Tamworth for family support and then realised that I was far too ambitious for the country.
So off I went back to Sydney and started a little hobby in my kitchen sink called Design Twins! Over 5 years, we grew our hobby into a retail and wholesale company with 3 retail stores, 20 staff and a big online prescence!
When I separated from my husband in 2018 (who was also my business partner), I left knowing that it was time to create my own brand and share my own story to inspire others that they can do the same. It wasn’t the end for me – it really was only the beginning. I wish I knew that back then… but I am grateful for the lessons! It’s all about perspective and time can give you that.
In 2019, I stepped into my Interior Styling and Design dream and designed and styled the most beautiful Luxury Beach houses and Mediterranean spaces around Australia such as The Mez Club in Byron bay and my first big Interior design client was Lorna Jane – ahhh yep it’s true!
I’ve been speaking at events and sharing my journey, to inspire women to step into their purpose and believe in themselves.
I have also been able to design a life that I really LOVE, where I’ve been able to travel the world, set up several businesses online and work for myself.
I believe that everyone can have a life that they truly love, but it all starts with believing in yourself.
SELF LOVE + SELF CONFIDENCE + SELF AWARENESS.
It all starts with YOU!
I am excited to have this as the beginning of a beautiful adventure to inspire you to create your dream life!