17 July 2015

Feature Friday: The home of Hayley from Mum Little Loves

Once a modern and minimally decorated home, this masterpiece nestled into the Gold Coast Broadwater has been transformed into a warm and inviting family home filled with treasured decor, style and ambience.

This Hampton's styled home has been designed, renovated and styled by a husband and wife duo who have renovated several properties together before. 
I am so thrilled to be sharing with you the home of Hayley Little from Mum Little Loves and all of the amazing before and after photos with you today.

   AFTER The exterior of the home and the new pitched roof line 

Looking at the home, the first thing you notice is the dramatically different exterior - this is where the transformation starts. It is the biggest change structurally to the home, a new roof that has been changed from curved to pitched.

BEFORE Modern and bold with a curved roof line

The existing floorplan was tweaked to add a few more rooms including a media room and another bedroom. From there, the house was refreshed, with new paint, carpet, white cedar window shutters, renovated bathrooms and kitchens and enclosing the balcony with glass louvres.  The layout of the kitchen was kept the same, with the addition of more benchspace, a tiled splashback, pendant lights and new handles on the cabinetry. 

BEFORE (above) and  AFTER (below) Removing the splashback and adding tiles, new cabinetry handles, adding pendant lights and extending the bench space. 

BEFORE (above) and  AFTER (below) New white cedar shutters installed, freshly painted walls and gorgeous styling!

Are you falling in love with Hayley's style too? 
I love the white and blue throughout the living space and the cluster of wall art. Hayley loves the personality that a cluster of objects brings, rather than having a blank wall. I tend to agree!

I thought it would be nice to hear from the lovely Hayley herself and to learn about this amazing transformation and the place she calls home that Hayley was so kind to share with us today!

Hayley, it’s so lovely to have you here with us – tell us a bit about yourself, as well as your blog and life!
I'm a Mum to 3 beautiful children, 2 girls aged 12 and 14 and a little boy aged 3. I am a wife to a builder who shares my love of renovating houses. I've always been a keen interior decorating enthusiast, lover of shopping and supporter of small businesses.  Late last year out of complete selfishness I started a hashtag on Instagram to help myself and others find unique Christmas gifts from small businesses. It was quite popular, but after Christmas passed I stopped it. I wasn't quite prepared for the influx of request from my followers and small businesses to keep it going, and so I started #mumlittleloves on Instagram. I wanted to share more about these little businesses and that's when I started my blog. My blog is only young but it's evolving to be a collection of my favourite small businesses, shopping finds, decorating tips I've picked up and what's going on in my own home. 

I have been following your blog and social media and love seeing your home and gorgeous style. What do you love most about your home?
I love all the little details we added to give it some character. Like the VJ board we added to all the ceilings downstairs, and the painted cedar shutters throughout.

What does the word home mean to you?
Home is where my family is. I know that is so clich├ęd, but really, even if I was living in the most spectacular mansion in the world, it wouldn't be 'home' without my family. The 'pitter thump' as we call it, of little feet running around, the constant smell of beauty products from my teen daughters, the work boots and socks left at the front door by hubby, these are the things that make my house a home. I wouldn't have it any other way.

How long did the renovation take on your home?
We moved into our home in October 2011, but we didn't get started straight away. We did little weekend jobs where we could until we had all the plans and everything ready to go. We only finished completely about Christmas 2013. Probably about a year all together. 

Do you have any tips for those wanting to tackling a renovation?
I really recommend living in your home before starting a renovation, a lot of people buy a new home and renovate it before moving in. I prefer to move in and watch the way we use the house, the way we move around, the spots we socialise. Really find out where we need more storage, or if any colours or surfaces are hard to live with. I feel you will get a renovation that works better for your family if you take the time to understand the space. Also, never underestimate the weather, it can really blow out your time and budgets!

Describe your style?
I struggle with this, I don't think I stick to one style. I really appreciate lots of styles from Bohemian to Hollywood Regency to Hamptons and more. I guess I would say casual, coastal and always changing. I just buy what I like and make it work.

Your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere, magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, shop displays, there are so many places to draw inspiration. The colour palette for this home originally came from the water, we are a boating family, we are all happy when we are out on the water, so it felt right to keep those calming colours running through our home. But I am easily swayed to change an entire room just by a beautiful cushion or piece of art. 

Favourite Room?
My front entry, I adore my panelled staircase and had to fight with to get it. And I love my wallpaper and bone inlay chest, the clash of patterns is just so fun. 

Biggest indulgence?
The biggest indulgence would be the custom joinery, especially in the family room where I had an electric fireplace, TV and shelving built in. It is exy but so worth it. The only downside is you can’t take it with you when you leave. 

What do friends say when they visit your home?
Most people comment on the high ceilings (they are 3m high), and then they see the views and 9 out of 10 people walk straight past me to the glass doors and stare at the water. I don't blame them, it's a beautiful spot.

Favourite places to shop for home decor and furniture?
OH GOSH! There are so many! I am a huge fan of Frankie Jean's cushions and Loha Home's art. I haven't needed to buy much furniture lately, but as we are about to undertake a new project I can't wait to find some great furniture pieces, I have been drooling over the range at Xavier furniture. I also love finding hidden gems on Gumtree and eBay. 

BEFORE (above) and  AFTER (below) The statement entryway that Hayley had to fight for - gorgeous panelled stairs and the bold statement wallpaper on entry.

So what's next?
While Hayley loves her home, she has just taken on a new project of a renovation of what can only be described as 'apricot central' (see picture below). You can read all about the exciting more and Hayley's plans here and here.
I cannot wait to see Hayley's new project as she shares a home that she has big plans for - on he blog she will be sharing her design ideas, the wallpapers and fabrics as well as shopping for furniture. I know I cannot wait to see it unfold!


What do you love most? For me its the gorgeous dining table and master suite. The bedroom is beyond gorgeous!
I'd love to know what you think, feel free to leave a comment below.

You can find Hayley over on her blog Mum Little Loves where she shares her life, home and shopping loves. 
Be sure to stop by and say hi!
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Note - all photos were sourced from Hayley's blog and social media with her permission. 

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  1. Oh, I just love a before and after.
    Custom joinery, would be my indulgence too, so worth it, so everything just flows seamlessly.
    I'm a fan of the cushions and blue wallpapered wall in the bedroom.
    What a gorgeous view!
    Have a great weekend lovely x

    1. I have never been brave enough to consider wallpaper, but after this I am. You just need a ;arge open space I think so you don't feel boxed in by it - gorgeous isn't it! Hope I am giving you some inspiration for your new build :P x

  2. Oh. My. God - that's amazing!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous, I don't know how they could move!

  4. What a beautiful home they have created, it all just works so well together.

  5. Oh it's amazing! I used to live near there and being right on the water is an amaxing feeling. Lovely home! Bec www.dancingthroughsunday.com.au

  6. I love Hayley's taste. Just gorgeous. So envious of all that space! The bedrooms look huge! The White shutters just make that lounge room area! What a difference! Xx

  7. Wow! So Hayley's collection of crosses puts mine to shame. I excessively checked them all out. I love her style and have followed her everywhere because I can't wait to see more. I am currently pondering custom joinery in out lounge so am looking for ideas. Oh and of course a good builder!

    1. They crosses are sensational aren't they?! I want to do the same but with anchors, I am anchor obsessed! Did you see her latest blog post with her new project? It is looking fab she has a seriously great eye for details and furnishings!! x

  8. Lovely transformation, love following Haleys work she is a natural. The location is stunning and Haley has made complete use of it by creating a beautiful family home.

    1. It is beautiful isn't it! A dreamy location and an amazing transformation! x


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