For $40, I got myself a large glass outdoor table and an umbrella with stand. $40! Thanks to a colleague who is doing a little spring cleaning. He even delivered them for me. You’re a champ, Dave!
Outdoor Table & Umbrella

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Repairing Cat Scratched Sofa

When we bought our sofa, we were newly married and had no pets. We didn’t think that we were going to have cats soon and that they would just loooveee our new textured fabric sofa. We tried training our darling cats to stop using it as their oversized scratching posts. We bought them several scratching posts, made scratching pads out of old carpets, yelling, clapping loudly, squirted them with lemony water, sprayed the lounge with vinegar, covered the edges with aluminium foil etc. You get the picture. Nothing really worked if we weren’t on guard.

Before - Cat Scratched Sofa
Before - Cat Scratched Sofa
After a while it got very tiring. As I lay in bed falling asleep at night, I could hear them waking up and digging their claws into my once beautiful sofa. It got so embarassing I had to trim the loose threads on it before company came over!

Before - Cat Scratched Sofa
When I had my colleagues over for Eid, Rosemary shared with me how she fixed up her own cat scratched sofa. She told me about covering the edges with vinyl and tacking them into the timber frame. So simple! I went to Spotlight and bought half a metre of black vinyl. Then to Bunnings and bought 2 packets of black upholstery tacks. Total cost is less than $20. I took about an hour to cut the pieces and to tack them into place.

After - Repaired Sofa
And I am absolutely over the moon with the results! The vinyl pieces don’t look that out of place and the sofa looks almost new. The cats don’t like the vinyl and have left the sofa alone. They are using their scatching post again. SUCCESS!

After - Repaired Sofa
After - Repaired Sofa

Now I just have to figure out how to stop Ifa from scatching the bedroom door and meowing her heart out when she demands breakfast at 5.30am!


Sit… Buzz… Sit…

Richard’s dad gave me a chair which was just screaming for a makeover. I wanted another seat in our living room but I wanted it to be different.
Boring Colonial Chair
So after a bit of thinking and a few ideas discussed with the hubby, I came up with this unusual chair which is understated yet very quirky! Perfect! I used leftover sample paints and cut-out pictures from an old, rescued library book on insects. And Richard’s dad provided the varnish. Didn’t spend a cent!
Buzz Chair Insect Chair Buzz Chair Salihan's Wall
The Buzz chair has now gone on “Salihan’s Wall” in the living room – a wall with only my creations on it. Above the new addition I have two stenciled artwork, one of which I turned into a clock when we moved into this new place. Subtle, discreet and effective.

I’ve got 2 more chairs identical to this one that will need restoration and they are destined for the front patio. Thinking caps on!


Great Wave Off Kanagawa

This is Richard’s all-time favourite artwork. So I thought it would be a fitting gift for his 30th birthday. And when I asked Richard’s dad to make a special frame for it, he created this masterpiece to match our tv cabinet. I’m blown away by his skills.
Balinese TV Cabinet Great Wave Off Kanagawa

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Dining In

Finally after 2 years of using temporary dining suites, we finally bought a dining suite that we both love for its simple design and good quality timber. I love being surrounded by beautiful things. It makes coming home everyday even more wonderful.
Dining Table

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