My bedroom mini makeover

Technically summer is over and although it doesn’t quite feel autumnal here in Sydney yet it’s bound to fairly soon. With the change of season in mind I’ve given my bedroom a warm mini makeover with Freedom’s new autumn/winter collection.

I often like to change the colours and arrangement of my bedroom but it’s always based around white bedlinen. I know that it might not sound very wintery, but I love to sleep in white bedlinen all year round and it makes the perfect starting point to easily update the look and feel of the room. The Scandinavians lead the trend so well with their fresh white on white interiors.

My idea for the cooler months was to revamp things with luscious warm textures and a minimal soft colour palette.

Freedom bedroom makeover via the red thread

Freedom textures via the red thread

Freedom winter collection via the red thread

It all started with the stunning copper Metro Table Lamp and the copper topped The Professor side table that I couldn’t possibly live without! I adore dirty pink (I already owned the linen pillowcases), and it goes perfectly with copper and a dash of soft grey. To achieve a cozy and interesting feel I layered textures: crumpled linen, lush velvet, chunky wool, and metallic copper.

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INTERIORS TRENDS :: moody hues, layered texture and eclectic lights

Summer is drawing to a close here in Australia – the days are slowly getting shorter and the nights are just a bit cooler. You can feel the autumn coming and that means it’s time to start thinking about cozying things up at home. The current interiors trends of moody hues and layered textures are the perfect way to do just that. Add a few extra touches with on trend eclectic lighting and you’ll be all set to settle into your own comfy cocoon when those cold wintery days inevitably show up.

I’ve chosen some of my favourite photos from Freedom‘s new Autumn/Winter collection (available in store and online from February 25th) that speak perfectly to the coming season and the current trends. Here’s a sneaky peek and lots of inspiration!

This image is a lovely example of the layering of finishes and textures: the lush rich leather of the chair, the pile of the rug and the beautiful copper and exposed bulb of the lamp. That lamp! Did you gasp too? The elements and colour palette are simple and striking, and at the same time warm and harmonious.

Freedom Camille Chair via the red thread


Incorporate moody blues – from indigo, navy and teal to sky – into your home with cushions, throws and vases. Layer the colours and textures with chunky knits, loose weaves and smooth ceramics. Be brave and paint a wall in deep indigo, charcoal or dark teal, add some plants and natural timber and fibers. Then if you’re after some whimsy this amazing wooden cactus and ceramic head are the bomb.

autumn winter homewares via the red thread autumn winter textures via the red thread


It’s all about how the textures and finishes are so different but the layering and juxtaposition makes the individual pieces work beautifully together.

Brooklyn sofa via the red thread autumn winter rugs via the red thread


Eclectic and retro inspired lamps and light fixtures are the finishing touch. The icing on the cake. I love the two copper lamps in the previous photos, and the Scandi vibe of these new pendants never goes out of style.

Freedom pendant lights via the red thread


Do you have any plans on how you’re going to get your home ready for the cooler weather? I enjoy doing a spot of redecorating as the seasons change – whether it’s investing in furniture that I need or adding homewares to change the mood and feel. I’m going to the media launch of Freedom‘s full Autumn/Winter collection next week and based on what I’ve seen so far I can’t wait. The new collection will be in store and online next week.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Freedom. I only partner with brands that are a good fit with my blog, my aesthetic and what you, my readers, enjoy. All images are from Freedom, all words and opinions are my own.



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SCOUT magazine giveaway

If you need another incentive to buy SCOUT magazine – apart from the 146 pages of ad-free goodness, new contemporary craft tutorials (ranging from simple to a bit more complicated), printables, a section on wrapping with fabric, wonderful gift lists and wishlists from eight stylists, creatives and bloggers, and a food section featuring 19 delicious recipes – then this is for you. Anyone who purchases a copy of SCOUT before Christmas day 2013 will automatically be in the running to win all these lovely things.

EDIT: The giveaway is now closed. All these lovely things were won by Robyn Carr of Geelong. Congrats Robyn!


One lucky reader will win everything and I’m happy post internationally. The winner will be drawn at random, notified by email and announced here on the blog.

You can get your copy of SCOUT digital magazine here, and see my previous posts about SCOUT here, here, here, and here.


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It’s here… my digital magazine: SCOUT, has launched!

Sound the trumpets! Pass me a cup of tea or a stiff drink – either is fine… SCOUT is now available. If you like the red thread blog you’re going to love SCOUT magazine – it’s all this and a whole lot more. I’m so happy with the tutorials and they range from fairly simple (indigo dyed wooden beads) to a bit more challenging (a patchwork pillow, a Himmeli wreath and a hanging macrame herb garden). And more! There are also some really lovely recipes in the magazine, including ones that are perfect to make for gifts, and I made printable labels and tags for them too.

It’s 146 pages of great content – no ads. There are great wishlists and gift lists from some amazing stylists, creatives and bloggers. Also, if you purchase SCOUT magazine before Christmas Eve you’ll automatically go in the draw for a great giveaway – one person will win all 13 goodies.

SCOUT digital magazine by Lisa Tilse


I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a sneaky peek of some of the pages. I’ll share some more during the week.

SCOUT magazine by Lisa Tilse


*Update on the kid’s car pillow sewing pattern. My apologies, it didn’t make it into the magazine, so I’ll have the tutorial here on the blog early in the new year.

I really have loved all the hard work it’s taken to put it together. My apartment is trashed though. I’ve been crafting and making and photographing in every corner and space I can find for what seems like forever.

Purchase your copy of SCOUT right here, right now. Yay!

xo Lisa


See my previous posts about SCOUT magazine, and here.

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SCOUT digital magazine is nearly ready to launch!

I’m so close to having SCOUT ready. So very close. It’s been a huge task, but I’ve loved it and I can’t wait to share the tutorials, printables, and inspirational finds with you. There are wish lists and gift lists from some of my favourite creatives and bloggers, and recipes from some amazing food bloggers. And a giveaway too.

One of the most difficult parts of the whole magazine was choosing a cover image, but I’m so happy with it so I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek.

SCOUT magazine cover by Lisa Tilse - the red thread

Stay tuned – I’m almost ready to launch. The amount of content that’s specifically related to the festive season is minimal and the tutorials and recipes are perfect for this or any time of the year, so I’ve wanted to be totally happy with SCOUT instead of rushing to get it finished by a particular date.


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