Feature Friday: The Painted Hive

My word, at the beautiful home décor bloggers out there these days! Just when I think I must have seen all the beautiful blogs there are, another one comes into my radar and I’m blown away once again with the creativity.  Kristine, from The Painted Hive is a blogger from near Melbourne, Australia and her style is just amazing, along with her photography.  I know I say it a lot, but you’re in for another treat.

Settle in for this one.


Kristine has a casual, but elegant sort of coastal feel to her spaces. I just love what she’s done.


She’s got lots of tutorials on painting things, like this pretty coffee table.


Her pics are amazing, with detailed vignette shots like this. Just beautiful!


The dining room, with white chairs and a rustic wood table, is a wonderful mix of textures.


Draws you right in the picture, doesn’t it?


Kristine’s cute pooch has to be part of the shots and this green painted chair is the star, another DIY project.

Entryway Makeover After

Welcoming and so eclectic.


Check out that master bedroom headboard, a map of Paris.  I love the innovation of it.


File card cabinet with those pretty glass vases of greenery are so magazine worthy.


She painted this garden stool too.  I love a fellow DIYer!

Nursery Walls (617x800)

Her nursery is equal parts sweet and sophisticated.

Nursery Drawers (529x800)

Lovely chest and mirror.

Nurse Chair (586x800)

With a  comfy rocking chair to go along with it.


She even made this beautiful lamp out of a $6 old music stand. Genius!!

I just totally love Kristine’s style and how she puts things together.  She has a wonderful eye for detail and her pics are amazing.  Learning to take great pics of your space is part of blogging and Kristine has definitely nailed that one. And she just had a beautiful bouncing baby boy. Congrats, Kristine!  I hope you’ll all go over and say hello to Kristine at The Painted Hive and take a look at her eye candy of a blog.

- Rhoda


  1. Oh my gosh Rhoda! You are right! Every photo is magazine worthy.Thanks for introducing Kristine to us, and I can’t wait to hop on over to her blog to see more!

  2. Beautiful home. Great photography. The light is amazing!

  3. Wow, what a space. I really like her style. Thank you for featuring!!!

  4. Becky in 'Bama says

    LOL Rhoda… beautiful photos of someone with elegant style, but just having returned from a visit with my five grandchildren…all those lovely pieces close to the floor (eye level for a 2 year old) would be soon gone and/or destroyed! I’d love to see some ‘child proof’ decorating pics sometime. Love your blog.

    • Hi Becky
      Thanks for complimenting my style 🙂
      I actually have an almost two year old (and a newborn) and whilst it is true that some of the low-lying décor accents (such as flowers and vintage books) have been used purely for photographic styling purposes, my toddler has grown up with reachable, safe accessories scattered throughout the house so now they are pretty much invisible to her! Almost all of my furniture and décor is inexpensive though so nothing is too precious to play with 🙂

  5. What a lovely featured home! Thanks so much for sharing! Her style is gorgeous!

  6. I love her home… so tasteful!!

  7. Lovely! If this young woman isn’t a photo stylist or interior designer, she certainly has all the credentials! Well edited…she knows when enough is enough!

  8. Great style. Love the fan.

  9. Thanks for Highlighting The Painted Hive… this was the very first blog I ever started following! Did you see her tutorial for kitchen canisters? It’s creative, beautiful and I want those in my pantry!

  10. Thanks soooo much for featuring my home Rhoda 🙂

  11. I can see why you would tell everyone about The Painted Hive she has wonderful ideas and style.

  12. I love all her vignettes- and the fresh greenery adds such life! Thanks for sharing this home.

  13. So stylish and serene, can’t believe that’s a home with two liitle ones! Did you notice some touches of this year’s “color” in one or two of the photos? Will have to stop by this blog soon, SH has sent me to so many great decorating sites.

  14. I love this home!! I am adding this to my list to visit, gorgous photograpy and great styling, yet a liveable home.
    Thanks for sharing! Mary

  15. It is a lovely home. She has a knack of combining rustic elements into the interiors.

  16. Beautiful is right! How serene Kristine’s home feels. I am in love with her style. Thanks for sharing dear Rhoda. Blessings,

  17. Laura @ the shorehouse says

    Love Kristine’s style! And styling. She’s really organized everything in such a pleasing way, but it’s also not too precious or overdone. I could move right in! 🙂

  18. I am SOOOO behind in my google reader!! But YES, Kristine’s home is gorgeouso! I’ve been following her for a few years (ok about a year and a half!) Thanks for showcasing her Rhoda! It’s a treat to see her home tour. Hope you are doing well and enjoying the start of summer!! yea!

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