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A custom canvas for the nursery

When my first daughter Amelie was about 6 months old, I wanted to give her something that was handmade and didn’t come off a production line in a faraway factory, something that would outlast all the plastic toys that were already falling apart, something…

April 4, 2016

Installing an IKEA METOD system into the laundry

When I last posted, our laundry renovation was looking like this: I’ve had a few people ask me about the cabinetry, so bear with me while I backtrack a little. During one of our regular strolls through IKEA (What? Your family doesn’t do this?),…

February 22, 2016
IKEA METOD laundry DIY project

Renovating the laundry & adding a second toilet

This summer, our family started playing a new sport: synchronised weeing. I think it was the extra water/ice-blocks/iced teas we were consuming to keep cool because whenever the bathroom was occupied, there was usually someone waiting outside with their legs crossed in comical semi-agony.…

February 15, 2016
Creating a landing strip in the entryway

Setting up a ‘landing strip’ in the entryway

Remember how I harped on about intentional shopping in my last post? Well, the other day I went to IKEA with the express intention of buying my dad a Rio de Janeiro print for his birthday, when I sort-of-accidentally wandered into Adairs next door…

February 8, 2016

My new year’s ‘revolution’: live more fully with less

There’s a decluttering revolution gaining momentum in Western society, and I’ve jumped on board. This Christmas our home reached capacity – there are now more material possessions in our house than there is room to store them (even the garage is full). I’m a…

January 12, 2016
Upcycled animal glass jars
Create Organise

Putting a lid on clutter

I’m addicted to spray paint. There, I’ve said it. Wow. I feel so much lighter already. Now, before you judge me, I should add that I’m not addicted to spray paint in the sniffing sense, rather, in the name of art (said in a posh accent).…

December 7, 2015

The best plants to clean indoor air

Growing up, I noticed my mother had a natural affinity with plants. She had about fifty of them, spilling from the house into the garden in mismatched pots. On weekends she’d tend to them lovingly, talking and singing to them, softly and often out…

October 30, 2015
Pom-pom garland and pom-pom decoration on presents

DIY pom-poms using a fork

The other day I bought a pom-pom maker, thinking it would be a fun and easy craft to do with the girls. Ha! I couldn’t work out how to use the darn thing and, even after watching a YouTube tutorial, my pom-pom ended up…

October 8, 2015
Kmart hack girls' bedroom shadow box pink displaying trinkets

A ‘Berry’ tiring trip

This is my family on the way home from our trip to Berry. We’re all exhausted from the sheer excitement of visiting Tracy’s family in their new home for the first time. Thankfully, James is still awake as he is the designated driver! A…

September 19, 2015
Master bedroom bedhead with cushions and side table with copper lamp

A spring-inspired bedroom refresh

I don’t know what it is about the beginning of spring that makes me want to chuck everything out. Maybe it’s the onset of the warmer weather and the need for less… less clothes to wear, less food to eat, less stuff to put away.…

September 1, 2015