Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Kitchen Trends for 2019

It's widely known that Kitchens and Bathrooms sell houses and the Kitchen is the heart of the home so if you're currently renovating or thinking about an update to your Kitchen, here are a few trends to keep in mind that you may see over the coming year.

1. Colour Blocks
Image: Homes to Love
A coloured island bench in a Kitchen has been around for a little while now, in particular in Hamptons style designs but you'll start seeing this trend pop up more and more in all styles and designs over the coming year. It's a striking design element that allows you to bring in pops of colour throughout an open plan scheme.

Image: TONKA

Image: Three Birds

2. Texture
Image: Claybrook Tiles

Introducing texture via your splashback is coming back with a vengence but the key is to keep it as subtle as possible. Use the same tone, shape and/or direction of tiling if you want to nail this trend.

Image: Mission Stone Tile

Image: via Pinterest

Image: via Pinterest

3. Mixed Splashbacks

Image: via Pinterest

We've all seen terrible, terrible examples of a mixed tile splashback but when done well, it can add incredible character and interest to an otherwise neutral kitchen. As with the texture trend, avoid going crazy with too many colours, keep the tiling within the same colour family and you can't go wrong!

Image: Claybrook Tiles

Image: Pratt and Larson

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A Look Inside Our Baby's Nursery

We're just days away from meeting our little girl and everything is in readiness for her arrival.

The nursery was a great little project and although we didn't build on a particular theme, the overall look is neutral with pops of colour and hints of animals throughout. We didn't want to go with a solid colour scheme or theme so the end result of our nursery is versatile and can grow as our daughter grows.

Starting with our wall colour, we used Atwill Buff (Taubmans) which is a perfect 'muddy' grey. Using this colour as our base allowed us to incorporate sandy, neutral creams and taupes as well as light greys and whites. It also means we were able to add pops of colour without competing with the wall colour.

Ask any parent (in particular mums) and they will tell you the nursery chair is one of the most important pieces of furniture you will buy and own. From feeding to story time, the chair will provide the comfort needed for relaxing (and maybe even napping) with your bub. I found our nursery chair at a local Op Shop and instantly fell in love. I was looking for a neutral wingback that could work with our lounge room furniture once it's no longer required in the nursery and what I found was a stylish wingback in a stunning dusty blue. Now, I know blue isn't 'neutral' but the beauty of this little gem is that the shade of blue has enough grey in it to tie in seamlessly with our wall colour... and it's bloody comfy too!

To anchor the room together, I've used a jute and blue wool rug from Freedom. It's the perfect blend of neutral and colour and ensures our blue wingback fits in with the overall scheme.

Decorative accents are always my favourite part of any design as it's where you get to let loose and have some fun. I couldn't pass up the absolutely divine baby animal photos from The Crown Prints for the wall above the cot, as soon as I found them I fell in love. My hubby and I picked the animals together and then got them printed at our local Officeworks, it couldn't have been easier and the result is perfect.

The other main decorative item in the room is the mobile above the cot. It's one of the only pink/girly accents in the entire room and is also handmade with love by me, so it will hopefully be appreciated for years to come and can be adapted to a flat wall hanging once our little girl is a bit older. It's another pop of colour within the room, providing a hint of femininity and contrasts perfectly with the neutral backdrop.

It's such an exciting time and now that the nursery is ready to rock 'n' roll, we're patiently waiting for the day we get to meet our little girl.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

5 of the Best - Children's Storage Ideas

Children accumulate a lot of 'stuff' very quickly and it can be daunting trying to find homes for everything they own. From the nursery to a teenage retreat, storage is essential in all forms and sizes.

I'm currently setting up a nursery for my little one and I've discovered that you can never have too many drawers, shelves, boxes, baskets or hampers. It's absolutely incredible how much 'stuff' a bubba needs!

With that in mind, I've searched (and searched) and found 5 clever storage items you can use in your bub's nursery, room or basically any room in the house!

1. Book Storage - Display beautiful children's books in style

FLISAT Wall Storage - IKEA $19.99

2. Portable Storage - Can be used as a bookshelf or even a drinks trolley for the big kids!

Jeeves Trolley - MYND Interiors & Lifestyle $169.95

3. A Playmat AND Storage Bag - The perfect solution for small toys

Emerald City Green Play Pouch - Play Pouch Australia $59.00

4. Toys on Wheels - Take anywhere in the house!

FLISAT Toy Storage with Wheels - IKEA $49.00

5. Hamper Storage - With a bit of bling

Collapsible Hamper with Gold Spots - Kmart $10.00

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

New Addition...

I've been a little quiet lately, with good reason. My husband and I are expecting our first child and to say we're 'excited' is very much an understatement.

Together, we've been busy planning a nursery for our little one with a predominantly neutral palette. The reason for a neutral palette is mainly because we didn't want an overload of blue or pink items and I suspect once the gender is known, items with a particular colour will start flooding in regardless. So for now, neutral it is!

There is a wonderful range of neutral items on the market right now for your little one. If you're planning a nursery or you simply want to add something new to your child's bedroom, take a look at these items:

Giraffe Bank - Pottery Barn

Vintage Canopy White - Adairs Kids

Round Jute Rug - Kmart

Nursery Clothes Rack - Kmart

Felt Storage House - Kmart

Baby Rabbit Print - The Crown Prints

A Frame Play Tent - Kmart

Knit Animal Cot Mobile - Pottery Barn Kids

Storage Bag Green With Envy (Large) - Lark Store

Monday, 14 August 2017

New Arrivals - Kmart

We all love a bargain from Kmart and with the new arrivals instore now, you're bound to find something for your decorative home.

Whether it's a functional piece or purely decorative, here's my top picks of what's new at Kmart right now:


Rectangular Mango Wood and Iron Board - $15

16 Piece Rose Gold Look Cutlery Set - $19

Living Room

Harley Cushion, Tan - $8

Wall Hook - $2

Blue Ribbed Vase - $5

Lucia Rattan Chair - $49


Jasmine Velvet Round Cushion Pink - $8

Quentin Table Lamp - $15

225 Thread Count Vintage Wash Sheet Set - Double Bed, Pink - $34

General (Anywhere!)

Vertical Hanging Planter - $10

Happy shopping!