My top 5 organisers for 2012

It's that time of year when we start thinking about a diary for next year and I know I'm not going to be alone when I declare that next year is going to be my year of being organised. Not just any kind of organised but super-organised. We have to be don't we? For me, balancing NooshLoves, Noosh, my job at Home Beautiful, freelance design clients I look after from my home studio, two rug rats and everything else is a major challenge. As we draw near to a diaryless 2011 I'm starting to feel a bit like I'm being swallowed by my mental list of things to do. A great organiser for next year is definitely required so I've been researching, and, as always, I'm sharing my newfound knowledge. Most of these are designed for us heroic type mums who have way too much to do. So here we go...

Amazing! It has month tabs, lots of colour, customisable covers, clear plastic pockets... the only thing it doesn't do is lodge your tax return. The video has sold me - this ones on the shortlist for sure.

It even has it's own video on You Tube (below)!

2. Delfonics Etoffe - $59
This one had me at yellow waxed canvas cover but it was the zippered front cover pouch that tipped me over the edge. The waxy finish on the cover should be good protection from messy fingers and that pouch would be great for receipts. Delfonics is the premium Japanese stationery brand and we all know that means an outstanding level in quality and functional design. Another one for my shortlist - it's available from here

3. The Masterplan - $39.95
This one has been designed by a group of Australian mums who know first-hand what a woman needs in a great organiser. It's currently listed as sold out at NoteMaker which may be indicative of its usefulness, but will be back in stock again soon. Love the Fuschia cover.. Get it here.

This one isn't the sexiest of the bunch but it sure looks like a practical little number. I like the button tab to keep it all safely closed and tidy when it's kicking around in the bottom of the bag. Again, it's an Aussie brand so there's another big tick there.

OTi is an acronym for On To it! This was one of the last ones I found and it's on my shortlist too. It's attractive enough to bear looking at for a year - but it's what's inside that got me. This thing has everything - a weekly exercise planner, a weekly menu planner, a party planner, refillable sticky notes, weekly to do lists, people to call lists, a removable contacts list, pockets for loose papers, a wipeable cover, it's own pen (that i'll probably lose by mid january but it's a nice idea), a favourite websites section and event planner! Hmmm. Oh, and it's another Aussie brand and eco friendly printed on chemical free paper from sustainable forests. This diary has everything but the halo it deserves.... Get it here.
For me it's either 1, 2 or 5. What do you think?

Wednesday wisdom

Tuesday Tour: The room and the rest

This house needs a small introduction. Simply because it's a bit different. It's a holiday getaway, located on an island, and a lot of the design features in it reflect those things. Parts of it feel like they belong on board a cruise ship - long uncluttered halls, lots of white wood panelling and particularly the lighting choices. I love this house for all of it's clean lines and more importantly the seclusion of it and the view. You really could feel a bit like you were lost at sea here... Take a look and see what you think.

The room.

The rest.

A perfect sleep and play space

This place is the bees knees. It's big. It's light. It's bright. Oh, and it's stunning. 
How is it that our parents generation weren't this stylish?

Homemade christmas gift #3

This weeks homemade gift idea is a bit dad inspired. Well, actually you could give it to anyone - grandparents, siblings... but for me, it fits perfectly as a dad gift...
Imagine the joy a gift like this could bring. 52 things I like about you is a great exercise for kids to delve into their feelings and memories about a special someone in their life. It also give the recipient a glimpse into the way they come across to the most innocent of eyes, kids. So simple!
Hop over here for the full tutorial.

A delicious new online store

I've been busting to tell you about this! And finally now I can! Meet the newest and most delightful online store Down That Little Lane (even the name is delightful).

Tessa the incredible is the store's owner and curator and my oh my she's one talented lady with some fine taste - let me tell you! This store is like no other - Tessa has put together a stunning collection of designers with the most beautiful wares - you're guaranteed to find many things to throw your paypal deets at!
It's a beautifully designed site that ticks all the boxes - easy navigation, clear and simple information and of course, the prettiest things to buy! DTLL carries an array of goodies in every category imaginable, from cakes to cushions, and gadgets to gold... You'll even find Noosh on there! We're thrilled to be part of the launch collection and can't wait to see DTLL grow and quickly become a favourite shopping destination... Just in time for Christmas too - how good's that!?

Bright things overhead

Wee ones love a bit of action in the rafters. Anything up high, airplanes, hot air balloons, helium balloons, clouds, birds... They love things up there! So what could be better to adorn their own piece of "up there" with a bit of bright? Here's 2 beautiful kids rooms that do bright above well.

Christmas wrap mood board inspiration

Perhaps this may seem a little premature? But this is what I do every year. Come October I'm all about Christmas. I start planning who I'm buying for, what I'll give them and how everything will be wrapped. Sounds organised doesn't it? Well, the pattern goes something like this... by mid december it all unravels - nothing's finished, I have loads to do and nothing ends up as great as I had planned. But now I'm onto myself! This year will be different! They say the first step to breaking the cycle is recognising the cycle - or something like that? So here I go, christmas wrapping mood board... And I won't stop planning this perfect christmas until it's done done done!

The paper.
Just $14.95 at InkyCo for a 10 metre roll! 
These two are both in a lovely avocado green and the typo one is silver as well - very christmas.
One of each please! And a roll of plain white gloss in case I run out...

The ribbon. 
For ribbon, the best online prices I've found so are at Ribbons Galore. But these are the types I think will look best with the wrapping paper and these ones are also available from InkyCo (I love the combination packages! So easy!). What do you think?

Black & white nursery crush

I am in monochromatic heaven! The ever-so-talented Nicole over at Little Liberty has put together one sweeeeeeeeet little nursery space and I'm loving every square inch of it! So much so that I had to know where some of the gorgeous pieces came from so I did a little investigating... the ampersand cushion (available here) and the striped monkey (available here), but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find that stunning wallpaper anywhere! That's why you need a Nicole... 

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