Clean, white and ultra modern

I'm not sure if it was the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair that won me over with this room, or perhaps it was the super-cool rocket wall mural, but this clean white palette (which I know would make me crazy with 2 messy boys) just makes me feel so calm. I want to stare at this room all day! It's a great design for a nursery space (how could a baby be anything but a great sleeper in here with all the beautiful natural light?) and practical in the sense that if they can't run around yet, they can't really make too much of a mess of the whiteness right? I love this room so much aesthetically it makes me not even care about the impracticality of it (but I can see my husband shaking his head and rolling his eyes at me for that comment from here). 
I do need that world map feature wall in the second shot though - it makes my heart skip a beat! I'll stop gushing about the decor now and let you enjoy the room.

Tuesday Tour: The room and the rest

The room.

The rest...

6 x dreamy eclectic kids rooms

Nobody with any real design sense ever said that everything must match. It's often the rooms that don't conform strictly to any one look that have the most personality and work the best!

From the lips of Tina Fey

I found a new blog tonight, it's a good one too. I think I've been there before - the name is familiar, Design-crisis, might have even shared it with you... either way, I was just over there and found this. What a gem. Had me in stitches...

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child By Tina Fey
First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.
When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.
Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.
Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.
May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.
O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.
And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Homemade christmas gift #4

We're down to 7 weeks people... ouch!
This weeks inspirational homemade gift idea is a double-edged sword of sorts as it is not just a good craft project for gifting but also a good lesson in colour theory for the kiddos.
Looks great doesn't it? Would you believe it's a bunch of paint chips cut into triangles? Free art! Okay, so you'll need to buy a frame to put it in - but the art is free! And you can colour match to the decor of the receiver, or let the kids go wild at Bunnings and choose their favourite colours (which I do even without a project in mind... sorry Bunnings).

Hop over here for the full tutorial and make sure you read the comments section on the tutorial for all the measurements if you need those too. I've already stolen a very thick wad of swatches and my Ikea Ribba frames - all ready to go. Will show you the results. x

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.

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