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More homely decadence for my "Forever Home Idea File"... Imagine the slumber parties the boys could have in this pool house! Did I mention I'll need to be winning the lottery in my future? Seriously though, it's a great design for any home on a larger block, as it works as a pool house/self contained space for friends to stay/rumpus room/studio - the studio is my favourite use for it... of course! And I'm in LOVE with that carpet!

Ace Space Saturday - Totally cool

Another space from Nicole today. This one is too cool for school! Such a clever idea to use a tube map as a backdrop - all those colours! Check out the Little Liberty new website too. It's as beautifully designed as her spaces.

11 gorgeous Easter Crafts for the long weekend!

With Easter almost upon us and loads of excited kiddos to keep entertained, I thought I'd share with you my favourite Easter craft projects I've seen around the web. I'll be tackling at least a few of theses over the coming days... I find craft is a good way to get the boys to calm down after a sugar high - a handy tool this time of year!!!!
1. Easter Garland

2. Chocolate Nests

3. Bunny Envelopes

4. Bunny Ears Napkins

5. Crepe Paper Carrots

6. Easter Paper Chains

7. Rice Bubble Easter Egg Pops

8. Magnetic Eggs

9. Modern Bunnies
**this project is from a gorgeous blog I only found today - check it out for loads of lovely handmades and pretty pictures. She has a shop too! x

10. Tattooed Eggs

11. Clever Carrot cookies in Oreo Crumbs

How to create Scandinavian style at home

Love the style of our Scandi friends? You aren't alone. Clean fresh palettes, natural finishes and simple styling are the trademark of some of the most popular contemporary brands such as Oeuf, Leander and of course Ikea, and they are beyond popular. Today, LMNOP Magazine talk to Gillian Rose, founder of Danish By Design and get her to share her top tips on how to recreate that stunning Scandi flavour in your own space...

1. Soft white: White helps to lighten sun-starved spaces and can make small rooms magically appear large. White works well with timber floors and gives a room a modern and stylish aura. The room won’t look too overpowering either, once all the toys start creeping in.

2. Light and natural wood: Natural or whitewashed floorboards and nursery furniture enhance the light feeling. Dark furniture can also work as it contrasts the rest of the room, but it does need more space. Use wooden and soft toys to complete the theme.

3. Simplicity: Don’t clutter the room with too much furniture or decorative objects. The nursery should have a classic feel to it, leaving the white walls and natural wood furniture to give it a contemporary edge.

Hop over here to see the full article and more tips...

Tuesday Tour: The home behind the cute kids room

If you aren't familiar yet with Rachel Castle and her lovely work, you need to hop over here and catch up quick smart! And if you do know Rachel's work, you'll know that her home is more than likely worth having a gawk at! Her warm and friendly style is apparent everywhere and the colour palette is something like the birthday celebration of the happiest family in the world. So, without further ado, here is the lovely home of Rachel Castle.

The kids digs...

The rest of the house....

Chores for kids

Today's post is about so much more than kids chores. It's mostly about an incredible website I just discovered in my stumbling session last night. A website called Money Saving Mom. While I'll admit it is the site of a group of women who have a lot more time on their hands than most of us, it has some great ideas and printables to get you started on the road to a more organised and finance savvy way of life (which I'm all about these days). 

Before you go jumping over there though, check out their 15 chore ideas for the kidlets to do...

Children at this age are probably able to dress themselves, brush their teeth, and comb their hair. If they aren’t doing these things on their own, I’d encourage you to start by teaching them those chores.

1. Pick Up Their Room — Make sure you show your child exactly what a clean room looks like. And if their room is really messy, I’d suggest working with them to clean it and giving them one specific project to work on at a time. Young children are often still learning the concept of staying on task, so you want to make sure you don’t overwhelm them by giving them too large of a task to accomplish then they are ready to tackle. 

2. Vacuum – If you have a vacuum with an attachment, they can use the attachments on furniture or small areas in your home. 

3. Water Plants — Use a plastic watering can (we found ours at the dollar store or you can make one from a milk jug) to make it fun and easy for small hands.

4. Fold Washcloths, Hand Towels, Underwear, & Other Small Items – sort these out from the big laundry pile and make a small pile for each child to fold, based upon their folding abilities.

5. Sort & Fold Socks — Sorting and folding socks can be a fun job for little people. And you can teach matching, colors, and counting with it, too.

6. Put Away Laundry — It’s amazing how much more quickly things get put away when multiple people are working together!

7. Dust/Wipe Down Surfaces — Kids are great at cleaning baseboards, small floor areas, wiping down cupboards, or dusting surfaces. If you have a feather duster, they might have fun trying that out, too!

8. Wipe Down Sink/Toilet — Cleaning wipes work especially well for young children to use. Or, you can spray some nontoxic cleaner onto a rag and let them wipe down the sink, toilet, or floor in the bathroom. 

9. Empty Trashes — Kids are usually big enough and strong enough to tie up the trash bag and haul it out to the garage or back door.

10. Wipe Down Door Handles — Give your child a cleaning wipe or a damp rag and have them wipe down all the door handles. This is a favorite chore at our house!

11. Clear the Table – Teach your children to clear their plates after each meal .

12. Rinse Dishes/Load Dishwasher –A 4-year-old is usually old enough to stand on a chair at the kitchen sink and rinse nonbreakable dishes (be sure to remove the knives and other sharp or dangerous objects before letting them do this). They can also help to load silverware and other nonbreakable dishes into the dishwasher.

13. Simple Meal Prep — My own daughter has learned how to pour cereal/milk, make toast and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and pop popcorn on her own. She also often helps me when I’m cooking.

14. Set the Table — Teach your children how to set the table correctly from the time they are young–it’s a skill many adults still don’t know! 

15. Mop — My dad got the girls child-sized mops for Christmas and they love them. And while m daughter is still working on perfecting her mopping skills, she does a pretty good job at mopping a small area.

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A kids room it isn't. But isn't it perfection on a plate? I love this kitchen. I want it. Now.

Vogue do kids rooms

If anyone can do a good kids room it should be Vogue Living right? And they have! A whole bunch of super yummy spaces packed with great ideas and shot by some of my favourite interiors photographers, including Richard Powers, Chris Court and Petrina Tinslay...

This first one is divine. I adore the maps inside the kids wardrobe doors. 
Much nicer than footy stickers! Stealing this idea.
Wish my boys would keep their shoes this tidy too!

And how about that slatted bed space? Gelato colours on raw timber = decor goodness.

This next room kills me. Always a sucker for a vintage look, the artwork over the bed and blue cabinet are to die for. And How about Chris Court's pictures? Oh brother of Sibella, I do envy your creative family gene pool!

Old world charm in abundance with this layered mix of vintage inspired fabrics. And aren't we glad minimalism seems to have had it's day in the sun?

Harry and Max must wake up happy each day surrounded by such a charming contemporary space. Loving the matching striped upholstered bedheads. Sometimes you just can't beat a red,white and blue palette with a good dose of symmetry can you?

Ace Space Saturday - Zara

Little Liberty has done it again with a winning design. This gorgeous space belongs to Zara and it is fit for a princess. I love Nicole's style. The pattern play and colour layering in this space is stunning. That world map wall sticker is a delight.

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