Smitten with this Salad

On tonights menu....

Chilli & Garlic roasted chicken
Brussel sprouts with Chorizo and brown butter sauce
Baby spinach, pear, walnut and avocado with chia seeds salad (below)
Bon Appetit!

The Block 2012 - Room Reveal controversy

Well! Anyone who watched The Block last night would already know what a controversial week it's been in St Kilda. Dan and Dani have found their way up everyones noses breaking rules and being generally the self-centred win-at-all-costs couple that they are (do you sense I don't like them much?)

In case you missed it - hop over here for a rundown of their antics through the week...

And now for the room reveals!

First up, The Boys...
I agree with the judges, overstyled. And personally, I think there was too much marble. Not a fan of their room this week. Though when it comes to finishes, their standard is probably the highest of all the couples.


Dan and Dani's effort I have to admit is quite stunning. It could easily have won, and I suspect it didn't only for their late night misbehaviour. Beautiful room, gorgeous styling - the girl has got a talent... but I'm sooooo glad they didn't win.


Sophie and Dale were a bit of a surprise package with their clean lines and apparent lack of vintage charm this week. Nice room but missing some of the warmth and character I've come to love in their previous efforts...


And of course, the winners... Brad and Lara really deserved the win this week with all the problems they overcame to deliver their room. But it was a surprise to me. I really was expecting those obnoxious creatures at #4 to take the prize again this week. What did you think? Was this room really better than Dan and Dani's? Or was it a silent act of retribution on the behalf of the judges for what they did the night before? I'm dying to hear what you thought....


Look what I made! June issue Home Beautiful

It's that time again - Home Beautiful Weekend Decorator! These are my projects as they appear in the June issue of Home Beautiful On sale NOW!


I have to say, these are my favourite 3 so far. The shelves are a project I blogged about here some time ago and have been dying to give them a go! THey were as easy as I thought they would be and I just love the result. Painting the timber slats and posts before putting it all together made it a really quick project.



The desk file is made from 3 decorative brackets (the kind you buy at Bunnings in the timber section - they're usually used for vernadahs on cottages and the like...)

And the table - The table. This one is close to my heart. I don't think the pictures really do it justice. I bought it on eBay for just $20, lovingly sanded it back with my trusty sander, chose some gorgeous greys and blues to paint the legs and stained the top in Teak. The decorative type was simply printed onto A3 paper and cut with a blade to create a stencil, laid on top of the table in position and I used a dry brush to dab the paint on a little at a time (you don't want the brush too heavily loaded with paint as it will soak the paper and bleed paint onto your project. Just go little by little and layer it up until you get the desired coverage) then remove your stencil. You can finish it with a clear water-based varnish if you like but I've left mine raw just because I like the effect.

I think the reason I love this one so much is that the table was so ugly! It had a yellowy/orange varnish all over it, paint splats on the top - even a burn mark! Yet it's features were so pretty. I fell for the scalloped cross beam under the top immediately. It's a classic example of breathing new life into an old unloved beauty - and that is why I love doing these projects. In a way, I guess I'm saving lives. (well, the lives of old furniture pieces)....


Ace Space Saturday - Jen's Playroom

Oh wowzers! Look at this playroom! Jen from Iheartorganizing has done an ah-mazing job. The organising (as one would expect) is fabulous... Don't you think a Noosh Bamboo Gigi would look great on that white wall though?....

**I forgot to mention before, but these units are simply Ikea Expedits! I think they go for around $70 each here. Just makesthe whole room all the more impressive huh?




Timber kids

Raw timber finishes are top of the trend heap right now. And they're turning up in kids spaces more and more each day. It creates a lovely and warm feel to any room and it's a timeless look making it cost effective for parents on a tight budget too. 


Absolutely adore these chunky shelves in Curtis' vintage inspired space... They look so stoic and safe! Even my Noah monkey could climb these all day without fear of them falling over! (though I'd probably not encourage such activities!!!)


Noosh loves a bit of a natural finish too. Check out our Gigi alphabet in Bamboo available now!

More pouffe love

If I knew how to knit I'd so want to whip up one of these babies!
They're called Slumber (how appropriate???!!!), 
designed by Aleksandra Gaca and available from Casalis.



White on white on white on....

Wish I was here right now...


Tuesday tour

Today's tour comes via Real Living magazine. Take a peek inside the Cronulla home of Jaynie Johnson, owner of Blacklist Studio, a fantastic destination of wonderful hand screenprinted designs. Loving Nate and Jaynie's laid back beachy style....

The cute kids room...


The rest of the house...











The knitted ottoman/pouffe

Don't you love the knitted pouffe trend going around? 


While some of these lovely decorator items from well known Scandinavian designers can be picked up for around $400, there are also less expensive alternatives. Spotlight are doing fantastic copies at the moment for under $80. They're available in a great range of colours from teals to charcoals - all very on trend. So, looks like I might be able to have one after all....

The Block 2012: Sophie & Dales style at yours...

Who didn't love the Alphabet Wall Sophie and Dale's created in the elimination rounds at The Block 2012? Wouldn't you love one at your place?!



Let me introduce you to Gigi! Noosh's gorgeous 27 character alphabet. 

Gigi comes in Bamboo for the eco savvy style conscious decorator, and MDF for those who like a bit more control of their colour scheme. So go natural, or go to town with colour. The choice is yours! 

And the best part is you don't have to run around a thousand stores like a Block-head trying to source the components of your masterpiece - the hard part is all done for you! 

Noosh is having a Mother's Day sale right now! So if you've been suffering from this particular itch, the time to scratch it is now!  Sale ends midnight mothers day...

Noosh on sale!!!


Sale ends midnight Sunday. Hurry over to Noosh and fill your trolley with special deals now or miss out!

Making Creative Kids - 2 books I know...

One of my favourite things about being a mum is being able to share my passion for creativity with my boys. I've never met a kid who hated craft, and I'm glad to say mine are quite normal in that respect. They LOVE to craft. Hugh is constantly stealing my post-it-note-pads to make story books, and if I can't find a stapler or hole punch you can bet your last clam that he's been using it to make circles for an artwork or he's been building flags out of cardboard, sticks and staples... 

Last week, on a trip with the boys to Koskela (store oasis of all things divine in the realm of design - from furniture and toys, to lights and art... oh, and accomodation that I'd be happy to be held hostage in - if you don't know about it already then you need to take a look here - but not yet...), I stumbled across a couple of majorly inspiring design books for kids. One was Make Art Mistakes Sketchbook by the Museum of Modern Art New York - it's essentially a workbook filled with tasks and space to do them like drawing lines with the point vs the side of a pencil and shading a whole page and then drawing a picture in the shaded area with an eraser... Awesome book on my must buy list.

The second one was a book called DESIGN. This one I can't find anywhere else so I'll have to go back there to get it. As a lover of the meanings and stories that lie behind what is seen, this one is right up my alley. It's an illustrated book filled with the stories behind iconic designs - for example, know this light?

It's called SkyGarden and it's designed by Marcel Wanders. (I remember the first time I saw one I was down in Melbourne. I spotted three of these hanging in a typically uber-stylish establishment. They took my breath away. Literally. I actually gasped. Such a design geek I know.) Well, the story, according to DESIGN, is that Marcel lived in a very old apartment building. He worked hard during his days and when he came home he looked forward to turning on the light in his living room, sitting in his favourite chair and losing himself in the intricately designed plaster ceilings. With no actual garden of his own to spend time in this moment became his favourite part of the day. Years later, Marcel moved to a new home and found his "SkyGarden" to be the thing for which he was most homesick. And so an idea was born. He created this light so he could once again sit in his living room and be lost in the SkyGarden.

This is just one of hundreds of stories about iconic designs. I need this book. I need it for me. I need it for my boys...

Clever storage - 5 ways...

It's been a slow process, but I've now learnt that the key to keeping things tidy is to have good storage systems in place. Well, that and selling my children. Here are 5 clever storage solutions in kids spaces. Ideas people! Here for the taking!

1. Custom built beds.
A great way to maximise storage in the kids rooms. Not only does a custom design like this utilise all that under-bed space that usually goes to waste, but it creates space that kids can access easily and teaches them to be responsible for their own tidiness. And if you're thinking it looks expensive, think again. A decent cabinet maker should be able to put something like this together in your home for a price on par with most new single beds... Check your local classified section or ask friends for recommendations of carpenters and cabinet makers they've worked with or know in our area.


2. Bins!
These lovely white bins are from Ikea. They go for about $29 and I can tell you - they're great toy storage. We have one full of Lego Duplo. The boys actually love packing away when they finish playing because of the resounding tinny crashing sound the lego makes as it goes in the bin... You can use them for just about anything, soft toys, cars, dolls, dressups...


3. New space.
Again with the customised bedding option, but this time it's in a converted roof space! I'm dying to do this to our place. It's a big job converting your roof like this and can be expensive. But the beauty of this project is that it can be broken down into stages. Fitting an attic ladder - not too hard... Putting down some blue board for a floor - doable. Insulating - foul but achieveable... and so on. Okay, there's a bit more to it in some cases, but you get what I mean right? Call in the big guns for the bits that are too hard to tackle yourself. Take your time and be patient and before you know it you'll have a huge extra room to play with! It'll add value to your property and maybe even save you having to move!!!


4. Way up high
Don't discount the rafters! Creating storage that goes right to the ceiling saves you a dust trap, makes a great display area and it's safely out of reach of wee ones for delicate bits and bobs or things you don't need to access often. We have a similar situation in the boys room and this is the spot where we keep their memory cases - they have a vintage suitcase each filled with baby photos, tickets to football games and wiggles concerts and the like...


5. Divide and conquer.
Open shelving is a good solution for large areas. A shelving unit like this does double duty as a vast storage space as well as dividing the sleep area fro the play area. Attractive cane baskets store toys in categories (until the kids mess it up again), and you can even custom make the fabric liners for these to coordinate with your room decor. For example, you might want to line the baskets to match your Frankie Sofas!

Tuesday tour

The (not) cute (but full of vintage goodness) kids room


The rest of the house










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