Thursday, November 30, 2017

How to style your kitchen by Studio McGee

I love Studio McGee's fresh clean style.  Its a little more country than I would choose myself but their choices of materials and fittings is consistently fabulous.

Studio McGee has a great selection of videos showing how they work and style and really loved this one showing how to tackle the kitchen.

Hope this inspires you to tidy up your kitchen ready for the summer holidays.
Hop onto the Studio McGee YouTube channel for more.

Monday, October 30, 2017

planning a party...with paperless post

Its that festive time of year again, and this year I am partnering with Paperless Post to share my tips on how to be the hostess with the mostest.  New to digital invitations?  Me to and I discovered it is so easy!  The invites are beyond pretty, easy to customise, just add your guest list with emails and you are good to go.  Choosing a design is the hardest part, they are all so gorgeous but in the end I couldn't resist the Rifle Paper Co designs, although the yellow Marimekko flowers almost had me.

You can customise the text, the envelope insert, add a background, from only $2 a card.  How pretty does mine look below.

Now the date is set and the guests are invited, lets talk about how to make entertaining easy.

Plan a grazing table
Grazing tables are the perfect way to entertain a crowd big or small.
Choose oversize platters and boards and heap lavishly with cheese and biscuits, fresh
 fruit, anything you can eat in your fingers.  The trick here is more is more, you want the plates to look really generous.  
The best thing about a grazing table is you can make dips, sweets and savoury snacks ahead of time, but most of the food like the cheese, biscuits and fruits is simply bought and arranged on the day.  Minimal prep on the day, that is what we like!

Top tip: place cocktail napkins around the table so people can keep their hands tidy.

Decorating a grazing table
To decorate the table create visual interest by propping your platters on different levels (hidden boards or boxes do the trick), and group masses of greenery & flowers or candles at the back of the table.  I am totally inspired by this look (above left) created by Gallivant Events with lemons and limes heaped in giant clam shells, and tons of lush greens.

Top tip: Set up your table and flowers the day before, then on the day you only have to worry about the food.

Create a drinks station
Make it easy for your guests to get their own drinks by organising a drinks station zone.  Stack the glasses on the counter top for easy access and have a large drinks bucket filled with ice to keep drinks cool.  Set out extra ice cubes, sprigs of mint and slices of lemon.

Top tip: set up the drinks station away from the food, the kitchen counter is often a good spot.  Separating the drinks from the food avoids queues and encourages people to move around.

Create a moody ambience by turning off all the overhead lights.  Use your table and floor lamps and add candles or fairly lights or both.  
Organise and test the lighting the weekend before so its just a matter of lighting the candles on the day.

Top tip: use 3M hooks to temporarily string fairy lights across walls, from the ceiling and along balustrades.  Easy to put up and take down.

Create new seating zones
Whenever we entertain we create little conversation zones where people can sit and chat easily.  You don't want the guests all crowding around the walls or getting tired from standing all night.  

If you have the space set out two benches in an L-shape where people can sit together, or group a few occasional chairs into a little sitting area.  Don't be afraid to move the furniture around and really change up the space just for the party.

Now all you have to do is set a date and get those invites out.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

linen... blush... sage...

Totally obsessed with how these linens go together.  Having a new season cushion reshuffle and am swapping out the navy and indigo for these soft colours.  I was going to go for a soft grey but couldn't resist this combination.

I am trying very hard not to buy more stuff while we are renting, just updating things we are going to keep like soft furnishings and bed linen.  So hard and makes me realise how much I like to move things around and change things up.  I am missing the bits and pieces still packed up.

Looking forward to getting to the sewing machines to get these made up.  The fabric is from my fave shop bargain upholstery fabric, they always have fab stuff to tempt me with. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

build for a cure

So if you are loving the Block this year, like I am, here is another project Scottie Cam is involved in that you may want to keep an eye on.  (On a Block side note I think Ronnie & Georgia are fabulous & the best entertainment in a long time, and Josh & Elyse are super talented).

Scottie Cam is the ambassador for Build for a Cure, a pretty amazing fund raising project where  McDonald Jones Homes builds a house in just 28 days, fully furnished and finished, to be auctioned off and all funds go to Children's Cancer Institute research.  All trades and materials are pro bono, the land is donated, furniture and accessories from Freedom, appliances from Winning Appliances & Fisher & Paykel.  Such a feel good project.

I am loving the mood of the finishes that the McDonald Jones Homes MyChoice colour team has put together for the build.  Especially that minty tile with the grey tones and crisp whites.  Looking forward to seeing how this all come together with this gorgeous velvet couch and geode are from from Freedom.

You can keep an eye on the build here.  The live auction is on 22 October and I will be checking back in to see how this 4 bedroom home comes together towards the end.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

new season freedom furniture

Just loving this mood board of covetable things from Freedom.  Who knew that I would covet a mustard yellow desk chair.

I have the Kenza rug in white with black markings and I just love this moodier version in inverted colours.  
Love love love the smoked wood dresser and the bedsides to match are fantastic too.  And the brass and bronze tables look fabulous. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

settling into the rental - main bed

Finally getting to share some of our rooms!  You may have seen these on Instagram but I still want to share them on the blog.  Apologies for the dodgy photos, I am still getting my strength back and its iphone pics or nothing at this stage.

First up is the main bedroom.  

This room has lovely morning sun, is long and wide, and has a cold tiled floor (see before pics below).  I knew immediately that I wanted to buy a rug to warm up the cold tile floor, this house is freezing downstairs in winter, and I have been longing for an excuse to get a Moroccan style rug.  I totally love it.  I have read online review complaining that these rugs shed terribly, and admittedly the bedroom is a low traffic area, but we haven't found it to be a problem.  

When we saw the house the bed was set against the far wall which made the room look longer and narrower than it is.  I decided to place the bed against the wall facing the window, makes the proportions work better, and means you see the art above the console as you walk in.  It also meant that I don't have to use the truly hideous high wall lights that I presume are supposed to be bedside lights.  I much prefer using the lamps our our bedside tables as warming light at night, those wall sconces are just cheap and nasty.

You can see below how it was set up, it's ok but those sconces are just to high for bedsides (and ugly to boot) and the room looks elongated and not in a good way.

I repainted the feature wall, which was a cool pale blue to a warm toned grey.  The blue wasn't bad but was quite cold and limits the furnishings you can use in the room.  The grey is a subtle update that makes the space feel modern and cosier.  (Lovely landlord I am happy to paint it back if you want me to).

The console is really to short for the wall, I could make it wider but since we are renting I will probably just live with it.  I really want to update my bedside tables and lamps too, but this will probably wait until we have a place of our own again.
Really it is the art and the carpet that make the space come alive.  It's amazing how having your own things around you makes a space feel like home.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

three birds - the river shack

Well you know I am a huge fan of the Three Birds Renovations ladies and their fantastic work.  They have just started a new project - the River Shack -  and it is amazing as usual.
I absolutely love this kitchen in the River Shack, especially the pendant over the counter and that rug.

Catch up with other episodes on the Three Birds tv channel and then stay tuned for the next video drop on Monday evenings.  

And seriously check out the rest of their projects here if you haven't already.  They are very generous about sharing their sources so its a great resource if you are renovating or updating yourself.  We are looking to buy and renovate ourselves and I am constantly looking into their archives to see what they did.

Friday, August 18, 2017

settling into the rental - miss j

Miss J has a lovely sunny room painted a soft yellow that I don't mind at all.  It doesn't really need much but I miss the peg board and built in desk we had in our old house.  I need to set her up a small drawing desk but don't want to clutter up the room.
We needed a rug for the wooden floor, our bedrooms in the old house were carpeted, and I fell in love with Arro Home's gem crush rug as styled by Black Arrow Co (see above).  I also love the leather bedhead by Heatherly Design.

I ordered the smaller gem rug for Miss J and we just love the cheerful colours in this space.  This is just a corner of the room but you can see how lovely and sunny it is in the afternoon.

The colours in the rug pick up the colours in the vintage posters (you can get a closer look at them here).  

Just a sneak peek, the rest of the room was a total mess which is why it is not in the frame!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Break in communications

So it has been quite a while...
The last few months have been a doozy, we moved house, my daughter was in hospital, and I have been ill for three months after a dental procedure went horribly wrong.

For now we are all settled into our rental, my daughter is fully recovered, but I am still on the road to full recovery.  Right now I need all my energy just to get through the day.  
I will be back, I am just taking the time I need