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Floor plan Friday

Floor Plan Friday: Family home with built-in fireplace

G’day G’day! How are you? Today I went searching for a floor plan with a built-in fireplace (seeing as it’s getting cold around here!). I found this 4 bedroom family home with a few other cool features. I like the overall layout of the home with the kitchen/dining opening on to the alfresco. That would look fantastic. The living/dining area with raked ceilings, the fireplace and book shelf would be cozy and quite grand with such an open space. The entry is a bit different though and opens oddly in to the living. What do you think about that? I like the layout of the laundry/garage and appliance cupboard space. It’s a bit like a pantry area, but it’s not…

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A day in my life

The unknown when visiting the Dentist!

We’ve had a bit of a run on the dentist and the doctor lately. There seems to always be something to pay for! My husband has something wrong with this heel and we thought it was a spur, but turns out (after 5 doctor’s visits and an ultrasound) that it’s achilles bursitis and he needs some physio. Anyway, we can handle that because you “kind of” know what a doctor’s and physio bill will cost you each time you visit. But about 2 weeks ago I had a terrible toothache and obviously needed to see the dentist. I don’t mind going to the dentist but I am always petrified of what it might cost me! You never know what’s wrong with…

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Decorative, Interior Design Love

Decorating with a ladder

The ladder has been popping up in the world of decorating lately. Kmart brought out a bamboo style ladder and I’ve seen it featured in my Instagram many times. People have even painted it white or black to suit their style. Today I have a few ladder styling ideas for you. A ladder can be used in almost any room! I love that it brings height to a space and if you’re renting, this is a perfect addition to a room. Use it instead of hanging a piece of artwork (no holes in the wall!) because it’ll fill any spot nicely. Below I have a few tips, but check out these photos for inspiration… [DIY project here] [source] [DIY project…

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Motivation, Organisation

Decluttering is good for you

I had such a busy week. You can read about it here. Yesterday I got to spend my Saturday at home without the kids. Lucky me! I never usually miss a footy day, but sometimes you just have to take some time out. I put the day to good use though (although I did catch up on RHOM Reunion special that I had recorded shhh!) and used the time to get my house (and in turn my thoughts) back in order. For me, a good clean up and putting things back in their place gets my mind back on track. I usually can’t sit to answer emails, or work on websites, or clients until all the chaos over my shoulder…

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Stunning Sunday

Stunning Sunday: The coolest warehouse is for sale!

I am such a sucker for a warehouse, always have been! The rawness and industrial vibe gets me every time. I need this one below! It’s currently for sale in Tempe, Sydney, NSW. Hiding in plain sight, this luxury warehouse conversion is not shy on comfort or character. To say it’s spacious hardly cuts the mustard, it’s an Inner West dream with abundant light & great indoor/outdoor flow. Come and check out all of the photos… Ooooo what did you think? The floors, the beams, that pool! What about the herringbone floor in the bedroom? I know a warehouse/home isn’t for everyone, but I’d happily perch up in this one and let my boys scoot around the house. You can…

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A day in my life

What a week!

What a week guys! Where do I even start?? Ok, I’ll start with my sister going in to labour (I’ll put you out of your misery now and tell you it didn’t end up happening!) and me driving there as fast as I could to be with her. The poor thing has been having contractions and false starts since 33 weeks! She’s now technically 38.5 weeks and on Thursday morning she rang me at 5am and asked if I was ready to come (I live about 1.5 hrs away)? We decided to both get our kids off to school and then she’d call to let me know if it was another false start or the real deal. At 8.45am she…

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A day in my life

A camping & fishing video

Brought to you by Officeworks. A few weeks ago Officeworks challenged me to fulfill a project or hobby that I love. You can read it here. I was asked to think about how I might use my downtime to do something I’d been putting off for ages. I was asked to think about how I might use my downtime to do something I’d been putting off for ages. I wanted to get my boys involved because they love technology and gadgets and being outside. My son recently purchased a GoPro HERO4 Session. This nifty little camera has awed me in its capabilities and even though he technically owns it, that doesn’t mean we all can’t share it! I love piecing videos together…

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A day in my life

I’m joining The Remarkables Group

A couple of weeks ago I kind of fell off the couch when a lovely email arrived asking if I’d be interested in joining the team at The Remarkables Group. Now what does all this mean, and who are they? The Remarkables Group is a talent agency for influencers. I’ve been admiring their work from afar for years. They are very good at creating remarkable influencer-brand relationships and this is right up my alley. I’ve been blogging away here since 2006 and I really haven’t stepped away from it. Later this year that means I’ve been hanging out here for about 10 years. WOAH. Since my stint on The Block in 2011, my blog took a “commercial” turn and I started…

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Outdoors

10 Alfresco ideas + tips

Even though it’s supposed to be cooing down, it sure doesn’t feel like it around here. It feels more like Spring in Wagga at the moment and I am NOT complaining 😉 I want to do some updates to my outdoor area over the Winter and hopefully I’ll have a new BBQ spot by the time the seasons warm up again. So I went searching for some inspiration and ideas on how to create the perfect outdoor area… Check out the photos and some tips I share below… [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] [source] I love a deck, a built in bbq and a lounge area. What do you think? TIPS: ♥ Designate – first you…

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Floor plan Friday

Floor Plan Friday: Corner Garage

Howdy! Today for my Floor Plan Friday blog post I am sharing this large home with corner garage. I’ve shared the facade so you can see how the plan will look and the entry points. I like the porch around to the Alfresco. I love the WIR and ensuite, but Bedroom 1 seems small for that size. I guess it’s not too bad because it has a walk area?? And there is a private courtyard so that would be cool! I’m not sure about the garage in to the office? I wouldn’t need the formal dining, but my family would use that space as a large rumpus (and I’d use the other rumpus as more of a formal lounge). I…

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