Belaware Leather Bench

This is my latest crush AND it’s on sale from $1045.00 (AUD) down to $495.00 (AUD)… very tempting!  Should I? (My husband would kill me because I’d need two of them).

There are plenty of other fabulous things on the Max Sparrow website, make sure you take a look and get the credit card ready…


Replica Tolix Stools

Well, I have to say The Reject Store in Australia has another steal for those of you seeking a bargain. The replica Retro Metal Bar Stools are on sale until the end of this month (hurry, not too many days left) and are only $50.00 each.  Who says you need to spend a fortune to have the latest look.


Ceramic Stools

Most of the time I walk to the mailbox, clear all the junk mail and without even looking at it I dump it into the recycling bin.  But today, on my short stroll to the garbage bin I saw a bargain.  Ceramic Drums from The Reject Shop.

The bargain took me straight to the shop where I managed to quickly spend $80.00 on not one but two.  I’ve been crushing on them for a few years now but could never justify buying one.  Sure, there are plenty of prettier ones but these I thought not only looked good but should they get barreled over by a stray soccer ball the financial loss won’t hurt so much.

Go get some.  Sale starts tomorrow but they’re actually in stock now.  They’d already sold out in my local store (no thanks to me) with only the red ones left.

Wagon Wheel


I’ve sat on an empty space on the wall above our fireplace faux fireplace (actually a chalkboard) for sometime now.

I’ve mixed it up with Gymea Lilly leaves, Willow branches and have finally settled on a wooden wagon wheel. I found it at a local nursery and it was an absolute bargain at $49.95.

I did have my eye on a JuJu hat (find them at but having just finished building a house I was NEVER going to get it past the keeper.

What do you think?

Renovation Fatigue

This month week hasn’t been a good week on the house build. 
1. The pool plumber broke four of the pool coping tiles while he slap happily dug his trenches.  Did he think we wouldn’t notice?  Once could be classified as an accident, but multiple times is beyond a joke.  He has also scratched up the pool fencing.  This guy should choose another career.  
2. The water tank has been fitted back to front (the plumber specified the custom build incorrectly) and as a result we have pipes that should be disguised that are now in full view, not only do they look messy but they’re a trip hazard.  

This is a plumber who was recommended by a good friend, I’m too mortified to discuss him with her as he went to her recent 40th birthday party so they obviously have a good relationship.  Let me give you some background; this plumber turns up on day one complaining that there is no power on site (it is a block of land, what does he expect!), he then proceeds to hassle the neighbours for power (the relationship is already strained with our ever so patient neighbours), he leaves his tools on site for months and then expects me to be there at 7am (with three kids) to let him get access to his tools.  He is trying to back out of jobs which were clearly itemised as part of his initial quote, he asks for payment and then doesn’t show up when agreed, not once but on a number of occasions… I can’t bear to write anymore.  Clearly someone else who should change career and shouldn’t be trying to run a business.

3. We just discovered that the bi-fold door company have installed two banks of bi-fold doors that don’t open from the outside.  Honestly, what is the point! They also said to our Project Manager that they had serviced all the windows and doors (so they actually open and shut) but didn’t do it.  The rain is now leaking onto the floorboards as the doors are not sealed properly.

So, that got me thinking about our next project (I wish), once again, I’m drawn to Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches.  The floorplan on this cottage needs some tweaking but what a great view.



I’m obviously going stir crazy with the end of school holidays and Sydney’s constant rain, why else would I be considering another renovation before we’ve even moved into our current new home.



I’ve been a little amiss the past few months on the blogger-sphere. Living in a rental that you can’t renovate is killing me! We’ve also been busy trying to push the new house build through and finally we’re able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For a while there, the journey seemed to be never ending. I have sooooo many photos to upload on the website to get you all back up to speed.

This weeks obsession is: Pinterest. For those of you who haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, it’s like an online scrapbook of all your favourite things. You can create albums, follow people, repin images and also use it to share your ideas with clients and friends. Take a look at some of my images I’ve started collecting here…

I’ve also been working on a new styleboard for a lovely Townsville Queenslander (I want to move there!). We’re still working through ideas and concepts but here is a sneak peek of where we’re at at the moment.

Have a great day everyone.

PS. No alcohol for January, February, March – feeling good!

My New Favourite

I discovered these fantastic rugs and poufs a while back on the Salvation Jane blog (aka Jane Hall, actress). You can buy them (amongst many other lovely kids things) at Down to the Woods. They’re a fun alternative to the ever popular Moroccan Leather Poufs don’t you think?

Little Lamb ‘Pixel’ Ottoman in Low – $300 Buy here

Little Lamb ‘Pixel’ ottoman in High – $280 Buy here
Little Lamb ‘Freckle’ Rug – $180 Buy hereImage: Salvation Jane

A variation on the design
Little Lamb ‘Toadstool’ Rug (available in 3 sizes) Buy here