• Lifestyle

    Decluttering your Home and your Mindset

    Navigating through the ‘new normal’ can be tricky. Not only are we grappling with the notion of less social time, but we’ve also been forced to move our workspaces into our living rooms and do our jobs at home. This melding of work and home life can cause a fair amount of transition anxiety, many refer to “COVID anxiety”. And this anxiety, along with any mental health condition, can significantly reduce our motivation to clean, causing clutter in the home. Psychologists believe that our mental state significantly affects our ‘motivation meter’. Of course, low motivation due to this COVID anxiety can make us less inclined to tidy up around the…

  • Lifestyle

    Gift ideas for Dad using the 5 Love Languages

    Buying for Dads can be a tough one. They are the one person in the family who don’t really need or want for anything. I always joke that had it been up to my husband to decorate our house, our couch would be overturned milk cartons (haha). However, upstanding someones “Love Language” makes it that little bit easier to know what to gift them. The 5 Love Languages is an online test that you can take which shows you how you like to be praised or shown that you are cared for. As the founder, Gary Chapman explains it “After 30 years as a marriage counsellor, I am convinced that there…

  • Interiors

    At home with Natasha from @OurCozyAbode_

    I cannot remember exactly how I discovered @OurCozyAbode_ on Instagram, but Natasha’s feed fast became a favourite of mine with her modern eclectic, yet affordable style. Natasha’s home is full of earthy tones, rattan furniture and gorgeous indoor plants (I love finding other crazy plant mums). I also soon discovered that Natasha was local to me in Queensland, which is a bonus because when she shares her shopping finds online, I am close by and could hunt the items down for myself. Hahaha Natasha is also the co-host of the popular Instagram hashtag #myaustralianinterior. If you are not already, be sure to go and check it out and follow along yourself.…

  • Interiors

    Everything you need to know about home fragrance

    When thinking about a home’s atmosphere, we immediately think about decor, the colour of the walls, the lighting, the ‘homely’ touches, and pretty much everything but fragrance. The smell is one of the most important senses, and your home’s scent greatly affects your mood, your productivity, and your comfort. So let’s talk about it!   Choosing a scent: Generally, fruity scents tend to give an air of cleanliness to your home. Some florals like frangipani give off a cool freshness, while sweet scents like vanilla and caramel can give the air a comforting feeling (be careful it doesn’t make you hungry though!).  If you’re looking to create an atmosphere of…

  • How to get longer vase life from fresh flowers

    How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

    I love flowers, there is something about fresh-cut market flowers in my home that really brightens my day. I don’t know whether it is their fresh scent, their bright and cheerful colours, or the way they liven up a room; but they are a simple and effective way to add a nice touch to any room, not to mention the perfect gift for someone special or even yourself. The sad truth is that flowers don’t last forever. However, these guidelines and little known tips can help ensure the longevity of your flowers. The first thing to keep in mind that some flowers naturally last longer than others. Roses, lilies, freesia, daisies, and…

  • At home with Courtney from @courtney_approved.

    At home with Courtney from @courtney_approved

    Recently I noticed a growing trend and love of purple making its appearance in interior design – in particular pastel lilac tones. When I think of purple tones and incorporating them seamlessly into your home, I think of the every so wonderful Courtney from @courtney_approved and her daughter Paisley’s room. I was lucky enough to work on a custom design for Paisley’s room, the gorgeous vintage-inspired girl with a flower wreath in her hair, the purple and navy tones ended up matching perfectly and the artwork looks like it was made for the space. Courtney has taken the time to discuss her decorating style and where she gets her inspiration…


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