This is the bedroom for our firstborn which we decorated this year. It will always be a work in progress as he grows up, but for now it is mostly finished. Blue paint colour is from Nippon paint, Cloud decals from Kikki K ($7), Pictures painted by me, quilt made by me, striped cushion cover made by my mum, floor cushion from Freedom furniture, Trofast storage from Ikea, Miffy toy bought by Steve in Japan, Bunny was a gift from my sister, bed is a cutdown cot - Steve made the side rail.

Home Inspiration

Just discovered this sneekpeak on DesignSponge which I love. We all know how much I love green and I have also been loving reds, orange and blues lately. I love the mix of old and new in this place. Somehow it just looks fresh.

I must admit I have been loving frames made from recycled bits of wood recently (like the ones in the bedroom) I think I am a frustrated beachcomber.

And the nursery has been done in similar colours to ours. We have done the green wall again like in E's room with orange and red accessories. I can't wait to finish our house someday. It is currently so far removed from my vision for it that I am secretly embarrassed whenever anyone visits!


Green for the new babies room. It feels like we have been prepping and painting this room forever, it's been three weekends now. There were so many bits to fill and sand and so many coats to paint over the submarine grey it was before! This green is the same colour we did E's room in Perth. E's room is going to be a bright blue.

Things to make

There is a tutorial to make this mirror on Design Sponge, I'd like to make one. Luckily my Mum has some leatherworking tools!

The forest wall art is sold at Freedom Furniture. I want to make something similar using three wood panels, painting them white and carving out some trees. I want to paint our fireplace a green colour ( I think) and hang them there.

I want to make similar cushions using some of my cherished fabrics from Cloth, Ink and Spindle and Umbrella Prints. Photo from the home of Shelley and Stephan as seen on the Design Files. I also love the old ladder in the background which holds picture frames.

And because I think this would look lovely with the other things pictured here, a vintage lamp - I would love to find one similar!

Found on the Design Files from Lyn Gardener's White House - photo by Tim James.

Home Inspirations....

Photo from the home of Eleanor Grosch on Design Sponge. I just love the detail on this sideboard and the little house and the pom pom trim on the lamp. I might try that somewhere, it's so cute!

From Heather Frazier's place on Design Sponge. I love her space for the use of light and colour. I personally wouldn't use so many pale gelato colours, but I admire what she has done and the coloured glass collection is to die for! I'm also aiming for the same lightness and brightness in our place by painting all the doors and skirtings in crisp white. I'm also in love with those curtains, have been since I saw similar in Home beautiful a while back. I have chosen this picture as inspiration for our place because we have a fireplace which is in a main thoroughfare, so somehow I want to create a cozy place to sit while not getting in the way of the flow of the house. I'm thinking some small armchairs on either side of the fireplace.

John Murphy's place from Design Sponge. I love the plant on the window sill and the lived in look of the thrifted peices.

This image is for colour inspiration. A little while ago I bought a cushion which is designed by an Indigenous Australian artist. It has some of these terracotta orange tones in it and I want to match it with some blues and other orange things I have. Photo is from the home of illustrator Sanna Annukka and Jasper Goodall and found on Design Sponge. Take a peak at the rest of their home it's very interesting!

Corners of my home this week

We have a real Christmas tree this year. I grew up with them and I just love the smell! Do you think someone has bottled the smell of pine tree yet?

From my mother's stash are the heart and apple decorations she gave to me. The pinecones and banksia man I spray painted when I was a kid. I thought they would look nice in a bowl this year.

The tinsel decoration with faux pearl in the centre was my Mum's. Ethan likes to pull that one off the tree, so it will look pretty ratty by the end of the holidays!