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Hi everyone

Wow, I realised I haven’t had a chance yet to post on The Good Girls Guide this year yet (slightly embarrassed)…life has just picked off straight where I left it on the 21st of December when I went on leave.

After 2 glorious weeks of relaxing, swimming, eating and soaking up a simply incredible Cape Town summer (nice and hot), it was back to work with a bang. Throw in a body now well on the way into 30 weeks of pregnancy, a husband about to be caught up in the madness of a new school year (he’s a teacher), the realisation that I have to get all my ‘affairs’ in order before heading out on maternity leave in just a few short months…well it was rather a lot to take in!

The good thing is that I never doubted it could and CAN all be done. God is just so constant and present in my life right now and He has such control over little piece – I can walk through a day of back ache, last minute supermarket visits, and forgotten laundry knowing that despite all those very ordinary things, He is still with me.

I’m also feeling rather inspired that while 2014 is bringing the biggest change to my life in 29 years, it’s a year that is ever so slowly motivating me to be the best I can be, and the best God wants me to be. Whether that’s being the best new mom I can be, the best wife, friend, sister or daughter, I was called to never settle for just being normal. Here’s to 2014.

Best you can be

While super-industrial isn’t the most ‘in’ look right now in kitchens (everyone’s loving the farm-style, vintage effect), I really think that ‘industrial’ can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. You’re not necessarily cooking in some huge warehouse or school camp kitchen – oh no. Just dream of this place! It’s got brick walls, white subway tiles, wooden beams, metal hooks for pots and pans and a collection of modern and retro appliances and shelving spaces – all comprising an eclectic take on the ‘industrial kitchen’.

My advice is to keep it clean and simple, bring in pops of colour and different textures here and there, but don’t go overboard with too much metal, too much steel or too much brickwork. Plus your big shiny espresso machine is going to look right at home J Be inspired!

White Tiled Kitchen

White Tiled Kitchen | source Hannas Room

Old School Industrial

Old School Industrial | source Pinterest

Modern Industrial Kitchen

Modern Industrial Kitchen | source Pinterest

Warehouse Industrial

Warehouse Industrial | source Bohemia

Farm Style Kitchen

Farm Style Kitchen | source Concrete & Dust

Glass & Chrome Kitchen

Glass & Chrome Kitchen | source I Angel Blog

1950s White Kitchen

1950s White Kitchen | source wtwonden.nl

I just LOVE this post from a mom called Queenie Liao who is a freelance artist based in California. She has taken the most inspirational shots of her son sleeping, transported into magical dream-like spaces simply due to her perseverance in her art. She cites her inspiration as Anne Geddes (you can see why), but her style is uniquely her own.

I’ve shared just a few of them, the rest can be found here.

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Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Roberta Madison, who works for GlassTileStore.com as Marketing Manager, and writes in the home construction, renovation and restoration industry. She loves exchanging and sharing ideas with others and believes there is always a way to make one’s abode more beautiful! I AGREE! Today’s fantastic blog post is about how to make the most of your small bathroom space – something many of us battle with… Thanks Roberta!

Don’t we all sometimes wish that we have one of those opulent bathrooms? You know the type; they are the breath taking bathrooms that get featured on lifestyle and interior decorating magazines. Demonstrating clever design, luxury, and space large enough to fit a whole soccer team; the bathrooms of the fabulously famous and wealthy seem unattainable for us ordinary folks.

What's Your Bathroom Dilemma?

What’s Your Bathroom Dilemma? | source Flickr

However, despair no more because there’s a quick recipe in achieving that grand, dream bathroom of yours – even with limited space.

Reduce clutter

Start by clearing out sinks and anything that obstructs the view. The trick to creating an illusion of space is to have a solid and uniformed look. This can be done by removing unnecessary elements such as unused bottles and other knick-knacks.

Reduce Clutter

Reduce Clutter | source Glass Tiles Store

Get rid of cabinets

This is in line with reducing clutter; you can’t remove the toilet, the shower, the sink, and/or the tub but you can free up prime floor and wall area by getting rid of bulky cabinets and moving them to where they won’t hinder movement or disrupt the line of view.

Remove Bathroom Cabinets

Remove Bathroom Cabinets | source Fortikur

Use a light color theme

If a major overhaul seems too costly, then get those paintbrushes ready. A paint job is always the most affordable and easiest way to revamp dull space. To open the bathroom, opt for light or neutral colors. White is usually the best choice as it reflects light, making the room appear larger.

Use a Light Colour Scheme

Use a Light Colour Scheme | source Glass Tile Store

Let the Light In

Remove the shutters and let the sunshine in. Cliché as this may sound but glorious beams of sunshine can definitely improve one’s mood. A bathroom washed with sunbeams is a fantastic way to greet the day.  If the bathroom has no access to natural light, then consider installing wall scones. Add large sized mirrors as well, as any reflective surface helps in cheering up dark and small spaces.

Let the Light In

Let the Light In | source Decor Pad

Think glass tiles

 If a single sheet is adorable enough, then imagine what several sheets can add to your bathroom? If you are aiming for a hint of indulgence, use glass tiles to accent walls. For a truly impressive look, subway glass tiles in the shower area complete the look of an inviting and welcoming bathroom. The wonderful thing about glass tiles is that you will be hitting two birds with one stone. They are great as decorative tools and can also serve a practical purpose as they can establish an atmosphere as they reflect and interact with the room’s available light.

Using Glass Tiles

Using Glass Tiles | source Subway Tiles

There you have it. You may not own a posh Beverly Hills mansion or have an Oscar statuette on your mantle but you can have a splendid, inviting bathroom. Thanks to strategically placed mirrors, smart choice of colours, and well-placed glass tiles – even a small bathroom can be worthy of a page on a lifestyle magazine.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me ontheggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing

Hello everyone! Apologies for the very long wait between blog posts – we have some exciting news in that we have a little bun in the oven due next year :) So all very happy about that, but it’s certainly made me have a look at our house and what we need in terms of space, furniture and a whole lot more. So I took one look at our little laundry area and decided, something has to happen here!

Just been doing some searching for a few good ideas on Pinterest and Houzz.com, and found some cool inspiration – check out the space savers, pretty colours and organisation of these laundry rooms, mud rooms and multi-functional spaces. I want!

Neat as a Pin

Neat as a Pin | source Pinterest

Laundry Space Saver

Laundry Space Saver | source Sand & Sisal

Contemporary & Stylish

Contemporary & Stylish | source Flickr

Multi-functional space

Multi-functional Space | source Pinterest

Wallpapered Laundry Room

Wallpapered Laundry Room | source Stacy & Charlie

So apparently Blu Ivy and North West have the most gorgeous baby rooms in the world – and I imagine, probably the most expensive. While we aren’t Beyonce & JayZ or Kim K & Kanye, it’s entirely possible that we can throw together a beautiful nursery too :) Think vintage pieces, wall stickers, a coat of paint to match theme or gender, your old cot repainted and refurbished, some lovely stuffed animals and a lighting feature – ta da!

This goes out to all my lovely pregnant friends (of which there are about 5 right now) who are dreaming of a lovely little baby room without all the sleepless nights and nappy changes :) Enjoy these gorgeously decorated nurseries!

Let Her Sleep
Let Her Sleep | source LoveThisPic

Baby Vintage

Baby Vintage | source Pinterest

Princess Girl

Princess Girl | source Pinterest

Boy in the Forest

Boy in the Forest | source Pinterest

Alphabet Baby

Alphabet Baby | source Along the Way with V & J

Sleep Sweet

Sleep Sweet | source Houzz.com

GlowStars

Stripes & Spots | source Penelope Home

GlowStars

Glowstars | source tumblr

When I found this summer-inspired post on Southern Weddings, I just had to repost some of these gorgeous images. Photographed by KT Merry and inspired by Lilly Pulizer and the original Palm Beach juice stand, this shoot has captured the true essence of a summer wedding: the colours are bright yet pastel, the decor and food just screams ‘fresh’ and the flowers are among some of the most beautiful bouquets I have seen.

This is summer people! Be inspired with this post – imagine how great your first summer event could be with some of these great decor, food & floral ideas included? I’m thinking pool party, coloured lanterns, fairy lights, strawberries & orange slices in lemonade and everyone dressed in brights :)

Freshly Squeezed - Table Setting

Freshly Squeezed - dessert

Freshly Squeezed - refreshments

Freshly Squeezed - In Love

Freshly Squeezed - Bouquet

Freshly Squeezed - Table

Freshly Squeezed - Couple

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