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Stylish Laundry & Utility Room Inspiration

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

Not Kimye? You Can Still Have a Gorgeous Nursery!

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

10 Cute Nooks at Home | Living Spaces

So we’ve been in our new house now for a month and it’s amazing how much there is to do! In terms of DIY we have lifted carpets, sanded wooden floors, painted two bedrooms (including skirtings – a slight backache nightmare) and hung curtains. And there’s plenty more to come… In the meantime though I’ve started dreaming of a few little nooks – places to retreat to and spend time in.

I’ve seen some great nooks in some houses – from under the stairs sitting or storage space, to an alcove or bay window. I’ve seen cupboards changed into walk in book shelves with a cosy chair, and cute kitchen corners turned into a newspaper and coffee nook. I’ve seen quaint wash nooks in old-fashioned restaurants and quiet outside spaces where wrought iron furniture and potted plants make the place their own. I love a good nook – the whole point is to USE it, and not to simply create it and leave it.

In that vein of thought, here are 10 cute, stylish and elegant nooks that I thought I must share with you 🙂

Cute Bistro Nook

Cute  Bistro Nook | source madisonhome

Stylish Window Nook

Stylish Window Nook | source Pinterest

Nook for Girls

Nook for Girls | source Pinterest

Nook Under the Stairs

Nook Under the Stairs | source decoholic

Colourful Storage Nook

Colourful Storage Nook | source Pinterest

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook | source Pinterest

Bright Outdoor Nook

Bright Outdoor Nook | source Pinterest

A Framed Kitchen Nook

A Framed Kitchen Nook | source Pinterest

Adorable Book Nook

Adorable Book Nook | source hellobee

Little Wash Nook

Little Wash Nook | source Pinterest

Combining Neutrals with Colour | Paint Inspiration

We’re looking for a neutral paint colour for our home interior at the moment, and while it’s hard enough to browse through all the shades of stone, beige and cream, it’s often harder to work out what colour goes best with neutral! Well, what I’ve learnt is that pretty much everything does – that’s a good thing.

One of my favourite websites (EVER!) is Design Seeds – dishing up gorgeous colour palettes on pretty much a daily basis. I’ve used their colour selector to find a nice neutral stone colour, and they gave me these amazing colour palettes that just go. I think I love this! Here’s to my visit to Plascon this weekend… will let you know how it goes! Be inspired x

Candle & Cranberry

Candle & Cranberry

Mocha & Cocoa

Mocha & Cocoa

Beige & Berry

Beige & Berry

Halo & Horse

Halo & Horse

Clarity & Candy

Clarity & Candy

Fur & Feather

Fur & Feather

Apple & Autumn

Apple & Autumn

Nice & Neutral

Nice & Neutral

Fierce & Fresh

Fierce & Fresh

How to Choose Blinds that Look Good | GUEST POST

Danielle Mcann is a copywriter working with the Melbourne Blind Company. When Danielle’s not writing content she enjoys swimming, shopping and taking her Golden Retriever dogs for a walk 🙂 She has given us a great post on using blinds in your home – something that’s often overlooked when we’re checking out curtains and rods – why not use blinds? From kiddies bedrooms to bathrooms & dining rooms – this is the blind guide 🙂

Blinds are underrated. No beautiful room is complete without windows to connect it to the outside world, and let in natural light, the most beautiful kind of light there is. They can be a real home décor inspiration. The light that is let in or kept out is controlled by blinds or curtains. Curtains and blinds are also the perfect way to add a highlight, or tie the colour scheme together in a room. Here is a list of different kinds of blinds that can be used to different effects within your home.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds might not be the prettiest or most rustic-looking window shades, but they sure are effective at light filtering and heat controlling. They are usually aluminium, and can be matched with other sorts of blind.

Roller Blind

Roller Blind | source Pinterest

Romans

Cloth blind, controlled by a pulling system in which clean horizontal folds stack neatly on top of one another. Great for children’s rooms, and you can choose any colour that you want for the cloth covering.

Roman Blind

Roman Blind | source Melbourne Blind Company

Venetians

Venetians are an old favourite. They can be made from any coloured stained timber, and they still look modern, even when they’re vintage.

Venetian Blind

Venetian Blind | source Enrimur

Sunscreens

Sunscreens, or blackout blinds, are really useful in rooms that are prone to a lot of sun, especially if you want to keep cool in summer, they could save you a lot in air conditioning bills!

Sunscreen Blind

Sunscreen Blind | source Melbourne Blind Company

Shutters

Shutters go beautifully in the kitchen or bathroom, or a country house or a window that looks out onto a garden. They’re iconic of rural France and can be painted any colour. You can adjust them to let light in, or open them all the way.

Shutters

Shutters | source Hadley Designs

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Succulents & Cacti – Rad Ideas for Your Own Indoor Gardens

One of the things I’m most excited about when it comes to moving into our new home (NEXT MONTH!) is that we have a garden that is essentially ‘bare bones’. It’s got great grass, a few beds, some plants and one or two trees – but most of all, a lot of opportunity to put our own personal stamp on things.

I’m very into indigenous plants, particularly fynbos and wildflowers, however one thing I also really like is succulents and cacti. Not to go overboard or anything, but an indoor or outdoor garden of succulents is a pretty cool thing – very low maintenance and can look really great. Instead of showing a huge cacti garden though, I’ve decided to show a couple of great ideas that you can do on your own with a sandbox, pot, crate or anything you can line with black plastic and then fill with gravel, stones and soil.

For some cool ideas – check out this post on how to plant a cactus container garden – featuring cute plastic cowboys and Indians – and how to create a desert bowl – really pretty way of arranging your cacti in one dish. If you’ve got some cool ideas to share on gardening or creating cute ‘mini’ gardens, please share! Have a super Monday Good Girls (and boys) x

Cactus in a Cup

Cactus in a Cup | source VivaTerra

Pot of Succulents

Pot of Succulents | source Pinterest

Pretty Plants in the Bathroom

Pretty Plants in the Bathroom | source obaz.com

Cowboys & Indians

Cowboys & Indians | source Pure Inspiration

Cactus Garden in Blue & Green

Cactus Garden in Blue & Green | source W5Ran

A Cactus Collection

A Cactus Collection | source The Brick House

Handmade Pottery Cactus Garden

Handmade Pottery Cactus Garden | source Pinterest

Wall Art With Stickers | Contemporary Home Decor

Back when I was a little girl, the most my mom could do to decorate my room was pink wallpaper with ballet slippers on it, paint the walls (pink again, and then sea green when I hit 12) or even paint a mural (which my brother had all over one wall). When I was a teen I plastered my walls with everything from cute poems from cards, to posters of Leo DiCaprio, the BackStreet Boys, Tom Welling and Bob Skinstad…

When I reached varsity, all the black and white perfume magazine pictures came down and the walls were painted bright orange with a stylish 1950s Marilyn Monroe poster on top. But the key thing was that posters, cards and pictures were very ‘temporary’… and messy. I remember countless hardened blocks of prestick on the walls being SUCH a pain.

The great thing is that these days you can embellish any wall in your home with stylish, elegant wall stickers – ensuring creative spaces in just about every room! From silhouettes to word art, flowers to children’s teddy bears, there’s really something for everyone.  Check out My Wall Tattoos, a company that locally produces amazing wall art that can be sent anywhere in the world. I’ve put together some personal favourites – be inspired!

words

Elegant Kitchen Wall Art | source Vinyl Impression

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Wall Stars for Kids | source Ferm Living Shop

cross stitch

Cross Stitch Wall Sticker | source Not on the High Street

kid

Animal Art for Kids Rooms | source Way Fair

kitchen

Kitchen Utensils Sticker | source Heart & Design

lowre

Flower Art Wall Stickers | source Home Designing

map

Awesome Map of the World Sticker | source Project Decor

stars

It’s a Starry Night | source Ferm Living

tree

Asian Inspired Blossom Trees & Bird Cages | source Impressive Interior Design