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8 Ways to Be Creative with Bookshelves

If you’re like me and have too many books to keep count of (not including the digital versions on your kindle) then you can certainly appreciate a good bookcase! I’ve seen many really good ones, one of my favourites has to be the very rustic wood bookcase at the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village. I love the thick planks and worn wood – seems to match well-loved books well!

About 2 years ago my husband and I put together a custom bookshelf cum TV cabinet cum CD display case by simply using raw wood planks, a few brackets to hold everything up and 2 brackets attached to the wall. The beauty of it though was that we were able to dismantle the whole thing and bring all the wood with us to our new home when we moved a few months ago! So while we haven’t reinvented our bookcase, we have big plans for it (in its disassembled state in the garage!)

Anyway here are some really fantastic creative bookshelf ideas, from under-the-stairs to in-the-ceiling to round-about…there’s plenty of ways to get your dream reading on 😉

Reading Up the Stairs

Reading Up the Stairs | source  Pinterest

Reading Under the Window Nook

Reading Under the Window Nook | source Pinterest

Reading in a Circle

Reading in a Circle | source Pinterest

Reading Upstairs

Reading Upstairs | source Pinterest

Reading Along the Pipes

Reading Along the Pipes | source Dreamer Attraction

Reading in the Roof

Reading in the Roof | source Love This Pic

Reading in Blocks

Reading in Blocks | source revistacasaejardim

Reading Up the Wall

Reading Up the Wall | source Lushome

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

How to Group Frames Together | At Home DIY

One very easy way of changing up a space is rearranging the way in which you hang photos, pictures, art, mementos and anything else artistic that can be be put in a frame. This includes postcards, decorative paper and even vintage newspaper.

A great way of working out what you’re going to hang, how you’re going to hang, and what effect you want, is to place your frames (sometimes it’s nice to have the same or similar frames, but it can be just as effective having different frames) on newspaper, cut out around them and then stick up the newspaper on your walls in different formations – this’ll enable you to get a good idea of how you want to hang before you drill the first hole!

Frames can be grouped together as a focus wall, as a balance to a room (like a staircase), in symmetrical groups of 3 x 3 in identical frames, or as a hodge podge of unique frames that feature a different piece of artwork or picture in each. It’s really what fits with your overall decor scheme that will give you direction as to how to work out your frame grouping idea.

Here’s some ideas for laying out your frames, as well as some great inspiration I’ve found on the web. Have an inspired Sunday! x

Ideas for Framing

Ideas for Hanging Frames | source – Pinterest

Peaceful Desk Inspiration

Peaceful Desk Inspiration | source

Dress Your Hallway

Dress Your Hallway | source House Dressing

Frames as an Accent Wall

Frames as an Accent Wall | source Steph Modo

Horizontal Picture Frames

Horizontal Picture Frames | source Steph Modo

Eclectic Grouping of Frames

Eclectic Grouping of Frames | source Steph Modo

Using Small & Big Frames

Using Small & Big Frames | source High Fashion Home

Framing Scrapbooking Paper

Framing Scrapbooking Paper | source Casa Sugar


Top 10 Wine-Related DIY Ideas

As most of my friends know, I’m an enjoyer of wine – whether that’s quaffing really good wine at wine estates (that always seems to taste extra amazing when doing the swirl & sniff), uncorking a really great wine which has been languishing on the rack waiting for the perfect occasion, celebrating with a newly discovered pinotage at a wedding or other occasion, or simply opening an ‘easy-drinking-pasta-and-prawns’ chenin during the week…

I guess this means that I have ample opportunity for turning the various wine paraphenalia into smart DIY ideas – it’s all ‘reuse and recycle darling’. Soooo as advice to me and to anyone else who either has plenty of bottles, corks & boxes at home, or who simply likes the ‘look’ of wine-related ideas, I present some really cool little DIY tips for converting your wine into home projects x

From Wine Boxes to Box Shelves

From Wine Boxes to Box Shelves
Transform your old wine boxes into interesting box shelves! Some paint or wallpaper for the backing is a great idea, plus you can theme them together horizontally or vertically on the walls.

From wine bottles to word art

From wine bottles to word art
Take old wine bottles of different sizes, spraypaint them a single colour and then use a stencil or sticker to create a world – really nice ideas for kitchens or bathrooms!

From wine corks to cork sculpture

From wine corks to cork sculpture
This might need a little extra work, but get a wire sculpture done for you (or if you can manage it yourself well done!) and then stick or imbed wine corks to make a cork sculpture. Works well as a centrepiece or coffee table item.

From corks to baby cactus holders

From corks to baby cactus holders
Take corks, dig out the inside, fill with a little soil and a tiny cactus slip. You can even add a magnet to the back of the cork and stick it on the fridge for a quirky indoor plant effect 🙂

From cardboard wine box to shoe storage

From cardboard wine box to shoe storage
Store your soft shoes in a converted cardboard wine box – pretty easy! Nice for boys or teenagers who need the space.

From wine bottle to work of art

From wine bottle to work of art
Take old wine bottles of unique shapes and then paint them in blackboard paint. You can then write on them in chalk or even use tippex for something a little more permanent. Great art installation!

From wine glasses to glass chandelier

From wine glasses to glass chandelier
A really creative idea, take a collection of different wine glasses (we’ve all got them) and turn them into a pretty chandelier. Use wire and fairy lights to bring it all together.

From wine glasses to girls night in

From wine glasses to girls night in
Take normal wine glasses, dip the stems into paint and decorate the top half with your favourite pattern. Great for parties!

From champagne cork to name holder

From champagne cork to name holder
I did this for my own wedding! Take corks and either slide in the name tag on the top, or place the cork on the side and attach with glue. Walah!

And number 10 – for fun 🙂

Cute Valentine DIY Ideas | Week of Love <3

This week is one of the biggest commercial weeks worldwide, as millions of people buy flowers, cards, chocolates, cuddly toys and more for the loves in their lives. But it’s possible to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day without overspending; instead check out these really cool DIY Valentine’s Day ideas that you can surprise your partner with on the 14th 🙂

Here’s a little bit of where Valentine’s Day began (wikipedia):

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.

Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

I love DIY & craft ideas – check out my post from 2012 for even more Valentine inspired DIY ideas

I Love Lamp

I Love Lamp | source Camille Styles

Pretty Bluebird & Robin in Love

Pretty Bluebird & Robin in Love | source Milton B Sauer

Valentine in the Sand

Valentine in the Sand | source Swell Designer

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love | source Creature Comforts Blog

Valentine's Treats

Valentine’s Treats | source Picklee

Cosy Up in Pink

Cosy Up in Pink | source Setting for Four

Cute Arrow Printable

Cute Arrow Printable | source Camille Styles

10 DIY Projects from Upcycled Wooden Pallets | Monday DIY Ideas

Today I’m introducing guest blogger* Carmen Brettel, who manages and writes for a student loan website helping students find funding for their studies in all different spheres. In her spare time she loves gardening and volunteering at animal shelters, and is sharing with The Good Girls Guide today a very cool DIY post!  Wooden pallets can be used indoors and outdoors in the garden, and are some of the most versatile items out there. From swings to bookshelves, pot holders to benches, check out these great 10 ideas of what you can do with wooden pallets:

Wooden pallets are most often used to transport construction materials, especially landscaping materials like sod, mulch and brick. They’re also used for transporting freight. They often end up piled next to dumpsters behind retail outlets and home improvement stores. However, with the increasing interest in repurposing goods that might otherwise have wound up in the trash, wooden pallets have now become the focus of many DIY projects for your home and garden!

With wooden pallets being so readily available, you can easily make yourself some stylish furniture for almost no money. Here are 10 awesome DIY projects you can make from upcycled wooden pallets to get your creative juices flowing:


Pallet Swing| source 1001 Pallets


Pallet Headboard | Source Home by Heidi


Pallet Bookcase | source Ana White


Pallet Floor | source 1001 pallets


Pallet Bench | source Pinterest


Pallet Garden | source Life on the Balcony


Pallet Bookshelves | source Vi.Sualise.Us


Pallet Room Divider | source If I weren’t so lazy


Pallet Lounge Chair | Source 1001 Pallets


Pallet House | source I Beam Design

There are dozens of projects that you can create out of recycled pallets, limited only by your imagination. You can source the pallets for free, then all you need is a little paint, some sandpaper, some hardware, and some man hours. When you’re done, you will have unique and inexpensive pieces of furniture that will show off your personality and sense of style.

Have you seen any other unique project ideas for upcycling pallets? Share them in the comments!

Carmen Brettel is a writer and manager for

* 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 on theggguide[at] All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

Gorgeous Leather Jewellery | Flirty Friday!

Hi everyone, I hope your week back at work has been good, productive and not that long! I”m super happy that it’s Friday and also that the weather has cooled from 33 degrees to 25 degrees – much more manageable. Well I’ve decided to post on something a little different today: leather jewellery! No long the realm of hippies and bohos, leather jewellery is designer, custom, stylish and colourful (with a bit of cute boho on the side 🙂 From chains to cuffs, earrings to RINGS, you name it – leather is the new ‘it’ in accessories…

I hope you enjoy! Please leave any comments about where you’ve bought great jewellery items like these so we can all share in the goodness. Have a super Friday and I hope your weekend is fab. xx

Rainbow Earrings

Rainbow Earrings | source Design Love Fest

Leather String & Black Jewel Drop Necklace

Leather String & Black Jewel Drop Necklace | source IndieMode

Leather & Gold Cuff

Leather & Gold Cuff | source Reiss

Gold & Black Leather Earrings

Gold & Black Leather Rose Earrings | source Bottica

MultiColoured Drop Leather Earrings

MultiColoured Drop Leather Earrings | source Etsy

and then some fun DIY because that’s how I roll! A homemade leather cuff bracelet:

How to Make a Leather Cuff Bracelet

How to Make a Leather Cuff Bracelet | source Femour

Christmas Time! Decor, Craft & DIY Ideas for a Fun Festive Season

Christmas is around the corner everyone! I can’t believe 2012 has gone so fast 🙂 While I’m beginning to swelter in 30 degree heat, I know that there are many of you who are wintering in sub-zero snowy climates; I’ve spent a few Christmases in snow, and it’s really special and adds to that truly traditional Christmas feeling, but then again, I love a hot Christmas!

Think lazy afternoon lunches out on the patio, plenty of pims&lemonade, beach days & red bobbled hats, afternoon snoozes out on a mattress on the lawn, leftovers with bubbly, swimsuits and stripey tans, presents and early morning walks…

To celebrate all the fun and festivity of Christmas, here’s my usual selection of fantastic Christmas-inspired decor, DIY tricks & tips and some craft ideas too. I hope you and your loved ones have a truly blessed time this year, and that the joy and love of Jesus is with each of you 🙂 MERRY MERRY!

Wooden Christmas Tree Decor

Wooden Christmas Tree Decor | source Trend Hunter

Red & White Love the Day

Red & White Love the Day | source Catch my Party

White Winter Decor

White Winter Decor | source Tabitha Emma

Cute Yarn Snowmen

Cute Yarn Snowmen | source Style State

DIY Silver Christmas Crafts

DIY Silver Christmas Crafts | source Style State

Snowy Candle Decor

Snowy Candle Decor | source Pretties & Posies

CandyCane Wine Stopper

CandyCane Wine Stopper | source Trend Hunter

Green-Inspired DIY & Decor Ideas | Friday Fun

Hello lovelies! Apologies for the lack of blog posts in a while, I’ve hardly had a chance to breathe! Work has been heading towards D-day (T minus a week!) and we have just put our flat on the market. Lots of DIY & decluttering has taken place, both in my head, and at home. We’ve painted our balcony white and bright to impress potential buyers, cleared and moved away all the endless sports equipment, camping goods and bric-a-brac and now finally have a spacious apartment that looks amazing!

In the process, I’ve realised something I’d like to implement in our new house (wherever it ends up being) is some more eco-friendly and green DIY decor ideas. So I’ve wandered the halls of Pinterest and grabbed some great ideas – what do you guys think? Please also post some ideas or links to similar if you can! Have a super Friday and a blessed weekend x

Eco-Friendly Cabbage Vases

Eco-Friendly Cabbage Vases | source Seasons

Easy Fabric Covered Mini Pots

 Easy Fabric Covered Mini Pots | source Web Ecoist

Eco-Friendly DIY Household Remedies

Eco-Friendly DIY Household Remedies | source BrightNest

Green Sparklers for Summer Parties

Green Sparklers for Summer Parties | source Crafting a Green World

Herbs in a Tea Cup

Herbs in a Tea Cup | source Intimate Weddings

Wine Barrel Planters

Wine Barrel Planters | source Web Ecoist

Summer Home Inspiration – Bakoven Beach Bungalow

Today it is officially 32 degrees in Cape Town, which officially means that Summer has arrived! Very excited to start hitting the beach, sun-tanning, wearing cute shorts & skirts, staying outside longer in the evenings and just soaking up the happy vibes 🙂

To celebrate the start of November (already, I can hardly believe it!) and the lovely weather, I have found some amazing beach decor inspiration with this amazing home right on Bakoven beach in Cape Town. Beach Bungalow is classic beach style: long lazy wooden decks, crisp white wooded floors and open rafters, and of course – beautiful beach views.

Some ideas for incorporating a bit of ‘beach style’ into your house this summer: collect drift wood or simply get some old pieces of wood from a woodcutter, paint white and give a quick sand and arrange artfully on a dresser or hang on the wall; collect shells, drill holes in them and string them up in your bathroom or outside on your patio or porch; bring in a nautical theme with some recovered stripey cushions, curtains or kitchenwear in red, white and navy.

Have a super BEACH inspired weekend! x

Beach House on the Sand

Beach House on the Sand | source Roses & Rust Blogger

Beach House on Clifton 4th

Beach House | source Dust Jacket Attic

Beach House Decor

Beach House Decor | source Dust Jacket Attic

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach | source Pinterest

Beautiful Clifton

Beautiful Clifton | source Pinterest

Beach Bungalow Bedroom

Beach Bungalow Bedroom | source Dust Jacket Attic

Wall Decor Beach Style

Wall Decor Beach Style | source Dust Jacket Attic

Bakoven Views

Bakoven Views | source Come to Cape Town