Happy 4th Birthday Chet!

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Today is your 4th Birthday! That means I have spent 208 weeks (or 1,459 days) being your mum. I have loved you fiercely for every single one of those days, even through your heated tantrums. You not only brighten my life, but the lives of everyone you meet. You’re strong willed, cheeky, smart, adventurous, caring, HILARIOUS and such a pleasure to watch grow.

I can’t wait to see what this next year brings and how beautifully you continue to blossom into a sweet, young man.

Love your biggest fan, Mumma xx

Master Bedroom Refresh

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Here in Perth we had a tonne of rain and stormy weather over the weekend so I thought it would be the perfect time to show you my new cosy bedding from the Adairs Autumn Colour Romance Collection.

I’m beyond excited to be partnering with Adairs this year and styling various seasonal looks over the next 12 months. I was also lucky enough to fly to Melbourne for the Autumn Colour Romance Launch in March. I got to view all of the new season product in person and meet some incredibly talented women who I will be working alongside this year.

My starting point was the Winter Romance Cushion. This cushion caught my eye first because it has a range of beautiful colours that I can draw from to build layers and create a cosy bed, ready for the cooler months approaching. I then chose the Malta quilt and european pillowcases in sage because it has a subtle quilted texture and it ties back with the leaves in the romance cushion perfectly. I also find sage really easy to style with other colours. It looks nice with blush, rose, light grey, plum, burgundy, white etc so it can be restyled for future looks in a new palette.

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Tip: When styling a bed, I usually buy the quilt cover and euros in the same style… Pair one standard pillowcase set with the sheets and the other standard set with whatever colour you have in the surrounding space. It ensures everything looks balanced and visually pleasing.

So abiding by my own little personal rule above, I selected the sheets and standard pillowcases next. I chose the Stonewashed Cotton Silver sheets and one pillowcase pair, then another set of standard pillowcases in the Vintage Wash Prune colour. Moving down to the throws, I chose the Himalayan Fur Blanket in Zinc and the Malmo Linen throw in Rose to layer together at the end of the bed. They not only add warmth and texture to the space but also tie in the dusty rose and warm grey elements in other areas of the room.

Lastly, I bought the Marmaris bedside tables to match the rest of my furniture. They’re a really nice sturdy bedside and I love the warmth of the timber. I’m also a big fan of the open bookshelf because I like having a place next to the bed to house a few magazines and books.

Well, that’s my AW18 look complete! I can’t wait to snuggle into this bedding during winter and enjoy the ‘fresh linen feels.’ Scroll down to shop the look and bag yourself a bargain in the current Adairs Autumn sale.

Much Love,

T x

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Malta Queen Quilt Cover Sage | Shop Here |

Malta European Covers Sage | Shop Here |

Himalayan Luxury Fur Blanket Zinc | Shop Here |

Malmo Linen Throw Rose Pink | Shop Here |

Malmo Linen Cushion Rose Pink | Shop Here |

Winter Romance Velvet Cushion | Shop Here |

Stonewashed Sheet Separates Silver| Shop Here |

Vintage Wash Valance White | Shop Here |

Vintage Wash Pillowcases Prune | Shop Here |

Zala Woven Cushion Dusty Rose | Shop Here |

European Marmaris Side Tables | Shop Here |

Oakland Ottoman Burgundy | Shop Here |

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This post has been sponsored by Adairs. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

Mia’s Nursery

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today I want to share Mia’s nursery reveal with you all. It is packed full of blush tones, cosy textures and the cutest little details. The brief I got from my client (and now friend) Joanne was dreamy and pink! She wanted a cosy space that felt warm and pretty for Mia to enjoy and grow in. I’m so pleased with how the room turned out and even more so that Jo and the family adore it. As always, I’ll write a bit about the room then post the images and at the end, link all the products so you can easily shop the look.

Our starting point was the Cole and Son’s star wallpaper. It’s such a lovely pale blush colour and the design is really versatile. By having a simple patterned design, it allows the room to evolve into a toddler bedroom, then young girl’s room and still look age appropriate. When I showed Jo this wallpaper as a starting point, it was a big YES and from there we could start introducing complimenting blush accents.

Although everything works so well as a finished product, we did face the challenge of making sure all the pink tones were similar. Some items we bought online were too peach, some were too candy pink and some were too musky (the joys of shopping online and the colour arriving way off.) So we swapped things around until we achieved the perfect tonal range and the room looked balanced.

Another issue we had was trying to find floating timber shelvingggg! Omg, raw timber shelving (not laminate) is so hard to come across. The only ones I have ever loved are the Ethnicraft oak ones stocked by Globewest, but they weren’t the right size so we had some custom made for the recess. Jo’s friend is a carpenter and he did a fantastic job creating the three shelves below (I have linked his details in the shop the look section.)

Looking back at this project, I love how all the little details help make the space balanced and harmonious. Often, the finer details are the elements that bring the whole space together and create visual impact. The subtle pops of gold, warm timber tones, and ruffles of tulle are repeated throughout the nursery, to do exactly that- delight the eye and tie the room together.

Okay enough rambling about the process. Below are the images I took of Mia’s nursery last week and most of the supplier links. If I’ve accidentally left something out, just leave a comment in the comments section and I’ll answer asap 🙂

Have a lovely week,

T xx

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Cot || Shop here

Dresser || Shop here

Wallpaper || Shop here

Rug || Shop here

Chair || Shop here

Ottoman || Shop here

Pom pom cushion || Shop here

Mrs Mighetto poster || Shop here

Rabbit poster || Shop here

Book shelves || Shop here

Bunny head || Shop here

Timber shelves || Shop here

Sheepskin || Shop here

Trunks || Shop here

Rocking Horse || Shop here

Change basket || Shop here

Change basket blanket || Shop here

Soft toys on shelf || Shop here

Cupcakes on shelf || Shop here

Reversible quilt || Shop here

Heart string lights || Shop here

Lidded baskets || Shop here

Gold sequin wire heart || Shop here

Muted gold round cushion || Shop here

Small horse print || Shop here

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All images are the property of Tarina Lyell T/A Oh Eight Oh Nine and must not be used or published in any way without written consent.

Bedside Table Styles Under $300

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Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since posting online here. I’m really enjoying being less present on social media and watching Chet grow before my eyes. My blog posts have been put on the back burner a little bit lately, but in saying that, Chet is at his dad’s house today so I have a spare hour to write a new entry!

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “Where are the bedsides from?” No matter which project I’m posting an image of, the bedsides always receive a lot of love. So, I thought I would show you 15 of my favourites that are under $300.00… as well as a couple that exceed the $300.00 mark just a teensy bit!

I am an all-round lover of oak/ oak veneer because I like the warmth it brings to a room. However, lately I’m also crushing on walnut and brass details, especially coming into the autumn / winter season! I’ve listed a few different styles and colours, as well as some bargain finds that are on sale!

Enjoy these beauties and feel free to shop the look below.

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All Natural

Mia Contemporary Nightstand | $299.00 | Shop Here

Olsen Bedside Table | $219.95 | Shop Here

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Natural with White Details

Wren 2 Draw Bedside | $299.00 | Shop Here

Mykonos Bedside Table | $279.99 | Shop Here

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Walnut with Brass Details

Parque 1 Draw Bedside | $299.00 | Shop Here

Alsace Bedside Table Walnut | $299.99 | Shop Here

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Natural with Black Details

Avenue Bedside Table | $325.00 | Shop Here

Theo Bedside Table | $199.95 | Shop Here

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Natural with White Drawers

Balmain Bedside Table | $249.99 | Shop Here

Presley Bedside Table |$300.00 | Shop Here

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Brass Details

Hertz Bedside Table | $249.00 | Shop Here

Hayworth Bedside Table |$319.95 | Shop Here

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Rattan Bedsides

Lulu Bedside | $295.00 | Shop Here

Claude S/Table | $295.00 | Shop Here

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Marble Side Tables

Pentagon Marble S/Table | $295.00 | Shop Here

Maisie S/Table | $269.00 | Shop Here

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Natural Side Tables

Phoenix S/Table | $139.95 | Shop Here

Naomi Ash Table | $249.00 | Shop Here

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I included a few side tables as well because sometimes it’s nice to have a simpler design in a guest bedroom where drawers aren’t needed. They also look great against a dark feature wall or wallpaper if you want the background to be your ‘wow factor.’ By using a side table instead of a bulkier bedside table you’re allowing the background to be your main feature in the room.

Before purchasing a side table to act as a bedside, it’s important you check the measurements because they come in all different widths and heights. Some are high, some are super low… so you need to make sure you choose one that sits relatively in line with your mattress.

If you want to change up the look of your current bedside table and it has a handle or knob, you can always purchase a new one to give it a fresh look. I changed the Balmain Bedside Table knobs to a small crystal in the girl’s room (featured at the end of this post.) It gives a softer, younger and more feminine feel, which works well against all the girly elements in the space. Some of my other faves are leather, vintage ivory and wooden replacement handles- eBay and Etsy are full of great little finds!

Well I hope you’ve gained some inspo from this blog post and enjoyed seeing some of my fave bedside designs.

Have a fab week,

Txx

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Homebuyers Girl’s Room

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Hey everyone,

First of all I wanted to thank you for all the love and messages on my previous post. It was really comforting knowing other women could relate in one way or another. So thank you, I was heart warmed by each comment and private message.

Today I’m going to share some really cute images from the girl’s bedroom I recently completed in the Homebuyers Centre ‘Norfolk’ display home. This room is super sweet and if you’re in Perth you can check it out in person at 4 Quinn Street (off Farrell Road) in Midvale. The opening hours are:

Monday and Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home design, with an open plan living area, theatre, kid’s zone and large alfresco area. I have kept the furniture and decor selections light and bright with a fairly neutral colour palette and the occasional pop of blush. If you want some inspiration or are looking at building your first home, head over to Homebuyers Centre for all the details on how you could receive an interior styling consult with me. Whoooop!

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The girl’s bedroom is probably one of my favourite rooms because I love the blush, white and soft blue colour palette. The warm and cool tones work beautifully together and it creates something different, in comparison to the very popular blush and white scheme for a little girl. I will admit the soft blue product is quite hard to find so I will upload a ‘Shop the Look’ concept further down, with easy shopping links so you can find a majority of the product I have used. If something is sold out online, you may want to contact the store directly and see if it’s in stock somewhere close by because this job was bought and installed only a month ago (sometimes online sells out quicker than in store.)

Often I get asked where I ‘start’ when designing/styling a kid’s room and usually my answer is the art or wallpaper. In this case it was the Sara Winfield art but I also wanted a subtle wallpaper that didn’t take away from the print. I locked in a neutral star wallpaper from Wall Candy (in Perth) but the next step was to find a couple of other prints that complimented the Sara artwork nicely. I approached Little Design Haus to customise her ‘Scandinavian Flowers’ set, changing out the grey for blue. I adore the finished product and they work beautifully opposite the Sara art. From there, I hunted for blush and soft blue decor/bedding to create balance in this magical little space.

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I also wanted to hang a canopy off center to create interest and fill the wall space a little more. I decided to break away from the usual brand I use and try a Spinkie Baby design. Oh my gosh, it’s so soft and pretty. Perfect if you’re wanting to create a dreamy girl’s bedroom or play area. You can choose either a gold or silver crown, or leave it off completely, so it’s quite a versatile styling piece. The Australian stockist is listed further down in the ‘Shop the Look’ section.

To keep costs down and work within my allocated budget I used affordable furniture and focused on spending more on cute decor/ styling pieces. The desk is from Adairs and the bed is from Fantastic Furniture (links below) so I thought these were great little finds that really helped me stay within my fairly tight budget. By watching what I spent on the large ticket items, I was able to buy some cool books from Jack and Willow as well as some gorgeous bedding from various stores below.

Well I better get linking all the product because it will be fairly long. If you have any questions or if I have left something out, feel free to comment below and I’ll answer asap 🙂 Oh and make sure if you’re in Perth you go check it out in person.

Much Love,

T xx

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Bed || Shop Here

Wallpaper || Shop Here

Flower Artwork || Shop Here

Twins Artwork || Shop Here

Canopy || Shop Here

Desk || Shop Here

Desk Chair || Shop Here

Rug || Shop Here

Book Shelf || Shop Here

Books || Shop Here

Quilt Cover || Shop Here

Blue Throw || Shop Here

White blanket ||  Shop Here

Pom Pom Cushion || Shop Here

Kitten Toy || Shop Here

Ballerina Toy || Shop Here

Rabbit Toy || Shop Here

Star Cushion || Shop Here

Blush Floor Cushion || Shop Here

Mongolian Sheepskin || Shop Here

Koala Wooden Toy || Shop Here

Lamp || Target

Pink Vase || Adairs

Faux Flowers ||  Adairs

Blue Cushion || Country Road

Pencils and Acrylic Cup || Officeworks

Star Wand || Cotton On Kids

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For more information on Homebuyers Centre click below

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This post has been sponsored by Homebuyers Centre. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

 

 

A Long Overdue Post!

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Hey everyone!

Sorry I have been quiet lately! I’m still here and should probably take the time to write a few new posts. One topic that a lot of people wanted me to write about is how I shed 10kg in a fairly short amount of time. This will probably cross over onto another post but I thought it may be nice to have a starting point. Firstly, I want to make it very clear that in no way whatsoever am I qualified in health, nutrition or fitness haha. I’m actually very much the opposite. I know very little about health but I didn’t need someone to tell me the lifestyle I was living a few months ago wasn’t the best for my body, my happiness or my self esteem. So this post is going to be quite raw and honest- me opening up about the lows and highs of the past few months and how the change has made me a much happier person.

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Pre baby I had a slim build and sat around the 63-65kilo mark. I’m 176cm tall so that evens out kinda well, I think? Meh, I don’t know but I was never unhappy with the way I looked. I put on over 20kg when I was pregnant with Chet in 2014. I carried and birthed a beautiful 9lb8 baby boy which I’m beyond proud of. The weight did drop off quite a bit when I was breast feeding but as soon as Chet stopped breast feeding, the weight literally started piling back on. I probably wasn’t eating as healthy as I should have been either, because I struggled finding motivation to cook healthy meals for myself, when Shaun worked fifo (fly in fly out.)

Fast forward to the beginning of 2017 and I really wasn’t feeling good about myself. I hadn’t worn swimwear in 2 years, I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes, I dreaded getting undressed and having to look in the mirror before stepping in the shower and I wore jeans through the entire summer season in Perth. Holy hell, it was hot. I was around 73kilos then…

In April, my world was turned upside down when my husband and I separated. It was and still is, a very emotional time for me. I’m not going to go into detail about the split because he deserves his own privacy, but what I will share are my feelings. I felt so low, I didn’t want to leave the house because I felt even worse about my appearance. The only time I really ever left home, is to take Chet to the playground or to catch up with my closest friends and their children… people who would never judge me. I continued for another 2 and a half months of shitty eating and more weight gain before I forced myself to take a picture of the truth. A picture that depicted how truly unhappy I was. It actually makes me emotional remembering those awful feelings… but anyway, that’s exactly why I needed to kick my butt into gear and I’m so thankful I did before it got worse.

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In the first image above (in July) I weighed about 75ish kilos and now just over 13 weeks later I’m 11kilos lighter. I’m feeling sooo, SO happy with my progress and I’m also super proud that I actually STUCK with the small, healthier changes I put in place. I know I was never super overweight and I am a huge believer of worshiping all body types, large or small. As long as you’re happy and love the skin you’re in, then it really doesn’t matter how toned or squishy you are. For me it’s not even the digits lost, it’s the complete 360 in mentality that has made me feel at peace again! I’ll share what I did below but as I mentioned above, I am not an expert (in any way, shape or form) when it comes to health and fitness.

I started food shopping online for Chet and I. I found this great because I wasn’t tempted by the chocolate sales. The only treat I now buy are small Kinder bars and the rest of my shop is mainly packed full of fruit, veges, rice, lean meat and nuts etc…. I swapped my usual peanut butter toast for a smoothie in the morning and I also give Chet some with his breakfast. The smoothies consist of:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 3 strawberries
  • blueberries
  • a handful of kale or baby spinach
  • half an avocado
  • passionfruit pulp
  • 100grams of yoghurt
  • and black chia seeds.

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I carry a small container of trail mix in my car so if I get hungry in between jobs I’m not tempted to get something naughty. If I have more than one coffee a day, only one can have sugar in it (lol) and I usually ask for a skinny latte now. Other than that, I just cut down my portion sizes because I’d often just eat whatever was on my plate even if I was full.

I started doing 30mins of exercise a day. I haven’t re-joined a gym but I’ve been doing some light workouts at home and running laps across the road at the park. I will start muscle building soon, however, to date I have only been following a ‘no equipment workout video.’ I found a free one on YouTube that just worked for me. As a beginner I didn’t want one that was too intense but now that I’m familiar with the below sessions, I swap the workouts around and focus on the areas I want to tone more. After I finish the 20min workout, I run 20 laps of 100meters back and forth, then do another round of crunches. My belly button will never be super toned because my scar tissue (of having a piercing) stretched so much when I was pregnant… I actually remember my mum warning me of that when I was 13 and thinking she was a liar haha!!!

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I actually asked Insta for recommendations on their fave workouts and the majority said either Shaun T25, Kayla Itsines or Sam Wood. So if the above videos don’t suit you, maybe give those a go too 🙂

Besides committing to a healthier lifestyle there’s obviously a factor of stress involved too- I’d be naive to think otherwise. The separation and pressures of adjusting to my new ‘single mum title’ has been tough but in saying that, I’m definitely taking care of myself now, more than ever. With Chet by my side and an amazing network of friends and family, I can accomplish anything.

If you’ve been wanting to make a healthier change in your life, I urge you to do it. It helped my mentality and confidence ten fold! The future seems brighter and I feel refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges. My intention for this post is not to gain praise, compliments or sympathy, it’s purely to acknowledge my own efforts and hopefully get someone else feeling positive about their body image.

If I haven’t covered something properly, if you have any questions OR if you have any suggestions on things I could improve on please feel free to leave a comment below.

Much love,

T x

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