Thomas’s Toddler Bedroom

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Happy weekend everyone,

I’m excited to finally give you a room tour of Thomas’s toddler bedroom today. I designed, installed and styled this fun-filled space for Thomas late last year and I have been itching to show you some more images. I have waited a little while to pop this room up on the blog because it is featured in the printed annual edition of Minty Magazine . Now you can see it either right here, or in print on the Minty Magazine website.

Jemma and Ben contacted me in August last year to design a beautiful Toddler Bedroom for Thomas, to celebrate becoming a big brother. They also wanted to make it an opportunity to transition him into the newly renovated two story home and a ‘big boy bed.’ In addition we also recently completed Christian’s Nursery (who is Thomas’s baby brother) that you can find on my blog here.

Yes I know you’re all probably thinking, “the wallpaper is the same as Chet’s,” but I actually specified and installed it in Thomas’s room first. I loved it so much in here that I ordered some for Chet’s room a few months later. Thankfully Jemma didn’t mind and we still remain buddies haha πŸ˜‰

Below are the before images of what the room looked like when Jemma contacted me.

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We wanted to keep both of the boy’s rooms consistent so we used Oeuf NYC Furniture from Urban Baby Shop. I specified the Oeuf Perch Toddler Bed because Thomas was still in a Cot and it is ‘Cot Size’ not ‘Single Size’ to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Another pro was that the front rail adds extra security without compromising the look of the overall design. The room has a huge built in wardrobe so a dresser wasn’t necessary. Instead, I chose the Oeuf Mini Library because in our initial meeting Jemma said, “Thomas has lots of books and toys,”- Perfecto!

As an alternative to using a traditional rectangle rug, I chose a gorgeous, plush Triple Icelandic Sheepskin from Hides Of Excellence. It fits the space perfectly and ties back with the texture of the Baby Alpaca Artwork. It also creates a cosy area on the floor where Thomas can play and read whenever he wants.

*Please note* when decorating nurseries you need to read through the SIDS guidelines first and be mindful of putting wool/ natural fibers in a baby’s room. Thomas is 2 years old so this rug is a beautiful (and safe) addition to his new room.

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I adore how the colours work so well with each other in this room. The floor cushion works back beautifully with the bedding and the leather cushion is the perfect compliment to the alpaca artwork. If you don’t want to follow a generic theme (like in Thomas and Chet’s room) try and choose a consistent colour palette so the room has unity. Sticking to fairly neutral palette with pops of colour will ensure that the room looks fun and inviting but also has a tonne of versatility for years to come.

Well I hope you like Thomas’s Toddler Bedroom as much as we do and sorry it took a while to upload to the blog! I was so excited about seeing it in print that I forgot to post sooner. Stay tuned for another three gorgeous boy’s bedrooms coming soon, alongside three girl’s bedrooms eek!!

If you would like me to create a dream space for your little love, please feel free to contact me via email here.Β  If you would like to view the suppliers please keep scrolling to the end of this post.

Have a relaxing weekend.

Much Love

T xx

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Perch Toddler Bed || Shop Here

Mini Library || Shop Here

Triple Icelandic Sheepskin || Shop Here

Tile Progress Wallpaper || Shop Here

Rafa XL Shelf || Shop Here

Side Table || Shop Here

Navy Floor Cushion || Shop Here

Wooden Carry Baskets || Shop Here

Plush Bear Head || Shop Here

Loft Armchair || Shop Here

Storage Bag || Shop Here

Scandi Floor Lamp || Shop Here

Baby Alpaca Print || Shop Here

Konges SlΓΈjd Junior Bedding ||Β  Shop Here

Apple Cushion || Shop Here

Round Leather Cushion || Shop Here

Maya Cushion || Shop Here

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Cute Corner

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Happy Friday everyone!

Just a really quick entry for this afternoon because I don’t want to spam you with a novel caption on Instagram haha. Today, I created a really sweet corner in our living room for Chet, where he can play, craft and not fall asleep haha. Yes I said “not” (am I insane?) I’ll let you know why below- it won’t be long I promise.

Our home is a 4×2 however it’s not overly big at all. It’s just a nice small home we can enjoy as a family, until we build again one day. I have thought about creating a playroom in my study (which is the 4th room) but I know he wouldn’t use it because he likes being able to see me. He won’t even play outside unless I am with him and that’s totally fine. He’s still little and I love that he wants to ‘hang’ around me because I know it won’t last forever. Recently I have been sticking him in front of the TV in the theatre room while I cook dinner at 5:30 but this week it has been backfiring on me.

Chet doesn’t have a nap anymore… He will refuse a day nap for hours and the only way he’ll ever fall asleep is in the car orrrrr…. at 5:30 when I’m cooking dinner eep. Everyone knows that there is no happy ending to your toddler having a 5:30pm nap. Lol! This is why I have created a little space where Chet can craft, play and watch the ipad while I’m cooking. The kitchen, dining and living room are open plan so I can keep an eye on him and make sure he’s not drawing on any of the furniture haha.

I will let you know how it goes but I hope he loves it because I spent so much on textas, pencils, crayons, coloured card, scrapbooks and glue today. The gorgeous desk is from Kido Store and the little holders are removable so they can be placed wherever you like. It’s seriously cool! You can view it here.

Anyway, that’s my back-story! I’ll take some more pictures soon but I won’t ramble anymore because it’s the weekendddd! Have a great one!!

Much Love

T xx

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Cute Baby/Kid’s Knits

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Happy hump day everyone,

With autumn fast approaching and the rainy days (including flash flooding) Perth experienced last week it got me thinking about warmer garments for Chet. Last year I bought a bunch of woolen knits and was a little annoyed at myself for buying so many when our winter here in Australia is not that cold. Unfortunately he outgrew them really quickly, so this year I am aiming at buying cotton knit garments instead. Cotton is lightweight, but still warm enough to keep our babes toasty throughout the cooler months.

I found a beautiful brand called Zulunar based in Sydney, who create gorgeous 100% cotton knitted garments for babies and toddlers. To be honest, I was initially looking for a new cuddle blanket but soon realised they also stock matching beanies and cardigans. Eeeek! Who doesn’t love a baby/ toddler in an adorable and coordinating outfit? I grabbed one of each (not making last years mistake) and we loooove them. I’m super happy and Chet seems really comfortable in his new cardi.

I have put together 2 of my favourite looks from the Zulunar website below. I would really recommend anyone who is wanting to invest in some quality knitted pieces for their little love, to have a squizz at these shopping links.

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  1. Cable Knit Luxury Cotton Blanket || Caramel || Shop Here
  2. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Blanket || Antique White || Shop Here
  3. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Beanie || Oatmeal || Shop Here
  4. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Cardigan || Oatmeal || Shop Here

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  1. Cable Knit Luxury Cotton Blanket || Indigo Marle || Shop Here
  2. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Blanket || Grey Marle || Shop Here
  3. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Beanie || Indigo Marle || Shop Here
  4. Wave Knit Luxury Cotton Cardigan || Indigo Marle || Shop Here

I have always found sweet boys clothing hard to find so I’m glad I came across this beautiful store before Chet grew out of size 2. He is 2 and a half years old and is in between a size 2 and 3 (wearing size 2 below) so the sizing for us is spot on at the moment. The bonus part is that cotton washes a tonne better than wool so these pieces will be stashed away when Chet grows out of them for our future baby (who has not been conceived yet lol.)

It’s my birthday tomorrow so I’m off to bake my own cupcakes with Chet. I said it yesterday but I’ll say it again- We are dying for Shaun to come home next week.

Happy Shopping!

Much love,

T xx

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Scandinavian Inspired Wall Art

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Happy Tuesday.

First of all I’m going to apologise for the damage you’re about to do on your debit/credit cards haha. Sorryyyyy! I recently discovered an amazing store called Desenio that I think Aussies deserve to know about. They sell incredible home decor prints with strong Scandinavian influences that are both affordable and beautiful quality.

I received my two ‘Dancer’ prints a couple of weeks ago to hang in our theatre room and I adore them. The paper and printing quality is really impressive, especially for such large images. I also got 2x Desenio black frames because my ikea ones were warping in shape and these ones have a much better opening and closing system (in comparison.) The backing has multiple swivel clips that lock into a groove on the frame. I did a little happy dance when I saw them because I hateeee those bendy pins that break your nails!!! I’ll include a picture of the opening/ closing system towards the end of this post so you can see how much easier they are.

It took me a few days to choose these prints because there were so many designs that I loved. Some of the print categories include photographic, fashion, kids, quotes, nature, abstract etc and each design comes in a great range of sizes- perfect for gallery walls. My favourite category is the photographic art and it is clear to see why… The landscapes are breath taking and there are also a some gorgeous model prints available in this category.

Below, I will list my top 10 prints from the Desenio website. Eventually I would love to buy all of them to create a Scandinavian inspired gallery wall in my office. Don’t they work so beautifully together? Feel free to follow the links to view each one and there may also be a sneaky 25% off discount code at the end of the list.

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  1. Dancer One || Shop Here
  2. Dancer Three || Shop Here
  3. Dreamer B+W || Shop Here
  4. Cloud || Shop Here
  5. Mountain Tops || Shop Here
  6. Serene || Shop Here
  7. Black Stallion || Shop Here
  8. Skeleton Leaf || Shop Here
  9. Kate Moss- Life is a Joke || Shop Here
  10. Ocean || Shop Here

Yay! Let the shopping begin… but not before I give you the magical password. The 25% off codeword is:

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The sale starts now and is valid until the 9th of February (7th-9th Feb 2017.) Excludes clips, hangers and premium prints.

Have a lovely day.

Much love,

T xx

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This blog post is a proud collaboration between Desenio and Oh Eight Oh Nine.

 

It’s Time to Save

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Good morning!

This year Shaun and I would like to either renovate our small family home or build a new one… Or both. Who knows. It got me thinking about finances and saving, blah blah blah. Saving sucks and I remember how hard it was to stick to the lifestyle changes we made, but the outcome (no matter what you’re saving for) is utterly rewarding. Today I’m going to share some of the ways we saved our deposit, in hope that other first home buyers may find it somewhat useful. I am completely aware that everyone’s financial situations are different and I am 100% not specialised in either budgeting or finance lollllll, but these pointers are changes we made a few years back. I am actually really excited to revisit them this year and start saving for our dream home.

First of all, it seems obvious but do your research on which banks have great home loan packages for first home buyers. Often first home buyers get so excited about the thought of building their own home that they start the process with looking at display homes ‘as a teaser.’ Just be aware that the sales assistants in these display homes are trained in selling and signing you up to build as quickly as possible with their company.

As a starting pointΒ I would recommend taking a look at People’s Choice Credit Union. They have a really impressive home loan package for first home buyers and have recently been named ‘CANSTAR’s 2016 First Home Buyer Customer Owned Institution Of The Year- SA.’ In celebration of this win they have a three- year Fixed Home Loan Package rate for first home buyers at 3.84%p.a. (comparison rate 4.86%p.a.) Cha Chinggg!

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Use an online ‘savings’ and ‘borrowing’ calculator to determine a realistic budget. This will give you a rough indication at the types of homes and suburbs you can start looking at. You can find a savings calculator here and the borrowing calculator here.

Once Shaun and I figured out how much we could borrow and how much we needed to save I made some slight changes to our lifestyle. Here are 10 ways in which we did that:

  1. I made our major bills direct debit. eg $20 for each utility bill came out of my account every week which covered our usage for the year. Now that we have rates to pay for, I have bumped it up so we don’t need to fork out any extra money (unless we use a tonne more water than usual.)
  2. Online food shopping can really help when you want to save some extra coin because you only search for the items on your list. You’re not tempted by the chocolate specials and if you have kids, you don’t have to buy them bribes to be angel children.
  3. On that note, buy in bulk so you don’t have to shop as frequently. Guaranteed each trip to the grocery store, you will grab sometime you don’t really need.
  4. Make enough dinner for left overs to take to work/ have for lunch.
  5. Cut out some luxuries (it won’t be forever.) For me I started painting my nails instead of going to the salon and Shaun stopped drinking beer for ages. Both saved a tonne of money.
  6. Clear out the old. You will want to decorate a new home with gorgeous new furniture and homewares, so clear out the old and sell the items worth getting money for. I sold some of our old unwanted items on Gumtree, eBay and I even gathered up my friends for a Swapmeet.
  7. Car pool. I lived close by to a colleague and good friend of mine, so we took it in turns taking each other to work. I saved so much in petrol money because we lived 45mins away from our workplace.
  8. Go through your insurances and bills. Often you can save money when reviewing your car / contents insurance or private health care.
  9. Manage your debts efficiently and set up your direct debits the day after payday.
  10. This isn’t for everyone, but we had a tenant come and stay at our rental, which helped so much with our rent payments. Shaun was working fifo and our other 3 rooms were being wasted space so we had a really lovely guy come and stay with us (who was also fifo.) …Pretty much he paid half of our rent and was only there 1 out of 3 weeks.

These slight adjustments helped speed up the savings process and get us into our first home quicker. By biggest piece of advice is pretty obvious, do your research! Especially when it comes to lenders. It’s such a huge commitment and ideally you want to make the right decision regarding your finances. If you need any help understanding how the process of applying for a home loan package works or want to read further into the rates, this first home buyers guide is really helpful.

Now it’s time to practice what I preach and start saving for some exciting projects in 2017.

Have a lovely week!

Much love,

T xx

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This post is in collaboration with People’s Choice Credit Union, however all thoughts, experiences and opinions are my own.

Terms, conditions, fees, charges and lending criteria apply and are available on application.*To be eligible for a Home Loan Package, you must have minimum borrowings of $150,000 and your pay must be deposited into a People’s Choice account. The comparison rate is current as at 14 December 2016 and is subject to change without notice. Home Loan Rate available for first home buyers only (each borrower on the loan must have never previously owned a residential property (either separately or jointly with another person)). Investment Loans are excluded from this offer. After the fixed period, loan reverts to applicable Variable Home Loan Package rate at the time, determined by total home lending balance. Current Variable Home Loan Package rate for $150,000 is 4.71%p.a., comparison rate 5.09%p.a. The comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over a 25 year term. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. You should consider our Product Disclosure Statement and/or other Disclosure Documents. This information and advice is provided without reference to your personal circumstances so you should consider whether this product fits your objectives, financial situation and needs. People’s Choice Credit Union, a trading name of Australian Central Credit Union Ltd, ABN 11 087 651 125 Australian Credit Licence (244310).

Hydrangea Magic

 

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Hi everyone,

First of all I quickly want to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope 2017 brings you endless love, laughter and happiness. Thank you for all your support, comments and love throughout 2016.

I am still in holiday mode and way too chilled to post anything substantial, so today I want to share a little magic trick I just discovered to revive wilting hydrangea flowers. I was totally skeptical but the method worked so well- I had to take a few pictures to prove it.

These hydrangeas are like 11 days old. I have kept them in the fridge because Lee my florist is on holiday (how dare she have a break lol) and I wanted them to stay fresh for as long as possible. Refrigerating doesn’t stop them from drooping though so yesterday I tested the below.

  1. boil the kettle with fresh water
  2. re-cut the stem about an inch
  3. poke a hole through a plastic bag
  4. put the flowers in the bag with the stem exposed
  5. pour the boiling water into a heat resistant cup or bucket
  6. place the stem in the boiling water with the bag covering the petals (but not closed at the top.)
  7. leave them in there for as long as they need to hydrate
  8. take out and place in fresh water

Voila!!!

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I only left mine in for about 20 minutes because I had limited time but the difference was very noticeable already. From what I read, an hour or two is a good amount of time to leave in the hot water. I’m not a florist by any means but this little technique did help boost my blooms. It’s definitely worth a try if you are a hydrangea lover like myself and want to prolong their beauty haha.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Much Love,

T xx

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