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.

 

Top 10 Kid’s Beds

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Happy weekend everyone,

One of my goals for the blog this year is to write a lot more. Sometimes life gets chaotic and drafts get put on the back burner but when I get in my element, I find it really relaxing. Today, I want to share a bunch of children’s beds that I adore at the moment… All 10 of them.

A bed is one of the biggest investment pieces you will buy when decorating your child’s bedroom so it needs to be versatile and comfortable. It also needs to encourage sleep and relaxation but lets be honest here… it also needs to look cool lol. Below I have listed 10 of my favourite designs, which are available to purchase in Australia.

First up is the Oliver Furniture bed available at Design Stuff Group. Need I say more? This bed has a strong Scandinavian design, being simple yet stylish AF. The white surround and contrasting oak legs literally make this children’s bed by far my favourite. Additional extras include a security bed rail and trundle (because who doesn’t love extra storage.)

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Next up is the stunning Mini Soho bed from Bed Nest. I love the cozy feeling that upholstered beds give to a children’s space, especially when paired with soft linen and cushions. There are a bunch of fabric colours to choose from and with this in mind, you can have a lot of fun designing a bed to suit your little one’s personality.

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Ahh, the Oeuf River Bed available at Urban Baby Shop! So gorgeous and I can say this with confidence because this is the bed I bought for Chet. It comes in either Birch/ White or Walnut/White and has the complimenting bedroom furniture to match. The little bench seat at the bottom is a huge hit in our home and we have already created some beautiful memories cuddling in here.

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The Crescent Bed is the product of a gorgeous collaboration between Peony Home and Belinda Kurtz from Petite Interior Co. The shape of this bed head is simple, but it also makes a great (and super fun) statement, especially with the contrast piping. There are 4 colours to choose from (in both the frame and piping) so it can be customised for either a lucky little boy or girl.

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OMG, I adore this bed. I would buy it in a heartbeat (right now) if I had the room to put it… Maybe it’s time to clear out some space yeah? It’s the London Day Bed from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs styled beautifully in the home of Live Loud Girl. It’s unique and super versatile, which is perfect for growing children… and growing personalities.

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All the heart eyes for this Brittany Bed from Early Settler, styled in the home of Blonde and Bone. If you want a sweet, girly bed with rustic charm, this is the bed for your little love. Even 5 year old me would have appreciated the gorgeous carved detailing.

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The Fenwick Headboards from Heatherly Designs are super fun and super dooper cute. You can really let your imagination run wild with these because you can choose both the fabric and cross stitch colours. The best thing about customising a piece of furniture is that it will reflect your children’s personality and it becomes a feature piece in the room.

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On the topic of customising, the Knect4 bed from Mubu Home is another one of my faves. It has a Birch Ply frame and comes in 5 colour options. Birch/White, Birch/Nude, Birch/Latte Grey, Birch/Dusty Blue and all Birch. Gah, so many ‘birch’ words in one sentence but it is a gorgeous looking material that looks great in children’s bedrooms.

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Oooo this is a bed head I am dying to use in a kid’s bedroom. The Palm Springs headboard from Family Love Tree gives such a calm and grounded presence. It could be played up with earthy boho colours or styled effortlessly with calming neutrals. This design can easily be made less ‘adult’ with some fun pom poms and a vibrant Moroccan rug, but can also adapt well into your child’s teenage years.

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Last but not least Plyroom– I absolutely adore everything these guys create. Their designs are understated and minimal yet, super stylish. Without intending this piece will become a feature piece within itself, especially if the bedding allows the frame and detailing to be visible. The Singolo design is versatile to suit either gender and will grow with your children well into their teenage years. Styled and photographed by me in the stunning home of Jenni Farr @designdevotee.

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With all this chat of beds, I better jump into my own and get some shut eye… Then wake up tomorrow (I mean today it’s almost 1am argh) and have six coffees because I have both my nephews coming over for a play date with Chet.

Have a lovely Saturday.

Much Love,

T xx

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 point 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

Florist || FLORALSTATE || Shop Here

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Joshua’s Toddler Bedroom

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Hello everyone.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I can’t believe it is Christmas this week YAYYY!

Today I want to spam you with Joshua’s new toddler bedroom that I styled on Friday and Saturday. His beautiful mumma Bailey contacted me a few months ago when their  home was in the midst of renovations. She had already bought most of the product but needed help with furniture/art direction, putting it all together and styling it. So that’s where I came in and boy-oh-boy is it stunning.

All the finishes and details in their newly renovated home scream elegance so we wanted to keep this room quite minimal and clean… but still fun for a growing little boy. There are two floor to ceiling built in wardrobes which are beyond incredible, so a dresser wasn’t necessary in this room. Instead we created a little reading nook as well as a library area where Joshua can store extra books and toys. His new Mini Mod was a huge hit and seeing how much he liked it made me ‘need’ one for Chet lol. Way cooler than a standard beanbag and the perfect size for a kid’s bedroom or play area!

Below are some images I took and a “Shop the Look” design concept. Feel free to follow the shopping links to direct product listings. Make sure you also head over to their social media pages to be notified of any Boxing Day sales being held.

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For everyone who has fallen in love with Joshua’s new room so far… Here is a ‘Shop the Look’ design concept where you can find the product we used in this gorgeous space (and some additional pieces). There are also more images below, to draw inspiration from.

shop the look.pngWallpaper || $40.00 per roll || Shop Here

Bed || Price Varies || Shop Here

Bedside Table || $89.95 || Shop Here

White ‘Amsterdam’ Chair || $699.00 || Shop Here

Floor Rug || $699.00 || Shop Here

Tan Mini Mod || $159.95 || Shop Here

2x Acrylic Wall Shelves || $199.95 Set || Shop Here

Tia Table Lamp || Shop Here

Pendant Light || $305.00 || Shop Here

White Horse Bedding || $190.00 || Shop Here

Rabbit Softie (LBS Fancy Nulle) || $179.95 ||  Shop Here

Vilac Car || $269.95 || Shop Here

Smartie cushions || $65.00 each || Shop Here

Toy Sack || $30.00 || Shop Here

Scroll down further for more details of items not listed in the ‘Shop the Look’ Design concept.

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Here are some links to items that were not included in the design concept but were featured in Joshua’s toddler bedroom.

Oeuf Mini Library || $999.00 || Shop Here

Golden Wolf Print || $99.00 || Shop Here

3x A3 Monochrome Prints || £15.00 each  || Shop Here

OYOY Adventure Rug || $99.00 || Shop Here

Giant Plush Giraffe || $179.95 || Shop Here

Mountain and Star Cushions || Price Varies || Shop Here

Monochrome Donut || $35.00 || Shop Here

Monochrome Stripe Toys || Shop Here

Magnetic Wooden Toy Set || £59.50 || Shop Here

Wooden Vehicle Toys || Price Varies || Shop Here

Gumball Machine || $75.00 || Shop Here

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Well that’s me for today. I hope you enjoyed Joshua’s bedroom spam. Stay tuned for his baby brother Zavier’s nursery room tour next week. It’s a completely different look, feel and colour palette so if you’re after some gorgeous neutral nursery inspo be sure to check in again soon. You will adore it- I’m itching to show you all!!!! If you have any questions or if I have missed something off the shopping list please feel free to comment below.

Lastly, if you are looking for any design or styling help with your child’s bedroom in the New Year, please feel free to contact me via email here. I would love to create your little love their dream space and will work closely with you to design a room that suits your style and budget. The end result will be a carefully curated room that reflects your little love’s growing personality. Look forward to chatting soon!

Much Love,

T xx

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A magical Christmas in our home

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To say I am excited about Christmas this year is a total understatement. I’m not going to lie, the past few years I have been a complete Grinch and really didn’t get into the spirit of decorating. Obviously Christmas is about celebrating love, reflecting on the past year, eating great food and laughing with family and friends but I also believe some of the magic and sparkle stems when you start decorating your tree and home.

This year Chet is at a beautiful age where he understands a bit more about Christmas and gets excited about the pretty lights, decorations and pressies. He is also old enough this year to get involved in the decorating process and that is what I am really excited about. I put on my super mum undies and took him to our closest Vicinity Centre so we could do a huge Christmas shop. I’m talking a new tree, fairy lights, decorations, wrapping paper, Xmas day outfits, Xmas gifts, a huge delicious ham and of course I ended up buying multiple toys for Chet – a little bribery along the way.

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I really wanted to achieve a modern take on the “Traditional Christmas” style to suit our living room decor. I stuck with a mainly white / metallic / red colour palette and used mercury glass tree decorations to introduce classic details. I also styled some rustic logs to help add charm and my big “must have” was sparkle. Lots of fairy lights adorn the tree that creates a magical and festive corner in our home.

We put up our new tree over the weekend and every evening since, Chet has said “mumma light on.” I thought he meant our normal ceiling lights at first until he dragged me over to the power point. Too cute! To me that is the meaning of Christmas. Seeing your little love’s face light up when the Christmas tree sparkles is just so heart warming. His smile and the expression on his face makes me reflect on how much he has grown the past year and how lucky Shaun and I are to have such a gorgeous blessing in our life.

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I’m not going to tell you how to “style your tree” because I think it is a personal celebration to enjoy with your loved ones. However if you want to add a little more sparkle to your home (or your tree) this Chrissy, I have created a shopping list below of where to find the items we purchased over the weekend. You can locate your closest Vicinity Centre here.

The Christmas Tree

Pre-lit Christmas Tree | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

All tree decorations | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Shop at Target

Star | Various Christmas Sales | Shop at Big W

Additional fairy lights | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

Under the Christmas Tree

Glass Card Box | Details Here

Assorted Christmas Cards | 5 for $10 | Details Here

Hallmark Wrapping paper | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Shop at Target

Naughty and Nice gift tags | Details Here

Black Twine | Details Here

Votive Candles | Details Here

On / above the Entertainment Unit

Reindeer Standing | 30% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

Reindeer Sitting | 30% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

Stockings | 30% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

Glass Prism | Details Here

Small Christmas Trees | Up to 40% off Christmas Decorations | Shop at Adairs

Mercury Glass Votives | Shop at Bed Bath N Table

In our dining area

Mercury Glass Christmas Tree | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Shop at Target

Wreath | 30% off Christmas Decorations | Details Here

Snow globe | 20% off Christmas Decorations | Shop at Target

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As you can see from the above, there are so many amazing sales on at the moment. Most of the items are under $10, which makes it super affordable to decorate your tree and home beautifully this festive season. Head to your local Vicinity Centre to add a little sparkle this Christmas with products, tips and inspiration to make your Christmas gleam. You’re sure to save some coin during the sales but please don’t forget to also make a donation to those less fortunate.

Last but not least Vicinity Centres is searching for the most inspiring Christmas light display in the country with their nationwide competition, Lights On Christmas. To win, simply submit a photo of your most inspiring and creative Christmas lights display at addalittlesparkle.com.au. A $5,000 prize pool is up for grabs, to help you make your Christmas shine.

Well that’s me for today. I hope you all have an incredible love-filled December surrounded by special people and apologies in advance for the Christmas spam on insta. Shaun says I’ve gone a little crazy.

Much love,

T xx

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Add a Little Sparkle collaboration sponsored by Vicinity Centres.