27 April 2015


A few things on my wish list right now

1. Jacket - Anine Bing
Leather jackets are everywhere again and from rock chic to hardcore biker you can find whatever suits your style. Even H&M did one which sold out at breakneck speed. I really love the jackets from Anine Bing. This new version with the gold zips makes it a little pretty.

2. Bag - Chloe 'Clare'
Totes and messengers are vital on those throw it all in days, especially when you have kids, but to sling something petite across your body and walk down the street is a delight. I am particularly loving this bag right now not least because its name is Clare.

Shirt open just so, collar bones peaking and a stunning smoky pendant sitting exactly where it should. Sexy and elegant at the same time.

4. Boots - Bared Footwear
Finally I've found a company making fashionable footwear for those of us with foot challenges. The prospect of walking nonstop in New York next month has had me paralysed with fear but these come with a fully cushioned and shaped footbed so all day on your feet is no longer an issue.

5. Bracelet - Claire Aristides 
With an M for mum. Because I need it on my wrist.

6. Candle - Playtype
This candle smells like something you'd never want to end. Looking like perfection on your mantle is merely a bonus.

21 April 2015


Our room tour today is by Maria from My Mini Abode. Maria has a styling and design business for children's spaces. She has walked us through the process on her son Max's bedroom-

Max’s room – Monochrome Pop!

My name is Maria, I’m a children’s interior stylist from ‘my mini abode’, a children’s kids interior styling and design service. It all began with Max’s room which has been a real labour of love. Max’s room design began with two hero pieces - the bed and the rug.

We live in a small 2 bedroom semi-detached maisonette so space is at a premium. We needed a bed with storage. So we designed and made our own bed. As you do! The brief was simple - needed oodles of storage, could age with Max through the years and had to look good. My husband (
@angus_design) designed and made a flat pack plywood bed with two underneath storage compartments on castor wheels. The storage units can be moved around and fit an amazing 350 litres worth of stuff. Storage is king! It's a bed that will stay with him for years, from toddler to teen.
The second hero piece was the yellow Fab Habitat chevron rug. I adore the colour yellow and chevron so I fell in love with this rug. Max's room is pretty big so I went with the largest sized rug. The indoor/outdoor rug is so versatile, it's made of eco-friendly recycled polypropylene, but it doesn't look like plastic, and it can take the hammering and battering of a 3 year old boy. Dirt, sand, dust are all just vacuumed away.

Max's room then took on a monochrome vibe which I've coined Monochrome Pop! I'm a big fan of colour but the room needed monochrome tones to offset the colour pop of the yellow rug. I wanted the rug to be a stand out. So black and white was the perfect choice.
Oh, the Places You'll Go print had been on my wish list for a long time. It's one of Max's favourite books (big Dr Seuss fan). The print is from Hunting For George, and was the catalyst for the rest of the room which took on a life of its own.

A 'places' theme started to emerge. Places to see, places to go. Just go, go, go. Bit like my boy. So I ran with it. Next were the 
Newbies wall planes from The Greater Good. I originally wanted to cover the wall near Max's bed with wallpaper but unfortunately, I couldn't convince my hubby and it was also way out of our price range. The Newbies planes worked a treat though and I like how they relate to the Oh, the Places You'll Go print.


Finishing this wall off are shadow boxes from Cotton On Kids which make great little vignettes for Max's Schleich animals and the La De Dah Kids Zaney Zebra. The Sir Trouble Handmade storm cloud is cloud porn personified! I turned the little space at the end of Max's bed into a reading corner which will grow with him through the years.

It's a bit of a tricky space because there are three small cupboards high up above the wall which can't be accessed without a step ladder.Very awkward but from time to time I need to access storage in these cupboards. So a reading corner with no obstructions was the best use of space here. 

IKEA ribba picture ledges, and replica Eames chair from Globe West and THAT lion cushion by Anny Who, a gorgeously quirky and fun label from Germany, from This Modern LifeOn the day of shooting Max's room I had the idea to put some prints on a clipboard to create an easy and affordable way to display unframed art. The clipboards were a whole $3.99 from OfficeworksSay Yes to Adventure print from Global Kidz.

To the wall opposite Max's bed. We decided to keep our two existing IKEA pieces (Expedit bookshelf and Malm chest of drawers). These two pieces work well for us so it seemed frivolous to get rid of them just because we wanted something nicer, that we couldn't really afford anyway. I just had to figure out how to make these existing pieces work for Max in his new room. I originally saw the cityscape wall decals positioned above the same IKEA Expedit bookshelf. The decals are from Chispum, a Spanish company. I replicated this look to give Max a play area at his own height teamed with train tape from Little Me Little You to complete a virtual city with train tracks, cars and transport vehicles. Some of Max's favourite things and keeping in the 'places' theme. 

Above the IKEA Malm chest of drawers is Mini Willa's Berg print from Leo and Bella. Mini Willa is a gorgeous Swedish brand that is fun, unique and on-trend. Every cityscape needs a mountain, right? A white star light from Little Letter Lights Co. which I had coveted for a while and was lucky to get my hands on, are produced by a local Australian company. We use our star light as a night light as I have one little boy that is scared of the dark. I like to keep the chest of drawers uncluttered (easy to do with lots of storage options in this room) and home to a couple of lovely items like the monochrome arrow from Made by Mosey.
Next stage of the room design was to add a couple of key pieces that would finish the room off and bring the look together. My piece de resistance - the Bull Terrier from AlfieWild. No words are needed on this gorgeous piece. It's in your face yet understated. It's one of the first things you see when you walk into Max's room but it doesn't scream for attention, it just slowly draws your eye in.

I used Noodoll wall hooks, from Leo and Bella, to form a triangle shape replicating the lines of the shadow boxes on the opposite wall. The wall hooks are for primarily practical reasons. Max started pre school this year so I wanted somewhere he could hang his bag. Super Hero garland by La De Dah Kids, a fabulous Australian brand.

I hope you've enjoyed Max's room tour. Nothing beat seeing the smile on my son's face when he saw his room. He would notice little details and comment on how much he liked them. Max loves his room, and I hope you do too.
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Full Room Product List
Plywood Bed: Angus Design
Chest of Drawers/Bookshelf and Storage Baskets/Picture Ledges: IKEA
Replica Eames Chair: 
Globe West
Yellow chevron rug: 
Fab Habitat (got ours from Bauhaus Rundle Street)
To the Moon and Back Cushion/Shadow Boxes: 
Cotton On Kids
T-Rex Dinosaur Cushion: 
Lion of Leisure (got ours from This Modern Life)
Lion Cushion: 
Anny Who (got ours from This Modern Life) Lion Cushion: Anny Who (got ours from This Modern Life)
Bed Linen: 
Aura by Tracie Ellis (got ours from Temple and Webster)
Oh, The Places You'll Go Print: 
Hunting for George (got ours from Oscar and Willow)
I Love Cars neon orange sticker: 
This Modern Life
To the Moon and Back felt banner: 
Homely Creatures
Wall Planes: 
Newbies (got ours from The Greater Good)
Dreamcatcher, Grey rabbit/White Duck/White Owl: 
Bungalow Living Bali
Bull Terrier: 
Alfie Wild
White Star Light: 
Little Letter Lights Co.
Monochrome Arrow: 
Made by Mosey
Raw Space
Berg (mountain) Print: 
Mini Willa (got ours from Leo and Bella)
Cityscape Wall Decals:
Train tape: 
Little Me Little You
Lightning Bolt/Storm Cloud: 
Sir Trouble Handmade
Zaney the Zebra soft toy/Super Hero garland: 
La De Dah Kids (got ours from Have You Met Charlie?)
Zebra and Lion animals: Schleik
Say Yes to Adventure print: 
Global Kidz
Blue dotted whale painting: Gifted. Drawn by a 15 year old teenager in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Monster Wall Hooks: Noodoll (got ours from 
Leo and Bella

18 April 2015


Next month I am flying to New York. I've been to New York twice before but both in winter time. Actually the second time was during a blizzard. We were one of the last flights to land before they closed the airport. Lets say between snow banks, icey slush pools and hiding under a protective hood I didn't see much of the city.
Being dressed for spring time in this New York is getting me all kinds of giddy.

Something has happened to fashion and I love it. Women in Paris are donning sneakers ( Adidas / Nike / Converse and more) yes really! There is denim and lots of it. Distressed jeans, boyfriend or skinny and even flares have snuck back in (that horrifies me a little and does require a heel unless you are Gisele Bundchen). Wear a stripe T or linen v-neck T, sneakers and perhaps a blazer. The ankle boot is still here. Grab a leather jacket ( like this) and have a really good bag. As someone who cannot strut around in fabulous heels or short skirts I think this is my favourite. And it is the perfect travel wardrobe.

Trawling Pinterest is my favourite pastime and there is a lot of denim loving going on-




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3  The Simply Luxurious Life Blog
4  Thenltitebeblog
5  Just The Design - NYFW
6  Sincerely Jules
7  Citizens Of Humanity
8 Raf Simons for Adidas

9 April 2015


Something happened a few weeks ago during a routine swimming lesson. Charlie could have drowned. Nearly did/ could have.
Didn't. Thats all that matters.

He recently started his swimming lessons and absolutely adores that half an hour. The water, his swimming teacher, the cuddles and ice block that follow. Its been good, including his absolute blind trust of the entire process every single week. Mine too.

The other week things went wrong for a moment. Now I want to say that his instructor is amazing with children and both my other boys have had him very happily and successfully.

The class is usually Charlie and one other child. Sometimes the other child doesn't show up but on this day he was there. He is a good little paddler whereas Charlie will enthusiastically throw himself into the water repeatedly and attempt to swim like a seahorse. They start out doing various activities in the pool end where the kids can stand on tip toes and towards the end of the class the instructor takes them up the far end where it is deeper. This class he was trying to get Charlie to lift his bottom when kicking and asked Charlie to stand on the little ledge while he did a lap assisting the other boy. Now usually the instructor would have been facing charlie because he was moving backwards with the other child but this time the supervisor came to the far pool edge to talk to him so his back was turned.

Charlie jumped in. About two inches of the top of his head was sticking up out of the water and his arms were going like crazy. I thought shit not now! Then, its ok, he'll get up. But he didn't. I kept waiting for him to get himself up-he was so close to the ledge. I thought.....the supervisor is looking right at him....but she didn't notice. I thought Paul is going to check on him, but he was talking. I thought the instructor in the next lane (just over a metre away) would grab him but she didn't notice either. Paul was making his way back up Charlies end now but had his back to him because he was facing the little boy. It was all taking far too long. The pool was full and nobody had noticed a small thrashing body. All this time I was swinging between don't be dramatic and for gods sake someone grab him. All these thoughts seemed to take such a long time. Then it was as though my brain switched on and a voice in my head shouted HE COULD DROWN. And I sprinted. Up the side of the pool I ran intending to hurl myself in fully clothed. As I got there I shouted the instructors name. He was beside Charlie and scooping him up faster than I could get over the railings and it was over. Charlie didn't make a sound but rubbed his eyes and clung to Paul and I turned to walk back to my spot not wanting to scare Charlie by making a fuss. I could not breath. Vomit threatened and I sat down and calmed myself. Every single adult in the pool area was staring at me in absolute horror. I have never experienced that terror before. Grabbing a child out of a rip at the beach or out of the path of an oncoming car were as much as I'd had with the other two. All our pool experiences have been good.

After the lesson I dried and dressed him and we got an ice block. He was very calm and quiet. I bumped in to Henrys old instructor who now partly runs the swim school. I must have been grey because he asked what had happened and with no condemnation I told him- still absolutely in shock myself. He was horrified. He asked if Charlie had cried and I said no because honestly I think Charlie thought-oh good someone got me.

I think Charlie was under for at least 30 seconds. I went over and over and over it instead of sleeping properly for several nights. After the lesson we went to the post office and he went a little panicky. Just a moment of after shock and then fine. We talked with him vary calmly about his safety regarding the pool and jumping in and I talked about it with him and his instructor the following week as well as by then he would talk about being under and nobody coming.

Do you know what I can't get out of my head? Thank god I wasn't on my phone. That was the difference between scooping him up and cuddling him or dragging him out. I wasn't on instagram, checking my emails, pinterest or texting a friend. I so often am. In a time where schools run classes to make parents aware of kids on social media and there are cartoons about kids tolerating their parents attempts, I am all over it like a rash. As I say to the boys "get off your device" I am standing there clutching mine. I had noticed the instructor turn his attention away from my child and I thought I had better watch him. So why was I slow to act? Is it inconceivable that something terrible will actually happen to our child or is it a don't make a fuss reflex? I cannot answer that because I do not understand my reaction other that saying it was all quite surreal. And yes I think our children are so completely a part of us and our lives and who we are that it is inconceivable that anything might take them away.

We had swimming again today and Charlie was happy and bubbly and his instructor was wonderful as he always is. From that day though, as much as I trust the safety of a swimming lesson I am also aware that it isn't necessarily so.