Baked Decorations

22/12/2015

This tasty recipe makes fantastically festive baked decorations. I am no baker but I wanted to try my hand at some cookie decor this year, so I enlisted the help of my very talented friend (as one does), Karen from Sweet Secrets. She has amazing skills and all the right tools, but more importantly – she has the secret recipe. Once you have kneaded, cut and baked, you decorate, string up and hang. Easy right? And the best part is that…

DIY rustic gift wrap

19/12/2015

Finally, some gifts have been bought and now the wrapping begins. This year, I am going with an au naturel, rustic look for my Christmas gift wrapping. I love this style, not only because it looks great, but it’s so easy to achieve and works well with my 2015 free printable gift tags. The real secret ingredient here is the greenery. It offers such a fresh and rustic vibe. Using real fir tree cuttings from your Christmas tree or rosemary…

DIY Christmas Wreaths

06/12/2015

I recently posted a Festive Affair Blog Collaboration that featured beautiful Christmas wreaths. These wreaths were so popular that I am sharing this super simple DIY with you on how to create your own. The best part of making these is that they don’t require perfection and you can use almost any greenery that you have around the house or garden. Wreaths were traditionally made from evergreens to symbolise strength as they last even throughout the harshest winters. The well-known laurel wreath…

Jotun spring/summer 2015 collection

29/06/2015

If you haven’t already seen the six beautiful tones in Jotun’s SS2015 collection, then consider this your treat for the day. For anyone planning a little home improvement or DIY work over the summer, there is no doubt something here that you are going to fall in love with here…

Typo Dubai // GIVEAWAY

24/04/2015

Let’s have a show of hands for all the stationery lovers out there! … yup, I’m feeling you guys. If you’re anything like me, and the mere mention of stationery gets your heart racing a little (and somewhat awkwardly) faster than necessary, then you need to know about Typo. Australia’s favourite gifts and stationery brand has not only arrived in the region, but they’ve opened the Middle East’s first flagship Typo store at Dubai’s fabulous new Boxpark retail complex. As…

Shop the look: my new dining room

06/02/2015

Earlier this week, I revealed the fresh new look in our dining room. If you’re a fan of the makeover, here’s an easy guide to help you achieve a similar style. 1 Kilim rug from West Elm | 2 Ay Illuminate Z5 Cotton lamp from Questodesign.com | 3 Metallic Uashmama washable paper bag from The Corner Shop, Dubai | 4 Gold sculptural sphere from West Elm | 5 Fiddle leaf fig tree from Dubai Garden centre | 6 Kudu horns from Theline.com | 7 Lara dining…

Dining room makeover

02/02/2015

I recently made some long overdue changes to my dining room. If you’re new around here, it would help to know that my mission over the past year has been to lighten and brighten my home, which has meant getting rid of and/or changing a lot of dark wood for my preferred white, grey or lighter wood finishes. The new colour palette is finally starting to come together but the process has been a lengthly and tedious one. Here’s a…

A Festive Collaboration

06/12/2014

Well hello there, December! How did you get here so quickly? I guess that’s it then, we are officially on the countdown to Christmas. Can somebody give me a whoop, whoop!? If you follow any of my social media feeds, you will probably have seen that I recently worked on a collaboration project with three very talented bloggers – my close friend and blogging buddy, Jacqui from Brooke Eva, the lovely Linda from Live Loud Girl, and the super artistic,…

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  • A mere 6 weeks remain before the summer break and I'm really looking forward to being back at @dunkirkestate for some down time. Forest walks and beach visits for the win!
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  • Mariam from @interiorflavor reached out to me and asked if I'd like to participate in her #monthofinspiration campain and offer a tip to everyone. Mine is a really simple one that has to do with something I'm asked all the time... how do I have white furniture with kids and a pet? The answer is really simple - removable covers, peeps. My white sofa has them and they're washed every few months. It's the very reason why I partnered with @helmiibeds to design a bed frame that has removable, washable covers! No fuss, no stress. #toptip #removablebedcover #removablesofacovers #loosecovers
  • Progress report in Ethan's room... I wasn't feeling the one third ratio of the colour block against the bed, so raised the line to two thirds and I'm so glad I did. Try to ignore the pile of mess just visible on the bed and marvel at the wonder of that colour. It's called Northern Mystic but I'd totally have named it forest green. Either way, I'm loving it! 
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  • When @style____k (bless her for her patience) was trying to get a shot of us at the @fronteriors product shoot, but we were knee deep in hardware discussions. Again. 
Also, could you die for the plywood fronts and top for BESTA? And the cane doors for BILLY!!?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคญ
Image by @marli_smithphotography 
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  • Today was a biggie for @liveloudgirl and I. That little idea about making custom fronts, tops and accessories for IKEA frames became a big reality as we embarked on our inaugural shoot for the @fronteriors website with the first few items fresh off the production line. The full collection isn't yet ready but we've decided that rather than waiting for everything to be finsihed before we go live, we're going to make items available to purchase as and when they are ready. A decision based largely on our excitement induced impatience, but also because of the 'are we there yet' questions we are fielding on a daily basis. And we get it. At this point, theres already a great selection of options coming online, including the hotly anticipated cane doors for the BILLY bookcase. We're so excited to bring this concept to the local market! Keep on eye out for the announcement of our website going live! 
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  • Over at @fronteriors some of our first units are almost off the production line and we're prepping to shoot images for the website every soon. Epic excitement here as It's. All. Happening! Eeek. I'm so thrilled to be embarking on this big adventure with such a fabulous partner in design endeavours - @liveloudgirl ... afterall, someone's gotta look good around here! #funtimes #fronts #frontsquad #fronteriors #herewego

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