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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Winter Warmer

This is the first winter we’ve been in our house and it’s been freezing cold lately, not just in the early morning or night but allllllllllll day long now! I thought the new roof insulation together with my little electric heater and ugg boots would be enough, but no we DEFINATELY need something to take the chill out the air! We had the option when we had the air conditioner put in to get reverse with heating but for an extra $8,000 it was way too extravagant.

So on the weekend we decided to make use of the gas points in the house and go get a shiny new gas heater. It was the quickest purchase so far, we wanted the Rinnia Avenger 25 in sexy silver and went to the usual competitors Kambos, Harvey Norman and lastly The Good Guys who won us over (they always do) by reducing their price the most to beat the others ‘best price’ by $100. Went straight home and plugged it in and the house temp showed a freezing 11 degrees, not for long though it now cranks at a toasty 20 degrees. So far it’s working great covers a really big area. Now just need to set the timer on it to turn on before my alarm goes off to make getting out of bed that bit more bearable!

So how do you keep warm in winter ... More blankets? Wood fire? Hot chocolate? Share your winter warmer thoughts ....

[Images via Rinnia]
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Daily Dose of Vintage Humour




I love the humour of vintage advertising. So much in fact I have a flipbook That's Queen Bitch to You that looks right at home in my retro kitchen, and turn the pages regularly to show the next hit the bitchy humour and domestic incorrectness! Highly recommend to anyone with a quirky sense of humour ....

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Homewares in Highgate


Beaufort Street in Highgate would have to be one of Perths best shopping strips for finding funky pieces. This weekend I found a few one offs I couldn't resist (and 2 out of 3 were on sale, not bad hey!). I bought an antler style candle holder, all it needs is a rustic fireplace and shaggy rug to feel at home! Some ceramic fruit, about the only fruit-like-thing in my fruit bowl! And an oil burner by Melbourne designer Jennifer Dumet, the design looks stunning when lit and the shadows dance on the wall.

You can find them here:
Candle Holder $20 Behind the Monkey, Fruit $32 Items; Oil burner $30 Allure
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

A day at the? Guess!

Today I went to my favourite freebie place for advice. Advice I can take away, digest, and return when I'm done with it. Any guesses? Ok heres some more hints .... there's rows and rows, everythings used but nothings for sale, guessed it yet? The Library of course. I know I'm a nerd. But why pay heaps of money for designer books that you might only want to flip through a few pages (or if your like me just look at the pretty pictures) for ideas. So I dare you to summons your inner-nerd and go check out your local, you wont be disappointed!

[Image via Corbis]
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shoe closet envy

I watched Sex in the City 2 this week and am subsequently suffering shoe closet envy. Since the first movie Carrie's dream wardrobe has been divided into his and hers (much like myself, having to SHARE a wardrobe for the first time ever!). This pic shows Carrie's most fabulous heels are kept in a glass cabinet on shelves fitted with lights to make them shine in their utmost glory.

Being an Aussie suburbian chick I never thought it could be possible to have something remotely close to that sassy Manhattan showcase .... that was until I started renovating! The plan is to convert the hallway cupboard into my very own shoe haven (squeal!). Thanks Carrie for unleashing my inner shoe-obsessed self from a dream into a reality.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Herbs & Mojitos

 
I'm no green thumb. In fact plants usually die as I'm bringing them through the front door. I assumed nothing was safe from my freakishly unpredictable plant-killing powers until I hit upon herbs.
 
I'm growing parsley, oregano, mint, thyme, coriander (ok so I'm up to no.3 with this one its not liking me!). They're all thriving in their containers, which means no weeds. Most are planted from seed or cuttings, serioulsy SEED!
 
And you know the best thing with mint on hand, Mojitos are only a shake away mmmmmmm Mojitos!

 
Here's the recipe from our cocktail bible Shaken sure to get your Mojo going!

Mojito - Serves 1

8 mint leaves
half a lime, chopped
15ml sugar syrup
ice cubes
60ml white rum
soda water
 
Muddle the mint and lime with the sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a scoop of ice, then the rum. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled tumbler 2.5cm from the top, then top up with soda water.

Enjoy!

[Image 1st mine and 2nd via Murdoch Books]
 
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quote Makes Sweet DIY Wall Art

I came across this gorgeous picture and was drawn to the quote thinking those words would be perfect in the bedroom ...


So armed with a blank canvas, some leftover black and grey paint, tracing paper and rhinestones I made this ....


And here's the finished product in the bedroom ....

Cost Breakdown:
Canvas, Crazy Clarks  $5
Bling Stickers, Spotlight  $7
Tracing Paper, Jacksons  $3
Paint (already had)  $0

[1st image unknown other images my own]
 
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Inspiring Reads

The Nest Home Design Handbook has given me heaps of inspiration. It's full of awesome pictures and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. I couldn't find it in stores so bought it online through Borders for just $25 (subscribe to their newsletter to get discount vouchers). I later discovered The Nest is actually a big name brand in USA and have a stack of books by the same lady, though there mainly about marriage and coo chi coo babies (not my scene!) but the housey books are worth a looksy.

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