So, hanging plants are all the rage at the moment, and they're a great way to add freshness and colour to your home. Here is a simple (as simple as you can get!) guide to making a hanging pot for your own home. A great DIY for anyone who doesn't have heaps of time to learn how to macrame but still likes the look of that pretty macrame cord around a hanging pot.


✖︎  Hemp cord or macrame rope (at least 2.2m)

✖︎  Measuring tape

✖︎  Scissors

✖︎  Hook and drill (for hanging)



Using the measuring tape and scissors measure and cut fifteen 120cm lengths of the cord or rope, and one 380cm length.

You may need to adjust the number of lengths of cord you need depending on the thickness of the cord you're using.


A few years ago a friend brought me back some cowrie shell leis from a trip to Papua New Guinea, knowing how much I love shells, all things beachy and a bit of DIY! Since then, I've had them hanging off door and wardrobe handles until I worked out how to use them. When I discovered a little DIY for a teapot trivet using rope and a very simple knitting method, I knew it could be the perfect little project to incorporate my cowrie shells into, to personalise and make it fit my decor.

So with the weather starting to cool down (read: lows of 21°C!), it's feeling more like tea-drinking weather (read: enjoying a hot cup of tea without it making you sweat!), and with this little teapot trivet, I'm going to be tea-drinking ready...

An interiors trend for this season is texture, and I love it because it means lots of DIY opportunities! More and more we're seeing wicker and cane, macrame, pom poms and tassels, weaves, wood and ceramics in furniture and decorating. I think this trend is beautiful because it encourages hand-crafting and special pieces to make your house feel more like a home. It's easy enough to buy a budget-friendly seagrass basket and personalise it with some pom poms!

So here's my contribution (the first of a few to come!) to encouraging this trend in your home. Pom poms are really easy to make and you can even get your kids involved. Perhaps you remember learning to make these at school... I have fond memories!

Pom Pom Cushion | Rou...

February 20, 2018

I don't usually post about our travels and outdoor adventures, but this past weekend we went away on a much anticipated holiday to one of my favourite places and I thought it would be fun to share a little piece of this paradise in our corner of the world.

The end of last year was a little average for us and I ended the year feeling pretty physically exhausted and the both of us emotionally drained. So a weekend away together to recharge and celebrate a very belated wedding anniversary was timely!

Agnes Water is a beautiful beach town located at Australia's southern end of the great barrier reef, and the most northerly surf beach on the east coast. It is a popular destination for families, back-packers, caravaners an...

February 9, 2018

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I'm not a red roses kind of girl myself, and I'm not keen on the money-making, commercial side of Valentine's Day but why waste an opportunity to show someone that you love them?! I also love a beautiful bunch of flowers but why not try something different this year... something that can be kept and enjoyed for more than a few days. 

So, I reckon that Valentine's Day is pretty easy when you're buying for a woman – flowers and chocolates aren't hard to work out! But what to get for the man you love? I'm showing my hubby that I love him this Valentine's Day with a little gift box of things he loves and things we can enjoy together (if you catch my drift!). If you're planning to bu...

February 2, 2018

I love leather, not so much the fashion kind (read: leather pants), but leather interiors and accessories make me swoon! I think maybe it's the feel of it, the texture and that beautiful worn look soft leather interiors get after you've owned them for a while. Currently, in our home we have tan leather cushions, leather napkin rings (last week's blog post) and now a pretty wooden serving board with leather handles... and there are plenty more DIY projects ahead that will involve leather!

One of the great things about leather, is that (so far) I have found it really easy to work with. So hear's another little DIY project to add a little character to a sweet wooden serving board. I have a selection of wooden serving boards...

January 25, 2018

I love entertaining! Mostly, I love it because it means spending time with good friends (or making new ones!), enjoying conversation, a few laughs and sharing our home with others. But I also love cooking, pretty platters and plates and decorating the table so that it's not only the food that is aesthetically pleasing. 

I've slowly been making my way through a few DIY projects to create some pretty pieces to add interest to our dining decor and these leather napkin rings have been on my to-do list for a while. These napkin rings were an easy and fun little project to add style and texture to our dining table!

But I can't claim it as my own idea! I picked up a great little book from the local newsagent a yea...

November 17, 2017

It's no secret that I love a bit of diy, and I love shibori (or tie-dye as some may better know it as). I've had these shibori napkins on my to-do list for a little while now so it's about time I got down to it! 

This is such a simple little diy but will add so much interest and style to your dining table when you entertain, and best of all, they'll be perfectly unique!

For these napkins, I've experimented a little more with different patterns than I have previously (see my blog post on diy tie-dye couch covers). There are so many different possible designs and it all depends on how you fold, scrunch and tie your fabric. You might like to do a little research before you settle on a design that you like. I've include 3 dif...

November 10, 2017

Hat and zip-up pouch, Tigerlily Swimwear; Towel, Swell; Swimmers, Roxy; Face Mist, Cedar + Stone; Watch, The Horse; Shell earrings, Celeste Twikler; Rings, Indie and Harper; Shell necklace, Arrow Divine.

The weather is warming up and it's feeling more like summer – my favourite season! So here are my summer essentials to equip you for long days at the beach, backyard bbqs around the pool and long Sunday afternoon picnics.


First and foremost, I never go outdoors without sunscreen – and Sun Bum is my favourite! They have a range of options depending on the conditions you'll be in, and a sunscreen created specifically for precious little ones and friends with super sensitive skin... and it smells awesome! I us...

October 30, 2017

Recently I did a little clean out and re-organisation of my home studio and discovered a large supply of fabric that I haven't touched in a long time. Rather than leaving it to take up space, or give it away, I've been thinking of ways that I can use it around the house – saving money, materials, and giving me more storage space in the studio. I've been especially looking forward to using some beautiful fabric that was a wedding gift from a lovely friend – what a great gift idea! I'm only sorry it has taken me longer than two years to do anything with it!

Also sitting (so lonely) in the studio is a sewing machine that my parents generously gave to me for Christmas over two years ago now. Since I was a teenager I've been...

September 22, 2017

Since I was a kid I've had a love for interior decorating. Working for home and lifestyle magazines meant that some days I got to browse shops and homewares websites for the latest decorating products, and enjoy seeing different decorating styles in Australian homes.

Friends sometimes ask me for decorating advice or suggest that I should help decorate their own house. I feel pretty under qualified for this kind of task! I think your place should be a collection of pieces that make your house feel like your home – not someone else's! That's not to say that if you enlist the help of an interior designer they won't be worth every dollar! An interior designer understands the rules of interior design and has the talent, exper...

September 14, 2017

My workspace in our new home has finally started to come together! My husband put together a lovely big desk for me with plenty of space for creating. He used simple, affordable pine and I painted it with a lovely white wash paint mix to bring it to the next level, soften those yellow tones in the pine and give it a fresh, coastal feel. It really was quite simple! So I've given a quick step-by step guide here so you can achieve this soft white wash look in your own home.

You can use this wood treatment anywhere. As I researched this method, I found it used on furniture, floorboards and pine walls. It's a great way to freshen up pine without covering the beautiful wood-grain.


White paint (I used some...

September 6, 2017

Occasionally I get asked what tools I use for lettering, so, even though I'm still learning myself, I thought I'd share what I've discovered so far.  As far as tools go, I have found that it is best to just buy and try as you go!...and don't worry, you won't have to give up your coffee habbit to pay for it!  If, like me, you live regionally, you can generally find all these products online and have them delivered to your door!  In the picture below are just some of the lettering tools I've experimented with along the way. 

When I started out, I found it easiest to practice with Crayola Markers – yep! the textas you used as a kid.  The best thing is that they're easy to get your hands on and I ca...

This is our couch. I love it. It's a good size for hubby and me to stretch out and enjoy a good movie night, and the deep seats make it oh so comfy!

But constantly washing those white covers all the time is not fun. The stains aren't obvious in this photo, but they are there! Eating dark chocolate on it is the worst...and I'm not going to stop eating my favourite food group on my favourite couch! 

I've had this couch for several years. It came to Queensland with me when I moved here from Sydney a couple of years ago, and we added the chaise to it earlier this year. I hope to have it for many years to come, but if it's going to stay I need to find a solution to my stain-exposing, dirt-revealing couch cushion covers!


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