12 Renovation Tips you won’t find on the Block
Jul06

12 Renovation Tips you won’t find on the Block

Spend or Splurge? (Warning: A Comprehensive Heavy Read) Having just finished our very first renovation I thought it might be nice to pass on some tips. Tips about where to spend money and where to save it when renovating, building or refurbishing. Being a colour designer I’ve always helped clients with choosing colours and finishes for their home but when it came to the renovation process for our place, it has been a huge...

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Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe
Jun13

Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe

For those of you who know me well, I love keeping informed of emerging home trends that are here to stay for a little while… One of the fun parts of having always been immersed in colour and design is checking out what’s happening in Milan and having the opportunity to forecast future trends. I love learning about the contextual relationships surrounding home trends. Why are they happening? Why the change? Right now one of the biggest...

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Wall Hangings – A beautiful art
May08

Wall Hangings – A beautiful art

Wall Hangings – an Art Movement. I’m really in love with wall hangings at the moment. And what I love the most about them is that they gently move with you as you walk past. Like the hips of the girl from Ipanema, it’s the gentle sway that makes them so very, very cool. I’m also in love with the idea of being a maker. How wonderful to be creating designs that gain a following and allows you to earn a living from the comfort of your...

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Double Denim
Apr06

Double Denim

I love denim. To the point of worship even. But far out double denim is like fashion nirvana. Totally off the scale cool, fun and sexy. Taking a style staple like denim and then doubling it is pure genius. All or nothing. A sure bet. Denim on Denim. My absolute all time favourite look and possible racing horse name? My obsession with denim started when I was 7 years old. We didn’t have much money. Mum was a single mum just getting by,...

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Green Space Heroes…The Indoor Plant Trend and how to keep them alive
Mar13

Green Space Heroes…The Indoor Plant Trend and how to keep them alive

A few years ago now, when the indoor plant trend first starting taking hold around Sydney, I thought it was completely normal to buy a small plant, like a maiden hair fern, have it look fab for a few weeks to get me through a period of entertaining at home, only to then stand by helplessly witnessing its demise before replacing it with my next victim. Not long after this however I found out about Zanzibar Gems. These are plants from...

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Valentine’s Day
Feb06

Valentine’s Day

I’m trying to figure out why I still love Valentine’s Day so much? I’m definitely a super hopeless romantic but there’s more to it than that. It’s about memories. About firsts. First crush, first date, first love. I remember the anticipation and the butterflies just as much the disasters that make me laugh out loud now. It’s also about seconds, thirds and lots mores. I love the atmosphere and the excitement. For couples just starting...

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Meet Alysia of Hamblins …and Sydney Mum
Feb02

Meet Alysia of Hamblins …and Sydney Mum

Hey guys. Alysia here. I’m a Sydney mum. I have two beautiful girls aged 11 and 13. I am the co-founder of Hamblins – a super spesh little florist and lifestyle shop at Maroubra Beach. My business partner (co-founder and all round top chick) Victoria Hamblin, is the amazing florist and namesake for the shop. I however have never really had a career but rather a colourful and varied bunch of jobs all of which have led me to what...

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