• A New Hamptons-Style House in Wembley Downs

    Having built four houses across a range of looks from coastal to Colonial to contemporary, empty nesters Debra and Steve knew exactly what style they wanted their next home to be. The end result is what they both call their dream house – a beautiful, timeless Hamptons-style home perfect for dinner parties and entertaining. Beginning with building a ‘typical first starter project home in Carine’, Debra and Steve have now

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  • How to Get Through a Crappy Pregnancy

    If you come here just for the home-y stuff, this post is probably not going to be your cup of tea, sorry. If you are here because you are pregnant and hating it, read on! I’d like to preface this post by first saying I’m not a horrible or ungrateful person… honestly. I know some people (men and women) feel like complaining about pregnancy is taboo because we all know

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  • From 70s Brick Box to Timeless Beach House

    I love Perth. But in my humble opinion, the rugged NSW coast has to be one of the most beautiful and special parts of Australia. A few years ago my sister-in-law relocated from Sydney to live in a beach house in a small town a couple of hours south of the city (just near Berry, if you know where that is) so I’ve been lucky enough to have an excuse

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  • How To: DIY Beautiful Shampoo and Bathroom Bottles

    There’s nothing like stepping into your beautiful, blissful bathroom renovation, carefully designed in a minimalist colour palette of tasteful neutrals… only for your eye to be immediately drawn to the stash of colourful, garishly labelled shampoo and conditioner bottles in your shower. Am I being a little OCD? Yeah, I know it’s a first world problem, but I’m sure I’m also not alone here! Wouldn’t it be nicer if your

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  • An Old Lady Cottage Freshened Up for a Young Family

    What do you do when you love renovating and building and are itching to do it again… but you love your current location, which is just perfect for your family? Well, it might not happen very often, but these two dedicated renovators sold their much-loved labour of love – and built their next home right next door. Home owners Simon and Katie Mackoski had been looking for a renovation project

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  • Making Over Our House’s Elevation: The Progress!

    Well this has been one very exciting and very busy fortnight! January 15th finally came round – the date the guys from TJP Carpentry were scheduled to start on our Scyon Walls mixed material makeover, and they’ve almost finished! We’ve still got to finish the painting, tidying up and a little replanting of the gardens for our big before and after reveal post (and let’s not get into hardscaping and

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  • A Tiny Bedroom Reveal: Little Nerd’s Nursery

    So, most bloggers probably share their baby’s nursery when they’re still pregnant, or maybe in the months after the newborn has arrived. Most probably don’t share it when their little person is two and a half years old… and they’re uh, pregnant again. Clearly I am not most bloggers! But better late than never, right? So today, here is Little Nerd’s nursery reveal. When we brought Little Nerd back from

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  • So Guess What…

    So guess what guys, we have some news… I am pregnant! We are expecting our second baby in early July 2018 – I am 17 weeks along. We just found out what we are having – a baby girl this time! I hope she likes Enid Blyton and drawing house plans and Tomb Raider and Saddle Club and Trixie Belden and writing ghost stories and knocking on walls to find

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  • Our Laundry Renovation (and my Tradie Recommendations)

    Today I’m finally sharing our laundry renovation on here! I absolutely love our laundry makeover. If you were to ask me which renovation project in our house has given me the most satisfaction, I have to say I think it would be this room. And I don’t even LIKE doing laundry. This is my favourite before-and-after because I love how it used to be a dark, small, grotty, mostly non-functional

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