• 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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  • New style of home (a professional will help)

    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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  • Renovating our House: What I’ve Learned and My Advice for Renovators

    “If we ever renovate again, I would…” “Our next house, we should do this…” These are words Mr Nerd and I have uttered to each other many a time as we’ve been ankle-deep in renovation rubble here. I am still FAR from a renovating pro, but we’ve learned a lot of things through trial and error from renovating our 70s fixer-upper – a house we bought after being lured by

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  • How to Choose the Right White Paint for Your Home

    One of the most common problems I think people have when renovating and decorating their homes is choosing the right white paint. We love our white walls in Australia, and for good reason – white walls are versatile, they feel fresh, light and airy, they work with all kinds of décor and they can make a room feel bigger, brighter and more uplifting. But white paint isn’t ‘just white’ anymore.

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  • How to Choose Great Lighting for Your Home: Tips to Give You Confidence

    Choosing lighting for our home is one thing I used to put in the ‘too hard so I don’t want to think about’ basket. It meant I would walk into a lighting store, become completely overwhelmed, argue with my husband, and then we’d just be so overwhelmed and undecided we’d walk right out again without having come to any solutions. So frustrating. This is not my proudest moment, but if

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