• Before the Fire: Paganin House by Iwan Iwanoff

    I originally published this post on the old format of Modaokon here. Iwanoff fans rejoice.  Iconic Paganin House has been saved! After this famous Iwanoff home in Floreat was gutted days before Christmas 2015 by a house fire, it has now been brought back to life by the careful work of its owners and a team of dedicated tradespeople. And Restoration Australia has followed its journey! (I have fond

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  • Le Fanu, Perth’s Most Expensive Renovation, is Now For Sale

    Le Fanu, Perth’s most expensive home renovation, is up for sale. If you could do with a luxury beach home and have a spare $17 million, this heritage-listed house could be yours! Some of you guys may remember the story I wrote a few years ago on this house. Right by the beach in Cottesloe with spectacular views, the 1893-built house later fell into ruin, catching the eye and imagination

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  • How to Update Dated Lighting in an Older Home

    The right lights can have a major effect on a room or an interior. In fact there are few things that can date a home more quickly than old, daggy lighting. Hello boob lights and oyster lights! No matter how curated and stylish your décor, or how modern your renovation, if you still have an ugly nipple light in the centre of your ceiling, the eye is naturally going to

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  • What I’d Buy on Facebook Marketplace Today (If I Wasn’t Broke)

    I was a teenager the first time someone told me I had an addictive personality. “Oh!” I said brightly, flattered. “Meaning people find me addictive?” I was picturing myself as this alluring, magnetic creature. “NO,” they shot back rudely. “It just means that you get addicted to things very fast.” It wasn’t the last time anyone said that to me, and I have to admit, they have all been correct.

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  • The Hilton Fibro Cottage Renovation

    I love this house. This is the former home of our friends Tim and Caity Phillips, it’s a cool renovation and a house that I like because it suits its owners down to a tee. You guys may already know Tim’s name from some of my earlier posts; he and his TJP Carpentry team put up the cladding as part of our Scyon Walls makeover, and they also recently completed

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  • Rejuvenating Our Garden For Summer (and my Favourite Hardy, Affordable Plants)

    This story is a paid partnership with Scotts. Thank you for supporting my blog’s sponsors. Ahh – summer. I am going to be honest, I’m not a summer person. In my past life I probably was the Wicked Witch of the West who melted to death. Her rage was an accurate representation of my snippy mood when it gets to 40 degrees in Perth. Give me cold weather and miserable

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  • Saving Money on Our Gas Bill

    This post was a paid partnership with Origin Energy. Thank you for supporting my blog’s sponsors. Woah, 2018. It’s been a very busy – and expensive – year for us. This year we made massive changes to our house’s façade with our Scyon Walls cladding makeover; a project that grew into the goal of improving the functionality of our home’s outdoor spaces by adding a new double carport, an additional

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  • A Little Post for My Dad

    This week’s blog post is for one of my biggest critics and one of Modaokon’s biggest personal fans (well, at least I like to think) – MY DAD. He’s probably reading this right now while grumbling to himself, ‘When is she going to get a real job?’ however, one of the bonuses of me not having a typical job is that I can do stuff like this… like shamelessly

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  • Miss Nerd’s Birth Story: A Short Labour, but an Epic Novel

    I haven’t blogged in a little while… and if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen why! We recently welcomed our sweet little baby girl Miss Nerd to the family. She is a sweetheart; a smiley, cuddly little koala. She has been warmly welcomed to our family, especially by Little Nerd, who has been beyond stoked that his “Baby Sistah” is finally here, and whenever we

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