• 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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  • How to Clad Over a Double Brick House

    Since we have started our project to rejuvenate the exterior of our house using Scyon Walls™cladding, I have been blown away by the number of people interested in these products and asking me questions about it. I’m not blown away because I’m surprised – I think the products are fantastic – but blown away by how many people have really noticed them. We don’t think just about how the insides

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  • All the Advantages of Small Block Living

    Land, land, land – and big blocks of land at that. In WA I feel like we’ve always been obsessed with land size. And for decades I think we’ve been subconsciously schooled in the traditional way of thinking, which is to believe that you should seek a bigger block of land whenever you can. But what if bigger ISN’T always better? I think we are finally experiencing a real shift

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  • A Light and Bright Home Renovation in North Fremantle

    When I am scrolling through Instagram, the photos always guaranteed to stop me in my tracks are ones of renovating. Maybe it’s because I have always been obsessed with a good before and after story – all the bits, from the demo to the drywall to the decking being laid out – but there is something so fun and motivational about seeing a photo of a home’s renovation process and

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  • Before and After: A Beautiful Traditional Kitchen Renovation

    Aside from our own renovations, I haven’t often featured room makeovers on Modaokon – I’ve always gone the whole hog and done a whole house. Even though putting together full home tours – like this one – take me ages, I haven’t often done ‘room renovations’, such as a kitchen or bathroom only, because my time to blog is so limited and my thought process has always kind of

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