my friend the little IKEA shelf

Some things at IKEA are just great, aren’t they? If I had to pick my top 3 favourite IKEA things I think they would be

1. the cube shelves
2. the white photo frames and
3. the little white shelves (that you buy in the photo frame section).

If you asked for a top 5 I’d add in

4. their doona covers (cheap and often interesting) and
5. the six packs of wine glasses (because we’re always breaking wine glasses at our house) .


This little shelf is now providing extra storage/display space in our tiny bathroom.  Above our vanity and below our vintage mirror (I can’t remember where the mirror came from … maybe hard rubbish?).  And I also have another shelf like this one in the kitchen for my digital radio … Oh, and they are also handy in kids rooms.

These shelves get stuff off the bench, which is always a good thing I think.


An oil diffuser I made using an old bottle now resides on this little shelf. Matching in with all the other brown things.


This plant was given to me by Elise as part of our home made Christmas. She grew it from a cutting.  Which definitely makes it home made!  I am glad I have found a nice home for it.


the a frame

imageIf you have a holiday at an ‘A’ frame house you just know it’s going to be a good one, don’t you think?

Particularly in Australia where there is no need what-so-ever for a roof pitch that steep (unless you’re right at the snow … and it could be handy in a bushfire I guess … but I am sure this wasn’t the motivation when the majority were built in the 1960s and 70s). It’s a housing style purely for the dreamers and more romantic at heart I think.


How’s the view? Nice huh?

This one in Mount Beauty is a ripper. Great view. Spiral staircase. Super 70s/80s op shop fitout.  For example, check out this coffee cup. It’s going to be a pleasure to drink from this every day!


And a brown tiled kitchen bench. Lovely!

Balcony. BBQ. Friends. A few games … I think we brought enough, don’t you?


another day, another (persian) rug

IMG_7161A couple of weeks ago my friend Sarah moved house. She moved in to a brand-spanking-new house that she had built. It is so nice … no breezes through the floorboards, double glazed windows, great northern light. I can see the appeal. And I offered to help unpack. She didn’t want to impose I don’t think, until I carried on about how moving houses is one of my most favourite activities in the whole world.

Really …I actually truly mean it. I just love going from crazy chaos to calming neatness and finding a place for everything with everything in its place.

And one of my other most favourite activities is rearranging. The pleasure is all in the same vein. Chaos to calm, a home for everything …

I helped Elise recently. We rearranged around a new (to her) red rug. It took a whole day. But it was worth it. See?


It’s a really nice Persian one. And it now looks super with the red chairs she owns. And the dark brown leather lounge. And how wonderful does the head dress look on the wall.  It is now the thing you see when you look down the hall.   Elise and Nick bought it in PNG and had it framed.

I think I’ve said it before, I so love houses like this …. rugs, art, books, plants. A mismatched second hand chair or two.   A good amount of colour.  It just looks so lived in and friendly, don’t you think?