Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hectic Living


Life really does get out of control sometimes. I currently feel like I am living in a constant state of crazy.

This is how I felt when I woke at 5am this morning thinking about how I had forgotten I have to cover what seems like a THOUSAND school books as well as all of the other things I have on my 'To Do' list.
Please don't get me wrong, I have nothing bad happening in my life its all positive stuff & for that I am EXTREMELY grateful.
There just isn't enough hours in the day, which I am sure you would all agree!!

I am slowly ticking away with my new online home decor store.
 I wanted to have some original pieces to sell to make me a bit different to other stores & because I have a bit of a vision & some things I just can't find here in Australia.
I have decided to make my own cushions & create mix & match sets to help people with selecting a mix of colour & pattern but I have grossly under estimated how little time I have for sourcing beautiful fabrics & actually sewing the cushions.
I know terrible problem to have!

My actual Monday to Friday job will end any time soon, which is the problem. I am not coping with the unknown end. I really do need a date. I have so many plans for my own business & it is hard to move forward with such limited time, but on the other hand I currently have a guaranteed income so why complain.

On the dream house front, things have been slow due to a number of break downs on our excavator & the inability to be able to get rid of the 200 tonne of fill. Thankfully the dream guy has been able to sort that issue out this week with a company developing an extension to a subdivision & they will not only take our dirt pile but, for a fee they will do some excavations for us as well. So this is a great step in the right direction. 

So my plan of attack will be to write a list, do what I can, don't beat myself up over what doesn't happen & go to bed dreaming I have relaxed on a Li Lo with a cocktail in hand all day.
When I get up in the morning for work I should feel relaxed & ready for another big week.
That will work....won't it!!!

Do you have times where you feel like life is totally out of control with general busy ness ?

Trish xx

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Indigo Blue for decorating your home

I am off to the Gift & Home wares trade shows on the weekend to look for the perfect suppliers for my new home wares business.

Now I am no colour expert but I am going to forecast  Indigo Blue to be on trend for this winter .

I know, it is a classic colour that never really goes out of fashion but I think it will be bigger than ever this year....

As you can see its a colour that works with many styles.

Stunning wallpaper by

Ive said it before but Anna is the master when it comes to mixing colour & pattern.

I love these beautiful Octopus prints from

This gorgeous handmade cushion will be coming to
early next week.

So in preparation for new stock we are having a
40% off store wide

What do you think of my colour prediction?

Trish xx

Unless otherwise stated all images are from Pinterest

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Give Away

So much excitement around here at the moment.
We have decided to run our first ever

We are giving away one of these ultra stylish Owl Vases
How can you enter you may ask????

Just by popping by our Facebook page & answering one little question.

What is your favourite "GO TO" colour when decorating your home ?

Conditions of Entry:
You need to
on facebook
and you need to live in Australia as we are not ready for overseas shipping yet.

Now don't waste any time as it is only on for ONE day, today 11/2/14
Just to say a big
Thank You
for supporting us this far!!!

Good Luck everyone

Trish xxx

Friday, February 7, 2014

Decorating with grey & yellow

Decorating a room with a grey-and-yellow color scheme will give the space a fresh, modern look no matter the style of decor.
Whether you decorate with a contemporary, country, eclectic or more traditional look these colours can still work perfectly in any room of your home.

A pale grey wall can fade into the background in a way that white cannot. White is equally at home with these colours often giving a cleaner crisp look where as grey will soften the colour palette somewhat. 

Of course a beautiful patterned wallpapered feature wall is also a great way to add interest, texture & make a statement in a room.

Pops of colour with cushions is a safe, affordable way to bring the latest colours into an otherwise neutral space.

Adding some black accents always makes a bold statement.

Yellow is a beautiful summery colour that can give grey the lift it needs as it can be perceived as rather dull all by itself.
Personally I find the warmer, yellow based greys are more appealing to the eye, but this is just my personal preference of course.

I love softness of this room.

What are your thoughts on decorating with grey & yellow...Yay or Nay?

Trish xxx

All images came from google images today, the inspiration was endless.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday-Camping Trip

Our family camping trip on the weekend to our favourite swimming hole,
Ladies Well in the Chichester State Forest NSW

We had a FANTASTIC weekend 

Trish xx

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