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how bazaar!

Our new Bazaar cushions are in store now, printed by yours truly! Colours are (clockwise from top left) - Watermelon, Dove, Sunny Day and Pool. My fave is Dove, a lovely soft grey. All are printed on a beautiful hemp/organic cotton blend fabric with non-toxic inks. Yum!

ps. The winners of our Real Living magazine giveaway are Brismod (Aus) and style-for-style (Int). Oh and thanks for all your lovely comments about the mag feature too. 

pps. On a personal note, my baby belly feels like it is growing every, single second. I don't quite comprehend how it can keep growing for another three months! We also have the cot assembled now and in place and like to take a peek now and then. Getting excited!


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our home in real living + giveaway!

Just over 3 months ago, stylist/writer/blogger (and all-round superwoman) Natalie Walton and photographer Chris Warnes came to our home to shoot it. We had the most perfect weather and a really lovely, busy, but relaxed day. It was quite fascinating to see how a shoot comes together, all the finer details of how a room is arranged to how a photo is taken. I enjoyed it all immensely (except when I was photographed, that was really weird).

And now, here it is, our home in Real Living magazine! How awesome! If you had told me years ago when I bought the first issue that our house would one day be in it I would never have believed you. This is just a snippet of the entire feature, so I encourage you to pop out and buy a copy. But for those of you who don't have access to buy a Real Living mag we are giving away two of them - one for our international readers who I know would have a tough time tracking one down, and one also for our Aussie readers!

So please leave a comment below if you would like to be in the draw. Let us know if you are an overseas or Aussie reader and I will put you in the appropriate draw. Make sure you enter your website/blog or email address when filling out the comment form (not in the comment, just when you log in) so I have a way of contacting you if you win! Draw closes 11:59pm AEST this Sunday night. Good luck all.



My baby bump at 24 weeks, taken this morning by the baby-daddy-to-be. Still not a huge baby bump to be bragging about, really, it must be all baby in there. A very active baby at that, happily kicking the day/night away. We pick up the baby's cot tonight, that is going to be surreal! The first big thing we have bought for our baby. Must get a wriggle on now with only 16 weeks to go. My sister's friend had her baby 7 weeks early so you really do have to be prepared, just in case. I hope this one stays in for the full recommended cooking time. Early January, thank you very much.

We might stop for a bite to eat on the way home from picking up the cot to celebrate: 1. 24 weeks and buying our bub somewhere to sleep; 2. Putting our house on the market today; and... 3. Our house being featured in Real Living mag! 

Wait what??? You say. I can finally reveal that our house is going to be in the next issue of Real Living! Our postie delivered our copy today and I have to tell you it is the most bizarre (but amazing!) feeling to read and see yourself and home in a magazine.  I know a few of you have already got your copy too. It's on newstands on Monday so make sure you go out and buy a copy. I will share a pic or two next week.


Image: olive & joy


I'm starting to feel my ideas for our baby-to-be's nursery are coming together. Here is a little preview of what I am thinking.

First up is this adorable felt mobile from Puka Puka on Etsy. I discovered this mobile then realised I have a tear sheet from Inside Out magazine featuring one of their other mobiles on the inspiration wall in my office (it was meant to be). It's Australian made too.

Obviously it will take baby awhile before 'it' can manage to play with this toy but until then it will look great as an ornament. Isn't it the cutest!  It's called a Brainbow - by Little Sapling Toys also on Etsy. They also have a great range of natural wooden teethers.

Here is the Stokke cot again. I decided to go with my heart and bought a second hand one on ebay for half the retail cost. Apparently it is in perfect condition and also includes the smaller size conversion for when bub is small. Pick it up later this week. Wow, won't it feel real then!!!

I already have a multi-coloured Hang-It-All (you can buy one from Living Edge or Bebe online) tucked away for when we had a baby. We did have it hanging in our hallway but swapped it over for the limited edition walnut version when it arrived. Goes perfectly with the felt mobile, me thinks.

This cute cabinet is the Ikea Ps Svinka obviously from Ikea. I've always loved it but had nowhere to put it. Not 100% on this one. I think the little drawers are perfect for little peoples clothing but will it become annoying with so many drawers??

Desperate to find somewhere to use these gorgeous ceramic faceted handles in the babies room. Perhaps swap over some of the handles on the chest of drawers? They are from Pigeon Toe Ceramics on Etsy.

I might just top it off with a plywood artwork by yours truly, suits the whole colourful/natural theme going on here. 

What do we think? Does this look like a happy babies room? I think it's cute. I've been meaning to take a photo of my slowly, slowly growing belly but slothing around in trackpants (which is all I've felt like doing lately!) does not make for a pretty photo. Soon, though, promise!

Images: Linked above.