Creative and comforting interiors

Floral bedroom


This year so far has been a whirlwind of new challenges, some exciting and others a little scary. I cannot believe that August has arrived already….not just arrived, but almost gone. Over the last month the pace has slowed down giving me a chance to stop and gather myself up. Mum’s birthday, early August, is always a time for me to reflect and address the grief I still feel.

I passed a lady on the street recently who looked like Mum, not the physically fit and trim mum I remember, but the Mum that was fighting brain cancer, overweight from the drugs and losing her sense of dignity. I recognised the same look in this stranger and I felt sad for her.  A lot has changed since Mum passed almost 3 years ago and sometimes the shock of this rises up and hits me unexpectedly, hard and sharp.

When I feel this way I try to spend more time at home. Home for me is my sanctuary, a safe place for me to refuel. I like to spend time moving things around, styling and planning mini makeovers. On the surface it seems superficial, but it’s not just about making things look pretty.

A home should be a reflection of those who live there, a gallery of memories and a place where you can decorate however you like! So this month I restocked my yarn storage, started planning a bedroom makeover and finished off a granny square cushion for the office. And with my spare time, I channeled my grandmother and started learning a new skill – knitting. Here’s a snapshot –

Amazing yarn storage

Modern country interiors

Beginning knitter shawlGranny square cushionEnvelope granny square cushion





  1. Kellie
    August 22, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your sad thoughts as well as your happy thoughts Mandy. It helps knowing we’re all struggling with things, even though everyone else’s lives appear so much more together than our own. Life would much harder without crafting xo

    • redagapeblog
      September 5, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you Kellie. I couldn’t imagine my life without making….that would be really sad. Thanks for taking the time to comment here. xx

  2. Penny
    August 22, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Hugs to you beautiful thoughts and totally understandable – home should be your sanctuary and what better place to recharge and create xx

    • redagapeblog
      September 5, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you Penny. I just wish there was more time to spend at home. I feel like i don’t see enough of my family these days. Too busy!! i know you’re the same. xx

  3. August 23, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I love all of the snapshots of your cozy interiors and your projects. I’m glad that they bring you comfort.

    • redagapeblog
      September 5, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Thanks Lisa. They do….i just i had more time at home. Life is so busy!:)

  4. Anne
    August 1, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Thank you for your inspiration! I just love your work!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *