The winner of this competition has now been chosen. Congrats to @justazed on winning a $50 voucher to Jumbled Online!!
I’m totally flattered and grateful to be chosen to kick off Houzz Australia‘s newest series called At Home With… It is a fabulous concept created to showcase some of Australia’s best home and lifestyle bloggers and i was selected first! Chuffed! Houzz readers get a sneak peak into bloggers homes and find out what makes them tick.
One of the great things about this new series is a fun competition element that could win readers a $50 voucher to one of my favourite stores, Jumbled in Orange. It’s a bright and colourful homewares store that I visit often, usually to buy a craft or decorating book. They also have beautiful gifts and home decor items.
Click on the “Featured on Houzz” button above and leave a comment after the interview to be in with a chance of winning. It’s easy to do and only takes two minutes. Please go and check it out. I’d really love one of my regular readers to win the voucher. thank you!!
Yesterday i was lucky enough to attend one of the first ever workshops at Jumbled in Orange. Jumbled is a gorgeous and colourful homewares store in Orange that is all about mixing, not matching. I love this store and rarely walk out empty handed after a visit. So, when they announced they were having a workshop with the beautifully talented Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs, i was super keen to attend. As regular readers would know, i constantly second guess myself when it comes to decorating RedAgape Guesthouse, so any hints and tips from people in the know are always welcome. Emma is a interior stylist living in Sydney and homewares buyer for The Home. Emma’s focus is on e-decorating, which is perfectly suited for those of us who are looking for advice, but aren’t living close to a major city. Being able to access online advice cuts down on costs and makes creating a beautifully styled home more affordable. Emma shared her four bigs rules for decorating –
1. Plan – think about how the space is going to be used.
2. Don’t Follow Trends too closely – pick items you genuinely love to have in your home.
3. Floor Plans – think about furniture size and placement.
One of my favourite tips was using warm white globes in the house, not cool white. Warm globes create a more flattering light, that is, we’ll look much prettier in warmer light. I’m rushing off to Bunnings today to grab some new globes!! After Emma had shared her tips, the serious business of cutting and pasting began! My mood board focuses on inspiration for getting my home office furnished and organised. It’s a tricky space because the kids use is for homework, my husband for work and i plan on fitting in some crafting space. The mood board below belongs to my sister, who attended the workshop with me. I must say, i thought her mood board was the best in the room. You really feel like you’re in the room when you look at it. While creating our mood boards i happily admired the inspiration surrounding us. Even with the centre tables of Jumbled cleared for the workshop, the store was still brimming with fun and colourful homewares. The green beaded chandelier is definitely one of the my favourite things in the shop, followed closely by the Ziggy and Bea zebras on canvas by Penny Farthing DH. At the conclusions of the workshop, participants wandered the store to happily spend their vouchers that were included as part of the workshop. I spent a little more than my voucher allowed, but came away with a fabulous rag rug for the office and yet another design book to add to my collection. LOVE!! I must say a big thanks to the two lovely Jumbled ladies that made us feel so welcome and waited on us with coffee and snacks. What a great way to spend a Sunday.
Do you decorate your house to please yourself or others? For a long time i’ve been very safe about how I decorate our home. I suppose I’ve been nervous that visitors to our home might make judgements on our decorating tastes. I say ‘our’ decorating tastes, but i really mean ‘my’ decorating tastes…hubby doesn’t decorate. Lately, I’ve come to my senses and realised that it is OUR home and we can present it however we like. Of course, when it comes to decorating RedAgape Guesthouse I have to be more mindful of visitors. I want the Guesthouse to be quirky and interesting, but not so over the top that guests feel overwhelmed.
Have you heard of Jumbled? It is a brilliant homewares store in Orange that combines all things eclectic and colourful. I have visited many times and only once, have I walked out empty handed (I must have been unwell that day). I always feel inspired by Jumbled’s fun homewares and wish my house was more FUN! A couple of weeks ago Jumbled ran a fun instagram competition. Using #jumbledbedroom on Instagram, those entering posted pics of their bedrooms. There were some inspirational bedrooms, so I took the opportunity to jazz up our bedroom and enter myself. Here’s the before and after plus my entry below – clearly accentuated by our picture perfect cat, Suki.
To jazz up our bedroom for the jumbled competition, i added some curtains either side of the bed, some fun and colourful cushions (all made by me) and a fun, jumbled wall display. The most time consuming part of the makeover was putting the wall display together. I didn’t want to spend much money, so i hunted through the garage for old frames, spray painted them and added some homemade art. I strongly recommend making paper cut outs of the frames and positioning the paper on the wall before hammering nails. It certainly lessens the number of holes in the wall. See my plate wall display for an example.
I’ll admit that i wasn’t sure at first if i liked my new room. But it grew on me very quickly! I’m not used to having so much colour in one room, but it really makes me feel happy when i walk into it. So happy in fact i was keen to add some more colour with some beautiful kantha quilted items. A gorgeous quilt and quilted cushion. LOVE! It’s a fun room now! And really, if you can’t have fun in the bedroom, where can you?? 😉
The last few days have been nothing short of glorious. I’ve been doing day trips around the countryside with my family and the weather has been perfect! Autumn has long been my favourite season, and each year in April i’m reminded why. The fresh sunny days, the gorgeous changing colours of the deciduous trees and the crisp cool evenings….just cool enough to snuggle with a blanket or someone special. While i love visiting Sydney or other cities, i really do love the country. More and more i picture myself in a stylish farm house overlooking rolling green hills. Cows in the paddock and chooks in the yard. *sigh* One day it will happen. Until then, i appreciate the surrounding small towns, their interesting locals and tempting boutiques.
This picture, i promise is untouched. This is how clear and blue the sky has been this week. So flawless, like a painting. And below, these funny geese we spotted wandering around Coonabarabran yesterday. They were very vocal and intimidating like they were unhappy about us invading their territory.
At the park the kids enjoyed the freshly fallen leaves. This is my daughter in the middle of her fallen leaf throw! I love this picture. It’s so nice to see the kids out in the sunshine and not in front of their devices. I’m sure all parents can relate.
This poor old general store has seen better days, but still hasn’t lost it’s charm. Isn’t it cute?
And the sunset last Friday evening was incredible. This picture honestly doesn’t do it justice. It was like the entire sky was on fire. Such vibrant shades of red and orange, you couldn’t help but stop and look at it.
And finally, I’ve succumbed to the lure of social media and created a facebook page for RedAgape. Please visit and ‘LIKE’ my page. I promise i won’t spam your news feed. Here are some of my picks of local Facebook pages.