Coffee with Tea: House Tour

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I love to share real homes of real families. You can find all the Feature Homes on the blog here.  Home: it’s where memories are created and people are shaped  through both the happy times and the challenging times.   Before Christmas, I caught up with Tea (pronounced Tee-ah) at her home in Brisbane.  Tea […]

Miniature Terrarium Fairy Garden

Miniature Terrarium Fairy Garden with wheelbarrow

Looking for a fab project for 2015? This miniature fairy garden looks great, it’s about getting kids involved with gardening and it’s low care. Winning all round.  Renee from About the Garden puts her vast garden knowledge to use in this gorgeously creative fairy garden terrarium.  It’s true, I have a mild addiction for creating succulent terrariums. […]

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

I appreciate good design. I look for it. And I store ideas in a little drawer in my mind. Dubai was filled with good design, but not many of the ideas went into my mind file because so much of it was beyond the every day. I think that is part of the point of Dubai: it’s opulent, exciting […]

5 Ways to Have a Holiday at Home

5 ways to have a holiday at home

Rebecca from Signature Homewares is giving her 5 tips on creating a holiday atmosphere at home.   There are have seasons where work, finances or family situation prevents us from getting away for a holiday.  I have a hunch that for quite a few of us switching into holiday mode while at home can be a […]

Four Ways to Discover Your Family Home Style

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Rebecca from Signature Homewares shares tips about discovering your family home style (amongst the chaos). Does a sense of frustration wash over you when you glance around your home?   Your home should be a true reflection of you and the ones you love, but sometimes the practicalities of family life can simply take over. Many mums can […]

Low Care Pot Plant for the Front Door

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Create a bit of happiness at your front door with these tips from BAFM Contributor Renee from About The Garden Magazine. I adore a lush pot plant situated at the front door, it always makes me smile. However, my many attempts to create a similar oasis have been a dismal failure. But I know why […]

The Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

I wanted to share this beautiful idea for a living area: a tree wall feature.  Sharron decided to decorate this wall space with a tree shape.  She simply put the word out that she was looking for someone with artist ability to paint the wall for her (you can find people on Gumtree, through Google […]

Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

Playgrounds in Australia tend to have similar look about them. Plastic slides painted in primary colours, a springy toy that often doesn’t spring, and a token swing set in a sea of chip bark. I remember this one playground at Warwick we discovered as a family on one of our road trips, and it was so refreshingly […]

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She’s sharing how she put it together below. The Lego City Project My twin boys have always loved building blocks! It […]

DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

I was at my sister’s on the weekend and this is a little idea worth sharing. You can pick up small retro-like skateboards from places like Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and BIG W from about $15 (like this Avigo one).   They can often be found in second hand stores for cheap too. These skateboards make […]

How My Bedroom Colour Scheme Helped

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I’ve collected a lot of mish-mash of items over the years: new things; hand-me-downs; old things.  My house doesn’t look anything like a magazine. I don’t mind.  Mostly.  However, sometimes, just sometimes, a seed of discontent grows inside me.  Discontentment is an interesting thing, and I’ve learned to take a moment to analyse it before it grows. Sometimes, […]

Sorting and Organising Toys

Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys I sort and reorganise the children’s toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I’ve just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through: 1. Pull Everything Out When I’m in […]

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

Collection jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children’s interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old’s jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween…I […]

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way. Colourful Wrapping Brown […]