A Boot Doll House

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How absolutely gorgeous is this Boot Doll House!  Marina (aka Vintage Jane) who lives in England shared this gorgeous project on her blog, and I contacted her because I fell in love with it and wanted to share with you all! This boot house was made for special little boy.   "He wanted a boy’s house.  And so, just before Christmas, Grandma (the Interior Designer) and Grandpa (the Builder) built and decorated a very special … [Read more...]

Cubby Under the Stairs

Under stairs cubby house - convert the space into a cosy area for kids to play

I love hearing about how families create dedicated areas for play. Jess sent me this picture of a cubby she created under the stairs for her two daughters, aged 3 and 2 years old.  If you have an under stairs storage area, Jess shares tips on how she converted this area into a special space for her kids to play. Cubby Under the Stairs Step 1: Clean Out Find a new home for all the hings we stored under there: living in a townhouse the … [Read more...]

Funky Tape Floors

tape floors

I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney yesterday with Chelsea from Moments A Day.  My favourite exhibit was Jim Lambie's Zopob Room lined with coloured vinyl tape. I snapped a few pics with my iPhone. How fun would it be for a play room?!  Realistically, I wondered how it would hold up with wear. It appeared the tape was covered in varnish and the finish was gorgeous! This room reminded me of the ways I use … [Read more...]

Feature Home: A Wall Bookcase

amazing library

It's one of those places where you walk in the door and feel instantly relaxed. The house radiates such warmth and grace! Josh and Bonnie have been renovating their riverfront 1930 Queensland workers cottage -- slowly -- during the last 10 years.  A few years ago, I featured their completed country-retro kitchen, and now I want to share with you a new space in this wonderful home: the lounge room complete with a floor-to-ceiling wall … [Read more...]

Moving to Italy

campervaning around italy

Things that matter and following your heart is what stands out to me in this interview with Lisa from Renovating Italy. Just a bit of background for you. Meet Sam and Lisa. Lisa is an Aussie who grew up in Melbourne. Salvatore (who everyone calls Sam) also grew up in Melbourne to Italian parents. They met while studying photography. After spending 2 years renovating a house in Italy, Sam and Lisa knew Italy was in their heart.  They are now … [Read more...]

Feature Home: Freedom – Living in a Bus

Living in a bus

The lovely Georgia from Documenting Delight agreed to visit the blog to tell me all about living in a bus!  I stumbled upon Georgia's blog and was immediately enchanted by the captivating photographs and the spirit behind the words. I'm so glad to have you here Georgia; thank you for sharing your story with me. Freedom - Living in a Bus "We  were able to really cement what was important to us and grow our confidence as parents together … [Read more...]

Feature Home: Living on a Christmas Tree Farm

killiecrankie farm -- live Christmas Trees

It must be magical (and busy) this time of year on a real Christmas Tree farm. To find out more, I'm thrilled to welcome Lee to the blog. Lee, her husband and 2 children live in Tasmania, where they run the Killiecrankie Christmas Tree Farm. One thing that strikes me about Lee, is the contagious connection she exhibits between living, loving and working. It's inspiring! 1. What made you take the leap to move from the city to farm living in … [Read more...]

Feature Home: Second Hand Decorating for the Home

decorating with second hand pieces

I have  just met Ruth Dean and I already like her.  Ruth runs a B & B on a river in Tasmania and is featured in the gorgeously happy September issue of Country Style Magazine. She's a chef, mum of three and second hand shopping expert!  I'm chatting to Ruth today about the secrets to second hand decorating in the home and what it's like to run a B & B. Ruth, your B & B is officially on my to-visit list. What are some of the values … [Read more...]

Feature Home: A Sea Change

peek inside miss haidee studio

I was struck by an article in July 2011 issue of the Country Style Magazine. It was about a Mum, a Sea Change and Vintage Fabric. Okay, so that got my attention. I invited this Vintage-Sea-Change-Mum to share a little with me over here at Be A Fun Mum. Welcome Haidee, aka founder of Miss Haidee clothing line. Haidee, her husband Ben and their children, Millie and Tommy, recently made the move from Bryon Bay to the Tasmania coast. Ben manages the … [Read more...]

Feature Home: A Room for Everyone

storing children's artwork

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Rachael to Be A Fun Mum. I came across Rachael online (she used to have a blog called A Room for Everyone), when I was researching about storing children's artwork.  I was immediately struck by her home because it looked like definition of family. It's organised while still retaining loads of character and creative potential.  It's bright and inviting, … [Read more...]

Home: Country Living: Raised in the City, Living in the Country

Country cottage. Storage saver Ikea Expedit system

Emma's a strikingly energetic and capable person. She looked so right sitting in her country cottage, surrounded by acres of land, horses, dogs, chickens, cattle and various machinery. Emma's small wooden clad cottage was surprisingly roomy inside.  It was well organised, uncluttered yet homey and welcoming. Everywhere I looked, there was texture to feast my eyes on: old locks, peeling paint, rusty tanks, red dirt, green grass.  Such a refreshing … [Read more...]

Home: Bold and Bright

draw pilgrim

I found a house.  And it's the definition of happy.  The owner of the house, Pilgrim, grew up surrounded by creative people. The creative influences led her to develop a definite sense of style from an early age.  Her home design heavily draws from the colour of the 80's. It's vibrant, bold and bright.  I'm thrilled to welcome Pilgrim to Be A Fun Mum as she talks about the value of colour. Read more about … [Read more...]

Home: Vintage meets Modern

Vintage Modern TV Media Room

Josh and Sharron and their three children live in a semi-rural part of Queensland on a 1/2 acre block of land. The modern home is furnished effortlessly with a mixture of modern, and vintage items, creating the perfect balance between functionality, personality and warmth. The white and neutral tones are subtlety enhanced using bursts of colour through interesting ornaments and books. The house has a modern edge yet Sharron has cleverly brought … [Read more...]

Home: Country Retro

bonnie

As I walk into Josh and Bonnie’s kitchen, there’s an overwhelming sense this kitchen was meant to be shared.  Josh and Bonnie have been living in, and renovating, their riverfront 1930 Queensland workers cottage for the past 6 years. Together, they seek to raise their three children with the best of both worlds.  A country living, complete with horse, dogs and cattle on a 12 acre property and yet only 40 minutes from Brisbane city. Over a cup … [Read more...]