Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SATC "Dorothy Draper chest" {DIY}

Sex and The City is the ultimate source of fashion and interiors inspiration!

Eye spy a "Dorothy Draper chest" in Carries Edditors office Via: decorpad 

The Real one (Above) and the
The Steal Ikea DIY (Below) Via Marcus design inc

DIY: $35 Ikea Dresser into $4,000 Dorothy Draper Chest!
And a Bit more SATC to inspire you!
Suzie: Marks & Frantz - SATC Gorgeous bedroom with Cole & Sons Rococo Damask Wallpaper,  Thomas ...

Suzie: Marks & Frantz - SATC foyer with taupe wallpaper, gold faux bamboo console table, ...

Suzie: Marks & Frantz - SATC living room with two-tone walls, wainscoting, royal blue velvet ...

Suzie: Marks & Frantz - SATC Oval dining table, custom chairs upholstered in Lee Jofa Belgravia ...

eliware: Marks & Frantz - SATC 2 living room in Carries condo - Gray Walls, Midnight blue velvet ...


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I have come a long way since my first floristry class, I feel like I have the confidence to go to the flower markets and purchase a few bunches of flowers and whip up something fantastic!

Our final class was last night I chose to do a long table arrangement in oasis (as I wasn’t happy with my previous efforts). I am very pleased with how my woodlands inspired arrangement turned out.

Inspired by this Martha Stewart arrangement:


Monday, June 18, 2012


In an effort to KEEP IT REAL this Monday I am sharing with you how my dining room usually looks, this room doubles as a laundromat and bike garage.

Have you shared a space that is “REAL”? I encourage you to do so to let your readers know that we don’t all live in show homes.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Modern Kids Bedrooms

I am sliding down the slippery slope to 30, sometimes when I get a spare moment in my bussy day I think about this.


Monday, June 4, 2012

“Three Bags Full” Closet purge

I have been inspired recently to reinvent my wardrobe a little. With my job I wear both corporate and casual as we don’t have a dress code, jeans are a must for visiting construction sites.

Yesterday was a rainy Sunday, the perfect day to put on some tunes and conduct a military grade closet purge! I was feeling rapturous and decided to cut ties with "Three bags full" of clothes that have been hanging in my closet for years. Lets face it nobody has space to spare for clothes you don’t LOVE, I filled one whole bag for a girlfriend and another two bags for donations.  

Feel free to join in the “Three Bags Full” closet purge, I feel much lighter looking into my closet at items I LOVE to wear.

The end result? Black, white and Sparkles! It begs the question do we end up dressing like our house? I supose it is my style.

Also thank you friends for your beautiful comments on Fridays post, I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful supportive people here.


Friday, June 1, 2012

I gave up Sugar and Alcohol!

Just over two months ago My Personal Trainer mentioned the advantages of cutting sugar out of my diet (rather crazy and controversial right?). I am not the type of person to do things by halves I usually jump in head first so the very next day I decided to make a conscious decision to give up both sugar and alcohol and transform my mind and mood and intern my body.

How did I do it?
Sugar: I cut out anything that contains sugar from Sweets, Fruit, Fruit juice, Soda.
Alcohol: I quit cold turkey

After three weeks I lost the craving for something sweet at 3pm.
Three weeks after quitting alcohol I totally lost the cravings for that glass of wine a few nights a week.  

The hardest part was deciding to quit three weeks before Easter, Easter Sunday I had a big mood low and looking back I can now pinpoint this as my body’s “Ah Ha moment”  I was rid of all the toxins. The mood low could also be attributed to the mountain of chocolate I lavished upon my husband in compensation as it is one of his favourite days of the year.

A totally clear mind free from cravings and a loss of 5kg and a dress size (who hoo).

Willpower is key! Friends and family members will unintentionally try and derail you.
Don't be a martyr about it, if it is a special occasion like a Birthday, Engagement or a Wedding I will have a glass of bubbly or a piece of cake.

If you are interested in reading more I would suggest Reading Sarah Willsons 8 week programme or Trying a few recipes from her Cookbook (The E books are downloadable for E readers and PDF).

Here is a Pic from last weekend:

And a before pic from a similar angle:

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