Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Project Cubby House: What is it all about?


So you're looking for a cubby house?! It can be just about as confusing as buying a real house can't it?
 
Well if you know you want a cubby for your little ones, but don't know where the heck to start, then I hope that you will find my Project Cubby House series a great help over the next week.

If you follow me on Facebook, you will have seen me post a few sneak peeks at the Tuff Cubby house that we have been putting together recently - I cannot wait to show you it all finished!
 
During this series I will be:
 
- Reviewing the Tuff Cubbies Havana Cubby House
 
- Showing you a Step by Step guide on what is involved to take this from a pile of wood to a backyard masterpiece!
 
- The Step by Step guide will also cover:

*Building a base
*How to paint
*Just how easy it is (or not) to complete
*How long you are going to need to complete the project
 
- Sharing budget friendly ideas to decorate your finished cubby as well as sharing my completed cubby house of course!
 
I also have a very special (and exclusive) reader offer to purchase a Tuff Cubby for yourself. So if you are in the market for a cubby for Chrissie time, you won't want to miss this!
 
And there will also be a wee little giveaway to win some amazing little things to furnish your own cubby too.
 
As always, if there is something specific that you want me to cover during my posts, please feel free to email, private message or simply comment below...
 

Monday, 27 October 2014

My Must Have Buys to Organise a Home Office on a Budget

{Post brought to you in conjunction with TGC, the specialists in commercial real estate office space options in Sydney)}
 
My office space is a little nook that we created when we did an extension a few years ago. It was a bit of a void space in a living room extension (due to our funny block and house position) and so we decided to convert the space in to a little area for me and it has worked brilliantly.
 
Because this space is so teeny tiny, it is really important that I keep it tidy and organised, otherwise it becomes a bit claustrophobic in here!
 
As you know, I am firm believe that you don't need to spend big bucks to get organised. So today I share a few of my favourite budget office organising buys that I have in my home to tame and organise my office space.
 

The Inspiration and Organisation Board

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It organises, sorts and inspires and is an absolute steal at $7.99 from Ikea.
 
Customise yours with a sample pot of paint around the frame to match the colour scheme in your office. You will find mine painted in mint - of course!

The humble pin board is my absolute must buy for any office space.
 

The Paperwork, Letter and File Organiser

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Typo is such a haven for budget friendly Office Organisation ideas.
 
I adore this Mail Box stand, it is not just great for letters and bills, but I use mine as a bit of a storage unit for my notepads, lists, diary and bits and pieces. It is much more compact than the traditional rack desk organiser (and so much prettier) if you are short on space like me.
 
Hard to believe it is only $9.99 (and even less if you wait til the next 30% off sale like I did!).
 

The Filing Cabinet

Filing cabinets can be darn expensive. If you are organising a home office and don't really need a lock feature to secure your office items, then consider masquerading a bedside table as a filing cabinet, I have!
 
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Check budget friendly furniture shops such as Fantastic Furniture, Super A Mart and even the Reject Shop for a basic drawer unit that shouldn't cost you more than $50.00.
 
This particular unit is from Deals Direct and is a great buy for only $49.00.
 

The All in One Organiser

Store, Organise and Stash Pins, Paperclips, Washi Tape, Stamps, Elastic Bands, Pens - the list goes on!
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For only $3.95, these Mason Jars (top image) from Typo can organise just about everything in your home office.
 
The Skurar Candle Holder (bottom image) from Ikea is $2.99 and another perfect budget option to store your office essentials.

So there you have it, just a few ideas from my own little office space.

Do you have any budget office organising buys that you would care to share? Love to hear them...
 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Project Extension: Weeks 10 to 15 - Are we done yet?!

I know, long time no post when it comes my Project Extension updates.
 
I knew it was time to pull my finger out again when I received an email this week that went along these lines...
 
Hi Allison,
 
I love reading your blog and have enjoyed the updates on your extension. I notice that you haven't written about them for a while, you must almost be finished?
 
Cheers,
 
Sarah
 
Firstly thank you Sarah for the email (I love receiving messages and emails from you guys!). You would be absolutely right to assume that given we started this old extension way back in July that we should be finished... But Sarah, sadly this couldn't be further from the truth.
 
You see up until last week, the builders hadn't done a whole lot since my last update 4 whole weeks ago. We had the roof tiles finally put on - and after weeks of trying to keep rain and water out of our exposed roof - this couldn't have come a moment too soon.
 
Last week was a bit more of a bumper week - we had most of the guttering put up, our windows finally arrived (the builder realised they hadn't ordered a few weeks ago and of course there were delays) some of the internal plastering started and the house was 'wrapped' - whatever that means.
 
As you can see from the below, the extension is actually starting to look like a proper little house now!
 

 
Next week is supposed to be another biggie with the rest of the guttering completed (on the older parts of the house), the bricks getting done, the internal plastering and the roof tiles getting completed. But these days I try not to get my hopes up too much, because after weeks and weeks of frustration, no work being done and endless delays, I am trying to hang in there and finally see that the end could be near.
 
 
We are all sleeping in Mr B's room and the novelty of 'camping' it out is starting to wear a little thin.
 
I am cheering myself up by selecting paint colours, blinds and some new furniture...
 
What do you guys think so far?! Next week I hope to share some internal shots - exciting!!
 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Entertaining Outdoors: Ideas to Create the WOW Factor

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Can you imagine the gasps of wonder as guest step into your backyard, taking in the truly brilliant area you have created? With some fairly simple solutions you can revamp your yard to look like a wonderland. Read on to find out how.

 

Start with the Bottom

Bring out the comfort of the indoors with some sleek timber decking. Decks are far warmer and more inviting than tiles, pavers or concrete, really making your guests feel at home. For a smooth transition from the inside to the outside you can raise the deck to the same height as the internal floor. Though decks are amazing, it is important to match the aesthetic of the house.
 
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For advice on decking and patio installations talk to building experts like Additions Building.

 

The Roof Above your Head

Patios are a comfortable place that is protected from the sun and rain. Depending on their use, a patio can be just about any design, shape or size. Very open designs are great for relaxing in a little shade while staying out in the weather, perfect for by the pool. Other designs can be very enclosed, like an outdoor room, protected from wind, rain and sun with lattice screens as walls or windows. Patios are nice to have attached to the house, but a real eye opener could be separated, standing alone and connected by a timber path.
 
 

Give your Guest Somewhere to Sit

Make your guests comfortable with plenty of furniture to sit and rest on. Good strong materials are important for durability out in the elements. You need to consider how many people you expect to entertain, then look at getting timber table and chairs to fit that number. Timber furniture can be uncomfortable to sit on, so consider some outdoor cushions that match your colour scheme. Some water proof couches are fantastic for a cosy seating solution.
 
Outdoor Daybed from Bunnings
Storage outside can sometimes be an issue, without having an ugly container or cupboard. Consider a storage bench to serve two purposes at once with some pillows on for comfort.

 

Even Your Fence can be Amazing

Bland and ugly exterior fences can ruin all the hard work of making an amazing outdoor entertaining area. Brick walls can be painted into a feature wall that grabs the attention of your guests and brings the whole area together. On larger walls mosaics can be placed for an artistic depth in the area. For timber fences, you can install a timber screen to cover up the eyesore and create a beautiful backdrop. You can even grow a vine through the screen to add life to the garden.

 

Outdoor Fireplace

Not much says wow in a backyard like a roaring fire. A fireplace can be utilised in so many different way in your entertainment area. It becomes a focal point that quest can sit around, it provides warmth in winter, you can cook from it and smoke is a natural insect repellent. Depending on your own style, you can start from a small fire bowl, a fire pit or ever a large outdoor fireplace with a chimney.
 
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It is up to you to decide how you style your backyard, but with just a few of these ideas you are sure to give your garden the wow factor for your guests.
 
What else can you do to make your outdoor entertainment area unforgettable?

Monday, 20 October 2014

tiny and i Teething Necklace Review and Giveaway

Miss C is one high maintenance baby girl. She arrived in to this world with a love of shoes and jewellery - both to chew on of course!
 
This little lady can spot a necklace or a pair of earrings a mile away. In fact a few months ago I was in a store admiring a necklace. That little lady cried so much until I gave her the necklace, so to save a complete meltdown I of course paid for it and promptly left the store - have you ever done this very manoeuvre before?! It is one I try and avoid at all costs (literally!).
 
When I heard about tiny and i teething necklaces I thought all my Christmases had come at once. Not only are these non toxic and baby safe necklaces, but they are very stylish for Mum to wear too!
 
 
The beads on the necklaces are made from the same safe (and soft) silicone that you will find in your babies bottles and dummies.
 
They are also waterproof, heat resistant and for safety feature a clever breakaway clasp.
 


 
The biggest dilemma when buying these is picking a colour - as you can see, there are SO many gorgeous colour combos to choose from.
 
 
In typical Allison style (she who loves all things mint!), I  opted for the 'Capri' set in the Fruit Loop necklace range, and is nothing short of gorgeous.
 
I wear a lot of neutrals, navy and mint so this colour combo with beads in emerald, chocolate, blush, mint, pebbly, navy and sky blue tones is perfect - it works with just about everything I own and wear.

 
And the little lady just LOVES it, and this Mum just LOVES anything that will keep her amused for longer than 10 seconds - win!
 
The Fruit Loop Necklaces are priced at $38.00 and would make the most amazing baby shower or new baby gift, especially for the Mum who has everything or the second time Mum.
 
tiny and i have very kindly offered my readers the chance to win their very own Fruit Loop Necklace - you get to pick which one of course!
 
To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below....
 

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- Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
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- Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com
 
Good luck everyone!
 
What colour combo are you loving from the range?