{My Houzz Articles} Colour Coding Your Home

Wow! This one got people talking 🙂 Would you use colour-coding as an organisational tool in your home? Click on the image to read my ideas for organising your house on Houzz Australia. organising by colour

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Styling My Colour Coded Bookcase

Colour coded bookcaseOh man, i love my colour coded bookcase! When we moved house a few months ago my sister-in-law unpacked our books and was more than happy to oblige with my request for a ‘colour coded’ bookcase. With so many beautiful book nerds in our family we have accumulated a decent number of books, so my SIL had plenty to work with. She went beyond what i expected when she organised them by colour and SIZE! Yippee! Since then I have been rearranging and fine tuning. Sorting your books by colourI do have a tendency to be a little OCD about some things. Not everything, but there are certain things where I’m very particular. For example, I need like the cushions on my bed arranged in a certain way. If even one cushion is just slightly out of place, I have to fix it. My bookcase is another one of those things. Colour coded bookcase stylingIt’s becoming a bit of an obsession, to the point where I don’t like anyone borrowing the books. My hubby is currently reading one of the ‘white’ books and I’d be lying if I said the gap in the white section isn’t annoying me. It’s getting to the point where I’m considering buying books based on their spine colour. That’s normal, right?
Bookcase sorted by color colour Seriously though, it may be a librarian’s worst nightmare, but colour coding your bookcase is the best way to keep your books looking neat and tidy. Bookcases have the potential to become an eyesore if they aren’t organised. A colour coded bookcase can actually become a feature in your home as well as a practical place to store your books.
Bookcase sorted by colour My daughter asked me where a particular book was the other day and I responded, “I’m pretty sure it’s in the middle of the reddish/orange section.” And sure enough, it was! Proving that there may be some method in my colour coding madness. 🙂
Bookcase sorted by colour

Frame Arrangement – The Gold Room Complete

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Happy New Year! I know we are barely two days in, but this year has been brilliant so far!!  😉 I am starting 2013 with fresh eyes and a positive attitude. Last year was challenging, but there were also amazing times and both have changed me for the better I hope. Here are just some of the lowlights and highlights of 2012.

We saw the New Year in at Times Square NYC. I made the cover of a regional magazine thanks to flattering lighting and Photoshop!  I started studying again and discovered my brain still works. Yay! My chronic illness flared badly this year. Internal bleeding throughout your large intestine is never good, but it reached a new level last year. I really do not want to see 56kgs again.

My husband and I had the BEST ever weekend in Millthorpe and bought a beautiful house that has kept our family close. Johno tattooed a poem I’d written on his back. It’s impressively large and lovely. My Mum was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She has endured surgery, radiation and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and has managed to keep a positive attitude. Amazing!

We had to put our dog Bob to sleep. He was a silly, fat beagle and we loved him. We got a friend for Ruby who was missing Bob and we are so very glad we did because Pepsi is gorgeous. She has slotted into our family with ease and we love her. My daughter Eilish duxed her primary school. I am so very, very proud of her. My husband merged his business with two others and hopefully this will decrease his work hours.

My son Daniel blossomed this year at school and has grown in confidence, which is so very important. And Rose, my gorgeous spectrum girl, not just survived but thrived in her second year of high school. We celebrated Christmas with my parents, all of my siblings, partners and children. And finally, Johno and I saw the new year in on our red seat on the porch of Winterfell.

Oh, and another room at Winterfell is complete!

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My collection of gold frames finally made it onto the wall. I’m hoping to add to this wall as i find more frames.

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I used some vintage wallpaper i discovered at a secondhand shop to fill this ornate gold frame.

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My grandmother’s buffet features in this room. It looks beautiful here. Also, my other grandmother’s bowls sit on the buffet. I’m going to fill them with chocolates for my guests.

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White timber ceilings feature throughout the house.

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I’m a little obsessed with collecting books about collecting and decorating. They will all remain at Winterfell for my guests to enjoy.

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Local artist Leanne Watt created this golden image, which reminded my husband of our daughter so much that he had to have it! It hangs on the wall in the hall before the gold room.

IMG_3282 IMG_3290I have only two more rooms to finish (eek!) before we get to the serious business of creating a website, information booklets, professional photography (yes, i recognise my photographs aren’t ideal) and then finally opening the doors of Winterfell to guests. How very exciting!

The Parlour – Finally Finished

If i had a dollar for every time i walked into the parlour and said, “I hate this room”, i’d probably have enough money to buy another house! It seems crazy that this room has caused me so much trouble. I have rearranged the furniture a 100 times, hung pictures on the walls and then taken them down, added more stuff, taken stuff out, bought new items, moved things around again….nothing seemed to satisfy me. I found this room so very frustrating, but in the end the solution was simple. Stop trying too hard!! I emptied the room and started a fresh. I put back only the basics, a lounge, some cushions, a mat, a coffee table, a mirror, a tiny hall table, some lovely books, a couple of carvers and some interesting items. Then i stopped. I banned myself from adding anything else. And now i am satisfied.

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Saucy ads from the 70s

I was packing up some books to take to Winterfell this weekend, when i found this little gem in the pile. I had forgotten all about it. I found it at a retro themed store in Bangalow, which i now can’t remember the name of….sorry. Anyway, i spent a good deal of time flicking through this book, enjoying A BLAST from the past! As a baby from the 70s i’m reluctant to tease the era too much. I think i’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. WARNING!! Things get a little saucy from here on in, so if you can’t handle the heat then stop reading here! 😉

70s Fashion – Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads, Edited by Jim Heimann, Tashen, 2006

Happy Legs, 1973

Brylcreem, 1974
Now this ad really confused me. The arrow points one way for sexy and the other for not sexy. Hmmm…..
Also, LOVE the catch phrase at the bottom! “We’ve come a long way since, a dab’ll do ya!”

Eminence Paris, 1977
“In colours that dare”? I could only look at this one for a moment…..cringe!

*SHOCK* This cologne ad from Faberge, 1976 is baaaad…..really bad and NOT in a good way.

Ok, time to tone it down a bit. My skin is still crawling….ewww. Here are some light ones to finish off.

Sunkist, 1973.

Jump Suits Ltd, 1976. The name really does say it all. 🙂

I’m hoping that the guests of Winterfell will enjoy this book as much as i have. Happy Friday!!

Byron Buys and other towns starting with B

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I found a few little goodies in Byron Bay and the surrounding towns. I was limited in what I could purchase as we didn’t have a lot of extra room in the car…actually, there was no extra room.
This little toy cash register we found at an antique store in Brunswick Heads. We also found the dotty tray in Brunswick heads, but at a homewares store. I’m aware they are both red and I wasn’t going to buy more red items, but I’d purchased them before I realised. 😜

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This leather framed mirror we picked up at the Bangalow Markets pretty cheap!

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Finally, these all came from Byron. Leather coasters, parlour games and lots of lovely books! Yay! 😃

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Testing, testing…

The friends you make when you are a kid are very special. They feel like family to me and even when the time between catch ups can be a year or more, we fall right back into the friendship like no time has passed. I feel so very blessed to have three such friends. I remember a teacher at our graduation saying to us that we probably wouldn’t stay friends, we would have good intentions, but time and life sometimes tears friendships apart. I recall thinking that there was no way that would happen to us and i am pleased to say we are still close.

My gorgeous friends! Love you guys!

We try and catch up for a weekend away together every year. Some years it is harder to organise than others and unfortunately it’s not a matter of just throwing some clothes in a bag and heading out the door. Getting organised to go away without husbands and children can be a little tricky. Most years i arrive at these weekends feeling completely frazzled and drained….this year was no exception. BUT, i always go home feeling well rested even though the weekend always go too quickly.

I felt honoured and privileged this year to have my friends come and stay at Winterfell. I am not ready for ‘real’ guests yet, but i have most of the basics. We were lacking a fridge in the kitchen, but had an old one in the garage…..and really, who minds getting the milk in the morning when the temp is 3degrees! 🙂 ha!

A little goody bag on the side tables in each bedroom….

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My goody bags looks pretty sad after i received this fantastic housewarming gift from one friend. It consisted of a wonderful stash of varied books and some games….perfect for the house!!

It was so lovely to lay by the fire and chat until 2.30am!! hmm…..sleep in required the next morning.

Bird life in the backyard.

I enjoyed some light reading.

And oh my goodness the food!! Thank you Tonic and the Old Mill! There are NO words to describe your food…..drool…this tart is from The Old Mill

Flourless Orange cake from The Old Mill….so pretty and delicious.

I am so glad these girls were my first guests! And the first to sign my guest book.  I am so sad it’s over already. Bring on the next one!!

Weekend Away

 Finding a weekend where we can steal all of our little family away isn’t easy, so sometimes we have to force it. I am so glad we did. It snowed a little in Millthorpe this weekend…..just a little, but that was enough to make the kids happy.

We accomplished a lot in two short days. The biggest thing being BEDS!! Very exciting and much better than sleeping on the floor. I haven’t attached pictures as they are mostly undressed and not looking especially pretty at the moment. We also hung a lot of pictures, pulled out old rose bushes, levelled  hedges, assembled stools (x6), bought some essential boring items (brooms, mops, etc) and managed a little sleep in each morning.

I have so many pictures to share of our progress and junkyard finds, but i’ll focus on the kitchen and living area. I fall more in love with Winterfell at each visit. It feels like home. I hope our guests feel that way too.