Category Archives: House

Finding Fabulous Friday: Beautiful Places


A quick one… just in time for another rainy Weekend…beautiful places!

(the one above makes me look forward to spending Christmas in Germany with my Family!)

 Happy Friday Everyone!

♥ Jo

(this sign below inspires and reminds me why we’re doing the bathroom renovation, and every other chore around the house)


Out of Order


We’ve been renovating the bathrooms!

Seriously, in one weekend the decision gets made to do the renovation, and the next thing you know, there are 5 builders & 2 plumbers in a tiny bathroom making a huge mess 😉

I’ve been taking photo’s regularly and will post on the complete Before & After of the Bathroom+MainBedroom+Renovation project.  But for now, I’m (and of course the bathrooms) are:

 Bathing the kids at the neighbours (thank goodness for that!) and running outside to the granny flat toilet (in the pouring rain) has been challenging, but the end-result I know will be fantastic… watch this space!

♥ Jo

Tick tock, writers block…


I know I haven’t been around for a while (almost a week!), I blame my 3-day hangover that induced a sudden bout of writer’s block… yip, you heard me, I had nothing to say!

Actually, let me rewind a bit more and blame the FREE shooter that the bar owner brought to us 5 ladies, on our night out, just before we were going to leave last Saturday… she knew what she was doing! This tiny drink was the start of my 3-day hangover.  You see, it was inevitable that we’d stay longer and consume more caramel-flavoured-poison.

So the 3-day hangover had this domino effect in my life that caused me to flat-spin on Tuesday realising, that I hadn’t done anything I was meant to and by the next day it would be halfway through the week already! No grocery shopping, no cleaning, no laundry, no admin, no projects, no errands, no blog… nothing. flat-spin.

My favourite way of dealing with these kinds of days is to procrastinate (I figure it’s all gone to pot already, so I might as well just go with it!). So I hop onto the web and just surf and surf… i.e. procrastinate.

Until I found this on lifes-a-journal:


  How cool is this?!? In one swoop, I’ve regained control and established a routine, I’m motivated to get things done and start ticking off the list.  I’ve even managed to tidy the house, de-weed part of the garden, go grocery shopping, go to yoga and run a few errands. What an awesome way to keep track of stuff, even my water intake!

 For those of you that know me well, you can be sure that I’ll create a new one and customise it to suit my own routines and schedule, another thing to blog about soon, hmmmm, hopefully the end of writer’s block?

♥ Jo

The Studio-Study-Craft-Office-And-Occasional-Guest-Room Dilemma


Help, I need a MomCave!

I’ve been seriously frustrated for a while, at the state of my studio-study-craft-office-and-occasional-guest-room (name still to be decided on, so for the sake of simplicity we’ll just call it: The Room).  The space is uninspired, clearly unorganised (!), and as the name suggests, undefined.  Here’s the current state of affairs:

The need to turn The Room into something meaningful, practical and pretty is not only huge but it must also be done NOW-ish.  It’s located literally at my front door, so it’s one the first things people see when entering the house and the last before they leave – No pressure to create a magnificent space, right!?

I’ve spent quite sometime online, looking for ideas and clues on how the Room will turn out.  During my search I came across the Mom Cave ( a comfy space to do my own thing.  Brilliant! No half-eaten Marie biscuits all over my desk,  no Lego pieces strews around and no laundry to take care of. My place, my cave… but still incorporating the need for a studio-study-craft-office-and-occasional-guest-room.

My list of must haves:

  • Desk space for PC
  • Surface for Projects
  • Lots of space for organised Storage
  • Couch/Daybed/Guest bed

So with this in mind, here are some of my favourite spaces:

Love the view, and the chair, and the whole feel of the room! (this might be my favourite)

Again, the view in this one is great, and the colours! (this might also be my favourite)

Love the decor, fabric, feel, colours (favourite)

Space, Space, Space! and great organisation (favourite?)

Organised Space! (not favourite, but great anyway)

Colours, comfy chair!

Now to decided on an actual design and layout of the space….. hmmm, what to do? what to do?

Suggestions and ideas are most welcome! and updates on the progress of redecorating to follow.

♥ Jo

The Beginning


Finally! I started.

There’s something liberating about just doing it, closing your eyes and jumping straight into the deep end. I’ve always been talking, dreaming and thinking about my own blog, and today I started. (YAY ME!)

I’m not quite sure yet how this beast will be tamed, and what it will turn out to be… my mind is overflowing with ideas and inspirations.  Unfortunately it’s also overflowing with a head cold, blocked nose and drowsiness, so the next installment will have to wait – first it’s nap time while the kids are still at playgroup!

♥ Jo

celebrating the start