Pegboard art wall

“Muuuuuuuummmm!….we were playing Pegasus’s and I crashed into the mountain (wall) and some of the pictures came down”. Kid’s rooms and glass-framed art don’t really mix well if you have rowdy ones like mine. It’s basically an open invitation to unnecessary A&E visits. I love art. I grew up surrounded by it because I have an arty family….

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DIY TEA TOWEL ART

This is very best kind of DIY: easy and cheap! Such fantastic designs are now available as the humble tea towel. You can even get your favourite artist in linen form. Here are my favourite local options: DICK FRIZZELL TEAM BRAYBURN FROM MR VINTAGE BUNNY FROM WILD HONEY ART For the rugby lovers, this option is…

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Refurbishing kids furniture

In the House of Ralph, there’s a rule. Ask my kids “What’s the most important thing in the house”?  and they will answer back like little robots: “It’s the people mum, not the things”. I want the kids to grow up with a healthy respect for home decor, but I never want to live in a…

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How to fake a wall of wallpaper for less than $60

Wallpaper has got such power to transform a room. The problem I have though, is that I love expensive wallpaper. Really expensive wallpaper. On top of the paper cost, you’ve then got the installation cost (I’m so not brave enough to DIY with expensey paper) so it’s always been an ‘admire from afar’ love for me….

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Minimalist DIY coat hooks

Part of my grand plan for the entry hall was to have some simple wooden hooks hung behind the front door. I knew I wanted them to be pale wood to stand out against the deep blue walls and I wanted a simple design. DIY inspiration often strikes when you least expect it. For this project, it…

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Ugly art re-do for less than $10

I got an OK mark in School C art, but I am by no means an artist. My sister totally snapped up those genes. That’s probably why I’m proud as punch of this re-do. It’s got a lop-sided smile and is hardly earth-shattering for originality, but my daughter thought she was pretty special getting her…

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Hanging a display plate wall

Why a plate display wall works so well: Groups of vintage plates displayed on a wall are an easy way to add interest and fill up a wall, without having to invest a lot, plus it works with various decorating styles, from cottage to contemporary. Modern plates work too, and there are some amazing melamine trays…

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Revised Edition: Bright & beautiful restyled furniture

I’m a long-time fan of sourcing furniture second-hand and giving it a new lease of life. Dad taught me the beauty of old craftsmanship: the dovetail joins, the beautiful wood grains, the intricate measurements without any need for metal drawer runners, the materials that last for generations. The ‘green factor’ of reducing waste by re-using…

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Happy Easter Break Everyone!

It’s nearly here! Easter break is mere hours away, and there’s extra excitement in our house because it also marks the end of term one for schools. I love searching out  little DIYs and crafts to help make holidays a little bit more magical. Easter is no exception. We’ve had talk of where big Mr EB will hide the…

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HOME ORGANISATION

A beautiful home is one thing, but it needs to be functionally sorted too. I’ve lived many years without great home organisation. My mother-in-law once ended up in A&E with RSI when she absolutely insisted on tackling our ironing mountain. True story – the Dr hugged her, when amongst all the drunkards on a Saturday night he…

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