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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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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Welcome to your new source of DIY inspiration

Welcome to House of Ralph you lot! I’m so thrilled to finally throw open the doors. My love of DIY is genetic. Dad renovated a villa from scratch: re-hanging old fashioned sash windows and all. The man is a legend! I however am not a DIY legend. My thing is simple improvements with high impact, done on…

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Painted Striped Walls – Master Bedroom & Ensuite

This is definitely a high impact DIY! Mr House of Ralph was convinced I’d be bored of it within a matter of months, but I still love it 4 years down the track. It’s bright and happy and I love the view walking down our hallway towards the bedroom – you see the glamorous lamps,…

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Hall Table Makeover

Teaching kids that “Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you can have it” takes a while.  It’s tough to hear, I get it. I’ve had to listen to that annoying inner voice many times. Our hallway entrance is a classic example. If I had my way, the hallway entrance table would be a slimline black cubist…

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Geometric Noticeboard

We installed a cheap cork noticeboard in our home office (such an affordable way of getting a custom noticeboard by the way, the tiles are cheap as chips from Mitre10 Mega, they come in packs of 10 from memory). Installation of these tiles is so easy, you just buy tile glue and a spreader, line…

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A Frame Play Tent

This is one of the most popular toys in our house. It’s used for tea-parties, movie nights, sleepovers, even superhero catching crooks and putting them in the “jail” games. I purchased a faux fur throw (sigh) but the kids love snuggling into it and having a quiet read. I totally get it, it’s super cosy in…

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