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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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String Letters

WORDS AS DECOR: We have an “EAT” sign in the kitchen which is more parenting-driven than décor-driven. If the kids are trying to squirm out of eating a proper dinner, I don’t even say anything: I just point to the sign. They know that when I do that there’s no point even trying to argue….

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Don’t snob out guys

It’s all very well to want a beautiful home, but we can’t all go out and shop the beautiful shops to fill it. Even if we won Lotto overnight, I still wouldn’t run out and clear the shop floors of my favourites. I don’t want it all looking very catalogue/collection matchy matchy: it’s just too perfect…

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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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Fabric Covered Light Switch

This is one of those fantastic craft projects that offers maximum smug factor, minimum effort (as in less than 30 minutes effort). So unnecessary, but so pretty. The only thing that you need to be careful about with this project is choosing your fabric: you don’t want material that’s too thick, otherwise you’ll end up…

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Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

Yes. You could definitely live your life without the need for glam cooking utensils. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a room special though, and these make me smile whilst I’m whipping up gourmet treats for the family (ok, or spag bol).  You are faking the paint dipped look by the way, these are just done…

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