Thursday, December 8, 2016

House tour - Sophie Bell for Adore Magazine

I picked up the latest issue of Adore Magazine the other day and loved the home of Sophie Bell and family. The whole house is painted white with black accents but it is the homewares and fabrics that make the statement and gives the home it's amazing vibe.

 I love the layers of trinkets, books, plants and artwork, it really personalises their place and adds interest and splashes of colour. 
Also the outdoor space looks like an amazing spot for a party!

I've popped a few photos down below but pick up the magazine for all the details and more photos.....

Love it all!

All photos by Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine
You can also see more of Sophie's + work on Instagram @peppahart

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

With the arrival of our elf "Melvin Mistletoe" at home on Friday morning, the Christmas festivities have begun! This is our first year of "Elf on the Shelf" and the boys were very excited to see Melvin.

They are on their best behaviour at the moment ;)

The boys and I made "Reindeer Bark" after school on Friday. White melted chocolate, pretzels for antlers, mini M+M's for the nose and candy eyes that I picked up from the supermarket. We then added a few sprinkles for colour.  So yum and a fun activity to do with the kids.

We also started on a bit of Christmas decorating. I pulled out the ornaments and tree and we all decorated it together. I let the boys go and maybe only moved 1 or 2 ornaments in to better places ;)
They were very good with spacing things out and filling up the gaps. It was so sweet to see them stepping back to survey their work. A few of the ornaments we had packed away are now a little old or broken so I want to buy a few new ones before I show you our tree. Also some of the built in lights on our tree are broken so we will use it this year but probably pick up a new one in the sales.

When Noah and I were at the shops the other day we ran into Santa. We got a quick photo but will have to get another one with all of the boys in it.

All in all we are excited for Christmas! 
I'll have another post this week on our christmas decorations and festive touches around the house.

How is your Christmas prep going?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mum's 60th Birthday

Mum turned 60 yesterday and I wanted to give her a special day as we celebrated this milestone.
She didn't have a party this year as friends and family are scattered everywhere so I decided to put together a day that she would enjoy and know how much we love her.

The boys gave Nanna her gifts and enjoyed flicking through the photo books that we made her.

Then Simon, Finn and I took her out for lunch at Manly Wine.  
The sun was shining and we had a table right near the window looking out to the beach. 
Champagne + grapefruit margaritas added to the delish lunch!

Later in the afternoon I arranged for a few friends and family to pop in for afternoon tea.
I wanted to make the table set up look amazing and festive, so I added a fringed garland backdrop and a vine covered 60. 
(I shaped the 60 out of  wire coathangers and wrapped them in fake ivy from Spotlight.)

I put together a selection of sweet and savoury food and Simon made his famous pavlova.
We popped some champagne in a bucket with flower ice. An idea I had seen on Pinterest and was dying to try.  It all looked very pretty and perfect for mum's special day.

Friends and family arrived and we settled in for a lovely afternoon.
We had such a great day and felt we had well and truly celebrated mum turning 60.
Happy birthday mum, we love you xx

I was asked where I got a few items so I've put together a list  in case you're interested......

Tree stump chopping boards - Big W
Crepe paper for garland - Big W
Gold cutlery - Big W
Artificial ivy - Spotlight
Gold cake stand - Domayne
Good Times napkins - H&M Home
Silver ice bucket - Ikea

Have you had any birthdays in your house recently?

Now all our birthdays are over it's time to think about Christmas.  I must get organised!
How is your Christmas prep coming along?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Birthday planning.

My mum is turning 60 next week and I'm putting together a little mood board of ideas to celebrate her special day. I'm thinking pink, flowers and a delicious cake!

She's not having a party so I'm doing lots of little things to make it a special day.

How do you like to spend your birthday? Is there one thing/tradition you always do?
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