Guest Blog: The Coastal Barn Dream

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SERIOUS. HOUSE.GOALS.

Lauren’s style looks completely effortless which to me, says a lot about the person who has put a space together. It is comfortable, liveable and relaxed while also being chic and luxe.In my opinion, that’s the perfect combination for a Coastal Barn Dream! Read on to learn more about Lauren, her building journey, the challenges she faced and where she found her inspiration.

My name is Lauren. I’m a mum to 5 beautiful kids, that are nonstop with their level of energy. I’m a wife, and currently enjoying my new path styling and designing interiors and my home.

We didn’t initially have plans to build. Originally we wanted to find a place that we could renovate into our dream home, but after looking we realised we couldn’t find what we were looking for and stumbled across the beautiful land we have built on now, and knew this was the path we wanted to take,

I knew that I loved Coastal homes living on the Gold Coast my whole life and loved the feeling it created. I also lived on acreage and loved the style of Country homes and Farmhouses. I wanted to somehow combine the two, which is where the inspiration for The Coastal Barn Dream comes was created.

A lot of my inspiration came from a lot Pinterest pics of Barns converted into homes and white cladded beach houses. It wasn’t until I came across Three Birds Renovations and watched Bonnie’s dream home come to life that the whole way through the series I kept telling my husband, This is exactly what I have envisioned for our new home!

I have so many favourite spaces in my home and it is constantly changing, but if I have to narrow it down it would have to be right now my laundry and my home office, but then I still love my main living area with those high cathedral ceilings. Therereally is too many.

I would absolutely build again! I’m not sure if it would be another Forever home, because I think we will be here for a long while, but I have such itchy feet to get back into it. I just loved the whole process.

I think the hardest part was dealing with delays in the building process and land settlement delays. And not being able to get finishes when it was time to order. Which caused delays with finding new finishes that were available in new times frames. 

Yes we absolutely did have a budget. Did we stick to it… no, no we didn’t. We tried so hard, but I just kept making changes and we made additions along the way. We didn’t go too crazy though. I think being the builders yourself, makes it harder to stick to the budget. In my experience anyway.

Yes, there a few things I would change about the home. My husband is happy with everything, but last-minute changes I wish I had more time to correct with a different solution. For example, removing windows from the mudroom, I should have put a skylight in. Things we can do later but would have been so much less hassle doing them during the build.

I have a few little bits and pieces in the pipelines that I am working on, that’ll hopefully open doors for more projects. I’m also on the look out for another location to do a Renovation on and become a holiday home and another photoshoot location. So watch this space!

It has been an absolute privilege to feature Lauren on the blog. Thank you for sharing your building experience with us and for taking us on a walk through your gorgeous home. I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you have coming for us….squeeeeee!

If you’d like to see more of the space, head to The Coastal Barn Dream on Instagram…you’ll fall in love with her deamy home!

Until next time, Dream Team!

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Guest Blog: Working With an Interior Designer

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The idea of working with an interior designer can be a little daunting. When I heard that the gorgeous Meagan from Fawn and Finch had recently worked with the talented design firm Cullin Interiors, I knew I wanted to share her room revamp experience with you. Meagan shares her inspiration, any struggles she encountered and reminds you that working with an interior designer is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

Absolutely, my name is Meagan and I am the owner of Fawn and Finch a women and children’s shoe brand. I started the business back in 2014 when my first daughter Willow was born, it was a massive creative outlet for me in the beginning and it was away from me too keep active and busy whilst I was home with a newborn. It very quickly snowballed into what is now my full-time job and I am so grateful for the business itself and what it allows both me and my family.

Prior to falling pregnant with our third daughter Penny, Nathan and I had discussed what we would do with the bedroom situation as we have a four-bedroom house with one of those rooms is a dedicated toy room present. We came up with a solution that Willow and Blair could share a bedroom, and that left the empty room to become the nursery for the time being. 

Both of the girls had very different styled rooms and both of their beds wouldn’t have been able to fit in the one-bedroom together so this prompted us to sell the items from the bedroom that we couldn’t use, or didn’t feel that they would fit with the new aesthetic that we were going for. After we had Blair we had sold and had donated a lot of her items as we were certain we were done having children, fast forward three years later and we had to buy everything (big items- cot etc) again as we had given it all away.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

We were fortunate enough to work with the team from Cullin Interiors, I personally knew Sarah through a mutual friend of ours and when Sarah’s project of the Monash Children’s Hospital didn’t progress due to COVID this year she very kindly reach out to me, knowing our history with the Monash Children’s Hospital and Blair’s birth and offered to work with me to create a space for both the girls and for our pending arrival.

Sarah really brought a whole new world of expertise to styling both of the rooms and had an entirely different skill set on offer in comparison to mine when it came to the world of designing interiors. I was really excited for the experience of working with an interior designer as I have never done so in the past, and it really excited me as I knew the calibre of work that Sarah was going to be bringing to the table (she did not disappoint that’s for sure!!!).

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

Upon meeting with Sarah for the first time, we both had agreed that the nursery would be gender neutral as we didn’t know their sex of our pending arrival. I really wanted something that would be easily transitioned into either space for a little girl or for a little boy once the baby had arrived, and could be done so by just simply adding in a few elements that were very gender specific.

For the girls are really wanted to be quite fun and colourful, and both Sarah and I were really excited at the prospect of working with pallet made up of many shades of peach, pink and mustard. We really wanted to keep with a Bohemian style theme, and work in modern pieces where we felt it was appropriate. Again, I was really after a space that could be easily tweaked with the addition of styling pieces, that is really important to me as I love to play around with different styling pieces in both of the bedrooms and spaces and can be easily transformed with different linens and soft furnishings.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

I really love Raff’s style from Everyday Muse, and her little daughter’s bedroom gave me a lot of inspiration for the girl space. The rest of the inspiration for both of the rooms was found while scrolling Pinterest late at night. It really was collection of images that we had pulled from Pinterest that made up the mood boards and I also found helpful to checkout tag posts from brands on Instagram that I was interested in purchasing from and also working with on the project.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

I really love the creative process when it comes to projects like this, and my most favourite part is seeing it all come together. At times it can feel like a collective pile of things that you have collected to create the face and the magic really is in seeing it all come together.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

None whatsoever, Sarah from Cullin Interiors was incredible to work with and she contributed so much to both of these bedrooms on both the design level and a personal level. She really took on board everything that I wanted the spaces to represent and really made them feel like they seamlessly belonged within our home. It was really quite special to have someone to bounce off when it came to ideas for the spaces and when it came to sourcing product Sarah hands down one above and beyond to find the pieces that were right for these bedrooms.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

My favourite feature within the girl’s room would definitely be the feature of rattan and the Bohemian vibe, and also seeing the playfulness of the space with the neon lights that I custom ordered with each of the girl’s names.

My favourite feature within the nursery would definitely have to be the softness of the space. Is really a peaceful room and so calming to be in.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

I would definitely say that you need to find someone that you can bounce your ideas off, and that is open to working with you to create spaces. At the end of the day the spaces are going to end up being in your home and so they really need to be something that you are you excited to look at each and every day.

Interior styling: Cullin Interiors Photography: Fi Mims Photography

I don’t have any upcoming projects presently, I am doing a small revamp of our master bedroom at the moment. I definitely put that down to being bored in Victoria in isolation! I would love to redo our front living room at some stage – the couches in our front living room have seen better days and I would really love to be able to work a tan leather couch into that room at some point in time.

It has been an absolute privilege to feature Meagan on the blog. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for emphasising the importance of finding an interior designer that you gel with – it’s seriously so important!

If you’d like to see more of the space, head to Fawn and Finch on Instagram…you’ll also fall in love with her gorgeous shoes for both woman and children. I’m off to do some browsing….*adds to cart*…..

Thank you to Cullin Interiors and Fi Mims Photography for allowing me to share their beautiful work.

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Guest Blog: Making Space for what Really Matters

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I am delighted to bring you Leanne Baker from @organisingthe4ofus Leanne’s positive outlook on life, honesty and integrity is something we all aspire to. Not only is she an organisational queen, entrepreneur, high school maths teacher, wife and mother to 2 gorgeous boys, she also dedicates time from her day to support others in making time for things that matter. Sharing daily systems and practices that she implements daily to cut the ‘fluff’ in life and get back to the things that bring joy.

I am delighted that Leanne has agreed to share her 3 top strategies to help her keep on top of work and mum life. Welcome to The Dream Team Leanne!

Thank you so much for asking me to write a guest post for you to share my top tips to help you create space in your life for what matters most to you.

I am always pleased to share some of the strategies and tools that I use in my life, and I really hope there is something you can take away from this post, and include in your own households.

Read on to learn about 3 of my favourite strategies that I use to help me feel organised and have more free time to spend with my family creating memories.

This is one of my favourite tips, and if you have seen my Leanne Baker Daily planners, you will know that every page has a space for you to write your List of Three! You don’t need one of my planners to use this strategy though – just a piece of paper, or your phone will do!

Spend a few minutes each night thinkingabout what you need to do the next day. Write up a “List of the Three” – the three most important tasks you need to get done tomorrow.

If you have a really long list of “to-dos”, pick three to work on each day until you work through them.

Write up your List of Three in order of the most to least important.

If you spend a few minutes in the evening doing this, then the next morning you already know exactly what to focus on when you get up.  As soon as you have a chance (yes I do mean before you start to scroll on your phone! Or perhaps it won’t be until after work) – whatever works for you, pick the top task on your List of Three and get started. Try not to procrastinate, or question it – just start!

Focus on the first task and nothing else. Block out other distractions, and stop thinking about what else you think you need to do – fully focus on No. 1 of your List of Three.

Remember to be flexible, and if you do get interrupted (family, emergency etc…) take care of the interruption and then get back to your task, or it’s ok to reschedule it to another day.

Then move on to No. 2 and No. 3.

If I have a big item on my List of Three for tomorrow, then I will add two smaller, shorter ones to go with it. For example the other day I needed to clean up the back yard and hose down after the dog, before the gas-mancame to refill our gas cylinders. I knew that this would take up around 40 minutes, so my other 2 items were quick and easy. The whole idea is to set yourself up for success not for failure.

I strongly recommend that you don’t put three big items on your List of Three on any given day. This will increase feeling overwhelmed, not reduce it, which is the total opposite of what we are trying to do here!

If you have a hotspot in your home where mess regularly accumulates, then I suggest you include tidying up that spot on your List of Three regularly. For us, this is the Dining Room table – so you will find that regularly on my List of Three!

This is probably one of the most regular tips that I share on social media. If you have been following me for a while you will know all about this strategy. It’s actually really surprising how much you can get done in a 15-minute block, when you are focussed and get stuck in!

Set a timer on your phone, or the oven or microwave for 15-minutes daily, every dayand whizz around the house and do a quick, general tidy up, resetting your home putting everything back in place and restoring order.

One important note – this is not about cleaning your house, it is a general tidy up and re-setting of your space. This means picking up anything that is out of place and putting it back in its home, for example, items of clothing, or toys on the floor, items on the bench-tops, or on the dining table (this is our worst spot for collecting random items).

Choose a time that suits you – this might be when you get home from work, after school pick up, or just before bed. You don’t necessarily have to do it at the exact same time every day, but if you link it to another activity, such as just before bed, or as soon as you get home from work/school etc …this will help you embed it as a habit. You can use a habit tracker to mark off your progress too!

Try it once a day for the whole week, and develop this into a habit – just watch what a difference it can make to your household. This is a real game-changer!

One of my simplest and proven strategies for starting the week off on the right foot and feeling prepared for what might come at us during the week is to spend some time getting set up for the week ahead.

‘Set me up Sunday’ is all about setting yourself up for success for the week ahead.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t have to be done on a Sunday if you work or choose to rest and recharge on a Sunday.  You might choose to set yourself up for success on a different day of the week, and of course that is perfectly fine.

In our home, Sundays are a mix of recharging and preparing for the week ahead. If I spend an hour on a Sunday preparing for the week, that hour pays back over and over again.

Sometimes what will help is meal prepping, conquering the laundry piles and doing some power cleans, other times it’s a call to a friend, a Sunday nap and a rest day.

This week since we had a really busy week, Sunday was for catching up on washing the dishes, and laundry – ready for the week ahead. Then we went out and had some fun together as a family!

Is there one thing you can add into your Sunday routine to set yourself up for success?

Thank you Leanne for helping us to stay on top of the juggle and beating through the struggle. To find out more about Leanne, her planners, her amazing Project 14 program, head to Leanne Baker Daily and follow Leanne on Instagram @organisingthe4ofus

IKEA Hack: Arts and Crafts Caddy

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Who doesn’t love a good DIY project…and one that is SO easy – but makes a big difference? For me personally, having organisation systems in place keeps me sane. Having a specific place for everything takes clutter out of sight and also out of my mind.

Believe it or not, I actually created this about 12 months ago – before covid and lockdowns and working from home became the norm. I was looking for a storage solution for my daughters arts and crafts. One that holds her texta’s, pencil, crayons, sharpeners and paper all in the one go. Something that a 4 year old is able to easily get out and pack away on her own.

I found this LUSTIGT Art and Craft Caddy and RÅSKOG trolley from IKEA. Super cute and super simple….however the green noggins and clear acrylic lids just weren’t doing it for me. A quick little spray paint and some cute contact, and we have a gorgeous little work station that’s not only practical, but also ties in with the theme and style of our store room….more to come on THAT little gem later!

I’ve linked below the products that you can head straight to to check them out for yourself. A little birds has told me that the IKEA LUSTIGT Arts and Crafts Storage caddy is currently on sale….you’re welcome!

If you have any questions, be sure to hit me up below. I’d LOVE to see your own transformations, so make sure you tag me @dreaminginteriors when you post to your stories!

RÅSKOG Trolley – IKEA

LUSTIGT Arts and Crafts Storage – IKEA

Pink Glitter Contact – Officeworks

Pink Chalk Spray Paint – Bunnings

Glass Jars – Reject Shop

10 Top Tips To Make Your Home Smell Amazing!

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This week on my Instagram stories, I shared with you my top tips for making my house smell amazing. Use one, or all of these tips, and you’ll be ready to welcome anyone into your home at any time, without having to do the mad dash around to rooms spraying like mad, ultimately knocking your guests off their feet with an overpowering waft of whatever it was you could grab first.

To make things easier, I’ve found one products that you can use for all of thee 10 hacks. I’ve recently discovered a brand called Mask Co. and they are a game changer! They have these amazing air fresheners in the most gorgeous scents. All you need is just one spray in the right spot, and your house smells gorg for days to come.

Ok here we go….my top tips for making your home smell long lastingly fresh!

  1. One spray on the inside of your toilet roll. The scent will last as long as the toilet roll does.
  2. Spray the bottom of your vacuum cleaner. When you vacuum, your rooms will be filled with your favourite scent.
  3. Reed diffuser has run out? Refill with a Mask Co. air freshener and it will do the same job!
  4. One spray in your fake flowers – have them smelling like the real deal!
  5. spray a dryer sheet with your fave Mask Co. fragrance, and pop it inside your cushions. They’ll release a gorgeous scent each time you fluff them up.
  6. Spray onto your return air vent – when the air sucks back through, it will bring a gorgeous scent with it and pump it through to the rest of your home.
  7. Spray onto cotton balls and pop them into the pockets of your clothes in your wardrobe. It will make the whole place smell incredible!
  8. Spray the inside of your tissue box. Every time you pull out a tissue, you’ll release a fresh puff of beautiful fragrance into the air.
  9. One spay onto your mattress when you make your bed with fresh sheets.

and my personal favourite….

10. Spray onto the self adhesive pads (you know the ones you would normally stick to the bottom of your chair legs to stop them from scratching the floor?) and stick them in those odor collector areas e.g. inside your bin lid, to the inside of your kitchen drawers, to the inside of your clothes drawers, inside your shoe storage, wardrobes, recycling bins, laundry hampers.

To browse their gorgeous collection, head straight to Mask Co. here . I’ve snagged a cheeky little discount code for you too, enter dreaming10 at the checkout for 10% off your purchase. Winning!

I hope these little hacks have given you some ideas to use around your home to make them smell amazing! If you have any more, i would LOVE to hear from you – leave them in the comments below!

Chocolate Eclairs

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If you had told me a few months ago that I would be baking bread and chocolate eclair’s from scratch, I would have literally laughed out loud. I was barely able to make a packet cake. But I persisted because I saw the joy it brought to my little girl and the pride she showed when ringing Nanny to tell her what she had made that day. I also cherish the precious time that we spent together, learning new things, which has definitely spurred me on to keep going and try different recipes.

So here we are, a few short months later, and we are whipping up CHOCOLATE ECLAIR’S!

Blow me down with a feather!

But can I say, that from our very first TuesBAKE, where we made simple (but delicious) packet cupcakes, we’ve gained confidence with each new recipe…and tried out so many different techniques. It’s been so fun!

So this week, I bring you a delicious and SIMPLE Chocolate Eclair recipe that was shared with us by one of Dave’s sisters in Ireland. Irish women would have to be some of the best home cooks in the world, with their hearty and delicious home cooked meals, deserts and afternoon tea’s, so I knew this recipe would be worth having a crack at.

My one piece of advice would be to find some ‘strong’ flour. I’ve come to realise that we have such a thing as ‘bakers flour’ in Australia and I am looking forward to baking this again with the right flour. Apparently it gives a stronger and firmer ‘rise’ to your pastries. I am sure that you’d be able to find this in a reliable supermarket or produce store.

As always, I’d love to see you trying out the recipe’s I share, so remember to tag me in your Instagram posts or stories! I’ll come along and cheer you on! Happy TuesBAKE, lovers!

P.S. before dinner we had 6 eclairs. We now have……NONE!…..whoops…!

Eclair Dough:

65g white bakers flour

150ml water

50g cooking margarine

Pinch of salt

2 eggs (beaten)

To Decorate:

Whipped cream

50g chocolate melted with

25g margarine

  1. Preheat oven to 200*C and grease a flat baking tray.
  2. Place water and margarine in a saucepan over a low heat until margarine melts.
  3. Bring to a brisk boil.
  4. Reduce heat and add sieved flour and salt.
  5. Stir briskly until mixture forms a soft dough and leaves the sides of the saucepan.
  6. Add the eggs gradually and beat until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  7. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm plain nozzle.
  8. Pipe 10cm lengths of mixture well spaced onto the prepared tray. If piping bag is not available, just spoon mixture onto tray.
  9. bake for approx 20mins until well risen and golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and sit along one side. Cool on wire tray.
  11. When cold, fill with whipped cream and spread with chocolate on top.

Hope you love!

Remember to tag me in your Insta Stories when you make it!

Choc Chip Muffins

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Hands down, this is the most delicious muffin recipe I’ve ever cooked with! (you know I do a lot of packet mixes, so I don’t have a whole lot to compare to….but if this is what happens when you cook from scratch, then i am converted!) I might not be a world renowned chef, but this is beyond delicious and you’ve asked for the recipe…so here it it! Make sure you let me know what you think of it when you try it – i’d love to hear your thoughts!

3 cups (375g) plain flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1/3 (80g) cup sour cream (room temperature)

1 cup (200g) sugar

1 cup (240ml) milk

1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil

1/3 cup (80g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cool

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups (270g) chocolate chips (mixture of white and milk)

sugar for sprinkling

  1. Preheat oven to 220*C. Generously grease a jumbo 6-muffin pan with butter or non-stick spray or line with muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sour cream and sugar together until combined. Then whisk the milk, oil, melted butter and vanilla extract. Mixture will be pale yellow. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together gently. Avoid over mixing (should take approximately 20 folds). The batter will be thick and somewhat lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter among prepared muffin pan, filling all the way to the top. Sprinkle with sugar (this will make them extra crunchy). Bake at 220* for 5 minutes, then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 175*C and continue to bake for 25 minutes until the tops are light golden brown and centers are set.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing and serving.
  6. Cover leftover muffins and store at room temperature for 5 days or in the fridge for 1 week. Muffins freeze well for up to 3 months. Than in the fridge on on your bench.

This recipe was derived from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The original version can be found here

Hope you love!

Remember to tag me in your Insta Stories when you make it!

Room Reveal – Laundry

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It’s officially here! Our very first room reveal. And I have to admit – it is one of my favourite rooms of the whole house (disclaimer: you are going to hear me say that A LOT in the coming weeks!). This room is a space that i designed to be 100% functional. Room for storage, the appliances we wanted and for it to also look pretty (not necessarily in that order).

Functionally, I wanted lots of bench space for folding, plenty of overhead cupboards for storage, a hanging rail for drying, a pull out laundry hamper to hide away the dirty clothes and, most importantly, a wine fridge for celebrating when all the work is DONE!

Being a laundry didn’t mean that it needed to be bland, boring and have no thought go into how it was going to be used. I changed the position of the sink at least 8 times throughout the design process. Ultimately this design works the best for us, for how we use the laundry, but also for how it connects to the rooms around it. The laundry is one of our first points when we enter the house, so it needed to be calming and welcoming. It needed to be an extension of the rest of our home, so neutral colours with a splash of brass (HELLO ABI Interiors brass fixtures!) and plenty of natural light was essential for the flow of our home. It is also connects to the outdoors via a full pane glass door, so it needed to be planned in a way that we could glide through easily (primarily to slide on through and grab a drink from the wine fridge!).

I did a lot of research into the products that I wanted to use in here. I tossed up between engineered stone and Laminex bench tops and in the end decided to go for the Laminex. The laundry is a space that we use daily for so many different functions, so I wanted to be sure that the products I used there would be able to withstand this. e.g. washing out paintbrushes with turps etc. For me personally, I would have a difficult time accepting damaging stone, so for this reason, Laminex was the winner. We went with a design that complimented the rest of the stone throughout the house and chose the Carrara Marble in a gloss finish (you can find all the products linked below).

Now for the pretty touches! The entire aesthetic behind the laundry was based around brass fixtures, so beautiful ABI Interiors were of course my first choice. I had seen them in my favourite magazines and knew that they would make a statement in our laundry. I also featured the same fixtures throughout the rest of our home, which gives a gentle and continual flow from the laundry to the rest of the home. It was important to me that all the fixtures had the same brass finish, so even the tile insert (drain/waste) in the floor had to be brass.

I am a firm believer in the finer details being spot on, so this was something that was non-negotiable. The fab part about selecting all of our fixtures from ABI Interiors is that the finish and colour of the brass completely matches. You would think that brass would be the same universal colour, right? WRONG! There is a huge variety in brass finishes (some are more gold, some much more orange) and then there is polished brass, antique brass, satin brass, distressed antique brass….the list goes on. Trust me when I tell you how valuable it is to find one company who are as versatile in providing such a huge range of products to fit out all the areas of your home like ABI Interiors does!

So here it is, our very first room reveal! I hope it was everything you expected and more. I can’t wait to bring you more spaces within our home!

I’d love to hear what you think of our Laundry – make sure you leave a comment below if you have any questions of comments, I always love to hear from you!

Brass Sink – ABI Interiors

Brass Tap – ABI Interiors

Brass Floor Waste – ABI Interiors

Door handles – Lo&Co Interiors

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Benchtop – Laminex Carrara Marble

Glass jars – Kmart

Cork Top Bottle – Kmart

Brass Curtain Rod – Spotlight

Round Brass Tray – IKEA

On Tuesdays We Bake…

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Tuesdays are one of my favourite days. Why, you might ask? Aoife and I spend the day together cooking sweet treats. We shop for the ingredients, cook and clean up together. We decorate, and in the afternoon when Dave is home, we pop the kettle on, sit down and have afternoon tea together. It’s really special for me to be able to share this time together with my family.

The past few weeks we have been cooking and decorating cupcakes. I DEFINITELY am no ‘Masterchef’, so its been deliciously easy Betty Crocker cupcakes for the win! When i have found the recipe that i used to cook with my little Irish family i nannied for, i will be giving that a whirl!

You can find everything you need here:

Betty Crocker Cupcake mix here

Pink KitchenAid here

Ladelle Gold Measuring Cups here

Wiltshire 12 muffin pan here

Wiltshire Wooden Handle Spatula here

Maxwell Williams Gold Cutlery Sets here

Target Gold Rimmed Bowl here

Maxwell Williams Round Gold Rimmed Platter here

Sprinkles and decorations – assorted supermarkets

I hope you have as much fun cooking with your little loves as we do each week! Everytime that we cook, the more confident I am getting to try new recipes and ideas in the kitchen. I have an amazing cookbook that i can’t wait to sink my teeth into…maybe my fave cookbooks should be my next blog post…

Happy cooking!