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Home Straight

I worked through last Christmas. I was probably the only Real Estate Agent doing open homes on Christmas Eve. I had 8 groups through my evening Christmas Eve open … and I sold the property before the New Year! The biggest problem with property sales at that time of the year is finding a Conveyancing Solicitor who is


Halcyon House

Last week, I had the opportunity to stay at the beautiful new boutique hotel, Halcyon House, right on Cabarita Beach, on the NSW north coast. Halycon House is a complete renovation of the old Cabarita Hideaway Motel. I remember the old motel and I remember the beautiful arches! … which they kept! Fabulous! With the


Dubai As A Destination, Not Just A Stopover

During my little holiday at the beach the week before last, after working through Christmas, I decided that I am going to schedule in definite holidays at the end of this year. It’s so easy to find excuses as to why one should not holiday when you run your own business. You don’t get paid if


I Skied Dubai

Last time I was passing through Dubai, I marvelled at the slopes of the Dubai ski fields (Ski Dubai) through the windows of a cozy restaurant in the Mall Of The Emirates, while I ate my lunch. This time I skied them! It was a fabulous experience! … and even better because I was the first

It’s The Little Things

I have stayed in many a hotel in my time, having travelled extensively as a young world explorer and also with my work over the past 20 years. For me, yes, fantastic facilities make for a comfortable stay, but it’s the people who bring me back to stay again and again. At the Shangri-La Hotel


Back To The Real World

Well, I’m back home! … and I am in that post-travel/jet-lagged haze in which you find yourself asking, ‘did all that really happen?’ What a whirlwind of a week! It’s only just sinking in. I have just had the trip of a lifetime, doing things that I would never have dreamt of, or not even known


Arabian Nights

Well, I got to tick another amazing life adventure off my bucket list last night … an Arabian Desert Dinner Safari and the chance to drink in/inhale/savour/cry over an Arabian sunset. It is all that it is cracked up to be … and more! I cannot express how grateful I am to have had the chance


Touchdown Dubai

So, I left as the sun was setting in hometown Brisbane … …after kissing my angels good-bye … … and touched down in Dubai, 15 hours later … …. at that very moment the sun was rising! Heartstopping. After a very early check-in to my hotel (thank you so much Shangri-La Hotel Dubai for having our rooms ready

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Destination Dubai

Last night, I had a desert dream. It was a vivid experience where I was consciously trying to live in the moment. I was standing on a sand dune, wriggling my toes so I could feel the sand on my feet, my face was turned towards the warm setting sun, my arms were outstretched and


How Cool Is This?

    I have just over one week to go before I head off to Dubai. So while I am preparing for my auction next weekend, arranging furniture installs for real estate listings in the week that I get back, taking phone calls from family members about Christmas presents for nieces and nephews (Christmas? what?


Dreaming Of Cold Places

It’s about this time of year, when the weather starts to get really hot (and the upcoming weekend forecast is 42 degrees celsius in the shade), that I start to think about snow covered mountains, ice bars, ski lifts and egg nog. Stumbling upon this ‘Alpine Lodge’ Lifestyle Collection, by Ralph Lauren, doesn’t help either.

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My Boy and Dubai

When my beautiful lad is not at his desk studying 24/7, this is what he gets up to! He won the Brisbane Roar Pre Season Youth Juggling Competition a couple of weeks ago. Dude! I am so proud of my boys. AND …. don’t forget to get your entries into the Nuffnang ‘Dubai Dreams’ Competition,


A Highlight Reel, If Ever There Was One

Such an exciting week around these parts! Firstly, my beauty at 46 Park Terrace Sherwood went under contract, after 3 days on the market. My delighted sellers and buyers put me on such a high to start the week. Next, my sweet boy not only took out the subject prizes for IB (International Baccalaureate) French


Bastille Day 2014

I made a bit of an effort last night, for our Bastille Day celebrations. I cooked a nice meal and ensured that the French music was on high rotation, especially Les Mis. I have a very special affinity to that musical, as I met my husband when we were both performing in the 1995 QMTC

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Hamptons Monthly

Now I know if you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen this beauty but I just had to record it for posterity, here on my beloved blog. My photo of the Ralph Lauren store in Southampton, that I took when I was in the Hamptons in 2012, made the cover of the


Cherished Memories Competition

Sponsored By NRMA Insurance and Nuffnang Cherished Memories? We all have many, don’t we? And many that we would love to relive over and over. My cherished memories from my childhood all revolve around my birthdays! Birthdays were special. You got to eat cake … …. and when older, even go to out to a

About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. The complete Real Estate Package! I have an online store, 'Cape Cod Designs', that features some of my most favourite styling pieces ... AND I am currently scheming 'The Next House That A-M Built'.
Anne-Maree xx

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