Anzac Day
Hugh Gordon Routley, aged 37. 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion, Palestine, 1941 You are in my thoughts today Pa Pa. Thank you. Your granddaughter, A-M xx  [more]
My Masters Balcony Makeover – The ‘After’
There's nothing more satisfying than a good makeover. I love the challenge of creating a useful space full of light and colour. I love the challenge even more so when the original space is small and dark and uninspiring  … and rather dull. This balcony, in our urban space in West End Brisbane, was all of the above! As this balcony opens off my dining room, I did not want to create[more]
Kitchen Herbs
Isn't this a lovely way to bring a fresh herb garden into a kitchen?  … a rustic, earthy contrast to the formality of the kitchen. Great for small living spaces. Speaking of small living, I planted a fresh herb garden in my Masters pots on the weekend (the big pots from my last courtyard makeover). Set it up on my front balcony. It's so nice to have fresh herbs at hand again. I can smell th[more]
For The Love Of Planter Boxes
I think oversized planter boxes just make an entrance … especially if there is symmetry involved! Even appropriately-sized window boxes can make a statement and add that final touch. Look at the detail in these … not to mention the glorious trims and shingles. Heartstopping. One of my all time favourites. Look at the detail in the door mouldings! For [more]
My Masters Balcony Makeover – The ‘Before’
Sponsored by Masters Home Improvement and Nuffnang. We have happily settled into our little space in West End and we are getting used to the rhythm of urban life … waking to the birds, the weekday building site cacophony and the Brazilian drum classes that go on for hours on the weekends! … not to mention walking to restaurants (love it), riding our bikes everywhere and playing in the l[more]
This Week
It's been a perfect week. It's school holidays, so I am spending whatever time I can with my boys ... before things get busy again. We're getting out and about on our bikes, enjoying the beautiful weather and exploring our local neighbourhood … and meeting our neighbours! ... We've spent some time at Gran's … enjoying the fauna … and her cooking! Youngest has bee[more]
Before And After
If you are not on the Houzz mailing list, you might have missed this spectacular 'Before And After', in your inbox yesterday. This beauty was renovated by 'Round Here Renovations'. Goodness the 'before and after' of every room is heartstopping!  Look at the bathroom transformation! You can see more of the 'Oakland' project HERE. Happy Saturday night! [more]
Good Morning West End
 I know it's not morning now but I want to share my morning walk (from this morning) with you. Better late than never! I always try to take a different route so that I always discover new beauties that will stop me in my tracks. Oh how I would revel in a project like this. Such a beautiful home, being raised for renovation. I hope they keep it as close to it's original f[more]
A Sunday Jaunt To The Hamptons
It's been a very eventful week. My boys have finished the school term, after putting in a huge effort. Eldest is now as sick as a dog. It's always the way, isn't it? The body holds on just enough to get through the stress of exams and then collapses. Poor thing. He always spends his holidays sick. I have been busy making some positive changes with my work, meeting lots of new people and cat[more]
Wednesday Nook
The sweetest nook. I love a good nook. Happy Wednesday! A-M xx [more]
Met with my Architect and Building Designer last night. Yes I have two! #blessed I was in my element. Brief: low porch, balconies to capture the city views, gables, eave returns, dormers, pickets, stone paths, transoms, mudroom, great room, beautiful staircase, library, nooks. Getting it out of my head and onto their paper? ... I hope they have patience! I am a visual person but can't dr[more]
The Library Room
I'm going to do things a little differently with the next house. I am going to have two living areas in the downstairs floor plan but one is going to be a casual style Great Room, rather than a formal Great Room like last time. Casual, because it is going to flow off the kitchen and dining area and open out through French doors onto the L-shaped front porch, with no wall space for furniture, a[more]
Who Needs A Mudroom?
Who needs a mudroom when all you need, for this beautiful space, is a free nook, some MDF, a few corbels, white paint, and some contrasting hooks. Just perfect. If you didn't have the space, you could even arrange this setup at the back of a garage … a great space for school/sports bags, hats, bike helmets and other busy life paraphernalia. I'd add some big baskets for shoes in the spaces[more]