The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

I didn't make that title up. It is a real book title by a cheery lass called Margareta Magnusson. It is almost like she is "FUCK YOU MARIE KONDO! I AM GOING TO DEATH CLEAN!" Death cleaning, as far as my ten minutes of research has afforded me, is when you take tidying up to the next level. You get your physical possessions on order, get rid of … [Read more...]

How to clean a teenagers bedroom in an un-resentful fashion.

If you spend time on Pinterest looking at interior pages, you may realise that you are doing it all wrong. I mean, where is the STUFF? Those who have trodden the well-worn path of having teenagers before me have given me advice on bedroom management, which is this. SHUT THE DOOR AND WALK AWAY. And this I do for a while, until the waiting game … [Read more...]

Peacocks and Paisleys Quilt Giveaway! NOW ENDED

A couple of years ago now, Priya from Peacocks and Paisleys got in touch with me and asked if she could send me a quilt. Now, show me some manchester and I will flash you my boobs, such is my fondness for the good stuff. And her stuff is GOOD! 100% beautiful cotton, hand printed using traditional woodblock techniques and the perfect, perfect weight … [Read more...]

Let me take you on a house tour.

  House porn. I have big appreciation of house porn but am useless at implementing it. So in the interests of all things authentic, I thought I would take you on a little tour of Alantown, now that we have been living here for a little over a year, and share with you some common sites that you might encounter, should you ever pop in for a … [Read more...]

There once was a gal from Turducken….

Sponsored by ALDI When supermarket ALDI got in touch with me and asked whether I would be able to prepare a Christmas Feast using their “Specially Selected” range, I was all like…. “Of course I can!” But the truth was quite different to my confident claims. You see, I have never cooked a Christmas meal before. How can I get to the age of 41 … [Read more...]

Ladies who lunch.

Yesterday I got a leave pass from living my mundane and went out to lunch with the girls. I was officially a LADY WHO LUNCHED, and I joined dozens of other LADIES WHO LUNCH at a great little cafe called the Butchers Block in Wahroonga a fancy suburb of Sydney where tennis courts back onto tennis courts, where I shunned the salad and hooked into a … [Read more...]

How to {thrift} shop.

So I got an email the other day from a reader, asking me about my decorating style. So it got me thinking about the old place and what it contains. And with my hand on my heart tell you that 95% of our place is second hand. All the beds were bought brand new, as I just didn't fancy sleeping on a fifty thousand times farted on mattress. Ew. I … [Read more...]