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Creating a family photo wall

I have always wanted to create a photo wall in our home.  I much prefer to have photo’s on the wall rather than framed on a hutch or side table, purely for the fact that it make it so much easier to dust. It’s taken me a while to put up the photo wall because […]

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  • willie hutto

    I too have done a photo wall project. the first time was using 5×7 matching wood frames. 3 rows 5 pictures per row. the middle row frame was side to side. all others were up and down. hung above my couch too. then when we moved I did the heart picture set-up using the frames. of course being years later I couldn’t find the same matching frames, but made do. my heart was a little wide. took a whole wall. lol. but since we have down sized once again, I am only dreaming of a picture wall. just waiting for an idea to spark my interest. p.s. the heart set-up was one I found on pinterest. took FOREVER to measure and hang. I used 5×7 papers and blue tape and rulers before I actually put a nail in the wall.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    That looks so lovely Katrina. Well done !
    A photo wall is on my “one day” list too :)ReplyCancel

  • toushka

    I’ve had many photo walls. Now in a new home and still deciding where to create the next one. Which wall? What frames? Etc. I’m a big fan of 3m picture strips too! ReplyCancel

    • LOL Toushka, I have been in this home for 8 years now and always wanted a photo wall, I just didn’t put one up because I procrastinated so long, don’t take as long as I did :ReplyCancel

  • Mandysgirls

    I have just done one after deliberating for so long, at the moment all the frames are different colours and I was planning on spraying the frames, but I have to say, I quite like the differences. It’s a big wonky though as the frames move, but it’s in my hallway so it’s not as crucial.ReplyCancel

  • Edie

    I love using the command/3 m stripes they only issue I had was if the paint does come off how do you fix that?ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Clark

    This is perfect I have always wanted to have a photo wall but up my stair well but the project seemed a bit overwhelming and I was not sure where to start. I love it and I’m going to recycle our old frames. ReplyCancel

  • Faye Herman

    How do I print this out to read step by stepReplyCancel

  • […] Get rid of the wall hangings that you have no place for, if you really do love it, find a wall in your home to display it. […]ReplyCancel

Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma have opened in Australia + GIVEAWAY!

This time last fortnight I was invited to attend the pre-opening preview of Pottery Barn Australia in Bondi Sydney. The family of 4 stores Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma are now officially opened.  You can visit the stores at The Exchange Building, corner of Grosvenor Street & Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction. […]

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  • Rebecca Ze

    Pottery Barn! I love all the soft furnishings! xReplyCancel

  • I would love a new elegant dinner set, just for special occasions when we have guests over for dinner, at the moment ours is all assortments of different plates!ReplyCancel

  • Some lovely serving dishes – always on my wish list!ReplyCancel

  • mummytofive

    I would love to get that “sisters” wooden word art in your above photo Kat! Its perfect for my girls!

    Although, I’ve started showing hubby the pottery barn site and showing him the new beds I want to get for the kids when we get our own home!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Campbell

    I’ve been looking for a white wall unit and would love to build that modular unit around my family room, can’t wait to see all the possible configurations!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Gottliebsen

    I would love a new clock or new dinner set! LOVE them!ReplyCancel

  • Oh that’s mean! lol… how am I meant to chose just one item???? With a baby girl due to arrive in August, I’d love to get something to go in the nursery. Those little lambs look so sweet and soft!ReplyCancel

  • The red caddy for pens craft stuff been looking or a while and perfect colourReplyCancel

  • vanessa

    i must admit i haven’t got much idea of the products that they stock as i live in little ol’ adelaide but looking at the pictures above i loved the final modular set… it would be great storage for my nursery for my second child due on father’s day.ReplyCancel

  • Cyn

    Decisions,decisions! Probably Pottery Barn Kids- as a mum of 4, and only weeks off moving into our new home, would be fab to add some new soft furnishings and prints. Drool.ReplyCancel

  • Ahhhhhh the pure bliss that is Pottery Barn – the source of many beloved pins and also much mournful pining (and pinning!) over the computer screen! This item I drooled over a very long time ago – I think it is an amazing and beautiful way to store memories or special items found on your travels and I even think I could get the seashore inside via some shells for those of us who are not fortunate enough to live anywhere near the ocean! http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bacchus-table-bedside-lamp/?pkey=ctable-bedside-lampsReplyCancel

  • kylie.thomson

    How fantastic is the Carolina Craft table (or the Carolina Grow with you Craft table) with the paper roll on the end!
    That along with the Carolina Kids chairs and the Mini Lazy Susan that you mentioned – it comes in 7 colours including white!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Gosh, it’s all so beautiful. You must have had a ball.

    I don’t even have to look at the websites to know my answer to this question. I’m 37 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a little girl, and I would just adore the Harper cot bedding. It’s easily the nicest cot bedding I’ve seen, and I’ve been swooning over it for weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    If I could only buy one item I would buy one of those cute child sofa chairs with my daughter’s name on it. She is 1 and loves climbing and sitting on sofas. Having her own would make her super excited and I think she’d have a world of fun with it and feel very special to have her own chair. Also, as she grows older, she’ll be able to appreciate that it has her name on it and it would be something special for just her.

    Having said that, I love EVERYTHING and wish I could buy hundreds of items in each store :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I yearn for the modular system… and the soft furnishings…. and perhaps I need the apothecary table Phoebe and Rachel (Friends sitcom) argued about as well. *sighReplyCancel

  • Julia B

    I would get the modular system! I love that you can make it work for your individual house :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jess M

    Making room for baby no.4 in August, my 2 little girls are about to share a room and the pink flower knobs from Pottery Barn Kids would be the perfect girly accessory to enhance their bedroom. They would love this sweet addition to their chest of draws!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love and adore a Cameron 6 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set. You can never have too much storage, and the Pottery Barn Kids storage is just adorable. I love how they have 3 lined up with all the pretty baskets in the picture. All that storage and you can bet I would still be tripping over my kids toys on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    It was such a treat to see a sneek peak of the stores, Kat! I hope they open up your way really soon! Fi xxReplyCancel

  • Mandy Thompson

    They have the most lovely range of dooner covers… I’m a bit fussy because I have a really neutral bedroom and I spotted a lovely paisley aqua coloured one which I would love to own!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Cathcart

    Anywhere chair – a haiku

    daughter should sit there
    with books, rain on the window
    a beautiful chair

    :)ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Lovely stuff. Super website…and they deliver but the Owl bookends really caught my eye.ReplyCancel

  • kookla123

    I’m quite an organised person, so it almost brings me to sobs
    When I can’t find a place for all of my bits and bobs
    If I need a pen, or pencil, or perhaps a safety pin
    I need to rummage through the home to see what drawer it’s in
    But the carousel from Pottery Barn would be little saviour
    It’d certainly help me keep control of my OCD behaviour! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I would just like regular ol’ Pottery Barn…the best!ReplyCancel

  • philippa

    Love that Vanity… Sigh,,,, oh or that gorgeous modular system… sigh again… or perhaps any of the above haha!ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    That rug. Oh my THAT RUG!ReplyCancel

  • The modular system is gorgeous and would suit my kids toy room its perfect an I love it. I could get lost in that storeReplyCancel

  • Sarah F

    Oh bestill my heart. What an overload of beautifulness.
    Picking ONE item would be near impossible but I guess the thing that jumped out most at me is the lovely modular unit. That would go superbly in my Miss 7’s messy bedroom, plenty of places to hide away all her bibs and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I keep going back to the Vanity Table, love the baskets & stool !ReplyCancel

  • If I could have just one item from Pottery Barn, it would have to the Vanity/Dressing Table for my 6 year old daughter… she would be so delighted that she would cry with happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow that Modular system, drools!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Jones

    The little bird cot sheet set, it is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The modular system it will feature in my dreams I sooo need something that beautiful to inspire me to organiseReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    As soon as I saw the picture of the modular system I nearly fell off my chair!!!! That is exactly what I want/need/must have/wished for/longed for/always wanted (I could go on) – for my craft needs. At the moment my craft area looks like a dog’s breakfast and really is very unmotivating as whenever I want to do something I can’t seem to find what I need to use. I am looking at the picture imagining in what drawers, cupboards, etc, I would put all my things, how I would set it up, how it will be used to its full potential. It is just absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    It would HAVE to be that amazing modular unit! What a perfect addition to a children’s playroom. There is a place for everything. Ohhhh the feeling of organisation :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelle

    The modular storage system – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I am with you – that rug is divine. Have been so excited to welcome these stores to Australia after oohing and aahing over their catalogues for quite some time. I think the rug in the light blue colour would suit my lounge room perfectly. We woke up this morning to find our house had been burgled – lots of items missing – so winning this would restore my faith in humankind !ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Definitely the modular system you’ve shared! It would be perfect storage for my yarn as I suffer from yarn addiction! ReplyCancel

  • only one!! perhaps the personalised anywhere chair for my daughter…thanks for sharing the pics now I want to go even more so!!ReplyCancel

  • 1princess1prince

    My teen daughter recently moved her bedroom into our bonus room and the modular system would be so perfect in her “new” room! Oh the fun I could have if let loose in any PB store!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would definately pick the little girls vanity table. Great contemporary piece that isn’t too cutsy or princessy.
    I think I could spend a day at Pottery Barn for KidsReplyCancel

  • OMG ! My absolute favourite store. Right, so I have a running list for PB happening but my my favourite and lusted after item is a Leila Rug for my daughters room. Super gorgeous, pastel and great quality!!ReplyCancel

  • The modular unit is amazing! I am constantly looking for something for my daughters room that will incorporate a lot of different storage needs but everything I’ve seen is so static. Building up something like this would be just perfect to personalise her space!ReplyCancel

  • deb k

    Need a place
    To hide our clutter…
    The modular system
    Would do the trick!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    the childs vanity would be itReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hay

    The modular system would be brilliant, the toys are still the one spot in my house that I can’t seem to organise in a way that is easy for the kids to access and easy to put away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicp

    I just want to click my heals together and say Williams Sanoma 3 times and be there! Too many things to choose from but I’d love some of their Hammered Nickel Hurricanes..ReplyCancel

  • Oh I want that awesome little dressing table for my girls’ room. It’s just too cute.ReplyCancel

  • Bec Watcol

    Stunning, shatterproof La Med melamine dinner plates. With 4 kids, this would combine beauty and function. Perfect for my family…ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    I would love those cute little carousels for the kids’ stationery. Such an easy way of keeping all the little bits tidy for my two who love to colour and draw.ReplyCancel

  • Kobi

    The modular system looks fab, I’d love that!ReplyCancel

  • Jenwren

    So many too chose, but I love the little girls dressing table and chair, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • The Madison 3 shelf bookcase is just divine. Anything that encourages my children to read and looks beautiful is a total winner.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    It’s probably not a product but a service – I would love to have Pottery’s Barn’s interior decorator / bed maker. Imagine that, a gorgeous made bed with gorgeous, matching linen every morning!ReplyCancel

  • I would definitely have the modular system! Gorgeous piece of furniture and so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Lornie

    I’d love the chevron sheets that are peeking out of the corner of your photo. Bub number one is due next month and they would be perfect for our cot!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to own something from the Williams Sonoma kitchen ware….absolutely fab to impress my man – After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.ReplyCancel

  • The little girls vanity. Very difficult choice as everthing is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Would LOVE the Fun On The Farm Stacker – Miss 2 has a “Thing” for farm animals at the moment and she loves making the different animal noises!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy T

    The Star Wars bed spread would be the Obi-Wan for me! lolReplyCancel

  • Pottery Barn Kids I would go crazy buying all the cute things they have for our 1st baby due in August and would be interesting to look at their storage ideas for the bubs room.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    With baby number two due in a few weeks I have been trying to be very organised and get lots of shopping done for the children and upcoming birthdays. I have discovered though that I severely lack adequate storage space to keep everything neat and organised. The modular unit looks like the perfect remedy. Think I will be heading to the online store shortly :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hoot Hoot!

    Loving the Owl bookends.
    Keeping the shelves neat.
    Stronger than the cardboard ones
    Previously bought as a cheat.
    Lining up the fairy-tales
    Of all my little team.
    Next one comes in 3 more months,
    On soft and sweet owl-dreams.

    Hoot Hoot!ReplyCancel

  • oh that vanity from Pottery Barn kids is just so gorgeous. I would love it in my daughters room she would feel like a real princess! (I think I may use it occassionaly to get in some princess time!)ReplyCancel

  • I have 2 daughters, one is 4 and the other is just 6 weeks old. I love the Sisters wall hanging describing what sisters are for each other, this is what I want for my girls. May need to organise a trip to Sydney to check these stores out.ReplyCancel

  • My beautiful daughter Caitlin waited 6 and a half years to become a sister, (what she always wanted to be) to my gorgeous baby boy Max. I would just love the Sister sign for her bedroom as it simply states exactly what she is to little Max. He is very much a miracle baby and the smile on Caitlins face when she first met him was so priceless. She lives the virtues on this sign on a daily basis to Max, so I will have to go on line and buy it for her.Thanks for sharing these beautiful products on your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I Just had a Look at the Websites and Its an Extremely Hard Decision but I just Adore the Simply White Retro Kitchen Collection from Pottery Barn Kids. So Much Fun would be Had with these items and they would just look Beautiful in the House.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley S

    The Sister’s wall hanging is just devine! I have 2 year old identical twin girls and I 5 year old daughter and they would love this. So very sweet and loving the new choices we now have in Australia thanks to PB!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lenton-Cater

    It would have to be the Little girls Vanity, its just beautiful. I remember having a vanity growing up and loved it, and used it untill i was too big to see in the mirror!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Knight

    I have 6 friends who are currently expecting – they are all due within a 7 week window – I will be attending a few baby showers and hosting a few as well – I would love the Silver Leaf Handprint & Footprint Frame – I think this in an elegant shower present and a beautiful keepsake for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • I love the dahlia nursery bedding range – one of my favourite flowers and I have just had this overwhelming need to decorate our baby’s room in purple. Ticks all the boxes and super cuteReplyCancel

  • Fi Pettett

    Juice/smoothie maker
    My son and I have been dying to buy one of these to make our own smoorthies and juices from fresh fruit for breakfast drinksReplyCancel

  • The modular storage cupboards look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Modular System is absolutely fabulous and would be perfect for the study/everything goes in there room. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Nickel

    I adore the modular unit and I could see that in many rooms of my home. I first came across Pottery Barn while travelling in Canada and the USA back in 2004 and I have drooled over catalogues for some years now. Visually their catalogues are divine and a showpiece in their own right. I have kept a Christmas one from years ago that I still return to, to get inspiration. I am so happy to hear that they are now in Australia and I will be even more excited when they venture into Queensland. It is a bold move in the so called economic climate to come to Australia but good taste and quality is always in fashion and I’m sure they will do very well here in Oz. Love it all!!ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    The modular unit looks like a must in everyone’s home. I would get my kids to fill it and get themselves organised for homework, craft time, reading time and ready to have fun time. We could have it located centrally for all four of them to access and also be responsible for keeping it organised. Great skill to learn early!ReplyCancel

  • The modular unit looks amazing, it could go in almost any room and look fantastic. I would love it to go in the office area, it would be great to store arts and craft stuffReplyCancel

  • EliseB

    LOVE the modular unit. It would be so perfect for organising just about everything, though with a new baby on the way I’d definitely have it the kids room to keep the clutter at bay with style :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Byrne

    Finally a lovely looking nursery rocker/glider range! I love the Wingback Convertible Rocker and the PB Kids Comfort Glider and Ottoman, these could be put into the lounge room once finished with for baby.ReplyCancel

  • agrant

    I have been waiting 10 years to have my lounge room renovated, the modular unit would look lovely and be able to hold the tv, photo albums, records, cd’s and other useful stuff. Maybe if I won the lounge might get a bit closer to being renovated.ReplyCancel

  • If I won lotto I would be in heaven!! At West Elm I loved the kitchen table and chair set, but the rafia serving trays and the hammered metal pieces were my cup of tea. AT Pottery Barn the extending Toscana rectangular dining table will look awesome in my dining room, along with the table setting to match. Now for them to open up in Perth :)ReplyCancel

  • holly

    Oh my goodness! so hard to choose just one product!

    But with my second niece about to arrive i think i would choose something from the

    Savannah nursery range. So pretty and a perfect welcome to the world gift for our new little princess.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Watts

    How could I possibly choose just one product!! At this stage, I would most likely choose the nursery linens, baby bath products, wooden puzzles or a play mat. I need to make a trip to Sydney to visit in-store but an online order will get me through until July.ReplyCancel

  • omg, yes please anything would be just fab!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Fletcher

    After getting hooked on the tv series “FRIENDS” I have always wanted an apothecary table like Rachel and Ross have… Because life is good when your house looks like it came out of a Pottery Barn catalogue!!!ReplyCancel

  • With the Simply White Retro Kitchen Collection I’ll be able to begin training the next Masterchef. My first request will be a Macaron Tower to devour with the multitude of coffees I need to get me through the day.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    I love the ABC nursery bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. This would be gorgeous in the nursery my daughter and son in law are renovating for their first born due in July. Would fit in beautifully with the heritage design and colours.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have the space for it unfortunately but I always wanted a make up vanity to sit at with a nice little chair to spruce myself up. The one at Pottery Barn is great. Either that or the white modular system, I know EXACTLY where that would go!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love some of the modular pieces so that I can get some great storage put in.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    The modular system is amazing I could put this to such great use and dress the room like Id want toReplyCancel

  • I would love to win the large ball jar drink canister. They are so gorgeous. I love how they have it sitting on a riser in store. I do believe even Pottery Barn drink dispenser makes the water taste better (did you try? Had lemons in, yummy). So many great products and inspirations. I have a hard time deciding which of the 4 stores is my fav let alone a favourite product. Great photos btw.ReplyCancel

  • Lianne D

    Williams sonoma for me Because I am so dagg-y, I love all the new stuff I really would be so chuffed, and my kitchen would be so prett-yReplyCancel

  • I love the black York Town clock – looks lovely and old-fashioned.ReplyCancel

  • I was looking at Pottery Barn Kids toys. I really like the construction crane and construction people but I had a little one beside me yelling “FIRE TRUCK”. He had spotted the Green Toys Fire Truck. It is very cool being made from recycled milk bottles.ReplyCancel

  • i could make great use of the Modular Unit – I would put Great Store by it!ReplyCancel

  • I’d be a Twit Too if I didn’t choose the Owl bookends – ‘Owl’ love them!ReplyCancel

  • Wooden Train set for my first grandson to be born, his Daddy works with trains so this is perfect and my Daughter loves the Old Fashioned toys .ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I would love the jumbo fun on the farm stacker as my little girl just adores all kinds of animals!ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Oh without a doubt the Wall-mounted Craft Organizer! I, like you Kat, have been coveting this from afar for so long! But I could never quite swallow the shipping cost from the US, but YAY for Australia having its very own stores!!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    I would love the Sis.ter wall mounted board. Though my sister is 75, she has just moved into a retirement village and this board and wording would not only bring her joy as she remembers her family but would also brighten up her small room.ReplyCancel

  • I would love the modular system. I love how you can create it the way that you like. My daughter is very limited for space & I have been considering something like that recently. I LOVE THAT ONE :-)ReplyCancel

  • Aleisha Davidson

    I am LOVING the Abbot Zinc-Top Island, it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!
    Can’t WAIT till one opens here in Western Australia!!!!! But the one product I want the very most would have to be the gorgeous vanity table – for the apple of my eye, my gorgeous Goddaughter. It suits her bubbly personality perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Griffen

    I love the bedding at pottery barn and especially the wooden breakfast tray !! If I had bedding from Pottery Barn though I may never get out of bed !! ReplyCancel

  • TanyaCrerar

    I have my eye on the PB Kids Comfort Glider & Ottoman, it looks so comfy that it wouldn’t matter if I happen to nod off there once the midnight feed is done!ReplyCancel

  • Eden

    The little girls vanity! It would look so gorgeous in my daughters room and I know she will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissie

    I would totally love the modular unit….my 4 year old daughter is a mess a holic and this unit would help me keep her things out of site but still beautifully presented and I’d be proud to have the unit on display without the mess…..we live far from ikea and target, so this would be just wonderful for us.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Pratt

    Love the Star Wars kids set. It’s done in a stylish way not cheap and tacky.ReplyCancel

  • I’d love the modular unitReplyCancel

  • Rachel Savage

    We have just moved to a new house and am seriously considering a trip to Sydney just to shop at these stores in person!!! Our new place has a playroom space and I can see a modular unit doing wonders for organisation not to mention adding gorgeous character to the room. ReplyCancel

  • the pillows so many amazing colours, designs and fabricsReplyCancel

  • I love the white modular system, we could organise our little girl’s room so well with that! It looks gorgeous and would suit her room perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy L

    Does Pottery Barn sell your services???? I’d love you to help me choose something to help get organised!ReplyCancel

  • purple basket liners, to turn my plain ordinary storage option funkyReplyCancel

  • The Modular System ! I need it to help me organise my hectic life !ReplyCancel

  • The modular wall unit looks amazing! i’d love to make a school drop zone for all the kids bags/books/shoes/jackets etcReplyCancel

  • Planet Box Lunch Box – My daughter has one and these things are genius! I want one of my own to make fancy pants lunches!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait until both Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma come to Perth :0)
    I love the Modular Storage System – it would help me organise my hectic life. I would use it in either the kid’s playroom or the family room !
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  • The Dinner set… Havent had a matching dinner set since forever and love the one featured so simple yet super classyReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I am going to be a little cheeky and say that if I could have one thing it would be a gift voucher, so I could buy lots of things! There are way too many beautiful items in Pottery Barn to limit it to just one!ReplyCancel

  • I would love a glider for our nursery. But, there are so many things I would love to have in my house.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Michelle

    The vanity table you took a picture of. Its darling and my little girl would just love it. I can picture her sitting at it with her little jewellery box. Oh just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Fearn

    Finally a bed setting for boys that is stylish and smart and not cheap and taky looking. Definitely the Star Wars bed set for my little Jedi.ReplyCancel

  • The modular system is a must have! With limited space and limited storage functional and gorgeous pieces of useable furniture make all the difference.ReplyCancel

  • I love everything, however the wooden brother and sister wall art stands out to me. I have a toddler boy and a baby girl- they would be so cute in their rooms. Also, the modular systems are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Rowland

    Definitely the Carolina Craft Table from Pottery Barn Kids. Love that it grows with the child, the accessories you can add to it and that there is plenty of room for lots of children (& Mum and dad too) to participate in hands on activities. This certainly puts our little table to shame and certainly on my wish list once my youngest son is ready for craft/construction style play with his older brother.ReplyCancel

  • Crazy woman that I am, I do LOVE all the beautiful homewares, furniture and bed linen – it’s to die for, but at the moment the Murchison-Hume Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner I would lurrrve……. 4 boys in this house and toilet training – need I say more xxxReplyCancel

  • Mel

    This is going to sound like a suck-up job but, like you, I’ve been wanting the perfect rug for a long time (cue Trent Reznor ;) ).

    Months ago, I found one just like the one you show above, in grey and all! An interior designer on FB posted that she could have such a rug made to customer specifications and I thought my search was over … but she didn’t get back to me, via FB or by email. From your post I now know that PB have one. It’s meant to be!ReplyCancel

  • TheSadEyedLady

    I would love to win a really luxurious bedding set. My bed (and the rest of my room) is in need of a makeover BIG TIME!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Meredith

    I would love the modular system, I need some organisation in my house!! :)
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  • Carolyn Williams

    There are so many beautiful things. But the item that I would love so I could give it to my girls who are 8 years apart is the ‘Sister’ sign. Sometimes when they are so far apart in age it is difficult for them to be close.ReplyCancel

  • wendyhatton

    The modular furniture with storage baskets to suit our decor would be wonderful. Clean, simple lines and completely practical.ReplyCancel

  • josie

    the owl bookends, they are so adorable and would look so nice in my little girls roomReplyCancel

  • Helen R

    The lovely pink sister sign as it will represent my 3 girls in years to come – priceless!!ReplyCancel

  • I would Love a Cot Set for our new baby on the way!ReplyCancel

  • one pottery barn productReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Hi Katrina, love your blog. Just need to let you know, given the significant hype surrounding the opening of Pottery Barn, just how appalling this company’s customer service really is. I waited three weeks for an online order and after numerous calls was told they had lost the order and they offered me a refund of a substantial order amount. I still could not get them to give me my refund and had to take legal action. This company is all form and no substance. All the unsuspecting mums out there who are persuaded by their beautiful and clever marketing need to be informed about this. This is a very large company with very bad systems around payment. Keep your great blog posts coming. Regards.ReplyCancel

    • Kristy

      Thank you for this post Chris. Although I am 2 months late in reply to your post, I wanted to get my message across. I ordered something for my daughter from Pottery Barn Kids Australia through their online website in May 2013, I am still waiting for that item to arrive and it is now August. I rang them and was told the item will be arriving in September. I am appalled and will NEVER advocate for them or use them again…Obviously.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa S

    The girls vanity, for sure… But I do love that big black clock. That would be something for ME, for a change!
    Oh if only some of these stores would come to Perth! We get nothing!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    WARNING – DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM POTTERY BARN ON BACK ORDER

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{ORGANISING} and hiding the ironing pile

We recently upgraded our old TV to a flat screen, with that we also needed a new  TV unit.  I found a wonderful long unit to match the rest of our mahogany furniture. Our iron basket used to sit nicely next to the old TV.  We previously kept it in the laundry but then we […]

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  • Pahaha hiding the ironing pile… excellent, my ironing pile is hiding my favorite chair! Must get inspired today :)ReplyCancel

  • Yep mine usually hides something else rather than me hiding it! Will have to work on a good hidey hole…ReplyCancel

  • Where are all your dvd’s etc if not stored in the tv cabnet?ReplyCancel

  • Marcena74

    What a great idea! The baskets also hide the cables at the rear of the unit, too!ReplyCancel

  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    ironing? what ironing? like you, i avoid clothes for myself that require ironing, and hubby is a mechanic – no need for ironing there either! Snotface Stinkbum is not at school yet, so no uniforms either! i iron so much (usually when i sew) that hubby found the ironing board whilst doing some decluttering in the spare room and asked me why we had it “to iron on, dear” “we have an iron?”

    but i do love the ‘non traditional’ use of the storageReplyCancel

  • Shoe_gal3178

    I don’t do ironing, I fold them straight off the line (For the things that get folded) and for the things that are hung I bring coat hangers out to the line and hang them straight on them and put them away. We have a big wardrobe (which helps a lot). And if I don’t have time to bring them in I won’t. But I mostly do.ReplyCancel

  • I only iron when I need something eg work clothes I either iron each morning or evening or do 5 days at once – I started this when I had 2 piles of ironing that I never ever got to. Much easier to just hang everything up as soon as its dry or fold up and put in the cupboards. The baskets are a good idea, but who wants to have your ironing basket under the TV?ReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    I love it! That’s good thinking … ‘thinking outside the square’.

    Usually I have an ironing basket located on the laundry bench, but being an empty-nester, only throw a few to be ironed on the back of our chair in our eating room as a reminder! Convenient, but an eyesore.ReplyCancel

  • The ironing basket is in our room. It comes out every second Sunday night to sit by the front door so I don’t forget to leave it out for the Ironing Fairy. Aside from that, it sits on the floor between the door and dressing table. I toss the empty hangers back in there as well.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have an ironing basket at all. All of our shirts are placed on hangers straight out of the washing machine. Once dry, they go straight into the wardrobe, to be ironed as they’re worn. It would make sense to dedicate a particular time each week to iron all the shirts etc, then I wouldn’t be running around like a crazy woman every morning!

    btw – those baskets look fabulous in your tv unit!! Genius.ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    I do the same as Lisa Warren – I put away shirts as they are dry then iron as necessary – one each morning as part of my routine. Hubby is quite capable of ironing a shirt if need be. ReplyCancel

  • Letitia

    My ironing basket sits in my walk in robe until I get a chance to do it. I iron every time I sit and watch TV therefore do it quite regularly. Usually Sunday nights and a night during the week. I love neatly ironed clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    As I am an Ironing Lady, I do about 3-4 baskets a day for other people plus my own family, there is always lots of ironing here.ReplyCancel

  • … I do not iron. ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    My ironing basket is also in our wardrobe but my system is I cut my Mum’s hair she takes a bag of ironing & then I only have to iron it if I really need it.
    Katrina the baskets look great. Would you know where I could find something similar but smaller (like to fit in the Ikea expedit series bookcase) maybe in a faux leather? I can’t seem to find any & you seem to have agood eye for storage.
    Thanks
    JoReplyCancel

  • Jazz

    I had to think about this post for a while. I’ve fallen into the trap of having a plastic tub in front of the tv unit pretty much permanently which is full of my ironing to be done and I hate it. It goes away when I know I have visitors coming but for anyone who drops in, it is on display for all to see. Reading this post made me really think about this. Our side cabinets in our tv unit contain the kids’ hard cover books on the left, and I’ve take the door off it’s hinges to allow the kids access to the books rather than having to open the door all the time, and on the other side, our dvds etc with the door in place (we removed the handle when the kids were little – they couldn’t open it without but we could still manage).
    The kids never use these books any more (mind you, the minute I started thinking about getting rid of them, they went back to them again – doh!) so I am going to pack them up and move them. I’m going to get a proper book case and some might go in there, but the tv unit is going to have it’s door put back in place, and I’m going to find some pretty fabric or paper to cover the glass doors and in goes my washing. Thank you so much for this post! I’m so sure that not looking at my ironing all day will do a lot for my sanity!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    I don’t have an ironing pile/basket either. Everything gets folded and put away after washing and in the evening I just iron the kids uniforms and whatever I want to wear for the next day and that’s it. Takes about 15 mins and it’s done. I just can’t bring myself to do hours of ironing in one go. I have too many other fun things I would rather be doing ;) ReplyCancel

  • Eli

    My ironing basket is kept in the laundry. I fold anything that I can, straight off the line. Anything that has to be ironed gets done of a Sunday night, ready for the week. I love seeing my basket empty for the start of the week. It also means that I don’t have to panic each morning to iron uniforms (I’m so not a morning person) and get to sleep in a little longer.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I love the long tv console unit… no glass doors! Where did you get it… been looking for just this style!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love reading all the comments for this post. My partner does all the ironing. I can’t/won’t iron. If it needs ironing, I give it away. I fold all washing as it comes off the line. And I hang what should be looked after a bit more. But my partner irons either the kids or his own clothes as they are pulled out of the wardrobes. I try to have tomorrow clothes pulled out before we go to bed, so he irons then. I do make it even however. I love being in the garden, and I do help with mowing and the garden up keep….ReplyCancel

  • […] Note:  Since writing this post, I have changed where I hide my laundry.  See full details here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie

    I don’t have an ironing basket. I have no room at all for one. I just put all the clothes away and if someone needs to wear something that needs ironing we iron it the night before.
    But that is still a clever place to hide other things.- a blanket for cold nights watching tv or maybe all the accessories for the playstation & wii.

    Where do you keep all of your DVDs?ReplyCancel

  • Elissa

    I iron only my clothes (hubbies a tradie and daughter’s clothes don’t need ironing) so its on an as needed basis.
    But as a side note, we have an indoor cat and to eliminate the smelly kitty litter (we were in a unit then) I trained him to use the toilet (as in adult toilet). Its quite nifty as we no longer have to buy litter, scoop his poop and deal with the smell. He does both in the toilet and we’ve only had 2 accidents when both were my fault as I left the toilet lid down. The smell is elmiinated as once its in the water it no loonger smells and I keep a container of disinfectant wipes next to the toilet if he does leave a mess on the seat (rarely).
    Just something to think about :)
    By the way I love this site!ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    I store mine in our walk in robe… But it is folded and ready to go though..ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    Mine always sits in a big pile on one end the couch – not a great look. I am now off on a mission to find a better way of storing my ironing pile – thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Elly

    Marissa, you’re a legend!!! xxReplyCancel

Gorgeous wall art on a budget

If you were following on facebook recently you would have read that our family has been a little sick, so much so we were by doctors orders house bound for 5 days with suspected whooping-cough. Long story short, we stayed indoors for 5 days, missed easter with family to then find out late afternoon on […]

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  • Great idea….but I actually love your other wall with your baby fotos….youve just inspired me…:)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    That’ looks great. It is a great use of space….cleaver idea using the fabric squares.ReplyCancel

  • Very very clever lady. ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    i actually love the way you have done your family pics with the words, that is so nice and homey. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I agree with Mel, I reallylove the family photos. Where did you get the wording from loke that, to stick on the wall. x Love it. ReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Oh man I stuffed that up…. “really love” and “like” That’s what happens when miss 2 is climbing on me while trying to type. :) ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    They look amazing katrina, job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Perusich

    What a brilliant idea. I have two fabric panels that I made at a silk painting workshop on my honeymoon in Bali 15 years ago – I’ve never known what to do with them. Off to the discount shop now to buy some canvases. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Gorgeous! Love the ideaReplyCancel

  • Hln4paul

    Love this idea! Could also had some glitter to them for a 3d effect.ReplyCancel

  • Copying! I love yr page – keeps me motivated and happy – thank u :)ReplyCancel

  • Luv the idea of using material as wall art. ReplyCancel

  • luv especially the photo’s with the inspriational words as an added bonusReplyCancel

  • I love butterflies too, Katrina, and this arrangement looks fabulous! I love how the background colour matches your lounge chairs perfectly and just adds that punch of colour – perfect for the coming cooler months.

    Are you going to give us a “house tour” anytime soon? I love your classic modern style :)

    MelanieReplyCancel

  • They’re gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    They look great – well done! ReplyCancel

  • What a great use of fabric Katrina! The butterflies look so lovely on your wall, and certainly add that pop of colour you were seeking.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, this looks gorgeous – i’m so inspired to do something. We have so many large, bare walls!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    Wow, they look fantastic! They have really brightened up that space on your wall!ReplyCancel

  • Nchristie

    Looks great, I do that also, bought 1m of fabric from Lincraft for $12, when u get sick of it easily changed. I have to ask though where did you buy the sticks for your vase? ReplyCancel

    • I purchased them just recently from Vast. Vast is at our local Helensvale HomeWorld. They came in a variety of different colours, blue, orange, beige and red. ReplyCancel

  • Emilylucas83

    i do this also but when i buy a bed spread i just buy an extra set of matching cushions and use the cushion covers to glue to the wall canvas, that way you have matching wall art to the doona cover….lovely cheap ideaReplyCancel

  • Narelle Simone

    I have made our own wall art in a similar way, I found a cheap doona cover which I liked and the colours matched our lounge, I cut sections from it and stapled these over a cheap frame from an art supplies shop. The frames all match but are not the same, look great….and can be changed with new fabric if we make any colour changes. I also have the rest of the doona fabric aside to use for other projects (the background colour is white so great to have….am planning to use a small piece inside a photo frame, minus the glass, and stitch our daughters dancing medals onto it….nicely framed and a keepsake)
    Thanks for your posts :)ReplyCancel

  • KC76

    Great idea! Another idea my friend came up with was to buy a lovely piece of wrapping paper and frame it – it looks great on her bedroom wall!ReplyCancel

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{Decluttering 52 Things} Task #3: Coffee Table

Pin It We are on a roll to declutter, so far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to catch up with a few tasks over the next week or so, so then we can have 1 task posted each week […]

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  • Kerri

    Wow I am so excited to have found this site… I have done the coat hanger thing and the soft toys and I’m about to do the coffee table challenge… My coffee table is not in the middle of the lounge room.. it is between two recliners in front of a window(the reading corner) its generally tidy but I am going to wipe it over and dust the lamp shade on the lamp that sits on itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Awesome work Kerri! Welcome to the site!ReplyCancel

  • I missed the soft toys challenge, thought there should have been another one in there somewhere.

    Love that you have athe Challenge tab too.

    Wehave a coffee table but it's under the window, it doesn't have a shelf underneath to store stuff which is good, but we keep a beanbag under there for whenthe kids want it. On top is a scrapbook album of Ethan and two ornaments which will always be there. I have a magazine rack though, but that gets purged every sunday.

    So yay challenge already done for me! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Having the tab will make it alot easier! I love that you have the scrapbook album out for all to see. I used to do that but now I have too many of them :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We have put away our solid wood coffee table until our toddler is older too, but I find we end up with magazines and bits and pieces ALL OVER the lounge room instead of on one coffee table! So I covered a stiff cardboard box (about a large magazine size) in pretty fabric and popped it between the two lounge chairs. This used a piece of fabric I still hadn't assigned a project too, gave us a place to put magazines, and added a little decorator style touch to our rented lounge room! I bought a cheap bowl in the same general colour as the fabric and put it on the mantelpiece for all the little bits of clutter. As our lounge is our family space it gets a quick tidy a couple of times a day, and I empty the bowl each morning when I clean properly, and sort the magazines once a week :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that’s very creative natalie, I would never of thought to use fabric, great thinking!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    OMG you guys are so good…..

    my coffee table is the second of my tidy husbands hates!!!

    as soon as I get off here, as we are having a sick day with the toddler, I am off to do the coffee table challenge…

    no shelf under but I can think of a basket I can just pop under on the floor.

    I looove having a coffee table for feet cups junk mail and the friday dinner in front of the tv !!

    but yes I will investigate where to put those recipes (i will probably never cook) so I can throw the mags!

    Nikki :) ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I don’t have the coffee table in front of the tv in the Lounge room. Too dangerous in our house lol. We have it downstairs in the Living room/entrance. But that means whenever anyone comes in the front door that is where everything gets put – keys, purse, school papers, newspapers etc, etc, etc. So yeah ;) this is a good challenge for me. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Maybe a little basket on the table would store the keys/purse neatly.ReplyCancel

  • Nice blog. I have bookmarked it, WIll visit again.
    coffee table with storageReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I love this site it motivates me I just tidied my coffee table nothing but coasters and my hubby feet :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I had an Ikea coffee table that was big and had a lower level for storage. I found that the top was a dumping spot and then that junk got ‘squirrelled’ away (AKA shoved out of sight) underneath into the baskets. I ended up hating it, so I brought out a square coffee table half the size with no lower shelf- problem solved! It does get messy quickly but it doesn’t get nearly as much, so I can clear it in seconds rather than 10 minutes! It also opened up the room a great deal and makes it look more spacious!ReplyCancel