Traditionally thought of as an extension of the garden, or a space in which plants could flourish away from harsher outdoor conditions, the conservatory has fast become a popular addition to many family homes. With all the issues we had last week with our conservatory, it got me thinking about how we can re-design ours to make it a better room for the whole family. A real investment, a conservatory is an adaptable space – a room that could host toys and games one day, and a quiet study session the next. Just as your family will grow and its dynamics change, so too can your humble conservatory. What do you need to create that perfect family-friendly space?
If, like many homeowners (or long term renters of course), you gaze into the back garden and see a mass of tangled weeds and an unruly lawn, it is time for a change. There are countless benefits to getting out in the garden and up close and personal with the soil. Whether you are willing to go it alone, or you would rather seek help from landscapers in Perth, creating a superb outdoor space should be a top priority.
You might think I am crazy but I love the fact that this oak tree shaped, black, piece of vinyl from Ink Mill Vinyl can be taken anywhere and it is an instant blackboard. There should be one in every house as far as I am concerned. We write messages on it for each other, draw pictures when we are feeling creative and Mummy likes to write the menu on it too. Just for fun!
It is no great secret that becoming a family means that, for the most part, you get very little sleep. I see it as you either have sleepy people in your household, or you are that sleepy person. You might have a rather rare thing, which is a baby that sleeps through from an early age and loves sleep. So a sleepy person in nature. This is Noah. He gets that from his Mother, me. Whereas, our second child, Isla, is not a sleepy person. She takes after her Daddy, who loves to be awake and doing things right from the get go.
Spring is such a beautiful time – in fact, I think it might even be my favourite time of the year. There’s a special kind of aroma and feel in the air; the trees are starting to get new leaves, the flowers are starting to bloom – and all around you, people just seem to have that little bit of a spring in their step! I always look forward to spring, especially because spring heralds the time when I can get my bike out of storage and start pedalling to work again. The warmer days are such a treat, and I always get to work in the best mood when I ride. I want to share with you all top seven ways to put a spring in your step so that you make the most of this beautiful time of year. These tips are brought to you by the perpetual bringers of spring, Melbourne florists, Oollie Flora.
We were recently sent a great parcel of goodies from Tiger Box, including a nice Tiger box and some seedcell herb seeds to plant. It was a fantastic kit, we especially loved how easy it was to use the seedcells, tear and dip into the soil. The Tiger Grow Along project is designed to make it easy to grow herbs and encourage you to get planting. It worked with us.
You would think choosing a bed is simple, and perhaps it is a whole lot easier if you only have to consider yourself, but what if you have an entire family to think about? Hmmm, not that simple after all, which is what I discovered when I was attempting to find a bed that would make both my partner and I happy, as well as trying to figure out which beds would withstand being used as a trampolines by the kids.
As some of you may have read a few months ago, we recently moved the children into one larger bedroom. A few reasons really: mainly because Isla found it hard to get to sleep on her own and secondly because Isla had a tiny bedroom. We moved them into the one room and we made sure they each had their space. This post is all about their latest addition to the shared bedroom: their bunk beds.
More often than not the home garden goes unused or unnoticed. Well in my house it is more that I do not get time to spend in the garden as much as I would like. A garden does not have to only be for looks, it also can be a great area to entertain guests and a relaxing haven for the whole family. Using outdoor furniture you can extend your house out into the garden: creating an extra room in a way. You can do this easily by looking at things such as the layout of your garden. Any old garden can be turned into a magical grove with some high quality garden benches and tables. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
One of the joys of having a nice garden is that you can let your children play in it occasionally. Unfortunately, there are plenty of outdoor safety hazards that can make your garden a dangerous place to let children roam. Especially when you have a greenhouse and dogs, like we do it could be a safer place for kids! If you want to make your garden as kid-friendly as possible, start with the following 10 tips: