Meet Troy …

I have a new boyfriend!
Yes, I am married but my husband approves of Troy, actually my husband loves Troy too.
Troy is tough and strong, dependable and reliable and exceptionally good looking.
Troy is our new washing machine, the Electrolux UltimateCare 800 series from Betta Home Living.

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I wanted to share him with you because I understand buying a washing machine is a big investment and sometimes all those specifications and functions can be confusing. Do I need SensorWash technology? What is an UltraMix system? What is the Vapour feature? And why do I need a powerful spin speed?
I’m going to tell you what is important to me in a washing machine and why I chose Troy.

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SIZE
We are a family of five, between work clothes, school uniforms, sports gear, 4 beds and the 758 towels my kids use every week, I do at least a dozen loads of washing per week. A large drum size is important, I’d rather do one big load that 2 small loads. Troy has a 9kg stainless steel drum with an extra large door opening, making loading and unloading easy and the extra visibility means no stray socks get left behind!

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GENTLE ON CLOTHES
This is where the UltraMix system comes in. It mixes your detergent with water so it is fully dissolved before it reaches your fabrics, resulting in less colour fading and no detergent residue, even in cold water.
The wool cycle has the Woolmark Blue certification so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your favourite hand wash only woollens can be washed safely, with no felting or shrinking.

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SQUEAKY CLEAN CLOTHES
This is where the Vapour function comes in, it refreshes your clothes with nothing but vapour, no detergent required, which means it’s not only gentle and reduces wrinkles, it also eradicates up to 99% of allergens and germs. That means our clothes don’t just look clean, they really are clean.

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ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY
Yes you do need the SensorWash technology. It minimises water & energy use and saves precious time, the smart sensors automatically detect the soil and detergent levels to adjust the washing times for optimal, energy efficient results that reduces unnecessary wear on fabrics. It helps keep your whites whiter and your blacks blacker.

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Troy ticked all the boxes for me, but there’s one more thing that made me take the plunge with him, he’s exceptionally good looking! The classic white with dark blue trim, I can’t think of any other washing machine that I’d rather have in my home.

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My laundry has always been a little ‘vanilla’. It’s never been a space that I’ve found any inspiration, or had any desire to decorate, until now. The blue and white colour of the machine tempted me to clean out the crap, hang some curtains and make it a place where I WANT to be rather than a place where I HAVE to be.
Who knew Troy would inspire a pretty laundry, look after our clothes, save us money and generally make my life easier …
WE LOVE YOU TROY!

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You can find your own boyfriend or girlfriend at Betta Home Living.
Also, for those of you who like to have the matching set, Elecrolux have a dryer (link to dryer here) with the same beautiful blue trim and I’m sure they look amazing side by side, or stacked vertically.

I got mine at Betta Home Living who were an absolute joy to deal with.
Shop online here or find your closest store here.

Happy shopping!

Hayley

Mother’s Day 2019

Our Mum’s, Mom’s, Mummy’s and Mother’s are all unique and different, that’s what makes them special.
That’s why I’ve put together a gift guide with something for every Mum.
I’ve selected gifts for the Mum’s that love pretty things, the Mum’s that choose comfort, the Mum’s who are practical and the Mum’s who already have everything …
Let’s go!

Mother’s Day in Australia is on the second Sunday in May, its Autumn and the weather is starting to get cooler, which makes it perfect timing to buy her some luxurious layers for Winter style. Think scarves, hats, bags or sleepwear.I’ve hunted down the pretty, the comfortable and the practical.

I love the colour palette of this check scarf, it super soft and big enough to double as a throw. The pom pom on the beanie had me at hello, who doesn’t love a big fluffy pom pom! And the french style purse (see below for a view of the inside) is the perfect size in the best shade of caramel.

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If Mum is more of a pink girl, I found a gorgeous blush felt hat which is perfect to protect her from the winter sun, while also looking super stylish. The gorgeous grey bag (my Mums Mother’s Day gift, Shhh) is crafted from a buttery soft leather with antique brass hardware and those tassels are so fun! The pink star scarf is a gorgeous match to complete her accessories.

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Does your Mum like a little bit of sparkle? This combo is just what she needs. The metallic spotty scarf is light and versatile with just the right amount of sparkle. While the phone holder in rose gold metallic is ideal to keep the essentials safe in a comfortable cross body or long strap style.

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Slippers are one of the best go-to gifts for Mother’s Day, my Mum looks forward to a new pair each year. Have a look at what your Mum is currently wearing to decide what type of slippers to get her, you might like a slip-on type while your Mum might like a loafer or a boot. My Mum likes a boot type slipper and needs extra support after some foot problems, I chose a pair from Vionic as they are podiatrist designed for extra support. While I was there I also grabbed a pair for myself because hello … they are plush leopard print in my style – a relaxed slipper.

EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS – Watch a movie with Mum, make her a cup of tea and let her choose the movie.

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While we are talking slippers, you might also want to consider some sleepwear. I personally love a pretty cotton nightie and while I love a simple white nightie, I really love the floral print on this one.

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Pair it with a sweet teacup, a vase of beautiful blooms, a candle in her favourite scent and a beautiful book to make it a complete gift experience.

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EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS – Make her a breakfast tray with her favourite tea and then let her stay in bed as long as she likes.

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If your Mum is a bit of a coffee connoisseur, consider getting her a new coffee machine. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my old pod style machine die a little while ago, I replaced it with an amazing automatic machine that grinds the beans, froths the milk and makes the coffee all at the touch of a button. It is super easy to use and look after, I thought my old style pod machine was good, but this … THIS IS AMAZING!

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EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS – Make Mum a cup of coffee and magically make the house silent for at least half an hour!

The plush pink loungewear is my Mother’s Day gift to myself, it is so soft and snugly, the only problem is my daughter keeps ‘borrowing’ mine.

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A classic Mother’s Day gift for good reason, it’s always a winner – get her some bubble bath or scented soaps. These have the prettiest packaging and they smell just as gorgeous as they look.

EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS – For the ultimate bliss, pop on some music, light a candle and pour her a glass of wine or champagne and let her soak the day away.

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For the practical Mum, gift her some luxurious housekeeping products. I love this beautiful bench spray and hand wash, they are scented using Australian bush oils and are available in a range of unique scents.

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If your Mum is a baker, how about the gift that keeps on giving. I recently got a kitchen mixer and I absolutely love it. Trust me, she’ll love it so much she’ll find any excuse to use it and you’ll have cakes and cookies because it’s Tuesday, okay, maybe that’s just me.
Pair it with some cake mixes and some fancy cake tins and she’ll never leave the kitchen!

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If your Mum appreciates the finer things in life, consider gifting her a beautiful tea set. You could buy the whole set or just a few pieces for each occasion until she has the whole collection. I love this collection inspired by the Quinsai Gardens with its exotic flowers in delicate and pretty colours, there are peonies, camelias, magnolias and chrysanthemums. Each bloom has a deeper meaning, for example the magnolia shows special respect for beautiful women, what could be more perfect as a Mother’s Day gift?

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CHEEKY TIP – Choose a tea set that you love too, then cross your fingers your Mum hands it down to you one day!

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Lastly, this is always one of my favourite gifts to put together – a basket full of goodies. I love finding a stylish big basket and filling it with lots of little gifts that I know Mum will love.

I know my own Mother loves receiving candles, flower seeds, chocolates and handmade trinkets from the kids.
Your Mum might like these too, or maybe she’d like skincare, make-up, jewellery or craft supplies. Here’s a few ideas to get you started …..

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One last tip for Mother’s Day shopping – many stores offer free gift wrapping, take advantage of it!
Here’s an example of the wrapping available at Bloom & Co.
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Now for the fun part, here’s all the shopping details for you to find all these gorgeous gifts. Click on the links to go directly to the gorgeous stores where I found these beautiful gifts.

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1. Pink and Gold Spotty teacup / 2. Hand Wash & Bench Spray /
3. Automatic Coffee Machine /4. Tea Towels / 5. Monique Lhuillier Clare Swivel Vase /
6. Kitchen Mixer 

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7. Walker Mobile Phone Holder / 8. Michel Design Works bubble bath & soap9. Liana Metallic Scarf  / 10 Georgianna Lane books, Paris in Bloom and New York in Bloom /
11. Market bag with Suede Handles 

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12. Tritone Check Scarf13. Relax Plush Slipper in Leopard /  14. Vanah Boot Slipper /
15. Greta French zip purse / 16. Faux Fur Beanie

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17. Braid Trim Felt Hat in Blush18. Cameron Satchel bag / 19. Carriere Freres Rose Amber Candle / 20. Star Print Scarf /  21. Kyrielle nightie /
22. Plush Pink Waterfall Poncho / 23.Ariella nightie

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24. Rattan Breakfast Tray 

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25. Lindt Caramel Balls / 26. Quinsai Garden Sugar/Jampot / 27. Quinsai Garden Creamer /
28. Quinsai Garden Teapot / 29. Quinsai Garden Coffee Cup

I hope you found something perfect for your Mum.
Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Disclosure : Some of these items were gifted to me, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, I love the quality and I love the brand.

Teen-Adult bedroom make-over …

Yes, teen-adult …
My daughter Lucy is 18, still a teenager but also an adult.
Her style, like most this age, is a little more grown up than unicorns and glitter, but still young and fresh.

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Her room was tired and cluttered. She had a mish-mash of all the pieces of furniture that was left over from another house and we hadn’t bought anything new for her room. Her bed was actually the first bed that my husband and I bought together over 20 years ago, it had a fresh coat of paint, but was still not the style we were going for.

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So, what style did we want to achieve?
That’s the hard part … Lucy is a typical teenager where she didn’t know what she wanted, but she did know what she didn’t want (yes, you might need to re-read that sentence to make sense of it)!
She did not want bright colours, wallpaper or excessive patterns.
I know, she’s no fun at all! This are all the things I love to decorate with and everything I showed her she assertively disagreed.

So basically, I kept putting this room to the back of the queue because I knew we were going to have a hard time agreeing on anything … Until I showed her this bedhead that I’d fallen in love with and she loved it too.
HOORAY!

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While I’m talking about the bedhead, let me tell you what a joy this company was to work with.
The Bedhead Co. have an amazing range of ready-made design to choose from, or they can custom make your very own piece of art in one of 9 different bedhead shapes, with a fabulous range of quality fabrics.
We chose the Napa in Ticking for it’s timeless shape and classic stripes.

Finally we had a starting point to create a room around, and don’t tell Lucy, but she just broke one of her own rules and let me use a pattern – stripes. True, it’s probably the most neutral of the pattern family as it works with anything, but I was thrilled to have a little pattern!

I ordered a simple Oak bed base to pair it with. I also ordered a pair of Oak bedside tables, but when they arrived I was also giving Orlando’s room and update and I liked how they looked in there and decided to hunt for something else for Lucy. She also decided she needed extra storage, so we found a beautiful set of white bedside drawers. They have 3 substantial sized drawers and gorgeous details such as the blackened ring pulls and hand carved details.

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Next up was linen, if you know me at all you will know that I change my linen often and I get bored easily. For Lucy’s room we decided to choose a doona cover that would allow us (that would be me) to mix and match different throws and cushion and achieve a fresh new look as often as we like. We chose a textured doona cover in a light grey. When I said textured, it actually has has a decorative spotty type pattern throughout the pure cotton fabric.
Haha Lucy, no patterns …. now we have stripes and spots!

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Next thing we needed was a rug. Again, I ordered a beautiful blue and white herringbone wool rug for her room but it arrived while I was doing Orly’s room and it didn’t quite make it out of his room, sorry Lucy!
Luckily, when the grey linen arrived I had a lightbulb moment and remembered I had a grey and aqua blue striped rug in storage. I showed Lucy and she shook her head NO! I decided to try it out while she was at school and couldn’t protest. It doesn’t want to sit flat, probably because I had it folded, but I’m hoping it will relax after a little while. I popped a couple of aqua blue cushions on her bed to tie the colours together.
I loved it and patiently waited for her to get home … She loves it too!
YIPPEE!

The bedside lamps bring another little touch of feminine pattern to the room. Shhhh, dont tell Lucy, she either hasn’t noticed the pretty blue floral or she has given up …. maybe I can sneak the wallpaper in without her noticing?

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I haven’t sourced any art for the walls yet as I’m still trying to convince her to let me (or sneak in) wallpaper. She has agreed to consider it as long as I find one she likes. So we are currently doing the wallpaper dance and hopefully we’ll find one we can agree on soon.

The gorgeous starburst mirror was a gift from one of my best friends Mum’s many years ago, I love it and always find a spot for it.

Lastly, and probably the biggest change to her room was the window coverings. Lucy’s room had cedar shutters, I understand that they are expensive and sought after window coverings, but they also restricted the light and gave it an overall dark vibe. We removed them and replaced them with beautiful 100% linen sheers, the amount of light that streams into this room now is incredible.

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This room is not perfect, it has been achieved with a limited budget and it is still a work in progress, but I think the best spaces evolve over time. I’d rather wait and find the perfect pieces and let the space grow with Lucy as long as she’s still living at home.

Apparently they don’t leave home until their 30’s these days, WHOA!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reply with a message, send an e-mail or pop over and say hello on Instagram. I’m always happy to share.

Hayley x

If you like Margarita’s …

Yes, I know the Escape song is about Pina Colada’s but that didn’t stop us singing it about our Margarita’s at the top of our lungs … our poor neighbours!

It seems that many of you love a good margarita too.

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When I shared mine on my Instagram stories I had so many messages asking for my recipe.
Partly because we all love a delicious cocktail, but partly because a few of you know that I have an auto immune disease (Hashimotos) and I struggle with preservatives. It’s not something I talk about much, I know your all here to see stylish interiors and great shopping finds. Nobody wants to hear about it when I am sick for days, covered in rashes or swollen all over. I don’t even want to know about it!
Luckily I am pretty good at knowing what I can and can’t eat these days and generally manage to avoid anything I know I’ll react to.

Which brings me to the reason I wanted to share this with y’all. I know many of you have similar issues with preservatives in food, we’ve shared many DM conversations about it. I’m sure there are even more of you out there and I just wanted to share something fabulous and delicious that that I’ve found,  that I didn’t have a problem with, in the hope that it will be OK for you too.

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Last week Williams Sonoma sent me a box of Margarita goodies. While it looked absolutely amazing, my initial thought was that I’d have to sit on the sidelines and watch someone else enjoy my delicious cocktails, until I read the packaging. The cocktail mixes are USDA certified and didn’t have any nasty numbers listed, not one. Trust me, I am aware that they can be hidden in other things like ‘natural flavours’ but there wasn’t anything that set off alarm bells.

I thought it was worth a go!

We had friends over for Australia Day and we decided to shake up some cocktails. We had the WS Organic Margarita Caddy which includes 3 flavours along with the WS Margarita Salt pack, we managed to ‘sample’ all of them, and they were all TOTALLY SCRUMPTIOUS!

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Which brings me back to the recipe that everyone was asking for. That’s the easiest part about these mixes, you simply add tequila and ice and give it a good shake in your cocktail shaker.
Done, so easy!

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To rim your glass with salt I worked out a quick little tip that really helps make it stick. Yes, I’m sure you all know this, but clearly I’m a little slow to the margarita party. Don’t try and get the salts to stick on a clean, dry glass … rub a little lime or fruit around your glass and then the salt sticks easily.

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We used Espolon Tequila. I had not tried this tequila before, but it was so good and it will be a regular on our shopping list from now on. It is smooth with a hint of sugary sweetness.

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Just because I’m a little bit ‘extra’ (according to my kids) I made some watermelon balls and cut up some strawberries the day before and popped them in the freezer. I served our margaritas over the frozen fruit to keep it cool.

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We also added some tropical umbrellas to our beautiful new outdoor Sonora glasses and we got all the tropical resort feels right at home.

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However, I know what you’re all wondering ….. how am I today? Surprisingly good, nothing that a big cup of coffee and buttery hot cross bun (oh yes I did) can’t fix.

My husband is thrilled to bits that I’ve found something that I love that doesn’t make me sick and he just asked me if I can buy the margarita mix in bulk, ha. No hubby, but I can buy it in 1 litre bottles and I may have already ordered a few.

Who wants to join me for my next Margarita party?

Cheers!

Hayley x