It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Tuesday, December 4
 
Wednesday, December 5
 
Thursday, December 6

 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Little Ones

Buying presents for kids is so much fun, but if the children in your life are anything like mine the last thing they need is more plastic toys.

I’ve found some great gifts that the kids will love but that are also practical, pretty or useful.

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the COLOURED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Lets start with some pretty pink presents.

The Little Faces Slippers are super sweet with their pom pom ears and embroidered face. They are lined with sherpa to keep your tootsies warm and have an anti-slip tread on the soles. They are available in 2 sizes to fit older kids and teenagers.

What girl wouldn’t go crazy for a Unicorn Hair Turban? My girls love hopping out of the shower or pool and popping on a hair turban. They are made from thirsty microfibre to soak up water fast, and how fun is that unicorn horn!

Is your little one heading off to sleepovers yet? A Cosmetic Bag is so handy for them so keep all their toiletries together when visiting Grandma or their friends houses. This one is made with an easy-wipe fabric that is machine washable, so functional but fabulously fun with those cute bunny faces.
Fill it with pretty bows and hairbands for a gorgeous girly gift.

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Meet Ratsy …..
She’s a little fashionista with her cute outfit and fluffy collar. She is as pretty as she is cuddly and would be adorable sitting on a bed or snuggled under the covers. Every kid needs a bedtime companion, I think Ratsy is perfect.

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If your kids are as grubby as my littlest 7 year old, a towel comes in handy for so many occasions. I keep one in my car for cleaning up spills, wrapping him in when he’s been jumping in puddles and keeping him warm when he is positive he doesn’t need a jacket then complains of being cold the minute we leave the house.
Oh, and apparently you can only take ‘cool’ towels to your friends houses for swimming, this Beach Pareo is a little lighter than a plush towel so it folds up smaller, but it is still super absorbent and soft. This one has a large anchor on it and passes the ‘cool’ test with my kids.

Again, the Cosmetic Bags, smaller for the boys as they don’t generally have as many bits and bobs as the girls. Orly uses this one for his toothbrush and toothpaste for sleepovers, but he also uses it for his goggles and swimming cap at school swimming. Fill it with sweets and tie it in a bow for a fun gift.

I found these light-weight slip-on Shoes that can be worn in the water or on the land. I got them for Orly to wear for boating or jet-skiing, but he has found them so comfy that he has been wearing them everywhere. I would definitely recommend them for any kids that don’t like shoes, Orly says it feel like he is just wearing socks.

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If your child has a puppy on their Christmas list … I’ve found the perfect one, he’s much more affordable, he doesn’t eat much and you’ll never need to pay an expensive vet bill.
George also looks very handsome sitting on a bed or shelf.

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Maybe they take after their mother, but something that my girls always love is a room makeover. Choose some pretty new bed linen and a few key decor accessories for a fresh new look.

I love this hand block printed Kantha with it’s pretty pink floral design. It’s perfect for any age from babies to teenagers, my 16 year old has it in her room and still loves it.

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My daughter loves this sweet Jewellery Box, she’s had hers for a few years now and uses it everyday for her jewellery and secret girls business. She loves the fact that it has a key so she can protect her secrets, and it plays the music of ‘Swan Lake’ when it is opened.

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I’m not sure whether the boys would be as excited by a bedroom make-over, but my son loves a soft and snuggly blanket or bedcover. He doesn’t really care what it looks like, but he’s quite particular about how it feels. His latest favourite is this padded Kantha in patchwork shades of blue. It is a great weight for Spring through to Autumn and is great to layer in Winter.

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Boy still love somewhere to keep their treasures, but since they are always on-the-go I chose a Little Red Wagon on wheels so they can take it with them. Orly loves his, he wheels it around from room to room with his favourite toys and it keeps all his stuff of the floor, everyone is happy.

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I hope you got some ideas for the little people in your life.
If I find anything else that is super cute and needs to be shared I will add it to this post, so check back before you start shopping.

Happy CHRISTMAS Shopping!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Men

I find boys and men hard to buy for, is it just me and the men in my life?

I’ve searched high and low and found a few fabulous gifts.
If you are a man in my life, stop reading now, because this is what I’m gifting y’all this year!

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the RED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Let’s go!

A briefcase? With all the laptops, tablets and technology around these days, most men use a bag of some description. The Vespa briefcase is soft sided with an all-black ripstop tough fabric, an interior padded laptop compartment and adjustable straps. It is the perfect mix of sporty and sophisticated and comes in under $160.

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Most men love technology and this Wireless Charge Pad is pretty cool. Say goodbye to tangled cords and the constant hunt for a charging cable, simply sit your phone on the charging pad, it’s so easy! This brand also has a great range of tough, but stylish phone cases if your man is a little rough like mine! Find them here.

Is your big boy the master of the remote control? Then he’ll go crazy for the Smart TV Keypad. It goes beyond what a remote control can do by having the capabilities of a keyboard, you  can search for content, enter passwords or browse the internet all from the wireless keyboard. You can also toggle between devices such as your TV, laptop and mobile to watch TV, send an e-mail and reply to text messages all in one place.

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Socks? Every man wears socks, right? I know, they could be a boring gift, but theses Funky Feet Socks are anything but boring. Six pairs of spotted and striped socks in fun colours all gift boxed ready to go.

And every man drinks, not just for alcohol, great for water or soft drinks too, these Stemless insulated Tumblers hold 355ml and keep it cool for up to 12 hours. They are made from food grade stainless steel and have a splash-proof slide open lid, perfect for serial spillers (like my husband).

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If your man is the outdoorsy type, this is a great idea. The Drysak protects his belongings from the elements, it is crafted from a durable PVC fabric with a watertight closure system.
This is perfect for my husband who often jet-skis, but also for anyone boating or near the water.

Another great idea for the outdoorsy type, these Beach Throws are perfect for your proud Aussie men, or great to send overseas to your family and friends. They feature the names of some famous Aussie beaches in a gorgeous navy blue and white colour. The oversized 2m x 2m beach throw comes with sand pegs in a handy drawstring bag and is compact enough to keep in the car glovebox. I know I’ll be using this one for school sports carnivals and picnics in the park.

Do you have a gym junkie in your life? This Sports Towel is made from an absorbent microfibre and rolls up easily with the attached elastic strap, handy for swimming, gym or yoga.

While they are a being sporty, a drink bottle would be handy, the Watermate Stainless Steel bottle keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours.

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This next one is from one of the coolest local businesses around, they make fabulous home decor pieces crafted by weaving revived rope from crayfish fishing boats. The Mahi Mahi mat is tough and hardy, the rope is marine grade polyethylene which means it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use. My husband says the chunky weave is great to give your feet a massage too.

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We all know the way to a mans heart is through his belly, right? The festive Plum Pudding is delicious, but the real joy about purchasing this pudding is that it’s from the Australian Red Cross online gift guide. When you buy from them you are gifting twice the goodness, once to the man in your life and again to the people in need that the Red Cross helps.

I love a win win gift!

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I think this Bottle Caddy would be such a great gift for a beer drinker, or any drinker really! Fill it with 6 fancy bottles of beer, or 6 small bottles of anything and tie it with a big bow for the perfect Dad gift!

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For the football fan, or sports nut, this premium leather washbag is crafted just like an American football complete with the authentic stitching. It’s big enough for all the essentials and looks super cool in his bathroom.

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Last, but definitely not least … actually one of my favourite things, so much so I got one for myself, is this anatomical wooden hand. I love leaving it in different hand gestures, so fun!

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I hope you found something for the man in your life (or for yourself)!

I am still shopping and will add things to this post as I find them, so pop back next week and see what else I’ve found.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Hx

Disclaimer : A few of these items were gifted for review, a few of these items I bought for the men in my life, so if you’re a man in my life … whoops … Sorry! I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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What’s on your Christmas Table?

It should be easy … I mean … it’s the most magical time of the year, but we’ve never had a festive dinner set before, so I wanted to choose something that would stand the test of time. It had to be stylish and subtle for the adults, but also festive and colourful for the kids. It also had to be practical and functional.

So, I’ve done the legwork, searched high and low and found the most magical Christmas tableware that is just perfect for my family, and maybe yours too.

Introducing the Family Fun Park collection from Koh Living.
If you know anything about my family, you will know we love a fun park, so this set was so ideal for us.

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It’s adorned with a gorgeous winter wonderland scene complete with a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and children playing. It conjures memories of our family frolicking on holidays and makes me smile.

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The inspiration for this design was ‘drawn from Christmas in Europe and the feelings of warmth and joy brought forth by traditional wintery scenes and quaint European villages’.

I love the colour palette with shades of blue and petite pops of bright reds, orange, yellow and green. It will pair back nicely with most colour palettes. For this table I chose to bring out the traditional Christmas colours with a red tablecloth and lots of greenery.

The range includes a porcelain Tray, which I have used as a plate, a porcelain Bowl and a fine bone china Mug.
There is also a selection of matching Minikins, candle holders and candles, you can find them here.

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They look incredible laid out on my table and I am thrilled with my choice.

My table wasn’t finished there though!
Of course we needed some movement, sparkle and candlelight.

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I used the white porcelain minikin lanterns in the Christmas designs of Reindeer and Snowflake. The fine white porcelain of the Minikin lanterns allows the candlelight to shine through with a beautiful filtered glow, while the wooden base adds a touch of warmth.

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I added the sparkle and movement with the Rotary Cups in the Christmas Market and Reindeer designs. These little cups spin and sparkle in the glow of the candlelight, they are propelled by the heat from the tealight candle, the movement really adds an extra element to the table. I love them!

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Click here to see the Rotary Cup in action!

Lastly I added some Christmas decorations, fresh greenery and flowers and I think we’ve got a gorgeous Christmas table that is festive, fun and perfect for our family!

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What do you think?

Happy Shopping!

Hx

SHOPPING DETAILS

Find the links to all the items I used to create my table here.

Tray – Family Fun 
Bowl – Family Fun Park
Mug – Family Fun Park 

Minikin – Reindeer
Minikin – Snowflake
Rotary Cup – Christmas Market
Rotary Cup – Reindeer

To see the entire Koh Living Christmas range, use this link.

DISCLAIMER

I was gifted some of the pieces in this blog post. I selected the products myself from the Koh Living range. All opinions are my own. You can be sure I will never recommend something I don’t love!

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