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!

Colorful Life Christmas 18 Graphic
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.


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.


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!


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!


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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

Mmmm… that smells like Christmas!

Do you decorate your home for Christmas ….. put up a tree, hang stockings, put a wreath on your door?
Or course you do!
Do you play Christmas carols, drag out the old favourites and play them on repeat for a solid month?
We do, It’s Bing Crosby’s White Christmas in our house!

You’ve gone this far, why stop now?
Make your house smell like Christmas with a fabulous scent.
It’s only fair that you pack as much Christmas into your house while you can, we only get to celebrate it once a year!

I’ve tested and rounded up my favourite Christmas scents for 2016.

First up, the Côte Noire soy blend candle called Christmas Day.
This is a subtle scent which is light and elegant.
They are presented in a classic glass jar and would be perfect for the Christmas table as the scent is not overpowering.

Côte Noire Christmas Day | Hamptons Home
Côte Noire Christmas Day | Hamptons Home

 If you follow me on Instagram you would know I am a big fan of the Circa Home range. I like a fragrance to fill my home from the minute you walk in the door. Circa Home have brought out 2 fragrances for Christmas this year.
The Grapefruit and Juniper is fresh and summery which is perfect for an Australian Christmas.

Grapefruit and Juniper Wax melts | Circa Home
Grapefruit and Juniper Wax melts | Circa Home

The Red Spiced Pear is a little more traditional and has a fruity tang and exotic spice scent.

Red Spiced Pear | Circa Home
Red Spiced Pear | Circa Home

The Christmas packaging is so pretty you don’t even need to wrap these. They are both available as candles or soy wax melts to use with your electric wax warmer. What? You don’t have a wax warmer yet, you better put one on your Christmas list, they are the best!
I really love both of these scents and can’t pick a favourite.

 Endless Candles has brought out a really fun range of scents that are sure to have you reaching for the eggnog and gingerbread!
The scents are (from left to right) Holidays, Eggnog and Gingerbread.
I have been burning the Gingerbread at home and it smells so delicious, the girls want to bake Gingerbread on the weekend, these candles should come with a warning that they may cause you to crave and indulge in your favourite Christmas sweets.

Christmas section | Endless Candles
Christmas section | Endless Candles

Voluspa have released their holiday collection with a handful of celebratory scents.
I haven’t tried any of them, but I like the sound of this one – VOLUSPA’s Visions of Sugar Plum Candle is filled with notes of tart white plum, dried cherry dusted with powdered sugar, toasted hazelnut and lemon zest.
And have a look at that pink glass canister!

Voluspa Visions of Sugar Plum candle | Saison
Voluspa Visions of Sugar Plum candle | Saison

The gold polka dot packaging of this one had me at hello! I am a sucker for beautiful packaging, but in all honesty Palm Beach Collection do gorgeous candles and I’m sure it smells divine.

LE Christmas 2016 Rosewood and Balsam | Pal Beach Collection
LE Christmas 2016 Rosewood and Balsam | Palm Beach Collection

I hope you found one you love!

What’s your favourite scents of Christmas?

Hayley x

Christmas Wreath Showcase

Well this is a bit fun!

The gorgeous gals at DIY Decorator have gathered a group of bloggers together, and today we are all showing you our wreaths!

Christmas Wreath Showcase Collage

This is mine …

Wreath - Happy as Larry
Wreath – Happy as Larry



And while we’re talking all things Christmas, here’s a peak at some other Christmas decorating in my home this year…




I highly recommend you pop over to these beautiful bloggers and check out theirs today too!

DIY Decorator
Gallerie B
Glamour Coastal Living
Kirsten & Co
Life Love & Hiccups
Lilyfield Life
Nooks & Cranny
Style and Shenanigans
The Builder’s Wife
The Style Curator
The Stylist Splash

I’d love to see your wreath! Or your christmas decorating! Tag #mumlittleloveschristmas on Instagram and show me!

Hayley x

Christmas decorating …

I love to decorate for Christmas, throw tinsel around like confetti, add splashes of clashing colours and make my house light up like Las Vegas, OK, so not really like Las Vegas, but a little bit of sparkle and twinkle!

I tell myself that I won’t start decorating until the 1st of December every year, but everything looks so pretty that I can’t help myself and Christmas starts creeping into our home in November.

So for those of you, like me, who need to start planning a little early, I’ve put together some of my favourite decorating ideas and shopping finds now.



Achieve this look with a palette of soft blues, sandy neutrals and lots of starfish!

Coastal Starfish Stocking | Pottery Barn
Coastal Starfish Stocking | Pottery Barn
Felt Wreath | Happy as Larry
Felt Wreath | Happy as Larry



Traditional Christmas colours always look festive, go for red, green a gold and lot’s of it.

Classic Christmas Garland | Flossy Flamingos
Classic Christmas Garland | Flossy Flamingos
Wreath cushion | Alfresco Emporium
Wreath cushion | Alfresco Emporium



You can achieve this elegant look quite simply, but you’ll need to use all your self control, because the palette is quite strict. You’ll need to stick with primarily white and metallics, but boy it’s worth it, this looks amazing!

Handmade ornaments | Springwood Porcelain
Handmade ornaments | Springwood Porcelain
Reindeer standing in white | Alfresco Emporium
Reindeer standing in white | Alfresco Emporium

You didn’t think I was going to forget about the #blueandwhiteforever gals did you?


Stockings | Villa de Luxe Boutique
Stockings | Villa de Luxe Boutique
Hand painted ornaments | Indigo Home
Hand painted ornaments | Indigo Home

What colours are you doing this christmas? I’d love to see, tag #mumlittleloveschristmas on Instagram!

Okey Dokey, I think I’d better get started then! If you need me I’ll be drowning in tinsel and glitter …

Hayley x