Liv Loves

Can you believe January is almost over? Soon it will be Valentines day and then we’ll be moving into Autumn – time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Anyways, before you head out for a weekend of rest and relaxation, here are five things I’ve been loving and inspired by this week – to give you a little extra Saturday and Sunday inspiration… 

Sunday baking inspiration:

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Martha Stewart

Minimal Rustic design:

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La Suite sans Cravate

This bedroom styling:

bedroom styling

Domaine

This gorgeous hand painted globe:

hand painted globe

Anthropologie

Drool worthy outdoor living spaces (especially with firepits):

outdoor living space

Luxe Worthy

 

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Desert Hues

Today we’re taking a look at Desert Hues, and to be honest when I first thought of this topic I didn’t quite know what to expect. But the more I thought about it and what colours are found in the desert, the more inspired I became. From the Australian red sands to the dunes of Dubai or plains of California, I thought these colours could have a lot of potential. I looked at some individual pictures of deserts and found each had its own colour scheme that could translate really beautifully into interior schemes. From soft sandy pinks right through to melting sunsets hues or sage greens found in cacti, take a look at the below images for how the desert can inspire some truly beautiful colour schemes – proving that nature really does have a way of putting together the best colour palettes…

1. A Californian Desert duo

Californian Desert Inspiration

Lauren Conrad

2. Egyptian plains

Egyptian desert inspiration

HGTV

3. The Iconic Australia red sands

Australian Desert Inspiration

An Indian Summer

4. Dubai Dunes

Dubai Dunes Inspiration

The Everygirl

5. A Middle-Eastern melting sunset

Desert Sunset Inspiration

Hyper Julia

 

An oasis in Noosa

Do you ever find yourself perusing real estate websites, imagining how the other half live? Working my weekday 9 – 5 for a conveyancing firm, I often find myself checking out various sites, dreaming about a future home. So I thought, why not share my findings and showcase some images of some gorgeous Australian homes. It’s great to take inspiration from designer homes – filled with the latest and greatest – but sometimes it is the real homes that capture my heart and inspire me the most. Starting off with this oasis in Noosa, each month I’ll share my home of the month and why I think this home deserves such an honour!

It’s not always about the furniture and fittings – sure these things definitely add to a home’s style, but the most important factor is having great bones. This house definitely ticks that box (and is also styled beautifully too), large windows providing oodles of natural light, high ceilings, well manicured gardens and a beautiful setting give this home an amazing feel that is bright and welcoming. I love how there is so much outdoor space to be enjoyed, but it also seamlessly joins to the indoor living area creating an extra large space for entertaining.

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For more images of this grouse home –  click here

 

Design Challenge Reveal – Flower Arranging

From YouTube to Martha Stewart, Country Living and countless Pinterest boards, it’s been a fun month learning many tricks for arranging fresh blooms. Not surprisingly, the best tips I learnt were from YouTube where I could follow along with tutorials. I found this YouTube account to be the best for actual flower arranging tips, but for getting the most out of my pretty stems I found some great and unusual tips from a variety of sites. Of all the tips I discovered, here are my top five:

1. Take your flowers home as quickly as possible and place them in cold water straight away.

2. Cut stems at an angle to give a larger surface area for water to penetrate into the stem.

3. Use clippers or a knife rather than scissors. Scissors can crack some stems (like Gerberas or Tulips) which will stop them from being able to absorb the water.

4. Remove as many leaves from the stems as possible, just keeping those at the top of the stem that will be seen above the vase. Leaves typically drink the water before the flower gets a chance, so if all the water is going to the leaves your flowers won’t last as long!

5, Use that flower food that comes with your bunch of flowers and if you can, get a couple of extra sachets for when you replace the water (every couple of days). It can also work wonders to add a drop or two (no more than 1/4 tsp) of bleach to the water to kill off any bad bacteria.

On to the arranging…. To keep things fresh, I decided to wait until today to do my flower arranging. Picking up the flowers I decided to go with a monochrome colour scheme and ended up with a variety of soft coral flowers and a mix of some greenery too – something I never would have previously thought to buy. The rest is, as they say, history – but here’s a few pics of all the fun I had.

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Liv Loves

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week, mine was quite busy so I’m especially excited that Friday has arrived. I’m looking forward to a long relaxing weekend up the coast (hopefully traffic isn’t too crazy driving up). But before I unplug for the weekend, here are five thing’s that I’ve been loving and inspired by this week.

Working hard towards our next visit here – Santa Monica at Sunset

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Bryan Sides

This stunning bathroom – Those floorboards!

bathroom

Elements of Style

Carnation Cones – Isn’t this just the  prettiest colour palette?

Carnation Cones

Fifties Wedding

Playful Patterns – and a pop of pink…

Playful patterns...

Domaine

And of course our beautiful country – Happy Australia Day peeps!

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral beach