Natalie

CELEBRATIONS
Mother's Day cards you want to give... and receive
April 29, 2010
When I have time, I do enjoy making greeting cards. There’s something really gratifying about it. But, of course, I don’t always have time. So if I ever buy a card I always try to pick one that reflects something of the person I’m choosing for, and it has to be beautiful. Increasingly I also ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Doll's house to love
April 22, 2010
I recently created and styled 3 nursery rooms for real living magazine and I searched high and low for an affordable doll’s house that could be customised with wallpaper offcuts and bunting that I made. But do you think I could find one! I’d been inspired by this amazing one from Jacqui Lewis that she ...
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BOOKS
Lego Love
April 16, 2010
We have a bit of a joke in my house that my husband enjoys playing with the Lego more than our child. He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful creations – from spinning tops to cars and temples. So we both had a good laugh when I found this cool book on Lego – ...
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BABY
Seasonal choices
March 13, 2010
It's amazing how much of an impact the time of year your baby is born has on sartorial choices. My son was born in June -- which is winter-time in Australia. So woolen hats outnumbered any other gift (other than socks, for some strange reason). But I was talking to a friend recently who had a ...
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BABY
Finally -- affordable maternity jeans
March 8, 2010
If you live anywhere but Australia you might be thinking, "what is she talking about?!"  But maternity clothes are SO expensive in Australia. I didn't buy any maternity jeans while pregnant because I couldn't justify forking out $200-plus. So I walked around in my regular hipster jeans with the top button undone, and I wore a long ...
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SYDNEY
Cool things to do in Sydney... with kids!
March 2, 2010
It was lovely to meet Courtney recently as she began her big adventure along Australia's east coast. It's funny the feelings it stirred in me. I really wanted her to have a good time in Sydney. And I wanted her to love my neighbourhood of Bondi as much as I do. So I sent her off ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
House swapping
February 24, 2010
Over the summer break I spent a bit of time decorating my home. (No, the pic above is not of my place -- but somewhere I might now be able to stay.) One of the reasons was that I wanted to take some photos so I could list it on a house swap website. We ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Scootering with style
February 16, 2010
It takes something special for me to want to buy it in the way of kids' toys. Don't get me wrong. Little C doesn't live a deprived existence -- it's more a matter that he plays with the washing basket and items in the utensil drawer more than his actual toys. However, at Christmas he ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Love Poems
February 8, 2010
I have to confess that I don't usually do anything on Valentine's Day. Many Australians cynically call it "Hallmark Day" -- it's pretty much seen as a commercial exercise. However, I am a romantic. So I thought I'd share a story about one of the best "gifts" I ever received... One day I was sitting in ...
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KIDS
Babes in the shade
January 4, 2010
A big issue for parents in Australia is protecting your child from fierce UV rays, especially in summer when the sun burns skin all-too-quickly. Many children (and adults) wear "rashies" at the beach. These tops provide high UV protection and saves you having to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. The only problem is that they don't ...
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KIDS ROOMS
An odd obsession
December 7, 2009
I'm obsessed with bunk beds. There. I've said it. I don't know why. It's a strange obsession to have, especially as I only have one child. I think it's because I live in an apartment and if I was to have more than one child then they'd probably have to have bunks. Perhaps it's also ...
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KIDS
Stripes save the day
November 12, 2009
It may have taken me a few months to twig on, but I have learned a valuable lesson. Stripes hide a multitude of sins. I'm a busy working mum and I don't have time to change my baby boy a hundred times a day (he is a very, very, very messy eater). And he's still ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Babyccino Birthday -- Cheap and cheery decorations
November 3, 2009
I love a bargain. I always have. And so I was excited to discover the website (thanks to one of the stylists at work) Chinatown. It’s an online website that sells all things Chinese – such as lanterns, parasols and decorative boxes – for a great price. Plus, they deliver so you can shop during ...
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KIDS
A new favourite
November 1, 2009
I never thought finding cool boys’ clothes would be so tricky. When you don’t have an unlimited budget, that is. So I’m super excited to have just discovered Tiny Mammoth by Melbourne designer Beci Orpin. While she has girls’ clothes in the range, you can tell that she’s a mum to two boys because she ...
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KIDS
Are these shoes made for walking?
October 22, 2009
I'm curious to hear your thoughts. A couple of months ago I bought my son a pair of Converse sneakers. My mum rolled her eyes and told me that the soles were too flat and not good for his feet. But they look so good! She tried to buy him a pair of Clarks sandals ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Stylish boys' rooms
October 16, 2009
I’m like hawk-eye now when it comes to boys’ rooms. Since I had a little boy, I’m always on the lookout for spaces that are sophisticated but with a masculine edge – and yet still playful. Perhaps it’s a big ask, but I’m slowly getting a good clippings file. While this room, showcasing a new ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
Inspirational Ideas
October 6, 2009
Yes, simple ideas are often the best and two of the places I go for them are the blogs of illustrator, interior designer and all-round creative Antonia Pesenti and Brooke Reynolds from Inchmark Journal. Antonia once did a post on painting with water on concrete, and often I think of it because it’s simple, easy ...
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BABY
Multitasking homewares
September 28, 2009
The time has finally come to stop washing Little C in the bathroom sink. He’s 15 months old now (how did that happen?!) and we almost have to oil him to get him out of the teeny tiny basin. In our new apartment we don’t have a bath, and I don’t really want to buy ...
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KIDS
Sleep tight
September 18, 2009
Kideko is one Australian children’s brand that just gets it right. The super stylish owner Shelley Mason has extended her range of bedlinen to include pyjamas in the distinctive retro-inspired print she has made her own. The pjs are made with cotton jersey, which means they’ve got enough stretch for those of us who have ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
One for the must-do list
September 7, 2009
I've still got the travel bug. I'm off to Africa to write a travel article. And while I'm not taking my family, I can't wait to do so one day. You see, during my research I came across a photo from Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and I thought, "wouldn't this be the most amazing place ...
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STATIONERY
Cool cards
September 4, 2009
Father's Day here in Australia is this Sunday! Buying cards for men is so much harder than it needs to be, don’t you think! Whenever I go looking usually all I can find are ones adorned with vintage sports cars or men playing golf. But what happens when your partner isn’t into either of these? ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Travel bug
August 26, 2009
I had a big “ah-ha” moment when I realised just how important travelling was for me. It’s quite common for Australians to do a big trip to Europe when they’re in their twenties. Many live there, as I did for a couple of years. But once those people return to Australia rarely do they venture ...
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BABY
Warning: totally addictive
August 15, 2009
The art department at work is pregnant. When I say that, I’m talking about the deputy art director Renae, who is pregnant, and the art director, whose wife is pregnant. We all sit next to each other so there’s been lots of baby talk recently. One topic that got us distracted for, well, far too ...
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BOOKS
I heart books
July 30, 2009
One lesson I learned after Little C's recent first birthday is that from now on I'm going to ask relatives to either donate money into his bank account (which is an easy solution for those who live interstate and overseas) or for them to buy him books. And after visiting the recent Magnolia Square market ...
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