Thursday, 30 September 2010


Here's another little part of my home - it's a bit messy! I have a bit of a frame fetish as you can see (some thrift ones, I have painted turquoise which I love) and am just in the process of moving everything around - something I do quite frequently as I get restless with what I see when I'm at home.

~I really should have better things to think about shouldn't I?~

The cane table you see I bought on ebay for $20 not long ago and I love it the way it is but have been wondering whether I should paint it black, white or even turquoise or yellow (two bright colours which seem quite popular choices for cane at the moment). What do you think?

All our papers and magazines have found a new home on the underneath rack which is helping with our lack of storage in our little abode - it doesn't help of course that I buy so many outrageously beautiful bargains!

Anyway, I feel like I've just rambled a stream of consciousness which makes the title of this post apt!

Thanks for listening and have a great day! :)


p.s. I owe quite a number of you visits - sorry, I just don't know where the time goes!

p.p.s. I have done two posts today, if you're in town next month don't forget to check out the Better Homes and Gardens LIVE event and email me for FREE tickets!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Mixing it Up

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Oh it's another mixing it up post! Love finding inspiration such as this!


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Thrifty Tuesday

Firstly, thank you so much for all your lovely comments yesterday. You're all so lovely! :-)

We had a beautiful evening and Mr Cornflake took me to an amazing Indian restaurant on the wharf at Woolloomooloo (yes I know how many o's!). They're actually doing a Masterchef evening there tonight and tomorrow for anyone interested (all meat though so not so good for us vegetarians!)?
Today my thrift is this cute little handmade brown vase ($1.50) and rose wrought iron candle stick holder ($5) of which I have two. So pretty. The beautiful hand you see is my other half's and from Vietnam and I think all three go very nicely together don't you think?

Next week I was thinking about opening Thrifty Tuesday up to all of you - so if you have some great thrifty finds let me know and I'll add a link to your blog and we can all play along together, what do you think? Let me know if you're game or not, I'll send reminders throughout the week. :-)

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!

Monday, 27 September 2010


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It's our anniversary today! A very happy 3 years together with my best friend and many more to come. :-)


Friday, 24 September 2010

Vintage Roses

Loving these very pretty rooms styled by UK stylist Marie Nichols which were featured recently in Aussie magazine, Notebook (one of my favs!). Seems to be a bit of a vintage rose theme going on here!
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Loving the empty lampshade in the first picture and the various sheets of wallpapers plastered to the wall.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Pretty Spring Inspiration

Ahh what is a home without fresh flowers?

Some blooming beautiful pictures for you this morning from online Aussie magazine Home Life which some of you will recognise from this month's Country Style magazine. If you haven't already seen, enjoy!


Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Thrifty Tuesday

Oh I'm afraid the camera's focus got distracted from the main event but here are my 'new' turquoise bobbly glass cups! They were a dollar each, aren't they cute? Sorry the picture quality is so poor!

I don't know that I'll use them for anything other than ornamental purposes or for putting the odd flower in. :-)

Oh, I should add that, that white vase in the corner is also thrift (most of my things are as you're probably gathering!!) and is actually a 50s style dessert bowl/glass.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my home yesterday it means the world!! Wishing you a joyous day my friends!


Monday, 20 September 2010

At my home

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week! Today I'm playing along with Buttons by Lou Lou with her weekly 'at my home' post so I thought I'd show you a bit of my interior styling at my home...Notice lately how obsessed I've been with walls and decorating them? Well here's one wall I've decorated with framed polka dot fabric hoops.

So simple to do and so affordable and the beauty (as I'm sure you can see) is you can keep reusing them and mixing and matching different fabrics! I'd love to do some floral ones but I don't think that would go down too well with Mr Cornflake and fair enough! I have quite a few touches of my favourite colour, turquoise around the place and overall the mix of aqua blues help give our place a beachy feel while still being modern, young and fresh.
I've combined a bit of thrift too today ahead of Thrifty Tuesday so here is my fabulous (yet again another blue and white) vase which I found at the local charity shop for $10. Well you can get a bit of a feel for the size of our flat as this isn't our dining room, it's our dining cum living room cum hall cum dumping ground! A c'est la vie, the house will come one day I hope!!

Have a lovely day everyone!! xx

Sunday, 19 September 2010


The random number generator isn't working properly or I don't know how to do it, but no. 11 came up when I did it which is Claudia so I'm leaving it. Hope someone can advise me for next time! :-)

Friday, 17 September 2010

No time

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Oh so sorry, so busy this week. I haven't got time to draw the winner this morning (I would usually cut up pieces of paper and put them in a bowl etc and get Mr C to pick one out) so have extended my giveaway until Sunday 19th September 2010 at 9am AEST. Hope that's okay!
Catch up with all of you soon!!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

All in a day's work...

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Hello again, I’m back! Sorry for the lack of posts lately I seem to be in the middle of another busy week with work flying here, there and everywhere!

While work is on the brain aren't these very pretty work spaces? If only they were mine to use every day instead and my work was creative! ;-)

Trust you're all having a great week?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Lampshade frames

I know we all covet beautiful lampshades with stunning fabrics, designs, detailing and accessories but don't empty fabric-less lampshades look great too? {Image 1}

I love this look and it's one (amongst others which I'll show you soon) that I've chanelled in my own home. What do you think?

I bought this shade complete with shabby chic rose fabric for a couple of dollars at a flea market a year ago but it had quite a yellow tinge and wasn't so much chic as, dare I say, granny-ish! I loved the shape but didn't know what to do with it except remove the fabric and paint the frame black.

Now it's a real statement piece on my shelves. A modern look using a classic frame. Perhaps when I have my own place and hanging lights, rather than flat up against the ceiling lights, I will hang it as part of a homemade chandelier. Now if only I could get my hands on some more!


Friday, 10 September 2010

A favourite in my home

Today I'm playing along with Friday Pretties at I Love Pretty Little Things so thought I'd share a favourite little piece in my home - my chandelier wreath.

Again, in lieu of a real chandelier due to inappropriate light fittings in my little rented abode, I have (refused to go without;-)) added another little bit of sparkle with this crystal drop wreath which I bought last Christmas. Yup, apparently this is Christmas stock and a Christmas wreath but then again I am living in Australia (you tend to get a lighter, beachier feel) and I am living in Sydney (if you know Sydney at all then you'll know what I mean!)

Anyway it was love at first sight and this savvy shopper bought it in the sale (of course). I don't know about you but I think it's an all year round wreath/decoration/pretty thing. It hangs just as you see it at the side of my bookcase but I had to stand on a chair to get this angle!

Can you spot in the blurry background my recent thrift buys on my bookcase? Also a certain initial from a certain Typo which I mentioned last week?

Have a great weekend everyone! :-)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Mixing it up

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Oh yes, it's another mixing it up post! :-) I don't know that I would have been able to come up with this but it seems to work. What do you think?


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Wednesday's wish list ♥

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Oh did I say this is my dream house? And everything in it is on my wish list! ;-) The rocking horse (I used to have one when I was little...not sure where it's gone...hmm), the chandelier, the spiral staircase, the shabby furniture...

It's really sunny this morning and more than ever I'm falling into fantasy mode (actually it doesn't take much, lol).

Have a lovely day xx

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Thrifty Tuesday

My cute teapot and cups were altogether $8 from my local you know what. Can't say better than that! I love the pattern and the fact they're blue and white (I seem to have a lot of blue and white right now).(the green vase, which I've mentioned before was also $3).

To get your hands on your own bit of Cornflake thrift, don't forget to see my giveaway! :-)
Have a lovely Tuesday!


Monday, 6 September 2010

A Cornflake Giveaway

Hi everyone, I thought I'd kick the week off with a giveaway! This is an exclusive Cornflake giveaway so that I can share a bit of the amazing thrift I find each week. So if you'd like to be in the running to win this porcelain (reproduction from Past Times) ornamental egg box - perfect for storing jewellery in and in perfect condition then all you have to do is:

* Be a follower of Cornflake and leave a comment

For additional entries:

* Post about this giveaway to leave 2 more comments

This giveaway is open to EVERYONE. I'll announce the winner on Sunday 19th September 2010 at 9.00 am AEST so you have until then!!
Good luck!


Sunday, 5 September 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all those in Australia! I hope you're having a wonderful time today with your Daddys and Grand Daddys, spoiling them like crazy. Mine is in England right now, enjoying a cup of English Breakfast tea of course...(um, even though it's Saturday night there at the moment!) Here's a picture of mine (in a favourite position of his - sleeping!), chilling out by the coast in Devon. No, that's not his handbag, lol! That's my Mum's - she took the photo! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and if you're living in Sydney you aren't being blown away by the wind! xx

Friday, 3 September 2010

The writing's on the wall

I've recently started taking to letters displayed on walls or shelves. I think they look really effective, modern and classic at the same time.

I like the fact you can have a secret message contained within them for instance an 'A' would stand for my name (which is an obvious one!) or it could be an initial of a city you love or where you met your Love!

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The great thing about this look is that it's very affordable and you can buy letters from your local craft store and paint them yourself - allowing you endless design possibilities.

A local alternative (in Australia) however if you're simply after white or black letters is Typo. They're very reasonably priced at $4.95 each (they're large in size) or 3 for $10 - and the offers keep increasing the more you buy.

Have a really lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Lovely light

Can you believe it’s raining in Sydney today?!! That might make some of you wishing you had Spring again feel a bit better :-) Thanks for all your lovely Spring wishes!

Here are some lovely light filled spaces capturing my heart today.
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In latest blog news I've just recently won four tickets to the Better Homes and Gardens show in Sydney courtesy of Nellie at McCarthy Designs. Yay! Thanks Nellie!

If you haven’t already go check out her lovely blog and for local readers - she’s hosting a giveaway everyday this week for tickets to the show so get commenting!!


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

First day of Spring

Spring is here at last hurrah!! So happy to be finally heading towards warmer weather - which actually here in Sydney we have already been starting to get :-){Image 1}

Happy first day of Spring/Autumn depending on where you're living!