Beautiful Beach Visit

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Ray, Benji and I went to Tallebudgera Creek today. It is so beautiful and relaxing watching the calm, crystal blue water gently lap onto the white sand. The creek is shadowed by a hill, where you can walk along the track underneath a canopy of trees. This is the second time we have taken our kitten to the beach- the first time he was very scared, but today he was surprisingly calm! As we live in an apartment, he doesn’t spend much time outside so I love taking him to the beach where he can inhale fresh salty air, see so many different things, and get some sun. Here are some photos taken by Ray (see his blog here). Hope you enjoy!
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Anything is Possible

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So today, a friend mentioned a girl whose blog she is following. Her name is Nirrimi Joy Firebrace, she is 21, and she has taken some of the most amazing photographs that I have ever seen. The photographs that she posts on her blog are accompanied by long passages of text, describing her life- she had a child at a young age, traveled the world as a photographer, and has experienced some amazing things. Her outlook on life reminded me that really anything is possible, as long as you believe you can do it. You don’t have to follow society’s norms, you can go against the grain- making you stick out a little- but ultimately be happier. I think it is better to focus on what your passion is- whatever it may be- than just try to fit in. After all, whose life are you living? See Nirrimi’s blog here! 

Honey Living Online Store Opening!

So I am proud to announce that the Honey Living online store is now open! The items that I will be selling will all be hand-made, and will be of simple, clean, and innovative design. I will be selling home ware, art, decorations, and accessories. They make great presents for others- especially with Christmas coming up- and for yourself. Check out the items that are listed here and add my store to your favourites to get updates of new soon-coming designs!

Framed Dream catcher Drawing- One of a kind design, hand-drawn, in a white wooden frame.

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DIY Perfect Pretty Pink Nails

I love my OPI nail polish! Here I am wearing OPI Sweet Heart (baby pink) and OPI Pink Yet Lavender (pink glitter). For a unique, modern look, paint your fourth nail a different colour. This would have also looked good with white polish, instead of glitter.

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I find that my OPI nail polish goes on really smoothly, has strong colour with only one coat of paint (see photo), and lasts for around a week!

DIY Pretty Bohemian-inspired Party

I just got back from a really nice bohemian-themed birthday get-together. It was supposed to be held in the garden, but rain drove us inside. While the rain gave the grass a good watering, it did not dampen our spirits- we set up the gazebo in the lounge room instead!

IMG_5631For a bohemian look, wear a colourful flowing dress/skirt, a headpiece (it can be a chain- see above photo-or a flower headpiece), and simple jewellery (rings, bangles, long necklaces, gemstones etc).

IMG_5633I love these rings! Combining numerous thin gold rings together is such a nice look.  I also thought having a few dainty string bracelets would add to the bohemian theme.

IMG_5764My favourite time of day! The sun makes everything and everyone glow.

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IMG_5810These three look so pretty. Their headpieces and jewellery completed the bohemian look.

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IMG_5846Love the contrast of colours in this shot- gold, turquoise, orange, and green. They are all so vibrant and complement each other so well.

IMG_5771Group shot! Note the head pieces, jewellery, flowing dresses/skirts, and vests create the bohemian vibe.

IMG_5682Just a few Kookaburras hanging out on the washing line. These birds are native to Australia and New Guinea, and have such an amazing call- it actually sounds like they are laughing!

IMG_5663Olives- my favourite!

IMG_5667A really good platter to have at a party- water crackers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and a few types of cheese. Mmm…

IMG_6142These are such amazing decorations! They are tissue paper pom poms hung on elastic. They look so pretty with fairy lights next to them- the light just shines through the edges accentuating the pom pom’s ruffled effect.

IMG_6144Beautiful crystal chandelier

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Most of these images were taken by Ray- if you like them visit his blog here!

DIY Interior Decoration Tips: Black & White Colour Scheme

Have you ever been told  not to have a black and white themed room for fear that it will look bland, empty, and cold? Well think again- this is a myth!

For a minimalistic and elegant room, with a warm, inviting, and fresh feeling, follow a few simple design tips

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1) Do not be afraid to add a little bit of colour to your black and white room.

2) Have decorations (cushions, throws etc) that are not block colours of black and white, but black and white patterns or lighter shades (beige, brown, cream, grey etc). A grey throw looks lovely against a white couch, or you can even add a splash of colour by draping a lovely lime green throw across your chair.

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4) Having a rug goes a long way in regards to the aesthetic quality of your room. Rugs act as the centre of the space, around which your furniture can surround. Add a rustic red moroccan-inspired rug, or a faux sheepskin rug, to complete your space. 

5) A plant in your room can also add just that bit of colour that a black and white room needs. The deep crisp green will give your room a fresh, bright appearance.

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6) A piece of furniture in a different colour can also add some warmth to a black and white room. Add a deep blue or soft grey armchair to bring some more colour into the room.

7) As my final tip– I have found that when designing your room, you have to come from the heart. It might seem random to add a blue chair and a red rug to a black and white room, but adding different colours, shapes, and textures to your room will prevent your room from looking boring and allow you to add your unique flair!

Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

Happy decorating!

Images from Euro Style Lighting

DIY Beautiful Outdoor Birthday Get-together!

Here are some pictures of a really great birthday gathering I went to today. It was such a lovely set-up! I hope you get some inspiration to create a breath-taking setting for an event, or just to relax in!

To create this look, you need: a gazebo, outdoor fairy lights (warm white), white net (the ones we used are actually mosquito nets), chandelier (optional), a rug, cushions, a small low table, basic decorations (i.e.vase of flowers, candles). Music also helps to set the mood!

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IMG_5387A gazebo draped with fairy lights and sheer billowing sheets creates such a magical feeling.

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We were surrounded by flickering candle light and the glittering reflections from the crystal chandelier as we came together for a night of good company, good food, and good conversation.

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IMG_5527Follow the lights for a night of magic and wonder…

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IMG_5487I just love this shot of the flowers with the fairy lights in the background- don’t you?

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The soothing, ethereal music from a Celtic harp dramatically added to the mystical, surreal vibe of the setting.

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While I took a few of these photos, most of them were taken by Ray. Check out his other photos and photography tips on his blog!

Hand-drawn Dream catcher

I thought I would share with you guys one of my most recent drawings. I love how the dream catcher is so simple, yet so detailed. Having pictures like this in your living space really contributes to a clean, calm atmosphere.

Having the dark pencil drawing- with just a touch of colour from the beads- on a plain white back drop really makes the image pop. I think the addition of a white wooden frame really puts the icing on the cake as well. Hand-drawn Dream catcher

These photographs were taken by my partner, Ray. You can check out more of his photos here!

DIY Simple & Lovely String Lantern/Chandelier

Here are some string lanterns that I made! I love the organic shapes of the lanterns- they are such cool, quirky, simple decorations that add a really fresh and clean vibe to any space!

Hang them in the corner of your living room above a lamp, in your bedroom, on your balcony, or basically anywhere to make your living space just a little bit cooler and more unique.

DIY simple string lantern/chandelier

You will need: PVA glue; tray for glue (optional); string; balloons; fishing wire; white spray paint

How to:
1) Blow up balloons to desired size.
2) Cut pieces of string (30-60cm*) and run them through the glue- the string should be completely covered with glue.
3) Wrap the string around the balloon- start vertically, then as you can go you can wrap it in different directions.
4) Hang the balloons to dry.
5) When dry (it took approx. half a day) take them down, lay them on some plastic or newspaper, and spray paint them white. Hang them back up and leave them for the rest of the day to dry.
6) Hang them up with fishing wire

Tips for creating:
1) I’m pretty sure most hardware glues- i.e wallpaper glue- will work fine.
2) To create a really round shape make sure you use ROUND balloons. I used normal balloons and they still worked out fine, just not as round.
3) Some instructions say to mix the glue with corn starch and water- I just used plain old glue and it was fine!
4) I didn’t use a tray for the glue, I just poured it on a sheet of plastic
5) I hung my balloons to dry on pieces of string from a clothes horse.
6) Mine really didn’t take more than 4 hours to be completed- I do, however, live in a hot country so this could have increased drying time.

Tips for displaying:
1) You can hang them all at different lengths- this adds a bit of depth and variation to your decoration.
2) Hang them above a lamp to create shadows of the lanterns on the wall.

*The bigger the balloon, the longer my pieces of strings were. Each balloon was wrapped with around 4 pieces.

Inspiration from Ruffled Blog.