isn’t this norwegian home gorgeous?! i have been to norway only once and absolutely loved every minute being there even though it was the middle of winter. there is something fresh yet cosy about how they style their homes. and all the girls are simply stunning … i felt like a dark horse among such white blondy blondes.

we had our bedroom painted white this weekend. it feels fresh, crisp, white. so now i’m going crazy on Pinterest with ideas on how to decorate. it is such fun !

hope you had a fabulous Easter break.


on the eve of Christmas eve …

… we started & completed our Christmas gift wrapping, drank tea, chatted, listened to Christmas music from the likes of sufjan stevens, john mayer, queen, billy idol (LOL), bon jovi & some randoms … yes ! the night was fun on many levels & now I feel ready for Christmas … we just need to hire a proper Christmas movie for tonight or tomorrow night. What movie(s) do you like watching on Christmas Eve or at Christmas time?

Here is what our house looks like when it (finally) gets dark…

christmas tree

Our beloved Christmas Tree. As you can see all the ornaments are soft or unbreakable this year & there are no gifts under the tree because they would be opened in a flash by our little joey !!

the beginning of the beginning

Starting to bring out all the gifts to wrap (note: our table was FULL by the time we started !).

my little joey

Joey opening the advent calendar box to find a chocolate ! Hoorah !

tea for a break

Our little tea area ready for when we need a break.

We hope you have a fabulous Christmas celebrating Jesus’ Birthday with your family & friends !


DIY heart photo collage.

here is a really easy DIY to fill some of that wall space that is just glaring at you day after day after day ….

i have never been one to frame photos & put them on the mantle piece to look pretty & collect dust. in fact I am the opposite ! when we first got married, one of the first things i did in our marital home was to take down all of mark’s framed photos !! there’s just something about framed photos that does not appeal to me … perhaps they are too clunky & take up precious room, perhaps it’s because the photos always seem so posed … or perhaps i’m just a little bit different?! (probably the latter!). but I do love photo’s ! that is one of the main things I love about blogging … the photos !

i am an absolute instaaddict. i love instagram photos because they are small, de cluttered & capture a moment in time at an instant without any fuss. so i had this great idea (again!) to use more of my instagram photos around our house. i found this great little company Printstagram who print your instagram photos & post them out to you. Easy ! And so was born the DIY heart collage …

Step 1: Find a Blank Wall in your Home.

Step 2: Select your best instagram photos & get Printstagram to print and send them to you.

Step 3: Arrange your photos in the shape you like (for me… always a heart !).

Step 4: Apply adhesive to the back of the photos.

I used double sided tape which I would only recommend if you are planning on painting your house in the future like us – otherwise it is not a good product for freshly painted walls. You could try painters tape or something similar.

Step 5: Place your photos on the wall.

How easy is all of that !

As you can see, I have a bit of space left in my heart on the left hand side. This was not done on purpose, however, I am really happy for the space because it allows me to add photos as our family grows.

The original idea came from this post … isn’t this place just divine?!

Happy DIYing !


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snap shots of our life …

… according to our iPhones …

** most of these photos are taken using Instagram … you can follow me at: emmyliddell

Guest Post: Place

Today I have another Guest Post ! This one is from my brother-in-love Andrew. I love this … It shows every bit of his personality, his intellect, his appreciation and love for family and his home which is a million miles away from here. It is perfect … Thanks Andrew !!

“Place matters. Each of us has a profound relationship to one place or another. We were all born somewhere and although we tend to disregard its significance, our home is an intricate part of us.

Let me introduce you to Wendell Berry. If someone is reading this aloud to you, close your eyes so you can picture him better (if you’re reading, please keep your eyes open). When we first encounter our hero, the setting is New York City, 1964. Wendell is a young writer and literature professor at NYU. To the dismay of colleagues and friends, he decides to leave New York in the dust (and apparently literary aspirations) to return to his native Kentucky family farm. Wendell’s choice to return picked up the conversation with his home place that produced him a healthier life and for us some fascinating articles and novels. He writes of the land considerately with knowledge and affection, like a lover. I recommend reading:

Articles: “A Poem of Difficult Hope”, “God and Country”, “The Pleasure of Eating”

Novels: That Distant Land, Jayber Crow

Everything else he’s written.

I recently made a trip to my hometown Marion, Indiana. My cousin Emily and I decided over breakfast to make a film. We had eight hours. We shot nine short pieces of family members telling autobiographical stories at the scene of the crime so to speak. The following are stories from my grandma Leone and my brother Peter.”


wall art.

i have been looking at bare walls ever since we moved into our new place – so it’s time to get some wall art. i have never actually ever purchased any wall art – it is usually either homemade or from my super talented brother-in-love. but now we have many many many walls to fill so i think it is time. i am not quite sure about a theme or what I am really looking for – perhaps just prints and art that are bright & make me smile. here are a few prints that i have been looking at over on etsy just to get me started ..

which one(s) do you like best?

what are your hints and tips for purchasing wall art?



*this post was inspired by A Beautiful Mess.


i have a new found obsession. gardening. yes ! you did hear me correctly … i am a budding horticulturist who just can’t get enough. it is incredibly satisfying seeing immediate progress. i have been weeding until the cows come home & it feels gooooood. i also love the anticipation … waiting for the first buds of a plant to come out – it is extra exciting because i have not seen our garden in full bloom yet. spring is so close & i am jumping out of my skin waiting to see the flowers in our garden. i have just discovered that our crawling rose has started to bloom. i feel like popping some champagne & eating prawns. yippee !

on the weekend we did heaps more gardening. it was crazy fun because we were in the front yard so all the neighbours’ kids came over. i just love it. they are the sweetest kids around & our joey & the baby love them all.

mum gave me a yellow rose from my sister’s garden to plant in ours. it has been potted for a few months and so it looks like it has died. but i still have hope. the baby & i decided to plant it the other day. it looks like she shares the same passion for gardening as her mama :) i have been watering the rose religiously since planted – it is in a good sunny spot.

Do you have any good advice for caring for a rose??


home improvement DIY.

i am learning a lot about my time living in apartments. apartment living is awesome fun & i miss it a lot. i miss the community, the knowledge that there is someone just next door. i miss how easy it is to heat or cool an apartment. i miss the location of apartment living … so convenient, & for us on our favourite beach in the whole wide world !

one thing that i have been reflecting on recently is that when i was living in apartments i never really had any ‘buy in’ for staying there long term. this meant my furniture was very haphazard & i essentially only acquired what i desperately needed & what fit the (teeny weeny) space. in our old complex we had a saying … “less than less is more”. every council clean up we would all basically put our entire apartment on the side of the road and then start rebuilding. thanks to ikea & op shops it was easy to have this flexibility to change our apartment as our needs changed every six months or so.

now that we are in a house, i am realising more and more how much i dislike our furniture & how desperate i am to put some hard yards in to make it look amazing. after all, we are going to be here for a looooooong time ! i want every item in our house to be an item that i absolutely love. this means it will be a long process, but i am sure the rewards will be great !!

in the meantime, i am going to make do with what we have. so, this brings me to my little DIY that i whipped up the other day. here is a total eyesore that just (& I mean JUST) fit into our little apartment …

isn’t it horrible? i really should paint it white, but at the moment i have a lot on my plate so i will just have to wait. a friend of mine suggested making a little curtain to hide some of the mess. so that’s exactly what i did ! here’s how it goes …

i chose the fabric.

i lay the fabric out to decide in what order i would like them.

i cut. i sewed & voila !

while this has been a vast improvement to our TV cabinet, i must admit i am not 100% in love. the floral material needs a bit of neon pink or neon yellow & perhaps the background colour should be white rather than black. nevertheless, it will absolutely do for now !

what little home improvements have you been up to lately?



i have been really sick these last two weeks :( i don’t get sick so it is a bit weird being sick. my husband has been amazing while i have been sick. he claims i don’t know how to be sick (i think it’s because i don’t get ‘man flu’). so he repeatedly brings me cups of hot tea, medicine, and sends me to bed early. bless him. the house is a shambles, there is washing to the ceiling and lots of food (rice in particular) under the baby’s high chair. i caved today and finally went to the doctor :( i am now on antibiotics :( i can’t remember the last time i took antibiotics and was stumped by the dr’s question if i would prefer amoxicillin or augmentin ???? i had no idea so went for the lower strength antibiotic.

anyhoo, mark gave me the weekend off and i pretty much spent it sleeping on the couch. but in my moments of consciousness, as i was looking around the lounge room, i decided it is in desperate need of some neon. neon neon neon. neon is happy. here are a few places from around the web that have made me happy …

onetwothreefour, five. wow ! get me some neon. xx 



op shop op shop op shop …

one thing that i am really enjoying at the moment is decorating our house. it is something that i did (to a very limited extent) in our unit, and now have a lot more freedom with loads more space. it is really interesting to see how my style has changed over the years. for example, when we first got married, i wanted every piece of furniture in dark wood. now, i am trying to change everything over to white ! it may be that i am more confident in who i am and therefore i am more certain of what i like and dislike rather than following trends. i also think it is a result of having more time now to think about such things – being a mum who is at home rather than a full-time worker. our home space is my office so i am in desperate need of it looking good & feeling good.

since we are living on a budget (like the rest of the world !) i have been skipping around to all the local op shops (thrift stores for you north american peeps). i have always loved op shopping so needing to fill a space is an excellent excuse for me to make a trip or two a week ! here are some finds from my most recent trips:

The Entrance Cabinet:

Guess who fits inside?

One of my best days this year (tupperware & prue acton no less !!):


i plan on re-covering the chairs in white vinyl (LOVE vinyl with kids … wipe on, wipe off & it’s clean !). one of the blankets i will keep, the other is a gift for a special lady in my life (who will it be?!). my entrance display cabinet makes me smile every single time i walk in the front door. i have had fun changing it around, and i can’t wait for more installations to come !

as i start to complete each room, i will keep you posted on how i’m going & what i’m doing. i am getting a few hints & tips from this blog (i’m thinking of perhaps doing her e-course as a reward for finishing this semester of study) as well as this friend … so i am confident that as our home evolves it will have our mark on it & look amazing too !