Posts Tagged ‘media’


So, in completely crazy town news, I was recently interviewed for a television segment about blogging!

It was my first time on screen (actually it was my first time in any kind of face-to-face interview) so I was super nervous. Thankfully the Today Tonight (local current affairs show) reporter and her film crew were really nice.

The interview went for quite a while but they only used a tiny snippet. Unfortunately I don’t feel it really captured what I wanted to say (which was that it’s a lot of hard work but it’s so rewarding connecting with readers). But of course they had their own angle – that we apparently make squillions of dollars, when in reality the vast majority (myself included) are simply covering costs or making a bit of pocket money.

That said, it was a nice positive piece and I’m happy with it overall.

I went a bit nuts tidying the house because I wasn’t sure what they were going to film. I picked up some fresh flowers from Lotus which came in handy (I actually took the above photo while the dude was filming me).

If you like, you can watch the segment here.


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Most organising nerds (myself included) will tell you to store like-with-like. That is, keep similar items together so you always know where to find things and you avoid accumulating duplicates.

This works well for many items, however there are times when it makes more sense to adopt the keep-it-where-you-use-it principle, even if this means spreading similar items out over multiple locations in your home.

cable storage basket 1

cable storage basket 2

Take cables, for example. We have a large covered basket on the entertainment unit where we keep the camera chargers, laptop/iPad chargers and AV cables for the television, because this is where we use all of these items.

cable storage box 1

cable storage box 1

On my desk there is a vintage pencil box in which we store cables that connect cameras and phones to the computer. It’s within arm’s reach of my chair so it’s a cinch to return them when I’m done downloading the photos.

Likewise, both The Man and I charge our phones by our bed so we each stash our chargers in the top drawer of our bedside table/dresser. If we had to collect our chargers from downstairs every night and return them again every night, it just wouldn’t happen.

It’s not just cables though. If you have your shoe storage in the closet because you think you ‘should’ even though you always leave them at the door, why not create a shoe rack in your entryway? If it’s a daily struggle to get the kids’ toys back into their rooms where they ‘belong’, how about adding a storage ottoman or a set of wicker baskets so you can tidy up in a fraction of the time?

Organising systems are only going to work if they are simple and suit your lifestyle.

What about you? Have you got something you never put away because it’s too hard? Or do you have an everyday item you keep somewhere unusual because it works for you?


Wedding Invite Love lookbook Fall 2011 1

I don’t even know why you need this because clearly you are going to call me if you need wedding invitations. Right? RIGHT?

If not [glare] you might like the latest resource from the fabulous Wedding Invite Love, the first of what will be a regular lookbook of stationers by area.

Wedding Invite Love lookbook Fall 2011 2

(Hey, that’s Akimbo on page 51!)

As well as the vendor directory, it has a couple of excellent articles, so head over and read it today.

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While The Man was constantly bemoaning our chunky old tube television, I was quite unfussed by it. However I admit that when we did upgrade, I was excited at the prospect of not having to decorate around a black box.

That is, until the new TV arrived and I realised that instead of a chunky and daggy but small black box, I now had to decorate around a flat but ernormous hole in the wall.

With that in mind, I thought I’d round up some ideas on how to disguise your TV… in plain sight.

Rearrange your room
Arrange your furniture and create another feature (like this gallery wall) so that the TV is not the focal point of the room.

Disguise TV
Apartment Therapy

Put it off-centre
Similarly, place the TV off-centre in a symmetrical arrangement and your eye will be drawn to the more aesthetically pleasing central feature, such as a fireplace or grand mirror.

living room (mid-century flair) modern living room

Bergen Street Residence contemporary living room

Recessing the TV in a bookcase will create other interest for your eye.

Disguise TVApartment Therapy 

by Summer Thornton traditional living room
Surround with frames
Incorporating the TV into a gallery wall, especially if you use black frames, is a really attractive way of blending it into its surrounds.

Disguise TV

Disguise TVBoth via Life. Kids. Pretty Things.

Paint the wall black
For a TV that fades into the background, paint the wall behind it black.

Presidio heights apartment eclectic living room

…or both
You might even like to combine the previous two ideas.

Disguise TV

Wallpaper behind it
Wallpaper will draw your eye to the walls instead of the hole in it. Patterns with black will help it blend in even more.

Disguise TV
Apartment Therapy

Disguise TVFolio via Desire to Inspire

Make it into an artwork itself
Let’s admit it: we all watch TV. So instead of trying to disguise it, you could make it into a feature that’s still sympathetic to the decor.

Disguise TVHouse Beautiful

Disguise TVReal Living

From looking at these examples, I can see a few common themes we can learn from.

  • Blend into a dark background
  • Surround with objects of a similar colour
  • Arrange the room so that the TV is not the focal point
  • Distract by placing another feature (eg. artwork or mirror) in a prominent position

I haven’t decided I want to do yet but it’s certainly given me plenty of ideas.

I’d love to know: how have you solved the black box dilemma in your home?

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MadeByGirl 8 Feb 2011

It’s not every day I open up Google Reader to check my daily must-reads and find a picture of my own bedroom! But that’s exactly what happened today when Jen of Made By Girl featured a tour of our home. Thanks so much, Jen, for sharing with your readers!

If you are one of those readers who followed the link over here, welcome! I hope you’ll stay and have a look around. To start off, you might like to see what our home looked like before, check out my projects page or take a peek at what I do when I’m not blogging. If you like what you see, you might like to subscribe so you don’t miss the action.


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A little while back, the folks at Houzz invited me to join their interiors inspiration site and share photos of our home. In case that wasn’t flattering enough, editor Becky asked me if I would like to do an interview along with a house tour. Would I?

  Head over there to check out the whole post and while you’re there, browse some of the inspiring Ideabooks on offer. Big thanks to Becky for the opportunity to introduce myself to the Houzz community and for being unfailingly sweet, even when she had to change all of my Australian-English spelling to American.

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