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The bathroom renovation file

Mark Tuckey

There may be light at the end of my bathroom renovation tunnel. The funds are gathered and a builder might just have been found. No firm plans drawn up but we have a builder! Is that putting the horse before the cart? And I have more inspiration pictures. Maybe that's why no firm plans.

Martin Gómez Arquitectos

Alec Hemer

Alex MacArthur

Nicole Franzen

All with a tradition vibe. Then I get the urge to break out with something more modern, with colour, with tile.

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We were sent an email from the folks at HomeZada and asked to try out their online solution to help manage the home. Man, could I use some home management help! I'm not a very organized person, and I don't spend alot of time in the planning stage of projects. So this site rocks for someone like me. It does all sorts of cool things to help make your life easier.  The main features are tracking and maintaining a home inventory (an account of your possessions and household fixed assets), tracking maintenance about your home and then alerts the homeowner when these maintenance activities need to get done, managing home improvement projects from wish list inception to tracking shopping purchases, to managing the overall project budget or managing multiple projects over time and finally tracking all the finances associated with your home. So it pretty much covers all bases. 

Here is what the main dashboard looks like:

(I like the snooze option - LOL)

This is a sample of the Finances dashboard:

I am a fan of graphs. I like visuals. Graphs are your friend. 

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Christmas gift ideas from Freedom

When I was asked to put together a Christmas gift guide by Freedom I wanted to do something a little different. Sure there are lots of great gifts in store for "him" and "her" and "me" but I wanted a challenge. I wanted to tackle the dreaded Work Secret Santa. I hate the Work Secret Santa. I always end up with out of date shortbread or a box of pens nicked from the stationery cupboard. Check out my suggestions from Freedom. All under $25 and starting as low as $6.95.

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My second collection is for the family member who has flown the nest this year. It's so exciting setting up a new home of your own but when you're just starting out all the money goes on the boring basics. Time for a little something extra, something to layer on the personality, something that's not secondhand from mum and dad.  And that something special doesn't have to be expensive just fabulous and fun. Thanks Freedom for the chance to put these guides together and family, if you want to know what to buy me... hint hint hint!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Freedom.



Affordable art from Arte Limited

It's the final piece of jewelry for a room. The last layer that brings a space to life. It's an expression of who we are and what we love. It's the art we put on our walls and one of the most common questions I get asked by friends and readers is "Where do I get affordable art for my walls?"

Arte Limited is an Italian gallery that sells exclusive art prints, photographs and contemporary art at an affordable price.

"All our art is created by the artists we represent. Our artists are credited and own the copyright to their own works. On behalf of our artists we sell their works printed in limited editions that we produce in-house."

So when Arte Limited approached us to review their prints Kim and I jumped at the chance. We loved what we saw on the website. So much so it was difficult to choose which works we wanted. Decisions made, the prints were sent swiftly and safely to our doors. It was love at first sight when I opened the mailing tube. You'll have to wait to see what we chose. Our art prints are at the framers. I'll just say that Kim went down the black and white illustration route and I fell for some super colourful photography. I'll be sure to pop up pictures when they are up on my walls. 

This post is in partnership with Arte Limited.


Christmas with Freedom

Anyone else out there with no Christmas mojo? I'm at a loss this year when it comes to how and what and why bother. Thank goodness for Freedom who have come up with the cutest little videos to help and inspire! Lisa Tilse, designer, crafter, and maker from the red thread has gift wrapping nailed with simple and stylish solutions. I'm already folding gift bags for presents I haven't even bought yet. Lisa you are so clever!

Stylist Eliza Ashe shows us how to set two simple but super Christmas tables after the jump. I'm loving the coastal theme, just perfect for an Aussie Christmas.

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