Inspired by her

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Last week Helaina’s room was featured on Apartment Therapy as well as Her Canberra. In fact Her Canberra did a full article on it when normally this much real estate is only reserved for entire house tours. And of course you already know that it featured on Interiors Addict last month.

If I am to be honest I’m a bit bewildered at the response I’ve been getting. When I first finished the room I was pretty happy with it but I thought maybe it was because it had been decorated according to my taste. Then all who saw it seemed to love it. At this point I said to myself they’re my friends and family, they’re supposed to be supportive, they’re not going to tell me to my face if they don’t like it.

Then there was this room of the month competition that The Wall Sticker Company ran. I thought well why not enter, it can’t hurt and on that note I might as well send it to a few blogs I read. Don’t be afraid to ask but don’t get your hopes up right? I never thought I would win or actually get featured by anyone.  Come on I mean these blogs are really really popular with followers in the hundreds of thousands. Somebody suggested it’s like being on a Rockstar’s blog and they’re not wrong.

So where to from here?

Ways to add to your art collection

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This is a follow on from my previous post Creative ways to build an art collection on a budget. A bit of time has past since I wrote that last post and I have discovered some more creative ways to add to my collection.

In our home the collection ranges from gallery purchased pieces worth several thousand dollars to funky typography pieces I have created myself. One thing you will never find in our house is art from the chain stores like IKEA or Freedom. You might think I’m being snobbish but in this particular case I’m okey with that.

In this post I want to share with you the ways in which I continue to build my art collection without breaking the piggy bank. I’ve broken up the tips into two categories. (1) Art that maybe worth something one day, and (2) Just for the love of it.

OMG I won

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The Wall Sticker Company runs a room of the month competition for rooms that have been styled using their wall stickers or wallpaper.

Well guess what? I am the winner for March 2014. I’m a happy little Vegemite!

Thank you Wall Sticker Company.

Click here! to check out the rest of Helaina’s nursery.


Until next time…..

Dark Angel





Review: Amazonas Kangoo Hammock pros and cons

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It’s so hard when you are a first time parent to figure out what you need for your new born, especially around their safe sleeping. I know my head was spinning with all that was available out there claiming their product was the best thing since slice bread.

I was also frustrated to find that information labelled ‘reviews’ were nothing more than sponsored posts where the writers had never actually used the products themselves. So on Hammer and Heels you won’t find a review of something I haven’t used myself and I will always give you my honest opinion on the product.

Ok so let’s look at the Amazonas

My daughter Helaina had her day time sleeps in this hammock for about five months.

Review: Jolly Jumper pros and cons


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Ok so there is this great debate out there about whether you should put your child in a Jolly Jumper. I’m not going to put my two cent into this debate, I am here simply to share my experiences with the product. Let’s get down to the pros and cons.

Helaina’s nursery featured on Interiors Addict

IA feature Helainas nursery featured on Interiors Addict

I’m walking around with my head in the clouds today because my daughter Helaina’s nursery was featured on Interiors Addict.

IA in my humble opinion is the best interior design blog in the entire universe. I’ve been a subscriber since early 2012 and never miss a post so to be feature on it is an amazing feeling, one which I can not put into words.

Thank you so much Jen and Olivia for sharing my baby girl’s room on your blog.

Check out the article at Interiors Addict.

And here is the original post of my baby girl’s nursery tour.


Until next time…..

Dark Angel


How to add meaningful touches to a baby’s nursery

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In my previous post I gave you eight tips on how to create a stunning nursery. Tip number 8 was my favorite and it was about making the room more meaningful by adding personal touches. Personal touches don’t all equal DIY though there maybe some DIY involved. Let’s face it, you don’t want everything in this special room to be store bought. You want to sprinkle the room with meaningful elements.

In my last post I shared these three ways:

1. Incorporate something from yours or your partner’s childhood into the room.

2. Create art for the room. Not so good with a paint brush, no worries, how about creating typography art on your computer? It could be a famous quote or your own words of wisdom for your little one. Or if you have older kids perhaps you could get big brother or sister to make a special drawing for bubba. Just restrict the crayons according to the room color pallet. Or Click Here! to learn to create your own abstract painting. They saying no drawing or painting experience required.
3. Go for something personalized. Baby’s name can be printed onto quilts, pillow cases, cushions or soft toys. Alternatively you can get a custom made fabric doll especially for your little one.

Here are seven more:

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