Here is simplicity at it’s finest. On Friday night I found this brilliantly up cycled crate-turned-planter box for a small tree and a recycled stool, positioned in a perfectly sized little space between front door and window. Raw wood and … Continue reading →
How can you inject some springtime colour to your outdoor space? Here’s a tiny place I happened upon in Capri, proving just how much life can be packed into one little porch. The tiles, flowers, and even the name plate are all fantastic excuses for a festival of colours!
This has been my weekend inspiration for potting up some beautiful flowers in coloured pots for my own little space. Enjoy!
It’s the weekend, and the weather in Melbourne is gorgeous! I am super inspired to come out of hiding and start entertaining again.
So what to do if you don’t have a big backyard for a barbecue? You can still make your small outdoor (or indoor) space completely stylish! My fabulous friend recently invited a group of us for a simple and glamourous Sunday brunch in her small courtyard. Apart from being a brilliant cook, she made the day special using these touches:
Small touches count – my friend had grown her own rosemary, and as well as using it in her cooking, she made little displays in small glasses. It didn’t take up too much space on the table, but having real herbs with beautiful fragrances really made it feel like spring.
Fresh food can be the best ornament of all – it may sound boringly functional, but where space is tight, using your meal as a centrepiece can actually be very exciting! Think beautiful fresh fruits, lime in glasses, and great, colourful salads
Keep it simple – you don’t need to overcrowd with big floral arrangements that people can’t see over! Keep the hero of the day as the food you serve and the fabulouscompany you keep!
Some people say London is a bit grey. But I think Londoners just get it. They put colour wherever they can and they live a BIG life in little spaces. I recently stayed with a lovely friend in her place in Notting Hill above a pizza shop. I entered through a tiny little door and up a teeny stairwell and found my way up to a gorgeous BIG loftspace, beautifully decked out with couches, flowers in vases, and bookshelves with favourite books and collectibles. Who would have thought I’d have found something so beautiful in such an obscure location?
Above are some of the flowers I found outside a London apartment window. See the pictures for more colour inspiration in the form of flowers and bunting in and around London, which could be used inside or outside. Also check out my previous post on bringing outside, inside!
In Bali, life is surrounded by water and it definitely seems more serene. The sound of water always reminds me of life, whether it’s the waves crashing at my favourite beach, a beautiful waterfall, or a pretty little winter creek. Here in Australia we are lucky to be surrounded by water, however living in the city means it’s not always immediately accessible.
I was inspired by this water feature I found in a tiny Balinese garden, and now that the nights are getting longer I want to enjoy being on my balcony as often as possible. So here’s my view tonight of my own little water feature, and I’m feeling very calm indeed and ready for a brand new week! Happy Sunday!
Last year, I bought myself some rather sad looking twigs…
Now look how they’ve rewarded me this spring! They have blossomed into a beautiful cherry, pear and lime tree! These self-watering pots from Bunnings are a lifesaver for busy people with limited time. The pots retain water in the bottom and the plants can soak it up when they get thirsty. So you always know how much water your trees need to grow up BIG and beautiful.
It’s springtime and Melbourne is remembering how to turn on some beautiful sunny days – mixed in with the inevitable wind and rain to create “four seasons in one day”. It’s the perfect time for planting some herbs! Here are my babies upon purchase 12 months ago…
…And as they are today, in a new “Farmers Market” garden from my local nursery. Top tips:
Plants need water. Keep watering small pots regularly. Even if it’s rained recently, they will dry out quickly on those sunny days
But not too much. Your pots need to have drainage – you don’t want wet feet everyday, neither do your herbs! Let excess water run out (some holes drilled into my Farmers Market fixed this problem for me)
Sun is your friend. And as long as they are well watered, these little babies have thrived even on a west-facing balcony
Little plants still need space. After a year in tiny pots, my herbs were almost all roots and no soil. Gently and with lots of love pull out your plants, take off some of the excess roots, and you can repot back into the same pot with some new soil.
Feed your plants! Good old fashioned Blood and Bone is my choice. Remember when it comes to edible plants, whatever you plant them in is feeding your food, so organic is best.
Enjoy. The smell that comes from your little herb garden each time you water is amazing. You can feel extra proud of the BIG taste when you use your herbs, food tastes better when the ingredients were grown with love!
It may not be a white picket fence and a big backyard, but when living small, do create outdoor space! Whether it’s a courtyard with trees, balcony with room for a stool and your favourite flowers, or simply a windowsill … Continue reading →