Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ikea emojis

Ever since I embraced the benefits of a smart phone a few years ago, I've been a fan of emojis. Who wants to type the word coffee when you can simply send an icon? You can use the faces to convey all kinds of emotional states, send whether reports, the balloon is always popular on birthdays and as I have a 18 month-old the smiling poo is also a favourite.

So when I heard IKEA had recently launched their own series of emojis I was quite excited. As a devotee from way back, I've got lots of IKEA furniture including the much loved Poang below and a trip to my nearest IKEA (an hour and half away) has always been a highly anticipated expedition, which always includes an obligatory coffee and cinnamon bun and a take home pack of Swedish Meatballs.

The inspiration behind the IKEA emoticons is to apparently reduce misunderstandings between men and women in the home and help communicate your desires and hints. As there are several domestic related emojis such as a broom, bin, tools, vacuum cleaner and toilet - it seems the idea is to suggest what jobs may need attending to in particular areas of the house. According to Ikea, " It's simply impossible to feel offended if you tell some one to clean up if you say it with IKEA Emoticons." And with emojis of several iconic IKEA products, including the meatballs, it's never been easier to text your shopping list through to friends.

To download the app for your iPhone head here and for Android head here.  Enjoy 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


It must be nearing the end of summer, as the autumn edition of Queensland Homes hit the shelves today. Here's a peak at few stories I wrote in the current edition - a beautiful coastal home by Sunshine Coast design group Aboda, and my friend Leanne's Scandi inspired black summer house. Pick up a copy of the magazine for plenty more home inspiration.

This home at Castaways Beach has the most amazing views, as you can see. The outlook from the kitchen is incredible - the coastline stretches as far as the eye can see.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

outdoor living.

It's been a little quiet around here, but now I'm back with a newly renovated blog, which has been a long time coming - a little more on that later. With just a few weeks to savour the last of summer I thought I'd first share some great pieces of outdoor furniture I spied at Freedom.

I was overwhelmed with excitement when I pulled up at my local store and spotted these little gems. Obviously inspired by saucer chairs from the 60s/70s, these Olly occasional outdoor chairs are a modern classic. I searched obsessively a few years back trying to find original saucer chairs on eBay, without any luck. It seemed the only saucer chairs in existence for sale were in Adelaide and sadly pick up only, which is a bit of a drive when you're in Queensland. Yet these to me are a perfect alternative and rust free.

I love a good outdoor pot plant too. To checkout the entire outdoor range at Freedom, head here. But hurry, summer's almost over.