my home

Fancy pants liquor cabinet

So in the previous post, I mentioned that I was meant to be picking up a buffet but it didn’t fit in my car. Weeeeeell I finally found a bigger car.






It fits perfectly into the space under the stairs and I finally get to show off all the crockery and glassware I’ve found at op shops over the years. Greg also bought some wine racks (complete with wine) off Gumtree so we’ve kind of cultivated a little booze corner.

I’m giving us +1 adult points.

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Gumtree freebies

Surprise finds //

I’ve been on the lookout for something that I can use as a liquor cabinet. I like to believe that if I have somewhere classy to store my alcohol, I won’t drink it as fast. I’ll let you know how that plan goes.

Anyway, I saw an ad on Gumtree for a !!FREE!! buffet that would be perfect. When I found out it hadn’t yet been claimed, I knew I’d have to go that day to collect it or risk missing out.

Turns out the person who placed the ad was employed to prepare houses for sale (rad job!). Usually she’d be given the task of cleaning a few dust bunnies before moving on to painting and laying new carpets, but this house was from a deceased estate and the family had left a whole lot of furniture and stuff behind.

The lady let us rummage through the boxes and wow WOW WOW there was so much amazing stuff. All my retro dreams came true, especially with the flour and sugar canisters.

Check it out!

Rabbit sketch //

vintage and retro books

Retro cannisters //

Retro kitchen scales //


Tschotchkes //

Retro radio //

Does anyone know much about radios?

And FYI – the buffet never even fitted into my little car. But don’t worry, I’ll be back with a bigger car on the weekend because it is perfect!

diy · my home

Gold magazine rack

During the last vergeside collections, I found a wire magazine rack. The kind of ones that libraries use to keep their extensive Mills and Boon collection away from the other books or $2 stores use for toothbrushes or keychains or anything vessel for personally named products that make the worst gifts ever.

Anyway I had a grand idea that I could have it in my house to store my magazines or my Harry Potter books – I probably stole this idea from a blog but I’m going to claim this idea as my own.

Now the reason that this was on the side of road was because it was old, rusty and the white rubber that covered the wire had gone hard and cracked.

Basically a big mess

But it’s ok, right? I can handle this because I’m good at DIYing and all that fancy stuff. Yeah, no. Chipping away that plastic was the worst, most awful thing.

My mum came over for a nice, relaxing visit and ended up having to help me out

I put some newspaper down to collect the plastic crackles but they just went everywhere

So this literally took months to do. Every time I went outside, I’d try and chip off a little bit more. On sunny weekends, I’d sit there and chip away while my cat climbed trees and jumped the fence and generally acted like a cat.

A few weekends ago, the weather warmed up and there was a hint of Spring and I decided to reclaim my courtyard by finishing this project at last. Even though there were little bits of plastic in some corners, I decided it was just too much work and who really cares anyway?

I will now give you a chance to complain about them lazy Gen Ys:

Done? OK good. So I sanded off as much of the rust as I good, wiped it all down with a damp cloth and sprayed on some primer.

So after a couple of layers, it was time for the fun part.

Now when it comes to painting something, I like to ask myself, ‘how can I make this as tacky as possible?’ and 99% of the time, the answer is gold. Always gold.

Since I don’t know much about spray paint, I went with the advice of the people at Bunnings and bought the more expensive but much better brand. That’s the one on the left. Now I don’t know if I got a faulty can or what but as you’ve probably figured from the photo, it dripped all over my hands, the spraycan, the ground… basically anywhere but the rack I was trying to paint. It literally covered only about half the rack. So I went back, bought the cheapie brand and it did two layers and I still have a bit left in the can. Lesson of the day: buy the cheap stuff.

Oh and I should probably mention that spray paint goes everywhere, especially when you can’t be bothered with using enough newspaper to cover the ground and now my backyard is gold.

Anyway, I let it dry for a day and ta da! This is the result;

Pretty speccy, eh? Now I can feel like I have a library in my house AND I can show off my collection of angry feminist magazines.

my home

Vintage in the home

Greg and I are currently in the exciting and terrifying process of buying a house. Despite the fact that our loan hasn’t even been approved yet, I’m already browsing the Internet for home inspiration.

1. Wallpaper walls // Anthro

2. Drill holes in the wall to hang pictures // Purl Bee

A garden that I may or may not keep alive // garden rooms

An outdoor setting that I love (without fear of moving into a house that doesn’t have a backyard) // jill thomas

Unfortunately, the cost of a mortgage is going to eat in to a lot of our decorating money, but I think if I keep my eyes peeled, I’ll be able to fulfil a few of my wishes.

favourite things · my home

From the kitchen

As promised, here’s some photos of the best kitchenware I’ve found from op shops. I was really surprised how much I had, so sorry if I went a little overboard.

for cakes made with love
elephant teapot
to hold the heart shaped cake
Turkish styled glasses
my tea mug. hands off!
serving plate worthy of Tim Tams
bright yellow pot - perfect for pasta
wacky design pot - perfect for poached eggs
the first plate in my "amazing mismatched crockery" collection
teacups for the wedding
can't decide if I'm going to use this as a jug for iced tea or a vase for pretty flowers


If you’re moving out of home for the first time or you just have a kitchen that lacks, then get yourself to the nearest op shop! On top of all this, I’ve also picked up the boring kitchen stuff such as ladles, potato mashers, not-so-cute-mugs and so much all for a couple of bucks a piece.

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Vanity corner

I moved house around 6 months ago from a cheaply built home that was clearly intended to be a rental to a home that well, feels like a home. It’s built to be warm and cosy with enough powerpoints in the kitchen (my old home had all appliances placed precariously near the sink) and living areas that are livable.

One of my favourite features is an inbuilt vanity in our bedroom;

Peeking in; the only photo I managed to get without my reflection in the mirror


I use a corkboard to hang all of my necklaces but I’m running out of space so I think I’m going to add some of my jewellery to the Opshopped Etsy


I found this tray last week at the Vinnies on Scarborough Beach Rd. It was stamped JAJ and Made in England so with a little Googling, I found the same design at Delilah Vintage on a gravy boat and saucer. My tray is too big to be the saucer to a gravy boat (it’s around 40cm long) so I’m guessing there was one amazing JAJ dinner set out there in the Sixties. Either way, I’m using the tray for my perfumes and lipstick collection for now.


I try to keep my sunglasses organised; it doesn’t last.

1. Paola Loves To Shop 2. From the now-closed Vinnies on Albany Hwy 3. One of those cheap clothing stores in the Perth CBD 4. From the still open Vinnies on Albany Hwy 5. Aforementioned cheap clothing store 6. & 7. Wannabe Ray Bans from Bali


I’ve featured these stackable containers in before but after moving house, they’ve ended up in my bedroom.

Bracelets are a mix of opshopping and my Bali trip. And in the corner, you can see Panda, which was the soft toy I couldn’t part with throughout my childhood.

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Winter warmers

It looks like winter has finally hit Perth. Months of looking at Sydney and Melbourne’s awful weather has prepared me and now I am armed with everything I need for chilly weather.


The couch where I spend most of my time online/watching tv/snuggling

Couch: free! donated by a family friend * Cushions: $2 each from the Good Sammies Perth CBD * Crocheted blanked: knitted by my nanna * Archie the kitty: Shenton Park Cat Haven

Citrus fruit for warding off colds. So far, so good! I have a bad habit of buying fruit and forgetting about it so by keeping these on the kitchen bench, I remember to eat them. The oranges came from my parents own fruit tree but if you’re in the Perth hills, there are a lot of homes selling fresh fruit for cheap.

Colander: $4 from the Vinnies on Albany Hwy

Soup mugs to tempt me into making soup. I made a huge pot of Minestrone and to be honest, it was awful. I think I managed to burn it. I have no idea how I managed to burn it, but it certainly tasted burnt. Next up: my favourite, pumpkin soup


It’s only early but I think I’m ready to revert from my usual winter-hating self