Studio โ€ข Design

My Design Studio is at the rear of the playroom. I’ve shared a few pictures of my studio when in use before as I didn’t want to share it until it was finished but I’ve come to realise that this space is going to continually be evolving as my course progresses/finalises and I start my business.

Currently, I am using the Linnmon/Finnvard desk from IKEA and ร–rfjรคll/Sporren chair from IKEA. 

The shelving to the left of my desk has been there for a few years and is easily adaptable due to the bracket system. It is fine for now, but as more equipment is needed, I may move to cupboards. I’m just not sure what my needs are at the moment and don’t want to invest in storage that I may need to change out. 

On the wall I have a KikkiK vision board and Kmart peg board to hang inspirational images/items. The vision board is bare at the moment as I’m in between assessment tasks. 

Under the vision and peg boards I have installed the Fintorp rail with metal buckets attached to store my lead pencils and pens, coloured pencils, textas and paint brushes. Super handy and easy to keep tidy. 

To the left I store my visual diaries, boards, portfolio, various types of pencils (watercolour, charcoal, metallic etc), rulers, set squares, paints, fabrics, pencils etc. I’m not 100% happy with this set up but it works for the time being. 

On the shelf above I’ve got all my course material, text books and inspirational images. All my design magazines are in the lounge room but may come on here soon. 
Dad collected the brick you see pictured from a building site many years ago. A convict brick with an imprint of a heart in it. 

There are some other items that don’t really belong in here on those shelves but until I get up to date with our photo albums, they’ll need to stay there. 

Under the desk I store a bin for paper off-cuts ect on one side and a dog bed for our Gemma on the other. She loves to join me in here, especially when we’re home alone. Initially it was next to my desk but I kept rolling over the bed (not Gemma) when I’d get up. We are both happy with this solution.

On my desk you’ll see a lamp, a vase that sometimes has flowers in it, a vase I’m using to store tall paintbrushes and rulers. I also have a coaster because you can never drink too much tea in my book and a little dish for my rings when I’m working. For some reason my watch and rings come off when I’m working. I also have a plate depicting a scene from Holland, my dad’s birthplace. 

So that’s it!  That’s where you’ll find me most Thursdays and as many times I can manage it through the rest of the week. 

Do you have a space to call your own at home?

Mother’s Day 2017

“What would you like to do for Mother’s Day?” asks Hubby. 

I start to think. What do I want to do?

My wish list:

  • A relaxing morning. 
  • A peaceful day with no arguments. 
  • A nice meal with the sun shining down on us and the kids able to play nicely together. 
  • Cuddles and kisses. 
  • Pots of tea.
  • Perhaps a little Nanna nap under a blanket. 
  • A clean house for the day without me picking up after everyone. 
  • Visit my Mum whilst Hubby plays football. 
  • Peace.
  • Oh and did I mention PEACE!

After I replied, my hubby said:

“You know the only way that I’m going to be able to achieve that is by taking the kids out for the day without you.”

He’s right of course.

But the thing is that society has built Mother’s Day up as a Hallmark event. Everyone puts on their Sunday best and heads out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and is expected to behave perfectly for Mummy.

A couple of years ago I remember both my children chucked the biggest tantrums just before we were heading out to what was supposed to be the “perfect day”. The 20 minute drive saw me in fits of tears, my “perfect day” ruined by their tantrum. Then came lengthy delays just to get to the venue due to traffic and then having to put on a front in front of thousands of people that I was in fact having a “perfect Mother’s Day”. Pressure!

Please don’t get me wrong. I love my children more than life itself but, parenting is exhausting. Mediating arguments, being asked questions constantly and meeting their needs is exhausting. Running around after them, picking them up, being tugged on. It’s exhausting. You don’t get to do what you want to do because their needs come first.  Which is fine. It’s expected. They need our love, our support and our guidance but meeting the above often means neglecting what we want and sometimes, what we need. 

So this year what did I do?  I did everything that I wanted to do, but over four days. Genius right?!?!?

I spent time alone with my daughter over afternoon tea on Thursday afternoon and then I helped at my daughters school on Friday morning with the Mother’s Day Stall.  I got to hang with some really awesome Mums! 

I then got to spend some time alone with my son. We headed to daycare and my son painted my nails #blessed ๐Ÿ˜‰. 

Saturday I went to the shops, ran a few errands, enjoyed my favourite meal at my favourite cafe and then had a full body massage (which was actually very painful and resulted in tears from the pain of it, but was something for me), enjoyed a long soak in the bath whilst watching a TV show on the laptop and then went to bed with a hot water bottle over my sciatica and tried to study whilst laying on my side lol!

Sunday morning saw the kids sleep until 7am ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. Presents were opened and some eaten (well played Daycare with the hand made chocolate). 
Breakfast in bed followed with the bedroom door closed = peace. 

A pot of tea โœ”๏ธ

A trip to the movies

Afternoon tea with my Mum

As I’d done all the activities I wanted to do over the past few days, I was much more relaxed and easy-going yesterday!

We are truly lucky to get Mothers Day. We whinge and whine about our kids sometimes/a lot depending on the day, but we are lucky to have them. I know women who have tried and can’t have kids. There are women who have lost their child through miscarriage/labor of through illness. I suffered a miscarriage with my first pregnancy. It’s awful. So whilst I won’t get the “perfect day” all in one day, I am lucky to get to celebrate the day at all.  Lucky that my hubby was happy to take the kids when I needed him too and let me spread it out as required and I got there in the end.  My kids are happy they got to spoil me and isn’t watching their happiness worth it!

And I’ll leave you with this. 

Big hugs to you Mumma’s xx

Simply Organised. Simply Beautiful. is 1!

Well, that went fast! 

A year ago I was procrastinating completing an assessment task and happened to create a blog!  Terrified and excited putting myself, my family and my home in front of you all to see. 

I’ve shared my home, my KonMari “journey”, my family and my studies with you and thought I might share a bit about me with you!

Let’s start with the obvious:

My name is Tracey. 

I’m married and just clocked 10 years.

We have 2 kids – Miss 6 and Mr 3. 

I’m studying interior decoration. 

I love decluttering and organising. 

My favourite colour is blue. 

Some things you may not know:

I’m a legal secretary at a Sydney law firm 3 days per week. 

I love pasta, chocolate and sweet white wine. 

I used to play the clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxaphone and would love to pick one up again. 

I also used to be a lead singer of the school band and community band. 

I enjoy watching DIY/Design shows. 

I snort when I laugh sometimes. 

I drive a manual car. 

I don’t like my handwriting. 

I can be very sarcastic sometimes. 

I love setting the table properly. 

I am an introvert. I’ve only recently learnt this about myself. I thought I was an extrovert. Maybe I was when I was younger and changed…

I happily go to movies and cafes alone – probably to do with the above. 

My favourite season is Spring followed by Autumn, Summer and Winter. 

I love reading. 

I love sharing with you.

What’s to come?  Well I have 6 months left to finish off my interior decoration course and then next year I will hopefully be able to move into business creation. I may also have time to really get into my KonMari’ing, more DIY around the home etc. 

68 blog posts have been written. There’s over 250 of you over on Facebook, a handful on WordPress and just over 200 on Instagram. Now 50 of you are my friends over at Facebook which means 200 of you have come across my page and decided to stay and I am amazed and grateful! But this is not a one-way street – please don’t be shy! Please comment or share as much as you like.  I’d love to get to know you. 

I’m so glad you’re here! Xx

It’s white again!

Because I lead a very exciting life I decided to do something completely out of this world Tuesday when I was unexpectedly home for the day with Mr 3 who was sick. 

Beth over at BabyMac often shares a #OneThing post every now and then. It’s that one thing that needs doing that you’ve been putting off. 

I have quite a few #OneThing’s and decided to tackle one of them Tuesday. Giving our white dining table really good clean.

Bought from IKEA 6 years ago, the table has done really well. Daily breakfasts, nightly dinners and occasional lunches. Assessment tasks, homework and craft sessions. 

So, I did a little test patch of some gumption with a chux cloth before picking Miss 6 up from school and it worked so as Miss 6 did her homework (๐Ÿ™„) I lightly rubbed the table with gumption and wiped off. I then gave it a good wipe over with spray’n’wipe and walla!

3/4 done



So, one #onething ticked off the to-do list!

The weekend that was…

Oh weekends. The time of the week we all crave for.

How was yours?

Our weekend was a time for me to study, Hubby mowed the lawn, worked on the cubby house and the usual washing/drying/folding/tidying/cleaning that NEVER ends. 

Sounds pretty typical?  Mr 3 got sick. He only wanted his Mummy. Whilst I didn’t get as much study done as I want to, I did get lovely cuddles with my boy. Silver linings?

I cooked up a yummy chicken and bacon pasta. 

  • 500 g chicken thigh sliced into cubes
  • Bacon sliced into pieces
  • 600 ml thickened cream
  • 1 brown onion
  • Garlic, crushed to taste
  • Handful of mushrooms sliced

Get a pot of water boiling and then add the pasta and cook as per packet instructions.

Whilst the water is boiling and the pasta is cooking, cook the chicken. Remove from pan. Cook the bacon. Remove from pan. Cook the diced brown onion until tender then add the garlic and the mushrooms. Once they’ve softened add in the cream and the cooked chicken and bacon.

This all came together at the same time. I drained the pasta and then added the chicken and bacon sauce to the pasta pot and served.  It was delicious. 

We also gave these a try

I don’t normally grab things like these from the supermarket but felt like trying something new. Quite tasty and Miss 6 liked the macaroni cheese balls the best. 

We decided to have a family movie night and we gave Moana a go for the first time. Miss six is very sensitive to movies and is easily scared. This was why we didn’t see it at the movies. With a few scary moments size, it was a movie that she really enjoyed. I thought it was fantastic. A good measure for me as to whether I really liked a movie or not is whether or not I blacked watch again. I’d like to watch this one again.

Sunday morning saw me in the studio Brighton early to get some study done in order that we could spend some time as a family out of the local food festival. Local restaurants come out to share their produce with the community. When joyed some loaded fries and a beef and pork slider from juicy goosy. It was lovely to run into my brother and his family and sit together to enjoy our lunch and vocal talents of a local performer. It was just beautiful weather and it was lovely seeing my niece nephew.

After naptime at home for my son and some more study for me, we then headed out to watch my hubby play football (soccer). I need a more comfy chair for this activity and I’m thinking I should get this:

I mean it may be a little OTT but when our kids start playing and their games are 8am in the middle of winter, I’ll be very grateful. Mothers Day is coming up…

So tell me about your weekend, pretty typical or did you do something out of the ordinary?  I’d love to know!