Friday, November 27, 2015

Winner! Winner! HOWKAPOW Tea Towel Giveaway

Thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway!
Congratulations to Cocktails Before Cake for winning the awesome Sausage Dog Tea Towel from Howkapow! You will be receiving an email from us with details!
Also Howkapow has a 20% OFF SALE on SALE ITEMS for today!!! How amazing is that! Don't miss out!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get 15% Off On Your Personalised Book From Lost My Name!

Just popping in to say a quick hello and to remind you all that the HOWKAPOW Sausage Dog Tea Towel Giveaway ends tomorrow. Details to enter are here.

Also, I just bought a marvellous book from Lost My Name for little Elie as her very first Christmas gift. It's a magical, personalised story, specially made for every child, based on the letters of their name. It's absolutely gorgeous!!! Therefore you guys get 15% off !!! And they offer FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world! Woohoo!!

Click on the link below to get 15% off your first book.




Friday, November 20, 2015

Talking Shelves

Gone are the days when shelves were just purpose built and useful, today they are used as design features.
There are so many cool shelves in the market but here are a few of our top 'selfie' picks for a nursery!
Simple, Minimalist, Functional with OOMPH! Perfect to hold those little treasures! {Which one's your favourite?}
1. RAW Cloud Shelf - Reclaimed Timber: $109 | 2. House Display Shelf & Blackboard: $20 | 3. Justin Shelf With Leather Strap: $109 |
4. Triangle Wall Shelf: $9.00 | 5. Lakehouse Set of 3 Display Shelves: $20
I used Kids House Storage Boxes as shelves in the nursery from kmart, Set of 2 for $12. I wasn't sold on the colours they came in, so I decided to give them a quick lick of paint - white and gold to match my colour scheme.

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Giveaway open to all our International Readers & Followers! Yay!
Giveaway closes on 26th Nov 2015

I'll be back with a Christmas Decor DIY post & the announcement of the winner of the Howkapow Tea Towel Giveaway!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gorgeous Sausage Dog Tea Towel Giveaway : HOWKAPOW!

I'm back with a sweet giveaway from...HOWKAPOW! 
Win a gorgeous limited edition screen-printed 'Sausage Dog' tea towel!
It's no secret that I love tea towels, especially cute contemporary arty ones like this one! 
They are so great when you have guests over, but I just love framing these gorgeous pieces of art.
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 Giveaway open to all our International Readers & Followers! Yay!
Giveaway closes on 26th Nov 2015

Check out HOWKAPOW's Christmas Gift Guide for Her & Him
A sensational round up of unique items!

A huge thanks to HOWKAPOW for sponsoring the Tea Towels! Check out the awesome Howkapow blog or connect with them on Instagram! P.S. I just love saying..."HOWKAPOW", don't you?!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Be Creative and Repurpose, Recycle & Reuse : Cotopaxi

Not many of us in Australia know that 15th November is America Recycles Day. On this occasion many are taking the pledge to recycle and keep America beautiful.

However, we don't have to live in America to take the pledge. We can do our bit to save the planet and keep it beautiful from right here in Australia or anywhere in the world for that matter!To inspire us to repurpose, the team at Cotopaxi have come up with a creative and clever infographic which shares a few unique ways to repurpose old materials!

I first got to know about Cotopaxi when I watched a video on their cause 'gear for good' and I was hooked! It's such a worthy cause and the whole idea of repurposing, recycling and reusing to meet persistent global challenges is right up my alley. 
Watch the following video to get an insight into Cotopaxi
GearForGood - Short from Cotopaxi on Vimeo.
Your bag is completely unique & responsibly sourced!
Click here to purchase a gorgeous one of a kind bag from Cotopaxi
 I just love it when design & cause come together! 
What will you be repurposing this 15th?
P.S. The ZIZO Home $50 gift card giveaway is now closed. 
Thanks to those who entered the giveaway. The winners will be announced soon on Instagram.


This is not a sponsored post. I just believe in the cause: Repurpose, Recycle & Reuse, waste less and re-use more!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bed, Bath & Beyond: Open Bathroom Concept for the Master Bedroom

An open plan bathroom bedroom concept is probably not for the faint hearted. It is a daring concept. You either love it or hate it, there is nothing in between!
Do you remember the Open Bathroom Concept on The Block 2014 by Brad & Dale? It was very brave of them to incorporate a bath in their master bedroom, but 'high risk high returns' and sure enough they won the room reveal!
Image credit: The Block Shop
Image credit: The Block Shop
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There are different issues to consider when designing an open plan bedroom - bathroom. Today the discussion is led by Lana Hawkins, an architecture student from Sydney in the following guest post.

Open Bathroom Concept for the Master Bedroom

If you are into contemporary and modern design, then this open bathroom concept will certainly blow you away. In the past few years, this idea has grown quite high in popularity, especially among those who like to experiment with interior design. Open bathroom concept is, among other things, quite a bold move, as you need to blur the line between the two rooms where you cherish your privacy. While some people find this to be quite innovative and practical, others disagree and find it a bit controversial. I will let you decide for yourself!


Your sense of personal style is what is going to be a deal breaker here. Whether you are going to find this concept suitable for yourself and your home mostly depends on your personal affinities and liking. The open concept bathroom is for people who enjoy luxury and modern design, but most of all cherish comfort before anything. If you find yourself to identify with this, it is quite certain that you might find this idea to your liking. The goal is to create an ambient and surrounding where you will feel comfortable to spend time and relax. Design it according to your personal preference and sense of style.
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The controversial issue with all these open bathroom designs is mostly about how much privacy you have in your own home. Of course, there are a lot of different open bathroom concepts that have various designs. Some of these include dividers or even movable walls, while others are completely in the open. The thing is that some people can get the wrong idea. Open bathroom concept is just about the shower, the bathtub and the mirror. You can invest in a quality plumber to install a separate toilet. The point is to customise.
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Humidity and Moisture

One of the most common problems with this concept is the fact that without walls, there will be much more humidity and moisture in the bedroom. Because of this, many people fear that moisture will harm their furniture and items in other parts of their homes. This is why it is important to invest into a good air‐ventilation system that will enable you good air flow and prevent moisture from building up in the house. Another good idea is to invest in movable doors that will allow you to secure your room from the moisture and humidity.
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Another very good thing about this design is the amount of space it consumes in your home. As I already mentioned, the point of this concept is customisation. Conjoining your master bedroom with the bathroom is practically the same as designing a living room with an open kitchen concept. Even though it is a risky idea, home‐owners should consider it because it can be practical. Can you imagine getting out of bed and stepping directly into the shower? The idea is in creating a multifunctional space where you can achieve more in less floor area.
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Creating new and bold design concepts will always be a subject of controversy. We can’t expect for everybody to enjoy the same ideas and like the same things. But the best way to look at these ideas is as they are types of art. So if you enjoy some new, fresh and conventional layouts, do not hesitate to upgrade your interior a bit. This way you will have the luxury of waking up every day and feeling like you are a guest of a five star hotel. What more could you ask for?

About the Author
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and a crafty girl from Sydney. She enjoys cooking and knitting. Also, Lana loves writing about home decor and landscaping whenever she gets a chance. Follow Lana on Twitter.

So what do you think? Is there an open bathroom design in your future? Do you love it or hate it? Comment below and let us know!

On another note, have you entered our giveaway yet? Today is the last day and you could win $50 gift cards from ZIZO Home.
1. You need to follow @raniengineer (La Maison Jolie) on Instagram
2. Take a photo of your home & tell us which item from you would choose to update your space! 
3. Be sure to tag us (@raniengineer) & hashtag #LMJgiveaway and #iloveZIZO

Entries are open to Australian residents only (apologies to our much loved international readers).
Two winners will be selected and contacted via Instagram by us and emailed by ZIZO directly.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Update Your Space Giveaway - Win 2 gift vouchers from ZIZO Home!!!

Awesome giveaway for La Maison Jolie Followers 
Temple & Webster have officially launched their new website,, which is set to change the way Australians shop online for homewares. ZIZO has over 100,000 products from more than 800 brands in furniture, home décor, lighting, rugs, kitchenware through to home improvement and hardware.

ZIZO is giving 2 La Maison Jolie (@raniengineer) followers a $50 gift voucher each to shop online on ZIZO HOME!

~ You need to follow @raniengineer (La Maison Jolie) on Instagram
~ Show us your space via Instagram! Simply take a photo of your home and tell us which item from you would choose to update your space! 
~ Be sure to tag us (@raniengineer) & hashtag #LMJgiveaway and #iloveZIZO

Giveaway starts today, 4th November 2015 and entries close at 10.00pm Melbourne time 11th November 2015. 
Entries are open to Australian residents only (apologies to our much loved international readers).

Two winners will be selected and contacted via Instagram by us and emailed by ZIZO directly.

*Please read our Terms & Conditions stated below prior to entering the giveaway.*


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Monday, November 2, 2015

HOW TO: PART 2: Paintable Wallpaper & Nursery Reveal

I know I had promised to share some pictures of Elisha's nursery and finally here they are...Just a few glimpses of the personal touches we've added, a few mini projects and of course the gorgeous feature wall with the paintable wallpaper from Dulux!
In case you're wondering how to go about painting the wallpaper see my previous post on HOW TO: PART 1: Paintable Wallpaper - Creating bespoke designer texture on almost any surface!
I had a lovely time doing up the nursery. It's probably my favourite room in the house now. Sunny, bright and just a very happy place to be in! 
But like the rest of my home, it's still a work in progress, but don't tell my husband that!

Paintable wallpaper: 'Pinstripe' from Dulux Australia
Wall paint: 'Ellen' from Dulux Australia
Grey Cot: Gonatt from IKEA
House shelves: from Kmart, which I then spray painted white and gold
Feather bunting: from Elie & Roo
Dandelion cot sheet: A DIY project, fabric from Spotlight
Hot Air Balloon Mobile: A DIY project, felt from Spotlight
White Throw: from Pottery Barn Kids
Glitter E: A DIY project, wooden E & 'Blush' glitter from Spotlight
Pink Hearts Tutu: from Elie & Roo

A huge thank you to Dulux Australia for sponsoring the gorgeous paintable wallpaper, paint and all the painting equipment.
Photography by my talented friend Rajat Malhotra

More mini projects are in the making for Elisha's nursery which I'll share soon!

Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tips for a Budget-Friendly Living Room Makeover

Today we are back with a guest post by Amy Mia Goldsmith who blogs over at Smooth Decorator. Since I'm constantly redoing our most used room in the home, the Living Room, this article has the perfect tips for a makeover thats easy on the pocket! 

Read on and give your living room a stylish upgrade on a budget!

Home renovation projects can make the wallet squeal in agony – but does it really have to be that way? Not if you are resourceful, smart and imaginative. For an affordable and simple living room makeover, try one of these tips: with a little money, time and creativity, your living room can become the loveliest area in your home and a favourite gathering spot for your family, friends and neighbours.

1. Go natural

One of the easiest ways to add a bit of breeze to your living room décor is to bring the outdoors inside. Blend natural elements with the existing furnishings by introducing organic interest to blank spots in the shape of potted plants, wall art or decorative accessories made from shells, wooden figurines or scented beeswax candles. Small mementoes from a trip to the beach or forest will instil warmth to the décor and help create a rustic, cozy feel – and they can also be excellent conversation starters the next time you decide to throw a party at home.
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2. Lighting ideas

If you have a bar or counter in your living room, it would be a good idea to deck it with decorative lights and turn it into the focal point of the room. You can use LED strip lights and LED wall lights to highlight the bar: simply place the strip up front on the underside of the counter surface and voilà - your private bar is ready for the party.
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3. Bring in shades of colours

Play around with hues and create a romantic atmosphere in your living room using coloured lamp shades. To achieve a balanced yet unique ambiance, use one shade in a bright colour and distribute lamp shades in neutral tones such as white, beige or parchment for the rest of the room in case extra lighting is necessary (this trick is also useful when aiming to create a central point in the room). Let lights guide your way to the refreshment spot – just do not go overboard with multiple or overly intense hues as this will make the area unconducive to relaxation.
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4. Mirrors as space illusion

Your living room is not all that spacious but you cannot afford a major upgrade involving wall removal and modifications in house layout? Do not worry: however small your room may be, you can still expand it visually using large mirrors. Mirrors create an instant illusion of added space and are far more affordable than extensive house remodeling projects. For maximum appeal, hang a mirror sizing at least three fourths of the room height on a vacant wall. This technique can instantly double the sense of roominess of your living area – at least in visual terms, until you save up enough money to expand the room for real.
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5. Add the perfect area rug

Another useful trick when looking to visually expand your living room involves the use of rugs. The rule of thumb for carpets and floor covers is: the bigger the rug you throw down, the roomier the area will seem. If you want to experiment, you can use two or more smaller pieces: this trick is perfect for an eclectic living room look and it can make the place look homely and warm. Nevertheless, multiple floor covers in bright colors may not play well with minimalist or formal decors with imposing furnishings in solid tones, so follow the overall color scheme in the room when choosing the rugs. Another trick you can use is to place a standard-sized rug at an angle leaving the rest of the floor bare – this will create a modern, edgy look and add a subtle casual note to the decor.
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Makeovers do not necessarily come with a prohibitive price tag attached: with a few clever tricks and a few affordable accessories, you can spruce up the living room and make it truly feel like home.

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate with a lot of different interests in life. She and her husband love DIY projects and design. She blogs at Smooth Decorator and you can also contact her at her Facebook page or Twitter account.

I hope you found this article as informative and helpful as I did.  I feel so motivated to give our living room a makeover!
I'll be back soon with a special giveaway!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FLORISTAR - A United Artworks and Alisa & Lysandra Collaboration!

Recently I was invited by United Artworks to photograph a piece of artwork from their new art collection that has been created in collaboration with Alisa & Lysandra. You may know Alisa & Lysandra from The Block a popular renovation show on Channel 9. Their new collaboration with United Artworks has resulted in a gorgeous collection of artwork available in both giclée prints and stretch canvas and the best bit, they all come ready to hang!

The collection 'Ethereal Abundance' is very contemporary, matching current design and colour trends. 
I chose the FLORISTAR to photograph. I was so excited when the package arrived, I could hardly wait to open and hang it up in our living room. 
I have to say the artwork is just stunning! 
View the entire gorgeous collection here!

Have a lovely week!
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