• Outdoor Living

    Garden Activities to Improve Wellbeing

    Engaging in your garden space, whether that is an outdoor area, an indoor area or just a pot or two, is an opportunity to improve your wellbeing. There are several reasons for this, ranging from physical exercise to mental flow. There are the benefits associated with connecting with nature from experiencing life beyond your own to breathing in fresh air. In short, there are physical, mental and emotional benefits to be gained from any version of gardening for all age groups and levels of skill. If you are new to gardening, start small. A garden is a journey of art and science. It is a wonderful on-going experiment into microclimates…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    The Scarf Secret

    There is a reason the French have so many words for the simple scarf – they know the scarf secret! This magical device will change your style! The scarf is more than a winter tool for adding warmth – though it certainly is capable of doing that. Once you learn a few different ways to wrap a scarf, the world begins to change and opportunities start to rise. Let’s consider the opportunities a well worn scarf provides: If chosen well, it can bring your best colours to your face. This means that your skin will light up and your eyes will pop! A scarf can redirect the light that lands…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Bright, Bold and Beautiful

    From A-Z (Alexa to Zimmermann), fashion for the coming spring-summer season is bright, bold and beautiful. Colours are reminiscent of sunsets and carnivals, styles are bold and a bit nostalgic, but all of them are beautiful! The coming season is an eclectic powerhouse where everyone has a seat at the table. From Chanel’s bold black, white and sequins, to Louis Vuitton’s candy coloured athleisure – there is designer inspiration at every corner! What does this mean for the average fashionista? Well…anything goes! If you love a strong floral and a bit of smocking – it’s in; if you love a monochromatic with structure – it’s there too; if you are…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    5 Signs It’s Time To Update Your Skincare

    My mid-thirties was the point of my skin epiphany! It crept up on me without my noticing, then one day I had neck wrinkles and pigmentation! As I stared at my face and neck in the mirror, I realised that my skin was aging a lot faster than my mind – and I wasn’t ready for it – no way, no how! Were there solutions? Of course there were, many of them way beyond my budget – but it was clear something had to be done! It took me a few more years to find the perfect remedy for my skin. It took some research and an understanding of what…

  • Interior Styling

    Macrame decor – creating a pot-hanger

    Yes, I know, it has been around before, but the new and improved version of that boho chic craft of macrame, is well worth considering for your indoor decor. It is the kind of design piece that is stylish, practical and, believe it or not, easy to DIY! I admit that when I decided I needed a couple of macrame pot-hangers to add to my living space, I immediately looked to buy them. I searched, I couldn’t find what I was looking for and so I bought the materials I needed and made my own! Let me say, I’m hooked! There was a time in my childhood where we made…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Look Leaner with Accessories

    As we age, we tend to be graced with more curves – some of the curves enhance and support our appearance, others – well they just create bumps in the visual line of our bodies. Although the long-term solution takes a considerable amount of effort and committment to diet and exercise, there are quick styling tips that will support a leaner looking visage. Most of us have the required accessories in our existing wardrobe to create a leaner look in seconds. The following list are my go to pieces: A long necklace that sits below the bust – this creates a visual V-that breaks the line of the bust shelf…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Blending Planting and Art

    Indoor and outdoor spaces benefit not only by adding the green element of plants but also considered pots and planters to hold them. Sculptural, organic or coloured options add the extra depth or excitement to the decor of the space. Whether it is an expression of style or a pop of colour, a planter or pot can add the extra something. For a greater sense of styling, collect pots and planters of different sizes and scales. Position them together in groups of 3 or 5 for a pleasing vignette that draws the eye and enhances the space. Look for pots and planters that have a relationship through either colour family…

  • Interior Styling

    Do Indoor Plants Really Clean the Air?

    I had a university botany lecturer warn our class of the dangers of having too many plants in our college rooms back in the 90s. At that time, our understanding of the impact of plants on air quality was limited by the technology available and the motivations of society. It was a more simple study in the oxygen-carbon dioxide ratio of plants and the relationship between photosynthesis (oxygen production) and respiration (oxygen consumption) by plants. Most people remember that plants produce oxygen in light, what they forget is that plants use oxygen all day and night – hence the warning from my lecturer. At night, we were warned, plants can…

  • Outdoor Living

    What is Horticultural Therapy?

    Horticultural therapy is the use of plant-based skills and practices to improve the physical and mental health of participants. It provides opportunities to build physical strength, improve well-being and gain skills in gardening.  Traditionally, it has been used in health-care facilities to support the well-being of residents, however, the recognition of the benefits of horticultural therapy are becoming more widely known and its applications are growing to include an ever-widening group of applications. In Japan, forest bathing has been a well recognised treatment to restore well-being and find balance. Tasmania too offers opportunities for forest bathing where participants can immerse themselves in the natural world. Participants of forest bathing seek…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Bring them Indoors

    Overnight temperatures are now consistently dropping into the cold zone – a key indicator for this that my husband has switched our reverse-cycle airconditioning to the warm setting. If it is too cold for us, it is way too cold for our indoor (typically tropical) plants to stay outside. If we hope to keep those plants alive over winter, they need to be put some where a bit more consistently warm until mid-spring when the temperatures rise again. Whilst many indoor plants can survive well outdoors in Tasmania with the right micro-climate, there are a whole bunch more that need to be inside. When they do come inside, be mindful…