July 22, 2014

I Got Sacked



I got sacked last week. Well more like I received these sacks last week.
I had seen these Varpunen Laminated Sacks around the design websites and was taken by the colours, patterns and look of them. I hunted and looked around at all my options and to tell you the absolute honest truth I was considering buying them solely to hold toilet rolls in the guest powder room. 
Did you just spit your coffee out? I am serious I had not found any stylish toilet roll storage holders and this seemed like a good option at the time. 
When they arrived from Finland.....that alone sounds cool right! (I love the feeling of supporting "makers" globally) I hugged them. Literally. Hubby thought I was strange, but I love great design and I love when its as good as the picture and blurb says it is. 
Anyway I couldn't bring myself to use them in the powder rooms and so we now have them collecting toys at the end of the day and as a plant pot cover. 
These were my pick but you might like some of the others I came across so I have included them below.














Have you got these storage sacks at your house? What do you store in them?


July 21, 2014

The Chestnuts 11.........We have officially moved in.



The Facade, I can't wait for the gardens to arrive.

Woohoo we are in, well sort of. There are no boxes left and everything is in its room/home/space but just not totes organised like I would like it/want it/need it. My OCD is playing up a bit and my left eye is twitching slightly but we are getting there. School Holidays have helped and hindered. No lunches to pack or washing, ironing or sand finding but a mix of "can you put stuff in that box" and "can you unpack that box please". BORING.......for them but they have to be part of it, right.
Our builder has been A.Mazing and I could not recommend him more with almost every trade that walked through the door being very professional.
We worked bloody hard to get to this point can I say. We are 11 homes in, we made sacrifices, worked until our eyes fell out our heads and then went to work, we had 2 kids in there and 2 dogs and tried to keep up with all things friends and family. I am proud of what we have achieved and I am sooooo going to enjoy being in this home for quite some time to come. 
I am thinking even my blog may morph a little to accommodate all the fun I am going to have in this little pocket of the world, so I hope you stay for the ride and don't forget to ask questions and comment with your thoughts along the way.


Good bye to the Old House. Good Times, Good Times.


Some of my favourite shots around the house so far. I have also shared these on Facebook.


The Kids bedrooms are coming together but I am looking forward to some final pieces of the puzzles to arrive. I will detail each room further into the coming weeks.




My favourite outdoor angles and images so far.


The entry and that Beetle print. 



I will obviously have more for you over the next coming, well.......forever so stay tuned.
Thanks for hanging in there and waiting for me to get my self together.
Onward and Upward.

July 07, 2014

The Chestnuts 11. Its Time.


Some of you may have been following The Chestnuts 11 Series on my blog and know we have been building a house for the last year.
Well this week we are moving so I will be a little quieter than normal here.
Its only for one week, so don't worry I will be back with soooooooo many pictures.
Lets cross our fingers the internet is wonderful to me and transfers everything happily and easily.
If you still want to keep up with everything Elements at Home you can still find me on Facebook and Instagram.
We will of course be announcing the Macrame give away from The Dharma Door tomorrow. 
Have you entered over on Facebook. 

July 04, 2014

Win a $500 gift card from IKEA


There is a style quiz over on the IKEA Home of Inspiration page.
I looove style quizzes. 
I love seeing what I think my style is versus how my words reflect my style. 
I also find it’s a battle of wits. Will the computer really be able to tell me my style from the textures I like or the colour themes I love? 

The questions are part of the IKEA  “The Home of the Hearty” quiz.
(I really did just say that to the tune of Sale of the Century) 
and I used them to guide my IKEA styling and shopping for this post.

Soooo lets start the quiz right now,
 I like that texture….That chair…….And  that pattern………with that pot.  


 …..now, what did my answers say about my style? 
Well they provided me with the look above and it’s totes me. 
I also love those green STOKHOLM chairs and you all know I have been thinking of buying them in the walnut veneer. Now can I be completely honest? Great, thanks,  
I should have actually done this quiz before I set off to grab some of my goodies to host my date night with Hubby but I totally did it after.

In my defence, I can tell you, that what I did purchase after completing the Wintertainer Competition below, (different to the Home of the Hearty Quiz because you could win a $500 gift card and I was blinded by the competitiveness of it all)
is almost exactly the same as what I needed to recreate my table setting from the 

 Goes to show my IKEA style is consistent. 


With the Wintertainer competition you get to choose the occasion, 
the setting the products and even the menu. 
All your selections are made into a mood board for exactly what you need 
to purchase when planning your night in with friends or family.
You can choose from a Date Night, Family Time, a Celebration or a Meal with Friends. You also choose where in your home you think you will host the meal, what you might cook for the event and what you can buy from IKEA to make this meal happen with your style in mind.


I put my look together based on a date night with hubby at our new breakfast bench and I was really happy to find out the look I created using the GLANSIG tea lights, FÅRGRIK dinner set, FANTSTISK napkins, HEDERLIG wine glasses, RUNDLIG serving bowl, PANNÅ placemat and  SNÅCK serving bowls all cost under $150.  This also included a few added extras that were not part of the mood board but I knew were absolute essentials.



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Now, in the spirit of all things Elements at Home, let’s look at my favourite winter living room looks using a mix of IKEA’s Furniture and Homewares. 
Winter/Spring 2014 will see more florals mixed with geometrics. 
Natural timber and organic shapes for lighting and furniture keep the outdoors vibe, indoors. Maps, buttons, deers and vases will keep that mid century feel threading your decor and mixed textures like timber, concrete and coloured glass can be placed together for an informal look.
All of these pieces will become transitional as summer moves in and you will be able to move them into new homes to reflect a more outdoorsy feel.

Play Room Inspiration


This week we have been getting the kids play room ready at the new house as we are spending a lot more time over at the house before we officially move.
We thought getting this room ready would help make the transition from one house to another more appealing and fun. They get to play in this room now and then so can you imagine living there and playing in there all the time......That's the hope anyway.
Today i am sharing with you much of my inspiration getting there room ready......and yes we gave them a blackboard wall......;-)







Which one of these rooms appeals to you most?