Another Christmas has crept up on us again and it’s time to decorate the house and get into the Christmas spirit.

This year has been hectic with Jake starting school, me starting a new job and all the other craziness that comes along with three kids, so our tree went up a little later than normal. The kids didn’t let me forget though and loved helping to make some new decorations and the tree look pretty.


This year I went with a whole new look, I wanted everything to be natural and raw to go with the coastal look I have throughout the house. So off to pinterest I went, I found lots of cool ideas and had big plans to do a million DIY’s, but the closest I got was wooden log decorations which I have included instructions below on how I did it.

The only thing I had to buy for the new look was the hessian bows which I picked up from a discount shop, and the rest I had lying around. The tree consists off pinecones, starfish, feathers, wooden log decorations, wooden shapes and hessian bows. I spent a total of $10….bargain.


One thing I found super difficult was putting the tree into a basket, is there a trick to this? I have been wrestling with the tree since putting it up, then Aaron came to the rescue today with a solution, not sure if it’s 100% perfect but it will do for this year.



DIY Log Decorations.

These are simple to make and take no time at all.


What you need:

– wooden logs around 7cm in diameter

– string

– drill

– sander

– drop saw

– paint pen

How to:

Cut the log into 1.5cm pieces, you will get a few out of each log depending on the size of it.

Drill each decoration at the top to create a whole for the string to loop through.

Feed the string through the hole and tie a knot at the base of the decoration and another knot at the top to create a loop, this helps them to hang more straight.

Using a paint pen draw on your image or word I did snowflakes, trees, noel, love, merry, joy, snowmen and my kids initials.

A follower on instagram had a great idea of using the trunk of her tree once Christmas is over, I think this is a great idea, you could start a collection over the years.


Now that the house is ready for Christmas it looks like Santa better finish off the shopping, although I am pretty proud of myself getting the majority of it done already. How’s your Christmas shopping going?


Merry Christmas from the Moore’s





Art Styling for Jemma Calavassy


Newcastle Artist Jemma from Jemma Calavassy recently contacted me with the opportunity to style some of her beautiful artwork, I was so drawn to the vibrant colours in her paintings that I jumped at the opportunity.

With six kids between us we finally managed to meet (and with no kids in tow, that is always an achievement in it’s self) to discuss her work. I instantly picked up the vibe of Jemma’s art philosophy “be a free spirit, let go and follow the journey of where the painting takes me”. Her use of vibrant colour, curves, dots, circles and lines really create unique and interesting art that makes a real statement in a room.


My house is very “blue, white and timber” so having some colour on my walls was very refreshing, it made me realise how much a piece of art can change the whole look of a home. In fact I think I might base a new room design around one of her art pieces, Iv’e seen people from places like the block choose the art then the bits that go with it so I’m interested in trying this out.


I love that Jemma’s art has so many colours to it that you can pretty much choose a rainbow of products to style with it. I went for blue’s and white’s with a touch of yellow because these are the colours I love to use throughout my house. You could literally redecorate your house at a later stage without having to change the art, I love that.

Jemma’s overall vision is make people happy when they see or think about her artwork and i think she is accomplishing that well in the pieces I have displayed in my home.



I have attached a link below of Jemma’s Instagram page so you can see more of her work and keep watch for her new website coming soon.

Have a lovely day,