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Organising + Home’ Category

Drop by for organising ideas and watch as we design our house into a home… filled with our custom online prints and cushions. Everything has a story… we’re making a home with it.

DIY Sunscreen Storage

Where’s the sunscreen? That’s the cry that used to be heard in our house. Constantly. Not anymore, though. I made a DIY sunscreen storage holder, now everyone knows where it is. And it looks good too. Hallelujah!   I think when you make things look neat and organised, and add labels, so others know what’s inside, life just

There’s a new Scandi style on The Block Shop and it’s inspired by Yamba

Just like that… last week, we became retailers on The Block Shop! If you were here, You would have seen gigantic smiles, felt the excitement, and heard the high fives, that I quietly tapped to myself.   When we built our dream home last year, it was The Block that inspired many of the rooms, inspiring

The day I told our house it won an MBA award

The other day I got a phone call, I was so sick, I took the message and went straight back to bed.   Then, two days later, I told our house what had happened… “You’ve just won an award!” I said.   Best Exhibition/Project Home $200,001-$300,000 at the recent MBA (Master Builders Association) Excellence in Regional

What a beautiful noise a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

When I was young, We used to dress up in formal gear and go to see Neil Diamond in a group. It was a thing we did, boys wore tuxedos, girls wore long dresses, and we stood all concert, in a row, and sang and danced to every word. I wonder if he ever saw

Black and White laundry + clever storage ideas

Today I’m sharing our black and white laundry and some clever storage options to help keep your laundry neat and tidy. It’s a compact space, with some super simple storage ideas. Here’s the before shots. Firstly, we added a shelf to store our laundry baskets. And wall mounted the dryer. PRODUCTS USED Floor tiling Gretta Charcoal 300 x

Monochrome Ikea Besta TV wall unit hack

Looking for a TV wall unit that acts as a modern piece of art, and functions as additional storage at the same time? Need maximum space in your lounge room? Why not try this Ikea Besta TV unit hack?   Introducing the TV wall unit with a twist.   This was our lounge room wall

Kiss me quick the galah prints – The Yamba Scandi Collection

  This was my view as I walked the lake this morning… There was mist on the water and fish in the ripples. Lip smackingly beautiful.   The day before we saw these.. Kissing Galahs.     Some were kissing, some were in pairs others were not.   We stopped. To watched them.   You see,

DIY wire mesh memo board

I’ve always fancied one of these wire mesh memo boards. Now I’ve got two.   I thought you might like to know how we did it with some mini mesh panelling I found at the hardware store and some leftover screws and spacers we had.   So you can make one, … or two, yourself.  

14 awesome wall hooks and wooden knobs for your home

It was the day the hooks cleaned the house for me, {all by themselves} That I fell in love.   And became… totally hooked.   On wall hooks, and… wooden knobs.   I just love what they can do.   Bring order. Clean the house for you. Take you to a happy place. {I think they look

My Favourite Space

Helloooo. Today I’m over at The Builders Wife chatting about my favourite space. I’m thrilled to be hanging out over at Nicoles place, her gorgeous Queenslander is on my list to visit one day, after all, they’re planning a new, massive garage for 2016. I’m sure there’d be a space for me!   Infact… It’s a shame we don’t live

Our Yamba Scandi Home Tour

Hello and welcome to our home tour. It’s still a work in progress.   If you’ve been following my blog, (thank you x) you’ll know we started building our dream home in June 2015. They say it takes 10 years to fully complete your home when you build, so rather than waiting that long, I

What if you knew you couldn’t fail? A free Printable by Tomfo

Well helloooooo guys! Long time no speak. I’ve missed you all. Truly.   How was your Christmas break and school holidays? I took the longest break ever… But, I’m back with a new printable for you.   This line popped up on my instagram feed one day in the holidays. What would you do if you

Designer style table on a budget + a free xmas serviette printable

It’s all about the table… It’s where we eat. It’s where we talk, and laugh. Where we meet, with family and friends.   It’s also about the budget and design. We’ve never had a table like this before… {Designer style on a budget.}   Until now.   It’s reclaimed Elm, full of lines and grains. Gorgeous

Turners – a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

Right about now… we have visitors on the way to Yamba. They’re about an hour away. I’m so excited. {So is everyone.}   Just like I was with all the ones before them. And, The one’s still to come. And the ones to come again.   Where will we take them when they get here?  

How to light and style a narrow hallway

  We’ve got a narrow hallway. It’s a fact.   But, who says you can’t make it a feature with lights and words? then no one will even notice it’s narrow, …they’ll be too busy looking at the lights and words.   So, we wrote on the walls. Truly. With vinyl lettering. And, added some

How to make a desk with 2 drawers and a piece of wood

Hello guys. We are in, not totally unpacked… but in our new house. Yay!   I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my new office desk. Made without any screws, using two drawers and a piece of wood. You can make it too. It’s super easy.   DIY Office desk 2 x Malm drawers

The day we got the keys to our new dream home

{I wrote this yesterday, Wed 28th Oct}   Do you believe in angels? I do.   Today we got the keys to our new house. That will become our home, when it’s filled with my Yamba Scandi Collection which is inspired by the fabulous new community we live in, the generous people in it and family and

The pelican a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

Introducing a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection.   The Pelican.   Apart from the fact, they happen to wear two of my favourite colours. And… I see so many of them here in Yamba.   We can learn a lot from pelicans.     They put themselves in the right position to hunt for

Where we trod, a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection + a free gift tag printable

  Sometimes inspiration comes from where somebody else trod before you. Or… you, trod with them. Or… just the beauty of the landscape.   I think it’s all that and a little bit more.   A few weeks back my folks came to town. And we went here. The Breakwall at Turners Beach Yamba. It’s already

2016 Family Organiser Calendar + a free printable

  Introducing the 2016 Family Organiser Calendar.   The product that started this blog, is due in stock October 3. Tomfo – Stands for Tomorrow’s Family Organiser and it’s also the namesake of one special guy called Tom. This 2016 calendar will help keep everyone’s schedule at-a-glance.   It’s evolved a bit… This year it’s gone a little

Give Someone a Compliment Today – Free Printable

Did you know…. there are 7 good reasons why you should give someone a compliment today? Check out this story here, it says it better than I can.   Here are some of my favourites.   Compliments spark creativity. Compliments are free. (My dad always says that)   I have a wise friend who says this every day to

The “Y” print a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

  The other week I was asked, “What’s your why?”   I’ve always wanted to create a letter print, but it needed to have meaning behind it. So here it is… The “Y” print. It’s a series of four prints and you can download one for free too. …Kinda like a reminder to ask yourself… why? (And

The Sugarcane Print a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

Sugar and wine… are mighty fine. Introducing the latest piece in my Yamba Scandi Collection. The Sugarcane print. {You know you have a good neighbour, when you go to borrow a cup of sugar and leave with a cup of wine.} What magic words.   Now , that we happen to live at the cusp of the cane fields, the

DIY Scandi Style Mirror

    I get by with a little help… from my handyman. This DIY Scandi Style Mirror requires two 5mm grooves in each piece of dowel, which, I definitely couldn’t do perfectly. Luckily, I found Nigel, Yamba’s Handyman.   We have no full length mirrors in our new house, and rather than add mirrored doors on our wardrobes, I thought we’d

DIY Modern Macrame Wall Hanging

  Fancy making a modern macrame wall hanging? I’ve been meaning to… for ages. And, I’ve finally done it. As we get closer to moving into our new home, I’m gathering all things black and white and neutral so we can create a Scandinavian feel. I love the combination of wool and cord… Just makes you want to

How to make your own terrarium

  I made a terrarium. Why? Because I love making stuff for my home. That’s what makes a house a home I reckon.   This week, when I was at a local craft shop, a lady at the counter next to me said, “My husband says, why make it… why don’t you just buy it from the

Free Wi Fi Password Printable

Do you always get asked, “What’s your Wi- Fi password?” when friends, (especially the kids) or visitors  come over? And… always have to find your glasses to see it? I do.   I’ve decided to fix the problem with a free Wi-Fi Password printable. Now I can say, “Yep, it’s over there!” Because, I’m usually busy, making

Keep Your Fork Free Printable

  Keep your Fork. What the? That’s what I thought… when I received an email with this subject line from my folks the other day. It made me read it though. And, it propelled me to share it with you too. Here’s a snippet of the email. {original source unknown} There’s a free printable at the end

DIY Pallet Shoe Rack

I promised an easy DIY this week. And here it is. The easiest shoe rack ever!   How to make this DIY shoe rack using a pallet and some paint.   You will need: A pallet (I got one for free from my local hardware store) Black outdoor paint Paintbrush Sander   To make: Lightly sand

The Hibiscus Art Print – Yamba Scandi Collection

Have you got a flower that reminds you of your childhood? I do. It’s the hibiscus. My mum and dad have these in their garden, and I remember, as a kid, seeing just one perfect flower in a cup, on the table or the kitchen windowsill. Dad would stop me and say…” Look how perfect it is, isn’t it

Life’s important lessons can be learnt with a fishing rod

What does this new design in my Yamba Scandi Collection have to do with a fishing rod and life’s lessons? You may well ask… I never knew this before. But now I do. That humble rod, has many lessons to teach you. Maybe, it’s the journey you take to get to that secret spot, across the sand,

DIY Concrete Mozzie Coil Holder

I don’t know about you… but, I get bitten by mozzies something fierce. We always seem to have a thousand mozzie coils lying around with no real home, we’d burn them on rocks, saucers, anything we can find at the time, (and we’d always lose that little metal holder). Until, now… I’ve created my own mozzie coil holder

How to make a modern macrame plant hanger with venetian blind cord

How to make a modern macrame plant hanger with venetian blind cord, a stemless wineglass, an air plant and some decorative rocks. It’s super easy to do, check out the tutorial below.   You will need: Stemless Wine Glass or similar vessel Decorative rocks from the $2 dollar store Air Plant (I got mine from Bunnings)

Introducing the Yamba Scandi Collection and a free printable

We live here… in Yamba. It’s been 5 weeks since we landed in our new town. …to live a simpler life. Away from the stress of the big smoke. And large mortgages.   To do all the things that we love. Like… Spend more time with our little guy. Make/design stuff. Surf. Fish. (who knew we’d

How to hang wallpaper – world map custom wallpaper

This is an easy tutorial on how to hang wallpaper sponsored by Wallpapered. We hung this in around 3 hours. The secret… is getting that first piece hung perfectly square. Which is easy to do… I found out.     Head here to start at the beginning of my son’s bedroom makeover   Firstly, we

Boys bedroom makeover + DIY art and pen holders

It’s a bit exciting getting to big school age… That’s happening next year at our house.   So, I decided it was time for a makeover.   Excuse my fuzzy photo… and bad bed making… I was so excited to make up the new furniture I didn’t get many before photos. But… I love seeing what

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Sarah-Preston-TomfoHi I'm Sarah, I'm a blogger and an artist who’s made the sea change and moved to the north coast of Australia. I love an easy DIY and making my house my canvas, my new home has become my greatest project: Yamba Scandi. Come visit me in my shop to view my collection of prints, canvasses, home decor and paper goods READ MORE.

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