Friday, September 5, 2014

cheap + cheerful in the bedroom

Target and Kmart seem to be having a bit of face-off in the style department at the moment, which means there are some seriously great buys to be had for the home.

It's great timing for me as our spare bedroom is crying out for a little makeover, with guests arriving in just a fortnight.

These are the budget buys on my shopping list - all less than $50 a piece!

Target $30
Target $22
Kmart $20
Target $20
Kmart $29

Sunday, August 31, 2014

diy hanging planter

Last Friday saw a little DIY planter project of mine on the cover of Habitat, a Friday lift-out in The West Australian newspaper.

Terracotta, plywood and shade-loving ferns - three of my favourite things!

All materials were kindly supplied by Masters, another fave of mine.

DIY hanging planter

Monday, August 18, 2014

caramel leather sofas

I'm making-over an inner city apartment at the moment and at the heart of the living area are two of these caramel leather sofas.

The Latitude 3-seater (Credit: Bay Leather Republic)

Bay Leather Republic's recent buy one get the second one half price offer was well-timed for the job with two of their Latitude sofas ordered quick-sticks. I love its clean, minimalist look - and yet, it's still plump and nanna-nap-able. The leather is buttery soft, too.

For a timeless sofa, you can't beat a caramel leather number. They're an absolute workhorse in the style department because you can team them with almost anything.

If your budget won't stretch to two leather sofas, try mixing one leather with one fabric. Caramel loves grey marle. And blue. And pink...

Black, white and caramel (Credit: Divaani Blogit)

Timber and bubblegum pink (Credit: Real Living)

Simple (Via: Colourful Home)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

denim business cards

In my efforts to freshen things up around here, I've gotten some new business cards.

They're by Moo, a UK-based printing company, and for an in-a-hurry online purchase I think they're kinda awesome. I've actually used Moo before and highly recommend them - their products feel good to the touch and they have great designs.

These are the mini cards with rounded corners and they're a lovely little accessory to have on hand when out and about for work.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

oh hi instagram

The past couple of weeks have seen me taking on a few freelance jobs again - and learning how to balance motherhood with work.

My home office is now my son's nursery so I write from the dining room table these days and a few times I've found myself caught between urgent emails and an upset baby. In those moments, it's hard not to feel like the worst mother in the world.

It's a juggling act but with practice, I get a little better each day. I've even managed to renew my love affair with Instagram. And you know what, it feels good to be working again.

Come say hello on IG


Monday, April 14, 2014

hello there

It's been a while since I posted anything of substance and I kind of feel like I have some splainin' to do!

It's the usual story. Life got busy and rather than post something less-than-interesting, I kept telling myself to wait, set aside some time, and post something I was actually proud of. Long story short, it just didn't happen and now an awkward amount of time has passed. 

Thing is, the work I've been doing over the past few years all stems from this blog. It was the creative outlet I so desperately needed in those early days. It was what led to my first freelance writing gig, which then led to paid styling work. So East of Hudson is important to me and like I said, I want to be proud of what I publish here. 

In order to dust myself off and keep going with it, I feel like I need a renewed focus. 

I'm still clarifying exactly where to go from here (and how to get there) but a couple of things are gently nudging me along, hopefully in the right direction.

One of those things is that I had a baby. His name is Eli, he is 17 weeks old, and he is everything that is good and beautiful and right in the world. Babies just are, aren't they. 

I've also been working on some small and inexpensive updates to our little house which I plan to write about. And there are a couple of other things in the pipeline, too... but more on that later.

So there you go, an explanation of sorts.

Onwards and upwards x

Sunday, December 1, 2013

the quintessential magazine

I'm a bit late to the party but have just discovered the quintessential magazine. Edited by Tracy Lines, a former creative director at Inside Out magazine, the current edition has some lovely Christmas styling.

Read it here.

Image from The Quintessential Magazine

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