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WIN WITH GRATITUDE: SPONSORED BY CIRCA HOME

To say that this past week has been intense is an understatement. Between uni, work, and my social life, things got a bit hectic and I felt very overwhelmed. I realised that sometimes life goes by so fast that we forget to stop and appreciate how far we’ve come, and who has helped us get there. Sometimes we just forget to be grateful for the lives we’re living, grateful for the good and the bad that we experience.

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With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s even more so a time to show appreciation to the ones we love and care about.

Now, you guys have the opportunity to win a limited edition gratitude gift pack for you and someone you love with Circa Home – just in time for Mother’s Day! All you have to do is click this link and tell Circa Home what you’re grateful for!

This range has a honeyflower and sandalwood fragrance with undertones of cucumber and vanilla, which when lit can literally remind you of a hug from your mum!

Also in the range you can get

Honeyflower & Sandalwood Fragrance Diffuser
Honeyflower & Sandalwood Soy Melts
Limited Edition Electric Wax Warmer

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Dumbledore once said “happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light” This is so relevant because lighting the candle and inhaling the amazing scent can actually bring you happiness…

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but for real though, Circa Home’s Gratitude range and competition really makes you think about all of the things that we should be grateful for, and honestly, we truly are lucky for every little thing that life throws at us; even the things that we wish we never had to experience have forced you to grow as a person, and that in itself is something to be grateful for.

 

My space: Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you most

The bedside table: Necessity central.

Everything you use daily is normally here. If you’re like me, my bedside table needs to be more practical than display-worthy, but I’ve tried to get the best of both worlds by making my essentials look somewhat presentable!

On my bedside table, I have:

  • Vintage beaded lamp (find similar here)
  • iPod dock and alarm clock (find similar here)
  • Jewellery stand from DIVA (find similar here)
  • ‘Italia’ snow globe that I picked up from a gift store just outside of the Vatican walls
  • Ring dish from Ceramiche Picadilly, which I got when I was travelling along the Amalfi Coast
  • Another ceramic dish from F.lli Calzuola in Deruta, Italy which was given to me from my brother, which holds a mini Glasshouse candle (Tahaa)
  • Crystals
  • My most used jewellery
  • Rachel Zoe’sStyle A to Zoe” and “Living in Style
  • Kardashian Konfidential by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian
  • Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide by Alana Wulff
  • Parisian Chic” By Ines de la Fressange
  • Taschen 365 day-by-day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century
  • Silver Jewellery box from Ishka
  • Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” by Gemma Crisp
  • Italian/English copy of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare which I purchased at Juliet’s House (La casa di Giulietta) in Verona.
  • My treasured “Lucky Us (For being such good friends)” book, given to me by Miss Emily C. (The book is also printed with soy inks… how cool, right?!)
  • Willowtree Angel figurine
  • Every copy of Elle and Vogue that I have collected so far!

The ‘I have one room to cram all of my things in’ shelf/shelves: This is literally as the title stated.

I am still living at home with my family, and therefore, I have one room that needs to act as a bedroom, study, bathroom, and lounge room.  So every little trinket, perfume bottle, book, or basically anything that belongs to me needs to be stored here. This can make for a very cluttered space. Unlike some people, I cannot tolerate clutter… I can’t focus and I do not enjoy the time that I spend in that space, therefore, I need to be incredibly selective with everything that I have around; this makes things a lot harder, especially if you’re sentimental like I am! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes in the form of storage! I’ve used this 6 square bookshelf to store my favourite little ornaments, and have also converted it to a display, which comes in handy when I’m getting ready to go out. Here I also have a canvas made by my two best friend’s sister, Jessica C.(You can take a look at, and purchase her other work here), with Paris, London, and New York snow globes displayed in front of it, which I picked up from a cute little gift shop in Greensborough. The rest of the shelves either have photo frames or magazines!

The mini Oval Office: Where all official business is taken care of.

My desk is probably one of my favourite parts of my room. Everything that inspires me is staring right at me, motivating me to continue my homework, blog posts, uni and job applications!

Just a side note, I do not enjoy having dead flowers on my desk… I just don’t want to throw them out until I replace them! My little orchid plant has lasted ages and the flowers should bloom again soon! Plus, dead/dying roses are really morbidly metaphorical and honestly, I kind of find them beautiful. 

I also have swarmed my desk with candles. why? you may ask: because it creates a really relaxing mood when I’m cramming last minute homework!

Included on my desk is…:

These parts are just some parts of my room, I haven’t even shown you guys the other side!  I will be posting a “de-clutter” post soon where I will show a before and after shot of my bookshelf and the other half of my room that isn’t featured here!

All of these things that make up my room, pretty much sum me up too. I’m just a fashion loving, family orientated, friend treasuring person who really likes magazines and owns way too many books!

Modern Tranquility

Modern Tranquility

Just a quick take on a splash of tranquility that can be easily incorporated into your home!

I find that neutral tones with hues of blue make for a calming, elegant space!

Not only that, surrounding yourself with simple reminders of the things that you love make for an instant happy mood!

In this edit in particular, the Vogue artwork, and the notebook are my small reminders of fashion and writing, my two favourite hobbies!

Give it a try and let me know how you go! #thefashionjournals on Instagram!

Tom Dixon cord light
hivemodern.com

H M grey bedding
$57 – hm.com

Blanket
countryroad.com.au

Word wall art
$535 – mattblatt.com.au

Ethan Allen flower pot
ethanallen.com

NEOM Organics scented candle
$26 – selfridges.com

Stone bowl
lampsplus.com

Urban furniture
smartfurniture.com

Baby girl’s nursery inspo

Baby girl's nursery inspo

Here is a quick “I’m meant to be studying but I haven’t posted in a while” post!

I made this edit a few weeks ago but never got around to sharing it, I think it’s the perfect balance of cute, cozy, practical and sophisticated, with calming colours and a relaxing vibe!

Playing around with wallpaper can be fun, as can mixing two different types of wallpaper to create a very unique and personal room!

I envision this room to be perfect for a little girl, who definitely has room to grow, as the main features of the room don’t define an age and are easily adjustable to a growing and changing person! The pendant is very minimalistic, as it is artistic and just beautiful in general, while the illustrations are cute decorations and are very suitable for a child!

Links to all of the pieces in the edit are below!

Moooi lighting
hivemodern.com

H M cotton curtain
$25 – hm.com

White home decor
$140 – fantasticfurniture.com.au

Wall art
etsy.com

Thibaut yellow home decor
$71 – fabricsandpapers.com

Wall art
society6.com

Vinyl home decor
lowes.com

LSA International handmade home decor
$24 – oliverbonas.com

White home decor
blisshomeanddesign.com

Prinz frame
target.com

Royal Doulton ivory figurine
$84 – royaldoulton.co.uk

White armchair
$670 – dwell.co.uk

Replica furniture
$645 – mattblatt.com.au

The kitchen is the heart of the home

The kitchen is where you would probably be spending the most time. The kitchen reveals everything: Your patience (when you just can’t get that recipe right), your creative side, your passionate nature and also is one of the first places where others will be able to tell if you’re a morning person or not…

A lot can happen in a kitchen, its one of those spaces in the home that is so inviting, and yet, so secretive…

“Where is the family recipe book?”

“What’s in that cupboard?”

“How did she make this taste so good?!”

“I’m not supposed to say anything, but guess what happened?!”

They say that the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach, so I guess that’s why the kitchen acts as the heart of a home!

 

The Dining Room: Comfort, Style, and Colour

Dining room inspo!!!

There is nothing I love more than a practical and stylish home!

I think people sometimes forget that a house is not a home until you are comfortable in it, and many people make their homes seem like a cold and lifeless display, which may look beautiful in photos, but is in no way sensible or cozy.

These photos show some very sophisticated, elegant, and tidy dining rooms, but it’s understandable that not every one has a house that can achieve this look. You may have a small space, bare walls, and simple furniture, and there is nothing wrong with that! With a little imagination, you can make anything work! Once again, interior design is all about practicality and making the practical look good, and there are many ways in which you can re-design your dining space!

1. Consider your space: How large is the area you wish to dedicate to dining? Is it a corner  just outside of the kitchen? A space near a window? or do you have a separate room solely for dining?

2. Your Walls: Is your space neutral? Do you want to paint? Are you happy with the colour?

3. How many people live in your house? Do you have room for guests?

The answers to these questions will enable you to begin to have a clearer image of what it is that you want to, and what you are able to achieve in your dining space, and will allow you to decide on the style and the pieces which you can use in the space.

Keep in mind, when it comes to dining areas, less is more and comfort and atmosphere is a priority!

Take a look the pieces used in this edit here: Dining room inspo!!! by thefashionjournals featuring a pastel storage box

Round table lamp
lampsplus.com

Tube light
ikea.com

AERIN black floor lamp
gracioushome.com

Gray wool rug
$190 – nest.co.uk

Marimekko serving tray
$94 – connox.com

Holmegaard red fruit bowl
$65 – connox.com

Canvas serving pitcher
canvashomestore.com

Royal Doulton white wine glasses
$32 – royaldoulton.co.uk

Menu
$110 – connox.com

Wall art
$5,870 – fentonandfenton.com.au

Pastel storage box
$51 – oliverbonas.com

Wood table chair
$1,100 – mattblatt.com.au

Interior design; your chance to combine style and comfort

I must say, I’ve always loved interior design, but I didn’t think i’d bring home decor to The Fashion Journals!
Can I even call this blog The Fashion Journals if it’s not just fashion anymore?!
Regardless, here are my absolute favourite pieces that i’ve sourced from my favourite local stores which have captured my attention and stolen my heart. I’m not even joking, i’m obsessed!
So, here is a look into the living room and bedroom of my future home or apartment! I’m going for the livable, comfortable, stylish, modern art gallery type of look, which is both colourful and minimalistic, while still incredibly practical, making a house really feel like a home!

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Stay tuned to discover my go-to stores for fashion and interior design in Melbourne (and Australia) Post coming soon!