How to create a Workspace Nook

This is the second post in my Nice Nooks series, and I wanted to share with you my Workspace Nook. As we have a 23 month old camping out in our office at the moment I wanted to create an area where I could sit and work from but not take up valuable space or be a permanent fixture. Eventually the 23 month old will need more room and he will move into a bedroom downstairs, and we will have our office back, but for now he can stay put as I’m not quite ready to have him all the way downstairs! The beauty of a nook and one of the many reasons I am a little obsessed with them is they can be created anywhere and they can easily be repurposed, which really suits changing family dynamics, work requirements etc.

Nice Nook

This nook is in our lounge and is less than a meter wide, it sits in between the pillar that houses our TV and fireplace and the entry into the hallway.



A rug is a great way to designate a particular area. I switched the chairs and cushion for this shot, because that is what I do.


The table which doubles as a desk was already in this spot and housed books as well being a display table. By adding a chair, comfy cushion, laptop and interesting artwork it is easily transformed into a workspace that feels designated but still fits in with the rest of the room.

I know that sheepskin again! Yip it pops up all over the place, I do like a bit of fluff and it just makes such a comfy spot to sit in.


The large artwork is titled Marianna by Ruben Ireland @society6 , the small black and white abstract print Sweet William, Cire Trudon candle World beauty, 2014 Diary Kiiki K, gold pen Typo , vintage marble pen holder, table, chair and sheepskin trademe,  White and Gold cushion Villa Costa , Pink cushion is an old cushion hand dyed. Cacti and blue vase I have had for years they could practically be classed as vintage! Soaked in style business cards are sitting on a small plate stand. Have you got a workspace nook in your house? Tell me about it, email me a pic or  tag me in your instagram pics just hit the gold camera icon in my keep in touch icons to find me.

Talk soon, Tania  x

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Nice Nooks

Over the next few weeks I will show you three different looks for small Nooks. With kids, partners, pets or just a busy life it can be hard to keep every part of your house looking just so. Also our budgets don’t always allow us to renovate or decorate every room in the house so over the next three weeks I thought I would show you how you can create and style a small nook that may sit amongst the chaos of the rest of the house. Creating a nook can be a cheap way to create a stylish little sanctuary using a small unutilized area of your home, perhaps a corner in your lounge, hallway or bedroom? Nooks are a great place to relax, read, checkout Facebook, or grab a quick coffee, it is also a perfect place to try out a new look in a small dose. Shop your house for accessories and if your budget allows indulge in something new (check out my cheap finds).

Marble Tulip Table

In keeping with my design mantra “something old, something new, something borrowed and something you” The wrapping paper in white frame and the chair are relatively old, does 8 years count? The something borrowed is the table borrowed from my spare bedroom and cushion from the lounge.

Abstract Art

Art work doesn’t have to be expensive and can easily be changed around to create a new look.  At the top left is a card from Corso De’ Fiori, underneath is a frame from Myers Sydney which holds a piece of old wrapping paper and the abstract art is my creation. As you can probably see from the picture there is a big glob of blue tack under the frame, which I purposely displayed just to show you, is all that is needed to hold up the art work.

Pink Peonies

You will recognise some of these accessories from Mondays Copper Candy post. The candlesticks $27.00, flower vase $7.00, & black & white glass box $8 .00, from The Warehouse, Marble tulip table, glass bowl vase and spotty cushion Freedom Furniture. The sheepskin and chair are from TradeMe. What do you think of my Nook? Have you got somewhere you can create a nook of your own?

Talk soon, Tania x


Copper Candy

Copper seems to be the metal of the moment and I have to confess for having a weak spot for any metal whether it be gold, brass, silver or platinum and if its mixed with an opposing material i.e. glass even better. I’ve collected metals over the years mostly from op shops and trademe and have a good collection which is buried deep in the unknown, aka the large cupboard under the stairs, and instead of foraging through the chaos it was easier and much more fun to purchase a few new and old items.

Here is a peek at my latest hoards

Rose Gold ItemsThe Watering Can may seem like an odd purchase however it is probably one of the most exciting gifts I have got from my husband. A couple of weekends ago I noticed my hydrangeas looked as though they were on their way out and desperately needed watering and although I don’t share the same passion for gardening as I do for design, I enjoy designing outdoor areas and I can even plant things, but keeping them alive that’s a whole other different story!

The only plants I have ever managed to keep alive are a few pots of succulents and cacti and for two years now my hydrangeas! No way was I letting them die! So off I set to water the plants but couldn’t find the watering can anywhere so I stomped around the house as you do looking for the damn watering can. Now my husband has a very bad habit of throwing things away when they are looking a bit tatty or “he” doesn’t see any use for them.

So of course my “where is the watering can?” was directed at him. Now he swore he hadn’t seen it…..but the next day I awoke to a beautiful brand spanking new white and copper can. My silver lining (although not quite as dramatic as last week) was the old can was dammmmn ugly and I’m so pleased he biffed it oops I mean “someone” lost it.

Rose Gold DishRose Gold CandlesticksRose Gold FlaskYou will see these items in a few up and coming styling posts in the near future where I will give you a rundown of where to source and prices.

Talk soon Tania x


A Silver lining in a Gold Award

It’s funny how a positive can often come from a series of struggles even though it may not be obvious at the time. After the drama of actually getting pregnant and staying that way I had naively thought I could breathe a sigh of relief and live my happy ever after but as this is life this was not to be the case, and although ecstatic with the safe arrival of our baby boy it was the beginning of another set of health issues with my old and unwilling to bounce back body!

So not long after I had Harper I was stuck in bed unwell and feeling frustrated with my health when I came across the ‘Interior of the Year Awards’ and with nothing to lose I decided to enter Harper’s Nursery. Now my positive spin on spending most of Harper’s infancy in and out of hospital, doctors and surgery is that had I not been unwell I would have..

  • Rushed back to work full time and not spent the time at home with Harper
  • Not followed my true passion and set up my Blog.
  • Not been in bed sick and happen upon the Interior of the Year Awards.

And low and behold I WON!

Winner Creative Space

Award Presentation

The Trophy

The Award

The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet

Venue Décor

The Venue

Presenter Carol Hirschfeld

Carol Hirschfeld

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Our journey to Harper’s nursery

When we bought our current house we were DINKS (double income no kids) not to be mistaken with a similar word which has a COMPLETELY different meaning….anyway the house is on two levels with living, kitchen, master bedroom and a tiny office on the top floor and main bathroom plus bedrooms on ground floor… great house for a couple but took a little juggling to suit a family.

After trying years for a baby, enduring IVF, surgery and lots of tears it felt like it would never happen, but every now and then I dared to dream that one day the tiny office would become a beautiful nursery. In 2012 that dream became a reality and project nursery began. As our journey to parenthood and pregnancy had been long and hard I wanted the room to be a haven, a place of serenity, peace and beauty (clearly I hadn’t given birth before and was unaware that the words peace and newborn don’t belong in the same sentence!) anyway that was the plan and it is a beautiful space to sit and soak up the serenity and it always makes me smile.

Our dream came true!


The Inspiration Piece

Designers often talk about what inspired their space well this little vintage purse was my piece of inspiration. I picked it up in a second hand shop about 20 years ago as a broke student but still managed to scrape a few dollars together for this little lovely. I love the soft colour palette of gold, apricot, peach, soft yellow and a little hit of coral and I’d always thought it would make a beautiful room palette.

Vintage Purse

Vintage purse

The Space

Challenged with a tiny 2.1m x 2.1m space (which is not much bigger than my husband squared) and without any built in storage, called for some careful planning and creative measures.


When you’re designing with a small space it’s a challenge to combine functionality, comfort and aesthetics. I managed to fit everything I needed into my compact nursery and still keep the pretty factor, here’s how…

Function – The vintage drawers I purchased and repainted were chosen for both their style and ability to hold a lot of stuff! With deep drawers and height on their side they make good use of vertical space and if you pop a change mat on top BOOM they double as a change table. The oval bassinet on wheels is ideal for tucking into small, awkward spaces and is easily maneuvered both around and in and out of the room another bonus is it later converts to a cot and a bed.

An ottoman placed in the hallway adds extra seating for spectator’s, doubles as a footstool when nursing and offers a handy space to fold washing or pack a nappy bag. The floating shelves make use of vertical space and provide extra storage along with aesthetic value. The hanging laundry bag keeps the floor space clear while the extra hooks provide space for coats and hats. A basket which easily slides under the nursing and reading chair holds blankets, books and soft toys.

The Nursery


Style – I showed you my inspiration piece and talked about the serene feel I wanted for the nursery. True to my style I also wanted something that mixed modern, vintage, sleek and ornate and I needed the nursery to be suitable for a boy or girl. I chose the gold table, white frames and contemporary bassinet and lampshade for my sleek modern pieces, the chair, mirror, vintage lamp and drawers as my vintage and ornate pieces.

The colour palette was extensive consisting of yellow, coral, grey, orange, caramel, cream and white, however as the colours were tonal and a layering effect was used it allowed them to work together. Layering colour adds interest to a space without causing a sensory overload.

I layered a number of shades of yellow including a mustard lampshade and laundry bag a butterscotch crotched blanket, and sunny yellow sheets and art work. Soft apricot and various shades of coral and orange where used in art and accessories such as the cushion and bassinet drape. A combination of patterns was also used from stripes to spots to a trellis print and again works because of the layering effect in pattern scale.





Small Space Design Tips

  • Make use of vertical space
  • Use dual purpose furniture where you can
  • Don’t opt for small furniture
  • Try to keep some floor space clear
  • Avoid clutter by creating organised storage solutions
  • Try a layering effect with a tonal colour palette

Thanks for visiting and reading my blog. I will post a full list of where to source items and paint colours at a later date.

Talk soon, Tania x

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