Wanderlust: New Zealand and Australia

February 11th, 2015

This November while most of the USA is getting ready for Thanksgiving we’ve decided to travel for 3 ½ weeks to a part of the world we’ve been wanting to visit forever. We’re off to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia, and we’re booking flights now with our saved up funds and miles. We decided on November for a few reasons, weather wise it’s the equivalent of May in the States so it is an ideal time to go.

The kids will miss two weeks of elementary school but thankfully they can keep up with independent study and they have the week of Thanksgiving off as well. We decided it’s now or never since they will be too busy in junior high and high school for us to go during the school year and we want to be there in good weather. Also, my two American born cousins are married to Aussies and live on the east coast (one in Melbourne, one in Gold Coast) and we’d like to pay a visit to their families too. 

australia new zealand fiji

First stop, Fiji, I’ve been dreaming of this place forever.


Next up, New Zealand, land of beautiful landscapes and outdoor adventures.

new zealand

Finally, we would like to spend 12 or so days in Australia along the eastern coast from Melbourne up to Brisbane with a stop in Sydney in between.


Many of you have been to or live in these countries, I would absolutely LOVE if you shared any tips on traveling here, and any recommendations on where we might stay and what we should see along the way so I can plan our route. Thanks so much for any input!

Mix This Wallpaper + That Fixture

February 10th, 2015

My entire life I’ve loved decorating, from dollhouses as a child to the bedroom of my youth (redecorating it over and over again). Since then I’ve never tired of mixing patterns, furnishings, and accents in different styles, it’s just as fun as an adult!

Today’s focus is on a medley of wallpapers and light fixtures, here are some chic pairings in different spaces from whimsical and classic, to bold and dramatic. I’ve matched them up by room but of course any wallpaper or fixture can go anywhere you fancy. Enjoy!

home office wallpaper and fixtures

Add a hint of gold in a fresh geometric pattern with the thermoscad wallpaper, partner it with this amazing urchin chandelier (I want one so bad!). Black and white never goes out of style, mix the feather fan wallpaper with the possini pendant. The gilded mosaic wallpaper and modern globe chandelier are another elegant pairing.

bathroom wallpaper with fixtures

Keep it neutral and sophisticated with the ripple wallpaper and brass flushmount; glam it up with marble wallpaper paired with the contempo crystal chandelier; or introduce a cool tropical vibe with the palm leaves wallpaper and bamboo sconces.

kitchen wallpapers with fixtures

Give your kitchen a vintage feel with lemons wallpaper and a patina copper pendant; inject Spanish revival vibe with the eldridge pendant and diamante wallpaper; or go bold with the black and white paseo wallpaper and sophisticated dome pendant.

kids room wallpaper with fixtures

Add a whimsical collection of animal friends with the jungle wallpaper, include the rainbow pendant as a colorful accent. In a girl’s room pair the posh pagoda chandelier and elegant cherry blossoms wallpaper; bring a classic nautical vibe to a boy’s room with the sea creatures wallpaper and rope chandelier.

More ‘mix this with that’ posts coming soon, (chairs and pillows, beds and bedding, etc.), or send along any suggestions !