Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Only three weeks of work left!

I am really struggling to get through these last few weeks of being employed by the Bank. My motivation levels are low, I just don't have any incentive to be here. I want to do the right thing and leave on a positive note but gee, is it hard. Any hints or advice you can offer me would be great!

How was your weekend? We had a lovely weekend. I had an appointment in Sydney on Friday so hubby and I used this as an excuse for a weekend away.

Goodness we can eat.

It seems like whenever we go away on holidays our time revolves around meals and where we will be having them. Is anyone else like this? Unfortunately I love food and the tightness of my work skirt this morning can testify to that.

We also stopped in and checked out the Reed gifts and homewares trade fair as part of my future plans.

 I love to shop but I must admit one day was more than enough. I was all shopped out at the end and my wonderful hubby was a trooper he walked all day and never complained and was truely a big help in making decisions etc. I am so blessed to have him in my life.

Speaking of blessings my lovely husband came with a wonderful family whom I adore. It was my Mother in Laws and my Grandmother in Laws birthdays recently so we hosted a birthday lunch for them. My mother in law loves pink so to make the occasion extra special I added some pink touches around the house.

When I came in to work this morning I had a lovely email from her thanking me again for the lunch and she had attached some photos from the day. With her permission I thought I would share them with you.

There is still lots of excitement happening in my life and I am looking forward to all the new developments and changes.

Thank you to you all for your great support and encouragement, it is so wonderful to have such lovely friends.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Design Shuffle (and an update)

Hello my Friends

Thank you for all of your lovely and encouraging comments on my last post. The next day I had a visit from management and HR with good news! I was offered a redundancy and at this stage in our lives it was an answer to prayer.

Having said that it has still been a very emotional and hectic few weeks. We had 7 offices close in our department and a lot of work to be done in the next few weeks. I finish up in mid march so I am really looking forward to that and to launching into my own business. I will share more on that a little later.

Now enough about me, I have a special guest post from Joanna that I hope you will love!


Hi there! I’m Joanna, a blogger for Design Shuffle, an online portal featuring all things interior design. Interior designers share images of their work for prospective clients and design enthusiasts to enjoy. Thanks to McCarthy Designs for letting me bring you this guest post today. I hope it inspires lots of decorating ideas for you! Besides the front door, the foyer or entry in the home is the first impression visitors see when visiting. With that in mind, shouldn’t every entry be filled with big personality and near endless character? Following are a few of my absolute favorite foyers. Which is your favorite?

Spicy Foyer

Saffron walls paired with a dramatic black and white marble floor give a bright and cheerful hello to family and guests.

Spicy Foyer

A stunning white and gold foyer with a chevron patterned floor is sophisticated and chic. French doors with transom welcome the outside in.Spicy Foyer

Dramatic black, gray and white give a stately feel to this large foyer. I especially love the bench in front of the doors and the gray and white checked floor.
Spicy Foyer

A modern interior design take on a traditional foyer is created by using mid-century modern pieces and glass at the staircase. The striped carpet on the stairs draws the eye up to the landing with seating above.
Spicy Foyer

This gorgeous entry is an eclectic mix of modern and classic. The string globe light fixtures and the sisal rug are an unusual combination which definitely works. Large light fixtures like these not only look great in a foyer, but would look wonderful in a living room or den design as well.Spicy Foyer

When speaking of spicy foyers, I had to include this gorgeous pink, black and white one from Kelly Wearstler.

Spicy Foyer

It’s yet another lovely entry with lots of chic elements. Love the pink velvet chair with the zebra print rug! Doesn’t this inspire lots of interior design ideas not only for your foyer, but for your living room or bedroom designs too?Spicy Foyer

This entry is full of excitement with a cheery disposition. An abstract wallpaper paired with a modern pink and black table and bench fits perfectly with a modern aesthetic. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8For even more design inspiration, take a look at Design Shuffle where you can explore an array of interior design styles and connect with Boston interior designers and more!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Black Lantern

Have you ever had one of those days that you know you will look back on and remember as being a significant day in your life, one of those days that seem a little unreal, one of those days when you know that the way you do things now is going to change and you pretty sure it isn't going to be for the better?

I had one of those yesterday, it wasn't totally unexpected, however some of the news I received was a shock and not all has been revealed yet, so I am in a state of nervous anticipation. Not for long though, I should have more news today.

It is all to do with some restructuring at work, I know it will all be ok in the end but I will feel much better when the whole outcome is announced and I know what the future will look like.

What do you think of my mini makeover? We picked these lanterns up from Bunnings months ago on clearance but I never liked them in silver so I whipped out the black spray paint and Voila!

I am much happier with the end result.

I am still working on my attitude to life and I have been busy with some projects that will help change my lifestyle for the better. Hopefully I will be ready to share more on that soon.

With my projects and a trip to Noosa last week (bad timing, it was so wet!) I have been a little busy but I do stop in for quick visits where I stalk and don't leave comments.

Sorry, I am around :-(

Will do better... promise

Have a great week my friends.