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Presents for Everyone: Gifts for Hard-to-Buy-For People

Posted Friday, December 9, 2016 in: Obsessed With

Hands up if you’ve started your Christmas present shopping? Hands up if you are stuck? Every year I make a list in the Notes section of my phone for the people we have to get presents for; and I jot down ideas as they come. Every year I get a little stuck when it comes to present ideas for at least one particular person or another.

As I have gotten older, I find that I’m much more careful in the way that I shop for gifts now than the over-excited, ‘take all my money!’ way I shopped when I was a teen and in my early 20s. I’m over the stocking fillers now; the silly bits of merchandise that get used once or twice and discarded or forgotten. 

BEFORE: I had fun looking up old Christmas photos for this post - this was our house the year we moved in, with our first Christmas tree - a 1980s hand-me-down from my parents! I remember thinking it was the biggest, most impressive tree when I was a little kid. 

We then moved to this one, complete with wonky star (pic of our old floors!)

The Christmas tree we have today (from Balsam Hill). 

We’ve now decluttered our house so many times and given away so many things that are just taking up space that I find real pleasure in giving (and receiving gifts) that are treasured and kept. I’d rather try to buy someone something that’s lovely or meaningful (or both) practical and well-made, handmade or personal - something that is hopefully going to last and be loved for a while, rather than end up in the back of the cupboard unused, or in the Good Sammy’s bin six months later.

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Happy Christmas Guys + Making Plans for House Nerd in 2017

Coming up to Christmas and the end of the year, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been reading and therefore supporting House Nerd the past year – I appreciate it so much. Perhaps more so this year than any other year.

2016 hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of journalists in Perth, or across Australia for that matter. The ...

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Stackwood: One of Perth's Most Creative Spaces + Their Handmade Holiday Workshop

Perth, I’m pretty proud of you. Even though we’ve always had our share of talented artists and makers, ten, fifteen years ago, we weren’t exactly known for having the most vibrant or connected creative scene. And I couldn't stand that awful term ‘Dullsville’ was so often bandied around by people smugly moving to Melbourne!

That’s definitely ...

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A Modern, Minimalist Reno to a 60s State Housing Home

Would you be brave enough to buy a house without your partner seeing it? Business owner and real estate agent Matthew Travia was and he did.

With the aid of building designer Janik Dalecki, Matthew and his partner Cora have turned this basic, very small former State Housing Commission home built in the 1960s into a simple and modest, yet very ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl Floors

Recently I shared with you guys our new vinyl plank floors – and some ‘before’ photos of the floors we used to have. There was a reason we nicknamed this house the Crap Shack when we got it! Our 1970s house had a mishmash of some not-very-pretty flooring. You can see all the before pictures here and our before and after reveal of our new ...

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Renovating Our Floors: The After Photos

Good morning nerds! Today is a happy day, because today I am bringing you some ‘after’ photos - our recent floor renovation, where we had Karndean Designflooring vinyl plank floors laid over our existing old tiled floors.

My God, I love looking at before and after shots. You know how on Facebook it now brings up old photos that were taken ...

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How Renovating Can Double Your Money: Our TV Segment!

The other day I shared that we were going to be in a TV segment on home renovating on Channel 7's Today Tonight. It aired last night and it’s online already for those who missed it!

Like a lot of people, I do find it a little discomfiting to watch myself back on video but it was very funny seeing our house on our TV. Even the toilet I ...

We're Going to Be on TV Soon

Make sure you turn on your telly soon if you want to catch a little glimpse of me, Nala, Mr Nerd and Little Nerd – and our house - in a segment on home renovating!

It will air Monday 14th November at 6.30pm on Channel 7's Today Tonight with the lovely Chantelle Toohey presenting. 

You might remember two years ago when Chantelle interviewed me ...

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Renovating Our Floors: The Before Photos

If you already follow our home renovations and my rantings about our dog nearly breaking my nose on Instagram, you might have already seen how VERY excited I was recently when we redid our floors.

If you know me in person, you will probably vouch for the fact that 80% of what I have ever talked about in real life over the past five years has ...

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Beautiful Bali Interiors: Get the Look at Home

There is no doubt about it; the Bali we all know and love to visit today is hugely different from the Bali we knew 20 years ago. The somewhat daggy country I first visited when I was 12 years old has evolved.

Hands up if you are one of the many Australians who adore Bali? I have a small confession to make. Everyone’s been crazy about Bali for ...

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