Home – Coastal

This could possibly be my ideal home. The location itself is to die for – Scrubby Bay, east of Christchurch, New Zealand. And you can rent it. Anyone??



Found here


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Now Then Whenever – Inspire

For those with children growing up, this is something to ponder – if you haven’t already – Revealing all your assets is not what it used to be. So would you click or not click? I do like the advise from her friend – “Always crop your face out, darling. Your lover will still know it’s you.”

Has anyone been watching Outlander? Apparently it is making waves in television land for presenting a (hetrosexual) female-gaze. After reading this and watching this (nudity warning), it makes me think why is it that the women have been the ones showing their assets and not the men? For what reason? Is this the new normal? God forbid!

My choice will be rather than to click, I will do the Super Power Pose. Harvard associate professor Amy Cuddy explained that “power posing”—for example, standing like Wonder Woman—not only makes you appear confident, but actually changes your brain chemistry to make you more courageous. Found here.


So in the same week as more assets are revealed, we have Emma Watson’s UN speech. Well done Hermione.


It refers me back to this riddle……

A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly, and the son is taken to the nearest hospital. The doctor comes in and exclaims, “I can’t operate on this boy.” “Why not?” the nurse asks. “Because he’s my son,” the doctor responds. How is this possible?

Here’s the answer, below…

The doctor is the boy’s mother.

Did it take you long to get the answer???  Would you have said the same answer 10 years ago? or even 5 years ago?

Now if all this is just creating more fear or stress, I found these articles interesting:

Fear – Seized by the Thunderhold of Fear – Fears stop us from following our dreams, from taking risks, from pursuing love, from seeking adventure, from speaking in public, from going into the unknown, from starting a new venture, from reveling in discomfort. We procrastinate, overeat, find distractions, because of fear. We are seized with constant worry, from fear. And yet, these fears are just clouds.

Stress – Think about the worst possible outcome, then go for a walk. Clarify what can be controlled and what is out of your control. Confirm that everything possible has been done with matters under your control…….then hopefully watch that cloud of fear fly away!

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Home – City / Decoration / Small Spaces

This apartment was being sold as a Chic Garden Sanctuary with study/2nd bedroom, Peaceful And Private With Lush Tropical Surrounds, Stroll To Woollahra Village And Station. It eventually did at a price of $665k. Another example of what styling can do to the price, because it doesn’t have a car park.


Found here


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Now Then Whenever – Inspire

What have been your toughest interview questions?

Douglas Edwards remembers being interviewed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin: “I’m going to give you five minutes,” he told me. “When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don’t already know.” He then rolled out of the room toward the snack area. I looked at Cindy. “He’s very curious about everything,” she told me. “You can talk about a hobby, something technical, whatever you want. Just make sure it’s something you really understand well.”
(What would you explain?)
Found here. (With a great Peggy Olsen tribute)
What about these 5 killer job interview questions. My favourite is “If your friends could summarise you in one word, what would that word be?”
Then similar to that, there is the Nora Ephron game to play – write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. Has that changed from your 20s, 30s or 40s?Then check out these 15 career tips from smart women – found here

Then check out these 15 career tips from smart women – found here
On dealing with critics:

My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.—Tina Fey

Yes, the more successful you are—or the stronger, the more opinionated—the less you will be generally liked. All of a sudden people will think you’re too “braggy,” too loud, too something. But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it.—Jessica Valenti

For small business owners, here are 3 words to stay focused and motivated when it comes to maintaining and growing your business – the 3 C’s (Confidence, Competence and Connections) – found here

Also some good career lessons from A Cup of Jo – found here

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Home – Mix / City

For around $579k you can currently get in Balmain, a one bed and bath apartment with car park. And below is what it looks like. In November 2011, a similar sized apartment in the block (#3) sold for $410k, and it didn’t have a car park.


Yes, it is totally liveable for now, but going forward this is what I would do.

Firstly, I would open up the kitchen from the entrance which would give more room for the dining table. Then I would paint the bottom cupboards black and the tiles and top cupboards white. Also I would put some drop lights in.

For the living/dining, not much is needed, but maybe a fresh lick of paint, white on the ceiling and grey on the walls. I would give it a modern vibe with the furniture and a few punchy colours.

For the bedroom, I would adjust the curtain length to drop from the ceiling to the floor and bring in some lighter colours.

If the budget allowed, I would go modern and sleek with the bathroom and remove the bath.

Pictures all pinned here



Home – City / Mix

Below is a north facing Erskineville apartment with potential. I think with some simple changes and a lot of work in the garden, it could be a good investment.

So looking at the above pictures, this is what I would do. Firstly paint the floorboards a matte white.  For the kitchen, paint the cupboards a black matte and change the benchtop to white.

Inject some wood into the dining area via the table below with a light feature shown.

Add a comfy neutral coloured couch.

The bedroom walls to be painted grey and some sheer curtains from the ceiling to the floor, with venetian blinds on the windows.
Paint the garden wall black and bring in lots of plants to create a private oasis.
Above pictures pinned here



Home – Mix / City

Another 2 bed and 2 bath city (Surry Hills) apartment is on the market. Though slightly smaller than the one just posted, it too has a good floor plan, though missing a dining room and not much aspect from the balcony.

If I was to live in it, I would like to do a proper re-vamp of the interiors, and thus I would like it to look like the following.

For the kitchen cabinets, I would paint them a black matte colour, like the below, and add a feature light over the bench.

For the living dining area, I would place the couch so that it is looking out to the balcony and then have the tv on a cabinet against the wall next to the master bedroom.

Then the dining table, would be against the wall coming from the entry way and I would add either a painting to the wall, or a shelf like the below.


For the bedroom, I would paint the walls grey like below and add soft sheer curtains.

For the balcony, I would add plenty of pots and tall plants to create a screen to add privacy.

All pictures pinned here