The safest cleaning product for your home: Murchison - Hume

Georgia Ezra toxic free home interior design Murchison Hume

It’s no secret that I am a huge advocate for toxin-free, healthy products; my love for Murchison-Hume should not be surprising as it goes hand in hand with these philosophies.

Having a toddler and being pregnant, it is of utmost importance to me that my everyday tasks and surroundings compliment a safe household and living environment.

What many people are not aware of, is that many eco-friendly cleaning options are loaded with synthetic dyes and fragrances. This was the catalyst for the Murchison-Hume founder (a determined mum whose child had some allergic sensitivities) to create something that was genuinely safe and effective.

And what a job they have done.

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I have recently had the opportunity to trial their brand new range of signature products including their Heirloom Dishwashing Liquid.

As much as I love the delicious fragrances they offer (like Australian White Grapefruit, and Original Fig,) I was pleased to discover they have launched a fragrance free variant too!

The whole Murchison-Hume range is made from plant-based, non-toxic ingredients so it’s really safe to use in the home. A very small amount of fragrance is added to their fragranced variants to give them their beautiful scents, but fragrance in any volume can be an irritant for those who suffer from very sensitive skin.

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So.. in a nutshell it’s taking an already safe product to an even safer level. I personally think this is an especially great option when cooking. By using a fragrance-free detergent, you avoid having any scent on your utensils, hands and benchtop- and not having anything hinder the smells of what we are creating is a real plus, allowing the fragrances of what you are cooking to really sing!

If those weren’t enough to convince you, as a bonus, regular use also helps to keep your plumbing clean and odour free. Have gleaming, guilt-free dishes while simultaneously improving the environment? Ticks all my boxes!

You can Buy Murchison Hume Here

Other Murchison-Hume products I’m loving:

Superlative Liquid Hand Soap

Everything Laundry Soap- review on this one coming soon!

My Summer Essentials

I LOVE SUMMER. Being a born and bred Sydney gal, my entire life revolves around gorgeous, warm weather. My mood and spirit is deeply affected by sunshine and the climate. I love the ocean, going for summer strolls and just being outdoors in general. As uplifting and energising as summer is, it’s not always “sunshine and rainbows.” The cliched adage “nights get longer, hair gets lighter, water gets warmer, skin gets darker, life gets better” may very well be true, however, let us not forget that skin gets drier, hair gets harder and sunburn quite frankly, hurts like a bitch.

Below are my must-have summer essentials which help me maximise the best summer has to offer and eliminate the negatives that come with it.

R E M O V E

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Do not look past exfoliating. Exfoliation is the number one thing you can do for glowing skin and should be a staple in your skincare regime. I personally love Li’tya Lemon Myrtle & Desert Salt Body Polish and Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub. If you’re going to be outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen after exfoliating as your skin will be more sensitive and more exposed to the sun.

H Y D R A T E

I am someone who dries up like a shrivelled prune in summer. My skin, hair, hands and nails tend to get really dry and hard from the summer conditions. So I literally could not survive without the products that keep me moisturised and hydrated.

Skin

Hair

My hair does not get very oily or greasy at all. In Summer, if I don’t look after it properly, it literally feels like straw. I use a myriad of conditioners and leave in treatments to help me combat this dryness, but my “go-to’s” are definitely Saryna Key Hair Therapy - Shea Butter ( UH-mazing!), Ultra Organics Intense Chamomile Conditioner, Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment and Moogoo Protein Shot Leave in Conditioner.

Hands

Dry weather = Dry Nails. It’s the worst. I love using Revitanail to make sure my nails are in tip-top condition

I love the brand Crabtree and Evelyn’s hand creams. My faves are the Gardeners Hand Recovery and La Source Hand Therapy Collection.

G L O W

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I know that you cannot purchase this next item in Australia, but I would be lying if I left it off this essential’s list. It has no name or brand but it is quite literally the most amazing product I have ever used on my face. I came across it during my travels to Morocco in a random store in a market in Fez. The maker, an elderly lady, sit and beats the kernels found inside the Argan nuts (tideously) until they expel argan oil. This oil is then mixed with Moroccan Clay and made into little clay bars.

I kid you not, nothing makes my skin feel more like a baby’s bum or makes me glow as much as this mask.

P r o t e c t

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When I was younger I used to douse myself in oil and sunbake until I was burnt and crispy. Looking back, it makes me feel completely sick to my stomach that I was so naive and ignorant of how dangerous the sun really is. Now, I don’t lie in the sun without a hat, completely covered in sun screen or under an umbrella.

My go-to sunscreen is Natural Instinct. Of course there are tons of sun screens on the market but this one is my go to for many reasons. It’s natural, completely organic and has no toxins. It’s like zinc, so it repels and doesn’t sink into your skin but the thing I love most about this product is that it has a clear sheen finish, it doesn’t look like a thick white paste and has a different texture to how zinc normally is.

B R O N Z E

Just because I don’t lie in the sun anymore doesn’t mean that I don’t love looking bronzed and golden! I am all about that fake-tan life (the more the better in my opinion!) Below are the ones that I am obsessed with!

BYRON BAY TAN

ECO BY SONYA DRIVER

CARAMEL! MINE TAN

What summer essentials are you all over this summer season? Comment below so I too can give them a go!

How to style your powder room

Your powder room may be small, but it is possibly the best place to showcase your home's signature style. In reality, most people that visit your home will enter your powder room at some stage. 

So here are my my top tips on how to style it!

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Beautiful hand soap and hand cream

Is there anything more unappealing than a grotty, old bar of soap. Opt for a beautiful, matching hand soap and cream set to delight your guests. This is not only neat but also feels somewhat luxurious. 

Don't forget to consider how the soaps will look in the powder room. A lemongrass and coconut handsoap might smell absolutely delicious, but how will that bright yellow and brown bottle go with the finishes in your bathroom?


Hand towels

I would advise either opting for gorgeous linen-like thin cloth or something really fluffy and cozy. What you prefer is up to your personal preference. Why not go for a bold print to really bring some life and character into the space. 

 

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Interior Design - Studio Ezra

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Plants Plants Plants

Bring a small indoor plant or even some freshly cut flowers to the powder room to make it feel extra lively and homely. If you are bringing a plant in make sure it is exposed to the sunlight it needs. This will vary depending on the type of plant you choose.

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Interior Design - Studio Ezra

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Candles

Light it up, baby!

All about the tray

Put your candles or soaps on a small tray to add an extra dimension and layers to the space. I personally love the brass, Moroccan look however this will depend on the style of your home. I have seen chic perspex, mirrored trays which look fab in a really modern home!

Less is more

Powder rooms are conventionally small. DO NOT OVERCLUTTER the small surface area that exists. We don't need to see every flavour of soap and hand-cream you own. Choose one and keep it simple. Less is certainly more!

Do you have anything in particular you are struggling with when it comes to styling your powder room? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to assist you!

Selling your Home: How to make the best out of your campaign

Inspections are not a walk in the park. I learnt that first-hand during my recent campaign to sell my own house. Subsequently, I thought it was fitting to go into detail of how to take your inspections to the next level. Inspections show potential buyers how they can consider life in their potential home. So it is imperative that you portray the most desirable home scenario possible..

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Never leave a half used toilet roll in the bathroom

This is basically like saying “yep, I just took a poo this morning.” You want your home to feel as though no one has lived there before; as if its brand spanking new. You don’t want it to feel as if someone else is currently living there. 

The toilet bowl

Further to toilet paper.. Please make sure your toilet bowls are clean. No skid marks thank you. 

Remove all family photos

Family photos mean occupation - the one thing you want is for potential buyers to walk inside your home and see themselves living there - connect, fall in love and become so attached. By leaving family photos out, all you are doing is causing your potential buyers to block that connection. All they will be able to visualise will be you living in the home - not them. 

What is the first thing that will make an impact on entry?

Smell!

What do your potential buyers smell? It is so important that your home smells fresh and appealing.. During my campaign, I had candles and essential oils on for at least 30 minutes before the openings. I wanted potential buyers to walk into my home and feel something.. There is nothing worse than walking in to a bedroom and smelling that stale smell of someone else. 


MUSIC

During my openings, I have had Moroccan, soulful music playing in the kitchen. Not only does this show potential buyers what the home will be like when the music is on and they are occupying the house but it also “transports” the buyers. Music makes every moment more magical.. why wouldn’t we all want to make our openings more magical and almost mystical for our potential buyers. 



The C Word

Clutter - GET RID OF IT.No one wants to see or feel a messy home. Clean your drawers - I promise you they will be opened. I have attended many showings myself and I can honestly say I am so turned off when I go to a viewing and open a cupboard door and everything is shoved and jammed packed into the drawers and cupboards. It is just not appealing. This campaign, I made sure all my cupboards were in order (we generally keep everything super tidy behind doors, but I made extra effort to remove some clutter from the pantry. It makes me feel amazing too!)

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Kids toys - a Big No No

The reality is that when you have kids - young and old - their stuff is strewn across living rooms and bedrooms . Often, to you, this cr*p becomes the norm and part of the furniture... but this is not the case for someone who is visiting your home. It sticks out like an iceberg. During our campaign, all of Jesse’s toys, tables, and 'stuff' was taken out of the living room. We knew our home would appeal more to someone without kids so we wanted to show the house as if there were no kids in the main areas (his bedroom we left as is obviously!) 


Flora and Fauna

Quite simply, a must.

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Towels

Putting fresh fluffy towels is a must for every single inspection. You basically want new buyers to walk in to your home and feel that no one has lived here before and that they will be the first! Crunchy paper style towels, a big no no.... Wet and recently used towels.. a no no... smelly towels... a no no :) 

Have I left any must do’s off the list? Let me know in the comments below!

You need to make this scrumptious chicken tagine!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I love entertaining and cooking up a storm in kitchen. I often get asked for the recipes of the dishes that I record myself cooking on my instagram stories. WARNING - I am by no means a professional chef although I like to think I am ;)

So I have decided to share some examples of me doing my thang in the kitchen. WARNING #2 - I am also not a professional videographer so I have decided to share with you the raw, unedited, messy truth of how it all goes down. I hope this provides some inspiration for you to get creative in the kitchen. Sometimes you just need to have a little fun and get a little messy!

Check out my awesome chicken tagine recipe below:

10 steps for a Healthier Home

1. The science of Natural Light

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing ourselves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow through your home every day!

2. Bring greenery in

Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduced stress, and improved concentration. Pick some fresh flowers from the garden or even throw some kale into a vase if you are looking for an easy but beautiful quick-fix. 

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3. Make your bed

The morning rush often gets the better of us all. Whether we are scooting off to work or to drop the kids off at school or even to make it to our morning gym sesh on time, we often overlook the simple act of making our bed. The tone of your entire day is set in the first hour of being awake. The way you choose to spend this time will either set off a flow of events that will end up in an inspired, positive day ahead of you, or the contrary. Making your bed in the morning before you leave the house is imperative to increase productivity and motivation, harvesting hours of efficiency throughout your day.

4. Clean out your refrigerator door

We are all guilty of this crime. I have seen too many outdated children's timetables and take-aways menus stuck to the front of friends’ fridges to count.

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between the amount of clutter in one’s home and the number of items stuck to the front of the fridge door. Further to this, perform a fridge audit every 2 months. Are there opened and unused mustard jars, jams that have gone old etc? Get rid of everything you can in your fridge door to propel you into a field of inspired and positive orderliness!

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5. Invite friends over

A healthy home is a happy home. And true happiness is created in the company of friends and family. Spending quality time with your friends and family at your house will ensure your home is always kept to a high standard. When you know you are entertaining, you take pride in your space!

6. It's all about the smell

Essential Oils. Candles. Fresh flowers. Enough said. Excite the senses and watch how your overall mood changes.

7. Adopt the rule of 5 to keep your home tidy

I am by no means perfect. I am only human which means ofcourse there are times when there is a slew of Jesse’s toys decorating the living room and piles of clothes on my bedroom floor. But this is seriously the easiest hack! All you need to do is adopt a simple rule of five to have a healthy abode. Every time you get up from your desk or walk through your home, select five things to put away. Alternatively, each hour set aside five minutes for organisation. By the end of the day, you could have accumulated an entire hour of cleaning.

8. Don't overlook your front door

Your front door is an incredibly prominent feature of your home. Ensuring that this entry way is uninterrupted and opening freely has a profound effect on the energy that flows through your home via the front.

9. Sort out your paperwork

You may not realise it but those piles of old paperwork on your desk have a tremendous effect on your psyche and emotional wellbeing. Go through them, chuck out the papers you don't need and file the important ones away. You don't need to see them piling up every day. This will work wonders for your health!

10. Leave your phone and computer outside the bedroom

In today's day and age, this may seem like an impossible task. Just a "quick" scroll through your instagram feed before bed seems so normal. But sleeping with your phone next to your bed can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality.

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your bedroom phone and computer free. Studies have proven that people who sleep with their phones outside of their bedroom enjoy a better quality of life and have seen improvements in their overall happiness and quality of life.

What do you do to keep your home healthy? I would love to hear!

 

The 411 on my favourite indoor plants

I have long been a sucker for bringing greenery into the home (waaaaay before it became super trendy and fashionable!) Bringing plants and nature inside has the incredible power to uplift mood, soul and spirit. I always make sure myself and the team at Studio Ezra incorporate greenery in the spaces we design to ensure we create the most healthy and experiential spaces. Obviously, we can't put just any plant anywhere and everywhere as it may not be able to live in the conditions of the space... So here is everything you need to know about my 5 go-to indoor plants.

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Studio Ezra, Richmond Residence


Kentia Palms


I absolutely adore Kentia Palms! They do not need loads of sunlight so they are great for rooms that are on the darker side. They grow tall and not wide so they are also a great space saving option! Be careful not to overwater your kentia palm, watering it only when the uppermost soil layer is dry.

 

Olive Trees

Although olive trees are not necessrily indoor plants, I have always loved to bring them inside. This is totally possible however, they then need to be situated in areas that receive A LOT sunlight.. Such as in front of north facing windows. One of the main reasons why they are one of my faves is because they are soft and have an extremely calming quality about them. Oh and the colouring of their leaves is just stunning. 

 

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Fiddle Leaf Trees

Fiddle leaf fig trees are always a winner. Their oversized, large leaves are relaxed but architectural and beautiful. They make a statement but still manage to remain soft in their look and feel. They add so much warmth to the home. Make sure these get indirect natural sunlight and loads of it, they are sensitive plants and can be affected quickly and easily if not receiving the right amount of light. You may beed to move them around your home to find their perfect niche!

 

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Studio Ezra, Balwyn Residence

Yuccas

Now here's on you have seen but probably never known its actual name. I am obsessed with Yuccas! They are exotic, gorgeous and have low water requirements. Very durable plants!

 

Euphorbia Ingens

These indoor cactii are amazing as they are dramatic succulents that will grow to 2m high if they have rom. They are hardy and don't need much watering. These give that luscious greenery required and the height we all want in an interior! Beware, may not be the most suitable with young children. Youch! 

What indoor plants do you have in your home? Let me know which plants you love in your home and why in the comments section below. Always love discovering some new, gorgeous foliage!

The journey continues.. Artisans at work

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Continuing from where we left off last week, we are still in Morocco, visiting the factory and having the time of our life, eating more than we thought humanly possible. In case you missed it, we are staying at the breathtakingly beautiful Riad Dar Bensouda.

   Love this look?     Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.  Click   here   to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

Love this look?


Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.

Click here to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

DAY THREE: MEET THE MAKERS

Todays blog, as promised in the video below, is dedicated to the skilled artisans who hand make every part of zellige tiles. It is such a tedious process that requires 100% effort and skill from the legends who make them. So here goes; day three in mesmerising Morocco.

Every step and process that goes into the making of zellige tiles is done by hand. From preparing the clay to chipping the shapes that make up intricate mosaic patterns, the guys sustain a skillset that was taught them by their fathers and that was taught to their fathers by there grandfathers etc. They work day in and day out creating the most beautiful and exotic mosaics that we sell to you in Australia and around the world.. The precision, skill, accuracy and time needed to produce these zellige is unprecedented. Seeing the guys in action was inspiring. It's a privilege to be considered "family" by them and in turn, to help them sustain their craft.

Check out the vid to see the boys in action and to see just how much effort and skill goes into producing these tiles. BUT, please excuse the order of my insta stories. There was obviously no wifi.. you get the picture ;)

 

 

 

Behind the scenes: Georgia takes on Morocco

Happy new year gorgeous followers! I hope that you have all had an indulgent holiday and have all enjoyed your little break from reality. So, I'm back in Melbourne after an amazing and much needed vacation in Sydney. How many of you are like me and are already dreaming about the next travel destination after being back home for approximately 15 minutes. SIGH. I'm sitting here longing for my next vacay and it's brought back so many good memories from my last overseas trip..

In September of 2017, Richie and I, along with Jesse, took time off to visit Morocco, braving the 32 hour aeroplane ride - which may I add, was actually 3 individual flights with hours in between, with a 14 month old, who, at the time had an ear infection and was on antibiotics - lets not go into the part that mummy and daddy left the bottle of antibiotics in the fridge of the first leg! .... 

 For 2 weeks, we explored the beauty that is Morocco, the country of my dreams and the place where I draw most of my inspiration from. For these 2 weeks, we wandered round the streets, marvelling over every inch that Morocco had to offer. We gorged ourselves on the most delicious and fresh food, explored the Riyads, Dar's, Medinas, rolling hills in the mountains of Marrakech and gawped continuously over the majestic architecture and designs. This trip was the best thing I could have ever done for myself - I was able to refocus and reflect on my life, all that I have achieved and all that I dream of achieving for 2018.

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As I sit here in Melbourne and reminisce on one of the most needed and best holidays of my life, I feel compelled to share with you the highlights of this incredible journey. Like a true tourist, I lugged my monstrosity of a camera and my iPhone (for insta stories obviously) around with me, making sure that I could bring just a glimpse of the magic of Morocco back with me to Australia.

So ladies and gentleman.. without further adieu, I give you... Georgia, Richie and Jesse take Morocco.

DAY 1: HONEY I'M HOME

Our first stop was Casablanca. Having just survived several long flights, we arrived at the Sheraton, with one very jetlagged child. I was completely taken aback by the majestic beauty of the lobby. Just sitting there was a sensory overload. Sky high palm trees and ornate light fittings adorned the space with the sounds of birds chirping; this was no run of the mill hotel. And this was just the hotel lobby - if this was any indication of what we were going see, we were in for one hell of a time.

DAY 2: WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS

After settling in, eager and curious, we hit the streets in pursuit of the place where all the magic happens - the factory that makes my pride and joy, my zellige tiles. These are the very tiles that I design and import into Australia which have truly become one of my biggest passions (you can see more HERE.)

Seeing some of the completed orders packed onto palettes and ready to be shipped all over the world to places such as Saudi Arabia and America etc was extremely fulfilling. We left the factory with full hearts (and VERY full stomachs thanks to the best damn pastries I've ever tasted) and headed to something that I had been looking forward to for months - Dar Ben Souda.

Dar Ben Souda is quite simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. SO much beauty, history, passion and love lies between the walls. Gorgeous and light-filled courtyards and the sheer grandeur and scale of the space make this Riad a must-see..

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That's all for today lovers but stay tuned for next week where we our fairytale story continues.. Have you been to Morocco before? What were your "must see's and do's?" 

Day 7: Kasbah Bab Ourika

Picture perfect

Located in the Atlas mountains in Marrakech, is Kasbah Bab Ourika. The most picturesque, gorgeous and serene landscape I ever did see. With rolling hills, mountain peaks, a river and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, this place is absolute heaven.

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I always preach about how important it is to reconnect with nature and ground yourself to the earth. I could not think of a better example of this then Kasbah Bab Ourika. Nature is incorporated in so many ways, from the endless views, to the abundance of greenery and natural sunlight all the way to the finer details of natural tiles.

5 ways to bring Kasbah Bab Ourika

into your home

  1. Invest in a gorgeous Persian/Turkish rug. These rugs are so practical - they are super easy to care for and will last for years and years. Splurge on the real deal or get a cost-effective, cheaper replica to add that extra dimension into the space.
  2. Pouf Party! Poufs are the perfect accessory. I always love incorporating them into a living room as an option instead of an arm chair. The perfect way to make you and your guests feel right at home. 
  3. Go with a handmade tile. It is no secret that I am passionate about handmade tiles. They have the power to connect you to the earth and bring character, warmth and soul into a space. Check out my PASSION and other business - Tiles of Ezra, for best quality handmade Moroccan tiles! These tiles really are the best coming out of Morocco. And we ship worldwide - JUST SAYIN' :)
  4. Greenery and Terracotta Pots. Terracotta pots are my "secret agent" - they (much to many of my client's surprise) work seamlessly in any space, and in particular modern homes! 
  5. Cushion the blow. Bring in a mix of bold, bright colours and patterns with your cushions. You'd be surprised at how well they will work together and bring charm to your home, especially if much of the space is neutral.
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Check out the vid below to see some of my highlights from this magical space!

Have you visited this little piece of heaven? Let me know your Morocco must sees in the comments below!

Find out what Richie whispered to me in bed last week....

Get your mind out of the gutter naughty, it's to do with sheets. The most comfortable, soft, gorgeous, sexy, delicate and may I mention healthy sheets ever.

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Don't underestimate the power of a good set of bed linen. Your bed is your sanctuary, the perfect place to revitalize and rejuvenate, binge watch a season of Netflix and even get a bit frisky with some in-between the sheets fun. So lovely people, I would like to introduce you to the best of the best, Purezone bamboo sheets. I always feel the need to share with you that I am in no way affiliated to the product and that I derive no benefit by promoting products on my blog. The things I choose to share with you are the things that I love and believe that you will love too!

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HOLY SHEET I literally could not believe how amazing these felt on my body. The benefits of bamboo are endless. Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and smooth on the skin and are a naturally hygienic choice; bamboo is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.

On top of this, it is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making bamboo a sustainable, organic crop grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It is also great for temperature regulation, allowing you to keep warm in winter and cool in summer (PERFECT for Melbourne weather.) 

I used to think that sheet softness meant I had to buy Egyptian Cotton with a high thread count, but boy was I wrong. I also had a misconception in my head that bamboo wouldn't feel or look luxurious but I was so wrong! I am a bamboo convert! Trust me, you'll be texting your friends to tell them how good the experience in your bed was, and I'm not talking about the PG stuff. Even Jesse couldn't get enough!

My bamboo sheets are from Purezone, they have an amazing range and they have certainly kept me as a returning client!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR BAMBOO SHEETS

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Georgia Ezra Healthy home healthy you, bedlinen bamboo and how this impacts your health

Styling your home like a PRO

Don't be afraid to get m o o d y

Sometimes all it takes is a moodboard -  having everything you like, together, right in front of you helps clarify exactly what you like and don’t like! Use Pinterest, Instagram, flick through magazines and collect your fave visual references. This will help you cement your own personal style and nail down exactly what look shows off your individuality.

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The more styles the merrier

Don’t feel like you have to stick to one style. So many of you think that the items in your home have to belong to one, specific style (e.g. strictly scandi.) THIS IS SO NOT THE CASE. I often find that the most engaging and experiential spaces are those that tell a story whilst the most boring, standard and COMMON ones are the ones that feature a piece that everyone has. The places that resonate with me the most are in fact the ones that have a myriad of items from travel, inherited pieces from parents, one or two really stand out, WOW pieces and anything else that embraces individuality. Don’t be afraid to show off pieces that evoke fond memories. Invest in one thing that you really LOVE and make this a piece that really stands out. By having this statement piece, you really don’t need to fill the space with undesirable and ineffective clutter.

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Quantity NOT quality

You are probably thinking WTF. But this is so true sometimes. Why not collect a few of the same, or even varying, jars, cheap vases or even a mixture of varying candles. This creates a striking effect, mood and ambience that will make your home look like it’s fresh off the cover of a magazine! Three vases looks so much better than just one. And remember, try sticking to odd numbers for the best effect.

Tray it up

Trays in the home = tres chic. Perfect for a coffee table, entrance foyer bench or even in a powder room. Pile up some books, add a candle, a small bunch of blooms or even an old perfume bottle and voila – you are already hot to trot!

 

Layer slayer

The more you layer the space, the more homely, inviting and comforting it becomes. Add that wow factor with a throw and some scatter cushions. There are tons of cheap and amazing options available and this can really help bring that extra dimension to your home.

Its the little things


Sometimes the tiniest details make the most dramatic and biggest statement.  Why not change up the door hardware. There are some seriously cool and unique things available today like leather door handles and tabs and unique finishes and textures. Incorporate these details throughout the house to make sure you achieve a cohesive look.

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And lastly.. Have fun with it! Remember everything in moderation and don’t clutter. Don’t feel the need to fill every inch of the house, this will only make the space feel smaller. Please do not finish reading this and employ every tip I have given in every single room. Try out a few in different spaces and if you feel intimidated and don't know where to begin, I always say - Don't be afraid to go with your gut!

You NEED this killer Kikki.K stuff in your life!

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I love a good Insta story.. I mean who doesn't, right? So you might have already seen one of my uploads from the other day about a gorgeous delivery I received from Kikki K. I just know that there are loads of you out there who, much like me, have a secret obsession with cute stationary and organizing tools.  So I just HAD to write a blog about it because these products were seriously too divine and necessary not to.

As hard as I try to be organized, I am not. Running several businesses as well as being a full-time mom and wife means I live a crazy, hectic and full on life (which I love!) but it also means I need things set out for me. I find that if things are written out in front of me, they become easier to visualize and prioritize. Sometimes I have so much on my plate that I need to smash through that I don't even know where to begin. Which is why the planner pad I received is so good. It allows me to order tasks according to their level of importance and makes the things I need to accomplish tangible and clear.

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The next item that arrived was a Dream Journal and to say I am totally obsessed is an understatement. The opening lines "Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams" speak to me more than I could ever describe. I have always been a dreamer. Dreaming gets me through every day and year and in all honesty, I would not be where I am today if it was not for a lil' dreaming. The journal has sections for goals, short-term dreams, long term dreams and inspiring quotes. If you are a dreamer, I highly recommend this journal! And it is so pretty-in-pink too. Totally functional as well as nice to look at. Love love love it!

I also received a "Paper book for every day inspiration." This book contains inspiring DIY projects and craft goodness for paper lovers. It is packed with quotes, stickers and just awesome things in general. Sometimes all it takes is a few clever words strung together in an inspirational quote to get your ass into gear and make you realize that what you wish for is actually easily attainable with the right attitude.

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The last (and potentially the best) thing I received was a gorgeous, leather notebook. The reason I love this so much is because I cannot survive without a diary. I need to write down everything whether it is online, in a book or on a scrap piece of paper. This notebook was monogrammed with my initials. So obsessed with it all.

Thank you for the amazing goodies Kikki.K! And to my readers, be sure to check out their new range. Easy on the eye but so functional too for anyone on the go! What stationary and organizing tools can you guys not live without? Let me know in the comments below! I can't get enough of this stuff!

Taking Out the Heartache when Designing: Georgia's Golden List

Most of the people I speak to are terrified of renovating and redesigning their homes, especially when they don't have much choice but to do it on their own. Budget constraints and various other factors restrict people from hiring designers to do their homes for them and this creates a lot of fear, anxiety and heartache. I totally recognise that renovating or refurnishing your home can be an extremely daunting experience to say the least – essentially you are gambling with unknown products, unfamiliar suppliers and huge expenses without being 100% sure that your final result will even achieve what you wanted in the first place. But.. in actual fact, the prospect of designing a space for you and your family to love, enjoy and call 'home' for years to come should bring about excitement and happiness! So.. what am I getting at?  I have the perfect tool to ease you through this seemingly cumbersome effort!

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I have created my very own resource library - My Golden List (which I will be constantly updating!) and all it entails is signing up on my website to get the password! You will receive exclusive access to Georgia's Golden List - which includes a range of my favourite retailers and awesome suppliers. I have spent the last 8 years designing homes for clients who love my style. It's a mix of Moroccan, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, Indonesian, African, European... meets Modern! I am excited to pass along the access key to this precious fam, taking out the guesswork and saving you time and money. The brands featured in my list are the ones that I return to, job after job, at my design firm GABBE, not only because they have genuinely amazing products but because I know I am going to get top service from them every time. These guys are the Creme de la creme in the industry, and are every interior designer's secret weapon for amazing products and incredible deals.


If you feel inspired by the interiors I work on, the products that I buy for my clients, and my approach to creating positive, functional and happy spaces, then this list is your saving grace! It is finally ready; after years in the making and working with a team of awesome suppliers, it is now available to you! Click the link here to access my pride and joy - my Golden List!

P.S - If you mention that Georgia Ezra sent you, these companies will offer a seriously awesome trade discount - and when I say awesome, I mean awesome!

Give Your Rental the Glow it Deserves.. And LOVE Your Home!

Make your rented house a home

I know first hand what it is like to be frustrated when renting and feel like you don’t have control over what you really want to do with your home; the struggle between wanting to personalise your space, but not being able to. I rented for 5 years, and I always held back! I never used my nice crockery or tableware. I kept everything boxed up just waiting for that perfect home, and I can certainly say that I regret doing that, because it was undoubtedly the cause of a lot of internal dissatisfaction. We commonly hold back from buying good quality and expensive pieces of furniture because we feel like it’s a poor investment to put money into an item that may not suit a more permanent or purchased house in the future. However, not putting energy into your rental will find a way to creep up on you and cause frustration.

Ultimately, if you are renting a property it is a necessity to take advantage of your current living situation. You can do better and actually love your surroundings, even if they are temporary! You should not have to be frustrated and disgruntled every time you walk through your front door..

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This is a perfect opportunity to trial a variety of styles you like because it’s a temporary space that you can use to experiment, live out and personalise! Own your home (regardless if you actually do own it) and make it yours. There are loads of ways you can decorate or style your rental property keeping within the restrictions you have to work to, you just have to have an open mind!

you don’t have to spend big to see results! 

There are so many minor things you can do that will revamp your rental and make it a space that you are genuinely proud of. Here are a handful of my tips:

  • Don't like your floor? Why not buy a gorgeous rug to detract from it! And if or when you move one day, you can easily find a spot for it in your new home!
  • DO NOT HOARD. Declutter and get rid of the items that you are holding on to but that don't serve you properly anymore. The more space you have, the easier it will be to find a good piece of furniture or objec
  • Bring flora and fauna into your home! Fresh flowers, planters and greenery can make the world of difference. Not only will this help you connect with nature, this will help you reduce stress and is directly linked to mental and emotional development.
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  • Put your best photo forward..  Cute photographs and pictures will help the space feel far more homely, warmer and personal and are also a cost-effective way of decorating the space.
  • Mirrors help reflect natural light and create an illusion of more space. This will elevate the space enormously!
  • Purchase or put out coffee table books and stunning 'objects de art' that have personal significance to you. Don't focus on what is "in fashion" or what your friends have in their spaces; focus on the things that are important to you and inspire you. These pieces do not necessarily to have a high monetary value yet they will make your rental glow with personal style.
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  • Use your nice hand towels, crockery, cutlery and candles. Many people 'save' their stunning pieces for "one day in their own home." This type of thinking will only cause you unhappiness and angst. USE THEM TODAY! Feel proud to have gorgeous things in your home, even if you do not own it per se.  

Look ON the brightside

There are definitely positives involved in renting.  With every home you rent, should come a more refined sense of what you want in your "forever home." Renting will help you to identify and know exactly what you want and need so when the time comes, you will be well prepared with clear-cut ideas and little indecision! Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. This positive thinking will also improve your lifestyle with general energy to attract positive experiences!

Ultimately you need to look at what inspires you, reflects your own personal style and what would make the home a space you love!  In the mean time, I want to hear your best kept secrets about what you do to jazz up your rental? Hit me up in the comments section below!

xxx

Georgia    

The Rituals I Can't Live Without!

We all have our own little things which we do each and every day that make us feel a little more like ourselves. These rituals are personal and differ from person to person. These are the things that I do, day in and day (or should I say night) out, that make me feel refreshed, revitalized, alive and grounded!

Morning Rituals

1.      I am entirely devoted to my body and my mind and making sure that in the first hour of my day everything starts with a positive is a MUST. Normally, Jesse wakes up at 6am so he comes to snuggle in bed with me where I am spoilt with cuddles, laughs and giggles. The minute we are up, I quickly make my bed. No matter what, my bed is made within the first hour of my day.. if my bed is not made, I feel scattered, disorganized, and messy! I always want to start the day on a positive!

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2.     I pop on the diffuser in my kitchen. Each day the scent is different -  today was lemongrass, eucalyptus and wild orange… Our sense of smell is massively underestimated! What we smell can completely trigger the way that we feel and ultimately effect our thoughts, which effect our emotions and therefore our energy. Aromatherapy is fascinating; I am no expert but I know enough to passionately push for the fact that scent can have an incredible impact on our mood, our emotional wellbeing and our health. So I take advantage of this daily and make this part of my morning ritual to ensure that there is productivity and energy in the way I face the morning.

3.     I boil the kettle and pour myself hot lemon water. I am very lucky that I don’t have issues with my gut or stomach but I care very much about my health in terms of food and the one thing that I know is very beneficial to do is to have a glass of hot water with lemon every morning before eating breakfast, so I treat my body to this.

 

Night time Rituals

1.      Richie and I love to cook together! Every night, after we put Jesse to sleep, we go straight to the kitchen to start chopping up some veggies for dinner. A sit down meal is extremely important to us; we have a small veggie patch in which we grow kale, silver beet, and an array of other herbs.. Every night we pick something from our garden. I think this always grounds us and makes us mindful of where our food comes from… which is so easy to forget nowadays with readily accessible products that come nicely package and washed!

2.     As my days are generally filled with a mixture of meetings, phone calls, emails to attend to and an 8 month old, nights are really the only moment I get to sit down properly, take a breath and get my thoughts together before the next day. Once I have finished doing my writing or last minute emails and work, I make it a ritual to take a nice warm shower and put lavender oil drops in the corner…this is so relaxing and I find myself looking forward to it every night.

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After this, I make sure the lights are dimmed in the bedroom. We have side pendants from India which when turned on create an extremely moody and relaxing space.

3.     I like to crawl into bed with tea, maybe sometimes even a dessert (who am I kidding.. I have dessert every night!) , and my iPad/book to relax and wind down. At the moment, I am watching ‘Girls’ and I am hooked! Tea in hand, a baby asleep and the lights dimmed low…It’s a moment that quite simply does not get old!

These practices, however small or insignificant they may seem, are little steps I take to ensure that I keep myself sane and happy! What are your favorite morning and evening rituals? I would love to hear all about them!

xxx

Georgia

Art in the home and what it can do for you!

We are not robots, and so our homes should not be composed in an identical manner. Each home has a different occupant, with his or her own unique aesthetic, tastes, experiences and love for art.. I always encourage clients to stay away from trends and to embrace their individuality! For this reason, art should be original for each client. I believe that there is something so incredibly refreshing and powerful to know that the piece hung on your own wall is exclusive to you, reflecting and feeding from the exact space it sits within.

Bring freshness to the art you already have

As a practicing designer, if I am partaking in a full furniture package for a client, I absolutely will be expected to and also wish to partake in the selection of art - from sculptures to curated pieces or selections of ready-made items. I often utilise specific art pieces the clients already have and reframe them, bringing new life and a fresher look to those pieces. Often the actual art is incredibly interesting and stunning however the frame its sits within doesn’t best showcase the unit. With a simple reframe, you can make a vast difference!

Just like with design, there is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to selecting art.  Art is so personal. However, when designing and having to select art for my clients, I always respond to the general aesthetic, vibe and colour scheme that I have employed throughout the space. This completely directs me in saying yes or no to the countless pieces I search through. Tonal qualities and colour are also huge aspects to consider with this - it is not solely about you loving the art piece but how it integrates aesthetically into the design of the home. Another key aspect to take into regard is the size of the piece. Sometimes I just know the wall needs a monster; something dramatic striking and large. At other times, I feel subtle and eclectic is more suitable – a wall of 10-20 pieces uniquely framed and clustered together can be equally effective and striking.

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The art pieces within my own home are always unique works that I have collected throughout my journeys, travels and overseas trips. I frame and hang unique textures and fabrics that have their own story as well as hand knitted macramé. I have hand made Moroccan mosaics which are installed in areas throughout my home, which I consider to be art. These walls add so much depth, history and beauty to our space. The art throughout my home has always had a personal narrative attached and has not been dictated by monetary value. The pieces each tell a unique story, and have been curated and specially selected for the space in which they nest.

I was recently asked what trends I have noticed with regards to art and interior design. I have definitely picked up that Australians are far more interested in using handmade products and are steering away from the massed produced, especially when it comes to art. This is evident in the creative use of materials and textures to create walls of art as opposed to hanging art; ultimately integrating these materials into the interior design of homes.  Although I generally hate the term "trend," there are the odd few that offer perpetual magic!  A great example of this is tiles. It is no secret that I am OBSESSED with Moroccan hand made mosaics.  They are huge at the moment and I think this comes down to their timelessness and their power to offer a point of difference in homes; a product that truely tells a unique story. My side project, Tilesofezra  (www.tilesofezra.com) have a beautiful range of Moroccan Zellige Mosaics. These are handmade creations that have been manufactured for centuries, sustaining the craft and tradition of Morocco and allowing for the end user to have a product in their home which adds drama, intense layering and a very bespoke aura; an aura that could not be achieved through using a mass produced tile. 

In saying that, I am relieved to see Australians being more adventurous and unique in their styling selections and instead of following a trend or guideline, listening to their own intuition, unique aesthetic and following what genuinely excites them. If you take one thing away from this post, I hope it is the courage to embrace your own individuality when styling your home and selecting the art that goes in it! You won't regret it!

xxx

Georgia

P.S - I would LOVE to hear what your favourite art pieces in your home are! Tell me all about them below!

Your Perfect Living Room Part II

Last week on the blog I shared with you a couple of hot tips for your living room. Because I love talking (LOL) and also have so much to say on this topic I figured that one blog post just ain't gonna cut it. So here goes the sequel to last week's post.

SAY yes to a great rug and sofa

I am a massive advocate of carpet, being the daughter of THE carpet man in Sydney - Carpeteria, Newland Street Bondi Junction ( Ask for Jack! :) ), but I also love using other flooring materials. I much prefer to use a hard surface in a kitchen – a timber floorboard, polished concrete or large format tile and then run this right through to the living room. That doesn't mean you cant section off a space with a seperate flooring finish such as a carpet or an oversized rug - always oversized!   Not only does a rug separate and distinguish the area as separate BUT it also adds to the physical and aesthetic comfort of the living space. 

I must stress that each space and each client is different, but for me a key furniture piece in the living room is a good, comfortable sofa. The shape, upholstery choice, and scatter cushions will make a world of difference too! Comfortable dining chairs/bar stools according to the design and a functional dining setting are also critical pieces.

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Lighting is incredibly important to the atmosphere of a space. I always urge clients to hang pendants above their dining table or a wall hung, retractable light fitting that can be pulled over the table. Lastly, multifunctional furniture, such as side tables and stools that can respond with your everyday needs and lifestyle are PERFECT for smaller spaces.

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Be brave with colour! Get in touch with your inner fun and use colour to highlight the key areas of your home. Do this with your loose furnishings/accessories OR emphasize the importance of a room with creating a feature wall. Paint the entire wall or apply bold wallpaper…if you balance this out with accessories that compliment the tone of the colour along with other neutrals throughout the room you, will find that it will speak out loud but in an elegant way. Another awesome tip I can offer (and this one is probably more relevant to the dining room) is to be courageous with your serving ware! There is nothing better than the excitement I see on the faces of my guests when they sit down to brightly colored and bold printed plates.. I like to buy separate plates and bowls (entrée, main, small and large soup size). Depending on the meal of the night, I will choose the colour range and style the tableware to suit. Its so much fun to bring colour into the dinner party this way!  Be brave to mix and match textures, patterns and prints.. Everyone should have a go!

Mirror mirror on the wall - Mirrors work wonders! They create a visual illusion that the room is larger than reality and they reflect any light that is entering the space that in result makes the area brighter! But I say play with your mirrors.. Buy frames that are circular, square shape or even doorframes, and use them as the basis as your mirror surround. Bring mirror into the space through furniture…or if you have the budget, mirror panels to clad the entire wall look incredible!

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Lastly, why not try DIY vases and jars. I never throw glass drink bottles or glass jars out… You will find me using pickle jars for my nuts and seeds or flowers. I place them all around the house, not only in the living room. These are the small elements and features around the house that give a personal and hands on touch!

What in your living room inspires you or what issues are you struggling to deal with when it comes to loving your living room? I would love to help!

xxx

Georgia

Your Perfect Living Room

What is it about the living room that makes it such an important space in our homes?

The living room is the centre of our home; our daily interactions are based around entertaining, dining, relaxing and residing which all takes place in this particular area of the home. It's a space that every member of the house feels comfortable, shares in happiness and engages with one another.

The secret to a great living room

Personally, I tend to gravitate towards living and kitchen spaces; for me, it needs to provide a comfortable environment to look at AND to be within. In addition, a sun filled area is imperative - I can never get enough sunlight in a living room. I definitely believe each individual has his or her own style and aesthetic, so in my opinion ‘personality’ has a big role in a ‘great living room’. Accessorize and use specific colours that suit your own taste. Whilst saying this, an open plan design allows the overall feel of the space to be more inviting and less cluttered. An open plan living room means an integration of the kitchen with the family living…and so, this would mean no separation between the two spaces. As the kitchen is the core of all ‘coming together’  and the heart of the home, it is really such a beautiful concept to combine the two areas into one.

When designing the layout for an open plan space, I always like to play with placement of ‘dining’ and ‘lounging’ spaces. As so much entertaining takes place around an Island bench AND so often around a coffee table, I like to look at working against the conventional placement of the ‘grand’ dining table adjacent to the kitchen area. In some cases, when presented with more space, I will let the open kitchen run into the living, offsetting the dining area. In other cases, I like to combine joinery of the living room into the dining space – e.g  A floating shelf becomes a bench seat for the table.

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I often find clients do not appropriately utilize the size of their space through the furniture chosen – We can successfully create illusions of how large or small our homes are by the furniture we choose to style with. Using items that are too small for larger areas or alternatively furniture that is too big for compact spaces can completely ruin a gorgeous space. My rule is to make sure you can comfortably move between furniture, there isn’t too much space but you are not trying to squeeze in between either.

Smaller, separate living rooms

In smaller areas, we need to remember we are not disadvantaged, we just need to get a bit more creative and wise with our designs! 

An integration of joinery with dining works wonders. This can be as simple as creating a bar seat in your kitchen island to allow for a more casual dining. Don’t clutter and choose your furniture wisely. Buy pieces that can be space saving and multifunctional!

In addition, be careful with colour; dark, bold or strong colour schemes will make spaces appear smaller. My advice would be to keep things bright and clean and integrate those eclectic items you like in small doses, that way they can be seen and shown off.

I often find that clients don’t know their style. They love EVERYTHING and so they tend to overclutter, which ultimately leads to a cramped vision and takes away from each piece. I call it ‘CTC - Culling the C*P! If you over-accessorize the interior, you do a disservice to your space and to the pieces you treasure most! CTC!!!!

FABULOUS FEATURE WALLS

I love making something a feature in a living room. My style is such a combined mix of modern meets eclectic. I Love Spanish, Italian, Indian, Asian and Moroccan styles and I work these together with a touch of 1950’s retro and modernism. It somehow works!

I  often tend to find myself working with artists to create custom art or buying one off pieces such as Balinese bed heads, Vintage artifacts or timber carved doors as a feature to hang on the wall in a living/dining space. In some homes, I have used gorgeous wallpaper to add to the vibe of the room, but it would have to really be something amazing and unique.

I think that's enough for you to digest for now.. Stay tuned for my post next week where I will carry on giving you the best tips on how to make your living room truly special!

xxx

Georgia