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Welcome to our Home Renovation 2.0!

Our second renovation has well and truly begun, and we are right in the depths of the demolition process. Plaster, tiling and carpet have now all been removed, and our dedicated team, James, Joel and Moh, who are doing most of our demolition and carpentry, are currently working on our flooring level.

Throughout both this, and our last renovation, we have learnt the importance of having a strong, trusting relationship with the tradesmen we work with. We are very fortunate that our building team is passionate and hardworking, and we continually ensure that communication is only clear, and most importantly, that everyone’s spirits are high on site!

Watch Video 1 Below!

We are very fortunate that our building team is passionate and hardworking, and we continually ensure that communication is only clear, and most importantly, that everyone’s spirits are high on site!
Our  VERY    hands on team. Pictured here are Joel and James, who are  literally  under our house, calling out measurements to Moh who is cutting joists for the support of the floor.

Our VERY hands on team. Pictured here are Joel and James, who are literally under our house, calling out measurements to Moh who is cutting joists for the support of the floor.

Projects like this often come with little surprises as sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Such an example is our unexpected discovery of the pesky building enemy: asbestos. Luckily, it was able to be safely removed, and we were able to get back to work in no time! Another thing that I’ve been dreaming of  installing arched windows at the back of the house, however prices were escalating, and I had to trade it in for European oak retractable window doors. Gotta pick my battles, right?! They are just as beautiful and I can’t wait to show you the finished product.

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Have a look at our moodboard below, a compilation of everything that has inspired our new home. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with talented suppliers and extraordinary brands that are helping us create our dream home. For our new followers, here is a recap of our last renovation - Click here for the final video of Home reno 1. Home Renovation 2.0 will be even bigger and better, and we hope you are excited as we are.

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We will be sharing our entire renovation journey with you here on Georgiaezra.com, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on challenges, successes, details on brands we are working with, on baby number 2’s arrival (we can’t wait), and much more.

STAY TUNED for the next installation of our Home Renovation blog and if you know anyone who you believe will enjoy and benefit from joining us on our renovation journey, share our blog and my instagram page @georgia_ezra, where you get the updates first. Help us spread and inspire as many as possible!

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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.

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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!

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:

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?" 

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!

What the last 6 months have looked like for me!

The past 6 months have been a massive learning curve as well as incredible adventure for me! I made the very hard decision to temporarily put GABBE (my interior design studio) on hold so that I could have some real time and what I call ‘emotional freedom’ from my full time work whilst caring for my first child. I love my job and I love my clients, but deep down I had an underlying dream that always got put to the side due to time restraints with running 3 small businesses simultaneously. This time off was tremendously vital for me to get pen to paper and start scribbling down all of my ideologies which have been so relevant to my life as well as my design processes with my clients..

In my new book "A Healthy Home A Healthy You," I write:

This book is dedicated to my son Jesse Aaron Morris: who gave me the permission to listen to myself, go for my dreams and live the healthiest version of my life.

There is so much truth in my dedication. The space I gave myself as well as bringing my beautiful son in my life put so much into perspective and allowed me to fully explore some long time passions.

Back in 2015,  Richie and I were living in an apartment which effected our emotional and physical health/well being. The apartment was south facing and sandwiched between two very tall buildings. The space was always cold and dark, the apartment was ridden with rising damp, mold started growing on our clothes and you could smell the bacteria in the air. Our lives were affected in so many ways during this period. My first hand experiences lead me to this powerful knowledge that we hold yet completely underestimate. The more and more I thought, lived, experienced, listened, heard and looked around me, the greater I realized how intrinsically connected our mental wellbeing was to our home.

3 months of pen to paper, I now have a self published book ” A Healthy Home A Healthy you” and already the book has been so well received… I am flattered by the responses from readers who have bought the book.  This book drastically helped me as well as so many thus far, I know this is an area all – not just interior lovers - need to learn about.

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If you don't know already, here is a little info about the book that I know has the power to change your life! "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You is an inspirational and educational guide that gives you the steps to make your home and your life epic!" 

What's inside?

• A downloadable e-Book full of inspiring stories and information designed to help inspire. A Healthy Home, A Healthy You including modules on Liberating the Mind, Manifesting Your Space, Life and Reality and The Senses

•   Enjoy the journey of learning about yourself page by page and get straight to the source of what’s stopping you from creating the home that you ultimately desire

•    Customised worksheets and tips that give you the tools to make these necessary actions stick!

In my book I provide step by step action worksheets , I pose questions which dig deep so that we can all identify what is stopping us from keeping a constantly comfortable and organized home. 

If you are feeling inspired already by what I have just mentioned and are screaming hell yes - this book is perfect for you! You can download your free preview right HERE!

xxx

Georgia

Bring a Columbian Style into your home!

W E    A R E    I N    S A N T A   M A R T A ,  C O L O M B I A  !

THIS WEEK WE ARE AT THE MAGNIFICENT

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This week we take a look at Hotel Don Pepe located in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Santa Marta is South America’s oldest city and has the historical architecture to show for it. This hotel is heritage listed, which allows it to showcase the original brickwork and archways,

that are still intact. These elements have been reclaimed to enhance their relevance for today.

Hotel Don Pepe is made up of both original brickwork and tiles, as well as modern materials that make sure it stays true to the city’s colonial heritage.

CLICK HERE and watch the video below to see more from Hotel Don Pepe:

Georgia’s favourite design elements at Hotel Don Pepe- White, white and more white. What brings the different textured elements together are the tonal whites that cover many aspects from the travertine floors to the white painted walls, and to the  white washed timbers. The white keeps the space looking fresh and unique, and when juxtaposed to the original brick the space looks amazing.

Bring a piece of Hotel Don Pepe to your home in the following ways:

1. Plaster your walls with a rippling effect and paint them white. The texture keeps it interesting, and you can never go wrong with a classic white coat of paint.
2. Expose the lintels above your doorways. Lintels or archways can be what gives a space its own individual identity, so show them off! Paint or add a white wash to the surrounding timber to keep the the colour scheme consistent.
3. Use indoor plants such as palm trees to bring in some colour and help the space look lived in. Plants always help a home look homely.

4. Tilesofezra have a fabulous in stock floor tile range, create interest intrigue and an exotic result via floor tiles! 

CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO GALLERY BELOW: 

Insider peak: Look inside the Goodie Bags of Healthy Home, Healthy Plate

In last week's blog, you got to view the beautiful event of Healthy Home, Healthy Plate, hosted by Jessica Sepel and myself (If you missed out, you can click here to see exactly how this one-of-a-kind event went down.)

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For those of you who were lucky enough to catch what happened, you will know that guests were given amazing take-home gift bags. A lot of time, thought and effort was put into selecting the products that we feel passionately about, to include in these stunning giveaways.

I wanted to share this with all of you because these products deserve to be celebrated! Have a look at what the lucky ladies who attended the event got to walk away with (Cue uncontrollable envy and drooling!)

 

Jimmy Blacks black bean powder

Who doesn't love a good superfood? It seems everyone these days is going crazy for black beans. And we are too!

Jimmy Blacks organic black bean powder is gluten free, non GMO, vegan friendly, contains no added sugar, is organically sprouted, is rich in anti-oxidants and is a great source of fibre. Its wide range of benefits include:

• 31.9% of vegan friendly protein in every serve; essential for muscle development and repair.

• Complex carbohydrates to provide energy to a working body throughout the day

• A low GI of 30 ensures long and sustained fuel increasing concentration and brain function.

• Powerful micronutrients of molybdenum and folate to aid a healthy lifestyle. 

Website: http://www.jimmyblacks.com.au/

 

Hanako Therapies I AM...Bliss essence

Wow! I actually want to bath in this essence for eternity! I AM...Bliss assists you to let go of any frustrations and negativity, uplifting your moods and increasing clarity, instilling balance and peace. WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR IN AN OIL?! 

The oil contains Sandalwood (relaxing and uplifting it encourages “higher” consciousness and deeper meditation,) Sweet Orange (Also known as “the smiley oil” it is cheerful, uplifting and joyful, encouraging positive emotions,) Lemon, Geranium and Lavender to name a few.

Have a look at all their amazing flavours and products here at http://www.hanakotherapies.com/

 

Nuzest Clean Lean Pea Protein and protein shaker

Leading an active lifestyle is so important not only for physical health, but for mental health and wellbeing too. Hand in hand with working out goes protein and we are totally obsessed with this Nuzest Pea Protein. Not only is it gluten free, dairy free and non GMO but it tastes SO. DAMN. GOOD!

Website: http://nuzest.com.au/

 

Kasbah Moroccan Imports

No surprises here - we love everything Moroccan (DAH!!) Ofcourse the goodie bag had to include a discount voucher for one of our all-time faves, Kasbah Moroccan Imports, who offer a huge selection of unique Moroccan handcrafts, including ceramics, lanterns, furniture, mosaic tables, tea sets, gift ware and everything you’ll need for your home décor. Their pieces can really add that va va voom to your home and make it something truly special. 

Website: https://kasbahimports.com.au/

Address: 673 Nepean Hwy, Brighton East, VIC

 

MooGoo full cream moisturizer

MooGoo is as amazing to use as it is to say! MooGoo is an Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks. We particularly love the full cream moisturiser, designed to moisturise easily irritated skin using natural ingredients. The base oil of the cream is Sweet Almond Oil, which is high in the types of fatty acids needed for troubled skin. Other ingredients include pasteurised honey (so safe for babies) and Coconut Oil. The pH is balanced to the skin through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. It also smells delicious!!

Website: http://moogoo.com.au/

 

Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder

Melbourne is overflowing with coffee shops and cafes. It seems like every day a new coffee shop has opened up on a different corner. But boy oh boy have I found an absolute GEM! Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder, which can be found at 117 Wattletree Road, Malvern, never fails to plate up the most delicious, organic and healthy food. Some say the next best thing to eating the food is talking about it, and I could speak about just how delicious Mr. Hubbards catering was FOR HOURS. I am salivating right now just thinking about it. Definitely give @mrhubbardcafe a stalk on instagram!

 

Murchison-Hume products

Being a mother to my gorgeous baby boy, Jesse, has ensured that I am very particular when it comes to what products I choose to use in my home. Murchison-Hume products are:

  • Free from dyes (Linked to cancer, can be toxic to animals and slow to biodegrade) 
  • Free from Petrochemical solvents (Respiratory and skin irritants. Petroleum based)
  • Free from non-sustainable Palm Oil derived ingredients (Causes destruction of tropical rainforest)

They are also natural, marine safe & effective, non-irritant, biodegradable, do not contain harsh chemicals and are cruelty-free and the packaging is recyclable and re-usable.

I am really loving the bathroom cleaner, hand cream and all surface spray but they literally make every product imaginable! 

Website: http://murchison-hume.com.au/

 

IN BED discount voucher

Few things in life are sweeter than getting into a crisp, clean bed that is covered in gorgeous linen. IN BED are experts at producing not only the best bed linen, but table and clothing linen too. All their products are made from high quality, natural fibres & fabrics . The goodie bags contained 30%-off vouchers on their amazing linen range!

Website: https://inbedstore.com

FYI: I am not endorsed by any of these products and I do not gain any benefit/reward in return for promoting these products! I'm just sharing the love and showing you products that you too might also go ga-ga for!

What products do YOU absolutely adore? What essentials would you include in a goodie bag? Have you tried any of these products before? Share the love in the comments section below.

xxx

Georgia


Natural light and it's importance on your health

When we enter a space, we are automatically aware of how we feel (either consciously or sub-consciously.) Different lighting schemes create different moods within spaces. Without natural light, a room will appear to be dark and moody, which in some instances may serve a purpose, but ultimately can have detrimental effects on a person's general wellness. But - what is the science behind this notion? Why does natural light have the incredible power to alter our moods? Let's delve a little further...

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 our selves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms.

When designing, depending on what mood we are trying to create, we will employ a combination of natural and artificial lighting to best achieve this aesthetic. But as a general rule, I do not believe artificial light is ever a better alternative to natural light.  I think natural light is always the best source in all circumstances within our offices, homes and interior spaces. Our bodies respond to it in such a positive way. We need natural daylight to function, just as we need darkness to help us go to sleep. It goes further than just aesthetics and more so about what our bodies respond to and need for the benefit of our emotional health and wellbeing. After all, what could possibly be more important than a healthy home and a healthy mind?

 

In the video below, I cover this concept in greater detail. 

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

When introducing light and airy colours you completely change the mood of the home to a clear, clean, bright and uplifting space. Keeping this in mind, of course there are certain circumstances where I like to utilise a more moody palette. I do this by painting the walls and ceiling a deeper colour as well as using dim pendant or lamp shade to light the room. Introducing retail tones in the upholstery and furniture as well as soft moody casts of light and shadows creates an extremely romantic emotional experience for most. Lush deep drapery and rugs as well as coffee table books of choice will compliment this too. This ultimately makes anyone who enters the room feel a completely different sense of experience purely through the tone and light within the room.

Here are my 5 easy tips on how to improve the natural light in your home:

  1. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow throughout your home every day.
  2. Introduce large mirrors which bounce the light around the room.
  3. Style and accessorise with neutral and lighter colours 
  4. Paint your ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling height look taller. 
  5. Declutter and remove as much as you can from shelving and walls.

Be sure to watch the video below where I talk about this exact topic

Employ these tips and I ensure you you will be on track in creating the healthiest and most desirable home possible; and hand in hand with a healthy home comes a healthy YOU! 

xxx

Georgia

P.S - Do you struggle with certain spaces where bringing natural light in seems impossible? Tell me about it below and let me find ways to help you!