Monday, December 8, 2014


How great is it to be living in Australia right now? Mangoes and cherries are finally in season. The neighbourhood is redolent of barbecue and freshly cut grass. Cicadas chirp first thing in the morning, letting you know that the day ahead is set to be a scorcher. Another fantastic thing about living in Australia this time of year (sorry international readers - next time, promise!) is that you're eligible to enter my Christmas Giveaway! How does a copy of A Living Space, from internationally acclaimed designer and hotelier Kit Kemp, sound?

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below. Tell me something about yourself I don't know. Or what you really love and really hate. Or maybe your favourite Christmas memory. Anything goes. The winner will be announced on Monday 15 December, so check back in case it's you!

Seeing as this is a Christmas post, I thought I'd show you some of the Christmas decorations I've put up so far. Firstly, a new tree filled with birds and other bits and bobs:

A striking wreath of faux roses:

And some critters to greet you when you walk through the door:

I'm still a huge fan of a real Christmas tree so I think I'll get a small, real tree for the dining table. Shall post a pic on instagram once I've decorated it. 

Looking forward to your entries/comments!


  1. I'm looking forward to my first Christmas with our newborn son Hudson and starting new Christmas traditions as a little family. Ps. I love that wreath!

  2. Hi Anna, I am a long time reader, first time commenter. Love the blog.

    My favourite Christmas memory is, for as far back as I can remember, every Christmas morning my brother and I would wake to find a stocking full of gifts that Mum and Dad had laid out for us overnight as if delivered by Santa. The best part was that these gifts were in addition to the "larger" presents wrapped for us under the tree labelled from Mum and Dad. Without discussing it my brother and I feared that once we acknowledged the situation re Santa our stockings (and hence additional presents) would stop. Due in part to my Mum's love of Christmas (and probably also us) this situation continues. To put this is context, my brother is younger than I and turned 30 this year.

    Your decorations look fantastic - I especially love the four reindeer in the last photo. Have a great Christmas.

  3. Favourite Christmas memory: My Dad and I thought it would be hilarious to perform a choreographed dance routine in front of our guests. We decided to wear nothing but a t-shirt, Santa hat and knickers. When we entered the room with our chosen song our guests looked at us for a couple of seconds and left the room. Only 1 person (my sister) watched us until the end. Basically our big idea was a total flop and not as funny or successful as we'd anticipated. We still cringe to this day when reminded of it.

  4. I love Christmas in July, I have never gotten used to celebrating Christmas while the temperature is between 30 and 45 degrees. This year I am asking Santa for an air conditioned body suit

  5. Hi Anna! Love the blog - long time reader but first time commenter.

    Every Christmas my family and I spend the morning at the beach, head home to a big seafood lunch and then spend the afternoon napping on the couch. This year though we are heading to the UK for our first ever white Christmas (fingers crossed it's a white Christmas and not a rainy one!).

    Love the twig Christmas tree - I think they're stunning even though they can be a bit controversial.

    Merry Christmas! x


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