Monday, June 29, 2015


By Briar Stanley
Bedrooms. I spend a lot of time thinking about decorating these spaces – it seems to be the most common area my clients want help with. This means I’ve spent a good chunk of time recently looking at bedsides lamps (when a hanging pendant isn’t appropriate). I thought I would do a round up of some my favourites lately – on a luxe and less budget. 

Friday, June 26, 2015


By Emma Steendam 

In preparation for Eleanor’s Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party this weekend I’ve had lots of little (and not so little!) crafty projects bouncing around in my brain. I have had these blank wooden blocks sitting in my craft supplies stash for goodness knows how long, I’ve decoupaged similar blocks before as newborn gifts (spelling out a name or special word) using paint and scrapbooking papers. Then the other day snooping around our local op shop I spied a relatively run-of-the-mill Peter Rabbit book for 50 cents. An idea formed to create some little blocks perfect to use as decor at Eleanor’s party, and then later be thrown into her toy basket to stack and build, or sit on the shelf in her bedroom with all her other special treasures.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


By Seren Shutte
Part 1 

Crazy in Love

When I asked my husband how he wished to celebrate his birthday this year, his response excited me big time. 

"Let's go traveling. A big trip…outback?"

We spent a considerable amount of time and money in preaparation. Our equipment, food stocks, bedding and tent we teamed with well researched car upgrades…Now, was I crazy for WANTING to spend four weeks in a TENT with my little family???

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


 By Lauren Merrick
Recently I've been looking into colouring in as a means of meditation. I bought a stack of colouring in books for 'research' and last week when my sister came to visit I sat down with her and tried out some colouring in.. it's addictive and really focuses your mind. I find that in every day life my mind rarely stops running, but when I coloured in I just felt calm and peaceful - I know it sounds weird but it works! I thought I'd play around and design my own colouring in page, download and print it off here for FREE!

This is aimed for adults, so it could be a bit tricky for young ones but I'm sure it'd still be fun! 

Let me know if you give it a go and post to instagram using the hashtag #beetleshackcolour

Happy colouring!

Lauren Merrick from Lauren Merrick Illustration is an artist and illustrator who spends her days creating custom Family Portraits,  Children's Book Illustrations, Blog Headers and commercial business branding. Inspired by the wonders of the natural world, Lauren's work is as playful as it is whimsical. A seasoned market traveller, you can find Lauren at your local east coast artist boutique market or online here.

Friday, June 19, 2015


If there is one person who's style I admire, it's Megan Morton's. It is intrinsically unpretentious, playful and deeply creative, just like the woman herself.

I'm a little speechless that she has agreed to share her 'Top Tips for Styling Kids Spaces' with us here at The Beetle Shack, but she has.

Consider it a little pre curser to her book on Kid's Rooms being released in June. Yes, thats right, Things I Love is going to have a baby brother or sister! Eeep, I for one am a little bit excited.

Okay, here is how to get a cracking kids space, straight from the heavenly mouth of Morton!

1. NEVER let your kid not be part of it (you dont want to be one of those people!) but never let them totally rule all decisions, a great room is one that is loved by the child and appreciated by the parent.

2. Don't do chalkboard walls. I did them for my sons room and didnt tell him it was chalkable (as i hate chalk dust near heads and pillows) his friends discovered it and he was sad face. Actually maybe do chalk walls only if you like chalk dust and associated extra cleaning.

3. Present daily clothing items on easy to reach hooks - on wall or behind door in an encouraging attempt to make them learn how to dress independently

4. Dont quash their ability to express themselves - this is a trait i find so wonderful in kids. if they really want to wear it and are passionate let them, same goes for room. 

5. Present enough storage generally and be strict about over filling a room. Nothing more gluttonous and 1st world than a room stuffed filled with toys that the kids cant even get to! 

So, there you have it! I'll be keeping these hot tips in mind when I pull together Pippi's big girl room on the weekend (photo's on Monday, promise).

If you can't get enough of Megan Morton, hit up the school, trust me you won't regret it.

When I took dorky me to The School.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


By Ronnie Mason
For these last few months, I have struggled on and off with self-esteem issues. The constant lack of sleep and the ongoing stress in our family's circumstances since the new year have led to hormonal imbalances, skin issues, weight gain, and an overall sense of feeling crap. 


By Talia Christine

I have a million creative ideas floating around my head. I've always been like that. A day dreamer. A crafter. It's hard to keep track of all my crafty ideas and even harder to put those ideas into action. I've decided to set these ideas into motion by creating and finishing one new thing each week! It could be a small project or a larger one that's been in the works for awhile. Sewing, knitting, crafting, building. It's all happening! I'm so excited for my new endeavor and have already started listing and prioritizing my projects.

This week I've made something that I've wanted to do for a long time! I made my own chalkboard from scratch. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Bohemian folk vibes made a little more urban.

Back in 1960s, the hippies were a subculture who preferred to avoid futuristic fabrics and mass produced garments in favour of handcrafted items picked up on their travels. 'Flower power' symbolised a turn against authority and an alternative lifestyle of free expression.

Monday, June 15, 2015


 By Claudia Martin & Theresa Sheilds

Its that time of the year again.. Snuggles and gumboots, shorter days and hearty meals. But, along with that comes the dreadful sniffles and colds. Aside from pharmaceuticals, this tea is a great way to help boost your immune system! It is full of anti-inflammatory and, really, what's better than a warm cuppa anyway?

Friday, June 12, 2015


By Kate Dyer

We face two common problems when it comes to growing anything edible – living in a rented house and loving a pup who looks with his feet. Putting anything in the ground bears the risk of being thusly removed or left behind if/when we move again. The challenge was to create an edible garden that was easily moved and out of paw’s reach.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


 By The Beetle Shack

This Winter wrap yourself up in a timeless yet flirty Faux Fur - this season's go to for effortless vintage glamour and well, you know, warmth!

Saturday, June 6, 2015


By The Beetle Shack team

Thank goodness it's the long weekend! Here’s a quick wrap up of a few bits and pieces that we can't get enough of at the moment at The Beetle Shack…

READING: Lexicon by Australian author Max Barry. We just finished reading this fantastic book about a covert group of intellects who are trained in the art of persuasion – check out it’s review on Good Reads here.

WEARING: Bohemian Trader's Charlie Plaid - we're obsessed with anything and everything in the Charlie plaid! Perfect wintery weight and those rich tones. Yum. The Charlie Pleated Yoke Dress and Charlie Wide Leg Pants are our particular favourites. Check them out here.

WATCHING: The Good Wife. We have been surprisingly addicted to all the lawyer talk and Alicia Florrick's work ensembles. Get IMBD's take on the series and a guide to the episodes here.

SCENTED BY: Ralph. We cannot get enough of this Ralph Lauren perfume - does it remind anyone else of their early 20s? Swoon. Grab it on strawberrynet here.

BEAUTIFYING: Coconut Oil. Winter is well and truly here so when we find the time we're loving lathering ourselves in delicious Coconut Oil (best to go with an extra virgin variety) to avoid the scaly, itchy winter skin. It is absorbed really quickly, makes you smell like a holiday and feels divine. Check out a Coconut Oil 101 board on Pinterest here.

CRAVING: Bonsoi coffees & Anzac biccies. A match made in heaven! Do yourself a favour and order your next coffee on Bonsoi or grab a takeaway and team it with Claudia's delicious Spelt Anzac biscuits, recipe here.

MOVING: Yoga. We know - there's nothing new under the sun but speaking of which we've been loving our Sun Salutations most mornings to help start the day! If you can't make a class (we never seem to find the time) grab one of the fab apps out there, we've been using Yoga Studio and it rocks, find it here.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2015


By Briar Stanley

I grew up with a very green thumb mum (a trained horticulturist), and was always semi-aware of the  beautiful greenery inside our home. I never gave much thought to things like how the maidenhair was thriving in the bathroom, but I do remember the weekly watering that occurred at our kitchen sink. A forest of African Violets, Peace Lillies, Orchids and Ferns would be lined up for their soaking. I had a flashback to this memory over the weekend when my round up of greenery found their way to my own sink…and found it strangely therapeutic...