In early 2010, whilst browsing the internet, I stumbled upon….something.
I was amazed and instantly addicted (in my casual manner of obsession).
It was awesome.
Full of real home improvement advice from a real person.
There were furniture revivals, budget DIY projects, thrifty decorating tips.
And there were comments and references and credits which led to a whole like-minded on-line community.
So, what was this glorious thing?
It was a blog.
Despite being hooked, I had no initial intentions of beginning my own blog though after just a few short months already found myself left-clicking my first “publish” button.
I’m still not certain exactly what compelled me, though I think it was a combination of wanting to both diarise and share my own decorating endeavours.
After purchasing my first ‘house’ in 2005 I’ve been committed to creating a beautiful yet liveable ‘home’ on a budget. The Painted Hive is my on-line journal of the journey and the place I share real projects, fresh ideas and evocative inspiration which I hope helps motivate others.
My philosophy is simple: make the most of what you’ve got – which usually involves finding innovative ways to turn trash into treasure. I believe there are always affordable alternatives to things which are otherwise unattainably exorbitant.
An important aspect of my blog is to enlighten, empower and encourage others so I focus on publishing fresh content written in a thoughtful and thorough way. Connecting with people is central to all that I do (without visitors The Painted Hive would be a lonesome place indeed!) so please know that your readership is immeasurably appreciated and unceasingly motivating.
My little blog has no dastardly plot for global domination. In the interest of keeping it real I stick to content which reflects my own personal style. If it appeals to more than a handful of people, then yay!
With a young family, at the moment my first priority is being Mum and wife though I am passionate about my blog and post whenever I have something worthy of its virtual pages.
Since it’s launch in 2010 The Painted Hive has grown beyond my expectations. I am both humbled and honoured to have been featured in notable publications including Ideal Home magazine, Australian Country magazine, DIY Lifestyle magazine, Art & Craft magazine and Little One Baby magazine, along with on major websites such as Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Fox News (online magazine) and Design Sponge, just to name a few. For a more comprehensive press list please view my buzz page.