How to fake being a domestic goddess


5 steps to a cleanish, productive house without being permanently chained to a mop:) Ain’t nobody got time for that.

1. Prevention is better than cure
– set up landing strip or if you have the space a mud room (i love these) before dirt and everything else get dragged through the house. See some of my fav’s here.
– spray shower after use to reduce mould and soap build up (this changed my world)
– spray stains as soon as they happen. Carpet, clothes, anything and everything. Quick action will reduced time spend scrubbing later.
– antibacterial wipes – put them everywhere! I use them ALL the time. In the kitchen/dining area – as I am constantly cleaning up food. The bathroom – great for a quick basin and toilet wipe over. I do a quick clean when the kids are in the bath (and I often find that if I give them a scrubbing brush they become a unwilling participant.)

2. If you really don’t like it either:
A. Find a way to like it (like playing your favourite music while you do it, reward yourself after or do like someone I know and pay yourself to do it), or
B. Just don’t do it. Outsource or delegate – life is way too short to spend time doing things that suck our joy.

3. Know your personalty and get a system that suits it.
If you’re a ‘planner and a scheduler ‘than schedule in that regular time. I begin by writing down EVERYTHING that has to get done – from daily task like washing to twice a year things like cleaning out the linen cupboard. Write next to it the frequency in which in needs to occur and then schedule it. The key to making any system like this work – get ready, cause this will revolutionise your life – is to actually stick to it! It’s never going to work if you don’t do things when the come due. I put them in a diary so I know in advance when I am due to do something and can plan around it. And if you’re not using a diary – well thats a whole other post all together.

If you’re more a ‘do the bare minimum  to scrap by’ kind of person, the set aside 10 minutes a day and just do one activity. Have a rolling checklist of things that need to get done around the house and work down the list. When its only 10 minutes, it firstly reduces the risk you’ll put it off and secondly it can be squeezed in anytime!

If you’re a complete “fly by nighter”, then do your housework when you’re motivated. Like an artist works when they are inspired, you too shall work when the motivation hits. Everything will get done eventually – but I reckon the key is to work until you have used all motivation! Like an old boss of mine used to say – make hay while the sun shines:)

Whatever your personality or system choice – make sure you reward yourself. Focus on what has been achieved, instead of what hasn’t. No one loves doing housework but it is one of those things that if you do feel on top of it, calmness usually follows – and that can only be a good thing.

4. Tackle the washing beast by doing a load a day. I do a load every night  and have a fab little clothes line on the wall of my laundry. Its awesome. I do a load at night after the kids have had a bath, hang it up inside (no stepping on Cane Toads here or worrying if my washing will get rained on) and by the next night it’s ready to pull down, fold and put away, or ready to wear that morning.

5. If all else fails, just make your bed – as long as you have a made bed to come home to, everything else can wait until tomorrow.

DYI Dig Up

Got no plans for this weekend? Why not get creative and bust out some DIY. I have dug up three of my favourite DIY projects that I have stumbled across this week, all practically fail safe, look AWESOME and can be knocked over in a few hours!

Gold Marbled Pencil Cup – from Lovely Indeed

Anything that combines Gold and Marble is clearly genius, and Chelsea over at Lovely Indeed has created a winner here!

Floor Cushions – from Apartment Therapy

I am yet to make these ones but they are at the top of my projects list. I have a sneaky suspicion they will be popular with the kiddies!

Polka Dot Table Cloth – from Oh Happy Day

Jordan at Oh Happy Day has gone back to kindergarten to create this fab table cloth. See how she did it here.

I like big clocks…and I can not lie!

I love a BIG clock! But like art, the more space it takes up, the more $$ it usually costs. So when I found a big one at Spotlight for $10, I jumped on it.

Not the most perfect of design but a simple build and good shape!

Big yellow clock


So admittedly, it did sit in the “project” pile for a long time but when I finally dusted it off and dragged it to my work bench – I was pleasantly surprised at the result!

After removing the arms,



and giving the face a quick few coats of white and the arms a spray of gold.


I had myself a designer looking clock for next to nothing!

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And all in the space of an afternoon.

Got a diy to share? Post them in the comments below!





Loving on the Joneses


After I finished my last post – What is your legacy?, I have really been spending a lot of time thinking about what I am leaving as my legacy. How can I use what Mum passed on to me to bring the same feeling of love to others? While I hope I already pass this on to my friends and family, I really desire to go bigger!

We live in a big world, so big we often feel small. But one way to keep ourselves in perspective is to start living outside of ourselves. Say what? What kind of coo-coo nonsense is that you say. I say – we feel small because we are constantly comparing ourselves to the “rest of the world”, and feeling like we fall short. Yikes! That hurt to write, let alone admit that I am so guilty! I truly believe though, that instead of seeking to create a covetable lifestyle, we can chose to encourage others in their lives and love them because we are all feeling small in this big world together.  There is satisfaction and reward in this, the kind of reward you can’t get from completely re-hauling your lounge room to match the latest cover of Home Beautiful. (Cause I guarantee it will soon bore you and you’ll only want to do it again when the next issue is out!)

So I am kicking off a new series – it’s called ‘Loving on the Joneses’ (see what I did there??). This series is all about spreading the love and impacting others. We all know how great it can feel helping someone out, whether it’s cooking a meal or giving an anonymous donation, it truly is an amazing feeling when you know you have really helped someone or just surprised them just because. It can be someone we know, want to know or a complete stranger!

But this is not a solo series. I want you to join me. Help to spread the love and collectively impact our world. My stories of random love acts will be shared weekly but I would love to hear how you have spread the love! Comment and share your experiences so we can all get encouragement and new ideas.

Break the cycle of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses” and start loving on them instead!

What is your legacy?

This post has been on my heart for a while now but it’s one that I had to make sure I was emotionally strong enough to write. For those who don’t know me personally, probably wont know that a month ago my mother passed away.

Whilst this has been a huge sadness to myself and my family, and we are learning how to go about our days without her, it has also been a time that I feel I have learned something about life. Mum died after a very long roller coaster ride of battling cancer. I know most people would say that she lost her battle or might inform people of her passing by saying that “we lost her to cancer” but being a christian I disagree. We didn’t lose her to cancer, she isn’t with cancer. In fact the only thing that cancer got left with was a shell that had no life left to sustain it. So I think the only thing that got lost here – was cancer.

I think Mum won. She is now cancer free, in heaven with the Lord. It might not look like what we thought it was going to look like and there will always be a hole in our lives where she was but for her sake, I am glad she is now cancer free.

But that’s not my revelation about life. As all of our dear friends and family drew close to us over the period of her passing, I heard the word legacy spoken a lot. The lovely man (a very old friend of our family) who performed the service for Mum spoke of Mum and Dad as “friend collectors” and everyone I spoke to all had fond memories of how Mum made them feel. She had a nack of making everyone feel special – like they were family, even if they weren’t genetically related. Friends were family in Mum’s eyes and thats how she treated them.

The legacy that Mum left behind was what she imparted into others. It wasn’t physical things or a long list of accolades and achievements. The things that were most valuable were the feelings left in that hearts of those whose lives she touched. These can never be taken away – not by death, not by cancer, not by anything.

This is what I have learnt. Life is about what you leave in others hearts. Whether they are strangers, acquaintances, friends or family. We are all family in God’s eyes.

What are you leaving in the hearts of those around you.

- In loving memory of Mum-
Her legacy forever in my heart.

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Redefining the ‘me’ time

Rose Gold Watch - Lovisa

If your like me, you have a schedule that could rival the first lady’s. Between working, looking after children, church life, the endless list of chores, play date and parties, a head a-buzzing with a million ideas and projects but zero time to do it, there is barely enough time and brain power to remember our important relationships, our health and all the things that make up our well being.

We all know we need to set aside the me time but even that is stressful. When, where, who will look after the kids! How can we realistically get the ‘me’ time in without sacrificing something else important – like sleep!

Steal minutes

If there is one thing I have had to come to terms with since having kids, is that the ‘me’ time is no longer a large block of time. As kids start to sleep less during the day, I can kiss goodbye those two hours of uninterrupted bliss (which was mostly spent tidying up and doing chores anyway!). Instead, I have had to settle for a combination of minutes spread out over the day. 10 minuets in the shower, 45 minutes in the car driving to work, even the quick 20 minute dash to the shops of the weekend, I am reclaiming as the ‘me’ time. I crank the music in the car (and, yes, I am the one singing at the lights), grab a coffee to walk around the supermarket with on the quick trip or (confession) buy myself a little treat to scoff down in the car on the way home.

Why these won’t make the long list of things to do go away, they can help break up the craziness of it all. And if it does nothing than lift my mood – then we are all better off!

Resist the update

Now I myself have been guilty of this but why, why, do we feel the need to update our status with what we are doing, have down or are thinking of doing that day. Or read what others are doing – constantly! It might be small amounts of time here or there but (and I know this from experience) its all day, most days. Don’t get me wrong – I love social media. Its my job. But I am sure if I added up the hours I had spent even just checking updates, it would not be pretty.

So if you are brave, I am too – let’s put the phones down. Set aside a specific time you will look at it (maybe after the kids are in bed) and every time we think about reaching for it, let that be a reminder for us to focus on something else. A project, a task or simply enjoy spending fun time with the kids without taking a photo of them eating sand.

Go on strike

I literally did this yesterday. Public holiday in Brisbane and in the Tunney house. I decided that no chores were going to be done (with exception from dishes – cause nobody needs to see that sitting there for 24 hours). No washing, no packing up toys. It was great! Took the kids to Queens park (which is fantastic by the way but that’s another post), Sushi for lunch, a sleep for EVERYONE in the arvo followed by a visit to the grandparents which extended to dinner, so husband even got a reprieve from cooking.

It might have only been a day but it felt like a week. Take a day. The washing will still be there tomorrow. And since you’ve had a day off, you might even smile doing it!

Little things really do make a difference. So tell me, how do you find the me time?



Colour me happy – and win!

Colour. It is one of my favourite things. It is what captivates me about a piece of art, a room, an image on Pinterest.

Now this next statement is going to sound weird but I collect colour palettes. An odd thing to do, I know but you just never know when you might need one.  Whether its for a bedroom makeover, a party theme or invite design or christmas decorations!

And no, I don’t mean the colour paint swatches from Bunnings, although these can be a good resource. I mean I am always on the look out for a colour combo that is unique, interesting and instantly captures. Usually sourced from images on Pinterest but might also be a mag spread, product packaging, an invitation, a bunch of flowers. It can come from anywhere.

So just incase you were thinking of starting your own collection, I thought I would give you a step by step guide on how I pull together and use a colour palette.

1. Find an awe-inspiring image!
Of course I alway go straight to Pinterest (a creature of habit I am!). Here is one I have been crushing on for a while.


2.Pull out the colours that appeal to you

I use Adobe illustrator to do this but you could also use Photoshop or an app like Colour Maker (the app is free but you have to purchase the eye dropper feature to pick up the colours). You might even be able to use a simple paint program already on your computer!



3.  Evaluate – add or remove

Sometimes the colours look a bit busy together or don’t quite have the same impact when sitting flat next to each other, so experiment. Remove colours or switch some out.




Hint: Look for the neutrals that balance the brighter tones otherwise it can look a bit too much…

4. Get your creative on!

Now you can file for later or start getting creative!!! Create a print for your walls (like below), design an invitation or start that bedroom make-over!




Challenge time! In a Tunns of Style first – share your favourite colour palette creatively on Instagram and you could win a framed “Get your creative on” print! Simply share your image using #TOScolourpalette and tag me (@lauren_tunney)! I’ll choose my favourite colour palette and use it to create a custom print just like above!

You must follow me on Instagram to be eligible and sorry but Australian residents only! Competition closes 5pm August 31st 2014.

Happy creating!


Home shopping not so lamo

There comes that time every month when the inevitable happens! The husband threatens to cut off all credit card privileges if he sees on more unnecessary expenditure appear before the end of the month roll over. Kill joy :(

It’s usually around this time I start looking for a few more cost effective ways of continuing to keep my spaces unique and visually interesting! Enter Home Shopping! Turning your house into your own “free” store.

By changing perspective on how we use thing we already own we can still have spaces that are stylish and inspiring on little to no budget at all! Here are a few ways you can start to use your home as the worlds cheapest store.

1. Moving items from one room to another

Sounds to simple to work but it really does.  I am forever moving cushions and art around. Its surprising just how many people comment on something that I really have had for ages but moved from somewhere else. It is the quickest and easiest (and cheapest!) thing to do to change a space.

2. Make your own art

It doesn’t have to be Kandinsky! These days anything goes as art. Old wrapping paper framed. A cheap canvas with some coloured dots or actually use some of those digital photos and have them enlarged. I recently created this master piece with a photo I took in New York. A few minutes in photoshop, $18 to have it printed at k-Mart & an Ikea frame I already had= awesome new print for the living room that reminds me of my awesome trip to the NYC. I also have some pennies I am thinking about framing……..

New york pic









3. Repurpose furniture that you already have or refurb them

This seems like an obvious one but again is a simple way to reinvigorate a space. One of my favourite past times is to search on Pinterest ‘repurposed’ or ‘ikea hack’. There are loads of ideas of reusing items you probably already have. One of my favourites is this – an old dresser turned into an island bench, brilliant!








4. Learn to love paint

This really follows on from the above suggestion but simply painting a piece of furniture can completely change the look and feel of your space. I have a $15 bargain coffee table I got off Gumtree waiting in the garage for a fresh lick of paint, a perfect cheap solution to get a new coffee table and not worry about what the kids might do to it!

5. Create your own swap market with family and friends

I do this a lot! My family and I are often swapping furniture, art, soft furnishing and linen! Thank goodness Mum always buys the good doona covers! Some of my favourite pieces are ones that I have been given from my family. My parents have just given me a drinks cart (which are so IN right now) that they have had for years! Insert point 4. (paint) and I will have one chic landing table for all the family’s bits and bobs! We all like to keep things fresh so don’t be shy about asking if there is anything your friends and family want to trade!

Hope this has given you some inspiration to beat the budget around your place!

Got better ideas? Share – I would love to hear them!

Tunns xoxo


If I were……

An Ikea Lamp!

I went to my happy place today. And no, I don’t mean that imaginary island that features a shopping mall with all my favourites (Mimco, Kikki, Witchery) where everything is free, the cocktails are readily available and each day ends with a 3 hour long massage. On no, that happy place is reserved for when I am in the foetal position, rocking in the corner murmuring something along the lines of..make it stop! Don’t pretend we don’t all get there at some point!

I went to my real life happy place -Ikea! My lovely 3 year old happily took himself off to the play room, the one year old chilled out and sucked on a rusk (despite the fact I forgot her lunch) and Mum come along to support my every unnecessary purchase. It was bliss!

I just love wondering around, seeing what’s new and drooling over unrequited love. You know who you are Ikea PS 2014 Low Pile Rug! But what I love most about Ikea is that no matter what your style, you can find something! That range is so big and so different to what you can get elsewhere.

Got me thinking. What’s my Ikea style? Myself, I am a no one style kinda girl. I like to mix old and new. Scandi and industrial and romantic and modern and Hollywood regency….but it I bite off one category at a time maybe I could pin point my Ikea style. So today, it’s lamps!!

Whilst I love the Barometer work lamp, I think for me it’s the Ranarp work lamp. The variation in metal gives it that little bit of added interest whilst keeping a classic look, with a slight hint of Art Deco (another of my favourite styles). The shape of the shade is just that slightly bit more feminine than the Barometer. Yes, I like it!

What would you be?


Break the routine…..and get creative!

It’s totally great going to the park with your little ones. They burn energy, get some fresh air and if you’re lucky – you might get a take away coffee to steal sips of in between the gazillionith “Mummy push me higher” and bark eating interceptions!

But every now and then, it’s nice to throw something a bit different into the park/playdate/craft activity monotony..I mean rotation. If you’re like me and like to encourage some creativity in your child’s world, then you can’t go past the free kids exhibits at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). Last week I took my little treasures to the Pattern Bandits exhibit and they loved it!

Jemima Wyman - Pattern Bandits

Perfect for all ages, the exhibit by Australian artist Jemima Wyman is a series of experiences all designed for kids to get immersed in a variety of patterns! Designed to explore how patterns influence who we are, where we live and transform how we see the world, it features a Spinning Wall Mandala Portal where kids can experience optical illusions, a Pattern Action Zone which is a bit of a trip-out for adults but great fun for kids, Kaleidoscopic Tessalations (basically puzzles) and a Harlequin hallway where kids can see their own faces replicated in kaleidoscope images.

The best part is – it’s totally free!  GOMA is located right in Southbank (near Kurilpa bridge) so combined with a picnic in the park and a trip to the playground before tossing in the car to sleep on the way home, its the perfect morning out! Especially as the days start to cool down!

I parked in the convention centre as the gallery car park was full but considering the exhibit was free and the having the convenience of driving to and from- $18 for parking was a small price to pay for my sanity! Oh and the kids enjoyment of course…..

I encourage you – take your kids out to Pattern Bandits! They’ll love it!