Style in the Home with Maya Anderson

Maya Anderson was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia; has written about homes, renovations, architecture and interior design as part of her job as a journalist and has grown a passion for houses of all different styles. But the ones she’s always been the most drawn to are the ones that have a warmth to them, an inviting feel – no matter what year they were built or on what kind of budget. Maya blogs about the ongoing renovations to her own home, The Crap Shack (her words). When she and her husband bought it, it had barely been touched since the 1970s and was a classic style of brown and pink rose-patterned ensuite, orange glass and pungent shagpile carpet included.

“I love having things in my kitchen that are as gorgeous as they are practical. I love having 'Master Chef' nights at home where my friends come over to cook a meal together, as we sit they often comment on how nice our things are – our bowls, cutlery, cookware etc. When it comes to cooking, I've always thought why would you not invest in beautiful, high-quality things that really give you pleasure to use them? For me, appliances fall into this category.

Choosing appliances that match your kitchen, rather than detract from it, is a great way to get a really stylish look. For example, we used black as an accent in our kitchen, with a matte black tap, black handleware, subway tiles with black grout and a big black freestanding range. So a great way to keep that look cohesive is to add a silver kettle or toaster like one from the Distinta Flair range. That said, introducing colour in the form of appliances is such a fun way to style a kitchen as well! Colour adds personality and warmth and can draw the attention to special nooks or features – I really think so many homes would benefit from a little pop of colour.”

To view our most recent colour range, visit the Distinta Flair range here. For more styling tips, visit Maya’s blog www.house-nerd.com or Instagram @housenerd.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Maya Anderson lives in a 1970s fixer-upper with her husband, their toddler, their labrador cross border collie Nala and a host of garden wildlife. Maya has detailed her Mother’s Day plans below.

It sounds ridiculous but the past two years I’ve thought, “What shall I do for my mum this Mother’s Day?” but completely overlooked the fact that now I am a mum too! “Oh yes! I get to be pampered on Mother’s Day too now!” I was so surprised the first time I got a present (from my husband, disguised as a gift from our almost-one-year-old at the time) I think that was my favourite Mother’s Day moment. This year, I fully expect a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers, a foot massage and a nice breakfast.

My mum is a big tea and coffee drinker (I get this from her) so one of the Argento Flora kettles would be a perfect gift for her. I love all the colours in the range but the Peppermint Green and Agave Blue are my favourites.

If you want to really spoil your mum this Mother’s Day I think there’s no cooler gift than a coffee machine so she can enjoy a coffee at home every day. We recently splurged on a top-of-the-line coffee machine and I can tell you it was well worth every cent.

To view our extensive range of coffee machines, click here. For more tips, visit Maya’s blog house-nerd.com or Instagram @housenerd.

1. For the tech enthusiast mum

The PrimaDonna Elite Experience is the perfect gift to ensure your mum always has barista-quality coffee in the comfort of the home. The machine can prepare endless cafe beverage recipes so you can personalise everything from that morning strong coffee to the afternoon pick-me-up and taking time-out over the weekend. The touch screen and coffee making app allows you to make your own customised coffee from the comfort of your bed – does it get any better?

2. For the retro mum

The Argento Flora range is inspired by flowers and plants and is an elegant addition to the kitchen, adding a beautiful pop of colour.

3. For the stylish mum

The Distinta Flair range is the perfect addition to the kitchen and features a kettle, 2-slice and 4-slice toaster. The smooth, matte-textured metallic range is available in a Prestige Blue, Finesse Silver, Allure Green & Glamour Red to suit a variety of kitchens and tastes.

4. For the wellness mum

Our range of dehumidifiers are good for the family and your furry friends! Dehumidifiers are an important element in looking after the health of your family as they help to collect excess moisture from the air producing a healthy and comfortable home environment. It’s a win for everyone.

5. The mum who doesn’t stop

The MultiCuisine is your new best friend in the kitchen. It is capable of cooking meals for the whole family and can assist with a range of dinner options such as pizzas, risotto, stew or even cake for the sweet tooth family members.

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Mother’s Day moments

Our stylish friends and mums @anna.mac and @coastalhamptonstyle share their favourite Mother’s Day memories, gifts and all, and how they plan on spending the special day this year. 

Anna Mac, stylist and kids clothing designer, has two young boys and plans on spending this Mother’s Day with her family and with a coffee, of course.

‘My favourite Mother’s Day gifts are just the home made ones, cards and gifts that the boys have picked out themselves. My extended family have started a tradition where we get together for a Yum Cha in the city. As long as we get to spend the day together I am happy.’

Italian born interior lover Susanna Tolo has an Instagram account dedicated to beautiful homes which are the envy of many of her followers. Susanna takes a walk down memory lane with a Mother’s Day she will never forget.

‘The funniest memory I have of Mother’s Day is when my then 6 year old daughter came downstairs with a small box and gave it to me without saying a word. 
I opened it up and it was her tooth! She had lost her first tooth! She then gave me a toothless smile and said “Happy Mother’s Day!”

For more of Anna Mac’s stylish tips and tricks head to @anna.mac on Instagram or annamac.com.au for more inspiration.

For more of Susanna Tolo’s beautiful interior imagery, visit @coastalhamptonstyle.

For ideas on finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift, click here.

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Style in the Home with Maya Anderson

One of our favourite journalist-turned-blogger and lover of all things interiors, renovations, and D.I.Y. projects Maya Anderson of @housenerd shares her styling tips for pairing appliances with kitchens to make the most out of your space.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Maya shares her favourite Mother’s Day moments and what she’s planning for this year including some great gift ideas for all the beautiful mums out there.

Mother’s Day moments

We’ve asked our friends @anna.mac and @coastalhamptonstyle to share their memorable, special and sometimes quirky Mother’s Day moments with us, behind the glitz and glamour of an Instagram filter.

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