Saturday, August 17, 2013

Magazine Madness!!

It's Saturday night here in Brisbane and I am in bed trying to kick the last remnants of a terrible winter chest thingy that is sticking around stubbornly.
As it is in when I find myself bed bound and unable to run around like a manic crazed person I think about blogging.
I often worry about my blog and how I neglect it too much. I love it, but at the same time it's a job to keep it going every day. Obviously (for you followers that hang in there checking every now and again) you'll know that I am a very sporadic blogger at best.
I have good intentions to do more blogging but as we all know Life has a way of getting in the way of the majority of our good intensions.
So at best I blog when I have some news or find myself with no urgent task at hand (and these days the latter is a rarity).
I have even thought about getting one of my staff to blog for me, I see the benefits in this i.e good time management and it will enable me to get the blogging done regularly while freeing myself up to continue my work with no residual blogger guilt...
BUT then it wouldn't be MY blog wouldn't be my voice or NO I'll just stay sporadic and hope you all just hang in there.
So todays blog is bought to you by NEWS.

Lily G News :)

First a job at Indooroopilly that Lily G was involved in was featured on The Cover of Queensland Home...YAY!!

Then a job I had the great fortune to do in Camp Hill was put on the The Queensland cover AGAIN!!!

Then the same house in Indooroopilly was featured in 8 pages in Last months House & Garden!!

This month my store is featured in The gorgeous Online Magazine Adore Home

Go here for a read :)

So there's SOME news!!! I will try and keep you all up to date as these things happen from now on rather than binge inundation :). We are very blessed to have such lovely clients and be part of such a dynamic and fabulous industry and not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for the chance I have to do what I am truly passionate about.
Have a great weekend xx
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gwinganna; My Little Slice of Heaven

I have recently returning from a 7 day detox programme at Gwinganna Lifestyle retreat.
I decided I had to blog about this amazing place and share with you the life changing lessons I have learnt there.
Besides the inevitable weight loss there are so many other life enhancing benefits that I walked away with and this was my 2nd (of what I now know will be a yearly if not twice yearly) stay.

The first time I discovered Gwinganna I was looking around for a place to de stress and take time out from my hectic life,  I was also at a cross roads in my personal life and needed to gain some much
needed perspective.  Although professionally I couldn't be happier, I knew that I was just re-acting to life and was not mindful in my daily choices i.e The food I ate, the exercise I DIDN'T get and the way I dealt with the many levels of stress associated with being a mother, business owner and a professional person in a demanding industry.
So (being a serial researcher) I looked up what was on offer in Health retreats and compared options and philosophies of the various wellness facilities out there. I loved the holistic and practical approach Gwinganna offered (not too alternative but still embracing an organic and spiritual experience) so I booked into Gwinganna for a 5 days Wellness Programme and extended my stay to 7 days and fell instantly in love.
For any person that has multiple balls in the air and needs a respite from the careening pace of an over scheduled life then Gwinganna is the perfect Oasis.

I have said recently that I would go to Gwinganna over most destinations in the world...and I have been to a LOT of places (as an International Flight Attendant for Qantas for 10 years and now in my travels for Lily G).
This statement is due largely to how I feel on leaving the Gwinganna environment:-
I feel refreshed, rested, in control, nurtured and stronger both physically and mentally.
My body and my mind feel more unified and I leave more in control and able to cope.
These are all huge benefits for a person that previously stayed on track with only nervous energy and adrenaline as her coping mechanisms (and a glass or two of Sauve Blanc).
I have a very strong will and run on the frenetic energy that a creative person with a huge ADHD streak is predisposed to; but when burnout is happening and I start to feel like I'm free falling in a mudslide I now head to Gwinganna to gain back some equilibrium.

This last stay was for 7 days of their fabulous detox programme, (meaning no Alcohol, dairy, meat, caffein or gluten...very little spices or anything that puts stress on your system)
as hard as that sounds at first it is an easy swap over when you discover that the meals are all made freshly from organically farmed local produce and are prepared by talented and creative chefs.
Your daily coffee is replaced by nurturing and beneficial teas, animal based proteins with essential Omega 3 Fish and Vegetable curries and an abundance of healthy organic green leaves.
After a couple of days you start to feel as though you are truly tasting food again.
You eat slowly and mindfully and that helps your digestion.

A typical day at Gwinganna begins with a cheery wakeup call to start you off on your daily ritual, which consists of the following:-
6.30-7.00 Qui Choing ( a calm contemplative movement based exercise based on Tai Chi)
7.00 -8 ish Daily hike (several levels of difficulty) Such a beautiful way to commune with nature and start the day.
8.00 - 9.00 Breakfast (always delicious and nurturing)
9.00 - 11.00 Morning Exercise (choice of Yin or Yang exercises)
range from Pilates, Yoga, Dance, Boxing, Boot Camp
11.00 - 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 - 1pm Educational Seminar on various topics i.e Digestion, Sleep, Stress (These seminars help to give you the resources you need to make the best choices once you leave)
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch
2.00 - 7 Dream time (Day spa bliss OUT!!)
7.00 - 8.00 Dinner
8.30 Bed

As you can see your days are full and there is plenty of quiet time. Lots of stunning walks to go on and one day I exercised 5 Hours!! for a person that has alway embraced The Lounge Lizard school of exercise that is amazing to me!
First 3 days are a bit murky as everyone detoxes the sugar, caffeine and other various dependencies but about the 4th day you start to feel cleansed and energised.
 The Daily exercise is in stunning surrounds with motivated trainers and you definitely feel that you are making long term changes due to the educational seminars that are held to reinforce the Practical exercise.
After the exercise and the lectures you have a endless list of spa options to sooth away the muscle stiffness from the morning. This is called Dream Time and it is aptly named.

When your whole afternoon is spent being cocooned in the most stunning day spa with a menu of holistic and therapeutic treatments you can't help but start to slow down.

I am now well and truly back into the daily grind of life and work now and look back longingly at my beautiful stay. But I am armed with the latest nutritional education and Gwinganna is sending me my weekly updates to help me keep on track.
I am sticking to their 80/20 rule on everything and have happily shed some excess weight and the and a huge weight off my shoulders as well.  The weight I lost feels so easy to keep off now that I know how to follow simple rules.

If you were thinking of going to a health retreat I can't recommend Gwinganna enough and would love to hear from anyone that has been and what their impressions were of this beautiful place.

My Room in The Signature Villas 
View from My Room


Blissful Bathtime over looking the pond

Very Happy on my first day!

Where daily Morning Tea and the Seminars are held

Some lucky Full time residence

Over looking one of the many herb gardens. Magnificent views of the Gold Coast Coastline

The Hanger where exercise, dance and one of the infinity pools

My Dream of the most relaxing places to visit at Gwinganna

For more information on Gwinganna go here

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Midsummers Nights Drinks

I had a little soiree in my home on Saturday night.
The Ladies Blinged it out of the Park!!
It was to thank friends and clients for all their support for the year.
We had a lovely time and because I like a sequins or two, the dress code was Bling.
Lots of lovely ladies and their gents came along.
Everyone looked stunning a fun time was had by all and I was so happy to see all my supportive friends in one room.
Anna, Marissa & Kirstin 

This is Dee she's been my friend since we were 16!! Her lovely partner Reny who is a talented Musician.

The Beautiful Jodie & Anna

Ladies having an elegant sit down

Me and Liz caught on each others sequins

I put up some beautiful lighting and I'm keeping it all up....everynight I go out and just love looking at my back yard now
Melinda Boundy, Tanya Milford & Liz Murrihy

Yes I had a costume change during the evening :) Beautiful Julie Ann Jacobsen

We're ready for our close up!

Maybe not!!

The Men did look good too...we gave them 1 photo :)

Early in the evening a sedate beginning

Lisa and Nigel

Danielle & Tom

Christine, Julie, Me, Elizabeth & My bestie Renee

My lovely brother Mark did the catering and it was Amazing!!! Here he is having a well deserved rest.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Clayfield Renovation

Painting Alabaster & Charcoal trim

Our renovation at Clayfield is coming to its final stages.
I am so happy with the final results and my lovely client is very thrilled.
It is so nice to breathe life back into such a glorious house and I am so very lucky that my client chose me to help with the journey.
We are now at the Interiors Stage and there are many selections to be finalised.
It is such a fantastic opportunity to do a house from scratch hard finishes as well as all the furniture.
Very nerve racking too because of so many decisions to be made and all AT ONCE! :)
Of course will keep you all posted once the furniture is installed for final reveal.
Just a few progress shots for you for now :)
Have a beautiful weekend.
ps: Don't forget to follow us on our Facebook Lily G and now on Instagram Lilyg1Mel

Alabaster & Charcoal detailing
Decking sanded and stained. The lacework has come back to life stunningly

We added all the ceiling detailing and new Cornicing.
The new Kitchen is stunning

Sourcing Lights from RedHill 

Two of the custom made Lily G Petit Salon chairs for around the fireplace. The colour of this velvet in real life is magical!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sugar Beach

Isn't it absolutely stunning!!
Sugar Beach A Viceroy Hotel in St Lucia..
Yes please. Such a beautiful peaceful and relaxing looking destination.
This is my goal destination for 2013!!
Who's coming with??

 I probably wouldn't opt for a white couch here...a little too perfect. Would love a really faded light blue perhaps. Nice rattan tray or something on the coffee table to break up all the white; but other than that I could snooze here in the afternoon.

 Or here


Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolutions part II

Well tonights the night!!
We look optimistically towards 2013 with a hopeful and expectant heart.
A fresh, clean year lays before us just waiting to be moulded into a reflection of our expectations from life.

New Years Resolutions are tricky...
Mainly (I think) because we put too much pressure on ourselves.
I think resolutions should be more like a Mission Statement to ourselves.
A personal dogma of behaviour to try to adhere to and keep us steered in the right direction.
Trying to immediately adhere to a total behavioural about face in the matter of one night is just setting ourselves up for failure and a wee bit of self loathing :)

So I say set some obtainable timeframes for the changes you want to see in yourself (if any at all) have realistic expectations on how long these changes will take and then put one foot in front of the other.
Trying to completely cut out smoking cold turkey is harsh for most smokers.
Becoming a Gym junkie over night; not realistic.  Abstaining immediately from anything you may be thoroughly enjoying (me, lots of G & T's and Vino's) is a harsh road to walk down.
But...cutting back, cutting down, actually going to gym, etc etc are small steps that ease you into the new lifestyle you want to adopt.
So....with that kinder more tolerant Resolution attitude in mind here are mine as follows.

1. Cut down Alcohol consumption
2. Get more (some, any) exercise everyday
3. Spend more time with my boys...listen, play rough (hard for a girly girl craft lover)
4. Never ever compromise my happiness again for someone else
5. Never sell myself short for unworthy recipients
6. Be a better daughter, sister, friend, boss :)
7. Take time out for me (once a week a day off to pick kids up from school have time to smell the daisies)
8. Qualify the people I let into my life etc....You've got to earn the right to be in someones heart.
9. Stop doubting myself and take the next steps needed to get me to where I want to go.
10. Start painting, writing and doing the things I love again.
10.5 Try and be more organised, better time management :)

Well there's mine....these are the changes I want to see in myself and hopefully if I start slowly I can achieve them all.
Have a fabulous and Happy New Year.
Thank You all for  persevering with my erratic blogging I will be making a concerted effort to include my blogging into my daily schedule in the New Year xx

Happy New Year

Melinda xx

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Years Resolutions.....

I write this from my bed, one day before New Years Eve.
I have a sore throat, swollen glands and feeling completely yuck.
Being bed ridden is the only way to slow me down these days and it affords me some much needed time to contemplate and quiet my somewhat frenetic brain.
So as New Years Eve (and the ubiquitous resolutions) loom I typically am looking back on 2012 and all that has occurred in my hectic life.

It has been a very crazy and somewhat painful year for me, at the same time it has been a very educational one.
I have learnt some very hard lessons and I am still contemplating the reasons for some things that have happened in my life and why they happened. Some of my behaviour I have not been proud of and some I have patted myself on the back for.
I have re-evaluated my role in My Own Life and am looking at my failures and my flaws with a more forgiving eye. Sometimes our harshest critic is the voice in our own heads :)

So this year some of the life's lessons (which seem obvious when I now think about them, but when you are in the middle of everything perspective is a tricky thing) are as follows:-

1. I have learnt that no matter how hard you work and how much you achieve professionally that all means diddly squat if you can't make your life balance work. This year I have done too many hours at work and not enough hours at home with my boys.

My Big Angel Harry

My Lovable little Devil Emerson

2. In life and as a Woman there is no having IT ALL!! Something has to Give and usually as a woman that something is usually looking after yourself and your health.
I have a membership at a gym and I'm yet to use it even though I know it is sooo important to look after my body.
I give my boys all the fruit and veggies but can't seem to have time to eat anything nutritious or drink enough water EVER!! :)

I have learnt that no matter how hard you want something if that something is not meant to be it won't be. As a stubborn person that is driven that is a hard pill to swallow.
Learning to accept has been a hard lesson.
There is a peace that comes with acceptance.
Part of acceptance is acknowledging that You can't always get what you want.
Try telling that to most driven people HA!!

 Friends are the family we choose. This is sooo true.
This year has been a hard and tumultuous one.
I have had professional highs that have been fabulous but I have also experienced tremendous lows personally and have compromised a great deal of my emotional happiness for unobtainable goals.
My friends have supported my valiantly through all the myriad of absurd highs and lows that I have
rollercoastered through (especially the last couple of months).
They know I'm mad.
I know they're mad.
We have each other's backs.
This is worth more than all the money in the world.
My wonderful friends

Supporting me through thick and thin and near wardrobe malfunctions oops :)

Never get too serious. Life is a crazy joke and if you are healthy, your family is healthy, you have food in the fridge, money in your wallet and your world is turning without much drama or duress then you should laugh at the small stuff.
Gather your friends around that make you laugh and laugh until you pee yourself (well nearly) :)
A miserable person is a lonely one :)

Sometimes you help others and sometimes you inadvertently harm others.
Just make sure the former out ways the latter :)

Success, Money and "having it all" is not important. It doesn't mean anything when you tally your REAL life's achievements.
Your loved ones, the people you cherish are what is vitally important.
We take our life and happiness for granted and we coast along assuming we will not be hit with hardship or heartache. Hold your kids tight everyday until they know they are the most important beings in your world.

If you are not happy with who you are....You will NEVER be happy with life.

 I have learnt that sometimes people ask too much and if you keep moving your boundaries back further and further soon those boundaries will cease to exist and people will just step all over you.


 I do love my life, I am very blessed.
I second guess myself, my talents, my mothering, my ability to be a good friend and nearly everything...but I know that I'm not alone and that there are people that are far better at everything than me but we are all trying our hardest and that's what's most important.

So there are 10 self indulgent little expressions on my life lessons for 2012.
The year has been so busy that I think I learnt most of them in hindsight :)

Hope you all have a fabulous and happy New Year.

My resolutions are yet to come...
How are yours going?

I can't wait for this year to be over and am so looking forward to having a happy and amazing 2013!!