Nouveau Traditionalis

(noun) "new traditions"
a wanky phrase I made up to name the type of interior design I love.
what I want to create for myself and my family as we make a fresh start in life
the inspiration I want to give my daughters to embrace change and create a life they love

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rainbow for the soul


All these things make me so very happy…I don’t need any of them…but the colours brighten my day…


Source: via Romana on Pinterest








What makes you happy?


xx Romana

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A pinning thanksgiving


I’ve been in a Pinning frenzy…


A total binge of pins!




I feel bloated, full and absolutely content.



For a while anyway ;)



Have you visited my Boards? I’d love to visit yours, feel welcome to put a link in the comments :)


xx Romana

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wishing I was in Melbourne


I would so love to pop into the Open House dreamt, instigated and co-ordinated by The Design Files extraordinaire!


Visit The Design Files for all images, taken by John Deer.

copyright John Deer 2011

copyright John Deer 2011

I’m just adoring the use of colour and shapes…


Perfect to celebrate the first day of Summer!

copyright John Deer 2011


I just realised it is another faux space I would happily move in to!

xx Romana

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black and White

is a classic and timeless. Not something I was drawn to a few years ago, but now my eyes are pulled to many black and white combinations…



via Amber Lewis Design


Francesca Ferrera


Liz Cann Studio


Miranda Kerr


Our newest member of the family..Clancy the rescue dog :)


So tell me, do you like black and white combo’s too?


xx Romana

Faux living

Not real homes, but I’d live here anyway…



Furbish/I Suwanee



Black & Spiro


What about you? Spotted any “faux” spaces in which you would happily reside?

And this is my welcome back to blogging!

After some months being ridiculously busy juggling study, work, family life…I am excited to be back blogging and will start sharing some of my latest projects in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone who persevered checking in on the blog whilst not much was happening!!


xx Romana

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teacups and sunshine

I started this blog to share the “new traditions” that I wanted to create for my daughters and family after we moved from Adelaide to the tiny country town where my husband was raised. Up to this point I have not shared as much as I have wanted to. Broken cameras made it hard to share house and craft projects, using all my downloads reading other blogs made it hard to post news, and sometimes things are just that bit too personal for me to share. One of those things is my youngest daughter who I call “Miss T” (original right?). I would like to share a few things about my little ray of sunshine.

Miss T was 2 years old when we got a diagnosis of Band Heterotopia. What’s that? I hear you call. Yeah well, we are still figuring out what that means for us. Basically it is a neuronal migration defect, causing the brain to grow with an area of smoothness, rather than all rigdy-like. So far for Miss T this has manifested in Global Developmental Delay. Probably will be upgraded to Intellectual Disability when she is older. I wish my upgrades only occurred at the Qantas desk.

I have found it difficult to share much about Miss T’s struggles because it is just damn hard to put into words. You either sound like wonder-mum doing everything on Earth to help your child overcome these unfair obstacles, or you come across as a whinger. And Lord knows (or my husband more accurately), I am a whinger enough. I don’t need another forum to vent to.

Or do I?

Sometimes, I just need to blurt out those bits of parenting that were never on my mummy-wearing-an-apron-baking-cupcakes-in-the-sunshine radar.

Until they were.

So, bear with me while I spill the beans. Ok?


Miss T had a(nother) Speech Assessment yesterday. I think this is her 4th. An excruciating 2 hour long session where I did my best to get her to sit and answer question, play along, point to pictures, play with toys, talk to a complete stranger. I was in the room because in the past Miss T has just shutdown. Put her little fingers over her big blue eyes and just said “No”. Where she gave the therapist her biggest, cheekiest, dimpled smile and refused to co-operate. This time, they asked me to stay in the room. Initially I sat next to Miss T. Trying my darndest not to lead her, give clues, give away the correct answers.

Then, Miss T got tired.

You know, after about 10 minutes.

Then she had to sit on my lap. I tried not to hug her, to not nod my head at the correct answer, not to breathe in at the wrong answers. After one hour she was over it. So was I. We could hear the school kids running around having recess, our bums were numb and Miss T was struggling to listen to the questions, let alone attempt to answer them. Somehow, we got through the assessment, although the last third was definitely not the best representation of Miss T’s abilities. But do I really want the “best” anyway? On her best moment/hour/day, a stranger may be hard pressed to pick Miss T from amongst her peers as having Special Needs. But she does. And she surely needs extra assistance at school. I just hope the exhausted little sunbeam will forgive me today for making her sit through such a stressful and tiring test.

xx Romana

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pin it, pin it real good!

Yeah, ok, lame heading. For some reason I have SaltNPepper stuck in my head…be afraid!

Source: via Romana on Pinterest


Anyway, I joined Pinterest a while back but then had trouble pinning. Oh the drama. All seems to be working now, so drop me a line if you pin, what you pin, post a link. Sharing is caring right?

My Pins

After a terrible overcast week last week, I was not able to get pics of Miss I’s mini-room-redo. But, this week looks gorgeous, so hopefully in the next day or so! Pinky swear!

xx Romana

Monday, August 15, 2011

Some for the lovers

This is a quick shout-out for my sister who has finally started a blog of her own!!

Mrs Wife Ms Lover

We are very close sisters and I would love it if you would pop over and give her some encouragement on her new undertaking (we all know how daunting it is to start your own blog!!). She is WAAYYY more stylish than myself and I can’t wait to see her find her feet with the blogging caper!

To welcome my sister, here are a few images that make me think of her:


via Full House


Atlanta Homes


Joi’s via Apartment Therapy

xx Romana

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bedroom beautiful

Miss I is quickly approaching her 7th birthday.

It was only yesterday (so it feels) that I was having my first child and wondering what the heck I had convinced the hubster we were ready for!

So, time for a little bedroom update for Miss I.

I wrote here about some inspiration shots, although at the time I was trying to make it work in our Sydney home. Now we are back in the country and it is nice to make some minor changes to her brighter and fresher bedroom. Here are some more inspiration shots:








Table Tonic

The results will be up next week.

Romana xx

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No rest for the wicked

So, back in freezing SA… the pine pollen is flowing, the frost is glowing..I think I am losing it (too late!).

House is half unpacked, but a ridiculous amount of boxes remain. Do I really have this much crap? Don’t even mention the garage that didn’t get emptied when we moved in the first place.

Desperately would love to spend a whole weekend in bed. Don’t even expect a coffee or breakfast…just time to lie about and watch the sun try to creep through the curtains and recharge the batteries, you know??

Any of these gorgeous rooms will do:


Amber Lewis via High Gloss


Jane Hall (Salvation Jane) via Real Living

bedroom_nuevo estilo_via_mfamb

Neuvo Estilo via MFAMB

Yours in imaginary slumber,

xx Romana

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Thanks girls for your messages :)

The sofa sold so quick!

Better update on what’s been going on will be coming in the next day or so.Thanks for all the love.


xx Romana

Monday, July 4, 2011

For sale: retro sofa

Hi all!

Wow, what a few weeks we have had!

So, we are moving back to SA….I know, I know, I only just got to Sydney. More on that later! Anyway, I have decided to sell this great retro sofa that I picked up from its original owners. I have posted on Gumtree, but if you or anyone you know may be interested, here are the details:

Retro sofa in great condition. Original brown woolen upholstery with no tears, stains or holes. Removable covers. Timber frame in good condition, some marks on right arm (light sanding and oil would fix it, I just ran out of time, lol). Base was re-strapped by original owners, back retains original wooden slats. Great shape to arms and a generous length, comfortably seating 3-4 adults. I would love it to go to a good home, sob! Only $200 as we need it gone asap.










I had plans for this baby, so hope someone else can make it their own! I’ve seen them go for lots more on ebay, but don’t have time to wait for auction.

Email me or comment here asap if you are interested and please pass info along to anyone you know who could be interested.


xx Romana

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dinner bell!

A couple of years of boarding school has left the ring of the dinner-time bell firmly in my mind. I have to admit that it must have been difficult for the boarding house staff to make our dining room “cosy”, although the evening meal at my parent’s table was always a time for gathering together and sharing your experiences of the day.

It is my hope to create a dining area that helps foster that same sense of togetherness in my girls. Here are some inspiration images I have collected.


Kerri Russell’s home – Elle Décor

Adore the chairs, simple curtains, dark timber floors and light streaming through.


Frederic Malle – Architectural Digest

Lurve the blocks of colour, using blue and green together, shape of the pendant, eclectic art on the walls.


unknown via Fffound

White walls, dark timber floors, different coloured chairs.



Chairs, graphic rug, white walls (storage?), pretty flowers.


via Elle Décor

Blocks of colour, book case and a sofa under the window.


via Mini & Meg

White table, coloured chairs, light!!!

So, what have I learnt putting these images together??

My dining area must have: a white table, colour in pretty large blocks, timber floors, white walls with art and/or bookcase, large windows. some fresh flowers never go astray either :)

What do you love in a dining space?


xx Romana

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In the palm of her hands…

Miss I is missing our old hometown desperately.

She misses her friends,

her school,

her grandparents,

her trampoline,

her garden,

her room,

her home….

We’ve been trying to spend some time with my sister and her daughter to provide the extra family-time Miss I is accustomed to. She was hanging out at her aunty’s and playing with pegs and came up with this:


Pretty cool I reckon! (iPhone qual)

Perhaps she could have warned British Airways and KLM that another volcano was about to go??

Anyway, I will be trying to get her bedroom in our rental a bit more “done” in the coming weeks, to help her settle in better. Here are some inspiration shots:


via Remodelista


French Elle Décor via Happy Mundane


Miss I digital art “Lakes”


via they all hate us

Will keep you posted.


xx Romana