I had Malinda on my ‘must meet’ list for the ProBlogger weekend, but as fate would have it, in a room of 700 women it is nearly impossible to find all the people you’d like to say hi to. I am disappointed that we didn’t meet, because I love Malinda’s blog, My Brown Paper Packages Malinda is helping to create happiness in your everyday life, how does she do this, by sharing the most wonderful recipes, by hosting a Wednesday travel link up called Wednesday Wonderlust, by creating and living. It’s a happy place to be. Malinda lives on the sunny Gold Coast and is sharing a little of her home today.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Malinda, and I am lucky enough to have just bought my first home on the gorgeous Gold Coast. I live here with my husband, my two beautiful girls and my dog. I love inspiring others to be happy by sharing my stories about what I eat, my creative endeavours, where I travel and rambling about my favourite things at My Brown Paper Packages.
Tell us about your favourite space?
I love to be outdoors and regularly escape to Burleigh Headland in my spare time. However right now, and more often than not, you will find me sitting by my front window in my small patch of sunshine. At the moment, this is the hub of my world. From here I can watch the sunrise, watch my youngest daughter run around the backyard, supervise my other daughters homework, hear the oven timer, see my husband arrive home from work, rest my feet on the dog, see the mail man deliver my parcels, catch up on Netflix while I colour in, connect with people online, work, rest and play. Geez, I’m surprised I don’t sleep here after listing all that!
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
From here I can still be in the centre of everything that is happening in my home while I either work or relax. I love that I can open the window wide for some invigorating fresh air and the sunshine streams through here almost all day. I am close to a power point, which is pretty important when you work online, I have a stash of books close by, and somewhere to sit my coffee. What more could I ask for.
What are your favourite items in this space?
Everything. I love my vintage chair, especially the colour, and the blanket and sheepskin make it so cosy in winter time. The ‘old’ contrasts nicely with my IKEA hack colour dipped stool which is so multi purpose and has been getting a real workout. The stack of magazines, books and mindful colouring are always on hand for some quiet down time when I need to look away from the screen. Which sort of goes hand in hand with me having a snack. I love my fiddle leaf fig, which took so long for me to track down and I actually ended up getting my husband to buy it and bring it home on his motorbike (thanks to living in Thailand for those driving skills!). The copper lamp was (probably) the last of its kind in Australia before the next shipment arrived from the supplier over 6 months later and I just love it, especially with the classic bulb in it. I love the cushion too because it gives a real pop of colour and just makes me feel all whimsical and happy.
How does this space make you feel?
This is my favourite space because I am always happy here. It spurs my creativity. I can be productive. I can relax. I can sit and ponder. I can snuggle and read books with my girls at night. I can have long meaningful conversations from here. It is my space and it makes me feel happy.
I just love the way the sunshine streams in through the window, and really love the central position of this space. Anywhere I can see the children, while still having a little ‘space’ is perfect for me.If you’d like to share in Malinda’s My Brown Paper Packages, be sure to check out her Blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
What did you like most about Malinda’s space? Do you have a favourite space you’d like to share?