Guest Post & Give Away ~ 5 Minutes With Anna from Ethos Design.

Welcome friends to NatashaInOz.com. I'm so happy to see you! I hope that you have all had a great week so far. I have had a wonderful time reading the 28 blog posts that were linked up to my

Thank you so much to my wonderful friends who linked up and who have also spread the word about this  weekly blog party dedicated to anything and everything! Please come back on Saturday to link up your recipes, craft ideas, tutorials, DIY tips, Pinterest round up posts, instagram pictures...anything that you would like to share with bloggy friends from all around the world!

I just realised this week that it seems like forever since I have done a 5 Minutes With... post so, since I am busy visiting my sweet bloggy friends, I think now is the perfect time for another one!

Please meet guest poster, Anna from Ethos Design, an amazing designer from Down Under!!

Take it away Anna!


Hello everyone! I guess I should introduce myself...I’m Anna, an interior decorator in North Queensland and the lovely Natasha is letting me steal her 5 minutes for today!

What I love about Natasha’s blog is that it is a simple (and pretty!) reminder to slow down and take a little time to yourself in today’s busy world. I know that personally, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than finishing a project for my home, or curling up on my favourite armchair to read a book (or another design blog – I think I could qualify for the longest blog list on earth). I’ve always felt that a beautiful bedroom or just a pretty little nook is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

My true appreciation for all things interiors probably began living in the beautiful old Queenslanders my mother renovated as I grew up. And ever since I’ve left home, I’ve lived in one myself (a shout out to all of you who are dealing with painting tongue and groove walls, funny shaped rooms and sticky casement windows!).

Moodboard Found Here

When I started my business I didn’t want to be a designer who specialized in high-cost trade-only designer furniture (although that can be nice!) and thought there must be a way for people to enjoy my services within their budget; the result was my Design Kits.

Moodboard Found Here

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard of e-decorating. It is a huge trend in the United States, but there haven’t been many designers that can offer it to us Aussies, with local stores. Although what I offer is technically e-decorating, I try to make my design kits as much like having a real designer as I can. Each kit has inspiration and mood boards with a shopping list (within your budget) but I also include explanations as to why every piece was chosen and how to put it all together.

The advantage of Design Kits over a traditional-style designer is that you can set your ideal budget (not the budget you have now), and shop over time. You can use your kit as creative suggestions and look for your own products, or follow my ideas to the letter. It’s up to you! If you want to know more about how the process works you can see here.

Moodboard Found Here

Enough of me blabbering on. The real reason I’m here is because I am offering Australian readers the chance to win a ‘decorating’ design kit for your favourite room! You can choose whichever decorating Design Kit you would like!

You can choose from:

1. ‘Re-Arrange’ – Works with everything you already have and gives you suggestions for the best layout and arrangement (or perhaps you’ve already bought some things and it just isn’t quite working).

2. ‘Refresh’ – You’ve probably already bought your furniture but why not update it with some pretty accessories and a new layout?

2. ‘Start from Scratch’ – Sick of your old furniture? Want to start fresh? This kit will give you ideas for everything from the perfect sofa to accessories and window treatments.

Once a winner is announced I will draw up a design kit based on the winner's chosen room and budget and Natasha and I will post the before photos, the finished design kit (and if the reader finishes it off, the
after pictures as well) on our blogs.

Moodboard found here

I hope you will come and visit me at my new blog, My Design Ethos soon and good luck to you all!


Thank you so much Anna for this amazing give away! 
How exciting is this? 

Here's what you need to do to enter:

1. Be a visible follower of my blog and tell me which kit you would like to win in a comment on this post.

2. For a second chance to win follow Anna's blog, tell her you are visiting from Natasha in Oz and then leave a comment on this post.

3. For a third chance to win link this giveaway to Facebook then leave a comment on this post.

4. For a fourth chance to win tweet about this give away then leave a comment on this post.

5. For a fifth chance to win, "Like" Anna on Facebook and then leave another comment to let me know.

6. For a sixth chance to win, blog about this give away and then leave another comment to let me know.

Other important information:

Open to Australian Residents Only
Make sure you leave an email address for me to contact you if you win.
Giveaway ends on Friday, August 19 at Midnight.
Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email.

Thanks so much Anna for kindly sponsoring this amazing give away. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

Thanks also to the following lovely ladies who have hosted these linky parties:

Kim @ Savvy Southern for Wow us Wednesday 
Good Life Wednesday at the Beach Cottage
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Courtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday
Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfolded
Holly at 504 Main for Tickled Pink Friday
Carrie @ Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday

Enjoy the rest of the week and don't forget to find time in your day to do something just for YOU!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves. Lord Chesterfield


  1. Hi Natasha

    I found this talented lady from your blog and magically Anna is now following me too.

    thank you for the introduction - I will be sure to enter her competition.

    Not many competitions get me excited but this one has

    fingers crossed

    thank you and wishing you a lovely day


  2. I love Anna's energy & style, It was wonderful getting to know her better.

  3. Look at that !! wonderful...i will visit her blog now...enjoy your day....love from me....xxx...

  4. Hi Natasha,

    This so cool! What wonderful work that Anna does and what a great idea. I'm new to all of this.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi, it is great to touch base again.

    You are right, I have taken tons of pictures this summer.

    See you soon,

    Kathy M.

  5. Loved what you shared.. So much fun to look at the story boards. xo marlis

  6. Loved seeing the designs. Great post. Blessings**


  8. Hi Natasha
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize I have just popped over to anna's blog and left a comment and am now a follower on hers and your blog and will go now and spread the love over on my blog. Thanks again x

  9. great pins! you should check out my Bobbie Brown make up compact I'm giving away on my blog :) xo

  10. Thanks Natasha, what a wonderful give away, I think I need a bit of a combination of those on offer but I will go with the start from scratch. I love the idea of getting a shopping list of actual items you can afford in Australia. Fingers crossed. ;-)

  11. Hello everyone - thanks for all your lovely feedback so far! I just thought I'd let you know that if you want to know exactly what is in each of the kits above it is all listed on my website here (http://ethosdesign.biz/for-decorating.html). Can't wait to see the winner announced! :)

  12. What a cool giveaway, Natasha and Anna! Count me in - I have a bathroom that needs some zhushing! xx

  13. Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment so I can visit you, too. What a fun blog you have. I won't enter the giveaway (since I live in Canada), but what a great idea.

    Looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

  14. Lovely giveaway Natasha and Anna. A new follower to both blogs and most happy to be part of this. I have a sweet little girl who could do with a bedroom design!!

  15. Lovely giveaway, how nice to have all the thinking taken over xx

  16. What a lovely blog, I need all the help I can get when it comes to design, but probably refresh would be the one!

  17. I am now following Anna's blog, some lovely ideas there!

  18. And now I follow Anna on FB too! Phew

  19. What a wonderful giveaway..thanks for stopping by..I am a follower and would love to enter..I think I need to start from scatch in a particular room of my home..fingers crossed X

  20. Not fair, she is not only talented but very pretty too.

  21. You have a wonderful blog. Good luck to all who enter your giveaway.

  22. Oh I would adore the refresh, pretty much my whole house! :)

  23. Liker of Anna's Facebook page :)

  24. Wish I could win. Maybe should think of moving.

  25. Hi Natasha!
    This is a great idea for a giveaway! Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!



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