As my sister unpacked into her home in Christchurch and hung her art collection in temporary spots (during the wild, pre-renovation period), I noticed something crazy. The large majority of her art featured birds. They were in print and painted, they were abstracted and reproduced in bright, photo realism. She even had an incredible collection of pinned feathers from Australian natives in a frame! It was such a weird realisation for her and we laughed about how this could have happened, subconsciously, over the years and even why? Then the mirror
Even though I get to visit Caroline and Simon Curtis’s cute cottage on a near weekly basis (Caroline and I are sisters!), reviewing these photo’s I shot recently reminded me of the MASS amount of work and change they have bought to this section and old home. Lets start on the right foot here – if you haven’t already reviewed the story of their Christchurch purchase and the mammoth DIY journey that would make many amateur renovators weak at the the knees, simply click here. There is a lot to
When Cook and Nelson explained their new food “hamper” concept, my interest was definitely piqued. But on actually receiving it, un-packing it and gleefully experimenting with all it’s products, I have no problems in screaming my support of this concept! You’d be hard pushed to find anything similar on the market presented with such outrageous attention to detail. This is a foodie/visual persons dream gift with 9 top end, artisan products plucked and packed from all corners of the world ….and that’s only the start of it! Just to reiterate, it’s not I
Just in time for messing up your Christmas wishlists, here is a selection of 13 designers from all over the world with wares to tempt. I feel like I could have easily added another 13+ but there’s plenty of time for that! I can still remember the first “ring” I bought aged 15. It was silver and from a local Christchurch designer that everyone my age was into at the time and I reallllllllyyyy loved it. I was in and I was edging on being a grown up! Jewellery
If ‘domestic god-ism’ can be learnt, then the advice in this post might give us all hope yet! Despite having a few special friends in my life who actively relax by cleaning and organising – I feel sure everyone else is like me, hanging on for dear life and hoping my home will get through another week with minimal attention. A few things have happened of late that have greatly improved my chances of not flying off the hook when I know my mother or in-laws are dropping by in
Lets just say, collecting this selection of work to share with you was hardly a chore… Landscapes/views/streetscapes hold so much nostalgia and romance for me and as a formerly committed fan of photo realism, I have come to immensely appreciate the emotive effect of painted “impressions” of places. I think its a fascinating and beautiful thing to see an artists “take of a scene” that many others have seen before. Below you will find 8 New Zealand and Australian artists that I follow on instagram and covet to the extreme.
To some that follow my posts on my personal instagram or even have a swipe through #thebluehousenz, you might get the impression that I have my personal interior style pretty firmed up. I definitely know that I’ve also been drawn to layers of texture, a dose of nature, a spray of colour (but only muddy!) and love a bit of weathered, old, mis-treated furniture! But given an unlimited budget like a Lotto win, I think I would be in SERIOUS trouble. My house (actually “houses” plural, no doubt) would be