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This year I have moved into a “forever” home. Despite being in my mid-thirties, this is a new thing for me as I’ve moved town every 3 years without fail since leaving school. While no crystal ball can tell me if I really will be here long term, for once the intention is totally there and a blue villa in Linwood, Christchurch is where this lockdown begins. This lack of “permanence” to my living situation over the years certainly hasn’t been an issue when it comes to making a rented

I have MANY friends who have far more exuberant and bold taste in fashion than I, but one thing I harbour a weakness for is…the statement earring. It could have a lot to do with my years of ‘artfully’ shrouding myself in black (something I am pleased to say I have mostly weaned myself off) which needed some kind of colour punctuation BUT it probably has more to do with the fact that they are ‘one size fits all’! Exciting earrings are for anyone and everyone, offering a super cool

You’re not to blame if the blinkers are on and you find yourself oblivious to any art or decoration for your walls beyond the framed, photographed, painted, penciled or printed!! What a huge, wonderful world of choice there is out there and its a thrill to purchase something that gives you pleasure every day your eyes brush over it. But this Edit is aimed to mess with your ideas and open you up to all the OTHER treasures that could find a special space in your home. I literally had

Indoor Plants One of my favourite NZ artists and creative minds; Anna Church recently defined an “Interior Enviromentalist” in a piece on her blog. “Interior Environmentalists love introducing nature into their homes through pot plants, cut flowers, art or textiles”  – Anna Church : artist/stylist/person who lives in a home   The description rang as true to me as my star sign profile (I’m a Cancer through and through man!) and gave me a blazing green light to UP my pot plant quota. Not something everyone in the household was

While we are all enjoy gathering here in our “online world” – I wanted to keep one arm out stretched to the birth place of inspiration…. BOOKS. While I have a kind of hiccuping consumption of novels, I am a regular collector of photographic digests, encyclopedic guides and most definitely memoirs and contemplative publications that I can pinch some “get up and go” from. The Leap Stories would be one of the latter! I’m happy to introduce you to this book, not only for its terrific, locally sourced interviews but

It’s a great pleasure to introduce you all to something REALLY different for Studio Home, but a journey nonetheless that many of us dream of (and do!) undertake. It was March 2015 when my sister and brother-in-law; Caroline and Simon Curtis, purchased this grungy, damp little cottage on a full size section in Christchurch. Part of me saw the charm, for sure, there were lovely original details and a sweet balance to its front facade. But, the sensible internal voice screamed “the inside is SO GROSS!” and “…how much work will this take??!!”. Unlike

It was late 2015 when I first introduced you to The Paper Rain Project –  a fascinating, highly creative endeavour fueled with passion by Indigo and Wills Rowe.  Their work is based on values of collaboration, sustainability and always with an eye on a shared benefit. Aside from their current store in Picton and their plans for roving pop ups this summer, they have continued with their tradition of offering their handmade skateboard decks for artists to use as a canvas. Crafted by Wills recycling wood from old winebarrels, the

I am really pleased to bring you a change of scene this week. While I really do relish my days alone in my office, the many advantages and subsequent creative strength from working within a team are not lost on me. I kind of think finding that great working dynamic can be as elusive as a regular romantic relationship, hence the need to nurture and protect it with clear roles ! Two young Australian designers who have discovered their skills and aesthetic compliment each others perfectly, are Sophie Bain and Jono Biet. Under the

It’s been a while between collaborations so I am TOTALLY thrilled to bring you the first TEAM.WORK project of 2017. And, as always, it is damn unique! I had been admiring the collection of the Mushama & Me rain coats for more than a few years when designer; Sharn Blackwell and I began to trade emails with a sniff of a collaboration in the air. I had previously blogged about the brands original Rain Cape and was already envisaging my dream twist on this great initial concept. So Sharn and I got together

The sweet line drawings of Laura Shallcrass will have most definitely crossed your path at sometime or another. As an illustrator, she has long held court with a successful print career and audience from around the world – but now, shes on a new path. I love Laura’s answers to my questions below, particularly about her struggles to be brave enough to define herself as an artist. Self confidence is a fickle creature!!!

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