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The first wallpaper I used in an interior project was for a Heart Foundation Lottery house that I was commissioned to decorate and fit out in 2008, Queenstown. I. Went. Full. On using THIS on a 3 metre high wall across the length of the living room… (it’s the top one). While I still really love that paper and especially the designer Hanna Werning, I probably wouldn’t specify the same again for total strangers and I would go as far as to say that I am 99% sure that the

I am a long term, die hard scarf girl. I don’t really discriminate over material or length. As long as it feels good and looks good to ME, then its probably destined for my regular scarf rotation! Below you’ll find a pretty diverse collection of some fun, some flamboyant, some silky, some not, some massive, some dainty scarfs to wrap your head and neck around. Ten of them actually! And for this edit, they are all NZ and Australian designers (except for one US FAVE!)   Above: Another beauty from

ART. My guilty pleasure. Sigh…. A piece of art to me, is something with a story. Either attached to its subject matter or the person who created it. Art ain’t that generic canvas pulled from a stack at a chain store….although by all means buy up on those frames! Art is food for the soul and a visual treasure that becomes part of your “home”, wherever that might be. Something that you can attach memories to, not fire at the bin when you sense that “trend” is over. Despite moving town

The term ‘Mid Century Modern’  is readily flung around by furniture stores, magazines and bloggers like a little hook to lure you in. Hey, its not the only catchy catch phrase out there that glows with trendy interior promises – but if you, like me, have grown a little confused about “what” sort of style it relates too, then let me help clarify.  In cahoots with local Mid Century design experts (real ones!); Mr Bigglesworthy, I ducked back into student research mode in an attempt to offer you a 10

Today I got a new sofa…the maiden “new sofa”of my life! “Lounging” features strongly in our home. I’m not embarrassed to tell you that its easy to find T and I, flat on our backs, on parallel sofas at all hours of the weekend or scattered around work. If we’ve been mucking around in the garden, or even returning home from jobs in town, its become a bit of a shared tradition that we will “take 5” with a quick lie down in the living room with phone/book/tv remote in

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

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