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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

On reviewing the group I pulled together below,  it is blazingly clear that when it comes to clothing, a few distinct things attract me. Namely – loose/drapey shapes AND transparent/fluid fabrics. Now if you are more of a tight and bright kind of soul…don’t worry! There is still plenty in here for you, even from the labels mentioned – it’s just my casual/loose eye picked up on the alternates to those but they ARE there! Also, lets face it, flowy clothes look great on ALL body shapes so there really

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

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

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

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

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