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“Home is the heart of life.Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we create surrounds that reflect our tastes and pleasures. Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone”.– Terence Conran   Hear that? Your interpretation of ‘home’ is your personal creative right. For all those that quake in their boots at choosing the “right” paint colour, dining room chairs or even bed linen with the ache of wondering if it is “cool” and “now” – it’s time to REALLY let all that

The only interior decorating book my Mum had when I was growing up was “The Seasonal Home” by Kristin Perers. I think she received it for a birthday one year, but it wasn’t long before I shuffled it into my own book shelf, referring to its pages even now, some 25 years later! The author offers a really rustic and romantic set of decoration ideas around transforming our homes in reaction to the changing seasons. She demonstrates this with achingly perfect examples involving changeable loose covers on sofa’s and glowing

I’m yet to decide if consciously saving beeeauitful places to stay in an Instagram folder is “good” for me or not. Lets just say my holiday budget hasn’t quite hit its targets yet BUT creating a bucket list collection of dreamy accommodation surely will encourage me…right? Nonetheless, these places I share below clearly share my opinion that if you are going to pay to rest your head somewhere other than home – it needs to be ultra inspiring, boundary pushing, detail orientated and special (with a cherry on top.) Below

Over the last few years I have admired jumpsuits only from afar, pretty positive that my preferred roomy, breezy version would not be awesome on my top heavy, short-ish frame. That was until June, when buoyed by honeymoon vibes I tried on a magnificent swampy linen jumper at Toast and my new hubby (obviously also drunk on honeymoon vibes) bought it for me. And I don’t care what shape I am/ was/ will be….I am now a confirmed jumpsuit girl and am obsessed on deciding on my next target. So while I am

I can safely say, that the most enduring home decorating feature in my life to date is the humble, paper globe light shade. In the early 1990’s I remember Mum buying two large round shades for our freshly painted (peach) living room in our seventies style farm house. To this day I can remember the warm soft glow they offered, something that will forever mean a cosy home to me. When I was 15 my parents moved to a new farm, inheriting a slightly haphazard villa with strange additions but

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

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