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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

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

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

  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

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

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