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Best Christmas Ever

BEST CHRISTMAS EVER Just a few words and a few highlights from our Christmas at My Little House 2017.  It was a much quieter affair with just the close family.  Missing the annual soccer game, but loving the pool, which now occupies the grass that provided the Soccer field.   Hygge NZ Style! Life doesn’t need to be complicated, simple pleasures of laughter, good food and wine, family and pets.   If you stop and take in what you have
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How to set up a Bar Cart

HOW TO SET UP A BAR CART There is something ultimately sophisticated about a Bar Cart or Drinks Trolley.  Popular in the mid-century they are finally making a comeback and they are better than ever.  But don’t be daunted by the Pinterest and Instagram beauties, you too can have a perfectly styled cart simply and affordably. The cart itself is a matter of preference, whether you love vintage, the glitz of a brass and glass trolley or a
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Its a wrap

IT’S A WRAP Gone are the days we buy a three pack Christmas wrap bundle at the supermarket, no, we’ll leave that to Santa for the Children’s stockings.  Let’s face it, today we are all about aesthetics, if something looks beautiful then it warms our hearts and encourages our minds to seek out the beauty in everything around us. The Christmas Table at my little house is all about a theme, we’ve had Geometric Glamour, Woodland Winter, Vintage
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That Shop

THAT SHOP “Have you heard about That new shop?”  Those were the words that inspired Wendy Martin to open one of her very own.   When she and her husband Simon moved into the property in rural Auckland two years ago she knew that one day the little outbuilding next to the house would become her own little cottage shop.  After Simon had done the hard yards with the structural and electrical work, Wendy set about making the interior
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My Christmas Nest

MY CHRISTMAS NEST If you have been following me for some time you will know I have embarked on a journey of living a little more simply.  Taking time to appreciate the beauty in simplicity and quality.  I have shunned the chain store market in search of a more sustainable lifestyle where perhaps less is more. And so to Christmas, in the spirit of giving and receiving gratefully and with a clear conscience  for my Lagom lifestyle I
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Child Space

CHILDSPACE Creating a peaceful and calm home is one of my priorities, however each room must be reflective of the personalities that inhabit them and then come together cohesively as a whole house. Children’s rooms can be neglected, after all their interests wax and wane over time and keeping up with those trends or fads can become expensive. Merchandise is cleverly marketed to children, not you and so if your littlest is Barbie – mad you can be sure
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Rosemary and Orange Shortbread

ROSEMARY and ORANGE SHORTBREAD I am a sucker for pretty things, pretty things that taste good, even better, so when I stumbled upon this gorgeous post on Lunch Lady Blog with a simple recipe, put together in cohorts with our very own Elenor Ozich  I had to try it. So here it is, tried and tested in my little kitchen and like all good food processor recipes it is super easy! The Biscuit 1 1/3 cups of flour 2/3
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Nooks and Crannies

NOOKS AND CRANNIES nook (no͝ok) n. 1. A small corner, alcove, or recess, especially one in a large room. 2. A hidden or secluded spot. Okay, tell me you don’t want to sometimes disappear; curl up somewhere safe and not be noticed if only for a while, just like you could do when you were little. I have a couple of spots like this at my little house, one is where I sit with my morning Nespresso, it
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Sundowner

SUNDOWNER The name Sundowner comes from Africa, it represents the early evening when you can celebrate a good days work with a drink, preferably a G & T, while you watch the sun go down. I prefer my Gin and Tonic pool side, well before the sun goes down, on a lazy Summer weekend and sometimes I think it’s best not to mess with a good thing;  G & T and a wedge of lemon has done us
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Sticky Date Pudding

STICKY DATE PUD Sometimes I share recipes, not often as I’m no great chef and I do tend to stick to meals that I know work and that everyone likes. Searching for an easy dessert to serve last week took me through my cookbook shelf, most of them required a trip to buy chocolate or other such things that I try not to keep in the cupboards (I’m not good with resisting temptations) and living semi-rural means a trip to
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