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The Last Renovation

Swimming Pool addition THE LAST RENOVATION Here at My Little House we are no strangers to renovations and the upheaval they bring.  We have lived through winters without walls and microwave dinners for weeks on end, but I have to say adding a pool was most probably the worst project of all. It shouldn’t have been, I mean its outside and it was summer.  What could go wrong?  Well, the start date got pushed from early January to mid-February,  the hole
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Perfect Place Setting

dinner party ideas PERFECT PLACE SETTING Monsteras seem to be taking over my life.  I buy them little wishing for them to grow but when they grow I wish them little again. Looking at my overloaded plant I am thinking those beautiful big green leaves will make the best placemats! I am teaming it up with this gorgeous dinner set from Wundaire and Fisher & Paykel and I think it looks amazing! Lunch Date Set! Photography and Styling by My Little
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How to paint over varnished wood

black painted doors HOW TO PAINT OVER VARNISHED WOOD When the painter left our little house a few weeks ago it was looking whiter, brighter and beautiful; with the dated wood balustrade gone I had high hopes of a builder following with lovely new skirtings and doors.  My hopes faded as I realised that the builders were all too busy with the big jobs and so I set about with a little DIY.  I am no stranger to DIY, back in
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A Guest Room Joosh Up

made of tomorrow A GUEST ROOM JOOSH UP My Guest Bedroom is a tricky space to furnish, the pitched ceiling means a much lower bed which means that most bedsides towered above or just looked a little, well little.  This clever shelf, part of the Made of Tomorrow Fold range is the perfect alternative.  Being wall-hung it can be positioned perfectly, its powder coating is durable enough to take any knocks and its curves add a bit of softness to the
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The Kiwi Kitchen

Fisher & Paykel 20th Anniversary of the DishDrawer THE KIWI KITCHEN All my life the name that has personified the Kiwi Kitchen is Fisher & Paykel.  There is much more choice these days but I have always remained faithful and happy with F&P.  Though, had Olive Paykel not have been flicking the pages of an American Home Journal in the 1930’s and seen the new home appliance, the refrigerator,  this iconic kiwi brand may never had eventuated. Since then Fisher & Paykel have gone from strength to
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History Never Repeats

haunted house HISTORY NEVER REPEATS Well lets hope not!  When we originally viewed my little house we were feeling rather desperate, we had sold and nothing on the market was exciting us.  It wasn’t what we were looking for, in fact it ticked no boxes, but we drove into the drive of number 7 and knew it was for us. The driveway led us upwards and it was dusk on a Friday evening.  The agent was in a hurry to
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How much White is too much White?

Painting out wooden beams HOW MUCH WHITE IS TOO MUCH WHITE? I’ve always loved homes for their quirkiness.  This said there is sometimes a need for simplicity or peace that can only be achieved by removing the very thing which makes a home unique. For me the exposed beams created a point of difference but painting them white would provide me with a light and airey space.  In the end paint won. The beams added character and a point of difference, but
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How to choose the right art for your home

How to style your art STYLING 101 – ART  Art can be a confronting topic and though everyones tastes vary your art should be meaningful or beautiful to you. My one big ‘but’ would be that no matter what your art represents and whether it be monochrome or colourful, acrylic or watercolour, photographic or typography its only design requirement is that it be proportionate to the space. A particularly large wall needs a particularly large piece of art or a number of pieces that
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How to bring Nature Indoors

how to bring nature indoors HOW TO BRING NATURE INDOORS I recently wrote a blog for Flooring Xtra with tips on How to Create a Great First Impression.  The message I tried to bestow is that if you keep your home guest-worthy all the time you will be doing yourself and your family a huge favour too, and its not that hard; take a peek over here to see how. One of the points I made was to bring a little nature indoors.
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Sangria

sangria recipe SANGRIA SANGRIA There is something about those long lunches with girl friends; the conversation never dies, the laughs are quick and sometimes even the tears.  Those lunches are special, each one marked, noted in my memory bank.  Remember when… This one we had Sangria.  We talked, laughed, shared and that drink now has a special place in my memory. So, a recipe is in order.  Sangria is Spanish, traditionally made with Red Wine.  I prefer White or Rosé. I’m
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