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Summer Entertaining

SUMMER ENTERTAINING There is something about summer that we New Zealanders embrace, not the muggy heat, not the mozzies and certainly not the unpredictable weather, but we throw off those BBQ covers and get inviting.  Subtle and simple, we don’t possess any airs and graces its merely a casual “pop over and we will throw something on the barbie”. Well, I do have a little problem with that, not the simplicity, not the food itself and not the spontaneity,
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Changing it up

CHANGING IT UP Those who live in my little house know that when they leave home in the morning it is often different when they return that night. My husband used to struggle with it, now he barely bats an eye. And so today my dining space is on the move with a couple of new prints to grace the walls and of course my new display ladder which I just cant seem to get enough of!  I’ve
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Something from Nothing

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING I’m always looking for something.  Sadly, our beautiful country isn’t as blessed as some in the world with access to furniture.  Searching for specific items for projects really means you need to repurpose. So, when on the hunt for a bar cart and a day bed it naturally ends up with Trademe, that is unless I intend to pay huge shipping costs from our neighbouring countries. I missed on the day bed but I did
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Replicas gone mad

REPLICAS GONE MAD Something is wrong with this picture. I am sorry ‘Living & Co’ but I think Hans Wegner would be turning in his grave! You’ve done the Ghost Chair by Kartell, you’ve done the DSW by Eames and now The Wishbone by one of my most favourite designers Hans Wegner, (because if you didn’t know I do have a thing about chairs),  a Danish born designer who won several design prizes and his work is present in multiple
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Come dine with me

COME DINE WITH ME How often do we all sit and eat at the table these days?   With the hours ‘he who likes to save money’ works we only manage it a few times a week so when we do I try and make it a little special. If you are struggling to round everyone up take a look at these images; perhaps a re-style of your dining space could be in order or just another 10 minutes
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My Obsession with Chairs

I am slightly obsessed with chairs, in my time Ive had a few different styles gracing my dining table from Bentwood to Rattan to Ghost to Tolix to Eames… and I think Ive just found another love… these gorgeous chairs are designed by French engineer Jean Prouve.  Designed in 1934 and yes a little bit Schoolish but something about these appeals… Another style I could definaltey find a home for would be Hans Wegners Wishbone Chair, it made its debut a
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Repurposing for that Rustic look

I love a Rustic interior it promotes pioneer feelings; earthy, simple and organic.  I think of rural Italy, stables and barns;  wood flooring, open beams, plaster, wood or brick walls, basic furniture and open fire places with bare mantels. a patina in every room, nothing is shiny and new!  Repurposing is the key to creating a genuine rustic feel and what could be more rustic than this?  For those of you a little more cautious just add some colours
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