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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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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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Perfect Place Setting

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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A Guest Room Joosh Up

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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How to choose the right art for your home

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 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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Good to go

FOR SALE There comes a time when one has to let go of things, not because you don’t love them anymore, but because they add no particular value to your life.  Lucky for you my things that are ready to go can become things that will add value to yours.   Some of these items have been used in my home but others are simply pieces that were used for product styling or home staging.  They are all
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Book Worm

BOOKWORM Book Depository and I have a special relationship… I give them money and they send me beautiful books.  Perfect!  A match made in heaven. I’ve piled up a few of my favourites to share with you. Eat Drink Nap, Soho House  Full of recipes, interior design tips and how to make a peaceful place to rest.  A gorgeous natural textured cover with black print, inside it opens up to elegant spaces and food styling to get you
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Nooks & Storage

NOOKS & STORAGE Old homes have their idiosyncrasies; the not-quite-level floor, the mismatched skirting boards and the somewhat annoying lack of plugs.  All of these can be lived with or fixed quite easily, but perhaps the most annoying of all is the lack of built in storage.  Creating extra cupboards means you lose floor area and so often it is up to the dweller to find extra space by using clever little methods that adds both an aesthetic
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Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER The Easter weather forecast here in NZ was a little foreboding with Cyclone Cook heading our way fast and furious.  The warnings were enough to shut down the central Auckland City sending workers home early.  Schools closed and everyone shunned the usual night before Easter long weekend drinks and headed home loaded with water and candles. It didn’t arrive in Auckland; last minute it veered off its anticipated path.  Parts of NZ did get a battering
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