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Sophie Melville Artist

sophie Melville artist SOPHIE MELVILLE ARTIST A number of Sophies art works are dotted around my home, often transient, they provide a calm presence, noticeable but not imposing, wherever they sit. Her series of watercolour prints became popular with the wave of Scandinavian inspired interiors largely due to their monochromatic tones and blurry edges, identifiable as the land and seascape but modern and edgy. 2017 has marked a change in Sophie’s art, not its style or its inspiration, but in the sophisticated
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How to style your coffee table (in 5 easy steps)

how to style a coffee table STYLING 101 – THE COFFEE TABLE Stylists have a knack of grabbing what is available and arranging it in a way that looks perfect, without being too perfect and its all because of these 5 simple rules;  Vary your heights  Use odd numbers  Contrast colour Add an item from nature Contain smaller items And using these 5 simple things; Books; add a pile or add just one, books convey your interest, they provide the ability to add height
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How to make simple interesting

how to make a vignette interesting HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE INTERESTING We’ve all done it.  Ooohed and Aaahed in wonder at something simple, that some clever person has somehow made interesting.  They, however are not that clever; all it takes is something unexpected to make a simple vignette suddenly interesting. Here is how. Take a piece of furniture with clean lines Add a framed piece of art Add a plant (of course) Add a pile of magazines or books Now to make it interesting Add
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Annise Designs – Scented Soy Candles

Annise Design Scented Soy candles THE COTTAGE AND THE CANDLE MAKER Once upon a time there was a little house in the Hawkes Bay called Kingfisher Cottage, home to Rebekah Burton, her family and her business, Annise Designs. Its story book quality just begs for something equally romantic to be made here and I will not disappoint you.  The business is hand poured, scented, soy candles, made right in the heart of that little cottage; the kitchen.  If anything could depict hygge and
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Velvet in Interiors

velvet in interiors MY VELVET CRUSH Interior Designers love velvet, we cant help ourselves, just ask my friend Nita from The Gooses Bridle.  Shes a little obsessed!  Velvet to us, is like what Tonic is to Gin,  Ice cream is to Jelly and Juliet is to Romeo, (well not quite, but its a good analogy).  Seeing velvet makes us go weak at the knees, its our biggest crush! For me it started with my first home, technically it was my second
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Summer Entertaining

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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Let there be light

light for desk LET THERE BE LIGHT When we bought our little cottage the thing that really stood out was the lack of lighting.  There were no pendants or ceiling lights, only wall fixtures, and the the light coming from those was limited.  When we renovated I was adamant that I wanted each space to have adequate sources of ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the rooms main source of light, so generally its your down lights or feature
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Friday Finds

How to display a plant FRIDAY FINDS A purchase of potting mix at The Warehouse resulted in today’s find that I had to share with you. This plant stand is the perfect way to add height to this vignette without creating a heavy feeling. It was, in fact only $5.00, and all I did was add the pot and plant, which were already occupants of this old French Dropside table currently sitting in my entryway. Also new and worth a mention is the tiny
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Styling 101 | The Shelfie

how to style a shelf STYLING 101 | THE SHELFIE Even when I’m not working I am. I’m not very good at leaving things be, and so a shelf doesn’t seem to stay the same for more than a few weeks, neither do cushions, nor art.  But then, with so many beautiful things passing through my home how can I not enjoy them, if only for a short time? This shelf was originally my sons book and toy shelf, its now home to
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Styling 101 | The Bathroom

Styling 101 | The Bathroom STYLING 101 | THE BATHROOM Bathrooms are expensive, they are also one of the hardest rooms to get right.  That’s because the space is generally small and there needs to be alot in there for it to function as its purpose. A family bathroom is usually home to; a shower, a bath, a double vanity, a mirror, a toilet, a heated towel rail, tapware for the sinks, tapware for the bath, tapware for the shower, a toilet roll
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