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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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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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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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The Last Renovation

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, its outside and it was summer.  What could go wrong?  Well, the start date got pushed from early January to mid-February,  the hole was dug,
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How to paint over varnished wood

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

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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History Never Repeats

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?

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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Lagom

LAGOM What do we kiwis know about Lagom?  Is it a way of life that we could adopt to create a better place to live?  New Zealanders will argue that we are the greenest country on the planet, but perhaps that is only because we are such a young country with more space than population.  At-the-moment! While sitting in early morning traffic in Albany, on Aucklands North Shore I took a really good look at the construction going
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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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