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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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Lagom

How to live 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

How to display books 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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Anzac Bliss Balls

anzac day ANZAC BLISS BALLS I’m usually a Anzac Biscuit Baker but this year I’m all about the Bliss Ball!  Actually I burnt them, so a quick internet search brought me to this somewhat trendy and easier option.  Traditional, perhaps not,  and sadly lacking the crunch, but the good old Chelsea Golden Syrup gives you the Anzac-ey flavour that we kiwis are all about this time of year! We spend our Anzac Morning at the local reserve where the service
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Nooks & Storage

Nooks and 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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A Daybed – A bed for the Day

Safari OGK Daybed A BED FOR THE DAY I’ve been blogging a little lately, off the track of interiors into the world of life, simply because I sometimes feel so overwhelmed with everything that I need to just take a breath and a step back to appreciate things as they are.  This doesn’t mean I am stopping my interior dreams and aspirations for my little house (which I must add seems to always be a WIP) certainly not, but sometimes I
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Lavender Spray

how to make a lavender spray LAVENDER SPRAY We all need a treat, right? It seems to me that we often live our lives on a roller coaster of being really good or really bad.  Why we can’t just find a middle ground I’m not sure.  Perhaps its media; eat this, don’t eat that, do this, don’t do that.  Perhaps its the whole Adam and Eve and the Apple thing. Can we not live a life where the little things can bring a form
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Its all about balance

How to hygge ITS ALL ABOUT BALANCE I’m all for creating a lifestyle that you love.  A little Hygge.  It seems a little contrived, it should just happen, but often there needs to be some sort of organisation for things to be able to occur naturally. The word Hygge; which in essence means to be cozy, to be still, to share, to be content, to feel well, to enjoy simple things; is something that can happen only when all your ducks are
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Chocolate Brownie Balls

mid afternoon snack CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BALLS I am no great baker, nor, have I decided, do I want to be.  No, that would just be far too tempting and there are enough temptations in life without adding another that ultimately no good is going to come from.  Agree? Okay, then here is the recipe to end all recipes, its a pick me up, a sweet snack sensation without all the fuss and bother and without all the refined sugar; something to
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Five top tips for moving house

Moving house MOVE ME As a child we moved a fair amount.  I remember coming home from school and seeing a pile of boxes in the corner of my bedroom which meant… get ready, we’re on the move!  It became quite an art of precision. Pack the boxes, label the boxes, load the boxes, unpack the boxes, settle in and relax.  Until, you come home from school one day and there they are, those boxes waiting for you, again. Once
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