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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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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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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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Mojito Time

Mojito Recipe ITS A MOJITO KINDA DAY With the mint taking over the herb garden and the limes sitting idle on the tree its time to take action… Mojitos! I think if anything spells summer Mojitos do and today was a beautiful summers day. Its a simple mix of; 1 C Sugar Syrup 4 C White Rum 1/2 Cup Lime Juice 4 C Sparking water 1 C Fresh Mint leaves Ice Put all the ingredients into a drinks dispenser and
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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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Hygge NZ Style

How to Hygge HYGGE NZ STYLE Some of my earliest childhood memories invole the Danish art of Hygge. Pronounced Hoo-ga.  Then, the way we lived our lives was all about Hyggeling, only we didn’t know it.  Have we lost the art?  Yes, I believe we have, but to know that you must first understand what Hygge is, and why we need it in our lives.  William Morris; a Designer responsible for the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 19th century believed
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The Christmas Table

The Christmas Table THE CHRISTMAS TABLE Thats it, 2016 Christmas Dinner done and dusted.  The weather was less than perfect but in the end does it matter?  A time for togetherness and belonging, family, food and fun. My son is off to Norway to study in a few days time and so my theme this year? Norwegian Peaks and Mountain Flowers (okay, I picked them on the roadside in my community but still…) The little mountain peaks are wooden Christmas Tree Decorations
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