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Perfect Place Setting

dinner party ideas 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

made of tomorrow 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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The Kiwi Kitchen

Fisher & Paykel 20th Anniversary of the DishDrawer THE KIWI KITCHEN All my life the name that has personified the Kiwi Kitchen is Fisher & Paykel.  There is much more choice these days but I have always remained faithful and happy with F&P.  Though, had Olive Paykel not have been flicking the pages of an American Home Journal in the 1930’s and seen the new home appliance, the refrigerator,  this iconic kiwi brand may never had eventuated. Since then Fisher & Paykel have gone from strength to
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Happy Easter

Happy Easter one and all 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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Formantics – Vibrant Living

Formantics vibrant living FORMANTICS – VIBRANT LIVING The Instagram community is largely one of mutual respect and admiration.  I love the little musings I read on pages and I enjoy the interaction all be it though text.  The best feeling though is when you actually get to meet those whom you admire… in real life. Formantics is the brain child of Susan Christie and I was lucky enough to visit her gorgeous Californian Bungalow, on Auckland’s North Shore where her studio
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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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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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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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Color of the Year 2017

greenery-2 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2017 Annually, Pantone announces a colour of the year for the year to come.  Why do they do this?  The colours chosen usually represent a global need of the time.  This colour is used throughout the world and dictates the trends you see in the stores from fashion to decor to flowers! 2017 is Pantone 15-0343 Greenery.  A life affirming shade described as Natures Neutral.  Chosen to reassure, revitalise and reconnect.  This makes
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For your walls

mini grandi artist FOR YOUR WALLS I am ever so lucky to have been asked by Mini Grandi Artist to style and photograph a new range of prints available exclusively via  Paper Plane Store.  These prints, four in total defy the usual monochromatic style that the lovely Sophie is well known for.  In this instance the prints are a mix of her usual tonal black and grey with a hint of delicious blush, pink and rust and dusky blues with yellow.
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