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That Shop

THAT SHOP “Have you heard about That new shop?”  Those were the words that inspired Wendy Martin to open one of her very own.   When she and her husband Simon moved into the property in rural Auckland two years ago she knew that one day the little outbuilding next to the house would become her own little cottage shop.  After Simon had done the hard yards with the structural and electrical work, Wendy set about making the interior
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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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Child Space

CHILDSPACE Creating a peaceful and calm home is one of my priorities, however each room must be reflective of the personalities that inhabit them and then come together cohesively as a whole house. Children’s rooms can be neglected, after all their interests wax and wane over time and keeping up with those trends or fads can become expensive. Merchandise is cleverly marketed to children, not you and so if your littlest is Barbie – mad you can be sure
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Sundowner

SUNDOWNER The name Sundowner comes from Africa, it represents the early evening when you can celebrate a good days work with a drink, preferably a G & T, while you watch the sun go down. I prefer my Gin and Tonic pool side, well before the sun goes down, on a lazy Summer weekend and sometimes I think it’s best not to mess with a good thing;  G & T and a wedge of lemon has done us
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The Kiwi Kitchen

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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Good to go

FOR SALE There comes a time when one has to let go of things, not because you don’t love them anymore, but because they add no particular value to your life.  Lucky for you my things that are ready to go can become things that will add value to yours.   Some of these items have been used in my home but others are simply pieces that were used for product styling or home staging.  They are all
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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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My Tips for a Top Sleep

MY TIPS FOR A TOP SLEEP The older I get the more sleep eludes me.  What used to come naturally now seems to need preparation.  So I’ve done the research and I’ve tested the tips and here is what comes out on top. #1.  The bedroom itself plays a role; though the aesthetics won’t help you sleep, if the environment pleases us it will encourage you to relax, there are also a few practical things you can do
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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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Styling 101 – The Sofa

STYLING 101 – THE SOFA A sofa without cushions for me is like walks without my dog, gin without tonic or mornings without coffee, but getting the right cushions for that sofa is a big ask and with the cost of a single cushion pushing upwards of $80 you need to get it right – first time! Think about how you put an outfit together; is it instinct that tells you those shoes won’t work with that bag
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