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Styling 101 | Christmas

How to style your home for christmas in monochrome MY LITTLE MONOCHROME CHRISTMAS Despite the fact I have no littlies in the house I still feel the need to count down the sleeps to Christmas.  I’m not sure why that is, perhaps habit.  Advent calenders with a daily chocolate were such a treat as a child, but with two sisters it always seem an age to get to my turn! When my son was little we had all sorts of different ways of counting down, from the
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Natural Cleaning Products

Lifestyle | Natural Cleaning Product JANOLA AND JIFF We live in a semi-rural spot which means we are the proud owners of a Septic Tank.  Well sometimes not so proud! Ours is an older system and it requires a bit of maintenance to keep it all working well and part of its ongoing maintenance is to make sure I use all natural cleaning products.  Since I was brought up on Janola and Jiff it did take a little persuading! There are many on
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Coffee vs Tea

Lifestyle | The Great Debate THE GREAT DEBATE What side of the fence are you on? I keep hearing how tea is the new coffee and I have to say I enjoy a cup or two a day. But coffee, well I cant seem to give it up.  Is it the addictive properties or all those lovely antioxidants, or is it merely a habit? I have learnt of late that tea contains L-Theanine which is said to help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing
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Styling 101 | Kitchens

Interior Styling | Kitchen STYLING 101 | KITCHENS I would love to be the owner of a home with 3.6m high ceilings, great feature windows with even greater architraves and original wooden flooring, but I’m not. We bought a tiny cottage and added (on a budget), added again (thankfully on a higher budget), but it’s still a fairly standard home, there are times when armed with my camera I wish it was bigger (or I was smaller) or that those windows weren’t
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A Perfect Ten

A PERFECT 10 The Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) recently posted a list of ten things that make up a perfect home.   These results were obtained via survey and are titled The Top Ten Property Wish List. I was a little nervous about reading any further.  What if I got it all wrong?  What if the changes made at my little house were not what others would perceive as necessary let alone perfect? 1. Open
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The Perfect Day

chocolate tripe layer peanut slice THE PERFECT DAY Every now and then you have the perfect day, right? Today was one for me. It started with a daily walk… and a little forage for my new vase… Then, a little work… styling up a bedroom space… Then, a little company for afternoon tea.  The problem these days is what to serve?  Almost everyone is sugar free.  But you have to love the internet because a quick search gave me this little gem… Chocolate
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Outdoors is the new Indoors

OUTDOORS IS THE NEW INDOORS There is no denying the trend of outdoor rooms.  I used to wonder why – I mean you are either in or out aren’t you? Well I guess that’s a question for Mother Nature because in Summer its far too hot, Autumn, well its just too windy, Winter, way too cold and Spring, well Spring might just allow a few outdoor festivities, though its way too unpredictable to plan ahead! I remember when an
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To own or not to own… that is the question

House prices seem to be skyrocketing and those of us lucky enough to already own our own homes wonder whether our children will experience the same.  Will the rental market take a turn and provide long term lease properties that give the dwellers a little sense of peace and ability to make it their own at least in a manner of speaking? I ponder if it matters.  Could I live in a house without calling it my own?
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Adding value to your home

At my little house renovation is our middle name and it seems with the NZ property market at its peak we are not the only ones; the industry is busier than ever as many families are making improvements to their homes, whether they be small DIY jobs or bigger renovations and extensions.  It can be an expensive business and luckily with my background I can keep our projects costs down by cutting out designers, however if you are renovating with a sale
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High Tea

high tea for mothers day HIGH TEA I love to plan a party.  Not a big one, just a gathering, to me it beats dining out where trying to talk to everyone is almost impossible.  No.  Leave the outings for couple-time and plan your gatherings at home. I’m not the most gifted of cooks but I can throw together some Scones with Jam and Cream and Club Sandwiches aren’t exactly difficult.  Coffee and Tea or perhaps a Gin and Tonic, either or, its a High Tea to be proud of.
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