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  • Feeling Good Again

    September 19, 2014 | Close To My Heart, Health, My Home | 7 Comments »


    Living room of Mel Chesneau | Armoire Pegs & Casserole


     

    I thought I’d do a very personal post today. In case  you’re wondering, t actually has nothing to do with my home, I just thought I’d include some unpublished photos that I took for my Design*Sponge home tour.  What I’d like to share is  something that’s at the forefront of my mind at the moment; weight loss, exercise and feeling good about myself. I hesitated in writing this, but I thought some of you might actually relate to it.

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    Designer Insights & Sydney again

    September 17, 2014 | Decorate, Design, Interview | 8 Comments »



    Designer Insights Seasonal Picks



    Velvet Chesterfield | Handwoven Arrow Tapestry | Grashoppa Floor Lamp | Bud Vase | Cross Brass Coffee Table

     

    I was recently interviewed by Terry Blinds in the UK for their Designer Insights series about my inspiration, who I admire and my creative process. Along with this interview, I was also asked to provide my top 5 picks for the season. They are going into the cooler months on that side of the world, so I stuck to warmer hues along with some texture. I hope that you pop over to have a read of the interview.

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    Springtime…

    September 15, 2014 | Close To My Heart | 11 Comments »


    preparing the plants in the spring


     

    Two lovely bloggers, Catherine and Anastasia and I thought it might be nice to post today on springtime in our city. I had the grand plan to go to the Britomart Farmers Market this Saturday. Even with the ominous looking clouds and a bad weather report, I still went and sure enough, when I arrived, the grey clouds finally gave away and the rain came down in bucket loads. Not exactly my kind of spring and nor the lovely weather that we’ve been experiencing in Auckland of late. So instead, feeling housebound much of the weekend, I began to dream about spring.

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    Pottina & Pottone Self Watering Planters

    September 12, 2014 | Decorate, Plants | 4 Comments »



    pottina and pottone



     

    A self-watering planter is nothing short of brilliance. This is coming from somebody who adores plants, and I’m always intending to water them, but just forget to. As I write this, I’m looking to the corner of my living room where a bunch of flowers are in desperate need of a top up.

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    1 Day in Auckland: Interior & Sightseeing

    September 10, 2014 | Auckland See & Do, Close To My Heart, Shop Tour | 7 Comments »



    Auckland in 1 day sky tower



     

    “I will have only one full day in Auckland, can you suggest a day of sightseeing mixed in with some interior shops for me to visit?”

    This question was asked by Cyndi, a lovely blogger out of California who will be visiting at the end of the month. I’ve been asked this question a few times before and I have to admit, I’ve been pretty slack with my answers, giving only a few suggestions here and there. Earlier in the year I met up with another blogger visiting Auckland and took her on a mini interior and homewares tour which she enjoyed. We did get a bit carried away at lunch so didn’t manage to see everything intended, but it was fun all the same. So I’ve taken this and coupled it with a few sightseeing suggestions. I hope that by posting this, a few other locals or visitors might add their “must sees” in the comments. We can start a bit of a conversation here for Cyndi and future travellers to Auckland!

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    7 Vignettes Instagram Challenge

    September 8, 2014 | Close To My Heart, Styling | 6 Comments »





    7 Vignettes Day 3: Holiday

     

    In July last year I interviewed Jen Bishop for 5 Decorating Questions and since then I’ve been “meaning” to jump on board with the 7 Vignettes Challenge. This week I did it – finally!

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    Our Queenstown Getaway

    September 5, 2014 | Close To My Heart, Holidays | 6 Comments »



    queenstown village - mountains



     

    Queenstown: This is truly a very special place. I first went there many years ago as a child with my parents when we did the big tour of the two islands. Even then at a tender young age, it left an impression.

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