Photography: Jane Ushher courtesy of NZ House & Garden
I remember not long after moving to New Zealand, I drove through a lovely street in Epsom and saw droves of people parking cars and walking towards a grand looking home. Curious to know what was going on, I slowed down and saw a New Zealand House & Garden House Tour sign out the front. Last Friday and a couple of years later, I finally got to experience what all of that fuss was about.
Father Rabbit has made yet another smart move, opening a second store in the lovely Herne Bay neighbourhood since opening its flagship store at BLOC late last year (you can read about that here). Along with all of the adorable kitchen and homewares known to Father Rabbit that encourages anyone into domestic bliss, the Herne Bay store is very much a Fog Linen Showcase, after extending their range extensively, a first for New Zealand. I popped into the store yesterday to take a few photos for you, as I know you all love a little shop tour!
On my speedy trip back to Sydney last week I had coffee with a friend in Bondi and she had her friend, Clementine join us. It turns out that Clementine recently moved to Sydney from Paris and is a super talented illustrator or what she calls herself a doodle designer under her brand, ”Blule“. Hearing that, I was pretty curious to see her style.
Well after being missing in action after a fantastic break to Sydney and then returning home only to fall ill for a couple of days, I’m so happy to be back to the blog and with my On The Wall series. My special guest today is Tina who authors a design and lifestyle blog, Colourliving. What I really enjoy about Colourliving is how Tina packages London and beyond to us readers. She’s out and about a lot, most of the time zapping around London on her Vespa with camera on hand. So whether it’s the Paul Smith exhibition (she even got to meet him recently), a holiday to the Côte d’Azur, or an underground vintage store, Tina shares her finds. Her posts are always enjoyable and interesting to read and the moments captured beautifully. Behind the blog, Tina runs a successful business curating London homes and apartments for people to buy and rent with the idea that “quality of life starts with the home.” I couldn’t agree more with that and I’m so pleased to have Tina here today sharing what’s on her wall.
As I write this, I’m about to hop on a plane to Sydney. Alone! Yes, just me, with a handbag full of my things.
No toys, wipes or snacks. In the six and half years I’ve been a mother, I’ve never gone away alone – sure, I have for weekends away with my husband but not just me and certainly not over the ocean. It feels so good and kind of strange at the same time, I pretty sure I’m going to miss my babies like crazy…
I always enjoy putting together my 5 Decorating Questions feature. It’s interesting to see in a snapshot what it is that influences a person’s personal decorating style, especially when most of my interviewees are quite often fully immersed in the decorating world. Alice Lines certainly is, and as the Editor of the New Zealand interiors magazine, Homestyle, she would spend many waking hours observing the beautiful homes that grace the bi-monthly magazine, along with keeping her finger on the pulse of the trends to report on. With that being said, it’s such a treat to have her as a guest today answering my questions and getting a glimpse into how she incorporates all of this into her personal decorating style.
I tend to not have a particular colour palate in my home, if I like something I find a place for it where I think it would work; there are no real rules. A friend of mine however has always stuck to neutrals but it’s been pretty much out of fear of getting it wrong. She’d like to bring some more colour into her home without anything over the top so I suggested introducing one more dominant colour into the home and inturn others will naturally follow. Blue was my first recommendation because I think it works well with neutrals and it also happens to be a colour she loves.« Previous Entries