One year on // GIVEAWAY CLOSED



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 A year ago Homestyle featured our little house in Hillsborough. At the time we were renting a little open plan garage, I was dreaming of being a stylist and just beginning the blog. A year on, I am a regular contributor with Homestyle, we are renovating our first home and I am working as a stylist. Pretty happy about that!

So to celebrate the year and my new renovation segment in the magazine I have a giveaway for you!

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, check out our Facebook for the winner

This bangin’ Jamie Kay cushion was featured in our master bedroom peek in the latest Homestyle!

Feather and down inner, tweedy lambswool, what more could you want! Annnnd, she has opened it WORLDWIDE. What a champ!

So here is what you have to do!

1 : Visit the Jamie Kay website

2: Have a gander and pick you favourite item

3: Tell me about it! Comment on this post!

You can score extra entries by commenting on Instagram and Facebook too!

Giveaway ends Wednesday the 2nd October !

Good Luck!


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A few months back I stumbled upon what has fast become one of my favourite blogs.

  Wide Eyed Legless.

At the time Madelynn was taking part of Cuyana’s Lean Closet Movement. A movement dedicated to smaller and higher quality wardrobes. To culling the noise which areo the extra items, the items you never wear but never get rid of. A movement that frees you from the hour long episode of standing in front of  the wardrobe staring aimlessly, resulting in wearing the same outfit you always do and complaining to your significant other that ” I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR! ”

Needless to say this resonated with me on many levels.
I had that overflowing wardrobe filled with items that I hated, the poor quality, the rush buys and I was finally done with it. So four hours, two trash bags and a trip to the Sallies later I was back staring at my wardrobe. I still had nothing to wear. And so began the challenge. To fill my wardrobe with well made, classic and timeless pieces, from quality fabrics that resonate with my personal style and not the trends of the current season.
And then it crossed my mind, Why just my wardrobe? Why not my home too?
So here we are. It won’t be a quick or easy journey, but the result will be worth it.
My journey to a lean closet and a lean home.

Until next time

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DISCLAIMER :: In no way does this mean I will be throwing away my Harley shirts. They are a quality all of there own.

RENO LIFE // Master Bedroom Progress

We are nearing the end of week three here. Seriously! I do not know where the time has gone! But with the prep work out of the way, this week was painting and floor week. Most of you know by now that I swear by Resene Black White as a base colour. ( Yes, I believe white is a colour. ) It is pure brilliance. A dear friend told me about it once and I have never turned back. So with a rather large bucket of it in hand we took to the Master Bedroom.

I don’t know if the ‘before’ pictures really do it justice. It was HIDEOUS. Because of the move, the ceiling was rippled, and there were gaping holes at top of the architrave’s. The carpet had tinges of green throughout where someone had had a disaster trying to clean. The textured yellow wallpaper was billowing and torn in parts. So getting it to a slightly nice finish was a mission. Paint was scraped, Holes where filled, Wallpaper was torn down, Walls were skimmed, New backing paper was hung and those hideous blue glass light fixtures were taken far away ( thanks for that 1990’s decor )

Finally a lick of paint, re-position of the lights, a built in wardrobe and ripping up of the old carpet ( hello delicious Matai floor boards ) and now we are on to the fun stuff. So watch this space.

Until next time.

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I can barely comprehend where the last month has gone. We have moved house, Moved cities, Had a house move cities and started renovation on our first home. Two days without power and 11 days without hot water, we are finally beginning to feel like we have some sort of a home. It has been non stop to say the least. But with the help our our incredible family and friends, it has been a lot easier than it could’ve been. And for that we are beyond thankful.With everything going on with our lives and with our Coco Darling, it was so important to make some sort of a haven for us. So after getting the house weather proof and liveable our first port of call is to finish our master bedroom. And we cannot wait to show it to you. It is pretty darn exciting really.So watch this space, it shouldn’t be too long now.

Make sure you are following me on instagram for more updates!

Until next time.

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