All posts tagged: interiors

Mugs

How often do we need to drink something? Water, tea, coffee, alcohol, smoothies and juices. And really we only need a glass for cold drinks, a mug or similar for hot drinks and your favourite alcolholic beverage vessel like a wine glass. And yet I can count about 20 mugs in my drinking vessels drawer in the kitchen and I have just bought these lovely ACME mugs after seeing them at lunch at the new Bespoke Kitchen here in Queenstown. Hmmm…that’s 4 more! What is it about mugs? Is it because they’re easy decoration? It’s not just me…I know of others 😉  I love the simplicity and weight of the ACME mugs. And weight and how much they hold is important when having that all important and nourishing cup of tea (like our current favourite of Blood Orange from Stir Tea). And tea (or another hot drink in a mug) does more for the soul than anything else I know. I love the saying “Where there’s tea there’s hope” (attributed to Arthur Wing Pinero). So maybe the vessel …

Winter Living

Living amongst the mountains and snow means I am really feeling Winter. And it has really only just started. Others living here will hit the slopes and ski/snowboard their way through winter. But, that just isn’t my thing. And this year I want to make winter as important as any other season rather than just trying to ignore it and push through to Spring. Winter is about turning inwards, snuggling up inside duvets and extra layers and being still while the earth regenerates for a new Spring re-birth. One of my favourite books The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover is on my bedside table for a catch up on Winter living. In her Winter Reflections she writes “…As women we are labyrinths, continually winding our way to the center and back out again. Our lives are endless processes of becoming. May each season, each heartbreak, each birth, each death, each sunrise and sunset remind you to live fully, feel fully, and digest everything through your heart. It’s not always easy, but …

The Bathroom

One of the projects I had wanted to tackle for years was repainting our bathroom. For some reason I really like the Resene Tinkerbell yellow colour when we built the house in 2005 but eventually it wasn’t right. I kept telling myself that I was pinning neutral coloured bathrooms not yellow ones and importantly it just didn’t feel right. Here’s a before photo: About two years ago I pulled out all my old Resene Drawdown cards and stuck them up on the wall eventually going with Sisal. I even asked my eldest when he was 2 years old to pick which one he liked out of a line up of about 20 and he picked Sisal too. This time, with the drawdowns stuck on the wall for a couple of weeks, I found it was too strong so I toned it down and went for Quarter Sisal (Resene). And it is lovely. The bathroom is in the South East so it needs some warmth but still be light and airy. It has made the room …

Late Summer Vignette

Here’s a selection of things I am loving right now. Got to always find bliss and me in micro moments. Summer Fete Magazine – love!/ Jo Malone Peony & Blush Seude Perfume (thanks mum!) / homegrown Roma and Sweet 100 tomatoes / beautiful sage ready to dry and add to Autumnal pumpkin soups / David Austin’s Winchester Cathedral (Auscat) rose – it’s meant to be white and one plant has come up with some pink (like the parent rose Mary Rose) and one rose flower is half and half! so beautiful / some cornflower / a new batch of Sweet Almond Oil from Lotus Oils which I use as a cleanser.

Sacred Spaces

It is the middle of February and it is feeling very autumnal already. The trees are starting to turn, new apples and pears are hanging from our trees and nature is starting to turn inward again. This is a good time to review and renew my sacred spaces. So that I have places to go when I need to turn inward during the cold months to come. Sacred spaces are those places in my life that are just for me. With motherhood comes great change and this includes places that were once “mine” now becoming for the kids too. The pantry was once lovely and organised and easy to use and now it is organised to keep the children safe and the food (or appliances) out of reach – so it is not as efficient as it could be. Bits of our house have safety latches on them, things I would like to have on show are away or out of reach and there is a multitude of children’s things (books, toys, nappies, clothes) that are …