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The ‘kiwi’ dream has always been to own your own home, with a backyard big enough for kiddies to run around and to have a delicious veggie garden. It’s a lovely dream and lifestyle, we own own own home and truly do love it. But after traveling through New York, Paris and especially Kyoto and Tokyo a few years ago Ben and I became a little in love/obsessed with the idea of owning a beautiful town house – something low maintenance, beautifully designed and nestled in a cool part of town. It just sounds like such a fun lifestyle and of course a little romantic too as you tend to see the most beautiful townhouses abroad.

So, as you can only imagine, my jaw completely dropped when I stumbled upon this stunning townhouse in Kyoto, expertly designed by by ALTS Design Office this home truly is a work of art! The high ceilings, crisp white walls, soft blond wood, the most stunning bold yellow kitchen island and of course the brilliant idea of building a little house within this home really does show that even the smallest of homes can feel open, full of light and beyond inviting! I could quite happily call this beautiful space our home. I hope everyone has a lovely day planned, I’m off to day dream/admire a few more beautiful townhouses!

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A small selection of my favourite blonde wood, blush, natural leather, copper and mint tones from the always inspiring Douglas and Bec. If you haven’t been to their beautiful store, go, it’s a true feast the for eyes, or better yet make a lovely day out of it by visiting their beautiful St Mary’s Bay store and cafe hop to the delicious Zus & Zo next door. Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a truly magical weekend planned! x

| floor lamp | tan envelope | copper spica light | gold lip dish | pink kate sylvester swan | brass cross stool |

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Candle Crush

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I’m yet to meet anyone that doesn’t have a love for scented candles – not only do they make for a perfect decorating accent for any room they also smell beyond divine! I’m so thrilled to announce that I’m running a giveaway for three lucky winners to choose their own candle and also for one week you all get a little discount on the most delicious hand poured soy candles from the heavenly Candle Crush – with flavours like Grandma’s Apple Crumble, Oh Mean! Vanilla Bean, Round and Round the Garden and Just One More Cookie it’s almost impossible not to quickly make a delicious collection of candles for your home, plus they have a burn time of up to 50 hours which is perfect for cozy winter nights ahead! Good luck everyone, I’d love to know what your favourite Candle Crush scent is. x

This giveaway has now closed – thank you all so much for entering! 

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The-Foxes-Den-2 Hello, I hope everyone had a truly wonderful weekend and were spoilt rotten by your Valentine! I’m so excited to introduce you to one of the most beautiful new online shops that New Zealand has to offer, The Foxes Den! Based in Christchurch The Foxes Den recently opened their virtual shop doors to truly perfect selection of must have items for your home – they believe that “simple everyday events can become a pleasure when done beautifully. Like drinking wine from exquisite stemware or serving coffee with a saucer” and that it’s the little details in life that make everything feel like a luxury – it’s something I couldn’t agree with more! I must admit I’ve fallen a little head over heels in love with their sin paper porcelain plate range, each piece is lovingly handmade by Virginia sin in Brooklyn, USA – these really are a true work of art and a collection of these really would be such a special addition to your kitchen! I hope you enjoy having a little wander around their lovely online shop as much as I have. x

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Goodness me, can anyone else believe that January is almost at a end already?! The first month of 2014 for us has been so wonderful for us, so I thought I’d share a little from Instagram of what we’ve been up too. We’ve certainly hit the ground running with work, renovations around our home, events that we didn’t get time to enjoy last year and of course catching up with family and friends. We’ve been renovating our home (I can’t wait to share some updated photos) constantly since we bought it in 2011 and we’re, almost, done with all the major interior work – the bathroom and laundry are the final parts to this never ending puzzle, as well as a little more work around our garden and we should, hopefully, be able to put our feet up and enjoy our home very soon. Plus I’ll have my office back soon, which I’m so excited about! I’d love to hear how your January has been so far and if you’re doing anything around your home how it’s going. xo 

1. A little, and pretty, desk organising is the perfect way to start a year or week.

2. Summer is here and that calls for delicious fresh blueberries!

3. I’m completely in love with this garden wall from Freedom NZ, I’m thinking of making one for our garden- plus they’re now on Instagram, which is so exciting!

4. I spotted this gorgeous garden wall before a meeting one day.

5. The start of our bathroom renovation – I promise I’ll be sharing lots of photos once it’s all done.

6. Strawberry glaze donuts with sprinkles are always a good idea!

7. We, along with 9000 others, had the best morning ever being apart of the 5km Colour Run – you start off pristine in white and finish multi coloured, if you get a chance to do this event, do it’s so fantastic!

8. I can’t not mention that the beautiful Lorde, Ella, won two Grammy’s last night – it’s absolutely incredible and NZ couldn’t be prouder! I can’t wait to see her perform tomorrow night at Silo Park! xox

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Walkincloset It’s absolutely no secret that I adore Nina from Stylizimo’s impeccable style – everything that she touches turns to organised chic bliss and her beautiful new walk is closet has quickly become some of the most pinned images and of course the envy of every single woman in the world who dreams of a closet like this! My hubby and I have been staring at our annoyingly small closet for years now trying to work out how to make the best use of the sliver of space that we’ve been given, we still haven’t worked out the best option that doesn’t cost the earth! But now after seeing Nina’s absolutely beautiful walk in closet, we are now very very tempted to turn one of our spare bedrooms into a blissful organised space like this – with of course a gorgeous wall hung high heel shoe rack! x 

Oh gosh, I’m so excited about the end of this week drawing closer and closer – is anyone else excited that Christmas Day is only a week away and that our glorious summer holidays start this weekend?! I’ve had such a wonderful time teaming up with Tip Top Ice Cream creating delicious ice cream posts for you to enjoy over summer, that I thought it was only right to end 2013 on a lovely and very easy Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Table, complete with the cutest cake pops from Cake Pop Kitchen, that really does only take a matter of minutes to prepare for your gorgeous waiting guests. This delicious and oh so cute dessert really would be so perfect for any Christmas or New Years Eve celebration or of course a beautiful summer wedding – the best part is you can choose what ever flavours and colour pallets you like. I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far and enjoying the last few working days of 2013. xo

Click read more for what you’ll need to create your own Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Table

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