I don’t think there is a woman alive who wouldn’t dream of having a beautiful walk in wardrobe, the extra storage space and a being able to lay everything out perfectly – and have a wall of shoes like this really would be a dream come true. Very good friends of ours are currently in the process of creating a beautiful walk in wardrobe, and in turn has inspired me to look out our wardrobes a little better and try and organise them as well as we can, so I thought I’d share a little winter wardrobe inspiration for this weekend as I plan on having a massive clean out in our wardrobe and try and work out how to create a space just for my shoes! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned, be sure to keep an eye out on the blog tomorrow, I’ve a delicious new recipe to share with you x

let liv moroccan leather pouf, natural | kikki.k storage box | country road lenoir cushiondouglas and bec – dressing tablecountry road elm vasefreedom elements dresser |

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Take a peek here for some beautiful kitchen and laundry storage inspiration to keep you busy while winter settles in

Banana, Date and Walnut Cake with Caramel Icing recipe made from scratch blog

After a truly lovely day in the kitchen yesterday whipping up a few new recipes for the blog, I thought I’d share one of them for you today! Before I forget, thank you all so much for your lovely recipe suggestions, I now have a very long list of new recipes to create and share on the blog for you, if there is ever anything you’d like me to share, please let me know! While I was baking yesterday I shared a little peek of what I was making on Instagram and the end result is the most delicious Banana, Date and Walnut Cake with Caramel Icing – if you’re after a stunning banana and caramel cake recipe that’s beautiful enough to serve for any celebration and takes no time at all to make you simply must try this. I hope everyone is surviving this horrible storm, it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and bake. I’d love to know what you think of my new recipe and I can’t wait to share the other’s I’ve made. x

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Gosh, can anyone else believe that we’re now half way through 2014 – as fast as it’s going, it’s also been a really lovely year for us so far that’s been full of catching up with friends, dreaming incredibly big dreams for our future, planning new adventures to go on (like planing a trip back to Vietnam at the end of the year!!) and enjoying life without uni. It’s been bliss! I mentioned a little while ago that we’ve been busy working behind the scenes to rebrand Made From Scratch – it’s time to shake things up with a new look, layout and add a few exciting features to the blog. I’m so excited to say that the design is all finished (the perfectionist in me slowed everything down) and I’m now the proud new owner of a stunning new logo and blog, fingers crossed I’ll be able to unveil it in all it’s glory shortly.

So to celebrate a lovely year so far I thought I’d share a little collection of my favourite images that I’ve shared on Instagram during June. And also to thank each and everyone of supporting, sharing and being apart of this with me – none of this would ever be possible without you and I’m truly so honoured that you’re kind enough to support my work. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. x


winter-style-roundup Despite the blustery wind, rain and cold that comes with winter, one of the best parts about the cooler seasons is the clothing! I’ve never been a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of winter clothing and absolutely adore layering beautiful winter jackets, scarfs, jumpers and accessorising with bold jewels, lipstick and of course a stunning pair of boots to make up for dreary winter days. Here are a few of my favourite cozy yet stylish looks and items to help get you through the blustery winter weather we’re having at the moment – or of course on seconds thoughts, curling up inside under a heavy knit throw with a good book and warm cup of tea is just as perfect this time of year. x

| witchery trim wrap coat | saben frankie handbag | witchery foiled spot knit | topshop lips in rio rio | band.do rain or shin umbrellakaren walker harvest sunglasseshunter boots |

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The cooler months in New Zealand means that the wedding season is always a little slower, which is the perfect time for brides to be to plan for their upcoming summer weddings as vendors have more time to help plan your special day. I’m so honoured to share the upcoming Queenstown Wedding Fair that the very lovely and talented Sophia from NZ Wedding Fairs has organised – I truly wish there was something like this when we were planning our wedding in 2004, it would have made sourcing ideas and vendors a breeze. To all the beautiful brides and dapper grooms-to-be in and around Queenstown this truly is the wedding event of the year, and one not to be missed. Be sure to take a peek at NZ Wedding Fairs for more information about this wonderful event that’s being held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. x

6 July at The Winehouse, Queenstown, 10am – 3pm
Entry includes a glass of Mulled Wine from Wild Earth Wines. 
Tickets are $10 plus bf.

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One of my all time favourite things about winter is the lack of humidity that summer brings – the reason being is that your hair tends to behave itself and you’re able try out beautiful new styles, and of course get away with wearing the cutest beanies and hats if you’re having a bad hair day. For the past few winters I’ve gotten into the habit of getting sleek new fringe cut, I love it as it’s such a beautiful way to update your look and of course can be grown out just in time for summer – I’m still trying decide if I get another fringe cut this year, or I go for something a little more daring. So to celebrate the cooler weather where you’re able to try out a new hair style I thought I’d share a moodboard of gorgeous hairstyles this season along side my favourite hair care items for winter – everything from daily care, styling and of course a few beautiful accessories to add to your new do. I’d love to hear if you have any plans for a new do’ this season. x

| wella enrich shampoo and conditioner | rose gold hair barrette | mason pearson hair brush | sebastian drynamic dry shampoo | wella oil reflectionsrose heath bobbi set | eight shape barrette | bando flash bobby set | remington curl revolution | crystal barrette |

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As lovely as it is to travel and go away I always find that I miss home so much more than I expect, even though Ben and I love to travel and explore the world (which we plan on doing more and more of soon!) we really are homebodies at heart and love the feeling that we get when we do come home. That said, going away always means having to play catch up with house work and endless loads of washing, which of course is never fun! We renovated out laundry along side our bathroom at the start of the year (which I’m still to share) I’ve always found laundry’s really beautiful little spaces to do up, they can be a little softer or bolder than the rest of your home – so in salut to the never ending amount of washing I’ve been tacking this week. Here is a little winter laundry inspiration for you to make your laundry a little more fun, of course Pinterest is an amazing place to collect revocation or style ideas – you can take a peek here for a little more of what inspired our bathroom and laundry renovation. I hope everyone has a lovely day planned today, my very good friend Sophie from Cake Pop Kitchen and I are off on a little day trip today to do a little research for a very new and exciting section of my new blog! I can’t wait to share. x

home sweet home design crocheted heart garland | crave wooden clothes pegs | ashley & co parakeets & pearls | ottoloom como throwelectrolux ultrasteam prolet liv folding wooden clothes horse |  retro laundry powder tin | bosch eco silence washing machine |

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 After a crazy few weeks of flying between Rarotonga, Brisbane twice and back again it’s so lovely to be home and to settle back into the groove of things. Again I have to thank you all so much for your generous and loving support towards Gem and her family, they’re beyond honoured by your kindness.

So I thought I’d share one of the most beautiful homes that I’ve stumbled upon in a while – a truly perfect mix of crisp white walls, blonde wood floors and furniture, the most stunning all white marble kitchen and of course the most beautiful pops of bright art and pastel furniture to add colour to this gorgeous home. I think over the years I’ve finally found ‘my style’ for our home decor, I’ve always been drawn to white, blond wood, pastel and bright pops of colour – to me it’s a truly perfect combination as it’s a pallet you can easily add or remove new pieces to easily. I’ve no doubt this beautiful home will spark a little home decor inspiration for you! x

| design and styling by Hecker Guthrie and Lucy Block | 

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