Friday, 24 October 2014

Rooms to Love | Style Inspiration for Every Home

The creative duo consisting of stylist LeeAnn Yare, and photographer Larnie Nicolson have done it again... following the success of their first book New Zealand Interior Style, they've released another beautiful design book called Rooms to Love, due out today.


photo via here

Brimming with tips and tricks and gorgeous New Zealand interiors, the book is broken down into different areas of the house, even those often neglected. It shares decorating ideas catering to every budget proving that you don't have to have a lot of money to create a stunning space.




LeeAnn's advice is to do what you love, don't follow trends, it's your home and it should make you happy. "Don't create a home that's off the pages of a catalog," she says. "When you walk into someone's home you should be able to feel the people that live there. We want to be able to see their story".





This is a must read for all interior junkies out there. I can't wait to get my copy and devour every page and all those incredible photographs.





Reproduced with permission from Rooms to Love by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $59.99. Copyright © text by LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Great.ly Store Update

I wanted to tell you about a few fabulous new additions to my Great.ly store. If you don't know about Great.ly you can read this blog post which explains it all. Just quickly... I have an online Great.ly store which is filled with products that I love from throughout the Great.ly website. By visiting my blog I'm hoping that means you have a similar style or design aesthetic to me, so you will love my choices, and all items can be shipped internationally - yay!

I have added some gorgeous artwork - beautiful photography, paintings, and abstracts...







There are some fun new items for your home. I can just see my bottle of bubbles in that pink champagne bucket this summer...





Some of my products can be found in more than one category. I love these bright, graphic cushions which are in my home and kids section...





And these cute canvas bags would be great for the kids' lunch, or yours for that matter, or for storage. They can be found in my kids and my accessorise section...



Pop over and check out the whole store, where you can also find a section for your office, for stationery, and books. I've also added the Great.ly logo on my right hand panel, click on it and link straight to the store anytime you feel like some retail therapy. I will continue to update it, so check in regularly for new additions.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Summer in a Glass | Rose in Thorns

One of my favourite candle suppliers, Rose in Thorns, asked if I'd like to try their latest product, a soy glass candle. Because I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many beautiful scented candles, I was only too happy to oblige!




Made from natural soy wax, each candle is hand poured, topped with a wooden lid and tied with a soft, natural ribbon. You can rest easy knowing that soy wax is a natural chemical-free, biodegradable and renewable resource. And, when you've finished your candle, you can return the glass to Rose in Thorns to refill. Return four empty soy glass tumblers and receive one free.




The candle comes in two different sizes and a range of delectable fragrances  - rose, frangipani, vanilla, mandarin & mimosa, jasmine & honeysuckle, pineapple & coconut, white tea, carnation, passion, sweet lemongrass, and red raspberry. I chose pineapple & coconut, and it is, quite simply, summer in a glass! I had it burning over the weekend and it filled the house with the most delicious summery scent.




One very important tip I'd like to share... the first time you burn a candle sets the stage for the life of that candle. If you burn the candle for a short time and only have a small wax pool, the dry hard wax around the outside will almost never burn - you'll get what is called "candle tunnelling". You want the wax to melt all the way to the edge, which usually means burning your candle for at least 3 hours. I highly recommend trying these gorgeous soy glass candles, and (as we get closer and closer to the festive season) they'd make great gifts for family, friends, or your kids' teachers.



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