Monday, 24 November 2014

Tiny Moscow Apartment

We can be a little bit spoilt here in New Zealand with the size of our homes, many homes in Europe have a lot smaller floor space to work with. It's amazing what you can achieve with a clever design, as you can see by this gorgeous 45m2 apartment by Russian architecture firm, INT2 Architecture.

A one bedroom home, it's kept light and airy with white painted brick walls and light floorboards. A hole in the wall between the living room and kitchen provides a tiny casual dining area, and makes the small kitchen feel more open.

The bedroom is on a raised platform allowing essential storage underneath. Hooks on the wall can be used for hanging clothes, and a curtain can be pulled for privacy.

I love the use of geometric pattern throughout the apartment which helps with the sense of cohesion. Ceiling high cupboards in the kitchen provide ample storage.

The scrabble tiles in the bathroom are a lovely, quirky touch. Using a floating vanity and loo is another trick to give the illusion of more space.

Even the tiny balcony has managed to fit in lots of storage. At one end old army boxes act as storage and seats, and at the other end a shelf fits snuggly.

When you live in a very small home you learn to only have what you need. Now is a really good time to have a spring clean in your home - be it big, small or medium size. I've been cleaning out cupboards and drawers over the last few weekends, and it's such a satisfying feeling to declutter and only keep what you need or love. Just like William Morris said... "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful".

Friday, 21 November 2014

Florence Broadhurst Beach Range | Recline

Florence Broadhurst is one of my most favourite designers. Her designs are quite spectacular, and just as popular today as they were in the 1960's, if not more. "Cockatoos" in golden yellow is the ultimate summery pattern, and now you can purchase your very own Florence Broadhurst beach accessories from Recline - the perfect shopping destination for your outdoor lifestyle.

The Florence Broadhurst range includes everything you need for a trip to the beach. The beach towel is large and plush with retro loop tassels at each end. It comes with a handy carry strap, and fits comfortably into the matching beach tote. The tote is a generous size, with an inner lining, internal zip pocket, and a magnetic closure. Last, but definitely not least, the beach seat is super comfy, but very lightweight and easy to carry by it's adjustable carry strap.

My girls and I have tested each of these products and we think they're all absolutely brilliant! The quality is exceptional, and I love the cockatoos design. If you want to be comfortable while still looking stylish this summer, these are the products for you, and they'd make fantastic Christmas gifts.

Make sure you check out everything else that Recline has to offer too. Each product is hand-picked to make living outdoors easy and fun.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Little Bit Crafty | Frankie Magazine

I know many of you are big fans of the fabulous frankie magazine. Any why wouldn't you be?! Their magazines are gorgeous, beautiful quality, and with their covers like little pieces of art, they look fab on your desk or coffee table. 

Well, I've got some exciting news for you... just in time for Christmas, frankie have released their first ever craft book, a little bit crafty. It's a delightful book bursting with ideas - 39 diy projects collected from crafty creatives around New Zealand and Australia.

My copy arrived a few days ago and I've had so much fun looking at all the clever and quirky ideas. The projects are all cheap and easy, with an emphasis on using recycled materials. For anyone with older kids that are creative, this would be a fantastic Christmas gift, as it would help to keep them busy over the school holidays. Or purchase a copy today and give all your family and friends amazing hand crafted gifts this year.

There are so many wonderful projects in this book. I've selected a few of my favourite to inspire you, but I highly recommend you picking up your own copy.

blooby acquaintances mobile | laura blythman & peter cromer

wordy wrapping paper | carla hackett

the virtually new old vase | alice oehr

the top secret bag | penelope ferguson

going postal | ebony bizys

All photography (apart from the very first pic) is by the uber talented Hilary Walker.
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