Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Front Door, Porch and Garage Door

The smallest changes make all the difference we're discovering. Thanks to the fantastic Adrian Parton Painters, we now have a more elegant front door, porch and garage door. The colours we went for were Karen Walker for Resene Fuscous Grey and Resene Black (Gloss).

The front door was white (like the interior and exterior of the house!). We wanted to break things up so went with a bold black. This has really brought out the leadlights. Next project is to remove all of the door hardware and polish it up (or replace where necessary) with shiny brass fixtures so it really pops against the black.

The porch and garage door were painted a depressing, dated blue-grey (like a shark). I wanted a warmer grey. After many test pots (see below!) we settled on a Karen Walker for Resene grey which we think brings back some elegance to the space and looks more modern. Very pleased, and we can't wait to get stuck into the front gardens and gates to tidy them up so our whole frontage looks amazing!

Here is what the porch and front door looked like before:

And here is what a lick of paint can do!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016


I've been following this interesting company for a couple of years. In the past six months Everlane has had some major growth. They pride themselves on direct-to-consumer retail, cutting out much of the middle-man noise, the result being a high-quality product at an amazing price. They also take ethics around materials-sourcing, production and administration very seriously. And all of the staff seem to be around 12 years old (or am I just getting old?).

Everlane started by selling a basic range of cotton tshirts, silk shirts and wool jumpers. They've since branched out into cashmere, shoes, coats and accessories. I haven't seen any of the product in the flesh, but if their marketing is anything to go by, this stuff looks like a winner.

And yes, they do ship to New Zealand.





Monday, 10 October 2016

Side Path Landscaping Finished

We had some respite from weeks of rain on Saturday so the whole day was spent in the garden. We picked up three bay trees, planted them in plain grey pots and placed them in the middle of the path. We might get two more yet, but for now it seems to be enough. I also tried my hand at staining wood and really enjoyed it. In the far distance of this photo you can see a black plank of wood. There is one at the other end of the path too. I stained them both and they look great! Very proud of my first-ever DIY!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Trenery's New Loungewear Range

My loungewear and sleepwear are some of the most important items in my wardrobe. So naturally, I'm excited about Trenery's new sleepwear and loungewear ranges!

Organic Cotton Long Sleeved T-Shirt

Striped Organic Cotton Jersey Tank

Organic Cotton Short

Striped Organic Cotton Nightie

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Been a long time since I played with clothes. Trying on some of my new treasures from overseas, a few weekends ago...

Madewell Shirt | Madewell Jeans