Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cheats - Frosted, Individual Vanilla Easter Cakes


Don't get me wrong, I love to create dishes from scratch, however when your having an ultra busy week and still want to create a little Easter love, I don't see any harm in cheating a little.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Creating a Built In Shelving System with the IKEA Billy Book Case - Inspiration from creative bloggers

Censational Girl created stunning 'wall to wall' shelves with the  Billy system

When I see images such as this bookshelf, oh! how I wish we had IKEA in NZ. However, before I start sharing, I just want to add, this is not a sponsored post and I am not affiliated with IKEA in any way. Secondly, I cannot confess to creating this look myself, however as built in bookshelves can be rather costly and usually call for a very talented and patient spouse, or a joiner with an expensive hourly rate, I wanted to share how some clever bloggers are using the IKEA Billy Bookcase, to create an 'inexpensive', 'built in look', in their homes.

Friday, 11 April 2014

An Attic In Barcelona - Interior designer Marta Esteve, proves you can create a beautiful home in just 80 square metres


The current trend is about creating smaller homes by clever use of space. With an ever growing worldwide population and land becoming scarcer, the future sees us living in smaller, more eco friendly spaces. When I was living in Brunei, we had a massive, 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house provided by the company. We rattled around in this house for at least a year before I gave in and started to fill it with rugs, furniture and collections from our travels. I needed somehow to prevent the echo which bounced around the house and made my mother question if we were living in a cave when she phoned from New Zealand. At meal times, I couldn't simply shout out to the boys in their upstairs bedrooms, I had to trudge along the hall, up the stairs, along the upstairs hall and pound on the door before they could actually hear my voice. 

Living mainly on the ground floor of this two level structure we scarcely ventured into some of the rooms. In fact, the house was so large,(over 4,500 square foot), I held my first painting exhibition in an 'unused' living space on the upper level. The only previous visitors had been the local 'chit chats' (gecko's, named for the sound they made), who were notorious for invading Brunei houses. Since returning to New Zealand and currently living in a small 115 square metre home, I realise how much wasted space there is in large dwellings. As long as a small home has well defined living areas and plenty of storage, one can live happily, and proving this point is interior designer, Marta Esteve who has created a stylish haven for herself in just 80 square metres of space in her Barcelona, Attic apartment.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

It is All In The Detail - Adding the final touches to my home office


I am moving forward with my office, its still not complete, however I wanted to share a couple of images as I try to pull it together. I am trying to create a little French corner in my home and I think I am succeeding but it does come down to the final touches, an important part of any room design. These finishing touches should inject a little of your personality and style, and bring your room to life. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A South African Home With French Flair - See inside this lovely home, decorated in French country style


At first glance, you could easily mistake this pretty cottage for a home in France, however, this French inspired home is actually located in South Africa. I did try to trace it back to its original source to find out more information, unfortunately the link was broken, so all I know is its location. It is clear to see however, by its French influence that the owners love this style.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Weekly Inspiration - A Gluten Free Torte, DIY homeware projects and some inspiring Blue and White Interiors

1. Torta de Sandiago (gluten and dairy free torte) from Heneedsfood

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with a friend who is re-finishing a gorgeous French table and we ended up talking about stencils and their use for furniture painting projects. Although this torte has nothing to do with furniture or painting, I am sure it caught my eye because of the stencil like design on top. Actually it is the reverse of stencilling but looks really effective. It would also look lovely with a Fleur-de-lis or maybe you could stencil a bunny for Easter. Gluten and dairy free, It is one to try.

This weeks picks include a couple of yummy recipes, some DIY homeware projects and some irresistible interiors. A list of quick links to recipes and tutorials can be found at the end of this post.