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Summer lovin’

What an absolutely stunning summer we are enjoying here in Auckland this year! It’s hot, dry and the locals will agree that it’s not even humid!

We were lucky to spend a few glorious days at a bach on Waiheke Island. So, this was our summer – beach fossicking, swimming, stunning views, and a few motorbike rides around the winding roads!

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But we are home now, and back into the DIY groove that has been off since our last big project. Of course this time of year lends itself to the outdoors, so we are tackling the backyard once again, with a pergola/playhouse in the pipeline. Pipeline – it’s a clue! Stand by…

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Time in the sun

I’ve just spent a week listening to waves rolling into shore, the chug of boat motors and the distant hum of sea planes… singing accompanied by ukelele, handmade brooms sweeping sand off front porches, and the odd pig grunting its way through the bush.

0526_1808 Which means you’ve been getting deathly silence from me. In my best pretend sincere voice – I’m ever so sorry!

But I was busy.

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Busy trying to tear myself from lazing on a lounger because I had a massage appointment to go to.

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I was there. Yesterday.

Today I am here. And the fire is roaring and my slippers are on (and the dryer is going on the third load of washing) but I’m still not getting that warm and sunny feeling.

It’s back to reality like a plane hitting the runway (something should be done about that inevitable bump – it’s pretty destroying!).

But the good news is that before we left we made big progress on the wallpaper in our bedroom and I have one wall left to sugar soap before plastering can get underway. So we’re nearly at the blank canvas stage before the good stuff can happen like fresh new paint and decor, decor, decor!

Also, while I was pretending life was all hammocks in the sun, our kids play kitchen got a write up on Design*Sponge! So exciting! To those of you who’ve come on over from there – welcome, and do have a look around. You might be interested in our kids bedroom, or the table we made for them. And I have to say our newly “completed” mid-century style deck is worth a look! Thanks, and enjoy.

Holiday mode

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Once again, it’s kindy holidays and we’re living in an out-of-routine kind of world. More trips to the park, more play dates and more chaos reigning in the house.

So please be patient. Blog posts will be sporadic at most!

We spent our Easter weekend in total anti-social mode and finally got the screen panels and pergola up on the deck, finishing around 9pm on Monday night. So there are definitely pictures of that coming your way!

Easter eggs and DIY

I’m in a pretty good mood today! Here in NZ we are almost beginning the best (longest) weekend of the year with Friday and Monday included in our Easter weekend, and this year it’s followed by Anzac Day next Friday and therefore another long weekend! It really doesn’t get much better than that.

We feel pretty satisfied with the away holidays we had in January and February this year so we’re making the most of these coming weekends at home. And yes I have a list of renovation jobs that’s pretty looong. Here’s hoping we can cross off a few things!

But first, an Easter egg card, with much thought and love from Master W.

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I’m guessing by the end of the weekend he should know his Easter eggs from his fried eggs?!

Here are a few things I’m reading today, then I’ll be back next week with a whole lotta progress (I hope!). Have a fabulous Easter weekend (whether you choose to holiday or DIY), and good luck with finding a stash of the right kind of Easter eggs!

– A bedroom makeover on sfgirlbybay

– 5 tips for evaluating a business idea on A Beautiful Mess

– 10 ways to make cheap wardrobes look more expensive on Apartment Therapy

– 3 tips for styling an entryway on A Beautiful Mess

– A California house tour on A Cup of Jo

– The Perfect Carrot Cake on Made from Scratch

 

Small spaces: Castaway style

It’s Easter weekend! Well nearly… I’m entitled to jump the gun because my day started with an easter egg hunt. There’s still one out there somewhere that we couldn’t find, so if you’re wandering in The Gardens you’re welcome to it!

As kids we camped without fail every Easter weekend and egg hunts meant chasing each other around tents and up trees. It also meant long drop toilets and solar showers that never quite warmed you up with their measly drip system and the wind whipping around your feet. But the most memorable things were the campfires, ghost stories and hide and seek after dark.

And now there’s a new way to get those memories minus the smelly toilets and the long wait on a cloudy day for your shower to warm up. It’s glamping!

And it’s new-ish but not so new that your options are limited. In fact, you can experience this concept anywhere you like if you have the casssshhh and the phone number for Wildernest (cool name!).

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Speaking of cash, even the “permanent” glamping sites come more expensive than your average city hotel room but, obviously – no toasted marshmallows in your hotel room ok?

This one at Castaways on Kariotahi beach near Waiuku is pretty special. This place has amaaazing views and it’s got that wildness about it that makes New Zealand, well, New Zealand. And an outdoor bath here? Sold!

It’s run by Canopy Camping, who by the looks are adding new sites to their collection all the time, but they’re popular already folks – book ahead!

So would you do it? With heating and hot water on tap these holiday retreats are good for all year. Are you brave enough to try it instead of a hotel room?

All images from Canopy Camping and Wildernest – click them for direct links.

Small spaces: Cosy in Norway

Winter must be on its way… I keep grabbing onto images of blankets and fires and cosy spaces!

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This Norwegian holiday cabin featured on the Citta Design blog a few days ago and I’ve been saving it up to share here for Small spaces this week.

In our travels around Scandinavia far too many years ago we fell in love with the rocky landscape. Despite its barrenness it doesn’t feel too harsh because look at those rocks – all the edges have been softened off them by the weather and they’re just right for embedding a holiday hideout into!

Inside, things are very Scandinavian, which looks great of course, but I’d move in with a pile more blankets and books and a basket full of slippers!

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I love this image, because it shows how the architects (Erik Kolman Janouch and Victor Boye Julebäk) worked with the landscape, and the house was built to fit, rather than modifying the landscape to suit the desired house.

Erik Kolman Janouch och Victor Boye JulebakPretty awesome right?! I can definitely see myself cooking up a real hot chocolate on that wood stove, watching the kids rock hopping out the window with scarves and boots and hats and mittens. And Andre would be out playing hunter-gatherer and fossicking for firewood.

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Bliss!

 

Small spaces: A home away

0710_4927 It’s been far too long since we had a motorhome holiday. Three years… how did that happen? So today, I’m craving a camper road trip and I’ve just wasted some time looking around for the perfect family campervan. Dreams are free! Motorhomes are not. Although winter hire is all but free… truly. Get a quote – you might be surprised! Just make sure you get one with a gas heater as well as electric, if you plan to free camp.

So… my requirements for the perfect family home away from home:

– Small ie. van chassis rather than truck
– Permanently set up bed (so much easier for afternoon naps, and at night the kids can start there and be transferred once mum and dad are done relaxing in the living area)
– Forward facing passenger seats up the front, with full 3 point seat belts
– Storage in every nook and cranny (up, down, behind, inside, under… everywhere!)
– A shower head outside (or at least one that reaches out a bathroom window)
– Mozzie screens on every window
– A doormat and a big sign – “Shoes off inside”

Haha! Some of these requests are biggies, others are just little things. But it’s definitely the little things that make a huge difference in van life.

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This campervan is by Trail Lite, from their Basecamp series. It’s the Akaroa 43 Lowline. Isn’t it gorgeous?! While it’s not an option to purchase unless you’re in a position to consider a holiday home, you can live the dream by hiring one. A motorhome trip is such a fabulous way to see a country. You can go at your own pace, and you’ve always got the home comforts to hand. If you have children, there’s no hassle of early check-ins/late check-outs so sleeps aren’t disrupted.

I’m a bit biased, having spent an amazing 6 months in one (top photo!) but I do think it should be on everyone’s to do list at least once in a lifetime. Yes definitely!