garden objects

Garden Objects Online Store

Interior & Design, Voyeurist

garden objects

The other week I had the pleasure of visiting the home and workspace of Lisa and Jared, of the gorgeous and recently opened online store, Garden Objects.

Like all good visits, it started with a friendly cuppa and a good old chat. The two had just recently arrived in Auckland. Jared, a Kiwi has been living in London for the past twelve years. After he and Lisa visited a couple of years ago, they flirted with the idea of moving to Jared’s homeland to settle. It became a reality when they had the brilliant idea of opening a concept store dedicated to all things garden. They packed up most of their belongings, including their (adorable) British cat Bertie, and started a new life here.

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#styledcanvaschallenge | vintage today *

#styledcanvaschallenge | Vintage Today

Interior & Design, Styled Space

#styledcanvaschallenge | Vintage today

Are you ready? This month’s Styled Canvas Challenge is, “vintage today”. How do you see the use of vintage in the modern world?

Before I begin, I have to say that I had some really lovely entries for last month’s “breakfast in bed” theme on various blogs and around Instagram. As the theme officially closed yesterday, I’ll take the next week to go over them and feature my favourite in both categories here on the 15th of this month. Thank you to everyone that took part, it’s going to be tough to choose!

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Urban Jungle Bloggers | Make Your Plant Pop

Interior & Design, Styled Space


For the July edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers, we were asked to make our plants pop with some colour. This bright and happy theme is also a send off before they break for the summer months in the northern hemisphere. Even better though, and more room for celebration is the impeccable timing of this theme with the joy that is spreading around the world #LoveWins.

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Flotsam & Jetsam Warehouse

Interior & Design, Voyeurist

flotsam & jetsam warehouse

Today Flotsam and Jetsam open the roller doors to their new warehouse in Grey Lynn. I’m pretty excited by this, as it’s something I’ve heard them talk about for a while now and like many Aucklanders, I’ve been waiting in anticipation.

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Glamorising Cigarettes

Lifestyle, Thoughts

glamorising cigarettes 1

This is probably one of my favourite photos of me. It takes me back to my days in France, I’d spend my free time in cafes smoking cigarettes, reading books or catching up with friends, smoking cigarettes, solving the problems of the world and smoking cigarettes. I had a great time. But what exactly is it that I like about this photo so much? Is it the memories attached? I actually never gave it much thought before. Now that I ask myself the question, I think that it’s a little bit rebellious, but mostly I think that having that cigarette in my hand, in a black and white photo looks kind of glamorous and that’s what worries me.

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Interior & Design, Let's Shop


FOLDWORK would have to be one of the most stylish concepts that I’ve seen for a clothes air dryer.

When I was living in our apartment in Sydney, one of the biggest thing challenges I faced was having a practical system that looked good for drying our clothes. We had this sunroom where things would dry in a few hours but I was so tired of looking at the clothes rack. I was always searching for attractive ways to mount a drying system on the wall. If only this was available then, I would have purchased it immediately.

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Sustainable Home Q & A with Lisa Day7

Sustainable Home Q & A with Lisa Day

Lifestyle, Experts

Sustainable Home Q & A with Lisa Day5

Some of you may recall an article I did for the April/May Homestyle magazine on the sustainable build of Auckland architects, Lisa and Scott of Donnell & Day Architecure . It created a lot of interest here and on social media and it seems that quite a few of you are wanting to know more about what you could do to your home, to live more sustainably. When I spoke to Lisa about her home in preparation for the article, I was fascinated by her unwavering passion on the subject of sustainable builds and renovations. One thing that she kept on stressing to me, was that a beautiful architecturally designed home, that is also sustainable, needn’t cost the earth. Lisa also has this natural gift to explain it in everyday language. Obviously this is a huge subject and it can be looked at from many angles, so today I thought I’d focus on the structure of the home and what changes and/or additions you could do to live more sustainably. Lisa of Donnell & Day Architecture kindly answered some questions.

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  • Good to be back home. Love Sydney winters. 💙
  • A tour of the gorgeous home and workspace of Jared and Lisa, the guys behind @gardenobjects is now on the blog. If you haven't yet checked out their online store, make sure you do, they've got the best edit of garden wares for inside and out, not mention that they are the loveliest couple! Link in profile 🌿
  • For two lovely girls:
> Caro from @sipnzwine for interviewing me on Sip NZ Wine and > Tina from @roomienz for quoting me and the mention on Stuff NZ today :
Thank you from Sydney 😘🌸
  • The July #styledcanvaschallenge is now live with the theme 'vintage today'. How do you or would you like to use vintage in a modern world? Who's joining me for the challenge this month? You can on your blog or on IG. Details on the blog (link in profile). #vintage
  • A lovely display at @fatherrabbit today.
  • Good morning!
  • Here's hoping that my next bathroom will be just as nice so that I can continue to display pretty things 💙
  • It's all bright and colourful for the #urbanjunglebloggers #plantcolorpop theme. Also such great timing for the best news over the weekend #lovewins - see for the post (link in profile). Have a bright and colourful week everyone 🌈 🌿
  • I'm so happy to wake up to the news this morning that the US has made gay marriage legal! That is what I call a huge step for mankind and gives me hope of love and acceptance for all #whp🌈
  • No breakfast in bed for me this morning, just catching up on a little blog reading with a pot of tea. This is a little reminder that you've got until Tuesday to do your breakfast in bed scene for the #styledcanvaschallenge . You can do a blogpost or Instagram post and I'll feature my favourite of each on Styled Canvas. You can read about it by searching #styledcanvaschallenge on
  • Does 5:30pm on a Friday qualify as the weekend? Love how the streets of Auckland are full of tree swings, a bit like Australia in the 80's. Happy weekend everyone! #freespirit
  • Exciting news! Cam and Gavin of @flotsam_and_jetsam_ponsonby are opening a warehouse today at 10am! This is a secondary store to be opened on Fridays and Saturdays and is dedicated to all of the larger items that they can't fit in their Ponsonby store. Last week I paid a visit and took a bunch of photos of the many gems in store. Pop over the blog for details and the warehouse tour. If you're in Auckland, make sure you pop in to have a look for yourself, so many cool things, if you're a lover of interesting vintage and bric-a-brac you won't be disappointed.
  • My friend Emma from @aquietstyle asked me if I could share #onefromthecuttingroomfloor today. Here's a magical moment coming home on the boat in Russell in the Bay of Islands. Seeing this photo makes me think I should do a blog post of my photos of this beautiful place. What about you @visualstrands and @igorjosif do you have a pic to share?
  • I've joined @jocelynhefner in her #innerinteriorchallenge to try pausing before we respond and see how we go. It's been interesting. I forgot to do it a lot in the beginning but as o continue I'm more aware. I was actually worried that I'd not get a chance to speak as others would but in when I paused but in fact people listen more. Thanks for the challenge Jocelyn. I'm still working on it #pause.
  • This photo of me back in the days when I smoked is one of my favourites. What is it? The rebellion? Memories of my time in France? Or is it the glamour it portrays? I've opened up a bit of a discussion on the media and their role in glamorising cigarettes again on the blog. This is not a rant about smokers at all, it doesn't bother me at all and I quite like the smell. It's more about how we were almost there but there's a resurgence which worries me more for new generation. More on the blog and I'd be interested in your thoughts. Is it being glamorised again?
  • Beautiful baskets from a visit to Matakana markets. Hope you're all having a great day everyone, it's freeeezing here, 3 degrees this morning ❄️😁
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