Urban Jungle Bloggers | Jungle Animals,,

Urban Jungle Bloggers | Jungle Animals

Interior & Design, Styled Space

Urban Jungle Bloggers | Jungle Animals..

A quick hello to share a very special new addition to my plant family, a parting gift from Igor, one half of the Urban Jungle Bloggers founders.  In case you didn’t know, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of hanging out him and Philippe the past couple of days and showing them ‘my Auckland’.

Read more on Urban Jungle Bloggers | Jungle Animals…

Monthly Styled Picks

Styled Canvas Favourites | Iittala X Issey Miyake

Interior & Design, Let's Shop

Iittala X Issey Miyake collectionIt’s always refreshing to see something that comes along that is completely different to what’s out there in the marketplace. The recently released Iittala x Issey Miyake collection has certainly done just this by collaborating to create functional and decorative pieces for the tabletop. The result is individual with a wow factor.

Read more on Styled Canvas Favourites | Iittala X Issey Miyake…

Version 2

Summer Aperitif and friendships

Food & Travel, Getaway, Make, Eat, Drink

Summer Aperitif and friendships10

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would have seen that I recently got back from a week away in the Coromandel. We rented a house with a great big deck with one amazing view. To make the holiday even more special, one of my oldest and dear friends from Australia, Tash, her husband Dave and their two boys were able to visit us for three nights while they were here.

Read more on Summer Aperitif and friendships…


Alexandra Standen Ceramics

Interior & Design, Makers


A mantel or shelf always calls for at least one large object and I wonder if anyone wouldn’t love for it to be something from Sydney ceramics artist, Alexandra Standen. I admit that I have only just recently discovered her work, but it’s without saying that I’m completely smitten and her ceramics are on my radar to add to my collection.

Read more on Alexandra Standen Ceramics…

Tongariro alpine crossing.3

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Food & Travel, Getaway

Tongariro alpine crossing2

Some of you may recall that Guillaume and I celebrated 15 years of marriage last month. It’s pretty huge, so we thought we should do something a little monumental to mark the occasion. My parents were visiting from Sydney and we took advantage of them here to look after the kids so that we could have a few days away. We both enjoy hiking (known as tramping here). We had heard so much about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and decided that was what we were to do.

Read more on Tongariro Alpine Crossing…

A home prop box for the stylist within,

A home prop box for the stylist within

Interior & Design, Styled Space

A home prop box for the stylist within,

Something that I always wish for is to have more places to display things in the home. I don’t like clutter so have quite a few things packed away in various boxes and drawers. Organised storage is not my forte! I find it really frustrating to not be able to put them all out on show, because I love these things. Then the other day while I was doing my kitchen revamp I had a thought. I had neglected the area and placed a whole bunch of things that I love on the windowsill and didn’t know what to do with. Clutter disaster! With this restyle I had no choice but to store things away. In the process I pulled something out of the storage box that I had forgotten about and was perfect for the new look… It feels good; it feels almost as if I’ve brought something new home!

Read more on A home prop box for the stylist within…

Version 3

Happenings and weekend reads

Lifestyle, Thoughts

happenings and weekend reads.

I can’t believe that we are moving into our last week of January! It makes me a little sad knowing that we have only one more month left of official summer. Okay we do manage to stretch it out into March, but still. I do live for the sun and warm weather!

Read more on Happenings and weekend reads…

More from Styled Canvas ...
Life and behind the scenes of
Styled Canvas on Instagram
  • How gorgeous is this little cactus from @bioattic ? It was the parting gift from my friend @igorjosif after I showed him 'my Auckland' for the past couple of days before he and @iphiloo took off to explore NZ. It's also perfect for my latest @urbanjungleblog post. Link in profile or www.styledcanvas.com #urbanjunglebloggers 🌵
  • Little details of vintage linen sheets mixed with a handmade Indian appliqué bedspread. Nothing better than linen sheets against the skin on a hot summer's night! I confess I could have spent a little longer in these this morning after a late and lovely evening having @igorjosif and @iphiloo for dinner last night who are touring NZ! I absolutely love how this blogging and social media community brings people together. Have a great day/evening IG friends 💙
  • Cool window display at @fishfishnz this morning and that whole fish looks sooo fresh. #ponsonbycentral
  • Good morning from the lady and a string of pearls 🌿. Looks like we're up for another hot day in Auckland today!
  • Got to hang out with this fun guy @igorjosif (one half of @urbanjungleblog ) and @iphiloo today! A very hot day taking in a few cool spots in Auckland, we didn't get through as much as I had hoped though, too much catching up to do. Looking forward to having you guys for dinner tomorrow! #urbanjunglebloggers
  • I discovered the new @cittadesign winter collection this evening,
  • Made for each other! Happy Tuesday everyone 💙
  • What does one do on a rainy Saturday and only 1 week old bread in the house? Pain Perdu for brunch of course! #frenchtoast #painperdu
  • Okay so it's past five here so does that mean it's officially #roseoclock @sipnzrose and @qwinenz ? Happy #nzroseday everyone! I played lifestyle model for the first time on the blog if you #daretopink 😉 link in profile.
  • Wall of greens at @thebotanistnz 🌿#urbanjunglebloggers
  • Okay I promise this is a #latergram and not me now at 9am!! But I can do this right, because today is #nzroseday ! For this I've teamed up with @sipnzrose (who are doing great things to support the NZ wine industry) and @qwinenz to celebrate the colour pink! Pop over to the blog to join the aperitif that I had with my good friend Tash @monsoonliving in the most beautiful location! Direct link in my profile or www.styledcanvas.com #sipnzrose
  • Kids plonked in front of the TV and stealing some me time before I make dinner. I find that if I read at bedtime, I fall asleep within 2 minutes so need to carve out time in the day if I'm going to remember anything. Anyone else like that? Look forward to discussing this book with #blogsocietybookclub tomorrow!
  • Thanks Hege @hegeinfrance for asking me to share #onefromthecuttingroomfloor This is one looking down through the festoon lights to the @foodtruckgarage diners at @cityworksdepot How about you @decordotsblog and @gucki.it ?
  • I never shy from a rosé, it's the perfect summer aperitif. NZ wine has been another discovery since moving here - they do it so well! Did you know there is a national #nzroseday ? Yep, we celebrate that kind of thing here:) so this Friday, join me, my friends, @sipnzrose and many other Kiwis and wash Instagram in every shade of pink 🌸 I'll start with this @akaruawines Akarua Rua Pinot Rosé! #daretopink #sipnzrose #nzwines Chin chin !
  • Day 2 of kids back to school and you'd think I could focus? Nope, just staring in this direction from the desk and dreaming of the next holiday!
  • Itou the cat
Styled Canvas
Mel Chesneau of Styled Canvas popup

Subscribe to the monthly newsletter and keep up to date with Styled Canvas.