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Tuesday Tunesday : The Dø

The Dø is a French/Finnish indie pop band formed back in 2005. Their first studio album, A Mouthful, topped the french charts  in 2008, making them the first French english-singing act to do so. Todays song, Too Insistent, is from the album Both Ways Open Jaws, and I can’t help but keep it on repeat!



DIY Quilt Light by Tamara Maynes

Tamara Maynes is a New South Wales based designer, who has recently taken up the position of craft contributor at Inside Out magazine. If you just happen to be Sydney based, check out The School, where Tamara teaches a variety of craft classes.

This super nifty quilt light was originally designed for a feature in Inside out, and it then went on to feature with Supercyclers at the Milan Design week in April of this year.

The quilt light is not sold as a finished product – instead, you purchase it as a downloadable template, and choose your own custom details.  Once the template is purchased, you can make as many as you like, in any size you want, and you can choose whether you paint it, tape it or stitch it!

Apparently, fashion designer Marc Jacobs made his own version of Tamara’s Quilt Light for display in London’s iconic Liberty store during the London Design Festival this year.

You can purchase a Quilt Light template for $20 from Tamara’s online store, and check out the daily posts on her gorgeous blog.


Let Liv

I love finding out about new local businesses. Let Liv is one that I got really excited about when first visiting their website. Their carefully curated collection boasts a range of sleek and stylish, design-inspired objets – many of which are now on my Christmas wish list.

Like this drool worthy Falcon Enamelware bake set for example…

And this nifty wee retro-inspired Alarm Dock designed to hold your iPhone. Just download a flip-clock app and let the feelings of nostalgia return…

Wellington-based  Jewellery company Hermon & Son, (one of my favourite Jewellers!! I am wearing their earrings as we speak) are available from Let Liv, much to my delight!

My finger is aching to be adorned by that ring!!

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year??

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I came across todays post on Weekday Carnival, and couldn’t go past the quirky cat print. Don’t you love the way all the pieces are styled on the worktop?

I wish had the knack of styling rooms to look like these! Instead, I have to pin all of these beautiful things, and study them intensely, before having any idea of what to do…

What tips and tricks do you have when displaying your bits and bobs??



I came across these beautiful ceramics the other day when The Style Files shared them on Facebook. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. I really really really want some!

Lindform is a Swedish based company, specialising in handmade ceramics. Their organic shapes and colours are inspired by the Nordic and Japanese cultures, with a focus on harmony and simplicity.

As far as I know, there is no one in New Zealand or Australia stocking these ceramics. If only I had my own store!

Three of you please. You would look absolutely delightful perched upon my mantle.

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Tuesday Tunesday

I must admit…I have been a bit slack lately with getting posts up on the blog. I almost completely forgot about Tuesday Tunesday!

I have been absolutely obsessed with this band for the last couple of years. They have such a happy folksy sound. Every time I’m on a road trip, I absolutely blast this and sing at the top of my lungs. Great therapy.

Ok. Yes. The music video is slightly weird and off-putting. Perhaps just push play and then continue browsing in another window…

p.s. this song is best when played at high volume, accompanied by bad singing and crazy dancing, whilst simultaneously drying dishes.


Wrap Me Up

I have to admit, I am just a teeny weeny bit obsessed with gift wrapping. Last year I got into a bit of trouble when the better half found out just how much I had spent on it. (And it only ended up wrapping about 8 gifts…). I also have to admit that I played Christmas carols on the piano while my class did handwriting the other day. Yes, I know it is only October. So naturally, I am already thinking about how I can prettify my pressies this festive season. If you are anything like me, then you will LOVE the inspiration that follows.

The kraft paper theme just happened by accident, I promise. If you want some more Christmassy inspiration, check out my Christmas and Celebrate  boards on Pinterest.