Adore Magazine

Sometimes the best things in life really are free, like this stunning interiors magazine that I love reading every issue! Adore Magazine is an Australian online home and lifestyle magazine that can be delivered to your inbox every issue at no charge.
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Their latest issue is definitely one of their best, here’s a sneak peak at three stunning kitchens they have featured. The first is possibly my favourite. The mix of a simple subway tile laid to create a beautiful herringbone pattern pared with raw timber floating shelves. Ahhhh, kitchen envy is currently washing over me.
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I love the modern take on this farm style kitchen, black cabinetry is such a winner.
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Lastly a stunning coastal kitchen from the talented girls behind Three Birds Renovations (more on them on the blog later in the week), every kitchen should have an outdoor servery that looks like this!
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Grab a cuppa and click here to enjoy the entire issue of Adore xx

HOME RENO: GARAGE CONVERSION INSPIRATION

With our baby due in November, our children will soon outnumber the bedrooms in the house. Our oldest will be 16 then and very keen to have their own space, luckily we have a garage/granny flat that will be perfect, with a lot of imagination and hard work!

Although part of our garage (which is about 70 square metres) has already been turned into a granny flat, the part we want to renovate is still used as a garage, it has the most natural light and bags of potential.

I was so happy to hear my oldest loves the vibe of New York lofts and monochrome palettes. Definitely my genes running through her veins! We are wanting to leave the wooden beams along the ceiling exposed and painted white, add tongue and groove jib board to give the impression of wooden walls and create a loft bed. We will restore two large wooden framed windows that I love, and replace the garage door that opens to our courtyard with bifolding stackers. I’m really excited that I will be able to use a few of the items I have left over from my clothing boutique, like vintage industrial style light shades and a custom made iron freestanding clothing rack.

Here’s some spaces inspiring our renovation…
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Now lets see if we can transform our garage into something incredible that resembles these amazing spaces! Hopefully we end up with a little slice of New York style right here in the Bay, I’m excited to get it under way and show you the results!

(all images from my pinterest page where original sources can be found)

HOME RENO: LIVING ROOM, A WORK IN PROGRESS

Although the main extension to our house was completed last year, there is still so much on the to do list, it’s very much a work in progress. My interiors budget was eaten up by boring but necessary things, so our living and dining space are very, very…minimalist may be a polite way to say it, e.g. we have outdoor furniture in our dining space!

Not many of us have the ability to go on a Block-style shopping spree to furnish and decorate a space, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan it now, even though the end result may not become a reality for a while. By planning a space you eliminate the possibility of purchasing sometimes expensive items that don’t end up even working in the room and you have to either replace or live with it begrudgingly. A plan will also allow you to know when to jump on a second hand store treasure or pick up big ticket items when they are heavily discounted. Slowly but surely you will piecing together the puzzle of your dream room.

Our living room has great bones, the high white wooden beams on the ceiling my favourite feature, great natural light thanks to floor to ceiling windows and light wooden floors. We have a few items already, just the bare necessities; a comfy large couch to relax on, a soft rug for kiddies to play and a ridiculously large TV (all husbands think these are a necessity right?!). I’m really thankful we also got a custom made wall cabinet made by our kitchen supplier, designed to hide all the electrical wires, DVD’s and kids games. We designed it to be floating so it takes up no floor space, as our lounge isn’t a very generous size.
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blog lounge shelvesI love the look of custom made large shelves filled with books, magazines and collected treasures (also a great way to sneak some toy storage under the bottom shelf!). I’m not sure if I would like to go with white or a light oak finish yet.

lounge hanging chairPerhaps not the most practical thing with wee children, but I don’t care, I loooove hanging cane chairs, they are the perfect mix of scandi-boho-beachy looks that I love.

Lounge dreams coffee tableA round coffee table would balance the hard straight lines created by the existing furniture and be the safest style with children running around. I am in love with the round coffee tables Australian designer Mark Tuckey creates, just got to save my penny’s and get someone to start stocking his incredible range in New Zealand!

lounge finishing touchesEven more so than big ticket items, the finishing touches are what really give a space soul and personality. I love to add colour through plants and accessories and texture and interest through layered throws and cushions. Hopefully when our living area is finished it will feel warm, inviting and relaxing…when ever that will finally be!

All inspiration images are from my pinterest page where original sources can be found.

INDIE HOME COLLECTIVE

One of my very favourite home stores in New Zealand is Indie Home Collective, an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, incredible lighting and art, on trend interiors and lush plants all set against a raw, white backdrop. I think I could happily transfer the entire contents to my house and not want to change a thing. Until now I could only get my fix when I made a rare trip up to Auckland, but happy days are here with their online store now live.

Owned by husband Nell Girl and his talented interior stylist wife Claudia Kozub, what makes this store so breathtaking isn’t just the products it houses, but the styling by Claudia is incredible, you really feel like you’ve walked into a live version of a Vogue Living.

On the top of my wish list is a stunning Ay Illuminate light, a print from the Pampa Horse Series and one of their larger vintage wooden cabinets in black or white.
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THE FIVE BEST INTERIOR PLANTS (& HOW NOT TO KILL THEM)

I’ve had a checkered past when it comes to plants. My mother can attest to having to rip out my entire vege patch and replant it more than once due to my inability to keep anything green alive. However I do have a strong love for interior plants, you may have noticed that in every room of my house, there are at least a couple. They are the perfect cost effective way to add colour and soul to a space, well not so cost effective if you have to replace them as regularly as me. I’ve managed to kill some from forgetting to water them, to others dying from being over watered – I didn’t even know that was possible?!
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In an attempt to improve my green thumb game, I’ve done a little research, hopefully this new found knowledge will ensure my plants live a long and happy life. Here’s my five favourites and a couple of pointers on how not to kill them…

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I love the huge variety of shape, colour and texture available in cacti and succulents. Another massive bonus (and vital given my past) is how super low maintenance they are! More so than you may imagine, you only need to water them every couple of weeks in spring and summer. Wet the top of the soil thoroughly, but be sure not to drown the plant and use room temperature water so the roots don’t get shocked. During the colder months you can water them even less, and let the soil dry out between watering. Keep in bright, but not direct sun light.

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Otherwise known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Snake Plants are a succulent plant, which means the leaves retain lots of water. Snake plants will thrive in a sunny spot and need to be watered each couple of weeks in summer and less in winter. Wet the top of the soil thoroughly, but be careful not to over water as the roots could rot. Snake Plants height and narrowness mean they work well styled in most places around your home without taking up too much room.

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I love these trees! They are just stunning, it’s definitely the next on my list to get. Fiddle Leaf Figs prefer bright light, but not being directly in sunlight as it can burn its leaves. Due to its beautiful large leaves, it tends to gather dust so make sure it’s wiped off so it can ‘breath’. You need to water it when the top inch of the soil becomes dry, the easiest way to check this is to put your finger in the soil, you will soon know how often to water it within your homes unique environment.

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These beautiful palms are perfect when you want your home to have a coastal vibe. Areca palms do best with bright light and last longer with some direct sunlight. Like many palms, they are sensitive to overwatering, so let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.

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Hanging plants are the new black, they seem to be in every interior magazine. One of my favourites is the philodendron. Conveniently it is also very low maintenance, so it suits me perfectly. Philodendrons enjoy bright, indirect light the most and you only need to water it when the top inch of soil becomes dry.

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So I know I said that I’d give you my top five indoor plants, but hey everyone loves something for free right!? And how cool is this plant, I love how unique and delicate the String of Pearl is. It looks perfect on a shelf so the pearls can cascade down, I have one in my kitchen and it’s a wee stunner. They like bright light, even sunlight and need watering every couple of weeks in summer and once a month in winter. Like other succulents, String of Pearl can get root rot if you overwater, so be careful.

Top Tips for Plant Care
1. Repot the plant after you buy it. Ideally pots should have drainage holes, but many these days don’t, meaning you have to be extra careful with watering levels.
2. Get schooled up on what level of light and water your plant likes best. Try creating an alert on your phone for watering times if you find it hard to remember.
3. Mix a small amount of fertiliser with water for watering over summer months.
4. Repot the plant if / when it gets too big for its current abode.
5. Play your plants late 90’s hip hop, they love it.

With the huge increase in popularity of indoor plants, naturally plant pots and holders are also popping up everywhere. Here’s a round up of my favourites from design stores Flux Boutiqe, Paperplane Store and Collected, but don’t forget to check the likes of The Warehouse and Kmart for even more budget friendly buys.
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The Design Twins are an Australian based brand I’m kind of obsessed with, it’s been a long distance, one sided affair thus far, but that’s all about to change, I’m super excited as of March they will be available from their first New Zealand stockist, Republic in Auckland.
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You could always try your hand at a little DIY, terracotta pots are only a few dollars from Mitre 10 and Bunnings, using painters tape and some test pots in your favourite shades you could turn them into your own stunning designer pots! Here’s a couple I did for my kitchen. diy pots final

FIVE THINGS EVERY ENTRANCE SHOULD HAVE

I absolutely love open plan living, the space our extension has given our living, dining and kitchen area, with four sets of large sliding doors wrapping around the space blurring the lines between indoors and out is fantastic, however there is one issue.

There is no front door. Not only do visitors get a little confused about where to go when they arrive (a future mission of mine to fix), but inside the space there is no clear ‘entrance’. Somewhere to drop your keys or check your lippy before you leave, somewhere that’s both practical and stylish. I’ve been looking forward to finally making our ‘entrance’, and I’m so pleased with how the space came together.

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Here’s my guide to the five things every entrance should have…

1. A Small Tray for keys, loose change – There are many beautiful small trays in most design stores, you can pick up something perfect for under $30. Mine is actually the bottom of a hurricane lamp, I loved the perforated design etched into the white metal.

2. Storage – I love cramming as much storage as possible in every room in the house. It is the only way to keep the clutter at bay. For us, I was finding several pairs of shoes waiting to be tripped over near the door each day, so these baskets from Freedom Furniture were the perfect way to hide them.

3. A Mirror – Allows you to have a final check you’re looking amazing (or at least have nothing in your teeth) before leaving the house. This Kmart Mirror was a steal at just $25!

4. Something Green – I like to add something living to every space, it adds colour and vibrancy. I’ve added a mix of succulents, Sansevieria trifasciata otherwise known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Pothos all varieties are very hardy (vital when I’m looking after them).

5. A Rug or Mat – this helps to define the space, especially important if it’s in a open plan or multi purpose space like ours. This is next on my list to purchase and I think a black and white striped mat is the way to go.shelves collage

Although in magazines I see homes with hooks for bags and coat racks styled with the colour matched, fashionable items look stunning in an entrance, in real life it’s more likely to be piled with not so fabulous coats, kids hats and old umbrellas – so I prefer to keep all that at the back entrance instead.

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INTERIOR DESIGN: INSPIRING CAFES

One of my very favourite things to do is while away time in a cafe. The best obviously have amazing coffee and mouthwatering food, but also without a doubt they have inspiring interiors. I have often wanted to replicate different aspects of a cafe’s design into my own home, from lighting to open shelving and tiled splash backs. Despite zero industry experience, my husband and I have spend way too much time day dreaming about opening our own cafe, solely so we could design the fit out (well ok having free flat whites for the rest of my life would also be ok). Here’s some of my favourite designs I’ve seen, what a dream it would be to travel around the world visiting them all!

One of my very favourites is Hally’s, a Californian inspired cafe in London. There’s so much I’d love in my own home from the white washed brick, to the floating wooden shelves and the dip dyed wooden chairs.
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Next is Portrait Haarlem in Amsterdamn, housed in renovated stables it’s a truly beautiful space. I love the use of layered neutral finishes and textures rather than bright colours.aPORTREIT-HAARLEM3haarlem montage

I’m not sure about the name of this Melbourne cafe- Barry’s, but I am sure I love the colour palette! If anyone knows where I can find some espresso cups like those I will owe you big time! They would look just perfect next to my new coffee machine.a ltvs-barrycafe-01a ltvs-barrycafe-13

What is it with random cafe names in Aussie? This one made me laugh, Hams and Bacon in Sydney has a gorgeous vine covered exterior and I love the yellow subway tiles!hams-and-bacon-1ham-and-bacon-2hamsandbacon 3

Here’s a few more bonus pics too good not to share…

Holy Belly Cafe in Paris, a combo of exposed brick and festoon lights will win every time. holybellycafe in paris

Restaurant Story in Helsinki, the 10 metre high ceiling is epic.restaurant story in helsinki

And finally on our worldwide cafe tour, Hueso in Mexico somehow makes bones beautiful, not an easy task.hueso mexico

BRINGING RETAIL TO LIFE

I’m loving a new concept in retail that is being seen around the globe, where entire houses and apartments are being created and then styled full of amazing finds with everything in the space from books and linen, to art and furniture for sale.

The Loft in Amsterdam is the brainchild of The Playing Circle. Let’s take a moment to just appreciate those windows. Wow.loft3loft5 I love the picture ledges, the stripped cushions, the parquet floors, the vintage leather armchairs…who am I kidding, I love everything in this space, I can’t fault it.loft4loft2This bedroom is almost to much to deal with, it’s so so stunning, the muted tones and mix of new and vintage furniture is inspiring.loft7

Closer to home one of my very favourite Australian blogs, The Design Files presents The Design Files Open House each year. This year they built an apartment within a huge warehouse space and filled it with a carefully curated collection of furniture and homewares, all available for sale.designfiles6designfiles1designfiles2designfiles5designfiles7designfiles8designfiles10

HOUSES I’VE STALKED LATELY

With Summer being a little lazy this year, I thought we could all use some distraction from what’s happening outside. Let’s instead focus inside, inside other peoples houses to be exact. Here’s a few stunners I’ve stumbled across via my favourite blogs recently…

I love this relaxed family home, with its combination of timber, concrete and pops of colour. I pretty much want to completely copy their exterior courtyard for my home. Click to see more here.
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It’s no surprise the couple who own this home are an architect and a designer! I love the natural light they have poured into the home through the use of skylights, and how amazing is that tap! To see more click here.
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Sometimes when I see a home I love on a blog or in a magazine, I then check out the architects website as it’s often a goldmine of equally stunning homes. Jardine Homes is one such pot at the end of a rainbow.
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You can view this next house tour here, but first let’s just stop for a moment and imagine lying by this pool….
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Right back to reality, rain, school holidays and a Christmas list to finish (well start actually).

THE LITTLE THINGS – INTERIOR MAGAZINE GOODNESS

We all have those little things that put a smile on our face right – a new issue of your favourite magazine, getting a pedicure, eating your third piece of chocolate mud cake, an awesome old-school beat surprising you on the car radio (90s hip hop is my jam)….this is a celebration of those small moments that can brighten your day, here’s another hot little tip for you to add to your get happy arsenal.

It’s not exaggerating to say I am obsessed with Interior Design Magazines. I feel like Carrie from Sex & The City when she realised she had spent a house deposit on shoes. My two favourites are without a doubt Inside Out Magazine from Australia, and New Zealand’s own Homestyle Magazine. I actually squealed when Inside Out started publishing monthly recently. Here’s a wee look at some of my favourite looks from the current Inside Out November Issue…
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This stunning 1930’s Californian Bungalow sits just minutes from Bondi Beach and has recently been renovated into a spacious four bedroom home. I love the abundance of natural light, large windows/doors and scandinavian inspired palette.

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Up next this newly renovated Melbourne home is all kinds of amazing. Just look at this dining room, my dream Wishbone chairs right there! Swooning over the white floors, but could never get my husband to ok that look in our own home. The high ceilings throughout are stunning and I love the black touches in the children’s room.
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Although the interior style of this Victorian Terrace in Melbournes’s Albert Park isn’t exactly to my taste, I love way they have bought the outdoors in through large windows overlooking greenery in their kitchen and bathroom. You can never have too much natural light.
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The November Issue of Inside Out is available through all bookstores now, it takes a couple of weeks to get the new issues here in New Zealand and sometimes when I just can’t wait that long I buy a digital version hot of the press from Zinio. Are there any other Interior Magazines you love that I just need to know about?