CHRISTMAS WISH (AS OPPOSED TO REALITY) LIST

Is it just me who buys their own Christmas presents from their kids and then pretends to act surprised on Christmas morning?

My present from my thoughtful children this year is this beautiful Turkish Tribal Coin Necklace from Neon Gypsy. I’ve recently discovered their amazing store in Mount Maunganui, I love its boho rock vibe. They have a great online store too, so no one has to miss out! I couldn’t resist but play dress ups, I swear I’m going to take it off right now and wrap it up. Maybe.

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If I decide my children want to be super generous this year, here’s a few other things I would love them to get me…

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The Horse Watch from Paperplane Store How stunning is this watch! It would look perfect stacked with my Lindi Kingi bracelets. I love the combination of silver and rose gold, and that nude leather is just beautiful.
Peony & Blush Suede Perfume from Jo Malone I was introduced to Jo Malone by one of my best friends who used to work there. I have several different fragrances from Jo Malone, and Peony & Blush Suede is the latest I’ve fallen in love with.
Hammock Hanging Chair from Citta Design I’m hoping a sunny day and quiet children come in a package with this Hammock Chair from Citta!
Diptyque Candle from Mecca Cosmetics Over 90 hours burning time with this Diptyque Candle, and then when it’s finished I love using the glass holder to house makeup brushes or as a small vase for summer blooms.
Rose Leather Sandals from Chaos & Harmony I have tried on these sandals and fell in love, alas I can’t afford them at the moment with my shopping ban firmly in place, Santa? Anyone?
Market Bag from Paperplane Store There are amazing ‘Little Big Markets’ here that alternate location between the Mount and Papamoa Beach, this bag would be perfect to fill up with all the treats I get each visit.
Polka Dot Journal from Paperplane Store Imagine the amazingly insightful yet witty things I could write in this journal?!

HOME RENO: MASTER BEDROOM

bed aaI have always dreamed of an epic walk-in-wardrobe, I actually squealed when I saw what Big built Carrie in Sex & the City, now that’s love. You can imagine my heartbreak when the scaled back version of our extension meant no walk-in-wardrobe and to twist the knife further, no ensuite. I admit I moped around like a deeply heart broken woman for days.

Once I got over my perfect example of a first world problem, I really enjoyed making the most out of the space we had. First we built a ‘headboard’ that ran the width of the room behind the bed. With such a basic square bedroom, we wanted to add some architectural interest and it’s the perfect spot to add art work and other special things.
bed2We placed a large mirror opposite sliding doors, that will eventually go out to a private tropical inspired courtyard (check back on me in a few years to see if we have completed that yet!), to make the most of the abundance of natural light. The mirror is one of my very favourite possessions, I bought it for a clothing boutique I owned many many years ago, from an amazing store called Haunt in Lyttelton (anyone know if it’s still around?). Incredibly it has made it through five house moves following me as I gypsied around the country. I just love the look of the festoon lights around it!
bed4bed16bed11bed5bed23bed3The room is quite small, so creating a feeling of spaciousness was paramount. Luckily the high raked ceilings give the illusion of the room being a lot bigger than what it really is. We managed to steal some space out of the dining room to give us a very generous wardrobe the full length and height of the room, allowing all our clothing and storage to be housed behind three huge 2.4 metre stacking sliding doors. This meant no need for extra furniture taking up valuable space within the bedroom itself. We also took our king size bed off the ‘feet’, so it sat lower to the ground, you would surprised what a big difference that made to the overall sense of space.bed40I love the bedroom we have created, it has a very relaxed vibe, my little escape from the world. I almost don’t even care about the walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite anymore (almost).bed21Linen Duvet: Nest
Cushions: Pony Rider
Bedside Tables: Citta Design via Paperplane
Festoon Lights: Flux Boutique
Leather Pouf: Let Liv
Hanging Basket: Ponsonby Plant Store
Light: Lighting Plus

MONEY AIN’T NO OBJECT JANE 1, SENSIBLE JANE 0

Usually I am very well behaved. A reformed shopaholic. But every now and then it all gets too much. The urge to spend is overwhelming. This is my latest confession…

I have always been a brilliant debater. My husband has long given up the fight. When shopping, I use what I call the justification process. I can manage to turn any seemingly pathetic, meanial reason into a completely logical, rock solid argument for purchasing something I want. I’m so good I actually trick myself into believing my spin.

Recently I went to Auckland, a reason in itself to shop, but instead of stopping there I got on a roll and kept up my spree on my return home to the Bay. There are no excuses (but there are plenty of justifications).
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Ponsonby Plant Shop
Hidden between countless designer boutiques and organic/paleo/gluten free/grain free/flavour free cafes sits a plant lovers dream, filled with cute cactus, hanging plants and cool pots. Plants are a fantastic cheap way to add colour and some soul to a space, I just loved the hanging cane plant holder and how could I say no to sweetest shop owner in her 70s, complete with silver-blue ringlet set hair. Cheap house interior solution plus a happy old lady, how can that be wrong?

Junk & Disorderly
I have loved this place since I discovered it back when we lived in Auckland many years ago. They have an incredibly large space filled with an eclectic mix of new, used and repurposed furniture. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough room in my car to take home any furniture, but these accessory updates for my kitchen were pretty budget friendly, did I NEED them? No. Will they make me do a little happy dance? Yes!

Paperplane Store
I actually don’t think I’ve been into this store without leaving with something. And this time the loot haul was pretty major. I’ve been looking for some bedside tables for our master bedroom for a very long time and these American Oak small coffee tables from Citta Design are less than half the cost of the ones I was going to get custom made. That basically means I’m saving money rather than spending it.

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Rooms To Love is the latest interiors book by LeeAnn Yare and photographer Larnie Nicholson, I love supporting Kiwi creatives, surely that should be applauded. The last purchase from Paperplane this time was a bright, striped hand towel for bathroom – a perfect way to add a bit of colour to our white bathroom, and there were full size bath towels for over the twice the price that I could have chosen instead, how restrained of me.

Republic Home – Bonnie and Neil Cushions
Can I consider it progress if I spend the same amount of money on a few cushions as I used to on a designer dress? Surely! Plus if it were a dress I’d calculate the ‘cost per wear’, and as these cushions are used everyday, and by everyone in my family, that must work out to be a bargain! These stunning cushions from Bonnie and Neil are 100% linen and hand screen painted.

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Blakchaos combines the talent and collections of two amazing New Zealand brands, clothing label Blak and my favourite local shoe designer Chaos and Harmony. This visit I walked away with a couple of French inspired items from Blak. A girl can never have too many stripes, I love this cropped tee, perfectly matched with this full skirt with sweet velvet heart cutout waistband. Instead of focusing on what I spent, shouldn’t I be congratulated for not snapping up a new pair of Chaos and Harmony heels?! Have you seen this seasons range?!

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These festoon lights give a little New York loft rooftop garden feel to my alfresco area, surely that’s all the justification required.

There is no heartwarming moral to this story, sometimes the house just wins. Hopefully Money Ain’t No Object Jane is satisfied for a while and Sensible Jane’s winning streak is about to start.