Friday, 22 August 2014

Bibby + Brady Loos | Part 2 + Giveaway

Yesterday I featured Dael's new loo on the blog, and today I'm going to show you mine. You may remember our recent bathroom renovation, well the loo is right next door and we used the same floor tiles to link the two rooms. I also wanted to carry on the coastal, beachy vibe - waves in the bathroom, palm trees in the toilet. We've got some great beaches here in Hawke's Bay, Napier is lined with palm trees, and I have a beach-loving family, so it seemed appropriate. Our wallpaper is Coconut Grove in emerald from Wall Candy Wallpaper.

Something (or someone) else we're proud to lay claim to in Hawke's Bay is David Trubridge and his internationally acclaimed lights. I chose his Kina design in white, as I felt the beautiful organic shape worked well in amongst the palm trees. It wouldn't be a room of mine without my signature touch of hot pink!

We added a Mocka floating shelf above the toilet, which fits perfectly on the back wall. It's a great way to add a few of my favourite things.

Speaking of favourite things... I love my collection of Ahoy Trader soaps from Republic Home. They look and smell gorgeous, made with essential oils, the fragrances include coconut, pink grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and basil, lime & mandarin.

Now, exciting news... one of you is going to WIN a set of Ahoy Trader soaps identical to mine. To enter the draw simple join the Republic Home mailing list and email me to let me know you've done so. You'll get an extra entry for 'liking' Republic Home on Facebook, following them on Instagram, and also 'liking' this blog post on my Facebook page (let me know which of these you've done in your email). I will randomly draw a winner next Friday 29th August, the winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook - good luck.
Competition only open to New Zealanders.
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bibby + Brady Loos | Part 1

I mentioned in a recent blog post that Dael & I have both just zhushed up out tiniest room in the house. Today I'm going to show you Dael's gorgeous little loo, and tomorrow you can see what I did with mine. Below are some 'before' shots of Dael's downstairs toilet. It's used mainly by her kids and guests, and is attached to her laundry.

It's amazing what a lick of paint and few rolls of wallpaper can achieve! Dael wanted the space to be fun and light-hearted. She chose the cute and colourful Penguin Library wallpaper - it's really fun to read all the different covers while you're in there.

Resene Knock Out pink is a great match for the adjacent wall in the laundry, and the white wall provides a break between the vibrant pink and the colourful wallpaper.

Because the theme is playful and fun, Dael took her stainless steel toilet roll holder and powder coated it in electric blue. The littlest details can make all the difference.

A black cage light with a hot pink cord finishes the room beautifully. Doesn't it look fab?!

To be continued... stay tuned for part two of the Bibby + Brady loos tomorrow.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Horse Photography | Three Ways

I am a massive animal lover, and photography is one of my favourite art forms, so of course, I love photographs of animals. But animals are not always willing models - it takes a special photographer to capture their beauty on film. Sharon Montrose of The Animal Print Shop specialises in animal photography, and I was thrilled to see her latest print - Baby Horse.

In my opinion, horses are the most beautiful of all animals - graceful, elegant, and strong. Kara Rosenlund has a divine print of Wild Horses, that I love.

I came across this gorgeous print on Domaine recently. Combined with the beach backdrop, this photograph is a winner in my book.

A large framed photograph can be a fantastic statement piece in your home. I highly recommend finding one with a subject matter that has meaning to you, and remember in this case, size does matter - the bigger the better!
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