Back Into It

I’m rested and ready to roll! Super excited about what 2015 may hold for us… 2014 was obviously extra special as we welcomed Axel into our lives; he has brought a huge amount of energy and excitement into our wee world as well as reducing the amount of sleep and ‘us’ time we get! We also enjoyed two wonderful trips to Australia, resurrected the house after flooding damage and created countless memories with family and friends.

I haven’t made any resolutions this year as I don’t tend to stick to them! However I do have personal goals that I will be doing my best to carry out to help me grow as a person in a positive direction. Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?!!

We (by ‘we’ I mean Eli mostly!) have been busy in the back garden area over the break laying new lawn, building a concrete planter box, and renovating the outdoor studio which will be used as a playroom. My Dad also kindly built Axel an awesome sandpit which I’m sure will be used endlessly over the years to come (it does have a cover but wasn’t as photogenic with a blue tarpaulin over it!). Still have lots of planting to do in the garden but we are getting there.

We are looking forward to enjoying our outdoor area next summer without the need for so much hard work!

Hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing, fun and productive festive season x

Here are a few pictures of the fruits of our labour…

Weekend Wardrobe

We headed to the beach on Sunday to take Frankie our German Shorthaired Pointer for a splash (it’s by far her favourite place!) and to introduce Axel to salty air for the first time!

The wind was a little chilly so I rugged up in my winter jacket, a cosy beanie and my gumboots, perfect footwear for retrieving sticks from the shallows.

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Jacket – Burberry (cheaper options here and here)

Leggings – Old (similar here)

Top – Cotton On (similar here)

Gumboots (Wellingtons) – Burberry

Beanie – French Connection

Vintage String Lights

I was super excited to stumble across the amazing online lighting store Mr Ralph and discover for the first time on my internet travels someone in NZ who stocks vintage style globe string lights. A major step-up from fairy lights in terms of styling an outdoor event, I have been hunting for these since planning our wedding. I can’t wait for the warm weather to return later in the year so that we can string them up over our outdoor dining area and enjoy numerous dinner parties and summer soirees.

Here are some images that inspired the purchase!

images via my Pinterest 

 

 

Vertical Gardens

Both indoors and outdoors, vertical gardens continue to prove popular in home decor. They bring a modern, textural element to a space and draw the eye upwards. A clever way to conceal an ugly wall outside or to bring a lush look indoors. Here are some inspiring images followed by options in NZ for introducing a vertical garden at your place.

images via my Pinterest

You can create a vertical garden using products from the following retailers in NZ:

verticalgarden.co.nz

hanginggardens.co.nz

verticalplantscapes.co.nz

wallgarden.co.nz

bunnings.co.nz