Renovation Masterpiece

This Herne Bay home featured in Urbis Magazine demonstrates how to bring the love back to an older home that others may have torched!

The owners saw the potential in the bones of the 1970’s home and employed architects Tim Dorrington and Sam Atcheson of Dorrington Atcheson Architects to complete the renovation. They have managed to highlight the original features while seamlessly integrating the modern addition and allowing indoor / outdoor living to work harmoniously.

A pretty impressive transformation if you ask me.

Follow this link to check out the whole feature.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

Photos by Emma-Jane Hetherington


House Envy

I stumbled across images from this amazing home on my internet travels this week. It was featured in Urbis Magazine last year but it is too much up my alley not to do a post on!

Ben and Jade Hurst are two super stylish people judging by their home in Ponsonby, Auckland. A flat-fronted villa that has been transformed to include a modern, barn-like extension that is all kinds of glass walled goodness!

Custom made interior pieces that showcase the couples extensive trinkets and treasures really add to the space, along with the neutral colour palette and touches of brass. I love how the modern extension continues easily from the original character home.

I am incredibly green with envy over this beauty!

all images by Simon Devit for Urbis Magazine

Have an amazing weekend everyone x

Open Home

Kicking the week off with some beautiful images of a refurbished Auckland villa from this month’s Urbis Magazine. I’m totally digging that kitchen (especially the black tapware) and the gorgeous wall finishes throughout the house. Get your hands on a copy of the mag to check out the whole feature.

Photos taken by Simon Devitt for Urbis Magazine

New Kids on the Block

Last night brought the first episode of NZ’s second season of The Block. The Block is a reality show based on the Australian concept that follows 4 couples as they renovate a house which upon completion goes to auction. Couples win any profit the house sells for and the overall winner claims an extra $80,000 in prize money.

This years houses on the North Shore in Auckland already look a little more interesting than last years (and that’s before any renovating has taken place) and the couples will no doubt provide plenty of entertainment as we follow their renovating highs and lows.

I’m hoping to see some great design ideas and creative styling while enjoying the healthy sense of competition that the contestants bring to the game!

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Super excited to get our Flox prints up this weekend! Hubby did a great job measuring up the spaces under no pressure from me (yeah right!) and I am really pleased with the results.

Flox (Hayley King) is a former fine artist with a major in painting who was inspired by the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. She has carried on this tradition by creating detailed hand-cut stencils (a process that takes around 12 hours) and uses authentic screen-printing techniques.


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Her trademark, native birds, can be found around the city of Auckland gracing many a grey wall with a riot of colour. If you park in the Britomart public car park her work is detailed on each level of the building, featuring a different New Zealand bird and its associated fauna.

I love that she brings a delicate hand to an art form that is synonymous with bold strokes and is often associated with males.

Flox at our place…

PicMonkey Collage

The large (Unframed: 450mm x 700mm) black and white, signed, limited edition print we had framed at Eco Framers here in Christchurch and they did an amazing job. They float mounted it to show off the raw ripped edges at the top and bottom. It now features in our second guest room and I LOVE it! It’s large, beautiful and commands your view. Similar available here.

The smaller piece was a bargain find at The General Store here in Christchurch.  It is a reproduction, so we picked up this frame from Nood and framed it ourselves. It now brightens a corner in our other guest bedroom and I would love to get a second something to put directly underneath it. Will be heading back to Nood to grab another frame I think!

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To purchase a piece of Flox’s amazing work visit