Home Style – things I love – October 2016

Things have been a bit quiet for me on the blog front lately! But with the warmer weather and sunshine of spring finally here, I follow my usual cycle of feeling more motivated to throw off the winter cobwebs (literally) and freshen up things around the house! With all of the major renovations in our home finally done it’s really just about having a good clean up and out, re-arranging existing bits and bobs to change it up and adding some cheap and cheerful spots of colour with soft furnishings inside and planting fresh flowers and veggies in the garden.

Picking up couple of new cushions, a duvet cover, a few colourful hand or bath towels or a new bathmat, tea towels, tablecloths and placemats or pretty cloth napkins are ways I like to add freshness, change and colour … without spending much money! Here are some things I love right now…

Orla Kiely bed and bath range:
I’ve lusted after having a wall of Orla Kiely mid century inspired wallpaper for ages … I was excited to find her retro designs also come as a range of homewares! Not the cheapest, but I have seen a few sales and discounted lines on Ebay, and there are a few stockists in NZ – worth shopping around. I just love the bold patterns and fun retro colours!


Orla Kiely kitchen

Orla Kiely towels Clementine


Some stockists in New Zealand to check out:

I found this amazing retro style butter dish at Living and Giving on sale – it matchesLiving and Giving butter dish our Sanderson mobiles wallpaper so perfectly! When you have kids (or cats, or a husband) and like to keep your butter at room temp like I do, a covered dish is a nice way to turn a messy marmite covered eyesore into something attractive 🙂

Living and Giving Trees butter dish




I don’t follow seasonal “trends” but I do get rather excited when a style or colour I like becomes on trend for a time and suddenly there are so many new places to find things in my own backyard! It’s a good time to be a tropical lover because just about every retailer that does home decor has a cute and kitschy tropical range – perfect for summer. I really liked the selection at Bed Bath and Beyond… there are palm prints, flamingos and pineapples galore… all at very reasonable prices!

Tropical duvet cover set

Tropical outdoor setting

Seriously… how adorable are these little tea lights??

Bed Bath and Beyond tea lights


And these cute flamingoand pineapple LED light sets are on sale for a steal at $12!trpoical-lights

Orange … ok and yellow and red … but bright orange really makes my heart a flutter! I’m kind of a nana and I love a cute rug in the bathroom… it makes it so colourful and cosy! Not those toilet rugs though…. ewww… haha. In such a high traffic area and with the need for frequent washing I do need to replace mine around once a year when it gets faded and ratty. But I’m fussy! A good bath rug is hard to find… so thanks Freedom! I love the pretty and retro crochet style and it’s ORANGE… yusss 🙂


As a Mum who works from home, I spend a lot of time in it … so our home really is my castle! And it’s the little details – expressions of personal style and colour and collections of objects that are pieces us and our history as a family – that make this a happy space to live and spend time in. My husband might say my abundance of throw pillows drives him crazy (I do have a tiny obsession)… and didn’t we already have tea towels? But he loves our home too, it is something we have done and grown together. It may be bright, organised chaos … but it makes me smile 🙂