Design Mom’s new book…and our home is in it!

How cool is that?!! And I was just reading on Design Mom’s blog that the book made the New York Times Bestseller list for May and June! So I think you all know our home was featured on Design Mom’s blog a couple of years ago (if you haven’t, check it out here). A wee while later, the lovely Gabrielle contacted me to say that there was a book in the works and she wanted some images of our house for the book. How exciting! A couple months ago this beauty landed on the doorstep (as you know with me by now my posting is erratic at best!). It’s a great read and has tons of really practical tips on how to live with all the stuff of family life without sacrificing style. There are a few photos below of our place. If you would like a copy buy here or here.  All the photos in the book were photographed by the very talented Kathrin Simon.


The Lovely Gabrielle Blair (Photos from the Corte Madera Book Event courtesy of Pottery Barn)


IMG_4087our hall/living room                                           IMG_4088

IMG_4089I love this print which hangs in our kitchen from Congostudio

IMG_4090 Freya’s room (bottom right hand corner)


Break the Silence! Thank gawd for Ilse!

Hello!!? So, I thought it only appropriate to break the silence with a post about my favourite designer Ilse Crawford.  I promise I won’t wax lyrical again about how much I love her interiors but Ilse has designed a range for IKEA! It may even warrant a trip to Australia in August when the range is supposed to be launching in stores. So, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with IKEA….I used to work there in high school in the hey day before everything got a bit watered down. The IKEA’s in the States obviously felt a need to dumb things down for the American market because they have totally different stuff than the ones in Scandinavia….annoying! I mean isn’t that what people go there for?!! to achieve a cool Scandi aesthetic?!! WTF….I think this collection could be a game changer!

check out some of this eye candy folks! (photo via Dezeen)






Nordic Novels

I seem to be all about the Nordic novels lately. I just finished ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People-The Truth About the Nordic Miracle’ by Michael Booth. Booth, a British journalist is married to a Dane who lives in Copenhagen has some great insight into the Scandinavian psyche. There are some very funny bits about the Scandinavians’ conformists ways especially around jaywalking. Let’s just say, it’s tantamount to flashing someone on the street! No matter what the time of day, they will always cross at a light and when it is green only. So it is not hard to be a renegade there. I always thought it funny that my parents immigrated to America the polar opposite in conformity!

from the Guardian:

This amble through Scandiland may be light on any profound conclusion, but it’s a lively and endearing portrait of our friends in the north, venerated globally for their perfectly balanced societies but, it turns out, as flawed as the rest of us – or at least only almost perfect.

I have only started the first of 6 autobiographical books by Karl Ove Knausgaard called ‘A Death in the Family’ but it is shaping up to be a good read…

another quote from the Gaurdian:

The merciless frankness of novelist Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiography shocked his family, gripped a nation and left him in virtual hiding. But what did he expect


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Hello Autumn! Is anybody there?

I won’t apologise for my lack of posts…I really must get better at regular posting…I have been on Instagram a bit more lately as it is just so quick and easy!



I think this photo is hilarious!


Autumn is upon is..The nights are getting chilly and the sun setting earlier. It is always a good time to reflect and make some changes.

We just got back from a few days on Great Barrier Island where we stayed at Storm Cottage (The little sister to The Shark Alley House designed by Fearon Hay). It was just so nice to be off the grid (let me tell you Great Barrier is very off the grid in the best possible way). The sand feels like walking in silk.  It really is the most lovely feeling.


This was our amazing view!

I have been checking out some great food blogs lately (I will of course never abandon design blogs, my first love)..there are so many! Here are a few goodies

Hemsley & Hemsley (they are ridiculously beautiful)

What Katie Ate (she also has a gorgeous book)

101Cookbooks (I have definitely mentioned this one! I love Heidi Swanson!)

Whole Pantry App (Thanks Emma!)

Deliciously Ella

Health Yeah! (Thanks Emma!)

I have also been spending a bit too much time at Little Bird Cafe in Ponsonby. It is a divine raw food cafe and I seriously cannot work out how they can make cheesecake taste that amazing and still be sans all the bad stuff. It has made me want to invest in one of these bad boys, a vegetable spiralizer. I think I will go for the Paderno one as it has over 2000 glowing reviews. I already have a mandolin but have sliced my fingers too many times, that I have given up on the damn thing because let’s face it no one wants to have bloody veggies! I figure this one takes that out of the equation at least!

I would be totally remiss if I forgot to mention that my little boy Magnus Magoo has started school! It has been very exciting but bittersweet at the same time. Where did those 5 years go!????


So, I hope you will forgive me for my absence and please keep checking in!  I will be better….

I will leave you with a quote from Anais Nin

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”




I think by now everyone knows I love Ilse Crawford’s design aesthetic(I have a pinterest board devoted to her work). Duddell’s in Hong Kong is one of her latest projects. Ilse is just genius at creating honest spaces that manage to do away with the usual austerity that clings to members only clubs. All of her commercial spaces exude a sort of inviting cosiness that one would find in more domestic spaces. I also love that her spaces have her signature but are all so unique, no cookie cutter design here folks!





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