Tis the season -The Tree

I've never been one for a traditional tree, over the years, I've played with, wood, corrugated iron, rocks, real ones, fake ones......anything goes. Thats the beauty of living in the southern hemisphere where, we a contradiction to traditional imagery anyway and free to use artistic license.

A few guidelines will get you a tree that will pop! Work with any theme that takes your fancy, give it your personality and style, tweak it to reflect your mood and surroundings . Traditional or contemporary, big or small, basics apply. Colour theming is most important, work with your interior, draw inspiration from a painting, furniture or surroundings, stick to 2 colours, with a third for highlights. Think form and balance when placing adornment, most trees form a triangle, reflect this and work with it on placement, start at the top and work down. Keep it simple and the 'less is more' rule applies. Availability and selection of inexpensive decorations are everywhere (most on sale already), or use non traditional bits and hit them with the spray can to keep your colour them. I love wooden clothes pegs to attach the cash gifts teenagers are so fond of!

Inspiration from Pinterest www.pinterest.com

Inspiration from Pinterest www.pinterest.com

Being time short in the middle of the re build, a trip to the warehouse and an hour of playing around, this years tree was done and dusted. This year I've gone for a black tree, with natural tones, felt stars, ceramic moose, and gorgeous laser cut pohutakawa flowers, this works perfectly within my space reflecting and working with the interior styling and essentially becoming part of it. Don't forget the base, no nasty buckets I found a grey felt box and added a couple of vintage kit bags to play 'Santa sacks'. Continue this under the tree with the wrapping paper and ribbon you use on the the gifts, I wrap larger to smaller boxes to form a grandstand for parcel placement, apply the triangle form when stacking parcels, large to small on top.

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Have fun with it, don't angst over it, with a few basic principles your tree will be be an interior styling addition to your living space. Make the theme flow to your table top dressing for Christmas day, using the same colours and feeling to crete a total look.                                                                                       * Kids........ if they want to help decorate, limiting their colour palette helps, or give them the own mini tree in their room. (my thinly veiled attempt to politely say leave the kids out of it).

*Pinterest has a million and one ideas, use it to make a board of your favourite looks.

 

 

Enjoy this mad lead up to the holidays.........remember to breathe!

The Muse x

Rocking my world....The gift for the person who has it all.

The Muse has found the perfect gift for the person in your life who is hard to buy for. The Bombay Bay Shirt company, custom designed shirts.

I've done a trial run on this for Mr Muse, and was I pleasantly delighted with the result.

This company gives you the chance to bring out your inner designer, every detail is bespoke and totally exclusive to you, from the collar shape, to the button detail.

So by way of review.... Fabric quality and selection....vast and perfect. Workmanship....can't fault it. Delivery....about 2 weeks, Price....NZ$120 ish.

Ohhh and it's monogramed! Head to the site and have a play, the possibilities are endless.

http://www.bombayshirts.com/

Have a great weekend.

The Muse x

Rocking my world this week.....29 September 2016

As you know I love books, especially coffee table books (refer my blog September 1st). Much to my excitement I added to my collection today at sale prices to boot! Craig Potton Gallery + Store have a beautiful collection of books, art and all things artfully ascetically pleasing. 

The subject matter of course was irresistible ......Muses for the Muse.

The subject matter of course was irresistible ......Muses for the Muse.

This weekend head down to the gallery to take the opportunity to begin or add to your collection. 

*Not all books are on sale but there is a huge selection on the Sale table with 40% off. 

 

QC - Jewels'

 

The very talented Claris White-Jones has added another arrow to her quiver.

The launch of QC - Jewels happens tonight in Nelson.

 

*Extract below taken from  'Global Coffee Report' earlier this year

Jones-White’s coffee career has taken her all over the world, and it was while working in Cape Town, South Africa last year that she met one of the world’s foremost diamond setters, Keith Edens.

“I love gems and jewellery,” Jones-White tells GCR Magazine. “For me it’s got the same feeling to it as coffee – it’s all from the ground up and it’s about the journey from origin, so I was just like ‘teach me everything!’”

This meeting with Edens, who also works on possibly the world’s most famous jewellery collection, the Crown Jewels, sparked off a collaboration that would see the worlds of coffee and bling collide.

“I had designed a coffee-inspired jewellery range years ago and I had the files just sitting on my laptop, so I showed it to him and he loved it,” she says.

Edens then introduced Jones-White to Cape Town goldsmith Panos Kominons and the three embarked on a 10-month process designing and refining what would become QC Jewels’ first collection.

The range includes four Process Puzzle Rings that showcase the evolution of coffee, from crop to cup. The rings are designed to be worn as a puzzle, with every ring made to be worn with one another and gently slot into place.

With designs that represent the different stages of the coffee process – from watering and flowering through to the cup – they are interchangeable making the coffee combos endless.

There is also a range of Sensory Stackers, solid band rings that are engraved with popular sensory attributes: salty, sweet, sour, and bitter. These jewels can also be worn as a two-way ring set, as on the opposite side from the text of each ring are hexagonal cut-outs that, when stacked together, reference the symbols for the chemical compound of caffeine.

Rounding out the collection are two sterling silver pendants featuring the coffee-related hashtags #makersgonnamake and #pouringitup.

I wish Claris, successes and enjoyment with the launch of this super clever, super stylish range. You will find the jewels @7010 your local.

Enjoy your weekend.

The Muse x

Boho Bedding

What a throw back......with a bonus of being able to unleash my inner hippy. 

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One of my favourite pure linen duvet covers had become sun faded with time.

 Lightbulb moment, I love the texture, feel and luxury of pure linen,so  lets give this old girl a new lease of life, absolutely nothing to lose, and I got to pull out my old tie dying skills from many moons ago. 

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  • What you will need - A pure cotton duvet cover - cable ties- Dylon dye (black or any colour you like but dark works best).

  • How to - Fold your cover into quarters, tie the middle with the 4 cable ties, and then one in each quarter (or more if you want).

  • Put it in the washing machine for a rinse and spin cycle, then remove. 

  • Mix your dye with boiling water and add salt.

  • Fill the washing machine with hot water and add the dye mix.

  • Add the duvet to the dye water and agitate fora few minutes, then leave for at least two hours.

  • if you have a dark coloured duvet, bleach it first.

  

There is no wrong way to tie dye, have fun with it experiment with layering colours by doing a second colour by repeating the process with the cable ties in different places.

I thought this was a perfect school holiday project for everyone, don't stop with bedding, clothing, table runners, be inspired and give a room in your house a new look. 

 

Enjoy the holidays, try some thing new.

The Muse x

The Coffee table book.........more than a book.

The coffee table book is so much more than a book, The MUSE adores them.

They are a source of inspiration, a keeper of memories, a conversation starter, a reference, an object of art. and for me a decor essential.

 They bring a room together, and give it personality. it indicates a level of sophistication of its owner, a fetish object which ideally turns the sophistication dial up to “high.”.

Memory keeper - A perfect example I purchased this beautiful book in Bounconvento, Italy, met the author/photographer, got the story behind the book, and now I have that forever.

Memory keeper - A perfect example I purchased this beautiful book in Bounconvento, Italy, met the author/photographer, got the story behind the book, and now I have that forever.

The books you have around you home gives an insight to who you are, stylistically - Intellectually - Emotionally - So be careful what you have at the top of the stack, it can say much about you.  Displaying coffee table books is, thus, essentially an invitation to people to judge you (In a good way).

This collection sums up THE MUSE just fine!

This collection sums up THE MUSE just fine!

To get the most out of your books, presentation matters, stacked in straight  lines, colour blocked, subject themed, craft, fashion, art, sports, interior, vintage collections. 

Sourcing books is fun, they are everywhere, online, at your local book store, what you can pay for the can vary hugely, I love finding them at the market or charity stores, most times I remove the cover, under the tatty dust jacket is often a fabulous linen with gold embossed print.

Be gone tatty cover and cluttered text.

Be gone tatty cover and cluttered text.

Open the books, they are to be seen, and changed around often, let them reflect your mood, or use them to change your mood.

So go ahead add to your collection, use them as your own unmistakable signature in your home. 

Collect the blues....but don't get them!

Collect the blues....but don't get them!

 

Enjoy your weekend, 

The Muse x

 

 

 

 

ROCKING MY WORLD THIS WEEK........September 2 2016

Quite simply NELSON is rocking my world. Fresh eyes or blinkers are off, either way I have snapped some fabulous things this week. Enjoy Nelson it's a wonderful place to be part of.

Have you seen this new sculpture?....just stunning, even on a grey day it shines.

Have you seen this new sculpture?....just stunning, even on a grey day it shines.

Matai river walkway....stunning.

Matai river walkway....stunning.

The marina in all it's glory.

The marina in all it's glory.

Tahunanui beach.....any day this is perfect.  pic credit to Mia x

Tahunanui beach.....any day this is perfect.  pic credit to Mia x

Heritage buildings and rhododendrons.....can't get any better. 

Heritage buildings and rhododendrons.....can't get any better. 

Waterfront wonder....you have seen this a million times, but every time it's different. 

Waterfront wonder....you have seen this a million times, but every time it's different. 

City in monochrome

City in monochrome

Look at things with fresh eyes, be in the moment and enjoy this fantastic part of the world.

The Muse x

 

The MUSE pimps her bike

I haven’t really ridden a bike since the helmet law came in, wearing a helmet just took away all the glamour!

God I love this seat!

God I love this seat!

But things have changed, bikes are making a come-back, well more the Muse’s style anyway. The choice of helmets is now outstanding, I can almost co-ordinate with my outfit, well at least my bike. I can finally kit my bike out in a reflection of my Muse-like individual style.

I bought my bike off TradeMe, it had great bones, but I’m a doer-upper kind of gal, so pimping it out was part of the appeal to me.

So off I went to Alton Street Cycles to help me pimp my ride. First of all my bootee has to be comfy so I chose a wonderfully comfortable sprung leather seat. Then I had to have white wall tyres and cute cork handle grips. Of course the most practical and essential for my shopping about town, a wire basket on the front.

What I love the most about my pimped bike is: that I can wear heals; its fast living in town; I don’t have to carry coins for the parking; I have a new accessory and of course I am now one of those cool people - all saving the planet like. Vivian Westwood rocks her bike look in her late 60's, if it's good enough this icon of fashion, it's a must do for the MUSE!

With spring around the corner, the days are growing longer, and temperatures are warming up. So why not dust off your wheels and start hitting the peddles. Make biking a glamorous thing like it is in Europe, join the urban cycling revolution.

See you out and about The muse x

*Most of my additions were from Alton St cycles…….really helpful people. www.facebook.com/altonstcycles

ROCKING MY WORLD THIS WEEK.....August 25th 2016

MISS FLOWER GIRL & WILDEN - Church St Nelson

WHAT A GRAND COLLABORATION OF ARTISTIC BEAUTIES.  GET YOURSELF THERE FOR A SENSORY INJECTION OF ALL THAT MAKES YOU FEEL WONDERFUL.

.........COFFEE.....FOOD....FLOWERS......PERFECT!  

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Nelson FARMERS MARKET

Every Wednesday at Morrision Square, not just great for picking up your fresh essentials. I love the innovative new products that pop up, this week the Muse was smitten with the South African style cured meats and sausage.......just divine.

TREE HUT - Wooden watch and sunnies

What a gift for the the man or women that has it all. Personalised engraving to boot! www.treehut.co Very cool, fast delivery, affordable.

the TRADE AID store

If you haven't been in for a while it's worth a re visit. From monochromatic cotton quilts, soft as soft hand made alpaca friends, to exquisite spices.

WEEKEND AWAY rejuvenate your mind body and soul.

The Muse and Mr Muse are off to Golden Bay for a Birthday shin dig, I intend to make the most of a couple of nights away - to see, do and look at things differently. Even though I have lived in Golden Bay and my family (pioneers) come from there, I am guilty of not exploring it fully or doing the same old thing each I visit…..not this time.

It’s only an hour and a half away, but the absence of familiarity and routine, and being open letting the weekend unfold, you never know what tweaks and changes can be invoked.

PACKING.....what and how much to pack?

Start with the bag, there are many to choose from, from the tube style bag, to the hard case carry on style, let your bag reflect your style.

Keep it simple, with a bit of planing, you can cover most situations. Winter packing doesn’t have to mean bulk.

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BASE LAYERS BLACK MERINO PANTS AND LONG SLEEVE TOP…..THESE FORM THE BASE OF EVERY OUTFIT.

TOPS A STRIPE OR COLOURED TEXTURED TOP.

BOTTOMS YOUR FAVOURITE PANT OF THE MOMENT, MINE IS EITHER BLACK OR BLUE DENIM OR THE WIDE LEG CULOTTE. 

L.B.D A TIMELESS AND A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, CAN TAKE YOU ANYWHERE.

LAYERS OVERSIZED LONG CARDIGAN OR SWEATER.

TOP LAYER, A MAN STYLE WOOLLEN COAT, LEATHER OR DENIM JACKET…WHATEVER IS YOUR FAVOURITE THIS SEASON.

SHOES…..TRY FOR 2 PAIRS……AT A PUSH 3 IS THE LIMIT! I WILL GO FOR A FUNKY FLAT CASUAL AND MY OVER THE KNEE FABULOUS BOOTS.

UNDERWEAR, THIS IS A CHANCE TO LEAVE YOU GRANNY KNICKERS BEHIND, BE COMFORTABLE BUT, POP IN THE SENSUAL INTIMATES THAT ARE NORMALLY LEFT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRAW! WHAT YOUR WEARING UNDERNEATH GIVES YOU A WEE SECRET THAT WILL BRING YOU A SMILE.

ACCESSORIES, FEDORA HAT OR FLOPPY BEANIE, SCARVES, A PASHMINA STYLE SIZE THAT CAN BE WORN AS A SHAWL OR TWISTED AS NECK CANDY, BELTS, ONE FOR JEANS, ONE LOW SLUNG FOR OVER MERINO. DON’T FORGET JEWELS TO FLASH UP YOUR LOOK, A LONG NECKLACE, BRACELETS AND STATEMENT RINGS.

PACKING CELLS, THE ONES YOU CAN BUY, OR THE FABULOUS COTTON BAGS OF ALL SIZES THAT OFTEN COME WITH PURCHASES, KEEP THEM, THEY ARE PERFECT FOR SEPARATING UNDERWEAR, TOPS, SHOES, ELECTRONICS, LAUNDRY…..WHATEVER.

To keep your clothes smelling fresh as a daisy when travelling, add in a scented soaps loose in your bag.

 

The extras

 

Candles, little scented candles, immediately bring ambience and calm to any space. Lighting a candle never seems to fail when it comes to boosting my mood.

Reading, get into the book that you haven’t had time for, self help, a gripping novel, or a how to guide…..now is your chance. Wi-fi is available everywhere but don’t do what you usually do with it (no work emails, face book ……they can all wait until you get home! Explore sites that are uplifting, or simply inspire you to move in a different direction.

Potions and Lotions, pack the massage oil, the face mask, detox teas, essential oils, all the things you don’t usually have time for. 

Toiletries invest in a great cosmetic bag, I like the 3 fold hang up style, and transfer your bulk into travel size containers.

Music take a wireless speaker, music can do funny things…..make you laugh, cry or dance like no one is watching…… Explore the huge range available out there, old favourites are great but, as they say ‘theres a big old world out there’!….explore it!

Accomodation

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The muse loves Air B and B, but look and re look at the pics and read the description carefully, ask questions of the host before booking.

Where ever you stay from a tent, to top end ….make the most of it, and if it’s the former, take a few luxuries from home, flag the sleeping bag, take the duvets!

Out and about

Explore wherever your weekend takes you, cafes, walks, beaches, etc, but don’t race to cover it all, rushing to relax….now is not the time! Be content to just be.

Regardless of what activity you choose to do, can access, afford or enjoy – it’s the acknowledgement, effort and time put into doing something enjoyable that is key.

 

 

 

Take time to smell the roses every now and then, make the most of your short break – it gives you the chance to clear your mind, find balance, and enjoy this beautiful life we way too often take for granted! This might be the weekend your et the lustre back in your life !

 

Enjoy

The Muse x

Rocking my world this week......August 17 2016

Many things rock The Muses world on a daily basis, anything from, food, fashion, interior design....the moon! ......anything. This week happens to be..........

 

 

GOODBYE OUCH

First up is - a simple pop in your bag go to, what a sublime find (at the the supermarket check out no less), the size, the smell, the packaging (refreshingly not plastic!), the smell, and the versatility - whats not to like? .....Oh and it's under $10. 

 

 

LITTLE ISLAND -coconut creamery

Not perfectly paleo only (slightly off paleo piste) but when the MUSE wants a store brought treat this is my new go to, flavour, texture, then add espresso and the you have Affogato  - to the MUSE perfection.

HOT POTS

Large statement pots......on special! @ Mitre 10 mega Nelson. These are divine in their own right, mine will become the citrus farm in the new courtyard. As a water feature, planted out, in the centre of a space or as a pair at the often over looked front of your home - make it pop! 

   

 

 

THE 2 BUCK BASKET

This was a great wee find (the small things excite me), A slightly mould stained wicker basket, a whiz with the trusty white spray can. Now it's my go to vessel for my vast scarf collection.

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OFF WINTER FLOWERS

You never know what you'll find - Japonica - an sculptural art piece! And it never ceases to amaze me how long the tulips from Fresh Choice Nelson are lasting (even with the heat pumps blasting), their evolving beauty delights any room. 

 

URBAN HOT SMOKED PORK

I'm loving popping into Urban, now we are town dwellers again, and last night what a treat seeing the pork skin being hot smoked in the gorgeous oak wine barrel - a work of art in itself.