Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Front Door, Porch and Garage Door

The smallest changes make all the difference we're discovering. Thanks to the fantastic Adrian Parton Painters, we now have a more elegant front door, porch and garage door. The colours we went for were Karen Walker for Resene Fuscous Grey and Resene Black (Gloss).

The front door was white (like the interior and exterior of the house!). We wanted to break things up so went with a bold black. This has really brought out the leadlights. Next project is to remove all of the door hardware and polish it up (or replace where necessary) with shiny brass fixtures so it really pops against the black.

The porch and garage door were painted a depressing, dated blue-grey (like a shark). I wanted a warmer grey. After many test pots (see below!) we settled on a Karen Walker for Resene grey which we think brings back some elegance to the space and looks more modern. Very pleased, and we can't wait to get stuck into the front gardens and gates to tidy them up so our whole frontage looks amazing!

Here is what the porch and front door looked like before:

And here is what a lick of paint can do!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016


I've been following this interesting company for a couple of years. In the past six months Everlane has had some major growth. They pride themselves on direct-to-consumer retail, cutting out much of the middle-man noise, the result being a high-quality product at an amazing price. They also take ethics around materials-sourcing, production and administration very seriously. And all of the staff seem to be around 12 years old (or am I just getting old?).

Everlane started by selling a basic range of cotton tshirts, silk shirts and wool jumpers. They've since branched out into cashmere, shoes, coats and accessories. I haven't seen any of the product in the flesh, but if their marketing is anything to go by, this stuff looks like a winner.

And yes, they do ship to New Zealand.





Monday, 10 October 2016

Side Path Landscaping Finished

We had some respite from weeks of rain on Saturday so the whole day was spent in the garden. We picked up three bay trees, planted them in plain grey pots and placed them in the middle of the path. We might get two more yet, but for now it seems to be enough. I also tried my hand at staining wood and really enjoyed it. In the far distance of this photo you can see a black plank of wood. There is one at the other end of the path too. I stained them both and they look great! Very proud of my first-ever DIY!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Trenery's New Loungewear Range

My loungewear and sleepwear are some of the most important items in my wardrobe. So naturally, I'm excited about Trenery's new sleepwear and loungewear ranges!

Organic Cotton Long Sleeved T-Shirt

Striped Organic Cotton Jersey Tank

Organic Cotton Short

Striped Organic Cotton Nightie

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Been a long time since I played with clothes. Trying on some of my new treasures from overseas, a few weekends ago...

Madewell Shirt | Madewell Jeans

Thursday, 29 September 2016


I have just discovered Grana clothing, via the wonderful Badlands blog. The company focuses on certain fabrics like linen, denim, cashmere and silk, as well as classic styles like tees, tanks and jeans. All for a reasonable price and with free delivery to New Zealand for orders over NZD $100. I'm thinking about ordering this shirt and these jeans.

Get 10% off your order by entering the code TALISAxGRANA at checkout.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Exterior Lights and Side-of-House Befores and Afters

One week into our transformation project and what progress!

We engaged the services of Kerry Duffy, owner of Icare Gardens to transform one side of the house. The change is incredible. Kerry does garden maintenance and light landscaping and she came through once again for us. The side of our house was a mess of very old discoloured 'white' stone chip straight out of the 1980s, a bag of sand left over from the previous owners (and kindly left for us when we arrived) and a whole bunch of weeds. This is a utility area. Both of our heatpump units are stored there as well as our water heater. But it's the space that links the front and back gardens so we thought, why not start our garden overhaul there.

Kerry (and staff member Kylie) spent two days uplifting all of the old stone chip, levelling the space and placing weed mat and sand. They then placed small grey river stones and grey pavers. The effect is functional but attractive. Exactly what we were aiming for. Soon we will put three large grey pots in the middle of the space along the fence line and plant bay trees as a finishing touch. We'll also stain the boards that border the front and end of the space black to match the fence. Here are the before, during and after photos:

The always-fantastic Pat from Hall Electrical came to remove the ugly, ultra-bright spotlights from three sides of the house and replaced them with elegant cylinder lights. Here are the before and after shots: