Happy Monday

Welcome to another fabulous week. I have just had a marathon of a weekend with my young daughter at her Cheerleading comp down in Wellington. We left midday on Friday and got home late last night, and can I just say how immensely proud I am of Mia and her team who were amazing, and placed 2nd up against some much bigger clubs! It's a gorgeous day here in Hawke's Bay today, and even though I'd quite like to be relaxing here (see below), it's time to focus on work. So wishing you all a Happy Monday, and I'll be back tomorrow with lots of interior inspiration.


Quiet Seaside Cottage

Once a fisherman's cottage, this beautiful home in Denmark, north of Copenhagen, now belongs to a journalist, Helen, and her son Lauritz. Helen has used my favourite 'quiet' colour palette of white, grey, wood, and soft blue, which reflects their surroundings beautifully, to create a tranquil haven perfect for writing.

It's lovely to see a David Trubridge light looking stunning over the dining table. I love how the fire place is slightly off centre from the chimney (I like it when things aren't too perfect and symmetrical).

A gorgeous piece of rustic wood makes a fabulous shelf bracket. The home has a strong Asian influence which adds to the simple, zen quality it has.

Simple, honest materials are used throughout, and the bathroom is a perfect example of this, with it's concrete basin set on a rustic metal and wood vanity.

This tiny bedroom cleverly places drawers under the bed to save on room. Set up so high, it feels really cosy. Plenty of natural light, white walls, and very simple decorating makes it feel more spacious than it is.

Another bedroom makes great use of the awkward sloping walls by installing a very cool handmade wardrobe system. The wood wallpaper continues the earthy, natural theme.

via planete-deco via bolig magasinet

Such a beautiful, humble home. Do you have a favourite feature?

Canopy Camping Escapes

As a kid I did a lot of tramping with my family - and I'm talking five or six day tramps! My parents loved the outdoors, the nature, the exercise. I remember as a teenager complaining about how my friends were going on skiing trips, as I was packing my red and black bush shirt and my freeze dried food. But, in actual fact, we had some great times on those tramps. Beautiful scenery, playing yuca in the cabins at night, that cute boy, whose path we crossed, that took me eeling.

I still love the beauty and the adventure of being in the outdoors, but these days I prefer a few comforts - a soft bed and a glass of wine at the end of the day, rather than a skinny bedroll on the ground and some scroggin. And so do Liz Henderson and Sonia Minnaar, the founders of Canopy Camping Escapes. After a few too many of their own camping mishaps, the pair decided 'glamping' was the way forward.

Glamping, or glamorous camping, has become extremely popular worldwide. And why wouldn't it!?... all the upsides of camping, but with a luxury tent, comfy beds, hot water, and decent loos. And no extra equipment to purchase and lug around.

Liz and Sonia have created the most brilliant business and website. They have partnered with landowners all over New Zealand to bring you a selection of luxury campsites in the most beautiful locations. Each will offer you something different and unique. So whether you're a family, a group of mates, or a couple looking for a romantic escape, explore the different campsites available to find the one just right for you.

Don't let the cooler weather of Autumn and Winter put you off. Many of the sites are open year round and offer lovely wood burning stoves in your tent to keep you snug and warm. Enjoy the view in a hot bath in the evening and toast marshmallows over the fire. This is definitely stuff that memories are made of.

If you have a beautiful piece of private land that you think might make the perfect Canopy Campsite, get in touch with Liz and Sonia. People, both local and visitors from abroad, are looking to escape their busy lives, if just for a moment. They want that meaningful experience, but being time-poor they want something that's easy and convenient. Canopy Camping have developed their own NZ made luxury tent, with an optional wood burning stove. These are available to purchase, and they can recommend campsite products to suit a range of properties and budgets. Read more about it here.