Thursday, 16 February 2012

Citta Design

I think one of the best things about moving to a new place (or returning after you've been away for a while) is discovering new independent shops and companies that have emerged. New Zealand has always made it pretty easy for people to set up small businesses, compared to Germany. That results in a great range of independent shops and businesses with unique products - particularly in fashion and interiors.

I have recently discovered Citta Design, a home ware and accessories design house based in Auckland, New Zealand. Each new collection takes its inspiration from far away places and allows us to bring some of the flair, textures and colors of those particular destinations into our home.

Their current collection has a South American Influence. I really like the fresh color palette that will bring a hint of exotic vibrancy to any home - Viva Cuba!

Above is a selection of my favorite products in their range, don't they give you an instant summery feel? 
For their full range and list of retailers you can go here or visit their blog for great inspiration and updates.


(images: Citta Design)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Weekend Escape

Happy Monday to you! I feel energized and happy after a wonderful weekend away for the first time since moving. We escaped to a small bay two hours north of Christchurch. It's the perfect spot to unwind, with no phone or internet to distract. In fact the boys had so much fun they managed to go for an entire weekend without begging for an iPhone once :-)

The little holiday home is a typical kiwi bach, very basic with a wonderful beach-y feel. The decoration there inspired me to add a little coastal feel to my own home. 

We ate fresh salmon and enjoyed a nice bottle of local wine - it doesn't get much better than this...

I am thinking of everyone struggling through the cold temperatures in Europe. I hope these images give you a little summer feeling.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Last night I went for a walk down to the beach and had some time to let my thoughts drift. 
I am often asked what life is like being back here in New Zealand. I don't think my happiness has ever been directly tied to one place or another. Life is busy and most of the time we go about our day to day business and we don't consider our surroundings too much. Then you get those moment when you feel a deep connection to a place - and for a short time your life is perfect and beautiful because of where you are right at that moment. I love the ocean and living so close to it fills me with happiness.   

I don't think I will ever get used to this view from our new home - it feels like a reward for the heartache of not having my family and close friends nearby. Obviously it also helps in luring people in to coming to stay with us - that's if they don't mind the occasional jolt. New Zealand was always known for it's adrenaline sports - now you just have to sit around and wait for a decent earthquake to get your heart rate up :-)


Saturday, 4 February 2012

The missing piece

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It is a public holiday here in New Zealand on Monday so we get to enjoy a long weekend. Unfortunately the weather isn't quite playing the part but that means more time inside to work on making this place homely.

I left Germany with a little regret that I never ended up purchasing an older style piece of furniture. I had been looking to take something back here, knowing that what we in Germany refer to as "Gründerzeit" pieces are hard to come by. In the end I ran out of time and just didn't find anything for the right price.

Luck was un my side when I spotted this lovely piece on a local auction website. It was brought back from Switzerland by it's last owners 10 years ago and I managed to get it at a very good price. I am so pleased about it and it puts a smile on my face every time I walk past. It gives me a feeling of home and is a great addition to our mostly new furniture. I know what you'll be thinking: is she going to paint it white? I will not it's perfect just the way it is :-) 

This lamp below is also a new addition to our home. I purchased it on an auction as it reminded me of TineK's lamps - which I love. I sprayed the base white and added a simple white shade. 

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post. It's nice to have people from home reading this blog too. Maybe I need to think about making this a bi-lingual blog? 


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Summer Fruit Tart

Today I want to share a recipe that is super quick if you ever get stuck needing to whip up something at the last minute. I am not a great baker and on a number of occasions had to resort to this as a back-up because the baking I had planned to serve to guests turned out either burnt or undercooked :-)

Tomorrow I will show you a few new things around here that I am really excited about.

(images: by me)

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