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1x Resene paint colour (you’ll need to measure your space for the exact amount of paint needed but the Resene team are super helpful if you have any questions!)
1x Damp Cloth
WEATHERWISE Not a hot day, and definitely not a windy day. If it’s too hot, the paint dries before you can finish a section and can result in ‘banding’, and if it’s windy then dirt and particles will stick to your beautiful finish.
STARTING THE JOB Where to start? It seems like a big job, right? Well, the sooner you start the sooner you’ll be finished. (Sorry it’s such a dad thing to say - but it’s true!)
HOT TIP: Buying more expensive brushes (like the ones we were kindly gifted from Resene) is worth the extra dollar because there’s a much lower chance of bristles falling out and onto your freshly painted surface.
BELOW: Renee from Resene in Kilbirnie kindly labelled each product for us so we didn't confused - the additional products we luckily didn't need (yet!) are optional additives to slow the paint drying (if it's a very hot day).
HOW TO PRIME YOUR HOUSE
If your house was recently stripped, you need to ensure there’s a smooth enough finish for the paint to glide on top of. To do this, set up your drop cloths, grab your electric sander, and sand every surface it can move across on, evenly. Ensure - by feeling across the boards - that there are no paint flakes or rough patches as this will show through the final paint coat and you will REGRET IT! Haha.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SANDING Once you have sanded all the faces of the weatherboards (or if you don’t have weatherboards just ignore this part) then grab your 180 sandpaper (the higher the number the finer the grit FYI hons) and ensure to go UNDER every weatherboard as well as on top to ensure a smooth finish.
If you don’t go underneath the weatherboards properly - because in some areas it IS really difficult to strip and sand completely, the paint will ‘pool’ and drip down from any residual paint flakes - for example around our hose pipe outside it was hard to strip and sand and we had to monitor the constant dripping - #DripAnxiety is a thing!
CLEANING MATTERS To ensure seamless paint coverage, remove all dirt, sanding dust and buildup form the exterior by wiping down the house with a damp sponge. Ensure this dries. Grab your primer (we went to Resene in Kilbirnie and I can’t say enough HOW AMAZING Renee - the paint shop assistant was! She helped us with absolutely everything and answered every question professionally, she made us feel like every question was okay to ask - which was awesome because as a newbie I’m sure I asked a lot of silly ones!) And mix it before starting. Ensure you mask around the windows using the masking tape (allowing room for painting 1-2mm on the window to ensure it sticks).
HOW TO USE A PAINTBRUSH When we started, I wanted to use a foam roller. However, Adam and his parents both said a brush will be easier and give you the same finish. I disagreed until Renee from Resene had the same feedback, and I then gave in to the brush.
When painting the primer on, we went one weatherboard at a time (moving fully across the house working from the top down) to avoid banding and dripping on pre-painted areas. To get an even finish; paint gently and start with thin coats - still covering the surface. Ensure as you go along the weatherboards, that you aren’t missing the underside of the boards. All exposed wood must be painted with primer. Don’t worry too much if your coat of primer has visible brush strokes - consider this your practice round.
HOT TIP: Ensure you leave your windows fully OPEN whilst any coat is drying.
HOT TIP: Remove any masking tape before allowing the primer to dry, otherwise the tape can pull off chunks at a time - we experienced this when painting the front door! We also used a retractable knife to cut the tape and ensure clean edges - top and bottom. I also found that using the angled brush around detail areas, such as windows, gave a better finish and using the wider brush helped provide a seamless finish on the weatherboard faces - although BE WARNED: the bigger the brush, the heavier it is.
SEALING Once the primer has dried, walk around the exterior and take note of any and all; chips, cracks, uneven edging, etc. Fill these imperfections with Caulk/Sealant/Contract Filler. Check the instructions on each product to see which is best for which surface level you are filling, also - some of them have certain dry times before/after painting/priming so double check these before you start! Use your sealant and wipe off any excess product from surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth.
HOT TIP: I found it helpful to use the damp cloth to shape any edges, such as corners of weatherboards that were damaged or broken. We also filled our front door step, which had been chewed up courtesy of Boki, and also some of the underside weatherboards where the top and bottom section met - basically ALL GAPS MUST GO! The reason for this is because after you’re done painting (especially if you’re doing a lighter colour) it looks like a very dark shadow and will annoy you. Every. Time. You. See it.
POST-PRIMING Now guess what’s after priming? Sanding! Again, you say? Yes, I know - it’s tedious. BEEN THERE HON! Just remember how much you’re saving and what you’ll spend it on instead. Grab your 220 grit sandpaper, and lightly go over the primer to ensure it’s completely smooth, this also creates a texture that helps the paint adhere. Sand all of the sealant to ensure it looks seamless.
Wait until your primer has completely dried - follow the instructions. Re-sponge and wipe down all surfaces to ensure they’re clean before painting.
PAINTING THE HOUSE Re-mask your windows with masking tape. Now it’s the fun part! If I were you, I would paint one weatherboard with your chosen colour of paint, and let it dry.
HOT TIP: When choosing paint for exterior, keep in mind the glossier the paint the easier to clean - but the more errors that show. And visa versa for a matte finish. We went with semi-gloss because Boki is forever shaking her dirty little booty in front of the house covering it in filth (not for long because we have a deck to build woohoo!) but we were also concerned we may not stack up to professional painters - I think you'd be fine either way.
Ideally one entire weatherboard to avoid banding. Why? Because we painted our entire house, two coats of paint and all - and the colour was too light. It was so light that it looked like we still had primer on, because direct sunlight is blue which reflected onto the house. We went back to Resene and their super helpful staff helped us mix our original colour Athens Grey into a triple Athens Grey, which was almost the right amount of contrast for what we had in mind, they then very kindly mixed us a CUSTOM colour (they said it resembled a quad Athens Grey) because we needed it ever so slightly darker again - the team down at Kilbirnie Resene were awesome at helping us! Our window trim was Alabaster (white) and our front door is Nero, which is a matte black.
I hope this inspired some of you reading to paint your homes yourself - any questions please hit me up! :)
Also a massive thank you to Resene who generously supplied us with paint and accessories. Stay tuned for the next blog to come - we have a lot to do, including building and staining a deck! See pics below for our thoughts moving forward - I'm gunning for the black look whilst Adam is going towards light - what do you think?
1x Pair of fabric gloves - plastic gloves will melt to your skin if they come in contact with a heat gun!
1x Heat gun
1x Long Handle 150mm Scraper
1x Linbide 180mm General Scraper
2x Drop cloths
1x Dust Mask
Protective eyewear or your own normal glasses
1x disposable coveralls
No rain due to extension cables
When we bought our home, we knew eventually we’d repaint the exterior. We had reputable painters come and examine the exterior to give us quotes.
Costs to strip our 45ms2 one storey, square home and repaint the exterior inclusive of all equipment:
We decided (after talking to Adams parents who both have amazing renovation knowledge) we would attempt to strip and paint the house ourselves over our summer break and potentially save $20,000 which we would then use to renovate the bathroom/kitchen or - maybe we’d even treat ourselves and go on a holiday! …Although more realistically, we would save that money for a second property, why? Because as much #FOMO as we got watching our peers go on holiday and party at festivals - we’re very aware of how hard it currently is, and how much harder it will become to own land and property.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Typically, the property market goes up 10% every year on average, salaries go up by 1%. In 2015, house prices were up 24% in that year alone according to QV House Price Index. But hey - if you’re reading this blog you probably already have your own home - CONGRATULATIONS - and if you aren’t yet a homeowner, I’ll follow-up this blog with reasons as to why you should start thinking about it and why we got on the ladder in such a hurry.
Right, back to stripping. We collected up all the gear we needed before we could begin, primarily from Resene and what they didn’t have we found at our local Bunnings. At first, I was very against using a heat gun to strip the house because I thought, “Surely there’s an easier way” - the paint on our house was already flaking off and I thought even water-blasting would probably take it right off - haha how wrong I was.
Whilst we were at our local Resene Colour shop in Kilbirnie, Renee (Paint shop assistant manager who I can’t recommend ENOUGH!!) Said although using a heat gun was the most preferred option, we could always try “Coating Remover” which is an environmentally friendly chemical based paint stripper. I had high hopes.
All we had to do was paint the Chemical Stripper on, wait the allocated time and then scrape it off - let me tell you now it’s not worth investigating this route. The stripper worked okay on the first layer of paint, but because our house probably wasn’t ever stripped in its lifetime, there were simply too many layers of paint for the product to get down through and work at full capacity. Back to the drawing board.
Photo above: Windows after using Chemical Stripper - worked best on metal but not the paint.
We couldn’t fully sand the house because there too many layers of paint and this would bog up the sander - plus because we have an older home (1960’s build) some of the paint was lead-based, meaning that if we had been able to sand the paint off we would still be breathing in unnecessary amounts of lead.
Heat gun it was! And you know what? It wasn’t even as bad as I thought it would be. If you’ve used a hairdryer before, it’s very similar. Granted, we did it during the middle of summer which wasn’t ideal due to the heat, so every morning we got up around 5am ready to start stripping by 6:30am before the 30degree heat got us.
HOW TO STRIP YOUR HOUSE USING A HEATGUN:
First things first, set up your drop cloths. I recommend fabric over plastic because as you get lower down, if the heat gun touches the plastic it just melts right off the bat AND if you’re in an even slightly windy city (sadly wellington’s the windiest in the world) the plastic lifts. If you do decide to use plastic because they’re cheaper, I would use masking tape and tape the plastic down as well as use weights to keep it from blowing everywhere. We used the Resene fabric drop cloths and they worked a charm!
SAFETY WHEN STRIPPING A HOUSE:
Ensure you’re wearing a dust mask, coveralls, protective eyewear and gloves. The paint is VERY hot when it falls off and can even melt your coveralls, as well as being sharp and itchy if you end up sitting down to scrape lower sections - you’ll be grateful for the coveralls TRUST ME! If there is more than one of you scraping the same wall, wear a hat and cover your body as much as you can to avoid any burns from falling paint.
Using a heat gun on the highest setting, you hold the heat gun in your left hand (if you’re a righty) about 1-2 inches away from the paint, facing AWAY from your other hand which will be using the 150mm wide scraper, move the heat gun in small circular motions until you see the paint start to bubble. Do not hold the heat gun still in one place for too long or you will risk burning the paint and wood underneath. Then, using your scraping-hand, you scrape the paint off where it has bubbled and simultaneously move your heat gun down the line - onto the next part of the paint that you’ll be stripping.
HOT TIP (haha): The reason I recommend using your dominant hand to scrape is because if you use your less-coordinated hand, there’s a higher chance of a cross-over motion and burning yourself by letting the heat gun touch your hand - Adam and I have matching scars from this mistake.
This technique is what you’ll need to use for your entire weatherboard face. For the underside of the weatherboard we used the small Linbide 180mm Scraper and literally just PULLED the paint off in a massive sweeping motion. This worked quite well due to the fact that the surrounding weatherboard faces had been removed, so the paint was already compromised at the top and bottom.
When stripping near windows, be careful not to have the heat gun too close to the glass or it can easily crack from the heat. If you’re stripping areas higher up ensure you follow correct safety protocol when using ladders and scaffolding.
THE TIME IT TAKES TO STRIP A HOUSE:
So far we’ve only stripped two sides of the house, including the porch and alcove area - remembering our house is only 45ms2.
We spent 5 days stripping the house just Adam and I, averaging about 4 hours per day
= 40 hours for one person.
Then we flew up and old amigo of mine, Jordan who I ADORE and love so much - who graciously accepted us paying for his flights in exchange for manual labour (which I FULLY recommend doing!) and with the three of us stripping we spent two days, averaging on about 5 hours with the three of us working and got the job DONE!
Total time: 7 hours
= 21 per person
So in summary, if one person had stripped half of our home, it would be about 60 hours of labour. But if you can wrangle two friends, you cut that down to 20 hours each, which could mean finishing in one working week if you worked on your home for half a day, five days in a row. It can be done. You might be idealistic thinking you can strip 10 hours a day - but be warned, the heat gets to you after a while and pretty soon your back, arms, legs - everything eventually cramps up, so I’d recommend planning on only a few hours each day so that you don’t have a mental breakdown.
I hope this inspired some of you reading to try doing more renovations yourself, it always seems harder than it actually is and the biggest factor involved is usually just time.
VLOG // Chillsculpting (cool sculpting) at Caci Clinic!
VLOG // Chillsculpting (coolsculpting) at Caci Clinic NZ - YouTube
Hi my honey's! Welcome to my channel! I wanted to vlog my experience of Chillsculpting (also known as coolsculpting) at Caci Clinic in Johnsonville because I've had a lot of questions about the procedure and how it works. I had the treatment done last year (2017) and knew that my personal results were positive so I felt comfortable sharing my experience and recommendation with you all from this year. I don't think anyone should ever feel pressured to have treatment like this done, however for me personally I wanted it done as a body contouring tool as it's not an option for weight loss. My beautiful friend Larissa @theleostyle is my lovely commentator and it was amazing having her support through the treatments :)
You can find out more about Caci and what they offer here: www.caci.co.nz
A lot of people have asked and questioned our training methods with Boki and how to train a Samoyed, concerned that we are too physical and too harsh on her because we aren't using 'positive only reinforcement'. Now, that's definitely not true as you can see from this video! If you know me at all, you'll know I'm the biggest sucker for animal rights and animal safety and would never EVER cause harm or hurt ANY animal - especially my own baby!
Samoyeds are notoriously tricky to train which is why we've invested our time in James Nepia from Kuri Companion, an amazing trainer.
This is one of the sessions we've had with him, just to show everyone what we're doing, how James operates and how we are learning to teach Boki what's okay and what isn't.
If you have any feedback I'd love to hear it, and if you want to see more videos like this (if you have your own puppy to train or are just interested in Boki) comment below and leave a thumbs up :)
The Skin Edit: Everything you need to know about Collagen Induction Therapy
One month after one session of CIT and Skin Coach treatment
WHAT IS IT?
Collagen Induction Therapy - it sounds a bit full-on doesn’t it? Well trust me, it’s painless, relatively inexpensive, and results are visible after 2-4 treatments.
CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy), also known as Dermal Needling, or Micro Needling induces your body’s own collagen stimulation by damaging the skin in a controlled environment. CIT is a non-invasive procedure which balances out the contours/colouring in your skin and typically aims to treat one of the following; wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, pigmentation, enlarged pores, sun damage etc.
Your skin has 7 layers to it, if your concerns are lines and wrinkles, you’ll need 3-4 treatments to see a difference because they are formed deeper down in the dermis of the skin and are more permanent, whereas acne and pigmentation are shallow and sit at the top layers of the skin so are easier to penetrate, results being seen after only 1-2 treatments (usually).
Regardless of your concern, after the first treatment there’s an immediate improvement in skin health; your skin looks plump, fresh and overall just healthier.
Depending on your concern, your clinician will decide the correct needle length, ageing and wrinkles have longer needles, 1-1.5mm and more shallow issues (acne and pigmentation) require only 0.25-0.5mm.
USING SKINCARE PRODUCT + DERMAPEN
If you put product onto the skin during this process, the results are amplified.
Why? Okay, think of your skin like a sieve. When you apply skincare, some gets through your skin's barrier - but never on a cellular level. A Dermapen on the other hand, creates tiny microchannels in your skin allowing skincare product to get right into the cells themselves, meaning you get faster, quicker, and better results because FINALLY the product goes where it needs to be.
MY EXPERIENCE + WHAT HAPPENS
My first experience with CIT was at Body & Soul Clinic in Johnsonville. The lovely Mel (who’s been in the industry over 20 years) cleansed my face and put a red, LED light mask on me. Your clinician chooses from three colours; red to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin, green for pigmentation or blue for acne.
*This is simply an add-on to the CIT to enhance the treatment results - not all clinics offer this.
Okay moving on - SO your clinician - in my case the beautiful Mel from Body and Soul Clinic - used a Dermapen with tiny 1mm needles that quickly and efficiently puncture the skin (they move up and down inside the pen) to induce your body's own natural process of growth and repair. When your skin is ‘traumatised’ (I’m using that word very lightly here) a natural healing process is activated stimulating your own collagen production.
BEFORE COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY
Mel used a Dermapen product on my skin containing hyaluronic acid to plump the skin, and retinol (vitamin A) which assists with anti-ageing. The areas Mel is targeting for me are under the eyes, my marionette lines (smile lines, lines around the mouth) and the rest of my face in general.
Firstly, she put on an anaesthetic cream to remove any and all discomfort. Then with the microneedle, she very quickly moves around your face, slowing down and easing up on pressure around the eyes and sensitive areas (similiar to how you might blend foundation with a brush). I’ve had my fair share of treatments and this was easily tolerable. For me, she changed the needle halfway through to a shorter one to work under my eyes and on my eyelids - because the skin is 40% thinner in those areas. Once that was done she finished up with a calming mask (everyone’s end mask would be different depending on their reaction and concerns) to close up the ‘holes’ that were made. To finish, because the needling is SUCH a big exfoliator and sloughs off all dead skin cells, she protects the new skin by using a gentle sunscreen with moisturiser.
My face was blotchy, red and I left looking like I’d seen maybe 20 minutes too much sun in the weekend, my face felt a little bit warm to touch but that was gone the following day, roughly 24-48 hours later and my skin has NEVER been so soft! When I applied makeup the next day it sat flawlessly on my skin - like FLAWLESSLY.
My personal experience with CIT has so far been amazing! I by no means have great skin, and in fact I’m one of those awful people who, by the time Friday rolls around, might just fall asleep on the couch with a full face of makeup on. Unideal to say the least. However, I do swear by an Oil Cleanser and use one every night (or morning depending on the day of the week) and ensure to remove all makeup and product off my skin. I’m currently trying REALLY hard to use a moisturiser every night, and trying even HARDER (as of this week) to use an eye cream because boy, these bags are bad.
Currently, I use my Oil Cleanser, Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair along with their newest Eye Cream.
Following my first CIT, Mel recommended I try their Skin Coach programme - also known as a Non-Injectable Facial Filler. This adds hyaluronic acid into the skin as we lose it naturally with age. The photo below is when I returned for a follow-up appointment two weeks following (after one CIT treatment and one Skin Coach treatment) - granted the photo is on a slightly different angle however the results were still noticeable and SUPER impressive if you ask me. PS please ignore the very patchy fake tan on my neck - LOL.
AFTER ONE COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY AND SKIN COACH TREATMENT
If you’re interested in CIT or improving your skin health, Mel from Body and Soul has been kind enough to offer free consultations, and a discounted treatment price for Collagen Induction Therapy, from $162 down to $99. My advice? Go in for a free non-obligatory consult - and if you’re happy, take the deal hon!
VLOG // Benefit Cosmetics NZ x Bambi Boutique Event!
Benefit Cosmetics NZ x Bambi Boutique Event! - YouTube
Hi my honey's! Welcome to my channel! Here's a quick snappy vlog of my trip to Auckland with my babe Sarah and her cute rescue puppy Sachii! Check out their watch company Sachii Watches who donate $10 from every purchase to the Soi Dog foundation.
See the Benefit Cosmetics NZ x Bambi Boutique Event launching Benefit's new 3D Browtones.
As women, we know the struggle of sacrificing that extra half hour's sleep in favour of putting our face on all too well. While the snooze button beckons, so does the allure of looking well-presented and putting our best face forward for the day ahead.
It seems you can now have both - beauty sleep and a beautiful visage. I've pulled together our top six beauty hacks to ensure you get in enough shut eye, and get out the door in 10 minutes or less.
1. Eyelash extensions Time Saved: 4-10 minutes Think about the time it takes you to makeover your eyes; curling your eyelashes, applying mascara, winging your eyeliner, daubing on eye shadow - you get the point. And we all know that rushing a winged eyeliner can only spell disaster. Lash extensions are extremely low-maintenance once applied after a 60-minute session, and they also make your eyes appear more defined.
2. Eyebrow microblading Time Saved: 7 minutes If you consider yourself a beauty aficionado, you'll know that having dark, thick natural brows is so on fleek. If you have thin or unruly brows, there's a chance your morning routine will include some form of grooming, shaping, and filling them in, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Microblading is a great way to achieve natural looking, hair-like tattoos to restore your brows to their former glory. A mini blade is used to insert pigment into the skin creating the illusion of fine natural hairs.
3. Spray tan Time saved: 5 minutes No time to contour or apply a full face of makeup? Use fake tan instead, and you can achieve a healthy glow that will last roughly 1-2 weeks. Apply the tanning product all over your body (remembering to moisturise the dry areas first) then after two minutes of drying time, apply slightly more with a beauty blender where you'd normally contour your face - think cheekbones, forehead and under your chin. Apply moisturiser to your face after another five minutes of drying time or until it's only slightly tacky, and in the morning (after your shower) you'll be good to glow!
4. Gel, SNS or press-on nails Time saved: 45 minutes Chips are only ever okay if they come in a bag and are heavily salted. You know the story, you paint your nails and don't do anything for hours, run them under cold water, blow dry them and the next day they're either smudged or chipped. Gel and SNS nail polish lasts up to a month without chipping or peeling and can save you hours in the long run. When applied once and applied right they're a huge time saver.
5. Laser hair removal Time saved: 20 minutes In the time it takes to shave your legs, under your arms and wherever else its needed, you could fit in at least another 20-minutes of shut eye. Choosing your outfit for the day only to realise your legs resemble a yeti's, induces the kind of panic that leads to shaving cuts and missed patches of hair. Laser hair removal is an easy way to avoid all of this: imagine never having to worry about shaving ever again. The procedure is relatively painless, it just feels like a rubber band snapping on your skin and lasts about 10-15 minutes every six weeks for 8-15 sessions. If you have blonde/light hair you may not be a contender, but getting a consult is free and painless!
6. Tattoo makeup Time saved: 15 minutes If you're not one to leave the house without a pinch of makeup, then permanent makeup solutions could be a good option for you. Semi-permanent eyeliner is great because you can either allow it to fade for a subtle look, or get your eyelashes tinted and allow the pigment to darken the lines again. Imagine only having to ever apply the wing of your eyeliner, not the whole distance from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner. Lip liner can be slightly trickier in terms of achieving the right colour. It's advised to choose a shade slightly darker than your natural lip colour, tattooed lightly around the edges of your mouth. The natural pigment of your lips lightens from the middle of your mouth outwards, and the tattooed liner creates a more definitive line between skin and lips, eliminating the need for lipstick or pencil.
Hi my honey's! I've had a lot of FAQ's on braces, why I personally decided to get them, what are issues with braces, why choose braces over Invisalign, braces for adults, how they take your braces off and a few bits here and there of my personal experience :) PLUS I GET THEM OFF!!
Since showcasing bits and pieces of our half-completed, yet newly renovated home, I’ve been asked what our bedroom looks like. Now, firstly I just want to say; the house, the bedroom - it all looked A LOT CUTER, PB (pre-Boki). Since then we’ve scaled right back on the fluffy cushions, the thick knotted blankets, the cute throws, and if I’m honest, our cowhide rug (and carpet in general) has seen better days.
I’m one of those people who absolutely lives for the minute they get home. I get changed, and eventually; get into bed. As long as I can remember, my bedroom has always been a sanctuary. I used to have the perfect nighttime routine down pat; get into bed around 8pm, light some scented candles, then read a book until I fell asleep. I might’ve even played some rain noise if it’d been a long day. Why? Because I’m a millennial.
These days, and especially with Boki around, our schedule is more like this: from 8pm we watch Blacklist on Netflix, RuPaul’s Drag Race if it’s a Friday. We put her to bed once she’s fallen asleep in the lounge (and we know she’ll stay asleep!) around 10:30pm, then we hit the sack. Not only does this mean we get less sleep to start with, but we’re up throughout the night just listening to her claws accidentally scratch the door. Or - worst case scenario - one of us has to do the unthinkable: get out of bed at 4am to take her outside for an early morning ‘go-time’.
Adam and I decided we needed to devote more time and energy towards making our bedroom a ‘sanctuary’ again, a space we enjoy retreating to at the end of the day, where Boki will also enjoy spending time with us. This meant clearing everything off the floor, ensuring only non-edible sized decor was left on the bedside tables, and a new, pee-free mattress.
Aside from the fact our original mattress was permanently fragranced eau de toilette a la Boki, we decided we needed specifically a Koala mattress. I can hear your thoughts already. Why support an Australian brand over a Kiwi brand? First of all, let me start with the Koala vs. Kiwi.
In Australia, for every mattress bought, Koala adopts a real life Koala through WWF (World Wildlife Fund). In New Zealand, they adopt a real life Kiwi with every purchase, through WWF. The adoption helps fund rescue operations and treatment for sick or injured Kiwis. If that’s not supporting and respecting us New Zealanders, I’m not sure what is! You guys know I’m a sucker for animal rights, so for me this really felt like the right choice. If I can buy something and subsequently save an animal, you can bet your bottom dollar I AM ONBOARD SAILOR! Plus - they offer 120 Day money back guarantee. You really aren’t even taking a risk with this one.
I’m the kind of person who reviews and reads everything before buying; research soothes me. There was an overwhelmingly high percentage of five star reviews, actually making it the highest reviewed mattress in New Zealand. The Zero Partner Disturbance was a big bonus for me, meaning the foam absorbs any impact which results in an undisturbed sleep even if your partner tosses, and turns - which we both do AB (after Boki). Plus, the mattresses are made in Australia, come with a 10 year warranty and ship within 4 hours. At $1150 NZD total I dare you to find a better quality, better priced, more sustainably built, comfortable mattress - oh and one that contributes to increasing our native wildlife population. LOL, good luck hon.
Once we had our mattress, Adam and I spent a bit of time hanging a couple of his paintings and moving a chair from the lounge into the bedroom. I’m all about having a reading chair (which always ends up being THAT chair with a million clothes on it), somewhere to sit and read or, in my case another space to sit and write.
Because our bedroom is so small, it really is hard to do much with. I think our next steps will be getting a headboard, and some prints for our walls. Before this blog, we’d had it painted over the Christmas break, (it used to be a yellow ‘gin fizz’ shade, with brown skirting boards and woodwork) and is now alabaster white. Our bedroom also used to have floral curtains, where we now have blinds. We have put a lot of decorating dreams on hold as our renovations continue, because we really don’t know which walls are moving where, and as much as we’d like to just chip away at each little nook and cranny, it seems disorganised to spend a couple thousand here and a few thousand there only to potentially rip it all out and start over.
If you’re currently doing the same; whether it’s redecorating or a major overhaul, my best tip is to zero in on the specifics of your space. Start a pinboard. Pin everything you love and pull inspiration from all over the world - look at colours, textures, shapes of furniture and materials. Imagine if you tore a wall down, or built one wall would that solve everything? Would painting the room white be enough to give it a fresh feel?
At the moment and where we’re at now in our lives, we love our home, our bedroom, it’s once again our sanctuary. I can’t wait to have everything set up perfectly one day. But for now, hopefully we can finally catch up on some much needed rest, and maybe read a book or two while we’re at it.