Time Stands Still in Devonport, Auckland

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport is a harbour-side suburb of Auckland, and one of the earliest settled areas in New Zealand.  Daily ferries run  to downtown, Auckland City, which takes 10 minutes.

Last week I visited a friend of mine who lives in Devonport.  We went for a short walk and both took photos of  these lovely two storey Victorian Villa’s.  Built from the 1880’s to World War I, with kauri wood and tin roofs.

Most villa’s have a balcony/verdanda and are usually decorated with intricate lace work and finials.

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

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How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

If you are staying at home for the summer holidays add some beachy and nautical items to your home giving it a holiday feel.  There are many inexpensive ways to create this theme. Use calm, tranquil colors.

The first step is to give your home a spring clean before your holidays start so you can relax.  Cook some meals and freeze them.  Barbeque vegetables and meat accompanied by salads and fresh bread.

  • Replace dark color duvet covers, cushions and curtains with pastel colors – muslin is an inexpensive fabric
  • Make some shell wind chimes from pieces of driftwood
  • Sew some bunting from fabric scraps or colorful paper – thread them with rustic string
  • Visit your local thrift shops for old prints, woven baskets, straw hats
  • Buy some fresh flowers or lush green plants such as a small palm tree

The advantages of staying at home for your holidays.

  • You save money on travel costs, enabling you to eat at cafes & restaurants
  • No packing and unpacking
  • No tedious long flights
  • Explore your local area, visit beaches, walks, art galleries
  • Go to the movies, catch up on latest films
How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

You can create a beach feel inside your home, by displaying large beach-themed pictures and wall hangings.

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

Create a vintage look with  botanicial prints

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal StyleHow to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

A small bench and coat rack at the entrance offers the perfect storage solution.

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

How to Decorate Vintage Coastal Style

Introduce items that are usually outdoors. Decorate with a surfboard and tropical plants helps to create a beach theme.


Bohemian Fashion in Chiang Mai

Ginger Home is a clothes and hardware shop in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A bohemian fashion store where you can find  bohemian style clothes and beautiful accessories for your holidays.  A complete collection of fashion apparel ranging from clothes, handbags, sun glasses, jewelry and other accessories.

Here we have a gorgeous shirt paired with a matching shawl. Designed on muted colours and decorated by colourful embroidery, this picture forms a strikingly beautiful image.

Gold earrings and hair styled with flowers compliment this lovely colorful dress

No outfit is complete without a handbag. This colorful handbag that can be paired with any dress.

Here is another stunning short summer dress that is ultra-chic and enchantingly lovely.

This gorgeous black number with vibrantly colourful embroidery around the neckline is the perfect dress for a night out.

No look is complete without complementary jewelery. These bright set of bangles and bracelets can make any look ten times more attractive!

Stunning earrings made up of an incredibly intricate design and beautiful rings that accentuate your hands, what more can a girl want?

This lovely red dress made out of soft fabric and covered with vibrant prints can be the perfect choice for a vacation.

What better way to complete a fetching outfit than by a splendid necklace? Highlight the contours of your pretty neck with magnificent gold and turquoise necklaces.

 


Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

This villa is a 10 minute drive from the artistic center Ubud.  Overlooking a peaceful valley with views of the river and surrounded by tropical plants.

The outdoor area features an infinity pool decorated with Balinese garden statues, creating a relaxing and calming ambiance.

The Balinese-style rooms are tastefully decorated featuring private terraces and stunning views.

Ubud Bali

The furniture and decor compliment the natural beauty of Bali

Ubud Bali

Gain a moment of spiritual introspection on the patio with a breath-taking view of the jungle

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Each bedroom uniquely decorated for rest and rejuvenation

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Overlooking the valley from a refreshing infinity pool

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Let your mind wander as you relax closer to nature than ever before

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Allow your spirit and imagination to soar at every turn

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Eat breakfast on your own private deck adorned in exotic plants

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Listen to the gentle rain lull you to sleep

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Large windows connecting you with nature

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Here the tree leaves rustle in the breeze and watch the life of the jungle

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Natural decor for complete rest and relaxation

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

Bungalows surrounded by jungle for complete privacy

Green Spirit Villa Ubud Bali

A private terrace off the bedroom allows for easy access to witness a stunning sunset