Last weekend I had the great privilege of previewing Black Barn Vineyard's newest and most luxurious retreat hidden away in the hills of Hawke's Bay. I don't blog about design nearly as much as I'd like to, so I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek into what I could only assume would be a beautifully designed home. The event was limited to a small number of guests and photography was not allowed, so you'll have to use your imagination a bit.
When I think of New Zealand design, I think of Maori illustrations, silver ferns, green stone, paua shells and woodcarvings. While I appreciate their historical and cultural significance, I’ve had a hard time finding a place for these things in my home without creating a tribal vibe in the place. If I’m being completely honest, it’s not all particularly my style (I hope I'm not offending anyone!) Sometimes I yearn to find unique items that make me feel inspired and that truly fit my style. When I leave New Zealand, I want to bring home pieces that are significant to New Zealand culture and remind me of time here, but that also compliment my personal style.
Picturesque and pleasing, weird and wacky, Wellington is buzzing with an energy of creativity and youth. In the mornings, hipster design students can be found walking to the Victoria University campus with Apple laptops and portfolios in tow, as Wellingtonians head to work and tourists head to brunch and the vintage shops along Cuba Street.
"On the move" - I can't think of a better way to describe my life at the moment. Since graduating from college, I've been renting places, and attempting to nest and settle in, while reminding myself not to get too comfy (because who knows how long I'll be living here!) Being in a long distance relationship only added to that feeling of temporary placement. I always knew that moving to another country was a possibility, and then what would I do with all my stuff?