comfort food ~ lemon & poppy seed cake

My styling assistant while in lockdown has of course been Maude. Hopeless at actually helping, but especially when things are not going quite to plan, she looks intelligent, and at...

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getting back on the horse

They say that when you fall off a horse or a bike or a bandwagon (what even is a bandwagon?) that the best thing to do is get straight back on. Before...

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love your books via perfectly imperfect living

styling with your favourite books

'Books are not furniture, but they have a great way of furnishing your home'. I’m not sure who said this quote first, but I really like it. Books are also like...

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bedside display via perfectly imperfect living

the knack of knick-knacking

Years ago, when Small Acorns was still a mere baby, and I was obviously still precious about it, I was out at a party one night, and was introduced to...

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florabundance via perfectly imperfect living


I cannot imagine a day without flowers in it, or of not having flowers in my home. Monsieur Monet obviously agrees with me. What is it that he said? Something...

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spring flowers via perfectly imperfect living

making a house magical & baking

Last weekend I was doing a little baking. Of course, out loud I will pretend that it was for the benefit of the school lunch boxes. But actually, it was...

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objet trouve via perfectly imperfect living

objet trouve

Finding a special treasure for my home in a store or studio or market or junk shop or auction is pure joy. Especially if that ‘objet trouve’ is unexpected, and...

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dahlias via perfectly imperfect living

a floral alphabet ~ dahlias

I was given the most wonderful gift a few weeks ago. Mindy, the very clever talent behind Twig & Arrow, a floral and event stylist here in Wellington, messaged me...

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observer books via perfectly imperfect living

judging a book by its cover

I know, I know, there are plenty of good reasons why we should never judge a book by its cover. I know this, and yet a part of me says...

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collections of props via perfectly imperfect living

yet another collection

Actually, let me state for the record, before we even begin, that as collections go, I don’t think this one is going anywhere. But as I have always believed that...

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roadside market sign

perfect signage

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to many of you, that I have a bit of a 'thing' for old signage. I have a number of old...

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paper flower garland

a paper garland

I honestly can't remember why this paper flower garland came about. Most probably for a store display. But it is proof positive that sometimes the best inspiration is on the...

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bentwood chair via perfectly imperfect living

my bentwood chair

Vintage pieces and antiques have an authenticity and history. They wear the patina of a previous life. When mixed with new or more contemporary pieces they add a soft and...

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vintage blue and white china

collections of blue & white china

Many of my collected treasures can instantly transport me back to the place and time that I bought them or found them or were given them. They are a timeline...

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