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Blogs that will inspire you.

I'm making the most of this wet weather by searching the internet for more ideas and inspiration and I have come across some amazing blogs. I love to change my home around so often I drive my children mad. I find it inspiring to have a change. Its funny I am reading a book at the moment called The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton one of my favourite authors. I'm loving every bit of it. I read that when your energy changes you often want to change your home around. I can relate to that. There have been huge changes In my life this year and I now feel I need to redecorate every room. :-)

Here are some inspiring blogs for you to browse through on a rainy day ....

The lovely Claudia form the Paris apartment not only has a beautiful website but has a wonderful blog. I always look forward to one arriving in my emails. She also has just published a new book Paris Flea Market Style

The Better Decorating Bible is a blog full of beautiful homes from Elton Johns Berverly Hills paradise to a Modern French Regency Marie Antoinette Style Apartment.

Rachel Ashwell the woman who created Shabby Chic has a lovely blog full of Shabby Chic ideas. I love looking through The Prairie page at all the gorgeous rooms that you can stay in.

Here are some photos of what I have created from all the inspiration these blogs have given me.

Sweet dreams

My reading nook

Our social space

My darling

This beautiful space is from The Better Decorating Bible

This is my inspiration for my dream project of a barn house that will look like this on the inside.

And so to bed to dream ....

A French Oasis in the City

Walking down the driveway I felt as if I was leaving the city behind and entering a beautiful Oasis. It is such a lovely part of my job to see where some of my treasures find there home. I was greeted by Rhonda J Bayliss who began Healing day spa in 1997. Anyone that has a treatment with Rhonda will be glad she did. There is a certain energy about her that gives you a feeling of calm and reassurance. My treatment began with a Bio cleanse foot-spa which also detoxes your body while you relax and enjoy. Then after a luxurious foot massage I lay on the bed, so relaxed and at ease while Rhonda worked her magic.

A combination of Jin Shin Jyutsu a Japanese healing art, Chakra Balancing and Aura-Soma Colour Therapy. If you are not familiar with these treatments perhaps the best way to explain it is what effect it had on me. When I walked through Rhonda's door I was somewhat confused about several issues. Exhausted and feeling a little down. The busier your life becomes the less we tend to spend on nurturing ourselves.

The treatment itself is so gentle and non invasive. You lie in a lovely comfortable treatment bed with crystals and healing stones, Rhonda sprays the most delicious aura soma essences, lays her wonderful healing hands on you  re-balancing and releasing unwanted energy. Something Rhonda said to me really stuck. Most people live 80% of there life on fear based choices and 20% on trust based choices. It has been six months since I went to Rhonda and there has been a huge shift. My energy levels have improved immensely and my intuition is much stronger. I am making decisions based on my intuition. The inner voice is becoming stronger than the voice of others. I have not had those anxious butterflies I would often get. It seems to continue working on a cellular level. The other part of the experience I love is the beautiful French aesthetics of Rhonda's sanctuary. The whole experience was absolute bliss. When Rhonda began her venture she said she had a calling and knew that was what she was here to do. I completely understood that as that was my experience to. Rhonda really does have an amazing gift.

There is Japanese scientist called Masaru Emoto who has proved that words and the energy around us have a huge impact on our health and well being. It is worth having a look at his website. This is the way of the future. Nurture yourself with Rhonda's treatment and you will reap the rewards . I cant think of a better way to start the New year.

To find out more about Rhonda and the amazing work she does visit her website

A Room in Paris Please

One of the attractions of visiting Paris is the beautiful decor that's surrounds you when staying in a parisian hotel. I have found a place in New Zealand where you can have that same experience.A lovely romantic getaway in Greytown called "Chambers on Main"

This was once an old council building built in 1896 and still graces the main street of Greytown today.

When you walk in you feel as though you have entered a wonderful remaining piece of New Zealand history. On the ground floor you will find Sally's Antiques, full of beautiful china, a favorite of mine. All rooms should be graced with beautiful china. Then there is Julie s shop "stylish pre-owned furniture".

At the top of the grande staircase you will find your room in Paris. Beautifully laid out with lavish linen and all the accessories that make a luxury room as well as a beautiful shuttered window to finish off the parisian feel.

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When you have settled onto your romantic retreat you can leisurely wander out the front door to the many wonderful French antique shops and delicious cafes. I cant think of a better weekend to unwind from the bustle of a busy city. Relax in  your beautiful Parisian room, indulge in yummy food and shop all day for French Furniture

For more information go to the Greytown website