March 27, 2017

It's just over two years since I took on the project that was 9 Hinemoa Street.

I fell in love with this place the second I walked in and realised the potential the old girl had ... but she wasn't pretty.

There was a lot of room to improve, but that's where it sat. I knew if I purchased, I'd have a big job on my hands for the foreseeable future.

Buy hey, who doesn't like a challenge?

Now I don't want to ruin a nice blog with old pictures. But if you really want to see some of the befores - here they are:


The outside needed some work landscaping wise & the weatherboard was in a bit of a sad state after years without any maintenance.

But it came up very nicely with some prep work and a few coats of pigment sealer/Resene exterior white paint.

We tried a few different colours and even went as far as painting the front of the house Resene Cape Cod - a dark grey/blue colour.

But after a trip to Hanmer Springs with some...

March 26, 2017

Building versus buying is appealing.

With new build costs on a par (if not under) with buying an existing 'as is' house these days.

It's also the fact you know what you're getting when building.

And by that, I mean you're not buying some ex-crack den that's been tidied up, given a quick lick of paint and sold on by an unscrupulous estate agent who couldn't give two flying fucks about the health of the future inhabitants but instead is focused on their dollar religion. 

So, with that being said - here's my top 5 things you need to know before building a home.

1. Stock Design v. Architect

Personally, I would go with an off the shelf stock standard design and hire a Draftsperson to make any changes and get it through Council (or local Government body) for me. You're looking at <$10K all in design wise for that option.

But if you're looking for a one off bespoke design with all the bells and whistles and a house designed for your personal wish list, then the latter is probably the option tha...

March 25, 2017

Christchurch City (Ōtautahi) is a small city with a population of around 360,000 people.

But for such a small city it has an unbelievable pool of talent when it comes to street art & counter culture.

I love all things low brow like street art (pure street art – not the polished commercial type that’s being more and more accepted and even sponsored by local authorities to bring colour to areas), tattoo art, etc.

Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against any type of art that brings happiness to people, but for me – pure graffiti does it.

I’m absolutely blown away daily when driving around this city I’m lucky enough to call home, seeing examples of these self-taught geniuses all around me.

Since the Earthquakes of 2010/11 (the reason I ended up coming back to NZ to live/work), the cordoned-off city center couldn’t help but attract a number of budding graffiti artists to use it as a blank canvas to put their stamp on what would end up becoming a world-leading city for extraordinary street art...

March 18, 2017

Recently went for an 'exploration' of the red stickered Riccarton Players Mill Theatre in Addington.

This is obviously where beginers and masters alike go to practice their trade ... I've been to galleries that don't have as many impressive pieces in them as this old earthquake beaten goliath of a building has.

For anyone who is interested in street art - this is one for you. No need for words - pictures speak volumes.


March 13, 2017

Having a good looking timepiece on your wrist is pretty much essential to your overall style. But getting a good looking piece can be tricky in terms of budget/choice if you're a novice to the world of watches.

There's a lot of choice out there, but it's knowing where to look and how much to spend.

I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to shiny pretty things and that's especially true when it comes to watches.

If you're not a fan of flashy and want a solid low-ostentation watch that's stylish and fits in with the trend of today 'minimalistic', then you really can't go wrong with one of these five following watches (or at least brands).

These five watches all have a clean, simplistic and beautiful design and they will go with pretty much every outfit you can imagine and help make you look more stylish while doing so.

Out of the five listed, I have four of them (Skagen's on the list) and I've purchased cheap watches in the past and from experience I've found you're better to spend a little bit...

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