Where have I been?

If you’re reading this I’d like to thank you – it’s been about one year since my last post!  While I’ve neglected this blog, I have continued to read about other people who live and promote a natural and sustainable lifestyle, and have shared a lot of what I’ve found on my Facebook page.  Over on Instagram I’ve continued to share my love of styling; whether that’s corners of my home, or products from other businesses (a new sideline that I’m loving).

Here’s me arranging and rearranging…


Some of you will know that I tutor in interior design and this remains a strong passion of mine too.  My interest in eco-living draws me to interiors that have a relaxed aesthetic, faded colours that sit well in the bright New Zealand light, natural textiles like linen and cotton, timber in a natural oiled finish, and clean, simple furniture shapes.  I live near the beach in North Auckland and this natural, relaxed approach just feels right!  I’m fascinated by the forecasting industry and how those experienced in this can predict colours that will be popular in a year’s time – and then we see this play out through the Western world – how crazy and cool is that?  However at the same time, I am aware of the trend-driven world we live in, particularly in fashion, where shapes, colours and patterns are here now and gone tomorrow, at a pace to leave us breathless.  This doesn’t sit well and at times I’ve questioned the industry I work in, that to some extent supports this relentless cycle of trends, human exploitation (to get cheap, mass produced textiles and homewares), and subsequent waste (when these goods are no longer working or wanted).


Amazing collection of natural bags, Pinterest


What is GREAT to see, is a growing movement toward handcrafted goods, using materials that will last, supporting small-scale designers and makers.  More and more I’m reading about people who are importing goods that have been made by people in developing nations, providing jobs and a living wage, while ensuring that long-held skills in weaving, printing, dyeing etc, are not lost.  (Exploitation still occurs for sure, but I’m trying to focus on the positive!)


Country unknown but I love this image found on Pinterest


I’ve personally wanted to sell quality, stylish homewares for a long time, but struggled with the issue of creating more “stuff” in an already full world.  A few months ago I realised that if I contribute in a meaningful way – support local makers, use natural materials, have timeless designs – then I’m providing good options and supporting this growing movement.  I’m starting out really slowly (like really slowly, with just one product),  but I’ve started and am excited about where I want to take this.  Hoping you’ll follow my journey.   (Chuck your email in the subscribe box to be notified when I post – and you will know by now that I’m not going to clutter your inbox!)

In my next post I’ll chat a little about why I choose to promote linen over synthetic fabrics and cotton.  Thanks so much for reading,






Author: The Coastal Creative

Living close to the beach encourages a relaxed way of living and this influences my work as an interior designer. I am drawn to the eclectic, faded colours, rustic timber, the imperfection of things hand made, and objects that tell a story.

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