Real Home Series – 1960’s boho botanic bliss

Eclectic shelving

Opening the doors to her 1960’s home in Mairehau, Stacey Weaver takes us through the house she’s made a home. From the dried flowers in her kitchen to the most peaceful workspace that leads to a private garden, this home is truly a piece of art created by one creative lady!

Who lives here?

Stacey Weaver a 32-year-old Girl Boss, self-employed, photographer and creator of botanic art print, accessory and homewares brand Just South West, her boyfriend Lance and her gorgeous little grey cat called Blue. Stacey is an art lover through and through and it’s fair to say her home is a true reflection of that passion.

What style/year is the home and why they chose it

It’s a cute butter yellow 1960’s weatherboard house surrounded by a brick fence and gardens that Stacey has been nursing into her own botanical bliss. The house had a lot going for it, the central location, generous room size, beautiful french doors that she pictured opening onto the deck that’s now built, it was in Stacey’s price range and she could immediately see the value in a DIY renovation and moving on with some money in her pocket to do it all again.

The vision Stacey has for her home

Being a photographer and lover of all things art, light and bright is important for her houseplants to flourish. A marriage of modern boho within a traditional shell for the styling with a clean colour palette for re-sale.

What made you renovate?

When renovating, Stacey keeps in mind that this home is her first, she has been mindfull of renovating spaces that improve the homes function and flow. The deck was a must because it increases the floor plan and theres nothing better than basking in the sun with a few G&T’s.

Where do you draw styling inspiration from?

Stacey worked at a local homewares store, Copper + Pink, her time here obsessing with eye candy and art influenced a lot of the styling. Pieces in the home have been purchased mostly second hand via trademe, eco store, garage sales. In fact, only three items of furniture in her house have been bought brand new. (a sofa, her desk and bed) and collected since 2010. The amazing art she has on display is mostly gifted or swapped with friends in the industry. The eclectic mix of pieces come from a love of New York Lofts and their styling.

Any regrets?

Being organised helps with having no regrets, although Stacey wishes she used more expensive wood for the long shelves in the dining room but was trying to do on the cheap!

Favourite things about your home?

The first thing I purchased for my home were paper shades, so my oversized shade in my bedroom. Sitting on my new deck in the sunshine. And the little pockets of dried flowers hanging in the dining / kitchen.


Real Reno – Master Bedroom Remodel


A master bedroom is like the middle child, it’s a great room but the glory and attention are often taken away by the kitchen and living space.

When Mooch and I were planning our house reno it was this room that was so easy to plan.

The old bedroom was the same shade of pinky-white on the ceiling, skirts, walls, sill and architraves. At some point, someone removed the original decorative architraves and skirting boards and replaced with smaller rimu versions that had then been treated to multiple coats of paint over the houses 110 years. We were replacing everything throughout the house to restore some character and elegance and this middle child wasn’t an exception.

THE THEMEWooden shelf

We always start our renovations with a vision/theme. I’m a plant man, so I may have had a jungle in mind for our room, it sparked the theme of the room, natural tones with a big focus on green through plants and a feature wall.


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We continued the black-white from resene in this room, accented with a flat alabaster ceiling, semi-gloss skirting boards and architraves and the boldest move to paint the wall behind our bed head “Celtic green “ by resene. Georgia fell in love with the colour when the velvety blues and greens were on trend as it wasn’t too rich or muddy for the rooms natural colour palette.


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I mentioned above that we upgraded the detailing in this room, this was quite the process for first time DIYers. We opted for MDF versions of the period features from Bunnings. Our favourite feature is the James Hardie, Hardie groove wall behind the bed. It plays on the 3m high cielings and you can’t miss it when walking past the bedroom.

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Exposed Shelving

The shelving system is from mitre 10, it only came in white and we wanted to match it to the black fittings throughout the house so we sprayed it black using white knight enamel paint. We wanted wooden slats to tone down the room so decided to invest hours into stripping back the rimu architraves and skirting boards, were so pleased with how they finished up and it’s nice to have elements of the house’s history included.

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The Curtains are all custom made for this room by Russells Curtains and Blinds. We had one of their local consultants come around and provide advice on what we should choose. We could style with Nicky any day, her advice was invaluable to our bedroom reno. With Russells, we made the decision to go floor to ceiling with natural toned linen, backed with their thermal lining. If this blog had a feature where you could touch what’s in the photos Russells will have to employ more consultants because they are absolutely stunning! You’ll notice the black rail with the reverse box pleat heading style, again another recommendation from Russells to tie in with the houses aesthetic.


The carpet is Fog grey from Flooring Xtras Miro range, a solution died nylon so Frankie doesn’t damage it. The choice to go this colour was heavily lead by Sam at Watkins flooring xtra who helped us in store and even came to our home to help us decide and bring us back down to earth with what was practical when you have a boxer puppy that uses your hallway as a quarter mile time trial.


We’ve styled this room to compliment the fixtures and colour scheme. The pendant and bed head are both from katamama, our favourite store for our house as everything as a natural tone and they are locals to Christchurch so you can go into their store and physically see everything.

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Our cushions are from H&M home and Foxtrot Home. We are VERY picky with cushions and we’ve found they both have the best range of linens and naturally toned cushions.

Our duvet is from ezibuy home, we’ve been longtime fans of their homewares especially their duvets and outdoor furniture.

This has been such a cool transformation and is now the best retreat after a long days work!

Real Reno – Guest Bedroom remodel

Grey Carpet in bedroom

We love having people stay, our little villa has surprisingly large bedrooms, we’re not talking a rugby field but we are also not talking one of those rooms that could easily pass for an office. If you follow our Instagram you will know this journey, but here’s some background to the madness.

When planning our guest bedroom reno we decided to go bold. The room doesn’t get used often but the door is always open and you can see into it when walking down our hallway, so we wanted to create a sense of comfort for whoever sees it. The biggest challenge we faced was the paint colour, we were tidying up the walls and installing new skirting before the carpet was installed so needed to pick a colour that complimented the rest of the house.


Georgia led the charge with this room, we knew it was going to be a bolder room than the others so while we were painting the second guest bedroom we were deciding on the colour. The options were deep blue, olive green and grey, however, it was important that the room tied in with the other colours in the house so we ended up choosing to go a darker grey. The styling came naturally as the wooden furniture and white trims helped the colour become a statement so we leaned towards a boho/desert aesthetic.


The colour embodies a sense of comfort and added continuity to the colour scheme we had in the living spaces. We landed on Half Baltic Sea by Resene, a warm grey that demanded a boho styled bedroom. It was a huge departure from the all white colour tone that was in this room previously so was probably the biggest risk we took with the colours. You often hear people say that painting a room dark makes it feel enclosed – not the case, this room feels so much taller and cosy now.


The addition of the tall period feature skirtings, painted in Resene Alabaster was a great move and one that was influenced by Three Birds Renovations when Bonnie recommended cutting costs with skirtings by either going thin or getting a replica. The ceiling is over 3m high and the darker colour really extends it so we needed something higher than the 50mm ones that were originally there.


We took the opportunity here also to replace the switch plates and light switch with our favourite switches by PDL Schneider this has also been a small change but everyone notices them!

The previous carpet was a looped pile polyester that felt like walking on plastic, the underlay we found out was all in cut up sections and half of it was actually just carpet underneath it so we replaced that with a solution died nylon recommended by Watkins Flooring Xtra. We decided to go with Fog Grey by their Miro range with an 11mm thermal underlay, plush is an understatement and the colour is perfect.

The Curtains were so important for us for this room, keeping in mind that we had ugly pelmets and tall ceilings we wanted to hear from the experts what they think we should do, so we booked a consultation with Russells Curtains and Blinds. A local consultant Nicky came to our place equipped with thousands (literally) of fabric samples but started by listening to our challenge and then popped out to her van and bought back a range of linens. With her, we decided to go floor to ceiling white linen with a block out thermal liner, this would give us the elegance we’ve tried to add to the house, stay with our boho style theme and the added warmth.

The curtains still blow our mind with how warm they keep the room and how having them handcrafted has meant that they are 100% tailored to our space.  You’ll also notice that we’ve gone with a black rail to keep on theme with the black features in the house, a nice suggestion from Nicky that we didn’t think we could do.


The walls really set the tone here, heaps of white, heaps of natural timber and so many textures. We started by setting a tone and it was one of soft textures, so we knew we needed natural timber (ties in with the rest of the house) linens and soft throws. We actually had items from our house before we renovated that helped bring this room together. The white linen duvet cover by Domani X Farmers, bedside tables in a natural timber from Kmart and accessories by freedom.

To capitalise on the giant walls, we went hunting for baskets to put on the walls to avoid the risk of the room feeling too cold. These were sourced all over the place, from thrift stores to the likes of H&M Home. It was a fun mission but ended up a tiresome one too – no one had baskets like these (check out our video on how to make a basket wall).


The curtains and carpet were an opportunity to add comfort, texture and warmth to this room so we weren’t hesitant to invest in a premium product to give the house more warmth in the winter.


The furniture is easily a save, the two bedside tables look like $400 ones from a premium store but were $40 each from KMART.  The dresser was $1:50 that I upcycled!

Creating a basket wall

Hanging wall baskets

Basket walls are covering our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. People are becoming more and more in touch with natural tones and sustainable living, so hanging baskets that may be vintage or used in another country for function are fast becoming aesthetic.

We’ve recently updated our guest bedroom as part of our whole-house renovation.  The walls are a smooth grey tone and we’ve chosen to style the room in a boho/desert vibe to add a sense of calm for our guests (and because it’s bloody cool). Having a 3m high ceiling stud meant that although we’ve styled the room with a lot on the ground, on the walls – it still felt sparse. Adding a cluster of baskets to the walls looked to be a fun project and bring a new element to our home.

We’ve covered the install of the baskets on YouTube but keep reading to see the end result and a few pointers.


Hanging wall basketsKnowing how many baskets to choose.

We have a bit of room to play with, both horizontally and vertically. So we decided that we will just go shopping and see what we can find. We ended up with six large size baskets (over 30cm wide).

Where to find the baskets

So this we thought would be the easy part – nope!

We went to thrift stores expecting to bag a bargain and found nothing, we also went to a few of the likely suspects like KMART and The Warehouse and again nothing. So we had to think outside the square. We looked in the placemats section and managed to find a really cool chunky weave back at KMART and then at Freedom Furniture found two placemats that were perfect again! We also spotted the best find of them all at H&M Home, a large natural tone basket with a slight bend in the sides!  Farmers have recently upped their game and we got the striped one from thereThen on a recent trip to Junk & Disorderly (our fav shop for all things retro), we found another beauty to complete the set!

How to choose your layout

We placed them on the floor first to visualise how the set will look together and the rough design we wanted. We realised that we shouldn’t over think this part because they looked awesome as a complete set however we structured it. So we started in the middle of the wall and worked our way out from there. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t think too hard about the design and being symmetrical, things like this work best when it’s natural.

Final step – how to fit them on the wall

We used small command hooks (the ones with the tape that you can pull off without removing paint). They were $6.99 for a pack of 6 from Briscoes and had a “strong hold” – Ideal.

We were told you could easily sew a little loop on the back of them by hand, or use cable ties. But we figured that it was all weaved so just used a part of the weave and it worked great! The only thing we were anal about was ensuring they all had a uniform gap between 1 of the baskets it bordered. This just means that it’s easy on the eye and spacing works so much better.

It’s super cost effective and a fun project for a weekend to give you those desert vibes like the houses you see on Pinterest! Check out the pics on our Instagram of the grey room HERE.Hanging wall baskets

My Parents Rustic-Modern New Build

farm kitchen

On a recent trip home to Te Anau, I visited my parent’s house and I couldn’t wait to see their finished new home build. They are well known by friends and family as keen renovators taking on numerous whole house renovations that most people would walk away from in the first week, so of course, the challenge was all too tempting for them.

The Location

Settled just 5 minutes from Fiordlands town of Te Anau down a shingle drive sits the 333 sqm two-story new build including a gottage (garage cottage) on 8.5 acres with their two dogs and three cats. If you’re in the vegetable garden behind the house you’ll enjoy the views of the Takitimu Mountains, and as you sit in the lounge you can admire the Murchison Mountains from all angles through their windows, being home is more like an alpine retreat than staying at your parents.

The house

My parents home had interesting beginnings, they purchased it as a shell, no landscaping with the 10-year-old cottage already attached and being lived in while the previous owner hadn’t made many movements in the previous 4 years. The exterior of the house was completed and the inside framing had been completed. The house is framed with 6×2 Jframe and lined with woollen/polyester insulation and the foundations were all thermal breaked. The windows are commercial alloy, think European quality and that’s what they have.

Family on farm

The piping is Geo Thermal and works via a solar PV system which has been designed for the sub-zero conditions that they frequently get in Te Anau. This winter has been the test for them as they have been in the house almost a year now. The Metro Eco wood burner they use to heat the house heats every corner, with the double glazed windows doing their job to insulate so all their efforts to insulate have paid off, the house is piping hot with no curtains shut at night.

The finishing

Moving into the Gottage in October 2016 with the plan to complete the house over the next year it was an extreme downsize for them going from 242 Sqm to an all in 1 cottage. Rounding up contractors proved challenging when renovating in a town that is rapidly growing with baches and housing. When they got going there was no stopping them apart from a few minor setbacks with finding available tradies.

“I didn’t have a vision beforehand. We knew we wanted rustic mixed with modern so went to Guthrie Bowron and spent a while looking through wallpaper books and when we found the right paper, we styled around it”.

Rustic headboard

With 3 spacious bedrooms, the first guest bedroom has been styled with a wallpaper feature wall that looks like the old boards on our farm stable, this created the base look and feel for the room. The headboard fireplace is actually the original fireplace surround from one of the bedrooms in the 1926 Bungalow on our farm, this room was used as our nephew’s bedroom over the last year when he and my sister lived with them. So my step mum has big visions to complete the rustic feel in the future.

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The second guest bedroom was styled around a duvet. They both liked the colours and patterns, so set the tone from there. The wallpaper is a geometric 3D effect that absorbs the colours from the room to give a fresh feeling. To warm up the space and continue the rustic feeling in this room they’ve used wooden side tables and a dresser. The view from these rooms makes art and prints redundant with the framed view of the Takitimu mountains.

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While the other bedrooms have double wardrobes, the master has a walk-in and a large ensuite. The wall behind the bed has a 3d effect floral print feature wall and has been styled a little darker than the other rooms with all the light coming through the large doors that frame the Murchison Mountains and step out onto a private deck.

The Kitchen has a separate scullery for all my step mums preserving jars and appliances. Wanda’s had x2 brand new kitchens now cooking for 5 adult kids, their partners and a grandchild when we are all home so had a list of things a new kitchen needed to have.

  • Shaker Style cupboards
  • Large Island 
  • Bricks 
  • Oven to entertain 
  • White cabinetry 
  • Modern rustic feel

The feeling when walking into this kitchen is exactly what Wanda set out to do. Everything works so well together and the hanging swingle tree light feature is the statement and ties the rimu wood in with the rest of the house.


The living room connecting to the kitchen bordered with windows and a sliding door has panoramic mountain views. The wallpaper, a pressed tin effect gives the space a grand feeling and ties in with the ceramic pressed tin style tiles in the kitchen.

Rumpus room

From the living room, you walk upstairs to a rumpus room that scales the length of the house. The intention here was to create a comfortable den-like space where you can retreat for a cosy, warm relaxed atmosphere. My step mum loves books and the atmosphere of a library (hence the wallpaper). We’ve spent many hours up there playing pool and having drinks and laughs. There’s the most amazing sitting spot that has a low window where you can read a book, have a cup of tea and look at the mountains. This space also doubles as my dad’s office so has a masculine feel to the furniture up here.

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My parents home is exactly what they envisioned for them. A space that pays homage to the rural background of our families and the historic homes my parents have lived in. This house proves that a new home doesn’t have to be state of the art, glossy and minimalist. It’s refreshing to see my parents living in a home that is truly them.

Wallpaper and paint – Guthrie Bowron

Lighting – Lighting direct 

Kitchen – Mitre10

Tiles – Tile Centre 

Carpet – All Lay 

Windows – Aluminium Services 

Going Green with Koala Mattresses

We’ve all seen the videos online of the mattresses where people are jumping on them with a cheeky glass of red and the wine doesn’t move at all.  Georgia and I had the opportunity to order a new mattress for our guest bedroom and Koala made sense for so many reasons. It’s becoming more and more important to us that we do our part in terms of sustainability, Koala ticks all the boxes for us, adopting a Koala with Australian purchases and a Kiwi in New Zealand and planting over 5000 trees.  They also have almost no carbon footprint through the manufacturing process and are made using sustainably sourced Australian materials


When ordering anything for our home we are always tempted to go in-store and buy off the shelf because you can wait up to 3 months for some things to get to you, not with Koala.  We ordered on a Sunday, with Monday being public Holiday, it was on our doorstep on Tuesday morning!!

We had our doubts about the comfort of a mattress that comes rolled up in a box.  As soon as it started unrolling Frankie jumped up and started rolling on it! She’s a sucker for comfort and has slept on it all afternoon. I’ve read amazing things online about how it has repaired peoples backs and necks and from laying on it this afternoon I can see how.  It’s firm, but a different type of firmness, it’s closer to a memory foam firm (although containing 0% memory foam)  than a solid metal spring firm – which is what makes it so comfortable and with zero partner disturbance when getting in or out of it.


From a single to a super king, the prices in NZ range from $850 – $1400 so extremely affordable compared to the inner sprung versions we are used to seeing. If you’re not a fan, Koala give you 120 days to return for a full refund!

Our view on these mattresses is that they are great buying for what you get! We also appreciate the extra steps that they take to minimise their carbon footprint and give back to nature by planting trees with profits and adopting our country icon!

We grabbed you all a bargain! Get 15% off a mattress with my unique discount code MOOCHSTYLE15 when you spend more than $1000 here

NB: This is a collaboration with Koala, all words are our own

See the full unboxing here:

D.I.Y Planter Box

Planter box

There’s no denying that the thought of a lush garden is amazing, but they require a lot of work. For those of us who have small backyards, busy schedules or want to create a garden that is niche to a type of flower, planter boxes are a great solution.

I remember when I was younger making a stylish planter box with my step mum and then replicating it as a gift for my nanas birthday! When we got Frankie (our Boxer puppy) Georgias stepsister Nicole checked in on her for the first week, which we really appreciated so wanted to say thank you. As you will know if you follow our blog, I like to get creative with gifts, be it a repainted bike, upcycled chair or in this case – a planter box, gifts with thought are always the best received!

Nicole bakes amazing cakes (check out her Instagram) so the planter box will help her grow colourful flowers to put on the cakes she makes. Planter boxes are great for things like lilies, tulips, daisies or for mini vegetable gardens. I also got some new Ryobi Powertools from their One+ range that I wanted to take for a test run (very happy).

Handy tip – buying the wood, this can start costing some serious coin, I looked around for the best deal.  This day it was from Musgroves, I managed to pick everything up for $30 NZD. Musgroves sells recycled building materials and timber, so super cool for a look around too, I could easily get lost for hours looking at their range of character pieces.

Watch the step by step video below

A guide to washing your house

There’s something satisfying about a perfectly manicured home, you walk past a house around the corner on your morning stroll, and you wonder how they get it looking so damn perfect! Chances are, they spend endless hours maintaining it so their investment has kerb appeal.
If you want to give your home more kerb appeal, an important place to start is by washing it. Think how good a car looks when you wash it, a house is much the same. I’ve recently got a Ryobi pressure washer so thought where best to try it out than washing our house on a 30 degree summers day. Before I proceeded, I researched if the pressure washer was the right choice for our house (an early 1900’s villa check it out on our Instagram).
Not all surfaces can handle the powerful jet of a pressure washer; plaster and brick can be damaged when using one. Below I’ve outlined tips on how to get the job done right and your house shining for the warmer months.


The Mooch Style Christmas Wish List

christmas gift ideas

Christmas is our favourite time of the year. We catch up with family and head to our families spot in Central Otago to spend the summer holidays in the sun. We also have a lot of friends and family around at our place so like to keep on top of the maintenance around our house and garden. If you’re like us, and you are overly house proud or know someone that is, you may want to give them something that makes their weekends a breeze and their day to day comfortable. Georgia and I have asked each other for 5 “wish list” items for Christmas – for the home!

Keep reading because we are giving you a chance to win one of these items for Christmas ; )

Georgia’s Wish List

For the Sunbathers:
Pour a Mojito and relax with this summer stunner!

– freedom furniture NZ

Lounge around and soak up the rays. Extra comfort added with a soft, full-length cushion, just perfect for relaxing!
Freedom Furniture Lounger

For the home bodies:
Coconut, Caramel and Tonka Bean, head to our Insta to win the full set!

– The Aromatherapy Company

Fill your home with these delicious scents this Christmas. What’s better is we are giving you a chance to win one! Head to our insta for details.

For the coffee snobs:
Delicious colours and freedom to get creative

– Breville Nespresso Creatista

Not just good for the morning coffee – espresso martinis anyone??? You’ll be in her good books for a few days!
Coffee machine

For the floral lovers:
So moody – and so local!

– Just South West

Botanic prints are suuuuper cool and so popular with home stylists. What’s best is she shoots them in NZ.

For the pamper princess:
Lush stonewashed Jamie Kay bed linen, it’s like heaven.

– Father Rabbit

Jamie Kay stonewashed linen is so luxurious and naturally antibacterial, antifungal and has great anti-allergenic properties and works as a thermo/cooling regulator – which you will love too!
Jamie Kay linen

Shayden’s Wish List

For the control freaks:

Monthly fixed price lawn maintenance packages.

–  Turf Technologies

If you watch our Insta stories, you will know I’m mad about our lawn. Turf Technologies work with you to create lush, healthy green lawns and envious gardens.
Turf Technologies, lawn care

For the clean freaks:

Water pressure better than the garden hose.

–  Ryobi Power tools

Have fences or a deck that needs restaining? This will keep your husband busy this summer (hint, hint Georgia).

Pressure washer

For the tech nerds:

Everything at your fingertips for when it’s your turn to choose the channel.

–  Apple TV

Apple TV 4K lets you watch movies and programs in 4K HDR quality and enjoy iTunes and apps like Netflix and youtube.
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For the green thumb:

Have an ugly fence that you want to hide or are limited to space? Espalier your plants!

– Lock Jaw espalier kit

Lock Jaw Espalier kits are becoming popular with gardeners and landscapers to create compact and attractive tree features. If you have a limited outdoor area in suburbia this is ideal. You can even grow fruit trees from it.
Espalier kit

For the Hipster:

If you love beer or cider and have ever dreamed of crafting your own fresh brews at home.

– WillamsWarn Brew Keg

Kiwi summers are pretty good! In as little as 4-7 days with 10-20 minutes of effort your man can have his own brew – damn this thing is awesome, every man needs one!
Brew Keg