Home Security – what is right for you?

arlo camera

Recently our house was broken in to and burgled, we lost family hairlooms, technology that enables us to be creative and earn income and the worst thing was our sacred space that we call home was invaded.

The one thing that would have helped keep our house secure or atleast identified the burglers is security. Security doesn’t just keep your home safe it keeps your neighbourhood safe too.

We’ve compiled a list of different types of security options so you know where to look and what’s involved. Ther’es so many different susbscription models and bells and whistles so we’ve outlined a few below. A piece of advice would be to check how much it costs to get all the benefits from your system.

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Protect every corner of your home with Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, a versatile wire-free HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from your phone, tablet and PC. Adjustable motion sensors let you get the ideal setting for you and your home. With instant motion-activated alerts, you’ll always be the first to know when there’s someone on your property. A built-in spotlight gives you crisp video around the clock, and night vision has you covered, even with the lights off. For added security, there’s a 110-decibel alarm to help you scare off intruders. literally, everything you need to to get the job done!

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Camera1080p HD
Field of View 140° field-of-view
Night Vision Infrared night vision – will light up your whole yard
Audio Two-way audio with noise cancellation
Power 2,440 mAh battery, AC adapter (optional)
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz
Local storage no
Cloud storage $5 – $15 for different levels of subscriptions
Price $400

Arlo Pro2 – Wireless

Arlo Pro 2 Wire-free HD Security Cameras have everything you need to keep an eye on the things you love from every angle, indoors or out. Arlo Pro 2 cameras are 1080p HD, weatherproof, have night vision, 2-way audio and best of all, run on batteries that are easily rechargeable. Arlo has everything it takes to make home security simple. Arlo Pro 2 comes with 7 days of free cloud recordings without a contract or a monthly fee, motion and sound activated alerts that are sent straight to your smartphone and a 100-decibel smart siren that can be sounded using the Arlo app. Arlo covers every angle to help keep your home safe and secure.

Arlo security camera
Field of View 130-degrees
Night Vision 850 nm LEDs, illuminates up to 25 feet
Audio Microphone, speaker
Power 2,440 mAh battery, AC adapter (optional)
Connectivity Dedicated 802.11n 2.4GHz WiFi network
Local storage Yes
Cloud storage 7 days free, 30 days $13.99
Price $800- $950 for two cameras and base station

Swann SWDVK-445804 Thermal Sensing Cameras

The ‘get the job done without all the fuss” You’ll always know what’s happening with Swann’s surveillance technology. Peace of mind comes from being able to see activity in Full HD, with easy identification of facial detail, license plates and clothing patterns. This systems comes with 4 cameras and a HUGE hard drive that can hold 2 years of footage on it. This option isn’ wireless but its very cost effective for a DIY security.

wann 4 Channel Security System
Field of View 102 degrees
Night Vision 100ft/30m or up to 130ft/40m in ambient light
Audio No
Power AC adapter
Connectivity Dedicated 802.11n 2.4GHz WiFi network
Local storage Yes
Price $500-650 for 4 cameras and base 1TB hardvdrive

Hikvision home security – wired

hikvision cameras, can’t be bought in-store as they are generally used commercially because of their quality (better infrared for night use, standard is full HD at 1440p and image quality is much higher as the standard is 8mp) 2 cameras for a smaller homes is recommended. Can be used without a DVR as they support sd cards. It worksexactly the same as a DVR would and takes up to 120gb which is usually around 30 days worth of recording and can be used via an app. No hidden fees at all, the only thing the client will pay for is the system install. Email info@sns.net.nz for install availabilities.

Security camera
Camerafull HD at 1440p
Field of View 102 degrees
Night Vision up to 30m
Audio No
Connectivity wired
Local storage Support on-board storage, up to 128 GB
Price $800 upwards for 2+ cameras but no subscriptions

Vax Blade Pet Pro – Review

Stick Vacuum
New to the shelves of New Zealand, we’ve teamed up with VAX to review the newest member of their family, the Vax Blade Pet Pro SlimVac. What’s better we’re giving one away, see the details at the end of this blog!
I remember as a child my grandmother had a portable lux (i’m not calling it a vacuum – I’ve called it a lux for 27 years haha). I was always intrigued with how convenient the concept was, having a portable lux sure did save her some time. (so she could make more baking…YUM). Fast forward 20 years and we have the Vax Blade Pet Pro, a portable lux with more vacuum power than the traditional concept we’ve always had a love/hate relationship with.
Vacuum Cleaner
Our villa is 98 square metres so not a huge space to get around so we thought we would invest in a stick vac that was on sale for $250. Because of the price I really wanted to love it, it was a bargain! But it really didn’t cut the mustard. Having Frankie has meant that we need to lux more often, and her fine little boxer hair sticks into the carpet so is a bugger to get out.
The Vax pet pro doesn’t just look sharp it really does the trick, it’s designed for homes with pets so gets into every nook and cranny. It has a boost mode (I know) and an optional roller head. Up to 45 minutes of runtime covers a good week of luxing in our house and we can just plug it in to charge it up. The only thing that I’ve noticed is that it makes more sound than the one we currently have because of the power increase and when it’s in boost mode with the head going she’s rearing to go like a good greyhound at the gate.


The Blade VX63 comes with a stair tool, pet tool and cleaning wand. This makes it perfect for stairs, pet hair removal and those hard to reach areas whether up high, down low, or in-between. The motorised floor head is great for enhancing pick-up performance on the floor but also perfect to be attached directly to the handheld for stairs, car and upholstery cleaning (any pet owner can relate to this).


Where to buy?

How you can win one?

We talked Vax into giving one of our awesome followers their very own Pet Pro so you can make luxing fun (trust me it’s fun with this). Head to our Instagram, follow us and tag a mate to win!

A homewares tour of Ponsonby Road

Before travelling to Auckland I had heard so much about this suburb, it’s dining, fashion boutiques and drinking options and of course its housing. On a sunny Friday morning, I biked from the city to Ponsonby to check out what options were available for the home. On the way there up college road, I had to hop off my bike so I could appreciate all the houses, they all looked just like our villa at home and there was so many of them! As you look around you see wisteria covered porches, grand bay windows and skillfully crafted fretting – I was in heaven. After soaking up the views I was eager to see where the people in these homes shopped locally for their homes, so I continued on Ponsoby road on a quest to check out what was available.

Bob & Friends

I was parking my bike from the Grand Mercure outside a charming villa on Ponsonby road and noticed that it was a homewares store also so went in for a look. Walking in I was greeted by the lovely store owner who told me to have a good look around.

P1200019WOW was my first impression, her exorbitant collection of homewares allowed you to browse like you would a museum. Bob & Friends is a store that brings a collection of contemporary British design to Auckland with a range of furniture by leading designers such as Mathew Hilton, Donna Wilson, Kay and Stemmerlee Kirkbridge, Gareth Neal, Terrence Woodgate and Rob Ryan.

I would shop here for the finer things to differentiate my home like modular scandi style shelving and the sustainably designed and developed lighting options by Tala (in love).

I loved how each room had a new feeling, toward the back of the house you could slouch in the chairs and picture the furniture in your own home. Being a villa it was even better for people like us who have a villa with high ceilings and white walls just like theirs!

Ponsonby Homeware store

Indie Home Collective

After stopping in for lunch at Blue Breeze I spotted Indie Home Collective from across the road and recognised the name from Instagram.

Indie Home CollectiveWalking in I knew that Georgia would like this store. A modern interiors store with an organic vibe, not trying to be something it’s not – I like this! Located in the perfect spot for shopping and dining on Ponsonby Road, the boutique historic space had white tongue and groove floors and was styled perfectly to relax when you were inside. The store person also made you feel extremely comfortable as she ran me through how each piece is carefully selected and why. Owned by the hugely talented Claudia Kozub, she has fantastically executed a feeling of comfort and home. I’m always influenced by a store that has a bounty of plants so maybe that’s why…

This store stocks international homeware brands such as The Scent of Home & Wonki Ware (so amazing). These sit alongside exclusive lines including Bedouin Societe & Ay Illuminate.

You often find stores that have a small amount of white washed linen blended with soft monochrome furnishings – but not one that nails this throughout their store – Indie Home Collective does!


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Ponsonby Plants

I go to Auckland and I find the best plant store yet – standard me!

Ponsonby Plants was such a great find in the cracks of the hustle and bustle.  I saw this across the road as I was biking to lunch so pencilled it for my way home. This store has been here for longer than I have been alive, so I imagine they’ve seen Ponsonby thrive also.

P1200122Richard DeGrandpre, owner of Ponsonby Plants is to thank for this haven. He grows the bonsai and cacti himself, as well as producing some of the pots with a varied maturity of plants from months old to years old. The price of the plants generally reflects the care and time that gives you a plant like a fiddle leaf fig that is almost as tall as you or a hanging vine that drapes like no other.

I heard locals in the store as they were admiring the bonsai’ saying how this store is the only store that offers the “in” plants when the others struggle to source them.

What’s even cooler about this store is they have worked with brands like Huffer and MTV, when you’re inside you will see why they go to this location for the plants – they have everything!

Get plants for your home people, not only are they healthy – they look so much better than anything else.

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H&M Christchurch opens its doors

New Zealand’s second H&M Store is opening its doors to Christchurch and we were invited, joined by our favourite Christchurch influencers to a guided tour of the new store before the madness unfolded on Saturday morning with people camping out over night to be one of the first in the new store. The Crossing”.

Located in our newest retail precinct “The Crossing”, H&M have graced us with New Zealands first H&M Home department. The new store, wrapped around the corner of High and Cashel in a strikingly designed building both inside and out, caters to all ages and of course their homes too! Refreshingly relevant styles for clothing had Georgia shopping her heart out and the homewares just blew me away as they were all new styles that we haven’t seen yet here in Christchurch.
Home ware

It’s obvious that H&M design their home wares just like clothing: edgy, current and functional. The colours you’ll see in the home section are bound to shake things up. You’ll see antique blues, millennial pink, golds, olives and organic cotton. If it’s linen or velvets you’re after this is the store to shop, they’ve ensured that they are turning up to impress!

We both enjoyed how affordable H&M was store-wide. This global giant puts a lot of effort into carefully designing their lines and it’s so great that Christchurch is now home to H&M.

If you’re a corporate, fitspo, fashionista or a casual dresser – there’s something for you!

Following the walk through we were treated to a celebratory meal and cocktails at the moody Twenty Seven steps.

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Styling with Freedom Furniture

Freedom Furniture bedroom

freedom furniture has been in New Zealand homes since 1996. We are huge fans of freedom, their values align with our own, aiming to inspire all New Zealanders to express their individuality and sense of style in their home. At freedom, you can always find something that suits your home, tastes and lifestyle – we just love that!

When we heard that freedom was opening a new store on Moorhouse Ave we wanted to be involved somehow so we can show everyone that follows Mooch Style their prodigious offering for your home.

9am on a Saturday morning just before the grand opening we arrived at the new store. Wide eyed we walked around before we did anything in awe of the product available and the pure scale of this store compared to the one we were used to. We were lucky enough to be given a space to style and had been online so had a rough idea of how we were going to style it.  Things soon changed when we walked in and decided this store is too good to not “shop” like we would any normal day.


Below we walk you through how we styled the bedroom setting and the items we used.


We set the scene with the furniture. We chose a Scandi bedroom set that uses blonde oak, grey linen and white finishes. Scandi is minimal which means it calms the brain and flows well with soft furnishings. In our own bedroom, we have blonde wood and white linen but not Scandi so jumped on the opportunity to play with this. freedom is really good at offering sets and multiple styles for whatever your style is.

In a bedroom, storage is essential so we used a tall boy, low boy and bedside table. They are also fun to style because they are all different sizes.

OSLO BEDSIDE 2 DRAWER – $399.00 | Oslo Bed – $1,299.00 |OSLO DRESSER 5 DRAWER – $899.00 | OSLO TALLBOY 7 DRAWER – $999.00


Scandi can be kept clean or allow you to be braver with bed covers, pillows and throws. Freedoms new store do a great job of showcasing what’s available with the large space allowing you to picture it in your home. Start with the duvet and an accent colour.  We like depth with bed covers and they had the best duvet displayed for this, you can see it working with thicker cushions and fluffy throws because of the textures.

Cushions shouldn’t be the same on a bed in our opinion, they are a great opportunity to bring different patterns, colours and depth into the room. We decided mustard will be our accent colour as it pairs nicely with the blonde oak and sets an earthy tone to the room (allowing us to have fun with plants).

We like two throws on a bed, one for wrapping up in when you’re reading and one for aesthetic. Being able to select from a broad range of styles and weave types was great. We chose a knit and a patterned weave that went great with the cushions too.

TEXTURED DOT PILLOWCASE STANDARD (PAIR) – $49.95 | AKORI CUSHION 35X55CM – $54.95 | MATHIS THROW 130X150CM – $139.00 | NOLETTE CUSHION 50X50CM – $74.95 | PASCALE CUSHION 50X50CM – $74.95TEXTURED DOT QUILT COVER – from $249.00 to $279.00


This is the fun part, all the ground work is done and now its time to dress it up! As you’ll know, we loooooove plants so this is where we start. freedom has the best artificial plants available and they all look so real (and won’t die). We chose to lay a “bouquet” of flowers flat on the dresser and have the orchid stand tall and match the Scandi vibe. A lowboy is a good place to leave some space to put keys, drink bottles and jewellery so we went nice and clean for that. The lighting on show at this store was better than most stores, you can walk in a spacious area and browse the styles comparing them against each other.  Again – something for everyone, we found a thin stemmed wooden based lamp that was ideal!

The biggest win on the accessories was the large Fiddle Leaf Fig in a belly basket, that alone got people looking at the room.


Click HERE to see a video of our morning at freedom.

Why we’ve broken up with Kmart

Kmart Home, why we don't buy Kmart furniture

For those of you that follow our blog, you’ll know that this time last year we were die hard Kmart fans. We would find ourselves joining the great race every night for the new “ladder shelf”, matching marble with marble – with marble….

We used to be great friends

Kmart Accessories

Our flat was soon a showroom of Kmart homewares and we were proud of them. When we wanted to redo our lounges aesthetic we could achieve this for a price of a cushion at other homeware stores. But what we soon found is that a good percentage of the stuff failed considerably.  What good is a shelf for plants when you water them and it swells with a drop of water that has come off a leaf?

Our garage was then a holding place for things we purchased 6 months ago. We were lucky enough to have friends and family that would take a few of the items but when we bought our Little Villa we decided that we would save in the long run by buying second-hand vintage furniture giving it some TLC, and it worked. If you’re into modern mixed with some old like us and shop glossy laminates and clean lines, you can achieve this by up-cycling or repainting (very easy – check out this post) .  Introducing some older pieces will give you that quality that Kmart lacks for sometimes less that the cheaper pieces at Kmart so we would recommend going with option (we learned our lesson). And the upside is that you then find after 6 months that you don’t want to rotate your pieces with the trends like you do with Kmart because you’re proud of them and they will last for many years to come.

Just the other day we decided that we would spend half the price on a peg board at Kmart than what I would have to spend making one.  Instantly we regretted it.  The particle boards were mouldy and wet and the pegs were so uneven in thickness, some couldn’t fit. I wish we just went without something that week to afford the materials to make one, we wanted one for all our sewing gear for our handmade bags at Mrs Swan so just decided to just go grab one.

We still talk

We still have some KMART furniture, a guest bedroom is a perfect place for Kmart side tables where they will get very little use so won’t damage fast, up close you can tell they are no DA Lewis, but it’s our first home so we can’t have it all. We have the odd Kmart ornament, the quality difference is very minimal between them and the higher affluent stores. Ornaments are also something that doesn’t get used so it won’t wear. We tend to not shop at Kmart with a basket anymore where you just walk in expecting to walk out with something haha (we used to take a trolley).

Consumers now days are very much in touch with the trends and want to keep their finger on the pulse. There are so many ways you can adhere to these without buying into the Kmart craze. Our blog is all about showing you how, so check out our posts and keep that garage free!

NB: This is our own opinion, as we said we still shop at Kmart and their styles are super trendy. We are all about a good upcycle and want to educate that sometimes (like in this case) for the same price of a cheap piece of furniture – you don’t have to have cheap quality. We were not paid or incentivised to write this post.

Go upcycling!!!

Dressing your bedroom for autumn

Our Autumn Bedroom

Autumn is generally associated with burnt hues of orange, colder days, the rain returning and snuggly throws starting to make an appearance again.

In the house of Mooch Style, we like to stay minimalist with our colour scheme and get creative with textures instead. Our bedroom is the first area of our little villa to have some autumn treatment with our new duvet. We couldn’t look past EziBuy home for this one as they have just released their new autumn homeware range and it’s impressive.

Autumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn BedroomAutumn Bedroom, Ezibuy homeware New ZealandDressing our plush wool rest bed up with their Macy pintuck duvet cover set was a comfort led decision. While we may not like the autumn look we still like to feel comforted and classy. 100% cotton and 250 thread count mean you’ll stay warm in the colder nights too. Subtle tones and a classic clean line design compliment the Pintuck Duvet design and gives you a perfect amount of depth for the autumn months ahead so you can just chill after work or in the weekends.

We’ve broken the white up with two black European stone washed linen cushions and the Ezibuy Ellis Pompom throw in charcoal (perfect around the house throw to have!)


Macy Pintuck Duvet  $140

Ellis Pompom Throw $50

When updating your look for autumn you can get creative like we have using the throw and pintuck textures meaning you have that autumn charm – without the orange.

Check out Ezibuy first!

Kmart goes online!!

Kiwi home stylers dreams have come true. Gone are the days of pushing poor Margaret Johnston down in Isle 2 as you make a new land speed record to get your hands on the latest marble cross that is going to look perfect beside your marble coasters and your marble vase and your marble chopping board.

Kmart is now promising to open an online store here in Aotearoa – New Zealand

Some god send from Christchurch even has a petition on Change.org, demanding our much loved Kmart go online as well as stores  The petition has gathered more than 3800 signatures so far, if I was Kmart I would give them all a white ladder shelf  and  a   copper geo candle holder for their efforts.

Kmart has made home styling easy without using the credit card, it has given stay at home mums a voice on Instagram and husbands some me time as their wives create a walking group through the store at 10pm to get first dibs on the new releases

If you are not on the Kmart buzz you’re going to be!

If you don’t follow @moochstyle on insta you should – we are all about KMART. Here are a few of our KMART inspired shots featured in the home of Mooch Style.