Ten no-fail interior design tips I’ve learned from style guru, Dabito

It’s hard to pin down exactly what he does because he’s multi-talented, but along with being the professional photographer for Justina Blakeney’s best selling book, The New Bohemians, Dabito is a stylist, printmaker, graphic designer and the blogger behind Old Brand New. His style mixes modern and vintage, boho neutrals with vivid bright colours, and the whole shebang is heavily…

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5 amazing reasons you should live overseas

So the reason I’ve been a touch quiet of late is largely because I’ve taken the leap and moved from the UK to New Zealand. Yup, first Brussels and now Wellington – I have the taste for this living overseas lark now! Such a move involves quite a lot of mental energy and, oh the paperwork! Needless to say, NMC has…

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How to haggle in the souks to get a fair price

My first foray into haggling took place around ten years ago, maybe longer. And, rather than being in a Moroccan souk, I was in a cute boutique on Columbia Road in London, eyeing up some porcelain mugs that were priced up individually. Having recently watched some programme or other recommending the benefits of haggling (I am easily influenced), I summoned…

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How to manage blogging when you have a full time job

When I started my blog I naively didn’t think it would take up a great deal of my time. I mean I wasn’t trying to solve the problems in the Middle East or anything, I was writing about interiors. Hardly rocket science right? But, as I’ve touched upon before, writing a blog involves so much more than writing a few…

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