Hooks and Frocks

Well the weather may be trying to confuse us, but not only is Spring almost over, Christmas and the summer holidays aren’t far away.

So if you’re lucky enough to have a holiday house here’s a post for you.

Whether yours is a bach, crib or beach house there’s a good chance it won’t be far from water because that’s what Kiwi summers are all about. Somewhere you can cool off and chill out.



From a decorating point of view I am a great fan of the laid back slightly nostalgic and not too perfect look, so that it feels different to home.  You can perk up tired sofas and armchairs with colourful cushions and throws, freshen up the bedrooms with new duvet covers and cheer up tired bathrooms with bold shower curtains.






























Let the age of your bach guide some of your choices. A bit of 60’ or 70’s retro can look amazing. Always a big fan of a mix of old and new, this is the perfect place to exercise that option.  Peg board, wood, wicker, bunks and beanbags all have bach written all over them.

Prior to letting Xmas madness get the better of you, here’s my checklist to get you summer digs holiday friendly.

Create inviting useable outdoor spaces for cooking and eating – a big out door table with lots of seating is where you’ll spend lots of time. Nothing has to be flash, in fact rustic charm is way more appealing when on holiday. Sometimes you need a couple of different outdoor spaces so there’s always a spot that’s sheltered and shaded.




Mozzie control, outdoor lighting and mobile speakers are vital to create the perfect mood for balmy summer evenings.

Comfy beds and decent blinds or curtains so early morning sun doesn’t wake you at dawn are absolute essentials.





Outdoor showers are brilliantly practical, and make sure there are plenty of hooks inside and out for sunhats, beach bags and towels.




Lastly, don’t forget to cull all the household rejects you dumped at your bach when you first bought it, particularly in the kitchen. You don’t want to sabotage your holiday by lack of functionality.  Only keep things that work or add to the mood.

Start now and this is one summer you’ll have sorted….