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Seller in the Spotlight : One Hundred Percent...

How did you start your business?
I own a small gift shop in Mt Maunganui and my partner and I used to run a signwriting company, I saw a gap in the market for this kind of wall art and using my partners skills and our industry knowledge  with a dash of creativity we set about creating a wall art range thats a bit of fun!

What is your favourite piece in your collection?
So hard to choose! I tend to change the kids rooms around quite a bit but I actually like the foxes best!
THEN a mix of maybe 4...
Polka dots, Horses, Swans and Hearts

What has been your favourite recent purchase?
A Beci Orpin print  from Koskela when we were recently in Sydney.

What is the one song that will get you on the dance floor?
Im happy - By Pharrell - 

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Chocolate chocolate and all forms of chocolate. 

What inspires you?
Phew. I find pinterest inspiring but I also find it can wear me out and overwhelm me at times.When its time to be creative I tend to take a pinholiday. 
My creative friends inspire me the most. Oh and Wes Anderson.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Tough tough call!! Rarotonga for relaxing - Sydney & Melbourne for work trips!

What do you wish people cared more about?
Ha - I know I should say something about saving the world but Id love it if people used their indicators in their cars more often. Im not a mind reader!

Where would your dream holiday be?
Greek Islands

Do you have a favourite book?
I haven't had a lot of time for reading of late so its a toss up between Shantaram and Jitterbug Perfume.

If you could invite 5 people (dead or alive) to dinner, who would they be and why? 
David Bowie - I think thats self explanatory
Wes Anderson - Id put him in charge of styling the dinner!
Bill Murray - Everyone wants to know what its like to hang out with him!
Pharrell Williams - Is he really that Happy??
Paul Rudd - Surely him and Bill Murray would be laugh a minute?

What is your indulgence?
I wish I had time for more indulgence - but Id have to say massage.

What music are you loving right now? 
A new De La Soul X J-Dilla mix tape I just got my hands on.

To see the full collection from One Hundred Percent hop over here 

Win a ticket to The Blog Society's 'Connecting with your Tribe'

We have a ticket to The Blog Society's 'Connecting with your Tribe' workshop at Splash to giveaway. To enter, follow@downthatlittlelaneshop & @paperrunway and show us your favourite way to connect in an image (must be yours) and use the #hashtag #dtllheartssplash - entries close midnight 2.5.14 & DTLL will announce on 3.5.14

Win a Chalkboard Print from Maggies Place - 3 Winners!

Maggies Place is a store I have set up to showcase some of the best bits I have found from around the globe. 

I love letterpress, I love script, I love vintage styling and I love things that make me smile so I hope my whole store will do just that for you

In my quest to find delightful things for Down that Little Lane I often discover wonderful gems that either can't come and join the family as they are too far away and postage is prohibitive, only sell via wholesale or are simply just to small to have another line in the water.

Well if they can't come to me, I will come to them....

I am giving 3 lucky winners a chance to choose an (unframed) chalkboard print of your choice from my store.

All you need to do to enter is tell us in 25 words or less which chalkboard sign you would choose and why? Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter Widget below to validate your entry.

The competition is open now and closes 10/05/14 at 11.59pm AEST.

Good Luck!
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Happy Easter

Ava and Indiana's Room

Shot by Nadia ands created by Natalie I was blown away when I saw this room.. I love the dark walls with the amazing polka dots.. SO different and the other colours in the nursery just jump off the wall!!.

The dark walls with polka dot wall decals are so so clever

The stunning Peacock Chair with matching sidetable and our beautiful cushion are delectable

I cannot get enough of these Sonny Angels
Accessories make a room.. The Happy Cloud and Tribal Bunny are PERFECT!

Cute bookshelves with artwork to let them know they are loved..

A cosy corner with cushions that will last them until their teens 

If you use furniture that has multiple uses you can make them last forever too :)

Do you like the dark walls? I adore how it shows up the pastels so well..

Win as ticket to Holly Hipwell at Splash

Thanks to us sponsoring Splash. We have a ticket to Holly Hipwell's flower bomb workshop to giveaway. 

To enter follow @downthatlittlelaneshop and @paperrunway on Instagram and show us your favourite flower image/creation (it must be your image) and use the #hashtag #dtllheartssplash. 

Entries close midnight 23.4.14. @downthatlittlelaneshop will announce on 24.4.14

New in Store

Who's in your team?

Yep I know you can't read bugger all in that picture so you had best go here :)

I don't make mistakes..

I may do things incorrectly or go about things the wrong way but I don't see them as mistakes. It can't be a mistake if you learn something from it that makes you stronger or teaches you something new can it?

It's all about how you come out of situations, like I said that I don't do grudges well same goes here. I don't do grudges as they take up too much negative energy, they make me sad and just don't get me to a better place in life whatever I do with them. Mistakes are just the same. Learn a lesson and move on.

Clearly some mistakes can effect others and I am the first to apologise if it is not for the better but as I never go out to harm someone it is usually pretty simple and as I have said to many of my mates over the years as we have ridden the waves 'a true friendship will endure'.

I have had a laugh of late with business stuff.. DTLL has clearly got to a stage where businesses we cross genres or possibly consumers with see us as a threat of sorts.

I have had such a laugh at mistakes in business over the past 2 years..

People asking my web boys to build them a website ' just like DTLL', 
legal letters with no weight about words used in our advertising spaces,
sly approaches to my trusted staff to poach them to another firm
all the way to blatant bullying of small businesses into putting all their eggs in one basket for no promise of any return.

Every time it has reminded me how I just don't do mistakes.

I partnered with my web boys and we built DTLL from scratch..
I use a professional for our ads, he knows the law and we know our rights
My staff are loyal, I wouldn't employ someone who would jump ship easily.. no idea why anyone else would want to either
There are reasons we care about our stores sales and whether they are getting sales.. it is called having a future..

You know when you write a post and think why did I write this? should I even publish it? That is me right now but I will because I might learn something and if I wrote it I clearly feel the need to share it

Do you manage to see the positives in stuff, make mistakes much?

Win A Robe or Kaftan of Your Choice From Be Still Homewares

Be Still Homewares was founded in January 2008 by Sarah an Australian Industrial and Graphic Designer. 

Sarah has a passion for fabric and pattern and after a trip to Bangkok in 2008 where she fell in love with the gorgeous fabric that was available, she felt a need to transform that fabric into beautiful designs. The unique products created by Sarah make up the Be Still Homewares range.

Sarah continues to collect and use fabric from several countries including Thailand, Japan, India, Uzbekistan and Kashmir. In 2011 Sarah further added to her collection with a range of embroidered cushions that are designed by her and produced in India.

We are huge fans of lounging around in these gorgeous robes on a Sunday morning and so we along with Karen from Yellow Dandy Blog (who also happens to be a lover of Be Still Homewares) are thrilled that Sarah has offered the winner of this competition your choice of a robe or kaftan from her store.

All you need to do to enter is leave us a comment telling us in 25 words or less - your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning.

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below and you are in with a chance to win.

The competition is open now and closes at midnight 20/04/14 AEST. Good Luck!

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Ava's Nursery...

Oh she just keeps them coming... Belinda is back from Petite Vintage Interiors with another stunning nursery shot by Jody .

I love how Belinda always uses products that can grow with your child and even get stolen by Mum if your children will ever let you!!..

As always so much DTLL loving in these pictures we just had to share because it makes us proud..

The stool as a side table adds such versatility, the gold polka dot decals are so easy an cheap to create a feature wall and the rug could be used in any room you wanted..

I love the use of bookshelves in kids bedrooms
Our deer head looks amazing and who could not adore the touch of a happy cloud pillow

As for the letter light and our peacock cabinet.. I lust after them daily and adore the finishing touches of
a soft toy you would want to keep forever
Another stunning collection by Belinda I say.. and did you see the boys room she did as one of her first jobs that I shared last week?

Do you buy furniture to last? or prefer to buy cheaper and change alot? 

I love Chocolate Winner..

The winner of our Thermomix Cookbook Giveaway on our FB Page is Sue Stafford

Please comment on the blog with your email so we can contact you to deliver your prize. If there is no contact made with 7 days I will re draw and contact the next name drawn :)

Nothing wrong with going last..

Or so it appears on The Block.. We had a fab and fun giveaway on our FB Page last night..  Simple game of skill.. name who you think will win The Block.

I would have gone for the Super K's or The Boys myself but purely as I loved their apartments the most I adore Wood and Stone  and even more so when combined.. THAT Bathroom.. oh my..

SO.. anywho.. we actually only had 7 people that voted for the final winners and OUR winner is

Bridy Leone

If you can leave us a comment with your email so we can send you your Gift Certificate we will get that out to you ASAP. If no answer within 7 days I will redraw and find one of the other 7 :)

They always want the boys...

Who always wants the boys? Well our divine ladies over on Facebook.. we share the works of the amazing interior designers that use our products and we adore so much but it just often seems to be girls rooms..

I actually did a boys room last Friday but in the mean time one of my old school friends in the UK tagged me in for a little help on creating a boys army room that was not all guns and camo.

I was rather busy that day but of course the wannabe interior designer took over and I sat on my deck and made up a little story board before work.

I would/could have done one totally DTLL but with her being based in the UK I stuck to simple products that I hope she can also find in the UK.

Anywho I figured I would share it here for our Mum's who wanted some by room input..

Need a hand with a room? Am I any help? Not sure really.. What do you think? 

Morning Show Magic..

We were a little proud to see Chris from our DTLL Blogger Family in The Morning Show the other day.. pretty sure it was his first time on TV and he was totally fab!!. Check it out  here :)

Doesn't he look right at home? 

Cosi's Nursery...

We don't get to share as many boys nursery stories as I would like so bringing you one of Belinda from Petite Vintage Interiors first jobs is quite the treat.

I am a lover of all things grey and silver and this room does not disappoint. Simply styled with lots of space for Master Cosi to play this is one of my favourite space I have seen for a little fella..

Photographed by Darren and styled by Cosi's Mum :)

The Letter Light is fabulous and always draws your eye :) and I adore how the wall design has a specific
space for a fabulous Deer Head

This rug is super fab as you can wash it down and dust it off with ease

The egg chair from Incy is a classic and the garland in black adds some pretty but 'boy' pretty

Another top job by Belinda.. What colour did you do your boys nursery? 

Seller in the Spotlight : R2 Designs

How did you start your business?
I started my business about 4 years ago, not long after my 1st son was born. I really love burning candles, but I also wanted to make sure I wasn’t harming my family with nasty chemicals, so I decided to do a course on soy candle making and from there, what started as a hobby, gradually grew to the business that it is today. I still love burning candles, so I love what I do, and feel blessed that my customers can enjoy my candles in their home as well!

What is your favourite piece in your collection?
Its hard to say which piece in my collection is my favourite…its like choosing a favourite child! But, I do have favourite fragrances at any given time. At the moment, Im really enjoying Cool Citrus Basil, ( from the Lab Jar range) and Lemon Verbena is always burring at my home, (from the Fowler Jar range).

What is the one song that will get you on the dance floor?
I love dancing, so it wouldn’t take much to make a fool of myself on the dance floor, but Love On Top by Beyonce would probably get me up every time. She is a big favourite in my household, with the kids and I, so we dance around to her DVD all the time!

What is your guilty pleasure? 
My guilty pleasure is 2 squares of chocolate very night, when the kids are in bed. I make a pot of tea and put my feet up, and let the chocolate work it magic! Its the little things..

What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my addiction to all things interior design! I spend all my spare time scouring the internet for inspiration, reading my favourite blogs & of course flicking through all the home magazines. I make what I love & hope other people  love it too!

Where would your dream holiday be?
My dream holiday would be Italy with my family. We would slowly travel from to toe, and eat our way through all the local produce, drink the local vino, and siesta every day! A girl can dream, can’t she?

Bondi Harvest : Cucumber and Proscuitto Salad

I will have you know Cucmber is far more tasty than Cucumber.. did you see that up there?

Guy just simply makes good food easy and thats a true talent in my book.. give this one a crack. I did it with smoked trout and....OMG.. Thanks Guy :)