My second week in Auckland

For my second week (for week one click here) of exploring New Zealand, it was all about the islands and the Auckland Zoo. If you’ve ever been to the San Diego Zoo nothing impresses you as much after that, nonetheless, I was so happy to see some hippos and zebras


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Next stop was Waiheke Island. It is  a 30 minute ferry ride from Auckland with beautiful beaches, picturesque farmlands and vineyards.

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Images by MK Square Studio

My first week in Auckland

If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be visiting New Zealand, I would have never believed them.   To me, New Zealand is one of these destinations, like Bali and Thailand that you only dream of going. So when the opportunity presented itself, I was ecstatic. With no time for planning, I packed my bags and headed to the airport for the 22-hour trip.  I landed at Auckland International Airport at 8:30am and by 10am I was on my way downtown to the Auckland Waterfront.

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Auckland waterfront graphitti

It was such a beautiful sunny day, which was a welcomed change compared to the brutal cold weather we’ve been having lately  in New York City.

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Auckland waterfront sky tower

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In the afternoon, I met with the Mr. and we walked to Ponsonby Road where we had dinner at El Sizzling Chorizo.

On day 2, I decided to take some time and do a little bit of research on the things I wanted to see and do. I decided to spend the first week exploring the city of Auckland and the next two weeks exploring the neighboring islands and lakes.

On day 3, I walked through the Auckland Domain Park, stopped by the Wintergarden and admired all the different types of ferns in the Fernery.

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I visited  the Kinder House on Ayr Street in Parnell and walked down Parnell Road, discovering local shops and artists.The Kinder house was designed in 1857 by Frederick Thatcher and is made from volcanic stone. The house displays watercolor paintings, photographs and sketches of John Kinder. Around the corner from the Kinder house is the Domain Ayr Cafe where I had the tastiest fresh juice ever.

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On Day 4,  the Mr. and I took a day trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It was a 2.5-hour drive passing through mountains, valleys and countryside

Road trip to Glowworm caves

Road trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves


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We ended the weekend by driving to the beach. Piha beach is one of the most popular beaches along Auckland’s west coast and is very famous among surfers.

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Images by MK Square Studio

Valentine’s Day Sale

Valentines Day_2014

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Have you made any plans yet?

In celebration of Valentine’s Day,  I am offering

20% OFF

on any prints and phone cases available at my shop.

use code RYMXVA

Offer is valid until 03/10/2014.


Have you seen the new catalog of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams? They are definitely one of my go to stores for most of my e-design clients. The sofas and chairs are comfortable and their simple, modern  lines can be incorporated with most design styles.
10715-MDA_HEROVandyke media console and display shelf 

1327-015T-S_HSFHunter Sofa 


Cara swivel chair


AC11092PLW_HERO_mGraphic throw pillow 

AC11082-CTB_HERORiver stone cocktail table

and here is a board of how everything comes together. Loving this moody almost Mad Men inspired living space.

Monochromatic Color Scheme

Love everything about this modern, contemporary apartment, designed by LMArchitects.

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Happy New Year 2014!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone from my home to yours!
Hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones.

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Baby Girl’s Nursery

Colorful, modern nursery

Colorful, modern nursery

wallpaper | bookcase | chandelier | bedding | art | Eames lounge chair  | crib | dresser | basket | shelves

Leisure Days…

Most of us are looking forward to the warm, leisure days relaxing by the pool, enjoying a cocktail or two and catching up with friends and family. Until then,  we can travel with these  inspirational poolside spaces.

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Sharpie Art

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Sharpie art small (actual)Pinstripe Chris

sharpie art LOVE