Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Small spaces

I live in a studio apartment in Wellington. 

Here is a picture of it:

It is all brand new and clean, and there is an added bonus of big windows that allow the morning sunlight to stream in. I am not fussed with the size (which is really small), and I know that small spaces can look great too. However, it is really important to make sure that the place does not look cluttered and messy. I brought quite a lot of things here, and I have been making the effort to downsize. This includes selling off some of my craft materials, fabric and books :(. It is also taking a lot of effort to refrain from buying more clothes!

Here are some examples of small and cute houses on Pinterest:

Tiny and rugged :).

Cute loft

Love the wooden partition

Source: via Su Lyn on Pinterrest

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wellington: Parliament

Hey everyone :). 
I'm currently blogging from Wellington, the capital of New Zealand! I moved down here a week ago for work, and I began a new phase of life last Monday. My colleagues have been really friendly, and I am settling in well.
I really love the city here. Wellington is very different from Auckland Central. The latter is smaller and is mainly focussed on Queen Street and Britomart Place. Meanwhile, Wellington Central is a combination of Auckland Central, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Parnell and much more! I am planning to do something different every weekend, and today, I visited the Parliament buildings complex.
The Parliament buildings are on an amazing lush green complex and I spent more than one hour photographing the buildings and exploring the greens. 
The Beehive: The Beehive is also known as the Executive Wing, where the Prime Minister office is and where the Cabinet meets. It was built in 1969, and in my opinion, is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. There is even a swimming pool for the ministers to use!
The Beehive
The Beehive
Parliament House: The Parliament House is where the Debating Chamber, Speaker's Office and committee rooms are. I love how solid it looks.
Parliament House
Parliamentary Library: The Parliamentary Library is my favourite. The building was designed by Thomas Turnbull in 1883. It is still used as a working library for Parliamentary members and staff. There are flowers grown right in front of the building, and the building has lovely windows, ironwork and domes. 
Parliamentary Library (right next to the Parliament House)
Roses and camellia growing in front of the Parliamentary Library
And my fun fact of the day: New Zealand was the first country in the world to allow women to vote in the Parliamentary elections in 1893. Those whom contributed to this milestone development are commemorated in the complex by the planting of white camellias which symbolises support for women's suffrage. 
I can't wait to share more pictures of Wellington as I explore more of the city!