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THE BEST DESIGN FROM NEW ZEALAND. AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND NEW ZEALAND! Homewares, Furniture, Interiors, Graphic Design... and lots of other awesome design.

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    Grid pattern and blush pink = two of my current favourite things. These super-soft, reversible throws by NZ designer Jamie Kay are relevant to my interests.




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    Yesssssss! Yeeeeeessssssss. New Petrel shelving (fave name of the year, I'm calling it as early as Feb) by NZ designer Jamie McLellan. New colourways and sizes coming real soon too...





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    This kitchen is awesome! Love that pantry with old rope pulls and that geometric leadlight window.
    Leeann and Brian's holiday kitchen also has a decent espresso machine, because - priorities. 



    Fave bites - the picture window (I love a good arch), pegboard sideboard, and that apricot wall. Brian and Leanne combine vintage gems with furniture, lighting and textiles from their own Homebase Collections brand...


    Leanne on the beach with. All photography by Brian Culy


    This weekend's the last loooong lazy one for this summer, and NZ creative couple Brian and Leanne Culy will probably be here - their amazing beach house on Haumoana beach. 

    They'll probably be cooking on their pizza oven and being generally awesome. And the rest of us will have to settle for just having a nosey around it, in the latest issue of URBIS magazine (out today). Plus there's 5 other seaside homes, in New Zealand and abroad. Definitely Waitangi-weekend-worthy.


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  • 02/07/15--13:02: Fancy SPACES

  • Good morning, good morning to yooouu...

    I agree - all is well here. (Politely ignoring the ballsack art.)
    Steal this idea: drawers at the end of the bed.

    What is this? I love it!
    Bleached babe. (Special hat tip to those white lights and white tapware.)

    Layering - this bed does it well. 
    Soft grey walls can look super fresh, don't you think?


    This is giving me camping meets restaurant kitchen and casual cool. If you're a real foodie for whom the kitchen is the heart of the home, I think this is a super unique, super stylish way to have your kitchen. 

    It's far from a designer home kitchen cliche and I love that.

    I would sit here and write you a love letter.



    You can see the rest of this mid-century-loving Melbourne pad on Design Sponge.




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    A little selection of NZ design quickies for you...


    Strong and simple and goddamn handsome, it's like the Joe Manganiello of chairs (If Joe was wearing a sharp suit and architect's glasses). New RD Dining Chair by Douglas and Bec.



    NZ designers Deadly Ponies clearly know exactly what we want and need in our handbag - a good-looking, compact journal with a wad of yummy blank pages. There are three colours, and they also come with embossed leather covers. Available from Tessuti.


    Papermint Studio is making super cute things for super cute kids' rooms. Love that sleepy-eye heart.
    Ehmergerd, donut pillow! From NZ makers Struckla & Peach.




    Dog goods that look good for good dogs, from new NZ brand 8 Paws. If like me, your dog is your BFF, I reckon you'll love their design-led range (plus they have some cool collabs with NZ designers coming soon). Also, little dog whistle to their simple stylish logo. Woof. 








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  • 02/09/15--14:16: new Mac stool by NZ's Kada
  • New from NZ's Kada furniture, the Mac stool. Handmade by NZ craftsman Nigel Cotterill, I think these would make cool boardroom chairs. The recessed paint detail comes in a range of colours. (I'll take two in yellow, thanks.)


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    Goodies for mah goodies...





    When I'm next in Paris (ummmmm you know, whenever that is), I'll stay in the boutique design hotel, Hotel Henriette, with the cutest contemporary-meets-vintage rooms and a view over Parisian rooftops. C'est bon.

      


    Julia Kostreva, I love your things. They're super duper fine. Check out that the white embossed (white foil) print detail, so yum. Julia also has a whole range of beautifully designed planners that aren't date marked (so you can start anytime), the typography inside is beautiful and minimal, and they have loads of unlined pages so you can write and draw. You're checking all of my journal boxes right now. Check out Julia Kostreva's store.




    Danish design legends Hay do shelving right. First, there was their Woody unit, and now the New Order shelving and storage system with the sexiest, fashion-forward colour palette and lots of different units, including deep trays as an alternative to flat shelves, genius.




     Styling Julia Green, Photography Armelle Habib for Inside Out magazine



    This is what happens when leather and oak and restrained design make sweet, sweet love.
    The Finley bed with leather headboard, by my favourite furniture brand, Melbourne's Jardan.



    yaaaaaaas, these brass candlesticks are modernist everything. Handmade to order by designer Kim Thome. (He's a hot young guy called Kim, Norwegian but living in London. Bonus points.)


    Extra cool for extra ZZZZZZs. Best layered with another pattern or a plain colour, I reckon. From West Elm (P.S When something you gotttttta have doesn't ship to NZ, you can use the handy-dandy NZ Post Service YouShop)




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    Citta launches their Winter15 collection online today, and it's got the goods, people. I shall be ordering many items. Every collection, Citta's design team use a city as a jump-off, and Deco Deco was inspired by 1920's Paris. 

    One of the most exciting things about this collection is the super clean, contemporary-yet-classic line of furniture and lighting we've ever seen from Citta, thanks to established NZ designer David Moreland having joined the Citta studio. This bodes very well indeed...

    Dogs and spots - reversible bedding for the win.  

    Soft pink and side table

    David Moreland has designed a family of floor and table lamps, including this black beauty.

    Cute for kitchens...
    This bae is actually one of a range of bed headboards, doubling as racks.

    Yaaaaaaaaaas, Citta - your Radial furniture is on point.



    Make a note - I think the Radial Shelves are destined to be a NZ design classic.
    Sold as stackable units in different lengths, so you can choose the span and height that suits.
    Brass fittings and chamfered corners make this fresher than your average.

    Another brilliant addition to Citta's collection - the Radial floating shelves.
    Eep, I want the whole furniture family.






    H E R E    A R E    M Y    T O P   O F    T H E    P O P S:




    1 • The right lights. Terrain shades in black, oyster and white.

    2 • Superb little Radial dining chair designed by David Moreland  - one part of a whole new awesome gang of Citta furniture.

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    Get on my bed now, Mon Ami.

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     Palette cushion cover and pillowcase.

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    The Radial Shelf - the Channing Tatum of this Magic Mike collection.

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     Blush and black Jolie cushion - love the scattered hand-painted pattern.

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     My fave pattern in this collection, Pois, is seen across all sorts of homeware including tea towels and mugs. Here, it's on a grey and white placemat.

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    Moreland gives good light (this is the Shift table lamp). 

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    Ah, that shelf again - choose how many shelves you want - 2, 4, 6?

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     Pois ceramic tray (this is my fave) - coming very soon... 

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     Pois tea tins.

    (I really could've picked another 25 things for this list but it's Monday and you have places to be, things to do.)



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  • 02/21/15--14:18: Fancy SPACES!

  • Sunday sleep-ins....






























    Indoor trees is the new potted plants.


    Love that super textured rug, the indoor tree, and always love an oversized print with lots of negative space. Also, a white vintage display cabinet has always been on my To Dos.



    Keepin' it tight in black and white
    My kind of B&B
    Breakfast nook babe. (Super cute rug!)

    Aaaaargh I love this! It's like they spied on my bedroom dreams. 

    Owning always-crinkled charcoal linen bedding means you really don't ever have to make your bed again.

    Here's the other side of the same bedroom. McDreamy.
    I am now wishing my home had a staircase so I could paint it black.
    Happy Sunday, babe faces x




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    One of most loved, most inspirational houses I've ever had the pleasure of visiting is the home of the Pyne family. One of the original farmhouses of Mount Maunganui, it's been renovated, extended out and up, and decorated over the past 5 years or so by Stacey Pyne, mumma and seriously skilled hunter of vintage and industrial treasures. 

    Last year, Stacey realised she was running out of space to decorate, so she decided to open her own little store - Dusty - filled with all her best finds, for your place!  The Dusty store is actually a room in the Pyne's awesome home, a tiny space filled to burst with goodies, open by appointment each Thursday.  Stacey's also just opened the Dusty online store. I've already bagsed the Tiger pillowcase, just sayin'.


    A downstairs window was sourced from an old chapel
    Yip, these are the golden days...





    Stacey spent years collecting these tiles, one-by-one


    Bathroom fave!

    Salvaged farmhouse door alongside a design classic - Florence Broadhurst Horse Stampede wallpaper
    I L.O.V.E that they left the scrapyard writing on this old door. Best thing ever.

    Stacey has finished collecting things to decorate her place, and now, with Dusty, she's collecting things to decorate yours - including lots of vintage cushions like these ones.
    The Pyne fam in their in-progress treehouse.



    PART II, TOMORROW - 

    the Pyne's family room, freakin' cool nautical/hunting lodge-inspired stairwell, kids' bedrooms and... DUSTY - a tiny shop full of treasures (yes, you can visit and buy goodies!) inside Stacey's home.







    All photography by Swift & Click. You should also check out the Jan/Feb issue of Frankie Magazine, for more photos and my Q+A with Stacey!

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    Continued from yesterday's post (see here if you missed it) - we're still looking around the home of Stacey Pyne. 

    It's taken her many years, but she's now finished collecting treasures to decorate her home, and has started collecting treasures to decorate yours instead! You're so lucky. 

    You can shop all Stacey's vintage and industrial finds at her online store Dusty, or by visiting the Dusty shop - actually a room in Stacey's home - every Thursday 10am-5pm, or by appointment.

    Vintage and industrial are good mates
    I'm-a let you finish, but Stacey has the best ever cushion collection of all time.

    Pretty patina

    My personal fave part of the Pyne home - their moody, masculine stairwell - with stained glass window, vintage maps, nautical ephemera and vintage wildlife pieces.

    What wonderful childhoods are made of...



    Cute kids' room details.
    (Jake is the founder of the Lower brand, along with several other fashion brands and the Thanks stores)
    Kip &; Co budgie bedding looks best with one-of-a-kind garage-saled goodies

    Inside  D U S T Y:









    You can follow Dusty on Facebook or Instagram or visit the Dusty online store here




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  • 02/26/15--16:49: Pick n Mix, design buddies:

  • Design gets me hot.




    Australian textile brand Kate and Kate are doing all kinds of YES with their newest collection Quiet Geometry, and a special collabo with stylist Marsha Golemac.



    Made By Rain duvet cover set by ZigZagZurich. Watercolour loveliness (it also looks a tiny bit like mould but don't ruin it for me, jeez.)








    Loving the TRNK (New York) online concept... Created by two New York designers, its vision is to be a destination for masculine design (interiors and homeware) - finally, right?  The TRNK website features the well-designed spaces of 'men we admire', and then the TRNK store homeware (curated from around the net) inspired by each one. It's part magazine, part marketplace - perfect if you're buying for a stylish man or inspired to be one. 






    Roxy Marj makes the cutest blankies!






    HelloMossery. You are helping feed my journal and notebook addiction.





    The girls-with-great-taste behind one of my fave blogs April and May have collaborated with Norm Architects (Menu) on First and Second - a new store and cafe in Alkmaar (Netherlands). Love the soft Scandi minimalism.  




    (This is my plan for the weekend, kids.)
    It's from a very cool bunch of desktop wallpapers I think you'll like, over at DesignLoveFest - Gogeddit.






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  • 02/28/15--12:04: Fancy Spaces
  • Kick the kid out, I'm coming to stay...




    White painted floorboards and a flower taped to the wall...


    Kitchen fantasies (and these are the sort of floorboards I want at home)

    Silence and simplicity - time to pare back my bedroom I think...

    Super cute shared bedroom! The mumma who made this kids' room also has a brilliant blog
    I want to put our bed like this but my husband won't let me.
    More from this house? Oh, ok...


    Folksy little study space. Love that rug - it's from Urban Outfitters who have loads of boho/folk style stuff at the moment, if that's your jam.

    Concrete double tub, weird-straw-shape (but cool) mixer, leather drawer pulls, vintage ladder as towel rack. Yes, I am literally just saying things I like at this point. We don't have to make conversation, it's Sunday. 

    This modern, masculine loft conversion is all kinds of yes. Would you like at those pendant lights? And the black curtain rails and grey sheer curtains against those huge white arched windows? Everything. 


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    Photographer, jeweller and maker Sonya Nagels and designer and illustrator Toby Morris agreed to be my first Two - sharing the lives and work of creative couples. 

    I've long been a fan of these two separately (especially of Sonya's photo projects/photo series' and Toby's hand-drawn type)... but it wasn't until they opened their new Morris/Nagels 'family store' - Beard & Braid - a couple of months ago that I realised they were besties and partners.



    W H E R E   W E   L I V E :

    Sonya: 
    We live in Sandringham, in Auckland right next to Eden Park. We're renting an old 1920's villa. Sometimes we feel like we'd like more space, but yet we lived in tiny apartments overseas and now we have 4 times the amount of space…

    Toby: I call it Fort Royal. It's on Royal Terrace and has a big high fence around it so it feels like a fortress. It's great to have a yard after years of a tiny apartment in Amsterdam.


    W H A T   W E   E A C H   D O:

    Sonya:
     I'm a photographer. I've done a huge variety of freelance work - you name it, I've done it. But what I specialize in is lifestyle and portraiture. I interned as a jeweller in Amsterdam and I love textiles. I'm really interested in combining those two things. I'm also a stay-at-home mum with two little boys who are fun and distracting and who just want to be doing whatever I am doing. Which can't involve sharp implements.

    Toby: By day I'm an advertising art director at DDB, and then after hours I draw. I've been making comics since I was 13, so I've made a few books by now and these days I'm doing a monthly non-fiction comic strip for the website The Wireless. I also do freelance illustration, my own artwork and I draw a lot of concert posters.

    F A V E   T H I N G   I N   O U R   H O M E :

    Toby: I've always wanted to live in a house with lots of books. Lots of books and art. 

    Sonya: I love all the art we've collected up over the years. We've tried to pick something up in each place we've been - some haven't yet made it up - like the painting of the weird Cambodian girl in a tiger print bikini floating on a raft, or the giant fluro pink hill tribe quilt that I lugged through northern Laos… but they'll make it up one day. 

    Maybe my favourite piece is the woodcut of the bear - Grrr macht der Bear by Phillip Janta. We bought that from this shop in Berlin, for not much money, the artist was a student - he did a whole alphabet series - they are all beautiful.

    In terms of objects - I love our dining room table. It belonged to my aunt and uncle who gave it to us when we moved back to NZ. It was their family table for over 20 years and it bears all the scars. I love that our family get to make some more. It's big and heavy and perfect to lay out sewing projects on, or do a gocco screenprinting run. It lives in our dining room, which we use as our studio- so it only gets eaten at on very special occasions. Too much stuff has to be shifted off it!



    C R E A T I V E L Y,   W H A T   W E ' V E   L E A R N E D   F R O M   E A C H   O T H E R:

    Sonya: From Toby I have learnt about dedication and persistence. He has a saying about if you do just one small thing towards your goal everyday, you will get there. And it's true. Everything that he sets out to do, he achieves eventually. He works harder than anyone else I've ever met and on top of that, he has the highest code of honor. He'd rather take the long route than run something over. (I have to admit, I'm not adverse to a short cut or two.) I love seeing how much better his drawing gets each year. He pushes me to be better and to persevere. 

    Toby: Sonya has taught me about being observant in my work. She finds moments and angles that I'd totally miss. Watching her has helped me slow down and observe better - find beauty or humour in the ordinary.


    H O W   W E   B E C A M E   A   C O U P L E :
    Sonya: Toby doesn't remember the first time we met. It was at a full moon drum circle at a bar on Cuba St in Wellington. Ha! But this was way back in 2000. He was wearing baggy jeans and a baseball cap. And probably a plaid shirt. But anyway, I was working at a photocopy shop and Toby used to come in to print his comics. I used to give him extra good rates. I thought his comics were cool, and he was so nice and a bit shy and I liked his beard. So Wellington! So it took a while, but after we got together Toby moved in pretty much straight away. That was thirteen years ago. 

    Toby: I thought she was cute. I did a lot of unnecessary photocopying.


    Sonya made this dressing gown for herself from a vintage pattern. I just loved this photo...


    I N   T H E   F U T U R E , W E ' D   L O V E   T O   C O L L A B O R A T E   O N :

    Toby: I've got this idea about doing a book of portraits - photos by Sonya and comic stories from me. Hang out with someone, Sonya shoots them, I interview them and do a story on a moment in time with them. 

    Sonya: Big art and little art. I think we'd both like the chance to go really big with some of our ideas. Also, I'd love to get back into the jewellery studio, and have Toby design some 3D characters to cast in silver. That'd be really fun.



    Sonya is always making - whether for her own home and family or the Beard & Braid store. She documents all her making and homemaking on her lifestyle blog, A Lioness You.
    Sonya steals flowers from people's gardens.  She turned her thievery into a beautiful photo series - you can buy the photographic prints over on Beard & Braid.


    O U R   N E W   P R O J E C T   B E A R D  &  B R A I D   I S :

    Sonya: Beard & Braid is our family store. For a long time Toby and I have worked very separately, and when we have tried to collaborate, it's been quite forced, and not always very successful. We both love making things, and selling our work and we both had separate web shops and it was all very "this is yours and this is mine". But everything we do is literally done side by side. Everything is filtered and edited and talked over with the other person, and as we became a family, it seemed weird to keep defining our work as separate. Because it's just us. So we streamlined our webstores into one space, and made it a family store. Somewhere where we can sell whatever we want. It's not very commercial. It's an umbrella under which we can both stand, even if what is produced is very clearly one or the others.

    C O M I N G   U P   S O O N   F O R   U S   IS:

    Toby: I've got some prints I'm working on and a couple of books in the works that are comely along very slowly but surely. One thing we've done with the shop is sell commissioned paintings by our little sons Max and Iggy. I love drawing and painting with them so hopefully they keep getting a few requests. Max did an amazing lizard the other day. 

    Sonya: I'm working on a zine of a series of photos that I've been taking of the flowers my son has brought me. The zine is a collection of Polaroids, Instagrams and a little writing. Toby will be heavily involved in the design of it. 

    We are speaking at a Design Assembly talk on the 5th of March about collaboration. About why it's hard and good, and when it goes wrong, and when it goes right. It should be fun but I'm a bit nervous!

    The Beard & Braid logo (best ever) | One of Toby & Sonya's co-creative prints, titled Bird & Bird (their kitten)

    Two of a number of Toby's works for sale on Beard & Braid - an original painting and a handprinted linocut print. (Endemicworld also has a catalogue of Toby Morris art prints.)







    A Lioness You - Sonya's making and homemaking blog

    Sonya Nagels Instagram





    • • Sonya and Toby are giving a talk this week (along with Hardhat Design and Libby & Ben) at  Design Assembly's Autumn Conversations Event. Get more info and tickets here.

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    URBIS magazine DesignDay is back-back-again, happening Saturday March 21st... and I have double passes to giveaway!

    DesignDay is a 9-stop tour (with free transport) of some of Auckland's best design showrooms, with a special event hosted at each spot. Every stop on your DesignDay tour offers something different - from live music and installations to complementary drinks and delicious eats. The showrooms have also each collaborated with a designer or other creative to turn their space into a extra special destination for the day. 



    Right...so, keen? It's such a fun day out. Tickets are available here or you can enter to win below!  

    We're giving away two double passes - plus one of our winners will also get a one-year subscription to Urbis magazine.



    Just enter your name and email address in the form below.
     If you'd like an extra entry, you can enter again on Fancy's Facebook.



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  • 03/05/15--20:39: Happy Friday Pick n Mix


  • Cutlery at the ready, hungry design mouths!



    Australia's The Rug Collection is not silly, because it's collaborated with a bunch of up-and-coming (or, already arrived) designers to create a new Art Series collection. Way to make awesome things, guys. I'm a fan of these three especially, by Home-Work (top two) and Pony Rider.





    I'm a little excited about new wallpaper design brand These Walls.  It's the creation of Queenslander Sara Hingle, an illustrator who's worked for the likes of Frankie magazine and Smith Journal. 
    Bodes.



    #Chairgoals. The TBC collection of chairs, by Australian designer Adam Lynch (of design collective Lab De Stu). Comes in a range of powdercoat colours, all with that fine-ass raw nutmeg leather. 

    Also, TOTALLY related but um, babe, if you notice $750 missing out of our account, it's just that thing we spoke about the other day... you know, that thing - that thing we had to pay! Jeez, you never remember anything we talk about! Don't worry about it, I've taken care of it.




    This combines two things I love - photo projects and rescue dogs. Gluta was a stray with advanced cancer - now she's cancer-free and spends her days smiling her sweet dog face off, thanks to her new person. 


    Mesh - a perforated metal shelving unit by Bride and Wolfe.

    If you're searching for something stylish for the man with good taste - may I suggest Kaufmann Mercantile? Maybe an Italian-leather-covered bike chain, if he's serious about his ride. 



    Entrecôte restaurant in Melbourne, by the seriously good Flack Studio (interior architects).









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    That sawn stump works well here to make the whole bathroom a little less clinical and more laid back.

    Yellow pompom cushion for the win! This home is as laid-back as it is sophisticated, a lot like Noosa, actually (the surf town where it's located). Styling by Simone Barter, photography by Anastasia Kariofylldis.


     The converted-factory home of artist Saskia Folk (love that Accept The Good poster, available here).
    Styling by Heather Nette King, Photography by Derek Swalwell
    Dudes bathe here.
    Men who know how to decorate are hella sexy. Just saying.
    Styling by Rachel Vigor, Photography Derek Swalwell

    This New York beauty is a 1839 dockside warehouse conversion. Woah.
    Photograph by Gaelle Le Boulicaut



    I love my mag subs - it's like a little present to myself in the mailbox every month.  This weekend's love letter was the latest issue of Inside Out

    This issue's easy breezy beautiful covergirl home is a light-filled contemporary babe in one of my fave places on the planet - Noosa. There's also an old factory in Melbourne converted into a industrial-vibe home (check out those huge deep-green factory lights in the hallway and bathroom), an inner-city warehouse that a bunch of stylish men have turned into a cool urban apartment, a New York warehouse conversion, and loads of other interior and new-homeware inspiration too. Oh and P.S Penpals - did you know Inside Out have a new website?

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    This inspiring babe is Alice Lines - and she might be the editor of the all-killer-no-filler Homestyle magazine (and a seriously good designer and stylist in her own right), but she's also just a quality Cantab girl, with a natural, real style that belies her sophisticated taste level and talent. It was a real treat to hang with Alice for a day, checking out the super cute villa-corner flat she shares with her partner and General Manager at Homestyle Nick Burrowes, seeing what goes into making each banging issue of Homestyle, watching her brainstorm styling ideas and content with fellow designers Amber Armitage and Sophie Peacocke, and then tagging along for after-work drinkies and finally, a high-summer swim, as day turned to dusk.



    ~


    A big thank you to Fisher & Paykel for their commitment to New Zealand design 
    in sponsoring Fancy's Day in the Life series.



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    The FishSmith - a cleaner, modern take on classic NZ fish n' chips

    Brand and packaging for Al Brown's Best Ugly Bagels



    Design of Al Brown's book, DEPOT - the story of the legendary NZ chef's celebrated restaurant

     
    Identity for new Hawke's Bay eatery, Monica Loves



    Garmercy Bakery in Wellington


    The new Huckle & Co fish and chippery in seaside Seatoun, Welly. (Love the name, love the classic kiwi jetty fishing pic)


    NZ designers Gas Project are doing some incredibly nice work of late.


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    Dear Jervois plays up the contrast between vintage, industrial and contemporary to beautiful effect
    One of my fave bits - this light-box steals the show for me.

    Lightbox centrefold (heart eyes)
    Soft and hard, pretty and patina



    Botanics and fresh flowers always (especially loved the ones in the big amber apothecary vessels)



    The recipe for this dish (Dear Jervois' Be Good Vegan) is included in our story in the latest Taste magazine


    Best small cafe bathroom I've seen in ages. 

    Dear Jervois, I am in love with you. I'm in love with your interior (designed by owner David Lee) - the massive old factory lights, the exposed plaster and brick wall, and the floral and botanic bouquets on every table that David's wife styles fresh every few days. I'm in love with the contrast at play here - vintage patinas and pastel-painted chairs, against a huge section of gloss black subway tiles with flashes of shiny copper piping.  I'm in love with how completely unpretentious you are, and I'm in love with your divinely presented food. Style and substance, guys - go visit x

    Photography by Rachel Dobbs - Swift & Click for Fancy NZ Design Blog. Check out this month's Taste magazine for a Dear Jervois feature with more photos, and a Dear Jervois recipe. 


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