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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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    Thought you might like this as inspiration for a little getaway this weekend...

    This is what happens when two design-lead NZ brands go in search of the best coffee wake-up spot.

    Mike, the MD at sustainable coffee co. Kokako, has been following Feldon Shelter (Joel & Beth) on Instagram since they launched their rooftop tents a year ago. Mike's a fan of getting off the beaten track himself, and suggested they collaborate on something that would bring coffee and camping together. Together, Beth, Joel and Mike developed a one-off custom rooftop tent (featuring a bespoke coffee pocket to store specialty brewing supplies), and called in their friends at Sitka to join them in putting the tent to the test with a road-trip south.

    Because the trip coincided with the launch of Kokako's Coffee Subscription service, they've decided to give the bespoke tent away, along with a bunch of Sitka kit. (Subscribe before Jan 31st to get exceptional organic, fairtrade coffee delivered to your place, and you're in the draw.)




    Photography by Josh Griggs


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  • 01/27/17--18:19: Fancy SPACES

  • So little square footage, so much to love...

    ...Including this cute work corner.
    (This would be a dangerous position for me personally, reaching distance to the fridge. Hide all the cheeses.)

    Gurl, you so ply. (Sorry about that one). Love all this ply with the concrete floors (and always a white wishbone chair or two). I also love knowing that the exterior of this very modern, #softminimalism home is actually a Victorian maisonette - character with contemporary is my absolute fave.
    (If this were my place, I'd do the benchtop, oven and splashback all in black alongside the ply)

    I think the only thing I'd change about this is the clothing rack - it feels as though it belongs in an entrance (and this bedroom has seven closets built-in along that other wall!) Love the iconic IKEA light, the poster hung with just bulldog clips, the crinkled linen throw and linen-upholstered headboard (you can get these here in NZ from Thread Design), wooden floorboards (as always), and the deep-set window ledges.

    Oh, Archways. Oh, Floors. Oh, Yes.

    Expect green - deep green, olive, light sage - to be big this year. I love the way it looks here, with plenty of white, and those yummy soft curtains.

    Supah cute bedroom belonging to the child of fellow NZ blogger Amy Tennent (Milo & Mitzy)

    I have this thing for teeny mezzanines.
    Love how the kitchen is black but everything else is white - really delineates the spaces in a small studio apartment.





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  • 01/30/17--12:46: Homestyle - Reno Inspo

  • The brand new issue of Homestyle is an ode to the New Zealand renovation - complete house makeovers and loads of additional room-by-room ideas.




    This is the very very very freaking cool home of interior designer, stylist and Dulux New Zealand ambassador Alex Fulton, whose mantra is that you should 'Design like no-one's watching'. It's a heritage Marlborough on the outside, colour-block contemporary beauty on the inside - playful and bold and .  If you're super into this like I am, go check out Alex's interior design services and store, here. There are a huge amount more photos of Alex's family home in the new issue of Homestyle.

    Also, can we just talk about those pink floors? (Dulux Pale Blush, if you're wondering)


    Styling by Alice Lines and Juliette Wanty, Photography by Melanie Jenkins & Wendy Fenwick

    Also in this issue, Homestyle shows us how to office correctly. This particular look is highly relevant to my interests. 





    Another inspiring NZ home reno;  this one at the other end of the colour spectrum - all Scandi and sandy and light and bright. Designed by interior consultant Suzanne Allen.




    This breathy little beauty is a Herne Bay bungalow. Proving that good things take time (like cheese), the family that live here waited years to begin and then complete this stunning renovation.


    The latest Homestyle magazine is on shelves now - go treat yo self and get inspired.


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    In the guest bedroom, a bedside table by Homebase Collections holds a Line table lamp by Douglas and Bec.
    Circular mirror by MarkAntonia.

    The guest bedroom artwork is Botanical Garden by Billie Culy 

    The muted tones of Shapes Study No 2 and Palm Stairs by Samantha Totty pair prettily with a DS Hand Turned lamp and sideboard by Douglas and Bec. A collection of plants (in pots by local ceramicists Renée Boyd and Felicity Donaldson of Wundaire) throughout the display suite continue the green theme planned for FABRIC.



    Photographic artwork South (left) by Brooke Holm and No 14 by Berit Mogensen Lopez hang above a sofa and coffee table from Città. The floor lamp is from Lighting Direct, and the Sherpa Weave rug by Armadillo & Co is from The Ivy House. 

    Glinks Gully photographic print by Duncan Innes features in the master bedroom, where a Monmouth Glass Studio pendant is suspended over a Douglas and Bec bedside table.

    Interior Styling by Alice Lines, Photography by Larnie Nicolson


    One of Auckland's oldest suburbs is now also the spot for one of New Zealand's most contemporary living concepts - a 'pocket neighbourhood', inspired by similar developments in international cities. Designed by architects Ashton MitchellFabric is a collection of five low-rise buildings, housing very beautiful (as you can see!) and very spacious apartments, organised around a series of green spaces with established trees, vertical gardens and shared atriums. 

    It was those green spaces that inspired the aesthetic direction for the interior - a palette of natural materials (wood, NZ wool and linen) and nature-inspired hues including soft greys, olive green and terracotta. The babe responsible for these dreamy scenes is none other than Homestyle magazine editor, Alice Lines, who was approached by Lamont & Co to specify the interior design and styling of the Fabric display suite. 

    Alice has an unequalled eye for texture, and relaxed, unpretentious sophistication, creating spaces that - though they're beautifully contemporary - will stand the test of time. Her design also includes a considered edit of the best New Zealand designed and made pieces. (We're looking so good these days, guys. You should be proud.)

    I don't think I'd ever go out if I lived here. Yeah, I know it's the staff Christmas Party Richard, but I have some kitchen ceramics I haven't broken in yet and this linen bedding won't roll around on itself. 


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    When something's reeeeeally good, I have a physical reaction. I start rushing like I'm late for work,  I start breathing funny... This new Melbourne eatery - designed by new future superstars of interiors We Are Huntly - has me reaching for the rescue remedy.  Those amazing arched windows (my current and forever favourite thing), that warm grey exterior, those punches of Tuscan pink and swathes of deep teal... hang on, need to go sit in a quiet space and do the 5-5 breathing technique for a minute...



    Simon Says: Go to the Dowel Jones website. Simon Says: Fall in love with the minimal, stackable stool. Simon Says: Give Dowel Jones all of your money.
    (Simon Says stool, from Aussie makers Dowel Jones)















    I shared two photos of this space a couple weeks ago, and you kids loved it, so I thought it was worth showing you the entire place, and the business concept behind it. Super inspiring. Located on the top floor of an old printing factory, Rye London is an industrial kitchen photography studio with loads of natural light and simple style. The space belongs to Holly Wulff Petersen and Renée Kemps, but they kindly let others hire it for shoots, filming, workshops and events.  Holly and Renée are also designers, photographers and stylists in their own right, and offer their impeccable taste and skill to brands through styling and photography services, and the creation of lifestyle and campaign imagery. You might like to follow these inspiring girls on Instagram - Holly /  Renée




    Eliza O'Sullivan is a textile designer from Melbourne who, after years designing for household-name brands, has started her own little homeware label, Mosey Me. Her launch range aims to add playful pattern to your kitchen and table and includes tablecloths, napkins and tea towels.



    Designer and art director Jocelyn Fortier spent years developing branding and campaigns for other brands, now she gets to pour her passion into her own brand, Pour L'air. I love her poetic black and white packaging, and the scent-story concepts, each conceived to create a specific state of mind. Jocelyn makes scents of stories. Forest Bathing, for example, is a story about a sun drenched forest (and a girl needing to be there) and was designed by Jocelyn to help you feel grounded. Jocelyn's inspiration for the design of the Pour L'air box was "a young Paul Newman in a white cotton t-shirt. Elegant yet raw." (< I just thought that was awesome.)





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  • 02/03/17--15:51: Fancy SPACES




  • Ways I know I'm all grown up, #214 - super organised laundries are my jam.

    Love that sage green bathtub, love the black steel casement window, love the floor (grey's a great choice).


    Cloverdel is an incredible old farmhouse in rural Victoria, turned boutique property for-hire
    See more herePhotography by Sharyn Cairns

    Teeny two-story cabin (available to book for a wine country escape) in the Hunter Valley.

    Industrial, modern and vintage all playing together so, so nicely here.
    Photography by Lisbeth Grosman


    The very stylish office of a London-based design firm. Ugh. Even the carpet looks amazing.
    Photography by Benoit Linero

    You know I couldn't go one Spaces feature without a Scandi master bedroom. Love the white-on-white broken with a deep inky blanket, the huge simple rug on those hardwood floors, sheer top-to-toe curtains, and ornate moulding forevah.

    A chalet in the Swiss Alps. COME ON, REALLY? 



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  • 02/07/17--12:23: The Neighbourhood Studio





  • T-shirt screen for Wellington's Union Tattoo


    (can't not include any pictures provided to me of dog-pals)


    Illo'ed tea towels for artisan peanut butter brand Fix + Fogg.



    Photography and styling by Bonny Beattie


    Since setting up shop late last year (we showed you around the studio here, go see!)
    The Neighbourhood Studio have been collaborating with local brands and creatives screen-printing their designs on tees, tea towels, totes, and other things that don't begin with T. They've enjoyed it so much they're now offering custom screenprinting as a service - whether you need 1 item printed or a run of 100+. And while they're in Wellington, you don't have to be. They can even supply the blank textiles. That's when good neighbours... become good friends. (Sorry, I had to.)

    (This probably reads like a sponsored post but it's not - we don't do those. I just really dig what Eloise and the girls at The Neighbourhood Studio have created, and these styled images from Bonny Beattie were too good not to share!)


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    I'm looking forward to bringing you a bunch of these Diaries this year, as a look into the lives of all sorts of New Zealand creatives. 

    Today's the turn of 31 year old Meg Wyper, Wellington-based photographer, stylist and coffee roaster. Meg lives with her husband Mark and baby girl Eilidh in Karori, Wellington. As well as being one of our amazing contributing photographers, Meg has her own lifestyle blog Meg and Lou, where she shares recipes, DIYs and more all in her quietly relaxing, atmospheric style - go check it out! (Oh, and if you'd like some lifestyle imagery for your brand, your product or just to record a moment or milestone in your life for posterity - you should definitely get in touch with Meg.)



    Meg and Mark's garden and greenhouse is a big part of their lives





    Corners of the Wyper home (thanks for having us, Meg)
    Little Eilidh - turning the big 1 next month

    Meg loves her coffee and is a professional coffee roaster (for Wellington's Flight Coffee)


    Natural lemon cleanser - there'll be a How To for this coming up on Meg & Lou

     Lemon, honey and rosemary cordial - Meg's going to put this recipe up on her blog for you also

      
    Silverbeet and pear coleslaw - recipe will also be up on Meg's lifestyle blog for you


    One of the first things I did this morning was…
    My daughter Eilidh was very impatient this morning and demanded to be fed, she felt that waiting for me to get sorted was much too difficult. Once she was attached, Mark brought me a cup of coffee and all was right again.

    For work today, I...
    I work part time for Flight Coffee as a coffee roaster and professional coffee drinker, today was a non-Flight Coffee day so Eilidh and spent the day hanging out. We wandered the neighbourhood and foraged a little, went to the park for a swing and dug about in the veggie garden - well she ate grass and I dug. While she napped, I edited a recent photo shoot I've done for a client, worked on a story I'm writing for the blog, planned the next month and started thinking about the March calendar page. Yup March (insert surprised emoji face here).

    The highlight of today was…
    Walking in on Eilidh standing up leaning on the edge of her cot asleep. It was both amusing and cute. Secondly; A shoot and recipe came together perfectly, I love it when a plan comes together!

    A challenge/frustration in my day was: I've been thinking about a new sewing project for ages. I'd finally gotten around to getting everything together, I'd taken a couple of set up and progress shots and then, in the end, it didn't really work. I'm a very basic sewer so I don't think I quite had the skills to pull this one off, well, not yet anyway. Watch this space...

    Today, I learned:  How supportive social media can be, it gets such a bad rap sometimes, but I recently I've met some really amazing creatives. Being self-taught can be a bit tough sometimes as I find myself in ruts quite frequently - so I'm hoping that a wee trade swap (I've recently set up) will keep me out of the ruts I find myself in.

    The tastiest thing I ate/drank today was: Warm croissants dipped in this morning's second cup of coffee. 

    If I could, I would ... every day
    Plan my days a little better, my days always start with a plan but I get to about 4pm and realise that I haven't done nearly as much work as I would have liked. I then sit up late at night and swear that I will try harder the following day. It's a vicious cycle. If Eilidh was still going through her 'napping is for losers phase' I'd be going crazy. Nap time is work time! One day I will be a superstar-planning-follow-througher! And... shoot on film, which was my preferred medium when I lived in the UK but have you seen how much it costs here?! Now it's only a special occasions thing.

    Meg & Lou portfolio  /   lifestyle blog  /   Meg's Instagram



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  • 02/11/17--14:03: Fancy SPACES


  • This just makes me really happy... aaaaand sleepy.



    The STUH-NING home of stylist Lotta Agaton.

    Fun, Folksy and feminine. Love that wallpaper - I'd totally have it up in my own little studio.

    The amazing loft kitchen of celebrated chef, store owner and photographer Alastair Hendy. An industrial-feel bowerbird nest, built over decades of cooking and photography. Go see the rest of this space here (worth the click if you're into your kitchens).
    Colour-block, modernist kitchen appreciation! Love the green sink, of course, painted exposed brick wall, sneaky little shelving unit, and blonde ply cabinetry.
    I LOVE this idea - a black steel-framed partition to separate your sleepy-time area from your dressing/skincare/makeup (or study/reading) area. I want a master bedroom large enough to have dedicated areas for various lovely activities, goddamnit! What do I need to do in my life to achieve this?  Love that huge sheer curtain for privacy/light softening/texture, too. Also probably goes without saying that I love the grey walls, and that beautiful chair.

    More babeness from the same house, feat. herring-boner flooring and whisper-grey walls.

    This space is the new Sydney HQ of fashion brand Bassike, but I'd take it as my personal kitchen and dining room, please.

    Danish magic from Muuto - photographed by Petra Bindel



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    Happy Mondaaaaaay! Got a super cute little something for you this morning if you have kidlets - our friends at Pony Lane have given us one of their OYOY world rugs to give away!

    The world rug (valued at $149) is by Danish designers OYOY, just one of the contemporary interior brands that Pony Lane stock in their collection of homeware, stationery and prints, and kids' room decor.



    That's it! So easy.




    Competition open to New Zealand residents (or those with a New Zealand postal address) only
    Winner will be drawn Friday 17 Feb and contacted by email






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    This is Sophie Lemaire-Sicre. (Famous-sounding name - this bodes well, Sophie.)
    She's a bird nerd like myself. As part of a Uni project (Sophie's studying industrial design in Wellington), she's designed Nib - this sweet little ceramic bird feeder. Slip cast by hand, with clever curves and folds to keep the bird seed safe from possums and dry if it rains. Sophie's now making these to sell, so if you want one for your teeny garden visitors to visit and feed at, email sophielemairesicre.design@gmail.com to order.

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    Holm wall's are a rotating exhibition space for contemporary NZ artists

    The fine art of pour over will make you appreciate a 'hand brewed' cup of coffee that much more



    Joining K Road's recent renaissance of destination eateries and seriously decent little shopping spots is HOLM, a speciality coffeehouse and collective workspace. Mates Cameron Thorp (professional photographer) and Steffan Levet (web developer) have pretty much just gone and created their ideal work space - a very cool inner city cafe that they can park up and work in all day - and then invited the rest of Auckland to come hang, too. 

    There's 16 dedicated work stations, and the month-by-month rent includes free batch brew coffee in the mornings, your own desk, superfast ethernet internet, a meeting room and kitchenette and 24/7 access for those all-nighters. (So if you're a creative or solopreneur who wants a desk in the city, with hella good coffee and likeminded new-generation professionals to work alongside, HOLM could be your new office.) More info on the shared workspace here, and check out HOLM's Instagram here.

    Of course, you might just be here for a damn good coffee. Holm is a speciality coffeehouse, passionate about the art of the brew. Cameron and Steffan, with their head Barista JD Coulter, aim to showcase worldclass coffees from farms and roasteries across the world, in a choice of filter, Chemex, Kalita and - natch - espresso. 






    Imagery with all credit to Auckland-based photographer Rachel Soh.
    We're so, so excited to have Rachel on our small team of contributors
    and look forward to sharing even more of her work with you here.






    Rachel also has her own blog - go check it out here.






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    Digging the super soft sorbet shades in this room (accidental alliteration).
    Also, sheers with crinkled linen make a great couple - they instantly create a peaceful, textural space.

    The kitchen-lounge at our place is so teeny, I enjoy seeing how other people work with it. Painting the kitchen a distinct colour I think is really the only solution - in this case, overcast grey on the lounge walls, and white-on-white in the kitchen to delineate it and open it up. Appreciating the extra space they've grabbed here by way of a good looking cabinet, where all your nicest tableware can show off.

    Go and see inside the rest of this sweet Sydney apartment, over on The Design Files - Photographed by Eve Wilson

    I think a fireplace in your bedroom is the ultimate in hygge
    Just want to hang out here all day today, drink coffee and read books. 

    I love the transitional spaces in a house - hallways, entranceways, stairs. 

    Amazing #softminimalist apartment in Stockholm. (See the rest of this place here)

    Pink door! That is all.




    Double Bay house by one of my favourite interior architects, Arent & Pyke


    Australia has a ridiculously high quota of amazing interior designers and architects per capita. This is White House by Melbourne's Clare Cousins. (Go see the whole house here - the black fireplace is maybe the coolest I've ever seen)




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    Ali makes her own Kawakawa oil to include in one of the soaps




    Here's some I prepared earlier (no, really - days earlier)



    Bevelling the edges - it's the little details...

    After cutting and moulding, the individual bars
    need to cure for around 6 weeks before they can be packaged



    one by one, the job gets done

    Modern minimalist packaging (love that soft sage colour)

    Ready to head out to stores

    Activated Bamboo Charcoal soap - designed to be a deep facial cleanser


    You can see just by looking at a Sphaera soap that maker Ali Johnson is an artist at heart. She trained as a sculptor, and began a career in visual arts before putting work to one side for life and love and family. But a few years ago, in pursuing her personal goal of only using natural products in her home, she made her first batch of soap. As she experimented with formulations and ingredients, she began to see soap as something that could be beautiful as well as functional, a 'domestic art form', as she says. Sphaera is now stocked in some of the best design and lifestyle stores throughout New Zealand. It's become a full-time gig for Ali - she's very carefully composed each recipe, and she takes care of every step of the process herself. It's become a very busy life - people are loving the fact that Sphaera soaps are made using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils, loving the modern minimalist packaging, loving the formulations designed especially for face and body, or for kitchen and handbasin.

    Ali has plans to grow Sphaera with new product ranges... I for one can't wait to see what she lends her artist's eye and clean, contemporary aesthetic to next.




    Images thanks to Wellington photographer Meg Wyper
    for Fancy NZ Design Blog


    (You can follow Meg on Insta @megandlou)



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  • 02/23/17--16:04: Citta Elevation







  • A fave pattern from the new range - the pebbly Flint.



    Absolute fave piece of the new collection - Citta's new Eve sofa.
    It's also completely made in New Zealand, which is a big deal for real.


    Gorgeous modular shelving - I want

    Can we just take a moment to talk about how Citta have named their Winter 17 collection in the most kismet of ways... because while Elevation was so named for the mountainous landscape of Bolivia after which the new range was inspired... actually Citta's themselves just keep upping and upping their design game, and this just-launched collection is, again, an Elevation for the brand. 

    Like the South American country, the collection is warm but definitely moody, with gorgeous texture, light and shade. I love love love the colour palette (greens, pinks and new neutrals - or more specifically Forest, Scoria, Date, Amethyst and Russet - don't those names just paint a picture?), and don't even get me started on the styling and that aspirational shoot location... 

    Side note, how impressive is New Zealand Design now? You're all grown up, you've definitely passed that awkward prepubescent stage, and good god you're beautiful. 

    New Aspen Chair Obsessed






    Much of the new range of cushions is available online now

    Definitely on the wishlist - the new modernist style Gaussian containers 


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  • 02/25/17--12:15: Fancy Spaces



  • A young couple rebuilt a neglected 100-year-old farmhouse into a stylish space brimming with reclaimed pieces, clean lines, and warmth. See more here.  Love the 9-foot windows, lots of textile texture, a fireplace in place of a TV, an most of all, that enamel sink (I have one very similar). Oh also, did you spot that MASSIVE BARN SLIDER? Wowzers.

    Fave bits: shiplap walls, a bench seat for dining, a trio of wish-boners.

    I love that huge floor to ceiling cabinet with everything on display.


    The new office and showroom space of Stockholm's Note Design.


    Oh just stop. Just. Stop. It. This is Balwyn House (You've made it when your house has a name. Actually, never mind that, I think I might just give my humble little nest a name anyway. Broad House? Alana Residence?) Designed by an all-time fave, Fiona Lynch (Australia)

    That huge mirror, those teeny floor tiles, those timber stools (Kalon Stump stool or similar - a fave), and of course, little details that sprinkle on that 5% extra magic that chefs talk about - in this case, Aesop body wash and a tray of perfectly rolled-up hand towels. 


    I want a copy of that Hug More poster. And in case you do too, it's here.
    (You don't actually read these captions, do you? Jeez I hope not. I assumed you just looked at the pretty pictures...) 

    These scenes are from a great little home tour over on Rue.




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    New from NZ furniture designer Tim Webber, hisLayer sofa. Looks good from all angles, like ya girl, has different modules so you can create your own L-shape to suit any space, and comes in about 100 different options for fabric and colour (not an exaggeration!) 

    Also, Tim has other news... He's started bringing some of the best contemporary furniture brands here to New Zealand - including Hem, Bensen, Ondaretta, and Hay. This is good news for anyone with eyes, fans of Scandinavian furniture, and those of us who want to slowly, slowly fill our homes and workspaces with beautiful pieces. 


    Hem's hugely popular Pocket armchair and Pal stool. One of each, please.

    Last Stool by Hem - one of the most exciting Scandinavian design brands to launch in the past couple of years. A selection of Hem's best-sellers are now available in NZ through Tim Webber Design.

    Hem's Verso shelves come in the best palette of colours. Tim has chosen to stock black and white for now, but will expand the range over time.

    Key Side Table by Hem, now available in NZ from Tim Webber Design. 



    The future-classic Bai Chair by Ondaretta, now available in NZ from Tim Webber Design


    I don't know much, but I know my chairs. And this is probably one of the best-looking ever.
    This is Tokyo, by Bensen. Bensen is now available in NZ through Tim Webber Design.


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  • 03/04/17--12:13: Fancy SPACES



  • You might like to go explore the rest of this Ponsonby, Auckland home - here.
    That shiplap style gabled roof, to-the-floor sheers, and separated dressing room of this master has turned my eyes into lovehearts. Discovered via Urbis Magazine, Photography by Sam Hartnett

    Oh, that photographic still life is by NZ photographer Billie Culy.

    Nursery sweetness.

    I collect pictures of teeny kitchens like your great-Aunty collects cat ornaments. This one's going straight to the pool room. Spot the double Belfast sink (don't see them too often).

    Hi, #SoftMinimalism. Good Lord I love this aesthetic. 
    This is Bell Street House, by Melbourne architects Techne.

    I laaaaaaaaav what they're done with the chairs here. Classic bentwood shape yet contemporary, mis-matching colours but super modern, intelligent palette. Ugh. Also appreciating the extra-wide floorboards.


    Just a freakin' perfect bathroom, NBD. (Love that black marble flooring)

    See more of this place here. Photography by Tom Blachford, Styling Lucy Bock.


    Had to share this little scene with you...
    From the home of Serena Mitnik-Miller, the owner of General Store (and her beautiful Insta account)

    Call me old and boring... but sexy storage is sexy.



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  • 03/08/17--15:23: Mr + Mrs Ward

  • I'm getting that asthma-attack feeling again...

    NZ interior designer Janice Kumar-Ward and her husband, furniture maker Julian Ward

    Slim Jim and Brutus robes. Slim Jim is painted in Resene Zion and is black on the inside (oooh nice).
    You're able to choose the layout of the internal shelving, the exterior colour, and the style of leg

    The Wedding Chest. 

    Legs from Scandi brand Pretty Pegs, and close up detail of a Bedside Box
    (in the Frill pattern, and in Resene's Birthday Suit)


    Another Bedside Box in Resene Woodstock



    OK guys, I'm super excited about this - a new family of storage solutions from NZ interior designer Janice Kumar-Ward, and her furniture-crafting husband; together Mr + Mrs Ward

    Yip, I said I was super excited about storage solutions. Your point? I also get freaky for freshly-vacuumed floors and an organised laundry. (Why does pantry sound rude right now?)

    One thing we've been seriously lacking in this country are options for free-standing robes. Enter stage left, Mr + Mrs Ward's family of STORE robes. There's the Slim Jim, the Brutus, and the Wedding Chest (wood veneer inside and out). Beautiful in a bedroom, you could also use them as a hide-yo-TV cabinet, or just to store different belongings out of sight. I'd like one for my office. 

    The Mr + Mrs Ward range also includes those Bedside Boxes up there, dining tables, shelving and more.

    All the Mr + Mrs Ward products are made to order, and very customisable. For starters, you can choose any Resene colour you like. (Although I have to say, I think Janice has gone and designed the nicest palette off the bat.) Janice and Julian have also teamed up with Scandinavian brand Pretty Pegs to offer some cool new leg options, on top of the castor and plinth legs they offer.

    Ward is a 35-year family business, and Julian and his brother Tristan have been at the helm since they left school. They've seen many of their contemporaries have to shut their doors in recent years, as talented local makers compete with an influx of super low cost (read: cheap) furniture. You can't beat New Zealand designed and crafted, bespoke pieces, made using FSC (international certification for sustainable timber), low-formaldehyde board. Buy less, but better. Support local. 








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  • 03/11/17--12:32: Fancy Spaces

  • I like this space, and I'm forever a fan of painted-white floorboards, but think it looks a little unfinished. I'd put a nice big art or photographic print on the wall above the dining table, or a statement light above it. (Also, sorry, but that vase is literally just full of pointy branches - it's making me wanna grind my teeth). What would you do here?

    I know we're anti-clutter around here, but don't we also love a bit of exposed shelving in a kitchen.  

    This is the kitchen make-over of Avenue Lifestyle blogger,  Holly Marder. So much to love in this one little pic - the Mid-Century style cabinetry with it's incorporated shelving, the way the floorboards meet the white kitchen tiles, the chairs that don't match... Also, kitchen trolleys are underrated. They look great and they're practical AF.

    Also in the same house, Holly's workspace doubles as a guest room (that cool sofa is a pull-out jobbie). 

    This beauty is a corner in the new boutique of a South African fashion designer, Margot Molyneux. HELLO to YOU, wraparound, emerald green cash desk. Love that green against the pink travertine walls, and the archway with its sand-coloured curtain.

    The Farmhouse home of US interior designer Leanne Ford. You know you wanna see more - here.


    Danish studio Norm Architects designed a new head office for Kinfolk magazine (located in central Copenhagen). Giving me Scandinavian meets Japanese vibes... so beautiful. See the rest of the office over on Dezeen.

    I could totally live here - but it's actually an exhibition at the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair (for String). Captured by one of my #WCEs, design blogger and stylist Katerina Dima

    Loving that kitchen cabinetry - special shoutout to the recessed handles. Table is cool too (although I'm not sure I could live with it in a home. Maybe as part of a workplace fit-out...)



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