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Peachy Keen on these leather and brass goodies


I'm super keen on all the peachy natural-leather goodies from NZ designer MyDeerFox.

Five (current) Faves


Yes please to a proper modern Danish candlestick - the Nocto in soft pink. 
By Normann Copenhagen and available online from Nordic Fusion.
Welcome to my earlobes, little leather earrings. 
From American maker Juliana Hung, available in NZ from Douglas and Bec.
Currently having many kitchen fantasies about all-white enamelware. 
Like this lovely sieve from Father Rabbit.
Proper String Lights! In brass! And only $125ish! (But you'll need an adaptor)
I think I just like this loose grey marle tank because I love the word Baddies. 
By Australian label Ksubi but sold exclusively by NZ's Superette.

GIRL YOU BE KILLIN' EM - Janine & The Mixtape and Watercolours


Lorde's not the only antipodean songbird you should be paying attention to. Chelsea and Janine (first name basis as if I know them): I've been listening to these two NZ babes all afternoon, and just had to share with you - 'cause if you don't know, now you know...

Chelsea Metcalf is Watercolours. She's also hi.lari.ous. (read any interview) and a total wordsmith.  
Listening ears for the dreamy little Sliders...

and (such great lyrics) Pazzida...

Watercolours website // instagram // soundcloud // Facebook

Janine Foster is Janine and the Mixtape. She's just arrived back home after spending a year living in New York, where she completed and debuted her EP, Dark Mind. Now she's really starting to get noticed and it's about time. Digging her somehow equally lush and spacious sound.

Dark Mind is available on iTunes now too.

Janine and the Mixtape website // instagram // soundcloud // Facebook

Renee Boyd Ceramics

In the pages of Homestyle..


Yes, interior design penpals, there's a new issue of Homestyle on shelves now and it made me go: wowowowowowow. 

These two images are from my favourite pages in this issue - but there's plenny more where that came from. Seriously good styling by Alice Lines, photography by Melanie Jenkins (Flash Studios)

One of the gorgeous house tours in this issue is this Devonport restoration, home to the head of kitchen design at Matisse, Kady Ward (fair warning: the kitchen is amazing). Photography by Duncan Innes, Production by Janice Kumar-Ward

Photography by Swift + Click, styling Alana Broadhead / Fancy

Ehmergerd, Homestyle Magazine have one of my Fancy X Dilana rugs to give away! See inside the issue for a little interview with me, and your chance to win the rug.

A N D...
Gotta tell you about this because it's such a bargain deal - at the moment, you can subscribe to Homestyle for two years, for the price of one. Which means it's only $53.40 for two years of interiors issuey quality... getitdoit.

The details aren't details. They're the D E S I G N. I Love Ugly's interior fit-outs:


The details aren't the details. They are the design. It's a quote made famous first by Charles Eames, then Steve Jobs and maybe now by Valentin Ozich, the Creative Director of NZ-born, world-class brand I Love Ugly. That Valentin and the I Love Ugly design team take the maxim totally to heart is clear in every last detail of the menswear brand - from the styling and photography of their frequent editorials and lookbooks (which I blogged about over here) to the interior fit-outs of their four New Zealand stores.

Wellington I Love Ugly store photographs by Blake Dunlop

The Wellington I Love Ugly store is located on the underground level of a 100 year-old building, what was once the country's first Bank of New Zealand (Old Bank Arcade on Lambton Quay). The exposed ceiling and concrete floors remind you you're in a very special, history-steeped place; a curated collection of vintage design pieces show-and-tells the brand's respect for timeless, classic design, while the rest of the fit-out is top-to-toe black - sharp, smart and clean. On the speakers is the same playlist you'd hear if you were visiting the I Love Ugly design studio (you can also listen to it here on Spotify), and there's an iPad kiosk so customers can order items not available in-store.

Auckland flagship store photography by Rob Hart at Shadowlands

The flagship store sits down a small cobbled alley in Auckland's Newmarket (Osborne Street).  It, too, is a building with history and character - rough brick walls, concrete floors and exposed wooden beams. Art, antiques and invaluable pieces of design line the shelves here too. There's a custom-built I Love Ugly foosball table, and the windows are the canvas for a massive piece of line art created by Valentin himself.

I Love Ugly even has a signature scent; developed by a French perfumer specifically for use in their stores, and inspired by art directors and ad men of the mid-sixties.

I can't wait to see where the I Love Ugly brand moves next - figuratively and literally... Melbourne, Milan, Manhattan?

Bubble Bobble Bonus round: I Love Ugly have recently-ish released some super-limited edition (as in, only 30 of each) art prints.

Pick n' Mix time - grab yo' bulk-bin bags...


Dear Stationery Boutique, please accept this small hand-written notelet as a token of appreciation for your small hand-written notelets.

The Vilfred desk is relevant to my interests.

Ok, all you other tables can go home now. The cocktail party's over, and I won't be giving out any other roses. One table has all of my heart. Iacoli & McAllister Wire Side Table, will you accept this rose?

Super fun sticky notes! By all-time-fave designers Hay (PS: Hay is available in NZ and Australia from Corporate Culture.)

In the fit-for-InsideOut-magazine home of my dreams, there's one of these minimalist Brook & Lyn woven hangings at the end of the hallway. Texture, baby.

Le Sigh... I love everything that Fine Little Day come up with. Ev.ery.thing. 
Especially these new-ish kids pillowcases. (PS: Image of cute kid via this great blog.)

Ceramic Ice Cream Cone Planters!  By young Australian designers Prickly and Cream.

Leaving you with this, one of my all-time favourite quotes and something I think that anyone who does any kind of creative or design work needs to hear and remember...

Happy Sunday - it's time for Fancy SPACES

Sunday sleep-ins.

This is the creative space of Little Canoe. (Great name).  I want to spend a weekend here making paper garlands and macrame wall hangings.

Love the leather draw-pulls and a butler sink, always a butler sink,

The (new) home office of my (all-time) fave blogger.

Note to self: over-sized cushions look quite ace. 

Think pink. 

Black and white won't date. 

One of my life goals is to own an Artek light. You know, that and to be healthy and happy.

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NZ's Unknown Collective


Unknown Collective is a new concept in New Zealand fashion retail - it's a style store that carries only New Zealand brands, and only from the least-known, emerging New Zealand designers. 

22 year old designer Dominic (Dom) Ellett is the creator behind Unknown Collective. In 2009, Dom started his own indie label Stay True. He found it difficult to get its name out there, competing with streetwear stores and deservedly big NZ labels, and went about creating a platform to discover and celebrate the best of New Zealand's unknown.

Why did you start Unknown Collective?  
Opening my own store has been a dream of mine since I first got into retail over 7 years ago. Last year, thanks to the support of my family, I was able to open my first store. 

I wanted to do something different to what other stores were doing. On the one hand, that meant not competing with them on the brands we stocked, on the other it meant creating a store experience that was unlike any other.   

Which NZ brand is exciting you the most at the moment?  
Sly Guild have been getting me super excited, everything they have dropped lately I want to throw my money at.  

The back wall of the Unknown Collective store features a giant artwork by designers Fort Knox.

Biggest challenge in starting Unknown Collective?  
Biggest challenge for me starting out was capital, being only 22 and working low paid jobs since high school, I literally had nothing to my name to put into the business. 

This meant borrowing from the bank and my parents. There is only so much the bank will lend you in a position like mine but I think we have done really well fitting out the shop with a small budget. I certainly couldn’t have done it without a solid business plan built by me and my parents and their support.  

Best advice you've been given?  
When I was 20 I was talking with a friend about possibly giving up on my brand Stay True, he told me: “keep going, what have you got to lose? If you give it another 5 years of your life you’ll only be 25 and still have plenty of life to live”. 

I’m always in a rush to move on to the next project especially if I don’t see the fruits of my labour straight away, with that almost throwaway conversation he taught me to be patient and to keep on investing time into things that are important to me. 

Nice little short vid for Dom's own label, Stay True

Tell me about your Unknown Tailor? 
We wanted to create a personal service and experience in our store for customers... to encourage creativity by getting customers involved in the process of designing a product. So we have The Unknown Tailor in-store, she will customise a piece of clothing for you. Choose a blank tee or singlet and then choose from our ever-growing fabric library, and change as much or as little as you want to create your own unique garment. Single or double pockets, panels, sleeve detailing, drop tails, patches are just a few examples... you can really do whatever you want! We'll be adding other products to this concept moving into winter which is exciting for us.

The 'Unknown Tailor' working on a custom cut 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own indie NZ label/brand?  
Be original, start new trends. With so many brands out their trying to break through and get noticed it is essential to be original, it’s not hard to get some blank tees and do a screen-print on them... I’d like to see something different come out from new brands. Be creative, stretch the budget to make something new.

Your all-time favourite piece of NZ design?
I think a favourite of mine for a long time will be Triumph and Disaster. For a relatively new brand they have just nailed it: Great products, perfect aesthetics and design. Big fan. 

You can visit the Unknown Collective store at Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, or  

The inimitable Simon James


NZ designer Simon James recently released a lower-back version of his Navigate sofa. Slicker than your average.

LeeAnn Yeah!


LeeAnn Yare just launched her own range of bedding (and some new cage lights too) over at her store, Collected. You can pre-order for April delivery, and instead of having to buy a whole set of one pattern, you can buy single pieces of just whatever you want. Nice!

New hand-printed honeys:


You'll remember Wellington-based NZ designer and illustrator Sally Shand (of Ragdoll Illustrations) because we followed her around for a day over here

Well, she's just added some superrrr cute new things to her online shop, including these cushions and a cotton plastic bag holder in her little Tree design - all screen-printed individually by Sally herself. 
Ummmmmm I'd love the white cushion for Valentine's Day pleasekaycoolthanks.

Also! Also! Also! That's three also's! You can now buy Ragdoll Illustrations' fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper (digitally printed) over at Spoonflower

Ragdoll's Bonbons pattern, now gettable as wallpaper or fabric!

I want to cover a wall of my studio in little illustrated trees.  

Pick n Mix time! A ziplock bag full of designy treatses...


Suck on these bon-bons...

I was re-re-re-perusing my copy of Frankie SPACES and came upon the home of awesomely creative Londoner Lizzie Evans. She's the the founder and director of SMUG, a playful little design store after my own heart in Islington's Camden Passage. As well as sourcing for her store, dressing it and running it, she works as a graphic designer and interior designer. I'm in love with Lizzie. PS; You can buy from SMUG online and Lizzie ships to NZ!

Three facts: 1 - SMUG stock cute prods from UK designers Long Story Co.  2 - Circle cushions are awesome. 3 - I just purchased this pink and red scallop honeybabe.

Handmade bent hard maple handle with a cherry bowl. Handmade by the guys at Workerman - a name we should keep an eye out for, as they have a rather beautiful small range of lighting and housewares so far. Also, quick shout out for their logo:

I have a real thing for concrete vessels at the moment. These ones from Menu are bee-uuu-ti-ful. Lucky for my ledger, concrete is also super duper easy to DIY...

Salti is a nautical inspired (no kidding) line of very cool accessories created by designer Cathy Davey (Nova Scotia). They're designed to last under extreme conditions of salt water and weather and generally being really handsome and manly. The perfect outfit match for a bit of five o'clock shadow, strong hands and clean shoes. Found at the always-amazing Need Supply.

This one's by a different brand but deserves a mention, because, navy.


aaaahahahahahaha... crying... two designer bros re-create photos from their childhood. Love that the dad got in on the act too, bless.  (Via It's Nice That)

I'm a massive to-the-very-heart-of-me fan of Humans of New York. It would be the very best thing about my Facebook feed, if lame-ass Facebook would actually updates from Pages I've Liked in my newsfeed. Anyway, this is a little short about the totally regular guy (not the dapperdan in the screencapture below!) who's sharing the beauty of humanity with 2.8million followers. 
Please please watch:

A N D: 2 nice (and sort-of-matching) New Zealand-designed things


Vetyver & Bergamont luxury soap (and fragrance) -
 a new line from NZ fashion designer Ingrid Starnes

Petalhead Botanic - a new, all-natural and organic beauty brand 
from Muriwai beach, New Zealand

Win! Journal & Notebook Sets


NZ illustrator Angela Keoghan now has a sweet little line of stationery - including these (unlined, we love unlined) journals and notepads. And I have 5 sets to giveaway! Just fill in your name and email address below to go in the draw.

Formal bit: winner drawn on Tuesday 11 Feb and notified by email and here on this post. Winners must have a NZ postal address please.


Yes to striped bedding, double doors with a brass handle, wooden crates with thick white-paint stripes, and THAT FLOOR LAMP.

That white wire chair! My new fave.
PS: Cute teeny wooden shelf (ledge?).

More teeny wooden ledges for art and print. 
These are two of the rooms in the creative, colourful home of designer Caroline Gomez. 

I could sit here all day...

Fave bits: the gold lamp, and that awesome, perfect pink cushion (from Hay)

If I lived here I'd never not be hosting dinner parties. Adoring the chairs-that-don't-match, huge windows, industrial lights on a pulley, exposed brick... um, everything, essentially.

Absolutely LOVE that vintage bench seat. Can someone make these please? I. Will. Buy.
(The bedside lights make me feel a bit like I'm at the dentist. Now, spit)

A very grown-up kid's room. (Hey, kid - wanna swap?)

Doesn't this spot just look like it wants you to  r  e  l  a  x ?  It's saying: hey you, get off Facebook - actually, turn off your phone, take off those restricting jeans (it doesn't care if you hang out in your undies), come and cuddle one of my crinkled cushions...  

Less is more. 

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Another NZ brand that just GETS IT, y'know? The newest cafe on the Coffee Supreme roster...


Photography by Michael Valli

Hand-painted signage by Sure Shot.

Supreme (literally and figuratively) stationery, created by Supreme's in-house designer, Al Keating

The Melbourne-ising of downtown Auckland continues unabated with yet another history-steeped but long-forgotten building being restored and reinvented. The six-level, waterfront Seafarers building, once sailors' lodgings, is being turned into an entertainment venue that's all class, Captain. What was the back of the Seafarers building is now Tyler Street, smack-bang in the heart of the Britomart precinct. 

One of the newest tenants is Supreme Seafarers, a Coffee Supreme coffee joint. Yes, they sling good coffee. Like proper, proper good. But they're also offering a very curated selection of design items - homeware and other lovely things. 

I thought you might like a little ooh-aah at the branding and graphics, and also at that hella-sexy interior, with fit-out and custom furniture (with a nod to the nautical) by Fearon Hay

The new Matt Nash bags are just so damn good. (AND you can win one! Handstands!)

D r e a m duffel

... I think I'm gunna be sick (in a good way)

Every. detail.

Yes, I know that's alooooot of pictures. But these bags are alooooooot of cool. And alot of quality. And alot of handmade. And too much I so wanty. 

I've blogged about NZ designer Matt Nash a couple of times before, he's one of the ones I always keep my hawkish eye on. His handmade bags have the most crazy attention to detail. So when I spotted one of his new bags in the latest issue of Homestyle, before his online store had even launched, I was a rilly fast bisnessim on the email to him asking for pics.

Weeellllll, ahem, he gave me more than pics... 

Yip, you could win either a Jack Jnr. Bag or Book Bag from the super beautiful, brand new Matt Nash range. Handstands!!

AND - to make it extra cool for Fancy - Matt is going to let you choose your material (the check pattern with russet leather - my fave - or grey, black or navy canvas with black leather) and he will also monogram your initials on your bag.

Your new bag will be handmade to order by Matt, then sent to you where-ever you are in New Zealand or Australia.

1. To enter the draw, you'll need to share this competition on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. 

On Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, you'll need to link back to this post. On Instagram, you can just tag @nzdesignblog

2. Then come back here and fill in this form below. Done!

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