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Kitchen and bathroom babeness in this Freemans Bay reno, by Studio106 architects


Photography by Jo Wickham

Auckland architectural team Studio106 sent me this sharp kitchen and bathroom re-design they recently completed on a Freeman's Bay house. 

They completely re-designed the kitchen so it flows seamlessly from dining area at one end, and on the other end, out onto the balcony through a new set of french doors. And I spy with my little eye a set of drawers on castors with a timber workbench top, that roll out to offer extra prep and plating space. Clever. The new kitchen style could be described as Brutalist-inspired - it's undoubtedly contemporary, but has a very cool industrial rawness and functionality. 

In the bathroom, they describe the aesthetic as 1960's townhouse-meets-70's-alpine hut. I love how that huge shower window brings the treetops in, but is completely private.

Design credit to the Studio106 team - Joanna Wickham (who actually lives here with her adorable senior-doggy-citizen Eddie), director Dion Gosling and Sigourney Lovell.

Ummmmm, no biggie but I think I just found you the best 2016 diary EVER. Designed by new NZ brand, On Friday.


I literally did a small sky punch when I saw these 2016 diaries from new NZ brand On Friday
Fans of classic design, type, minimalism and monochrome, these are relevant to all your interests and also vital to your wellbeing and health. There's an A5 size, and also a big coffee table book size (almost A4), designed to look hella sexy on your coffee table. Both are super thick at over 400 pages. 

Get yours now from On Friday.

Friday design Pick n Mix


If you're a regular around here (hi, love you, you guys are my faves) - you'll know all about Roxana Barrus (Roxy Marj) and her signature illustrated kids goodies. Call me 7, but the aesthetic appeals so much to me, I'd totally put this rug below the bathroom sink or something.

Completely in love with this Arch mirror from consistently-inimitable NYC design studio, Bower.

Muuto feeding me a big spoonful of YES with their two new pendant lights. Up there is Ambit, designed by TAF Architects (I love the sage green, and there's also black or white). And down there is the beautiful Grain pendant by young Swedish designer Jens Fager for Muuto. Have a watch of that short video of Jens handling that Grain pendant. Like seeing Drake in a skivvy, it, um, did things to me. 

(P.S: NZ penpals, Muuto lighting is available locally through Bauhaus).

Kitchen things by Etsy illustrator Micush.

My idea of heaven - a huge design store, sharing a warehouse space with an amazing eatery. Australian homeware and furniture brand Koskela have recently reopened their dining space, calling it Koskela Kitchen. Defo on the itinerary for my Sydney trip in Jan.

Awesome collaboration between NZ design store Paper Plane and a local ceramicist...


I know, right? But before you head off to buy some, hear the story behind them...

Each piece is formed from a handmade mould

Getting the mist juuuuuuuust right

Each piece has Jen's maker's mark on the base

Into the kiln we go, little ones...
Daym gurl you look good.

Krista Plews from Paper Plane hunts worldwide (yes, I am picturing her in camos) for amazing homeware and makers, but her latest find ended up being just down the road - in countryside just out of Tauranga. Who she 'found' was Jen Watt, who runs her own successful ceramics studio and brand, JS Ceramics.

Krista had some ideas on the ceramic collection she wanted to create for Paper Plane, but no ideas on how to make it a reality. Jen and her small team developed the Paper Plane concept over the course of months, experimenting with different moulds, and playing with dozens of different brush types to get just the right amount of speckle. They nailed it, right? Teamwork makes the dream work. The perfect balance of bold and contemporary, yet delicate. 

The Paper Plane x JS Ceramics Mist collection is made from slip-cast, pure white NZ earthenware clay, hand-glazed, then kiln fired. It's a long process, and every piece is a little bit different from the rest in form and pattern... which we lalala-love. 

The Mist collection includes a tumbler, a small circular dish, small bowl (digging the slightly non-traditional shape of this), a large bowl, that awesome rectangular platter, and a set of four coasters

Available only at Paper Plane.

Good for your eyes (and other parts of your face) - new NZ artisan skincare brand, Tribeca


Good for your eyes... and for all the other parts of your face. New NZ artisan skincare brand Tribeca - come for the packaging, stay for the natural and organic ingredients, hand blended in small batches.

Lonely has opened in Wellington (and the fit-out is lay-on-your-bed-in-your-new-lingerie-and-bathe-in-the-sunlight dreamy)


Leave it to Lonely to make a girl feel super special when she tries on new lingerie. This is the just-opened Lonely Wellington space, designed by Lonely's Steve Ferguson and architectural designer Rufus Knight. (The two won a bunch of awards at the just-gone 2015 Best Awards for their work on the Lonely Auckland space - peep our feature on that here). The Wellington store is a dialogue between soft and hard surfaces - between confidence and intimacy. We love the contrast of marble, brass and polished concrete, against soft woods, velvet (like those massive jade-green changing room curtains) and the delicate fabrics of the Lonely collection. And yes, they have the sparkling water tap in this space too. New Zealand retail, you have just levelled up.

At home and at work with Amber Armitage, stylist and designer -


One of the original paintings from Amber's new Horizon Line series 

Stylist's own.

Amber's light-filled home studio

Wrapping the family carefully, bound for their new homes around NZ

Styling her signature line of ceramics for the 'gram

At Studio Ceramics, where Amber's collection is crafted

Visiting one of her stockists, new homeware store Good Thing 

Amber Armitage recently threw off the bow lines of a successful career in magazines (design and styling) to commit herself full-time to her own brand. Yaaaaaas, Amber. As well as producing her own line of art prints and a family of ceramics, Amber has kicked off a season of styling workshops - focusing on how to style and edit your own spaces at home. (There are two more coming up in November, and you can book yourself in for one here.) As you can see by her own home (it's a rental, by the way, you can still make a rental digs feel totally your own), this babeface has chops. 

Beautiful imagery shot by photographer Jenna Smith for Fancy

A little Friday Pick n Mix for you. (*curtsies.)


Els & Nel's 2016 Journal gets all of the YESes from me. They're a limited edition of 4000 (mine is 733), with a week view and a blank (grid) page for notes alongside the week. (Available from Els & Nel, or available in New Zealand from LETLIV)

Love this lighting from Pholc. Especially that loooooong brass babe.

It's about that time of year I go stalking designer Marjolein Delhaas' website to see if she's launched her new planners and journals. She has! She gives good, good diary. Go have at it.

Something cute for Chrimbo from Soap Club Melbourne (great name, guys).

 Hello to you, Avoa chair. (By designer Pedro Paulo-Venzon)

My pup is far too old for one of these cool young dog's collars (he's more of an aged leather man these days), but I like what you're doing here, Nice Digs.

Treat yo Eyes: eighthirty in High Street


Hello, matt black milk jugs

Little pep-talk on the cups...

At first glance this is just a hot looking cafe. And it defo is, with its blackened steel casement windows (this is a 1920's heritage location), huge marbled feature wall, pink-speckled upholstery, that old-school-signage-inspired coffee menu on the wall, and the super sexy white La Marzocco with matt black milk jugs. It's the High Street home of eighthirty, designed by NZ architect Dominic Glamuzina.

But there's one more thing I want to add to this post... eighthirty was started back in 2010 (not that long ago, guys) by Glenn Bell. He opened the simplest little hole in the wall on Auckland's K Road, and on his first day he sold two coffees. Two coffees.

In 2015, around 5,000 cups of eighthirty brew are enjoyed every day. And this well-designed High Street space is just the newest in a seal-tight pack of eighthirty outposts around Auckland city. Plus, they just opened their first space in Australia. Good story, bro.

Hella sexy imagery by Michelle Weir of Studio:Weir
for Fancy NZ Design Blog

Camp Cool - NZ kids' brand Undercover


Kids continue to get allll the fun stuff.  Whatever, I'm going to try to squeeze myself into one of these cotton sleeping bags from NZ brand Undercover this summer. How cute though? They come in 10 different designs - including 5 new styles just released this month - and fold/roll up into themselves to create a pillow (perfect for sleeping on the road trip back home). 

Love this, and love that the brand and products are all the business-baby of Marlborough-based mum Kate Guthrie. 

Undercover website  /   Facebook  /  Instagram

Happy Friday Pick n Mix...


Oh my goodness, Rob Kennon architects. I think I wet myself.

Take yourself off somewhere quiet with this - the new Cabin Porn book (from the famous blog). 

Fashion brand Assembly Label do sophisticated-casual in the best way. Their lifestyle stores at Bondi beach and Manly beach feature beautiful fit-outs designed by Mr & Mrs White (ceramics by Weakend Club, sold online here)

Awesome mum Kate Berry started the Lunch Lady blog a couple of years ago, as a place to share family-friendly recipes and thoughts on modern parenting. Now she's teamed up with the two founders of Frankie magazine to product Lunch Lady(best name ever) - a brand new quarterly magazine on food and family. Issue One is out now, with 160 pages of noms to make and adventures to have. 

I'm late to this party but I brought chips and dip. How good are the new rugs by Australia's Kip & Co? You wouldn't need any other art in the entire room with one of these honeys.

Woah Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the niiiihiiiiigggghht.
Lighting by Melbourne's Pop and Scott.

The Midnight Baker


Yeshe Dawa is an inspiring woman - and proof positive that you can do something you love (or some things) you love, and turn it into a job, and a brand. 

Late at night, she's down at Welcome Eatery, using their commercial kitchen to craft her Freedom Loaf. It's free from refined sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy and eggs. And it's delicious. Appropriately, she's called The Midnight Baker.At first, she was making bread just for herself and friends. Now - as she juggles freelance projects in styling and communications - she's posting loaves all over New Zealand (order online here), and stocking some of Auckland's best cafes. Plus she's at Parnell's La Cigale markets every Sunday. omom-a-nomnom. 

Midnight Baker website  /   Facebook  /   Instagram

Imagery captured by wedding and lifestyle photographer
Samantha Donaldson for Fancy - thanks Sam x

Homestyle's Summer Issue - preview (or: nice interiors to bathe your eyeballs in this morning)


 Photography by Emma-Jane Hetherington

Photography by Simon Wilson

This is a tiny little summerhouse on the southern coast of Finland.
Styling Jonna Kivilahti, Photography by Krista Keltanen/Living Inside

Styling Gem Adams, Photography by Heather Liddell - ooh and an amazing cake by Organic Ash

On yo shelves this week - the summer edition of Homestyle magazine. Alll of the pretty interior and design things - including two features on young NZ women running their own brands, several tours of several summer-loving homes right around New Zealand, and a itty-bitty beach cottage (with a black exterior and all-white interior) on a Finnish archipelago. Plus, for some Christmas/end-of-year dinner party inspo, the At My Table feature invites five NZ designers and creatives (including Meadowlark's founder, and NZ fashion designer Juliette Hogan) to style a tabletop.

A Day in the Life of ... Natalie Sorensen of LETLIV design store, Wellington


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Natalie Sorensen left her nice 'normal' stable job to run her own Scandi-loving contemporary homeware store, LETLIV. It's actually a lot of work, 7 days, taking care of both the inner-city Wellington store, and the online shop... but it can't be all bad when your job enables you to connect with and support local makers (like Wiki from Wiki Skincare), and have verrrry tasty business lunches at Loretta. P.S: Wellington walks followed by cheese and crackers - that's a gold star arvo.

Photography by faves Swift and Click,
who capture magic in the everyday

Thank you, Fisher & Paykel - being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.

~ WIN ~ Contemporary NZ lambs wool blanket/throw from Forestry (very cool new collection)


These beautiful blankies are part of the just-launched new collection byForestry

Each one is made from 100% New Zealand lambs wool (don't worry about the lambykins being cold - it's summer over here in NZ), and designed by New Zealander Virginia Busmann, who runs Forestry from her adoptive home in the Netherlands with Dutch designer and stylist July Adrichem.

Take a look over on the Forestry webstore to see all the beautiful new styles in the Sensory collection (I just chose a few faves to show here).

Enough talk! Let's win one!
We have a blanket from the new Forestry collection to giveaway,
valued at over $200 - and you'll get to choose the style.

Here's how:

1. Follow Forestry on Instagram, then

and leave a comment on the Forestry blanket post

At home and at work with Jessica Whiting, of Auckland Fair (NZ's biggest independent maker market)


Jess plans, manages and runs the Auckland Fair from her home office

Compulsory home-office staff: an adorable fur-friend (this is Jasper, he's a rescue pup)

Visiting one the hundreds of NZ makers who Jess personally selects to show and sell at Auckland Fair - Yon of Claybird Ceramics

Discussing Yon's stall position for this weekend's Auckland Fair
At Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront for a pre-event walk-through with key sponsor, Yellow

Checking out another venue for the fair Maker's evening

Jess' spaces are filled with homeware created by New Zealand makers

Jessica Whiting is one of the good ones. 

She's the person (the one person - um, how does she do all that by herself?) behind New Zealand's largest and exclusively handmade 'maker market' - the Auckland Fair. On the day of the fair (which now happens three times a year), over 5,000 people stream into Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront to check out and buy direct from the very best of New Zealand's design-meets-craft talent. Jess curates the maker line-up, personally selecting over 120 of the best makers - from homeware to skincare and everything in between - who come from right around NZ to show and sell at each fair. Can you imagine what it takes to organise 135 stalls and makers to come together to show for over 5,000 visitors under one roof in one day? My head just 'sploded. Not to mention the mini-events she runs before each fair, and the pop-up fair experiences she puts together. She does it because she's hugely passionate about design and craft, passionate about independent business and sailing your own ship. Over the 6 years she's been putting on the Auckland Fair, she's become an event planning powerhouse, so much so that this year, she launched her own boutique event management company, Oh Gosh. She does all of this while raising a beautiful young daughter, and being generally just a good, generous awesome person.

The next Auckland Fair is on this weekend! 
Sunday 6th December at Shed 10, Queens Wharf from 10am to 4pm. $5 entry, kids under 12 free.

Auckland Fair Facebook  /   Instagram

Photography by talented new grad Sophie Miya-Smith for Fancy

One to Watch - Josh Griggs, NZ Photographer


You with your lovely eyes that see things will have noticed we've started to collab more and more with a few amazing 'emerging' photographers, in order to bring you inspiring and super-very-good-looking stories. I wanted to start introducing you to some of these photographers - so let's meet Josh Griggs, shall we, and see some more of this work.

Josh - just 21 - graduated a year ago (Bachelor of Design) and immediately went freelance. He figured if there was any time to see if he could make it 'on his own', it was while he's young and hungry, fresh out of Uni. 

In just a year, he's racked up commercial jobs for the likes of Air New Zealand, Kokako Organic Coffee, Coffee Supreme, Rouge Society Gin and more. He's also shot for Metro magazine, and has features coming out soon with Dish and Homestyle magazines. 

Here's some imagery from a recent commercial shoot Josh did for Al Brown's bagel brand, Best Ugly:

Josh - tell us about this 'Picture Package' shoot for Best Ugly?

The concept of the Picture Package is something I developed over the last year or so, and represents the culmination of the natural progression of my approach to photography. A Picture Package is a collection of imagery that tells a story... It consists of a broad mix of photographs - product shots, small details, portraits, candid moments, textures, landscapes - whatever is needed to truly encompass the story of a brand. 

When I'm shooting, the more immersed I can be in a brand the better. My best clients are those that I consider friends - when the professional relationship is one of trust and collaboration the work benefits immensely. Being able to collaborate with great people doing great things is why I love what I do. Collaboration is absolutely vital in generating great work. I don't simply want to be a service provider, but to actively participate in and contribute to every one of my clients' brands.

Best Ugly is always a favourite of mine to photograph. The team there are beyond helpful and just great to chat with. The process of how the 'uglies' are made is definitely worth checking out too. If you are in Auckland, pop in, grab a bagel and watch them work for a while. 

Josh particularly loves to tell stories around food. One such is The Hive - a photo project he's developing on an ongoing basis, around the lives and purpose of bees...

Tell us about The Hive - why does this project resonate with you so much?

The Hive project is an ongoing body of work I have been shooting of the beehives on our family land up North. I get kitted up in a beesuit so I can get right in amongst the hive. The lives of bees aren't really something that we normally get to see - so being able to show people a small taste of that with my photos is a great feeling.

As an extension of my love to tell stories through my photographs I have a particular interest in telling the stories around food. I find that there is often such an amazing backstory to how a plate of food came together. With the current interest in provenance it's great that people are beginning to have a greater awareness of the importance of knowing where their food comes from. This kind of project is my absolute favourite - documentary-based story telling in the places where food is produced and grown. 

Over Christmas and January, Josh plans to shoot a lot of personal work. He's also heading to Europe for six months next year, to travel and do the same.

Josh - you obviously make time for a lot of personal projects - why are these important?

I think personal projects are absolutely vital for a healthy photographic career - perhaps even more so than commercial work. Photographers are photographers because they love being able to express their creativity through the photographic medium. Doing personal projects is the most pure form of this expression. There are no boxes to tick off and no clients breathing down your neck. What you shoot is completely down to you. 

The funny thing is that art directors are often more interested in personal work than commercial work. The personal work shows the unique way that you see things. 

This winter just gone, Josh went exploring in the Central North...

... and in the Kaimanawa Ranges


You might like to check out these stories Josh has shot for Fancy:

Inside Out magazine sneaky peekaroo


Styling Mim Design, Photography Sharyn Cairns

Styling Heather Nette King, Photography Mark Roper

Styling Tahnee Carroll, Photography Felix Forest

Yummmmm. What do you call these things again? Rissoles, it's just rissoles, darl. Everyone cooks rissoles. Yeah, but it's what you do with them. 

There's a new issue of Inside Out on shelves this week and it's a Christmas-celebrating special. It's also - as per - an ode to inspiring interiors, with one, two, three, four, five, six different home tours, and the latest in Australasian homeware to put on your wishlist. Plus styled spaces to give you plenty of decorating ideas, and  they're looking at the best of The Block AU, as they do each issue. 

At home and at work with creative couple, MarkAntonia

Antonia visits the floral markets for new blooms to dry and style

Morning coffee stop - and time to catch up on some planning for a joint project

Installing one of her beautifully timeless botanic arrangements at Crane Brothers, Auckland

 Stopping off at Everyday Needs for styling props

At home, in their shared home studio space

Dried and drying flowers take up almost every spare inch of studio space

Mark works on furniture commissions - including store fit-outs

As well as having their own disciplines, they work together on projects
- one such is their MarkAntonia signature candle. Love the simple style.

This steel coat rack is one of the growing catalogue of MarkAntonia products

We love their MarkAntonia mirrors 

Meet Auckland couple Antonia De Vere and Mark Seeney. They each work individually in the disciplines they love - Antonia creates the most exquisitely delicate botanic arrangements for homes, events and retail spaces (she's particularly in-demand now for her sculptural dried florals) and Mark designs furniture for store fit-outs and private clients. 

The beautiful contrast of their aesthetics - Antonia's ethereal, slightly wild style, with Mark's clean industrial bent - has created a look and a brand that's unmistakably their own. So they've also married their talents and ideas as MarkAntonia, offering a small but growing range of products. We especially love their signature MarkAntonia eco-soy candles (big oversized glass vessel, minimalist design) and their range of floor mirrors. 

Photography (and beautiful couple portraits)
by Auckland's Nate Ramsey for Fancy

Brands that get it - New NZ lingerie & swimwear label - Surfclub


Mount Maunganui-based friends Nicola and Claire have just launched their new boutique lingerie, lounge and swimwear brand, Surfclub

We love the hazy, lazy feels of their lookbook photography - shot by Claire, an established photographer - and the beautiful packaging their soft lovelies (like those blush pink sleeping shorts) come in. Everything is ethically made here in New Zealand and in Fiji and you can shop online here.

Something to treat yo self to for Christmas - you've been such a good girl this year. 

Surfclub website  /  Instagram  /  Facebook