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Friday Fancy Spaces


I don't know who's responsible for choosing the homes they feature in Inside Out, but I hope they had their hair freshly blow-waved, because they're totally getting a headshot taken for the Employee of the Month wall. These images are from Inside Out's May/June issue - it's the home of Tom Adair of Abode Living. P.S: Must love dogs.
Photographed by Mark Roper and styled by my other husband Glen Proebstel.

Ceilings, floor, windows - and let us not overlook those leather sling-seat chairs, friends...

Circle windows beat everything.

Turkey does great things with kebab sauces and also with rugs.

Love that grid duvet cover - I've been looking everywhere for one just like it!
End-of-bed-bench also gets bonus points.

Super-cute dinner party set up!

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Eye Lollies in INSIDE OUT


The July/August (can't we have it monthly?) of INSIDE OUT has all sorts of tasty bits, as per.

Love the Melbourne home of Lisa and Mark Poulier of Poulier & Poulier design studio. 
Styling by Heather Nette King and Photos by Armelle Habib.

This is the fake-but-amazing home of some of the characters of the TV show Offspring.
Shortie Street homes need a revamp like this - and I'm putting my hand up, kay?
Styling by Heather Nette King and Photos by Armelle Habib.

Megan Morton styling makes my panties fly off. 
Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.  

Video - NZ designer Phil Cuttance creates a Segment Shade


Thankyou, Monsieur (he's not french) Cuttance for sending me your video.

Watch and see how the new Segment Shade - by NZ designer Phil Cuttance for Resident - is made.

Matt Smith's been busy


NZ designer Matt Smith (of Common Goods) is a busy guy. 
He just finished the design & built of an off-licence cellar door for Garage Project - a Wellington craft beer brewery...

hi there, white subway tiles

(Nice photos, Michael Valli)

And.... he also started a small furniture co. with an American friend. They've called it Thing Industries

The 100% table is all-parts awesome. 
You buy two 50% tables to make a 100% hexagon. Available all yellow, all white or half-and-half.

I want an all white one for my place please Matt.


Birdhouse bed-side unit

Sacrificial chair

Week's-end Pick n Mix


Have a good weekend, lovers...

I'm a big fan of danish design brand Lucky Boy Sunday. These images are from their new collection and lookbook. On my Christmas list: that geometric Bobby blanket.

Unsucky duvet sets at Feliz (the new brand of two Melbourne friends)

So very into these bottle openers by Fort Standard
Digging this new rug from NZ online store LET LIV.

Some days you don't need design, you just need this scrunchy-mouf guy. (or this girl's lovely style of photography)
Lemon juicer - called Turnaround - is by Danish brand Kibisi, designed for Muuto.
Yes thanks I'll take one.

Identity-appreciation time. This one's for a vintage bike restoration shop.
Leather and copper make handsome babies in this ladder light by Jessica Nakanishi

Lazy Sunday SPACES - dreamminnnnnnn...


Woody woodness from Fine Little Day

This kid's room makes me want to be a 7 year old boy called Oliver.

That rocking chair! That coffee table!

It definitely doesn't have to be new or expensive to be awesome.


Welcome to Nooktown

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Designer Chocolate


Every bar of New Zealand's new Polka Chocolate is wrapped in one of their ever-changing design papers, printed in limited edition runs. The flavours are an ongoing experimentation - at the moment, they have Sesame Toffee, Crystallised Rose, Salted Hazelnut, Coconut Chip and Original. 

And PS: I love the name. Polka. It's perfect, because Chocolate does make my tummy do a fun little European folk dance.

Fancy Loves...


The Seb armchair by Jardan
In my dreams, we run away together.



LOVE these little houses, made from parts of homes that were destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake

I've been meaning to blog about Rekindle for ever
Rekindle is a little design company that's doing good by doing good. Recycling building materials from Christchurch's earthquake-destroyed homes into - as per these pictures - really beautiful furniture... and now also jewellery and art. Buy online here.

This video explains the whole thing. 

Photos that moved me


I'd love one of these big (as in, A1) prints from NZ photographer Lucy Gauntlett in my home.
A little reminder that our road is leading somewhere. The way is long, with hills giving in to plains, scary corners where you can't see what's coming, and spots where the sun hits your face and the view spreads out before you.  

And these below images (taken at the gannet colony at Muriwai beach) make me feel kind of... reverential.
Lucy's website is here, and you can buy these prints online here.

Ezibuy Home


Did you guys know that Ezibuy do homeware these days? No, neither did I!
They've got furniture, room decor, bedding (including an exclusive Trelise Cooper homeware collection)...

Because it is SO COOOOLD (brrr) today, I picked out a few of the Ezibuy duvet sets I'd most like to be snuggled under. For a stripes-lover like me there's a fair bit of choice. I like the odd floral and ornate style too, when I'm feeling especially feminine...

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This post is sponsored by Ezibuy homeware - but the words and product choices are all mine.  

Assorted goodies! Another Fancy Pick n Mix


Weekends are for doggy walks, big breakfasts and lots and lots o' design.

The extremely beautiful Kinfolk magazine now has a new, extremely beautiful digital platform. It's $40 for an annual subscription to the digital version, which includes all sorts of extras and exclusives.

A leather, blush, brass and hand-drawn polkadot sammich of awesomes. Hello, Rennes.

Number One of my Top of the Design Pops charts at the moment are leather chairs.
These guys caught my eye.

Hey penpals, let's get a Natsumi letter set!
I love Francis + Francis' paper flowers... and there new cake toppers are tops. Such a sweet idea for a wedding or anniversary keepsake.

Who else but me would get legit excited about numbered push pins? Present + Correct, that's who.
And maybe you. That's why I love you. 

COOOOOL wall hangings from Australian Makers-of-things Maricor/Maricar. 
(Good spotting, Inside Out)

The loveliest Sunday S P A C E S


Well, someone has great taste in sofas and chairs. And in rugs and in ceilings.

The desk of super-talented designer Caroline Gomez.

Oh, hai, come on in! I'm just sitting here nibbling on some artisan toasted Sourdough.

Ok, so here's something weird about me. I don't like indoor plants. 
Flowers, yes. Herbs, sure - in the kitchen.
But green frondy plants? Get the hell outa town, and take your indoor plants with you.
I do, however, love this room. Plants n' all.

Use an old bench as a low shelf. Think I need to go pillage a primary school hall.

Beautiful vintage and modern Smoothie. 

Ehmergerd it's perfection! 

Sweeeet rug, mid-century chair and gallery wall action.

I am all for a bedroom as fun and unpretentious as this.

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George & Willy - honest, hard-working guys; honest, hard-working products...

George Wilkins and William McCallum are two uni buds who moved home after graduating, and decided to go into business together making honest, hard-working goods. Their products - under the name George & Willy - are solid and simple (in that sophisticated way that only simple things can be) and never over-designed. George and Willy instead narrow their focus to the product's intended use, making sure it's designed to fulfill that use for many generations to come. 

Dunno about you, but I can't wait to see this young brand grow...

George & Willy's new Rutherford clothing rack. Simple, strong, industrial.

I agree with George & Willy - every day with a swing in it is better than one without. 

Fisherman Duffel - what a guy needs to tackle his next mission or weekend away.

Protect yo'self George & Willy.

Ooh we love a good branding iron... The George & Willy logomark branded onto furniture.

Pegboard Perfect


My love has come along...
White Pegboard sideboard ($705) and bedside tables ($592 each) from NZ's Homebase Collections.

Paper Plane takes flight


Paper Plane has taken flight!

Booooooo! Boo! Lame journalism-style pun!

Let's try that again, shall we.

I'm a little excited, because this is the best thing to happen to my town - Mount Maunganui - in years.
We finally have a seriously good design store. And don't let the geography fool you. Paper Plane may be located in my sleepy (we're not sleeping, we're just chilling) little beachside town, but this is a design store of international caliber.

The product selection is a curation of all the things NZ designer Timothy John and his wife Krista Plews love - from handcrafted textiles, bags and prints from independent designers around the world, to furniture and lighting from New Zealand designers. They've also sourced alot of products that no other NZ design stores stock, too.

I would visit even if there were no products though, because the fitout is so, so good.
Subway tiled countertop, blush leather shelving braces, Scandi-style as far as the eye can see.
Tim has himself designed and made the shelving and racks - check out the photos below...

If you can't make it down here to the Mount, the entire Paper Plane store is also online.
Watch them sell out tonight at the opening though...

(PS: If you're local, you're invited to the opening tonight, from 5-8pm. More info here).

Timothy John and Krista Plews. Good peoples, good designers. 

Such a handsome store.

Shelving designed by Timothy John

So many good goodies, including exclusive Timothy John for Paper Plane products, 
like his copper-plated 'Utility' series (top left pic).

While I was visiting, Varpunen sacks arrived from Finland (happy Krista); 
Paper Plane also have their own range of  candles.

Timothy John designs (the trio of little wooden houses; the wooden wall hooks) 
sit alongside homeware from New Zealand and international independent designers

Never not taking pictures in this awesome shop
(Handmade chopping and serving boards by Timothy John shown top right)

Tim has designed some beautiful racks for Paper Plane.
I will break in in the dead of night and steal them all.

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New Zealand's own Spindle Back (sounds like a spider, actually a babe'n chair design)...


This one relates to yesterday's post about new design store Paper Plane... but I reeeeeeeeeeally felt it deserved its own separate post. 

We've (well I've, and maybe you've) spent years oohing at Danish & British spindle back chairs... and now here comes Timothy John, making a NZ spindle back we can be proud of. A future timeless classic (does that make sense?), The Nordic is handturned by a local master craftsman and priced at $690. Available exclusively through Paper Plane.

Waiheke Island in San Francisco


Hello, fellow patriot! We may not have possession of the America's Cup, but we're still representing over in San Francisco, where the 2013 Cup is being hosted. A few of our best foodie types have created temporary restaurants down at Embarcadero (the Cup village). 

They're saying that the best of them all is Waiheke Island Yacht Club, the pop-up restaurant and bar created by Auckland restauranteur Tony Stewart. The entire WIYC experience intends to give San Fran a taste of NZ's chilled-yet-classy style and sensibilities. 

I thought you might like a peeperoni at it...

New Zealand ingredients are the stars of the menu - oysters, snapper, lamb, even feijoas (which non-NZ people have never heard of, huh?) - with bevvies including MOA craft beer and Antipodes water. I love Antipodes sparkling.

They've gone for a bach-like interior, with furniture (love those leather armchairs!) designed and supplied by New Zealand's Douglas and Bec, and the kitchen and wait staff are all New Zealanders. So choice aye. Really choice.

Ooh, and to the 30-something Fancy readers who live in San Francisco (thanks Google Analytics geographic reporting), can you go, and then tell us what it was like?

Threaded Magazine


Edition 14 of New Zealand's graphic design magazine - Threaded - is off the printer and ready to get on your eyeballs.

The theme for this issue is the New Pyramid Scheme... combining the contemporary with the ancient to create something as slender and sleek as an Egyptian cat. There's profiles on five different design studios from around the world (including New Zealand's Sons & Co.), all printed on five different paper stocks. Stroke 'em all.

You can grab this issue at stockists nationwide, buy an annual subscription for $30 or download a digital version of the mag for just $5. Ooh and designers, you're invited to submit your own design work for a chance to be profiled in Ed 15.

Photos by Seun Shote (great name)