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    Our home was well and truly designed for a rectangle dining table, but that doesn't stop me from admiring the round variety. In fact I have a soft spot for round dining tables which I explain in detail in this blog post. I include some favourite examples and my personal styling tips, so pop over for a read if you missed it or just need reminding. Today I'm sharing some more recent finds, all beautifully styled and paired with some of my most coveted seating, stunning lighting and accessories. If my dreams of owning a summer house ever eventuates, a round dining table will definitely be on the wishlist!  

    I couldn't choose just one image! Beautiful styling and photography by Annaleena Leino Karlsson.

    Photography by Olivia Jeczmyk via Behance. The slimline Adam stools by Frama create a nice contrast with the rounded edges and large base of the table.   

    From the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 with styling by Bree Leech and photography by Lisa Cohen featuring Dulux Suede Effect Century Mist from the Essential colour palette. The Roda 314 Platter Dining table is from Domo and the Halo chair are by Something Beginning With

    The stunning South Yarra Mirror Apartment by Golden with Art Direction by Studio Moore and Photography by Sharyn Cairns. 

    A beautiful light-filled Los Angeles family home by Alyssa Kapito Interiors. 

    Taking inspiration from the images above, I've rounded up a few favourite dining tables, chairs and accessories. 

    Mies van der Rohe Dining Chair here and here

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    Light and airy, this apartment near Antwerp was designed by interior architect Arjaan De Feyter. Located within one of four new-build blocks called The Cubes, they were developed by Brussels-based architecture firm Bogdan & Van Broeck. Comprising partly of a former brewery and malt house, The Cubes have been designed for use as apartments, offices, artists studios, a museum and public squares. An empty shell when purchased by the designer's client, the apartment has been transformed into a comfortable and cohesive residence with warm materials and a clean, contemporary finish. 

    Though simple in design, the craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident throughout. I particularly love the kitchen cabinetry which is constructed from grained solid wood and the wetroom-style ensuite with walk-in shower. Both of these spaces feature beautiful brass hardware, adding further texture and warmth. The tall window in the kitchen is a standout element, while the long gauzy curtains accentuate the height and frame the view beautifully. 

    Photography by Piet-Albert Goethals via Dezeen

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    I've admired the wonderful work of Danish artist and designer Kristina Krogh since my early days of blogging, so it gives me much pleasure to share her latest collection. From the start of this year Kristina has worked on an extensive range of papercuts, three dimensional folded artworks, paintings and drawings which have been turned into a stunning limited edition series. 

    Landscapes consists of works inspired by Danish landscapes with waving cornfields seen from above. These cornfields create beautiful patterns that look like little paths seen from a long distance. The images above shows one of the Landscape art prints Path No. 2, alongside Pieces No. 1 and Over The Hills - Mirror, a papercut created from silvery chrome paper which reflects the light and its surroundings. It also comes in a stunning gold variation, shown below.

    Designed to lighten up any room, the gorgeous new Balance Candle Holder has a simple yet sculptural expression. Featuring geometric shapes in solid hand polished steel and brass that balance on top of each other, the object can also be used as a small vase for single flowers. 

    Sky Transformations consists of five limited works inspired by the colour transformation of the sky and the landscape in one day. Titled Dawn, Noon, Dusk, Midnight and Night, the giclée art prints are made from Kristina's original pencil drawings and feature beautiful colours including deep blue and plum through to soft beige and grey. 

    Another limited edition papercut is Face - White shown above alongside Noon. Also available in silver and a striking midnight blue variation pictured below, these art prints look incredible paired with the acrylic glass frames by Danish design company Moebe. I love how the transparent, minimalist design creates a light and airy expression by showing the colour of your wall behind the artwork and frame.

    Styling by Sofie Brunner / Photography by Enok Holsegaard / Location: Kinfolk Gallery, Copenhagen

    We also get a sneak peek of the new Folded art works. Featuring an incredible three dimensional element, these will be available next year. To shop the the new art prints, paper cuts and objects, visit the the Kristina Krogh webshop

    Images courtesy of Studio Kristina Krogh

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    A historical seaside mansion is currently being given a new lease of life with breathtaking interior design by Lotta Agaton Interiors. Located in Dalarö, a popular summer spot for Stockholmers, Åkerlund villa is being transformed into nine exclusive apartments designed by architects Ruxandra Halleröd from Christian Halleröd Design and Helene Amundsen. Together with interior designer Lotta Agaton, they were commissioned by Swedish building company BTH Bostad, and as these images show, the collaboration has been remarkable. The light-filled spaces retain a sense of grandeur while showcasing a calm, refined elegance. The preservation of original elements together with carefully curated furniture, lighting, art and objects has created a beautiful fusion between old and new. 

    Photography by Pia Ulin / Renderings by Pixelvalley

    For more information on the apartments along with product details - these include iconic designs by Pierre Jeanneret, Alvar AaltoPoul Kjærholm and Charlotte Perriand - visit Residence magazine

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    When Fjord, one of the world’s leading design and innovation consultancies, grew out of its Helsinki premises, it needed a new space that would reflect the Fjord brand and feel like home to its employees from around the world. Having worked with the Helsinki-based Studio Joanna Laajisto before, Fjord knew that they had found a designer who could translate Fjord brand characteristics into interior design principles.

    “Elegant, unconventional and human – those were the starting points of our design process" says Joanna Laajisto who designed Fjord’s minimal and warm studio in central Helsinki. "This is an office primarily made for employees to feel at home, and the wow factor for outsiders comes from what the space feels like, not merely from its looks.” 

    Furnished with high quality, natural materials such as oak flooring with sound-absorbing underlay and sisal carpet, the studio is bathed in natural light. One of my favourite features is the delicate metal room dividers. Designed to allow for the light to flow through the spaces, the addition of linen curtains ensures privacy when needed. Rather than building a traditional office, the aim was to create an approachable, homelike workspace and this can certainly be seen throughout. In addition to different kitchen and lounge spaces suitable for collaboration, the offices include creative work and casual hang-outs. Privacy can be found in comfortable phone booths lined with Kvadrat’s acoustic Soft Cell panels.

    Most of the materials and pieces of furniture are of Finnish origin, in line with the wishes of Fjord Helsinki. Meeting rooms are furnished with Artek Rival chairs, the living rooms’ large carpets are from Woodnotes, and the Knoll’s Womb chairs were designed by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen. The living rooms are also fitted with striking PJ01 lamps, designed by Joanna Laajisto and designer Pasi Kärkkäinen. The gorgeous green kitchens blend in with the natural materials and are furnished with Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Domus chairs as well as oak tables and benches from Nikari.

    “Our people are very proud of our new office space and they are constantly inviting people to come and see it,” says Stéphanie Del Rey from Fjord Helsinki.  “When planning the space and its furniture, we wanted it to be very adaptive. Now we can use our space in various versatile ways: people even use it in their spare time for movie nights and casual hang-outs!”

    Such a welcoming place for both work and downtime, I can see why employees can't stay away! 

    Images courtesy of Studio Joanna Laajisto

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    Plyroom have launched Flor, a new collection of indoor planters designed for contemporary Australian living. Designed in Australia and made in Italy, the range was aptly named after the Spanish word for flower and consists of three vessel sizes with hidden casters. This clever element allows for the planters to be moved easily around the house to optimise conditions for growth and plant health. As someone who gets a little complacent when it comes to looking after plants, I love this idea! Made from natural materials with a clean, minimalist aesthetic, the planter also looks stunning. 

    “The design of this product has been an exercise in simplicity. The resulting plant vessel, which takes inspiration from the cylindrical shape of tree trunks and plant stems, is characterised by its clean lines, materials and craftsmanship,” says Plyroom founder, Elise Heslop.

    Made from European Beech, the planter is visually light yet sturdy. In addition to being moved around easily and safely, the Flor pieces can also be used as portable open storage, making them highly versatile.

    Styling and photography by Meghan Plowman

    Another beautiful addition to the Plyroom family, Flor aligns with the company's strong philosophy of sustainable living. Offering innovative solutions for small living spaces, the pieces are about longevity and flexibility. 

    The Flor series is now available to purchase from Plyroom

    Images courtesy of Plyroom 

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    Continuing on from Part One of my BoConcept Sofa Series, I have now narrowed down my shortlist to three beautiful sofas; the Carlton, Adelaide and Osaka. Choosing from the diverse range on offer, I wanted the design to differ from our current Carmo sofa, while still maintaining the Nordic look I love. Though the sofas have three different and distinct designs, they all feature my 'must have' elements; clean lines, beautiful craftsmanship and superior comfort.

    When choosing a sofa it's important to identify your own personal style and the elements you'd like to bring in to your space. If you need assistance, you can book in to see one of the BoConcept interior designers. This free service can be carried out in your home, or you can bring your floor plans along with any inspiring images you have collected to the store. The other tool which I personally find invaluable is the BoConcept Home Creator. By creating 3D design options for each of the three sofas, I was able to obtain a visual reference for each look, and accurately judge how big I could go in terms of sofa size. Although I had been leaning towards the Carlton Sofa early on, this step strengthened my decision by showing exactly how it would look in our open-plan living space. Wanting a change of configuration from our modular Carmo, I decided to go with the two separate sofas this time around. The Home Creator gave me complete confidence in choosing the right sofa sizes - a 3 seater and 2.5 seater. Here are some of the 3D Images created with my living room dimensions, and three sofas on my shortlist. Covering all bases, the options include a modular configuration and a sofa with armchairs. 

    Next up, I need to choose the right fabrics. One of my favourite parts of the process, I love that BoConcept have such an extensive range and I'm really excited to be choosing two different variations this time around, one for each sofa. During the last sofa series, I brought home some of the leathers home to see how they looked in our space. While I didn't end up choosing leather, the look and feel definitely resonated with me and I've made the exciting decision to include a leather sofa this time around, for the 2.5 seater. 

    To get started I head in to the beautiful Auckland showroom to check out the range. In addition to leather I keep coming back to the Napoli fabric. Soft to touch, it has a beautiful textural feel thanks to a distinct cord-like pattern. With a slightly vintage feel, the Napoli also works perfectly with the Carlton sofa  which was inspired by the atmosphere of elegant homes from the late 60s and early 70s. Choosing the right colour is also a huge factor, and I select a few different shades in the Napoli including a soft grey and warm brown. Armed with three different leather samples in different shades including caramel and a darker tan, along with some rug samples, I'm ready to see how they look in our space. Much like paint colours, I like to use large swatches and observe how the fabrics look as the light changes throughout the day. 

    Creating a mood board with smaller fabric swatches is also a great idea. I find it helps me hone in what I am wanting to achieve for the space in terms of look and feel.

    I am very happy with my final choices which include the light silver Napoli fabric and light caramel Oxford leather.  They compliment one another beautifully and will provide a nice change from our existing dark grey sofas. 

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    I can't wait for the new sofas to arrive! Over the next couple of weeks I will show you the outcome. 

    As mentioned previously, I'll be running a silent auction in collaboration with BoConcept for our Carmo sofa, with all proceeds going to a wonderful NZ charity. Details will follow on the blog soon. 

    This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    Impremta Garden is a unique urban residence designed by Spanish architects AVW Arquitectura, with interior architecture by Stockholm based Whyte Lilja. The two firms have brought life to the ancient Impremta Garden property in Palma's old town, Mallorca, transforming it into a living complex with 12 beautiful apartments. Based in Stockholm, Whyte Lilja have fused Scandinavian functionalism with contemporary minimalism, all while respecting the building's historical character and soul. The result is a dynamic yet low-key vibe with spaces that ooze quality and sophistication.

    Each home features beautiful materials and detailing such as the chevron pattered oak floors, generous ceiling heights and restored ceiling beams to enhance the unique character of the historic building. Tactile surfaces, warm wood and a muted colour palette were chosen to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere all year round. The stunning kitchen and living room merge into a modern social space, facing inwards with large windows overlooking the garden, the pool or the street. 

    While the interiors are unmistakably Scandinavian in style, the beautiful terrace above reminds me of the hotel terraces I visited in Barcelona. I think this may be my indoor-outdoor dream! Be sure to check out the rest of the imagery here, including the amazing pool and lounge area.

    First seen on Nordic Design with images via Impremta Garden 

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    A new addition to my office, Baenk is a beautiful bench designed by Studio Nur for Danish design brand WOUD. Multifunctional with clean minimalistic lines inspired by the Nordic traditions, the bench is made of solid oak with a focus on the unique veins that bring nature inside. This element gives each bench a very special and distinctive look, and it's the first thing I noticed when it arrived. I was compelled to share a close-up of the wood on my IG stories late last week, which you may have seen, and I haven't stopped admiring it since. 

    I also love the versatility of the bench which can be used as both a shelf and a seat. In the circular shaped hole on the side (perfect for umbrellas or a plant) I'm going to display some native ToeToe as the long, strong stems will stand nicely when dried. The plant, which has a soft beige colour and feathery silhouette grows wild at many beaches so I need to fist do some foraging! The bench, which is inspired by old cardboard embroidery thread bobbins, has an upholstered middle section providing a super soft and comfy seat. Carefully selected to complement the structure and shades of the wood, the textile is the perfect colour for my office.

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    The WOUD brand is available from select retailers in Australia and New Zealand. You will find these listed here

    This post was created in collaboration with FLOC Studio. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    This beautiful 1920s apartment boasts the usual elements I love such as large windows, high ceilings and fishbone parquet. A stylishly eclectic mix of furniture, art and objects give the spaces a warm, homely vibe, while a pop of bright orange adds a vibrant touch. Cosy throws and rugs provide the perfect textural accents and natural foliage brings a little bit of the outside in. The huge plant in the bedroom is a stunner! 

    Styling by Katia Thoger / Photography by Mikael Lundblad for Fantastic Frank 

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    Last week I received an email from Ukrainian design firm StudioPine, regarding one of their recent interior design projects. A sleek and contemporary apartment located in Kyiv, they say they wanted to create a beautiful and harmonious environment for their clients to build upon. Balancing out glossy surfaces with natural wood finishes and dark textiles with lighter surrounding colours, their careful use of materials help to create both a sense of balance and interesting contrasts. Working across interiors and product design, StudioPine custom designed the stunning sofas for the Minima Apartment. Other statement pieces include the The bold artworks and iconic white Panton Chairs.

    Images courtesy of StudioPine

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    An inspiring new book for Kinfolk readers and anyone looking to forge their own professional path, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur arrived on my doorstep late last week, perfectly timed for the weekend. Visiting more than 40 creative business owners from 16 countries across the globe, the beautiful book offers an inspiring in-depth look behind the scenes of their lives and their companies. Pairing insightful interviews with striking images of these men and women and their workspaces, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur highlights the personal side of the business.

    With profiles of both budding and experienced entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries (from fashion designers to hoteliers) in cities across the globe (from Copenhagen to Dubai), the book provides an insight into how today’s industry leaders handle both their successes and failures, achieve work-life balance, find motivation in the face of adversity, and so much more.

    Included in the press release from The Kinfolk Entrepreneur publisher Artisan Books, I received 'A Conversation with the author Nathan Willliams' which I enjoyed reading prior to getting stuck into the book. Director of Kinfolk, Nathan is also author of international bestsellers The Kinfolk Home and The Kinfolk Table. Here's an excerpt from the interview.

    What inspired you to write a book about entrepreneurship?
    Examining quality of life and the balancing act required to sustain it is a core tenet of Kinfolk. The Kinfolk Entrepreneur was conceived as a natural extension of one of our editorial cornerstones: work. We've studied the working life through many different lenses in our magazine, and our readers continue to show a strong interest in the topic. our Spring 2015 Entrepreneurs Issue remains one of the most well-received and top-selling issues to date.

    How did you decide who to feature in the book?
    The entrepreneurs range from up-and-coming fashion innovators like Damir Doma to experienced architectural icons such as Sophie Hicks and Joseph Dirand. We compiled a roster of the individuals who speak most directly to our own entrepreneurial drive as a team, while ensuring that each profile would illustrate how the pursuit of meaning and passion, and the experiences of disappointment and defeat, can motivate both professional success and a balanced quality of life.

    In the Kinfolk Entrepreneur you say "becoming a successful entrepreneur extends beyond the strength of one's ideas and the ability to profit from them." What are the other important markers of success for you?
    The first layer of a successful entrepreneur is practical: the ability generate profit from an idea in the marketplace. The second, more elusive layer is relational with one's self and the surrounding community: to offer design solutions that improve living, to continue a heritage brand as family legacy or to simply find a creative way to sustain one's self doing exactly what they dreamed of doing. The Kinfolk Entrepreneur introduces readers to visionaries from around the world who have achieved more markers of success by creating a profitable business with a deeply personal connection to their work.

    Interior stylists Alessandro D'Orazio & Jannicke Kråkvik in their Oslo store Kollected By 

    The book is divided into three categories; A Single Vision, The Power of Partnership and Creating a Community. The first shows how creative success can be highly personal and businesses can be established form a passionate singular thought leader. Profiles include Sophie Hicks, who, once an esteemed fashion magazine editor in the UK, combined her industry experience and artistic leanings with an architecture degree to become revered as "Fashion's architect", and Maayan Zilberman, a successful lingerie designer turned confectioner and founder of sought-after New York shop, Sweet Saba. The Power of Partnership includes some incredible creatives from the interior world who I have long admired. They include Alessandro D'Orazio & Jannicke Kråkvik of Oslo creative studio Kråkvik&D'Orazio and retail store Kollected By, Jeremy Anderson & Gabriel Hendifar of acclaimed New York design studio Apparatus, and Mette and Rolf Hay who founded the eponymous Danish furniture and accessories company Hay.

    The stunning New York office of Jeremy Anderson & Gabriel Hendifar of Apparatus Studio

    Creating a Community profiles business owners who have taken creative risks for the sake of building a community around shared interest and ideals. 

    Rashid & Ahmed Bin Shabib of Brownbook, a bimonthly Dubai-based periodical 

    Copenhagen-based Futurist Angela Oguntala 

    Tokuji Motojima of Seven Uniform in Tokyo, Japan

    The Final section of The Kinfolk Entrepreneur includes invaluable tips and resources on important topics like How to: Lead People and How To: Manage Mistakes, as well as notes on suggested reading, desk essentials and even must-have workday snacks. To finish, The Last Word features ten entrepreneurs giving their single-most important pieces of advice.

    Published by Artisan Books, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur is a wonderful resource and beautiful addition to the Kinfolk Book Series

    Images courtesy of Kinfolk

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    As we embark on a new sofa journey with BoConcept, it's time to find a new home for our beautiful Carmo sofa. As mentioned in my new Sofa Series, we are holding a silent auction, with all proceeds going to charity. The charity I have chosen is the wonderful New Zealand organisation KidsCan, who provide Kiwi kids in need with food, clothing and health items at school, so they can get into the classroom in a position to learn. I'm so excited to get this underway today, but first here's a look at the sofa and all the details you will need to bid. 

    Some recent photos of the Carmo Sofa / Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    If you've been following over the last couple of years, you will have seen that I love changing the configuration of the Carmo sofa for different styled set-ups, or just as the mood takes me! Incredibly versatile, our customised Carmo consists of five individual pieces as shown below. For more imagery and the full range of configurations, take a look at this post from my first BoConcept Sofa Series.

    The sofas are upholstered in dark grey Lux Felt Fabric. Made from NZ wool, it is the most durable fabric from the collection, and I can assure you it has definitely lived up to the hype. With a no-food or pets policy around our sofa, they are still in excellent condition after two years. The Lux Felt also defines the shape and detail of the sofa beautifully, and has a distinctive Nordic look and textural feel.

    Here are the sofa dimensions (cm). 
    1 x Sofa dark grey Lux Felt fabric H70xW181xD233
    This includes the following pieces:
    Carmo basic unit: H70xW88xD93
    Carmo sofa with lounging unit: H70xW140xD93
    Carmo corner sofa: H70xW93D93
    1 x Carmo sofa, dark grey Lux Felt fabric 2311/black lacquered: H70xW224xD93

    The sofa is currently being held at the BoConcept Auckland showroom, located at 20 Normanby Rd, Mt Eden, and can be viewed during opening hours. The friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you may have. 

    If you would like to bid, please click here. 
    Simply fill out your details along with your silent bid.

    The auction will run for three weeks, closing on Sunday 26th November at 10pm. The highest bidder will be contacted the following day to arrange payment and delivery.

    All proceeds will go to KidsCan. For more information on this charity, please visit their website.

    I can't wait to see the outcome! 

    This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    Swedish interior store Artilleriet has a constantly evolving collection of furniture, lighting, and accessories for the home. An amazing blend of classics, vintage and modern pieces, together with innovative design from around the world, they regularly curate inspiring stories to showcase their collections. The latest story is set inside Vrångsholmen, a historical home with an enchantingly rustic aesthetic and moody vibe. The eclectic mix of pieces include vintage Beni Ourain rugs, design classics like the Gervasoni Ghost sofa, and contemporary pieces such as the striking Cloud 37 Lamp by Apparatus and Dandy armchair by Massproductions. Beautifully styled alongside smaller accessories from brands such as Hay and New Works, all can be purchased via the Shop Story page. 

    Images via the Artilleriet Journal

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    Following on from the 2018 Dulux Colour Trends launch, today we're going to take a closer at Escapade, the key palette for summer. Featuring a medley of playful, tropical colours and patterns paired with crisp white, this palette is guaranteed to stimulate the senses and add a sense of energy and fun to any neutral space. 

    Living / Dining Rooms feature Dulux Okarito and Cuticle Pink 

    Referencing 80s glamour and luxury hotels in exotic destinations, Escapade is quite a departure from the cocooning neutrals and deeper tones of last year. “This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves – our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology. Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes and visual delights. Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative.” - Davina Harper, Dulux Colour Expert

    Living Room Details featuring Dulux Okarito and Cuticle Pink (top), Lexicon Quarter and Cuticle Pink (bottom)

    Homeowners can breathe new life into a neutral scheme with accents of Dulux Cuticle Pink or Waitiki Landing, says Davina: “These shades go beautifully with many of the Dulux Most Loved Whites. If you’re hesitant to dip into colour, fear not: even small doses of these exuberant shades can have a huge impact. Create fun, eye-catching accents in unexpected places, such as doors, the inside edge of a wall or door frame, along a staircase or adding an element of surprise in a storage nook. Complete the look by painting one or two smaller pieces of furniture in the same striking hue, and then add in tonal accessories, such as coloured glassware, bold artworks, patterned cushions and bedlinen. For the rest of the walls choose a fresh white – our hugely popular Dulux Okarito is the perfect pairing.”

    Describing Escapade as 'pure happiness', Pip Brett, Dulux Trends and owner of Australian homewares store Jumbled, says it's about creating that holiday feeling all-year-round. For a richer and more decadent look, Pip recommends pairing Dulux Cuticle Pink with the deeper pink Carmen and Manu Bay, a mid-base blue. “It’s a colour combination that would work equally well in summer and winter,” she says. “To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork.”

    Here are Pip's Styling tips for Summer 2018:
    • Declutter your interiors so that furniture and accessories have plenty of room to breathe.
    • Seek out retro furniture with organic shapes and simple lines.
    • Add in plenty of luxe textures – think soft furnishings and accessories in sumptuous velvet, silk and sheepskin.
    • Introduce bright artworks that pick up on this season’s bold, tropical hues.
    • Touches of gold will add a glam feel.
    • Don’t forget greenery – indoor palms and ferns will bring a botanical-inspired interior to life and help you create a happier, healthier home.

    Window alcove feature Dulux Okarito, Soft Fresco and Waitiki Landing

    Bedroom features Dulux Okaritio

    Introducing new colour schemes is so good for the soul. And the beautiful thing about paint is that if you decide on a new colour down the track, you can simply paint over it! 

    To learn more about Escapade, all of the Dulux’s 2018 Colour Trends or to view the eMag visit Dulux.

    Styling by Bree Leech / Photography by Lisa Cohen

    Images courtesy of Dulux 

    This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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  • 11/07/17--22:36: New + Noted
  • A new discovery, Made by Morgen is Melbourne-based design studio specialising in handcrafted furniture. Maintaining traditional workmanship and quality, with materials that support this standard, the beautifully refined products are made to age well but they also embody a story. With inspiration from mid-century Scandinavian design, Made by Morgen work by hand to create refreshing, unique and individualised pieces for people, places and spaces. Here are some pieces from the stunning new collection, which you can see in its entirety here

    Styling by Bek Sheppard / Photography by Lillie Thompson

    Recently launched, Nordiska Kök is a new Swedish brand producing beautiful customised kitchens. Showcasing an unmistakable Nordic style with simple design, clean lines and the use of natural, quality materials, the kitchens feature appealing combinations of muted toned cabinetry and marble stone bench tops.  

    Styled by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Fanny Hansson

    Aesop have launched a new range of Gift Kits for 2017-18 which pay homage to ground-breaking studies on human behaviour, and feature curated skin and body care products to suit a range of recipients. The six kits are collectively titled, The Enigmatic Mind, with each kit celebrating an influential social psychology experiment that rose to prominence in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

    At a time of year when we consider what generosity means, the experiments shine a light on how humans interact with each other, whether working together, helping others, establishing connections or social conformity. 

    I was very lucky to receive the beautiful Sway Gift Kit which references the Asch conformity experiments, and how we adapt to accommodate those around us. It comprises of a group of agreeable formulations for hand and body care: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, and Geranium Leaf Body Balm. Packaged in a practical, reusable amenity case, the kits are wrapped in sleeves inspired by social psychology books of the era; the design subtly referencing the experiment behind it.
    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    An intriguing concept, I have found reading about the experiments for each kit so fascinating and I know they will make beautiful Christmas gifts. The collection is available from all Aesop signature stores and select stockists across the globe, and at

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    This home has such a calm, peaceful vibe. The soft tonal palette and relaxed style carries through effortlessly from room to room. Pale wood accents go hand in hand with the grey hues, and along with textural elements inject lots of warmth. Though small, I love that the kitchen and dining space is filled with light. It's also beautifully furnished with classic wishbone chairs by Carl Hansen & Son and simple accessories that fit seamlessly with the neutral hues.  

    Styling by Katia Thoger /Photography by Emma Jonssson Dysell for Fantastic Frank 

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    In the last instalment of the BoConcept Sofa Series I revealed my choice of the Carlton sofas in two different fabrics. Our new sofas have since arrived and are absolutely beautiful. I thought I'd start by sharing the 3 seater today, which is in the light silver Napoli fabric. 

    I mentioned last time how much the textural element of this fabric really appealed to me. A corduroy velvet developed exclusively for BoConcept, it is also very soft to the touch. A big change for us in terms of colour, the light grey hue has a slight greige undertone which I love. Understated yet uplifting, it enhances the airy feel of our light-filled open-plan space.

    Needless to say I'm already having a lot of fun styling the new sofas. And because they are such a great fit for our living room in terms of colour and style, many of our existing pieces including cushions, throws and art prints work in beautifully. I'd been admiring the stunning selection of BoConcept rugs for some time, so I was thrilled to be able to pick one out for this Sofa Series.  With so many complimentary options on offer it wasn't an easy choice, but I couldn't go past the Waza rug in silver, which is one of the new collection designs. You can check them out in the BoConcept 2018 Catalogue.  

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    Be sure to check in for the final part of the series, when I share our second Carlton sofa in leather. 

    Thanks so much to those who have put in bids for the Charity auction of our Carmo sofa. There are two more weeks to go, so if you'd like to find out more about the sofas, which are currently available to be viewed at the Auckland showroom, take a look here. All proceeds are going to KidsCan. 

    This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    Award-winning Melbourne-based interior design practice Golden have transformed a stately Edwardian home into a cherished residence for a music-loving family. Minimalist lines, bold shapes and grand scales bring a modern edge to the original architecture, while a regal colour palette invigorates the space. 

    From Midnight to moody indigo and teal to Monet-inspired lilac, as chosen by the children, the striking use of colour carries through from room to room, creating a beautifully cohesive feel. Music also threads throughout with thoughtful detailing such as custom joinery in the music room cleverly designed to accommodate the family's musical instruments. The television-free living room features his-and-hers’ reading chairs and an oversized Molteni sofa, perfect for sprawling listening sessions around a cherished vinyl record player. The gorgeous abstract art work above the fireplace is by Caroline Walls

    The master bedroom is a play of bold and muted colour. A custom Anna Charlesworth pendant hangs from the original ceiling rose, a plush linen bedhead runs the length of the room, and the bespoke window seat is dressed in a tailored Paul Smith textile.

    Furnished with stunning Beetle Dining Chairs by Gubi, the dining area doubles as a children’s study. A beautiful window seat provides hidden storage for power and printer and a built in desk is paired with Arne Jacobsen Series7 Chairs by Fritz Hansen and the iconic Snoopy table lamp by Flos

    The combined music and guest room is a central feature of the home, with its stately, custom joinery designed to fit a new sound system and speakers (and seamlessly hide all power and AV cables). In addition to choosing the Monet-inspired colour schemes in their rooms, the children also chose the playful door handles in the TV-room.

    The lighting has been refreshed throughout the home to achieve a more considered, minimal approach. The feature pendant over the staircase was custom designed by LAAL, with both size and proportion tailored specifically for the space. The incredible stair runner is by Halcyon Lake

    Styling by Nat Turnbull / Photography by Sharyn Cairns

    Showing how contemporary design can pay tribute to the spirit of a character home, the interiors strike a beautiful balance between pared back elegance and thoughtful use of colour.

    Images courtesy of Golden 

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    In the past I've curated Christmas gift guides, but this year I'm taking a more selective and organic approach, looking out for gifts that really resonate and offer something unique and special for loved ones. The Alchemy of Giving by Sans [ceuticals] is a great fit in that it centres around the idea that giving can be a transformative experience, something deeper than a material exchange. Their beautiful Gift Set Series was created to foster a sense of connection - a moment of solitude or time with a loved one.

    For those discovering Sans [ceuticals] for the first time, this NZ-based company is close to my heart. I first met with with founder Lucy Vincent over a year ago, and the beautiful products have since become part of my daily ritual. A former hairstylist, Lucy's remarkable career (she established the Stephen Marr hair salons, Lucy and the Powder Room and Auckland shopping destination, The Department Store) and fresh uncontrived approach to hair and beauty has made her an influential and pioneering innovator here in New Zealand. 

    Unable to find the type of products she wanted to use - clean, natural products that were highly active, well designed and sustainably minded - Lucy set out to create her own. Working with a team of New Zealand’s top scientists and cell biologists, Lucy developed a range of products that are a convergence of everything that is important to her. "I want to use products that are natural, environmentally responsible and sustainable—but they also have to perform and be effective.” I've spoken out on Instagram about the changes I've seen in my hair and skin since using the products, and I love that the brand's ethos feeds through to the Sans [ceuticals] way of life. Passionate about nature, whole foods, native New Zealand plant extracts, biochemistry, neuroscience, art and design, Lucy is also an advocate of diverse beauty in all its shapes and forms, at any age. A constant source of inspiration, the Sans [ceuticals] Journal features like-minded inspiring women from around the globe (Sans Woman), Lucy's delicious plant-based recipes (Sustenance) and product how-to videos (Tutorials). There's also a beautiful film series, A Quiet Observation. Featuring a cast of amazing women directed by Veronica Crockford-Pound, the film presents a change from the traditional representation of women in beauty messaging, with a study of the female form that doesn't objectify or idealise.

    Designed to elevate the everyday essentials range, each of the Sans [ceuticals] gift kits are accompanied by an experiential ritual, incorporating cleansing, touch and repair. Exquisitely presented, each set encourages ‘scheduling time’ and comes with an artist drawn ritual card, detailing steps to perform a head massage, reflexology or hair treatment.

    My beautiful DIY Spa Kit includes two of my favourite products, the Bio Active Body Exfoliant, and Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face + Oil, together with two gorgeous luxury samples. I'm looking forward to following the Self Care Ritual (including a glass of wine and bath) very soon.

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    Available to purchase online with worldwide shipping, see the full range of gift kits here

    This post was created in collaboration with [Sans ceuticals]. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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  • 11/16/17--00:22: Musings + Moodboards
  • I've been following Copenhagen-based architect Danielle Siggerud on Instagram for some time. She has such a beautiful, serene aesthetic and her project, MD House, was the starting point for today's moodboard. A 17th century home reworked with strong architectural sensitivity, combining modern and existing elements, I love the neutral colour palette and tactile materials, as shown in the the kitchen and living room below. Danielle has also designed an incredible steel table for the Menu Space which opened earlier this year in Copenhagen. Definitely one to watch, I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future. 

    Kitchen + Living Room from the MD House, Copenhagen, by Danielle Siggerud Architects
    Kristiina Haataja Sculpture, styling and photography by Daniella Witte 

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    Following on from part three of the BoConcept Sofa Series, I'm excited to be sharing the first look at our beautiful Carlton sofa in leather. BoConcept have an extensive range of leathers, and I took three different tan leathers home to test out. The final choice was the lightest colour - light caramel Oxford leather - and I'm so happy with the result. The leather feels luxurious and it pairs beautifully with velvet. Complimenting our Carlton sofa in grey Napoli fabric featured last week, it also provides a nice contrast and injects a lot of warmth into the room. 

    The 2. 5 seater Carlton is the perfect size for this side of the room and together with the 3 seater provides ample seating for our family. We've brought the leather sofa forward a little to meet with the new Waza rug, which helps define the sitting area. The rug also adds warmth underfoot and brings more texture into the room. With our high ceilings and open-plan layout, the space still feels cosy and intimate. I'm also thrilled that there is space between the back of the sofa and String shelving. This was an important factor when making the decision to change from a modular configuration back to two sofas, and I love that I can still walk freely behind the sofa and get to the shelves with ease.  

    That ends the BoConcept Sofa Series, but I'm sure I will be sharing a lot more of our beautiful new sofas on the blog and social media! 

    Thanks again to those who have put in bids for the Charity auction of our Carmo sofa. There's still a week to go, so if you'd like to find out more about the sofas, which are currently available to be viewed at the Auckland showroom, take a look here. All proceeds are going to KidsCan

    This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    I had planned on painting our bedroom this year. The white walls were starting to feel a little stale and I wanted to inject a bit more warmth. Then we got our new linen headboard and this made a big difference to the space, injecting texture and contrast. While I may still make a change, it's made me appreciate the white walls more, and I'm happy adding touches of colour with bedding and accessories. I still can't go past white teamed with neutral elements such as warm wood and linen bedding, and I especially love it when the sun is streaming in through our sliding doors. These beautiful bedrooms have caught my eye recently and provide some great ideas for creating a neutral bedroom haven all year round.  

    A dreamy sun-filled bedroom via Uniqwa Furntiure

    Layers of linen and a touch of velvet make for a cosy combo. Styling by Balthaz Interior / Photography by Elisabeth Daly for Wrede 

    The beautiful home of Danish designer Caroline Feiffer photographed by Katrine Rohrberg via Remodelista

    A lovely Spanish home by Gordana Golubovic, photographed by Lauren Moore via Est

    A tranquil bedroom in the home of Swedish interior stylist Denice Lindell, via My Scandinavian Home 

    To finish, I've rounded up some some favourite design pieces to further inspire a neutral bedroom with warm, textural elements.  If you're looking for paint colours, check out the Dulux whites & neutrals collection. Dulux Okarito from the Dulux colours of NZ, is a favourite of mine.  

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  • 11/20/17--22:26: A Little Festive
  • In addition to my bloom subscription delivery yesterday, Bloom Social arrived at my doorstep with a beautiful Christmas Wreath. Something I've been hankering for the last few years, I'm so happy to have one this festive season. Made from gorgeous fresh foliage on a galvinised ring, the large wreath provides a beautiful wall feature and I love how it looks above our console in the downstairs space. An area that has previously been a little neglected at Christmas time, it's nice to kick start the decorations here. 

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    Next up is the tree, which we're picking up this weekend to be featured in a shoot next week. It's definitely starting to feel like Christmas now! 

    To pre-order your custom-made Bloom Social Christmas Wreath in time for Christmas, visit Bloom Social.  

    This post was created in collaboration with Bloom Social. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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  • 11/21/17--23:33: Casa Cook Kos
  • The latest addition to the incredible beachside Casa Cook Hotels in Greece, Casa Cook Kos is the ultimate summer escape with beautiful interior design and styling by Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger. Located on one of the island's most idyllic spots, Casa Cook Kos has a village-like feel with one and two-storey cubist houses grouped around gardens and patios. Inspired by the Greek parea - a gathering of friends – Casa Cook Kos has been designed as a beach hideaway and summer escape for like-minded people to come together. The stunning rooms feature a minimalist aesthetic derived from a centuries-old Greek architectural style, with clean lines and raw natural textures. I especially love the bathroom with its textured sandy walls, concrete basin, warm wood accents and natural woven accessories. Did I mention the large terraces extending out to private outdoor spaces? I'm definitely adding this dream destination to my wish list! 

    Interior Design & Styling by Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger
    Architecture and Master Planning by Ilias Mastrominas
    Art Direction & Branding by Stefan Grüner / Lambs and Lions
    Photography by Georg Roske