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  • 04/15/17--18:37: Happy Easter!
  • I'm just stopping by today to wish you all a Happy Easter and to introduce you to our new bunny! The latest addition to our family, Jett came to us via friends who were looking for homes for their surprise litter. The kids had been asking for a pet for sometime, and with Easter just around the corner, we couldn't resist. I shared a photo on Instagram the other day and it got a lot of love, so here's a few more. Jett has certainly won our hearts! 

    Styling & photography by Michelle Halford for TDC


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    Apologies for being absent the last couple of days. Blogging took an unexpected pause after Easter while I was hard at work on a magazine shoot. The upside is that I have lots of content piling up, which I will do my best to share with you this week and next, while juggling another long weekend and the school holidays! 


    Kicking off with a beautiful Scandinavian apartment, there is so much to love about this elegant, light-filled home. I especially love the white and bright dining room - what an amazing setting for a dinner party - and the master bedroom which has a warm and cosy vibe. It probably goes without saying, but the velvet textures are a favourite element. Beautiful large windows and high ceilings give the spaces a sense of grandeur while the interior styling strikes a perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication.

    Styling by By Bon  for Bjufors Gothenburg





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    Yesterday I shared a little teaser of my beautiful new book The Scandinavian Home : Interiors inspired by light on Instagram. Written by the lovely Niki Brantmark of world renowned blog My Scandinavian Home, the book showcases the distinctive style that Scandinavia is famous for: homes are pared-back and simple, and form and function are combined to create aesthetically pleasing and practical interiors. House designs tend to maximise the amount of natural light that enters the home and are made warm and cosy for the cold winter months. 

    Styling & photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    The Scandinavian Home showcases a wide range of these beautiful homes from city dwellings, with both modern apartments and smart townhouses to country homes, which show the Scandinavian take on country style with laid-back, bohemian homes. Also featured are stunning retreats, including a Norwegian mountain cabin and a Danish beach house.

    'Renovated Serenity' is one of the homes that I was immediately drawn to. Located on the west coast of Skåne in southern Sweden, it is owned by interior stylist and store owner Josephine Ekström, her engineer husband and three children. Niki who moved to Sweden from London ten years ago, writes effortlessly about the home's eclectic blend of iconic design pieces and vintage finds, the warm textural elements and unique details. Paired with stunning photography by James Gardiner, it's easy to get lost inside the beautiful pages. I can't wait to read more. 

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark, published by CICO Books (£19.99) / Photography by James Gardiner © CICO Books

    The beautiful new book is now available to purchase through Amazon
    Locally, it can be purchased through Book Reps New Zealand (RRP $39.99). 

    Images courtesy of CICO Books 


    This post was created in collaboration with CICO Books. 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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  • 04/23/17--21:20: New + Noted
  • First up today is a new release for 2017 by Muuto, the AMBIT RAIL lamp by Stockholm-based TAF Architects. An extension to the existing AMBIT series, the RAIL is constructed out of three shades mounted onto a tube, with hidden joints and cables and remarkably thin supporting wires. Minimal yet striking, the design has a beautiful fluidity and appears to float in mid-air. Perfectly suited to a dining area or kitchen island, it comes in black, white and grey. 


    These beautiful new earthenware pieces are designed by Cecilie Manz and form part of the Fritz Hansen Objects Collection. Handmade from a combination of clay and ceramic glaze, the process of carefully selected placement in the oven when burning the clay ensures an individual look to every single piece. Made up of four designs, these include the Vase, Jar Vase, Bowl and Candlestick


    NZ brand Resident unveiled some stunning new products at the recent Milan Design Week. The Circus 750 pendants consist of interconnected brass rings, each of which is encircled with an LED light source that casts a warm glow.


    In his first partnership with Resident, designer Philippe Malouin has created two products, the Offset Coffee Table and Offset Stool/Side Table. The playful pieces feature purposefully off-centre stubby legs which showcase the beauty of solid oak in generous proportions.


    Resident also introduced their beautiful new Bloom Pendant designed by London designer Tim Rundle. Featuring a super elliptical form inspired by the gentle dynamic flow of paper lanterns, its glorious lit effect is the result of transparency and light. Two contrasting materials - a finely perforated mesh core and frosted blown glass, combine to project a soft focus and textural patterns inside the shade.


    Resident is available locally from Simon James Design. For global stockists take a look here


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    For their latest interior design project, Laura Seppänen Design Agency has created a serene home for Finnish music composer and producer Hank Solo. Located in the hip Kallio district in Helsinki, Finland, the small apartment has a wonderful feeling of spaciousness thanks to its three metre high ceilings. 

    Simple yet homely, the kitchen has been modernised and made functional with beautiful pieces from HAY, Frama, Lampe Gras and Ellos.


    Taking into account the artist's wish for a peaceful space to enjoy slow mornings and concentrate on his musical work, Laura came up with an idea of an "industrial and luxurious yet cosy New York-style hotel room". Peeling back layers to reveal beautiful wooden flooring and an original brick wall was a great starting point. Located in the living room corner, the brick provides contrast and a raw and edgy element alongside the white painted walls. The addition of warm wooden tones, patterned rugs and a mix of materials including brass, glass and leather provide further layers of textural goodness. 



    One of the many things I love about Laura's work is her ability to mix both iconic Scandinavian and Finnish design with custom-made pieces and those sourced further abroad. Some of these include a hand sketched sideboard from Spanish brand Treku, the Workstead wall lamp from Brooklyn, NY, and a huge custom-made bronze glass mirror. A strong concrete dining table grounds the living space while abstract paintings created by Finnish artist Tanja Meski create a striking focal point. My favourite element however has to be the piano which features a unique 'paper planes' patterning in greyscale by Finnish graffiti artist Otto Maja.


    The soft industrial theme continues in the bedroom with one wall featuring a concrete effect, decorated with beautiful artworks. This room includes two of my favourite lamps, the Floor lamp by Flos and Wall lamp by Frama. I also love how the wardrobe has been given a new lease of life with a simple birch veneer made by a local carpenter. 


    Interior design by Laura Seppänen (@laurajuulia) / Photography by Pauliina Salonen
    Styling Assistant - Minna Ritvanen


    Warm and homely with space to breathe, I have no doubt this apartment will provide a tranquil and creative haven for its lucky owner.  

    Images courtesy of Laura Seppänen Design Agency

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  • 04/25/17--19:10: Laing Sleepwear
  • I was recently introduced to Laing, a beautiful NZ-based sleepwear brand for women. Designed by Anna Murray, an ex-marketing and advertising executive with 20 years experience in mostly the retail and fashion industry, Laing came about from her search for the elusive perfect sleepwear. Unable to find it, Anna decided to take a leap of faith and simply create what she was searching for, in the knowledge that she couldn’t be the only one looking in vain. Not only did the products need to be comfortable, they needed to last the distance. Determined to get the styling and fabrics right in order to achieve this, Anna took 18 months to launch. Continuing the brands tailored and classic approach to sleepwear, Laing have now released their new season collection featuring stunning separates to mix and match. Shot on location at the award-winning Eyrie Houses by Cheshire Architects in Kaiwaka, here's a look at what's on offer. 


    A self-confessed lover of sleep, followed by lounging around (for as long as possible) in her pyjamas, Anna wanted to produce sleepwear that reflected who she was; a grown up, confident woman who dress’s fashionably and with care outside the home. "I wanted sleepwear that I could wear around the house that reflected my style and did not embarrass my teenage children. The styling had to be modern and stylish. You spend nearly 50% of your time in bed or resting so I feel that what you wear for yourself at home should be just as important as what you wear outside the house for others."


    Fine cottons are used in many styles using only long staple 60’s & 80’s, meaning they wash, wear and look beautiful for longer. French-seamed for the perfect finish, piped, pleated and tailored, the garments have been created as flattering classics to be loved for years, not a season. They are an investment in a stylish night’s sleep whether at home or travelling. Constantly evolving, the collections also reflect customer feedback, hence the introduction of Cashmere and Separates this season, so that women can put together what works for them. The versatile range which includes soft blush pinks and olives, crisp stripes and fresh whites, allows you to create a sleepwear wardrobe where you can mix and match favourite pieces dependent on the time of year, mood or if you are travelling through different seasons. Cashmere T-shirts pair beautifully with classic PJ pants while cotton striped singlets are an effortless match with boxers. As for those Henry Cashmere Socks - I don't think I'd ever want to take them off. 


    With Mother's Day fast approaching, why not treat Mum (or yourself) to something from the new range? Having had the pleasure of experiencing Laing sleepwear and being blown away by the quality and attention to detail, I can promise you won't regret it. 

    The new season pieces are now available to purchase online, with understated silks and cotton night dresses on their way for summer. 

    Images courtesy of Laing 

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  • 04/27/17--17:49: Minimalism | Tips by IKEA
  • Beautiful styling for IKEA by Amanda Rodriguez, these images were created to showcase ways of introducing minimalism into the home. Featuring five handy tips for the living room, including one centered around colour, the warm palette and pared back approach is a winning combination. By sticking to a base colour and several contrasting hues across painting, furniture and decorating, a calm and harmonious space can be achieved. By applying the same idea to materials and shapes, the look and feel is further enhanced. For more great tips on getting rid of the clutter while still retaining a beautiful sense of warmth and style, check out the article here

                     
                        Styling by Amanda Rodriguez / Photography by Martin Cederblad for IKEA 
          

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    Dedicated to the design of products that foster a simpler way of living, Plyroom is a Melbourne-based company specialising in furniture and accessories that are beautifully crafted, sustainable and versatile. Today they have launched an exciting new range of shelving, the Shibui Collection. Named after the Japanese term Shibui which refers to an aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty, the collection showcases these qualities in an all-new modular furniture range, conceived and produced by Plyroom in collaboration with Melbourne-based designer Joel Wells.


    The collection consists of six distinctive storage pieces that arise from a simple yet complex modular shelving system. Together these pieces offer a vast variety of uses for all manner of living spaces as well as flexibility to suit changing needs and lifestyles. 

    “The design of this collection has been an exercise in simplicity, paring forms back to the basic essentials. The resulting modular shelving system, which takes inspiration from Shibui objects, is characterised by its clean lines, sustainable materials and thoughtful details,” says Plyroom founder, Elise Heslop. “Shibui objects appear to be simple overall but include subtle details that balance simplicity with complexity, so that you are constantly finding new meanings and enriched beauty within that object, causing its aesthetic value to grow over time”. 


    Despite having an incredibly sturdy timber construction with pieces available in FSC certified Birch and Tasmanian Oak, the collection is visibly light. Thoughtful detailing including beautiful curved edging and brushed brass details that appear like pearls or punctuation marks add depth to the pieces as well as a unique touch. 


    Supporting a strong philosophy of sustainable living, Plyroom are passionate about designing beautiful products that offer flexibility and longevity. Timeless rather than trend based, the Shibui Collection encompasses a side table, open sideboard, room divider and other formations. Providing a beautiful shelving and storage solution for any room of the home, the versatility of the pieces also make them ideal for small living spaces. 


    Styling by Stefanie Ingram / Photography by Martina Gemmola

    The Shibui Collection is now on show at the Plyroom Concept Store located in the Magic Johnston Cultural Complex on Johnston Street in Collingwood, Melbourne, until the 21st May.

    For further enquiries, a look at their full range and to shop online, visit Plyroom

    Images courtesy of Plyroom 


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  • 05/01/17--21:46: New + Noted
  • Today I thought I'd share a few new things which you may have seen popping up on my Instagram feed and stories of late. For the first time, Aesop has introduced a trio of Aromatique Room Sprays into its permanent range, and I was lucky to receive one of the distinctive new scents to experience. Named for an ancient Greek port town, Istros is an uplifting blend of Pink Pepper, Lavender and Mimosa, layered with warm undertones of Cedar and Sandalwood and a hint of Tobacco. Refined, floral and smoky, the beautiful aroma is both calming and uplifting. A beautiful new addition to my office, I've been using it all around the house. Created to revive the senses and redefine your living or working environment, Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop’s General Manager of Products and R&D says "Each Room Spray features botanical extracts of the finest quality to provide an enduring scent to transform your space, and subtly dissipate over time.” The other scents that make up the new trio are Olous, a vibrant blend of green and citrus botanicals and Cythera which delivers a warm, woody and spicy fragrance. Each will launch in Aesop signature stores and stockists globally on July 3, 2017.


    My favourite Swedish watch brand TID has launched a new collaborative platform, TID Canvas, inviting a selection of artists and designers to interpret the brand’s iconic TID No.1 watch, resulting in a limited annual production. The original No.1 watch designers, Swedish design studio Form Us With Love is the first in a long line of artist and designers to be approached by the brand. Asked to create TID Canvas 001, the studio set the tone for the transformation of their own creation, by stripping the No.1 to its bare minimum — white, monochrome and dismantled — in a limited edition production of five hundred exclusively enumerated watches.


    Also on my desk, the My Residence Bookazine and Elle Decoration Sweden, very kindly sent over to me by Robin Klang and Ejub Bicic from Perspective Studio, whose Stockholm store was featured recently on the blog. Their beautiful home features in both publications so if you get a chance to pick up a copy of either (My Residence is in English), I highly recommend it. 

    Lastly, you can see a glimpse of the new Jo Malone Limited Edition Cologne Star Magnolia on my desk. Hand delivered in a beautiful box of fresh roses and magnolias, it certainly brightened up my Monday. Featuring a tantalising mix of Spirited star magnolia, magnolia leaf and orange blossom with a kiss of lemon, ginger and shiso, the scent of spring is also available in Jo Malone's London's first Hair Mist. Laden with high-shine conditioning treatments, I can't wait to try it!


    Styling & Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    This post was created in collaboration with Aesop, TID & Jo Malone London. 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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    Now in its 31st year, the iconic Dulux Colour Awards has had another record-breaker this year with 286 entries. Narrowing the field down to 88 finalists across Australia and New Zealand, the Awards once again recognise the two countries' diversely creative and outstanding use of colour across commercial and residential spaces. Dulux Colour Planning and Communication Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, said the 2017 submissions were exciting, inventive and unexpected, in line with this year’s theme of ‘Bold, Forward, Tilted'.

    Recognising inventive colour application in built environments, the 88 finalists were selected across nine categories. For today's post I've chosen four finalists to share with you from the Residential Interior categories. Embracing moodier palettes and deeper colour tones, which were cleverly off-set with elegant light greys, whites and soft pinks, Andrea says there was a strong modernist influence evident, and minimal colour schemes with metallic shades applied in subtle ways.

    107 Cambridge – 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the multi residential interior finalist

    Located in the heritage precinct of Collingwood, this project's designers were given a brief to design 90 New York loft-style apartments, discerning of the area's origins. Blending industrial heritage with contemporary comfort and bespoke detailing, the stunning interior features a predominantly monochrome palette which adds to the sense of space and light. Contrasting with industrial black metalwork and glints of aged perforated brass, I also love the addition of timber and textural elements.   

    Architecture: Elenberg Fraser

    Photography: Tom Blachford


    Dulux colours used: Natural White, Black Ace


    Northcote House - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

    An incredible renovation that fuses old and new with the addition of a contemporary extension, I love the light-filled open plan kitchen, dining and living. The perforated yellow stairs add a fun pop of colour.  

    Architecture & Interior Design: Taylor Knights

    Photography: Sharyn Cairns


    Dulux Colours used: Softsun, Vivid White™, Domino, Colorbond® Night Sky®


    Bondi Residence - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

    Another tremendous transformation, this home features beautiful contrasts between light and dark. The elements and colour palette work in perfect harmony, providing energy with femininity and softness with impact. 

    Design & Decoration: Lara Ette

    Photography: Francoise Baudet


    Dulux colours used: Oolong, Moorland, Lexicon®, Blue Sou'Wester, Bleaches

    Belmont House - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

    Beautifully elegant, this home's gorgeous colour combinations are enhanced with exquisite furniture and lighting. 

    Architecture: Kennedy Nolan

    Photography: Derek Swalwell


    Dulux colours used: Leaf Tea, Ahoy, Calf Skin, Emerson, Natural White


    The 2017 Dulux Colour Awards finalists will now be judged by a panel of design leaders, including; Ryan Russell – Director at Russell & George; Maurice Terzini– Restaurateur and Fashion Designer; Fiona Lynch – Director at Fiona Lynch Interior Design; Timothy Hill - Director at Partner’s Hill; and Shelley Ferguson – Editor in Chief of Your Home and Garden (NZ).

    Dulux will be announcing the results on the 10th of May. 

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    From Sydney to New York, Australian design brand SP01 is currently being showcased at a concept shop in SoHo called Over/Under. Open for the month of May, the pop up was developed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, (L&G) and presents a curated selection of lighting, furniture, and jewellery in a stunning interiors setting. Marking its US debut for SP01, the Australian-designed, Italian-made furniture brand looked to L&G for a concept beyond the traditional showroom, where guests could relax. The space features SP01’s indoor and outdoor furniture which combines down-under cool with tried-and-true Italian quality. The beautiful pieces sit alongside L&G's uniquely ethereal accessories as well as their new collection of sculptural lights, called Float. There are also rugs by CC-Tapis, objects by Pat Kim, and ceramics by High Gloss and Object & Totem. The soft palette and alluring details combine to create a truly calming and inviting space.


    Photography by Brooke Holm

    Open to the public until May 31, Over/Under is located on the ground floor at XOCO 325, at 325 West Broadway in SoHo.

    Images via Sight Unseen

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  • 05/04/17--23:53: Real Estate Round Up
  • It's been a big week of getting back into the kids' school routine and catching up on the blog and styling projects. I'm also in planning mode for an exciting work trip at the end of the month, so that is taking up a lot of mental space, but in a very good way! Feeling happy but tired, I really love the look of this dreamy bedroom. Painted in a soft grey, the room is light and spacious with white on white bedlinen and accessories. I love the way the curtains have been left long, draping along the floor, while the simple bench seat provides a great place for books and magazines.

    Styling by Sarah Widman / Photography by Fredrik J Karlsson for Alvhem

    A seamless blend of Nordic and Japanese style in this contemporary home, the low seats create a cosy and inviting dining space. 

    Via Alexander White 

    A delightful home that is white and bright, I just love this dining room corner with its round table, beautiful Børge Morgensen chairs and quirky picture wall. 

    Photography by Jonas Berg for Stadshem


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    A favourite here on TDC, Annaleena shared news of her latest styling work over the weekend and as always, it offers plenty of inspiration. Currently listed on Alexander White, the residence has been furnished with some beautiful pieces from Mass Productions who I recently featured, and I immediately spied the new Icha Chairs. The rich walnut colour adds a beautiful contrast and warmth to the concrete dining table. I also love the bold wall hanging in the living room. Thoughtfully curated, the spaces exude Annaleena's signature style and elegance. See the full house tour here


    Images via Alexander White 

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    Paper Empire is a Melbourne based studio that was born from the desire to offer beauty, function and an authentic creativity. Founded three years ago by Therese O’Donoghue and her partner, artist Stefan GeversPaper Empire sells art products to retail stores and online, but has a growing market with interior designers, architects and property stylists. Committed to originality and innovation, Paper Empire are keen observers of trends in art and design, but always follow their own design agenda. They print locally and with several local makers to create products that are of high quality. I met Therese when I travelled to Melbourne last year and was very happy that she got in touch recently to share their latest catalogue which launches today. Featuring 2017 work from Stefan Gevers, along with new Snowpuppe Lighting, Foto Factory and Foruu products, all are exclusive to Paper Empire. For today's post I'm going to share the stunning new Colourfields collection by Stefan.



    Consisting of a series of five prints based on original watercolour paintings referencing inner city, urban architecture and shipping ports, the block like forms melt into one another and evoke sensory reactions to tall city buildings, container ships and waterways. Stefan's signature style of reducing and minimising forms to abstraction is beautifully tailored to this series.





    A note about the artist:

    Stefan Gevers was born in Enschede, The Netherlands and currently lives and works in Melbourne. Formally trained in The Netherlands, Stefan’s work typifies the creative and design style of his original homeland with his approach to minimalism and subtraction.

    Stefan takes a contemporary approach to working with watercolour on paper but also works with acrylic on canvas and is known for his felt sculptures. His work is inspired by many road trips through country Australia. His latest trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia has resulted in a series of large scale watercolours. The form and textures of the landscape are ultimately reduced to a few but exact colour planes, resulting in a graphically-stylised painting.

    Stefan is an award-winning artist with work acquired by the NAB Collection, State Library of Victoria and Queensland, Art Bank Australia and numerous private collections. Stefan has an extensive history in exhibiting his work nationally and internationally.


    Colourfields is one of two collections by Stefan showcased in the 2017 catalogue. To see his second collection Goldenfields and the full range of new products on offer, take a look here

    Images courtesy of Paper Empire 

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    I first introduced you to Melbourne based furniture makers Felix Furniturelast year. A small yet dynamic business, Felix Furniture was established in 2014 by Antonia Morrongiello and Ian Anderson; a couple who were inspired to follow their passion after years of making furniture for themselves. The ethos of this thriving small business is about good, honest design, using sustainably sourced materials to create a range of contemporary handcrafted, plywood furniture. Since launching three years ago, Felix Furniture has quickly grown to be a respected Australian furniture brand, recognised for their unique designs, quality craftsmanship and refined industrial aesthetic. This year they opened their second pop-up shop in Richmond and have now launched their latest furniture collection, which I am delighted to share with you today. 


    The collection consists of six new pieces for the home, including an Entertainment Unit, Buffet, Dining Chair, Coffee Table, Side Tables and Bench Seat. The duo drew inspiration for their new collection from various materials, finishes and textures. ‘I have always been a tactile person, it’s all about how it feels under hand’ Antonia says. ‘Mixing materials and finishes allows us to draw out so many layers within the piece of furniture and develop a sense of depth.’


    In keeping with the Felix Furniture aesthetic, the designs are minimalist and clean, but the couple has branched out with different pieces, introducing new angles and curves not previously seen in their body of work. ‘Our designs continue to evolve as we grow as a business’ Ian says.

    Plywood remains the signature, core material used within each of the pieces, with the Mota dining chair solely constructed in Birch plywood. In addition, powder coated steel is featured in the new Lilly Coffee Table and the Douglas Bench Seat, while coloured wax heros the wood grain on the Stanley Side Tables. The new material the team is most excited about however is cork, with the introduction of the Kork collection. Ian says Cork is an extremely undervalued material. 'It comes in a range of incredible grains and colours and it is extremely sustainable. Cork is harvested directly from the tree once every nine years, allowing the tree to regenerate and continue living’.


    The entire range is designed and made by the couple in their small workshop in Sunbury. ‘We really value the integrity of Australian designed and made products, so it is important to us to keep Felix local and source only from other small makers and suppliers in the community’ Antonia says. The duo have a real hands on approach to their designs and the making process. Each piece is carefully cross-checked by each other ensuring that the focus is on attention to detail. 

    Styling by Sarah Elshaug, Maitland Street Interiors / Photography by Stephanie Rooney 
    Styling Assistant: Fiona Longmire 

    Felix Furniture are currently running a Makers Collective Pop Up Shop in Richmond. For details, take a look here. To make enquiries or find out about the products and stockists visit Felix Furniture.  

    Images courtesy of Felix Furniture 


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    Based in Krakow, Poland, Mleko Living is a design studio that creates simple objects for everyday use, in cooperation with local craftsmen. Founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski, the pair developed a shared interest in the functionality and aesthetics of human surroundings through studying architectural design, whilst living in different European cities. 


    Their new stoneware collection Canvas was created to bring ease and harmony into everyday life. Simple forms and sustainable use of materials are the focal points of the collection which consists of five beautiful objects: a bowl, a flowerpot, a vase, a carafe and a mug. Handmade in a family run ceramic factory in Southern Poland, each piece is fired in a high temperature to ensure durability, while a transparent finish is used to highlight the beauty of the stoneware.



    In terms of pared back simplicity and everyday functionality, the Canvas stoneware collection ticks all the boxes. The size of the bowl makes it really versatile and I love the unique shape of the carafe.


    Styling Magdalena Zielasko / Photography by Michaela Metesová

    Mleko Living also produce a range of 100% linen tablecloths featuring a beautiful double-sided woven pattern which allows you to choose between two different looks. 

    Visit Mleko Living to find out more about the products and stockists. 


    Images courtesy of Mleko Living 

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    Designer bathroom brand Duravit is embracing the concept of ‘less is more’ with its new Scandinavian-inspired collection of washbasins, bathtubs, and bathroom furniture. Created by designer Cecilie Manz, Luv is defined by soft, muted colours and curved shapes. Combining Nordic minimalism with timeless elegance, the series encourages designers and consumers to create an individualised look, with consoles and washbasins available in a variety of finishes and storage options.


    Luv’s signature oval shape was inspired by a straightforward vision from the Danish designer. “The image in my mind’s eye from the very start was a bowl filled with water on a simple table,” notes Cecilie Manz. This vision produced the sophisticated purism of the Luv series.

    Cecilie Manz brings a new perspective to Duravit,” says President of Duravit USA Tim Schroeder. “The Luv series is modern and impeccably designed. With the combination of Duravit'’s technology and craft expertise and Manz’s artistic vision, the Luv collection is an excellent addition to the Duravit family - just in time for our 200th anniversary.”


    Bathroom design is a new territory for Manz, but her Luv line is anything but novice. The collection is accomplished and original, combining Nordic style with traditional, classic features. Luv’s curated selection of available materials and colours brings warmth and durability to the bathroom. Her colour palette of matte lacquers and soft glazes was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasises the refined aesthetic of Luv.


    Find out more about Duravit and the beautiful Luv Collection here

    Images courtesy of Duravit 


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    Peg rails provide a great place to hang and store items and can be used in any room of the home. These first images show a wonderfully creative corner that forms part of a larger space inspired by harmonious living. Styled beautifully by Pella Hedeby for the recent IKEA Festival in Milan, the room features the metal Falsterbro wall rack with hooks. A clean and contemporary version of the traditional wooden peg rail, it also has a handy shelf for displaying small items. 

    Interior styling by Pella Hedeby & Photography by Ragnar Ómarsson for IKEA Festival / Livet Hemma

    I really like the idea of placing a peg rail in the bedroom, especially with the added shelf as shown below. My bedside table is never quite big enough for all my books. A DIY job perhaps?

    Styled by Emma Fisher & photographed by Maria Sahlander for Bjurfors

    A beautiful Dinesen home photographed by Anders Hviid for Scandinavian Living 

    Ideal for hanging scarves and coats that you have on current rotation, the peg hooks below are by Norrgavel, a Norwegian brand with several variation on offer.


    Styling by Pella Hedeby & photography by Ragnar Ómarsson for Elle Decoration Sweden 


    Utilitarian in nature, peg rails are perfect for kitchens, hallways and laundry rooms, helping to keep floor clutter at bay and everyday items at reach. 

    Peg Hooks from Father Rabbit 

    Birch Peg Rail by MUR


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    This morning I attended a special media breakfast at Cult to celebrate the launch of the new Australian design brand, NAU. Marking 20 years as the leading purveyor of international design in Australia, the exciting launch sees Cult expand into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design with a contemporary brand that offers furniture, lighting and accessories by a collective of Australia’s most curious, talented and spirited designers.

    Fat Tulip Collection by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Aran Bed & Nest Table by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Hosted by Richard Munao, Founder and Managing Director of Cult, the launch not only gave an overview of the designers and their incredible range of products, but also insight into the brand and how it came about. 

    Now is the time for a new Australian design movement. New by necessity, Australia’s design culture stems from a place of isolation; our influences are unique from the rest of the world, and we have no design ancestry with which to adhere. We are free to immerse ourselves amongst our extreme natural landscapes and unique materials, and as a result have carved out a resourceful, hands-on and open-minded design culture. 
    NAU is the embodiment of this fresh thinking, broad-spectrum approach, offering contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories brand by a collective of Australia’s most spirited designers including Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Gavin Harris and Jack Flanagan. Producing designs suitable for residential and commercial spaces, from elegant lounge furniture to modular shelving with endless possibility, the NAU collection is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.

    Aran Armchair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Aran Sofa by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Loom Armchair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Driven by the ambition to bring premium European design to Australia, Richard Munao established Cult in 1997 with a humble showroom in the backstreets of Chippendale. Since then, Cult has grown into the leading purveyor of the best international design in Australia and New Zealand, with a portfolio of over 35 brands across furniture, lighting and accessories. Over two decades, Cult has evolved from showroom destination to full-service design house; diversifying into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design. In 2014 Cult launched its first exclusive collection of Australian furniture; the AG x Cult capsule by acclaimed designer Adam GoodrumSince then, Cult’s product development has grown significantly and it’s time to establish these designs as one brand, and promote Australian creativity to the world. From this, NAU is born.

    Bigola Armchair & Table by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Bell Pendant, Malloy Dining Table & Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Frame modular shelving system by Adam Cornish for NAU

    Kubrick Stools by Jack Flanagan for NAU

    "After more than 20 years in the design industry in Australia, I have grown an unwavering passion for the production and manufacture of Australian furniture. I truly believe we are at the cusp of a new Australian design movement, and I am incredibly proud to introduce NAU to the market and promote Australian creativity to the world.”- Richard Munao, Owner & Managing Director of Cult and Founder of NAU

    Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Nest Tables by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Plum Easy Chair & Footstool by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    NAU launches internationally at ICFF in New York (21-24 May) and locally at DENFAIR in Melbourne (8-10 June). The NAU stands at both fairs are designed by award-winning Australian design firm Design Office and take inspiration from the Australian landscape and palette, including imagery from Brooke Holm. After learning about the beautiful range, from which I've shared some favourites in today's post, I can't wait to see the exhibition at DENFAIR next month.  

    Rev Stools by Adam Cornish for NAU

    Strand Collection by Adam Cornish for NAU

    Takushi Table by Gavin Harris & Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

    Photos 1-5 & 10-12: Styling by Marsha Golemac / Photography by Brooke Holm
    Photos 6-9, & 13-15: Styling by Marsha Golemac / Photography by Dan Hocking 

    The full NAU collection will be available exclusively from all Cult showrooms in Australia and New Zealand from June 2017. 

    Images courtesy of Cult


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    If you've been following our downstairs living room progress, you'll know that I recently went through a fun paint selection process with Dulux. As documented in this post, I chose a shortlist of colours from the recently re-launched Dulux Colours of New Zealand fandeck. After installing beautiful new laminate flooring from Flooring Xtra in a dark colour, I wanted to continue on the path of creating a space with warm, natural hues. With over 1,000 colours inspired by the by the natural beauty of NZ, Dulux had plenty of options to choose from across a palette of beautiful beiges and greiges.


    After narrowing down my selection to six colours, I used the Dulux Colour Swatch Service to see how the colours looked in our space. The large swatches are vital in getting an accurate feel of how the colours will look, especially in a new area. The light differs greatly to upstairs where I do so much of my styling and photography and while some of the colours had only subtle differences, the one I chose, Kauri Cliffs Double, has a lovely warm grey/pink undertone that works perfectly in our space. 


    In terms of furniture and layout, this room has gone through quite a few changes over the last few years. New shelving and lighting were at the top of the wishlist and I love how these pieces look in the new space. The Lampe Gras 214 wall lamp is from Tessuti and the Bordeaux Console table is from BoConcept


    Due to time constraints (and crazy weather of late) I ended up photographing each side of the room on different days. I have always found the white walls challenging to photograph in this room on a dreary day, but I was surprised at how different the new colour looks. The areas of light and dark create a moody feel which I love. 

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    You may recognise the beautiful new artwork Still II by Jane Denton. Part of new Still Series which I featured here, it sits alongside the stunning The Mist photograph art print by Nic Staveley for Duett Design


    This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dulux NZ. 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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  • 05/18/17--20:04: Dinesen Home
  • I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the Danish wooden flooring company Dinesen. I've featured their beautiful products many times on the blog so it is with much excitement that I will be visiting their Copenhagen showroom in early June as part of the 3daysofdesign press tour. Today I'm sharing images of the remarkable Dinesen Home in Copenhagen. Designed in 2003 by British designer Anouska Hempel, the exclusive apartment features the unique Douglas planks as a key design element throughout. In 2015, the home was redesigned by Dinesen to form a private setting where the passion for wood, architecture, design and art is evident in every detail.


    The images are so breathtaking, it must be a truly sensory experience to see it in real life. Richly decorated with modern art, exclusive furniture and bespoke solutions in wood, the eye-catching Douglas planks are extraordinary by nature. 


    Dinesen Home captures the essence of the family-run company: the passion for wood, architecture and design, the high level of quality, close client relationships and the desire to provide a source of inspiration.


    When Hempel created the exquisite Dinesen Home more than ten years ago, she thoughtfully combined Dinesen Douglas floors with one-off furniture in the same material. For the redesign, attention has been paid to every single detail. The indirect light, which is a signature feature for the designer, creates an evocative setting for the many elements to be explored. One of my favourite rooms is the office which features a collection of books on architecture, art and photography and an incredible plank table which has been dyed with Linseed Oil in the colour note Paris Blue. 


    To embrace both the past and the future, the apartment is furnished with customised classics as well as modern Danish and international furniture. The mood is Nordic and light with international substance and appeal. 


    To find out more about Dinesen, their beautiful products and inspiring projects, visit the Dinesen website.  

    Images courtesy of Dinesen 

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  • 05/21/17--22:04: Neutrals + Blue
  • While my obsession with neutrals continues I'm also enjoying seeing how beige hues pair with other colours. In my Dulux colour reveal last week, I styled the greige walls with a touch of earthy green and it further enhanced the warm tones. Today I'm going to show you ways of pairing different shades of blue with neutrals. From the bedroom to living room, hallway to the kitchen, blue works beautifully with natural linens, timber flooring and neutral accents. 

    New Collection images from Georg Jensen Damask 

    Styling by Danielle Verheul /Photography by Sjoerd Eickmans for VT Wonen

    Styling by Marie Ramse / Photography by Sara Medina Lind via Hitta Hem 

    In keeping with today's theme, here are a few picks including some recent finds and those that have been on my wishlist for a while. I'd love to replace our black Unfold Pendants above our dining table with the nude colour below. I'm slowly applying a softer look throughout our home and I love the results. I may now have to introduce a touch of blue to the mix!



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  • 05/23/17--01:47: Domo Design
  • Domo Design is a Swedish furniture brand founded by Johanna Haglund and Mathilda Karlsson. Over the last couple of years I've followed along on Instagram and I'm constantly inspired by their sleek, contemporary steel pieces and beautiful styling. Featuring superb craftsmanship, the collection comprises a range of timeless designs including tables, storage and both indoor and outdoor options. I absolutely love their latest images which were created in a former warehouse. The large windows, white plastered walls and contrasting black tiles provide the perfect setting to showcase their collection including the new Domo Square and Domo Shelf Mini.


    Styling by Erica H /  Photography by Osman Tahir

    Find out more about Domo and the new collection here


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    Offering a luxurious take on the industrial trend, Dulux predicts that a moody palette with warm metallics will dominate interiors during the coming colder months. Promoting raw, pared back beauty, this winter’s colour palette is derived from the 2017 Dulux Colour TrendsConstruct theme. Inspired by the renewed interest in Brutalism combined with the influence of the geometric shapes of the Bauhaus period, Construct offers a minimalist look with a focus on natural materials, structure and form.



    Dulux Colour & Design Specialist Davina Harper says that the key paint colours including Boulder Beach, Tirau Double, Moonlight Creek, Narrow Neck Half, Five Fingers Peninsula, Dark Cloud Range, Concrete Effect and Copper Effect can make any space in the home feel modern and contemporary.

    “These colours are very diverse and can be used in most interior spaces. Being predominantly neutral, they are extremely accessible, from the lightest variation, Dulux Narrow Neck Half, a soft greige, right through to the darkest hue, Dulux Moonlight Creek, which is an alluring deep blue,” says Davina.


    Like me, you may not naturally gravitate to deeper colours, however according to Davina these neutral shades are easy to incorporate without overwhelming a space. Darker hues can create a dramatic backdrop to really highlight furnishings and accessories and truly make a statement. Alternatively, these deeper colours can also be balanced perfectly when paired with lighter schemes.

    With tactility being a key element in the winter palette, balancing textures and layering accessories will create a perfect scheme and add another dimension to the space. “Concrete is a multipurpose material that is no longer reserved just for floors or the outdoors.” Adding a Concrete Effect with its cool hue balances out warmer textiles while hints of Copper Effect can create a harmonious and welcoming space.

    “Incorporating textured surfaces such as Copper Effect adds further dimension and creates focal points in a predominantly minimalist colour space. This touch of copper is ideal for highlighting architectural details and can also be applied to home accessories,” says Davina.


    What I also love about Construct, is that being a somewhat understated colour palette, it allows you to experiment with different neutral colour combinations paired with textures to add interest to a room.

    “The dark blues in this palette such as Dulux Moonlight Creek contrast beautifully against a concrete surface whether this be an entire wall, a fireplace or an upcycled piece of furniture. It’s important to remember that these paint colours can be used on a lesser scale too, even the smallest changes can transform a room,” says Davina.

    Styling by Bree Leech& Heather Nette King / Photography by Lisa Cohen

    For those who may be new to the Dulux forecasts, we are very lucky to have Bree Leech, Creative Consultant and Stylist for Dulux share her tips for every season. Here are her recommendations for winter 2017:

    Minimal styling can still have maximum effect. To achieve this, feature interesting bold shapes and a mix of materials such as concrete and metal to create your chic minimal space.

    Art is an important styling element in any home and the Construct trend uses it to reinforce the colour scheme, playing on shapes that draw inspiration from the influences of the Brutalism and Bauhaus movements.

    Use copper details for a luxurious, rich highlight to juxtapose Construct’s cool colour scheme. It’s okay to mix metal finishes such as silver, platinum & copper - just use a light hand when adding them to the space so they remain a feature finish that enhances but doesn’t take over.

    Layer minimal furniture choices with practical side tables, keep to the colour scheme and incorporate forms that work with the architectural style.

    Concrete and Copper Effect can be used on furniture details as well as walls to create unique bespoke pieces. Just make sure that if you are upcycling furniture such as a table that you add a glass top to safeguard the paint.

    To find out more about the Dulux Construct colour theme including the top interior colours for winter, take a look here


    Images courtesy of Dulux 

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  • 05/25/17--21:06: Iluka House by Alexanda &CO.
  • Established in 2013, Alexander &CO. is a Sydney based architectural and interior design company specialising in both commercial and residential projects of the highest quality. I recently stumbled across one of these projects, Iluka House, a stunning transformation of an existing waterfront holiday villa in Palm Beach, Sydney. Struck by the elegance and beauty of the home, which has a restrained European feel, I reached out to the firm's director Jeremy Bull to find out more.


    With a brief to improve the home spatially, enhancing the incredible views and access to the water, Alexander &CO. prioritised the architectural framing, creating an open space that spills out onto the outdoor garden, allowing for a beautiful transition between indoors and out. The owners regularly entertain and host guests, so the open plan living space and garden were to become the central focus in creating a home away from home.


    The house is focused upon the hand-made and features beautiful bespoke detailing and a high level of craftsmanship. Exquisite in every way, I love that the paired back interiors and subdued palette creates a lived-in atmosphere. This was an important element for the owners to experience a sense of place and history. 

    Photography by Felix Forest

    A dream holiday home wouldn't you agree? Visit Alexander &CO. to see more of their incredible work. 

    Before heading into the weekend, I just wanted to give you a heads up that I am off on my trip tomorrow. I have a tightly packed schedule during the press tours so the blog will be quiet over the next two weeks. I will however be sharing the sights on Instagram, so please follow along. And of course you can expect plenty of content on the blog when I return from Denmark and Melbourne.   

    Images courtesy of Alexander &CO.