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    I see pink tones in interiors from time to time, and while I usually only gravitate towards very muted pinks, the brighter hues I've seen lately have a fresh appeal. Paired with warm neutrals, soft greys and beige, they avoid looking too 'sugary' and instead bring a softer feel. The gorgeous kitchen renovation below, by Paris architects Heju Studio, features a simple painted splashback in a pink that mimics one of the colours in the terrazzo stone bench. Warm timber together with black and brass accents complete the look.

    Kitchen Gabrielle by Heju Studio

    Danish brand ferm Living are known for incorporating muted colours into their collections, and the latest campaign imagery for SS 2018 features different variations of pink. I especially love the warm wall below featuring the new Flying Shelf designed in collaboration with Chinese furniture designer Mario Tsai

    Images via ferm Living

    Swedish bed and furniture company Dux enlisted Lotta Agaton to curate their stand at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Dux Spaces by Lotta Agaton showcased the company's timeless furniture classics in new contexts, accompanied by furniture by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Set against a soft pink backdrop, this colour beautifully highlights the iconic furniture and bold artwork. 

    Dux Spaces by Lotta Agaton via Residence Magazine

    Last year renowned Stockholm-based interior designer Louise Liljencrantz launched a Furniture Collection with KFK Möbelsnickeri. Featuring exquisite pieces in mahogany, walnut and oak, these were recently displayed in an exhibition entitled At Home, at Dusty Deco. Featured alongside art and vintage furniture from Dusty Deco, the pink curtains provide a pretty textural element.

    Images via Residence Magazine 

    Here are some more ideas for incorporating a touch of pink into your home.



    Dulux Colours of NZ paint colours (L-R) Alexandra, Trentham, Punaromia

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    Launched in 1983, Scandinavian kitchen company Kvik was founded in Jutland by Knud Bole Troelsen. Born from a desire to improve on the kitchen industry's inconsistencies while bringing down the high pricing, the company took off, and has since expanded to include bathrooms and wardrobes with stores across Europe and Asia. Founded on a belief that buying a kitchen should be as enjoyable as the life of the new kitchen, as a stylist I really love this philosophy. When we built our home around five years ago, designing the kitchen was one of the most exciting (and important) processes. With so many elements to consider, I loved deciding on the layout, cabinetry and materials. While an all-white kitchen was on the wish list at the time, I've always liked seeing the inclusion of timber, and even more so lately. Kvik's best-selling kitchen Mano, first launched in 2004 and now the heart of more than 125,000 homes across Europe, has just been relaunched in a new improved version. Featuring clean white cabinetry and a solid wood worktop, this classic combination will always be timeless. 


    Following suit, the Kvik Mano Bathroom is a true haven. With beautiful clean lines and classic Danish design, I would be more than happy to start and finish my day here! 


    Images via Kivk Press

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  • 03/15/18--17:08: Friday Finds
  • I'm heading to the airport in a few hours en route to Melbourne (follow along on my Instagram stories) but wanted to share these finds with you before I go. The first is an art-focused editorial by Dutch magazine VTWonen. Beautifully styled with an eclectic mix of art and classic furniture design, head over here to see more, including all the product details.

    Styling Cleo Scheulderman / Photography Jeroen van der Spek for vtwonen


    A little peek inside the stunning home of Carin Wester, fashion designer and design manager at Åhléns. Formerly an old brewery in Stockholm, Carin effortlessly mixes French 60's design with modern minimalism. Featured in the current issue of Residence magazine, read the online interview here

    Styling by Annaleena Leino Karlsson / Photo by Erik Lefvander for Residence Magazine

    As the interior trend of hand-crafted and sculptural pieces continues to grow, so does my love of discovering new ceramic artists. I love these stoneware pieces by Iva Polachova, a London based potter specialising in functional tableware, decorative vessels and vases. Drawing inspiration from the ideas of sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Iva’s work combines balance, clearness, fluidity and tactility.

    Candlesticks by Iva Palochova via The New Crafstmen

    I'm keen to get a new desk for my home office this year. I've been holding off because I really want a adjustable/standing desk and stylish ones are hard to come by here. These designs crossed my radar the other day, and while they aren't adjustable, they have a fresh look, and the built-in storage really appeals. Designed by Thomas Feichtner for Austrian brand Bene, the desks form part of Studio, a range of modular office furniture which includes desks, shelving and accessories. Designed to be combined and arranged to suit, they are aimed at freelancers who work from home or creative individuals whose work is closely linked to their day-to-day activities. It's no wonder they caught my eye! Find out more here.

    Images via Bene

    I'll be back on the blog next Tuesday, after I return from Melbourne. 

    Happy Friday! 


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    I first featured the work of New Zealand-based textile artist Emma Hayes several years ago when I came across some of her beautiful cushions. After taking some time much-needed time out from design following the arrival of triplet boys (now three!), Emma has released the Bloom series, a dreamy new collection of wall coverings. Amalgamating traditional artistic techniques and digital methods, Emma continues to depict her ideas of incorporating a gestural element into interiors and exploring inspirations from the natural world. In the latest collection, the wall becomes the canvas for an exploration of tone and scale. 


    The Bloom series is inspired both by New Zealand artist, Colin McCahon’s Northland panels, and his concept of walking past the paintings in order to view them, along with the large scale colour field paintings of his American Abstract Expressionist contemporaries. Its billowing cloud-like shapes disperse through the atmosphere, creating a repeating mural design. Depending on your preference, and as the images demonstrate, the Bloom Wallpaper can be installed with the detail at top or bottom. For those who want to inject some of the beauty into their home on a smaller scale, the collection includes the option of Framed Art


    Tussock, as the name suggests references the expansive and distinctive grasslands of Central Otago, intending to bring a natural and neutral colour palette indoors with a gentle sense of movement. The grasslands are so beautifully captured, these really take my breath away! As with all of the new collection designs, these are also available as beautiful Framed Artworks


    The third series in the collection is entitled Petals Pressed. Referencing the act of flower pressing preserving a moment in time, colour, feeling and memory in the faded but also saturated colours within. Petals Pressed is available in two colour palettes; Sage and Blush.  

    Styling by Juliette Wanty / Photography by Dean Foster

    Emma Hayes Textiles work with heritage manufacturers to create its non-woven paper wallcoverings, drawing on more than 100 years of manufacturing experience. It treats its environmental responsibility seriously with papers sourced from certified forests and inks made from organic pigments that are free from heavy metals. Careful consideration is taken to work with high quality papers of fine tactility.

    Designs are available to purchase in commercial or residential grade wallcoverings, along with a series of fabrics in natural cloths and harder wearing weaves.

    For more information on the new collection and to shop online, please visit emmahayes.co.nz

    Images courtesy of Emma Hayes Textiles 

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    Recently moving into a new house just north of Copenhagen, Danish artist and designer Silke Bonde now works from her home studio, with a view to a beautiful greenhouse. A room cultivating lush green plants that Silke says extends summer by four months, I imagine it must be wonderfully therapeutic when the winters are long and cold. Able to work with her hands, feel the light and see the plants grow, the greenhouse is such a special place to Silke, it even inspired her latest art collection. Consisting of six different art prints, the Greenhouse collection showcases new and refreshing designs with green watercolour nuances.


    I love how the round design of the artworks contrast with the square frames. As these beautiful images show, the prints are designed to fit together. Displayed as a pair, trio or as an entire set, the prints allow for many variations on the wall, shelf, or a mix of both!

    Styling and photography by Avenue Design studio

    Gicleé printed on 265g heavy art paper, the beautiful Greenhouse collection is now available to purchase from silkebonde.com.

    Images courtesy of Silke Bonde


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    Scandinavian furniture emporium Fred International has taken up residence in Melbourne beneath the historic beams of an iconic Collingwood warehouse in the famed Foy & Gibson precinct. Open by appointment, I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the new space when I visited Melbourne on the weekend. A beautiful day to stop by, the sun was streaming in through the large windows and I was immediately struck by the beautiful interior that marries the brand’s Nordic roots with a distinctly Melbourne aesthetic. 


    In collaboration with interior designer Angela Harry and stylist Simone Haag, the apartment-style concept showroom has been crafted with both locality and worldliness in mind. “Fred International’s apartment is the merging of the concept of home with an aesthetic that is distinctly Melbourne,” says Angela. “This meant challenging the notion of Scandinavian design being strictly clean and minimal, instead opting for a darker, moodier palette; sophisticated, with a hint of Collingwood edge.”

    While embracing the building’s heritage bones, careful consideration was given to removing layers of previous renovations, and imbuing the space with a light, restrained approach to new materials and finishes. A single shade of grey features predominantly throughout, allowing the original heritage detail and textures to be celebrated just as they are. In contrast, rich terracotta walls and lustrous carpet create an eye-catching entryway. 

    Within the artful space, both new and iconic furniture pieces were selected from the extensive Fred International collection, with contemporary Scandinavian brands including Fogia, by Lassen, Friends & Founders, Rubn Lighting and Secto Design

    With a warm material palette of cognac leather, marble, terrazzo, brass, smoked glass and velvet, I love the rich tones of the Friends & Founders La Pipe dining chairs in sea green and wine-red velvet Retreat sofa by Fogia. A pair of Fogia Bollo chairs are happily camouflaged in Raf Simons for Kvadrat upholstery against Fogia’s woven wool rugs, while decorative and functional light fittings act as a finishing touch, including a cluster of Rubn Vogue pendants; custom coloured to match the bold entrance.


    Fred International director Melissa Walker says the space allows for an ever-changing curation of the brand’s evolving offering.“Our intention is to continually reinvent, and this unique residential-concept encourages that dynamism,” says Melissa. “While contemporary Scandinavian design celebrates the region’s great heritage, it’s bold and progressive and diverse in a way that eschews minimalist confines of the past. It’s a really exciting time, and we’re thrilled to have finally arrived in marvellous Melbourne.”

    Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 


    Special thanks to Neil from Neil Hugh Office for showing me around the inspiring showroom and allowing me to take photos. Located in the same space, Neil's office is on the mezzanine floor and blends in seamlessly with the same attention to detail. 

    Located at 79 Oxford Street Collingwood, Victoria (Apartment 10) by appointment, bookings can be made here

    Interior Design by Angela Harry / Art direction and styling by Simone Haag 

    Art from James Makin Gallery by Artist Greg Woods / Plants from The Plant Society 


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    Given a new lease of life with a full renovation, this elegant Stockholm apartment blends modern elements with beautifully preserved original features. Airy and spacious, the living areas feature luminous curtains, beautifully expansive sofas and a mix of coffee tables. Large textural rugs define the spaces while creating cosiness and warmth underfoot.  


    Luxurious marble furniture and statement lighting can be seen throughout, but they really take centre stage in the incredible dining area above. The rattan chairs add softness and warmth to the marble table, and I love the banquet style sofa. 


    Images via Per Jansson

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    Over the last couple of weeks I've featured both wood kitchens and terrazzo kitchens and then today I came across a mix of the two and my heart skipped a beat. Designed and built by custom Kitchen makers Nordiska Kök, the Swedish company has teamed up with SundlingKickén to style their kitchens since they launched last year. The styling duo's latest interpretation features dark timber with a simple framework of clean lines and a contrasting terrazzo bench top and brass tapware.  The resulting kitchen is beautifully warm and textural, with a Japanese inspired look. This is further enhanced with exquisitely crafted wood, ceramic and metal pieces by Japanese brand Omakasa. Additional pieces from Artillery and Design Square have been chosen to reflect a modern, everyday life. The stunning art was created by their friend Anette Hallbäck, and the gorgeous white lamp was a vintage find.

    Styling by SundlingKickén / Photography by Osman Tahir

    I always admire how impeccably  SundlingKickén execute the finishing touches in their work. See more of their beautiful kitchen styling here

    Images via Nordiska Kök


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    I've been following the instagram account An Interior Affair by Residence blogger Lovisa Häger for some time. Her soft Nordic style really resonates with me, and she also shares some clever DIY projects from her beautiful home. In collaboration with Loft Stockholm, Lovisa has styled an apartment in the new Swedish residential development Bonava. Featuring a warm white and beige palette, the marina apartment is bathed in natural light. Along with design pieces from Danish brands such as Muuto, &Tradition, Menu and New Works, Lovisa has included her own DIY designs. These include the gorgeous coffee table and artworks. Natural materials and organic forms feature throughout, providing a relaxed and tranquil feel that is perfect for the apartment's seaside setting. 

    Styling by Lovisa Häger - An Interior Affair / Photography by Adam Helbaoui - Kronfoto

    Images via Residence magazine


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  • 04/03/18--00:16: Inspiring Arches
  • Lately I've been inspired by beautiful arched interior elements. From arched walls and doorways, to fireplaces and windows, here's a round up of some that have recently caught my eye.


    This arched entry provides a beautiful way to showcase the Aplomb concrete lamp by LucidiPevere for Foscarini

    Photography by Nikole Ramsay

    From the walls to the fireplace and sofa, soft curved arches have been applied to this tiny but cleverly designed Melbourne cottage by Bicker Design. See the full house tour here


    One of the many inspiring arched interiors by architect Benoit Viaene, I highly recommend checking out his beautiful portfolio


    Acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba transformed this former 17th mill in Selento into a peaceful holiday retreat. Retaining its raw spirit, the ancient stone floors, walls and arches are still beautifully intact. See more here.

    Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

    A renovated Queenslander by Hogg & Lamb, this stunning home features a new extension with arched architectural elements. Paired with a restrained palette of materials and finishes, the look is both playful and serene. 


    A beautiful arched window in the studio of Annaleena Leino which she shared recently on her always-inspiring Instagram (annaleena.interiors). 

    Photography by Dustin Aksland

    The new Ulla Johnson boutique in NYC designed in collaboration with architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior designer Alexis Brown features soft arched elements. See more of the beautiful space here.


    I love the arched windows in this interior design project by Innoi-Design Space, discovered via Behance.

    Whilst adding arches to the structure of an existing home isn't the easiest thing to do, you can introduce some arches by way of furniture, mirrors, art and homewares. Here's a selection of stylish pieces to help inspire. 




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    Following on from my post about beautiful arches yesterday, I'm excited to share more inspiration with this stunning project by architect Emmanuelle Simon. An exquisite spa in Paris, it was created by French-Japanese brand Evidens de Beauté in celebration of their 10th Anniversary.


    Refined and elegant with incredible attention to detail, the spa features a calming, muted palette and mix of textural elements. These include the central island carved from Hainaut blue stone, shelves in sanded wood and patinated metal, rice paper panels and Japanese ceramic Rakú furniture and wall sconces. Combined with the purity of the architectural lines, the spaces are strikingly contrasted yet minimal and soothing.


    Emmanuelle Simon began her career working under renowned French architect Pierre Yovanovitch. Formative years that allowed her to work on prestigious projects around the world, she founded her agency in 2017. Winning the Toulon Design Parade Public Prize with her installation La Chambre sur l'eau, she presented at Rakù-Yaki's bar-cabinet to Revelations at the Grand Palais, whose collection she is currently developing. Also working on several private apartments in Paris and Val d'Isère, Emmanuelle designs her projects with a global vision, from the architecture right through to every object. Known for her use of raw materials and references to Art Deco style and wabi-sabi philosophy, these are certainly evident in Spa Evidens. With custom-made furniture and lighting featuring in all of her projects, the beautiful wall lamps that feature throughout Spa Evidens are from Emmanuelle's Rakù-Yaki Collection


    Providing the ultimate tranquil experience, the spa features cabins with tatami mats, solid wood screens and an ethereal ceiling carved by artist Zoltan Zsako. With two cabins dedicated to facials and specialist hair care, the different areas are distributed along a splendid archway leading to a staircase with a raw trunk of driftwood. 

    Design by Emmanuelle Simon / photography by Benoit Linero and Damien de Medeiros

    An exceptionally beautiful space in every way, La Maison Evidens de Beauté is located at 31, rue Boissière 75016 Paris

    For more information, visit evidensdebeaute.com 

    © Images courtesy of Emmanuelle Simon Press


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    Melbourne design studio Sly have today launched Tangence, their latest collection of homewares for Autumn/Winter 2018. A collection formed around a sense of tactility, shape and tone, where simplicity and minimalism are at the forefront, here's a look at what's on offer.


    The Axton Suspended Rail is a multifunctional steel rail. Powder-coated in a soft matte clay hue with  a Tasmanian oak rung, I love its airy silhouette and simple, minimalist form. Perfect for the bathroom, bedroom or hallway. 


    Since launching with a textiles range in 2013, Sly have continuously captured our hearts with their beautiful cushions. The latest release is the Knox, stitched in Australia with the finest perforated Italian Suede and brass hardware. Available in a gorgeous colour palette of Buff, Clay, Navy and Olive, these provide plenty of options for stylish layering on the sofa or bed. This season sees the return of the Sly Elwyn II Velvet cushions in new Autumnal hues of Olive, Cobalt, Clay and Blush.


    Tangence sees the introduction of the Tuck Floating Shelf, a versatile floating shelf folded from powder-coated steel, with a Tasmanian oak peg. Available in White and Moss, this clever and compact design lends itself to many places around the home such as the bedside, home office or bathroom.

    Styling Bek Sheppard / Photography Annette O’Brien

    Following on from their successful range of Terrazzo Trivets, Sly has for this season released a charming round design, the Omni. Comprising a set of four assorted Fibonacci Terrazzo Trivets, these have been created exclusively for Sly. Housed in a Moss steel cuff, each trivet has a unique colour, pattern and chip size. Love!

    Images courtesy of Sly 

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    As many of you know, I recently I travelled to Melbourne with Qantas and Visit Victoria. One of my favourite cities in the world, I've been back several times since living there for a year in my teens, and every time I visit I have an amazing time. Beyond excited to be heading over to discover the best activities that Melbourne has to offer, my husband and I set off to the airport with an itinerary in hand... and some mysterious black envelopes provided by Qantas and Visit Victoria!


    Instructed to open them in order, at the time stated on the envelope, each one revealed a question for me to ask my Instagram followers by way of a Story Poll. And so began a journey of A Twist at Every Turn, where we were led to some incredible places around Melbourne. The first twist however began on our Qantas flight where we received a few fun surprises.


    As part of the Qantas Curates initiative, the airline has teamed up with some of Australia's leading artists, photographers and digital influencers to feature their work on the airline’s international Business class amenity kits. We were treated to the Rachel Castle and Craig & Karl kits (pictured above) which include SPAR products by Aurora Spa, a wrap-around eye mask in the same artwork as the kit, Colgate toothpaste, toothbrush, earplugs and travel socks. I instantly recognised the work of well-loved Sydney-based artist Rachel Castle, who is known for her whimsical artworks that take the form of paintings, screen prints and fabric embroidery.

    Dean's amenity kit featured the work of Craig Redman and Karl Maier, an Australian illustration duo who collaborate over the Atlantic, with Craig based in New York and Karl in London. Specialising in illustration and installation, their bold work is filled with simple messages executed in a thoughtful and often humorous way.

    Mid-flight a special announcement was made, followed by the flight attendants handing out a red envelope to every passenger on the plane. These were packed to the brim with vouchers offering all kinds of Melbourne experiences from sports to fashion and culture to cuisine. A fun way to give people a taste of the city with A Twist at Every Turn, it certainly created some excitement on board!


    On arrival in Melbourne, we checked in to the QT Melbourne. A boutique hotel located in the heart of the CBD, we were welcomed with an eclectic interior that mixes art, design, style and luxury, with a touch of quirkiness. Featuring a distinctly New York style aesthetic, our QT Loft room didn't disappoint. Located on the highest floor overlooking the fashion forward Russell Street precinct, the room's natural herringbone wood flooring, high ceilings and exposed concrete provide an industrial feel that is very much in keeping with the Melbourne aesthetic. A striking all-black bathroom and one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept on added to the overall charm.


    On our first morning in Melbourne (guided by the poll results) we headed to Higher Ground for breakfast. An all-day dining destination located in a former power station, we were immediately wowed by the incredible interior created by award-winning Melbourne practice DesignOffice. Commissioned by Nathan Toleman and the team behind two other Melbourne favourites, Top Paddock and The Kettle Black, the space blends new architectural elements with existing brick and concrete, across a series of tiered platforms. Providing both intimacy and a unique layered perspective, I was in my element amongst the designer furniture, lighting and rugs.


    Our grumbling bellies were met with an incredible menu and after our delicious meals we headed off on foot to visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).


    The beautiful gallery was in the midst of presenting Melbourne Design Week while we were there, so it was a great time to be visiting. In addition, it is currently running the NGV Triennial (through to the 15th of April), showcasing the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries. With free entry, the landmark international exhibition offers a rich array of art (more than we could possibly see in an afternoon) some of which I have shared above. Highlights included the installation by leading international contemporary artist Xu Zhen, and Mass by Ron Mueck, whose figurative sculptures I have been in awe of for some time.

    Next up we visited the lovely Melbourne milliner Serena Lindeman. Known for her contemporary designs and classic hats that have adorned the heads of some of Melbourne's racing royalty, needless to say the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the focus of her year with fashion parades and millinery competitions. Based in Melbourne's historic Nicholas Building, Serena kindly started by giving us a tour, introducing us to the other creatives who have found residence there, including a number of art curators exhibiting the work of up and coming artists. Choosing our own colours and decorative elements, we then created our own gorgeous hats to take home to New Zealand. Now we just need to plan a trip to the races!

    Our day ended at the beautifully elegant Italian restaurant Rosetta, followed by a drink at the tiny but super stylish laneway Bar Americano. The next day the polls took us to one of Melbourne's famous cafes, Manchester Press, and then on to an afternoon of shopping at the Emporium Melbourne. Home to a mix of local and international designers, flagship stores and world class architecture, the shopping precinct connects to Melbourne Central, Myer and David Jones. The exquisite Aesop boutique below, by Kerstin Thompson Architects, was one of my first stops.


    The weekend of our trip also happened to coincide with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, and we were very lucky to attend the Dinner at Our House held at the stunning Lindrum Hotel with renowned chef Clayton Wells. Treated to an amazing six course meal, accompanied by a selection of beautiful Australian wines matched by Louisa Chalmer, we couldn't have asked for a better way to spend our last night in Melbourne.


    The next day I visited some of the Melbourne Design Week exhibitions, including the incredible Geronimo balloon installation at The Hub General Store. Representing the incredible works of famous British designer Faye Toogood, I was so excited to see her awe-inspiring furniture and lighting designs in real life.


    Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    Another highlight was the Artefacts Exhibition which featured the works of 10 Australian object makers pushing the outer limits of what design can be. Shown above are the unique and sculptural ceramics by Nicolette Johnson, the architectural and geometric plaster sculpture installation by Melbourne-based artist Sean Meilak and the incredible Metallic Weaving Franz Chaise and S01 divider by Michael Gittings.

    And that wraps up my overview of our amazing weekend of finding the finer things in Melbourne.  There really is so much to discover I think we need to plan another trip soon!


    Keen to plan your very own trip to Melbourne? Qantas can help you plan the perfect itinerary with their interactive itinerary builder. To get started, head over here

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  • 04/09/18--02:41: New + Noted
  • I recently discovered Haily Hill's via Instagram. Founded by an art director and graphic designer, they produce a range of posters that are styled in their own amazing space. Their latest collection shown here is Sand Beige featuring an abstract style and beautiful palette. 

    Images courtesy of Haily Hill's

    Here's a peek at the H&M Home Spring 2018 campaign, now launching in the Northern hemisphere.  Shot in beautiful surroundings near Paris, how dreamy are these rooms?  Produced by a stellar team (see credits below), I love the warm neutrals and subtle botanical prints. 

    Styling by Glen Prebstel / Art Direction by Therese Sennerholt / Photography by Anders Schonnemann

    New York-based interiors store TRNK always inspire with their eye for design and impeccable styling. Bringing some of the magic to their LA customers, they have opened The Guesthouse, a pop-up shop designed to be both collaborative and interactive. Hosting the latest product launches alongside a series of fun events, the space will be open through to the end of April. Find out more here

    Images via TRNK

    News from Odem Atelier today starting with the incredible stone sculptures by Bo Arenander. These have featured on the blog here, but I have since found out about the creator and inspiration from Odem Atelier founder Nikodem Calczynski. 

    Bo Arenander is educated in the art of large scale ceramics in both New York and Stockholm. Movement of the human body has intuitively been transferred into the shape of each piece. With inspiration drawn from the negative forms found between brush strokes in his paintings paired with his experience as a dancer and choreographer, the sculptures radiate an unmistakable presence and evoke interest from every angle. 

    It would be my dream to own one of these sculptures! Other new objects to check out include the exquisite sculptural pieces by Sofia Tufvasson and beautiful stone spheres

    Images courtesy of Odem Atelier

    Currently for sale, this Parisian-style apartment in Sweden features original detailing and wonderful spaces for entertaining. I'd love to take a seat at that dining table! 

    Styling clindholm_design / Photography by Jockeono Studio for Historiska Hem 


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    I first caught wind of The Ode To back in February and shared a little bit about them in this New + Noted post. Officially launched online this week, I've since been in touch with co-founder Helena Carlberg and have found out a lot more about the new art concept store to share with you. A tribute to artistry, strong women and great aesthetics, An Ode To sells limited edition prints and one-of-a-kind art objects, mainly created by women. 


    Both artists and artworks are selected by founders Anna Lukins and Helena Carlberg, who hope to create a place for those who seek special and creative artworks that few others have. Launching with a pop-up running from April 19th to the 22nd at the & Other Stories store in Stockholm, Sweden, this collaboration is very fitting in that Helena was actually part of the founding team at & Other Stories. Some of the artists they have on board have also worked with the fashion brand. They include designer Fredrik Forsberg who designed the & Other Stories’ logo, photographer Patricia Reyes and interior designer Joakim Nyström.

    Collectively Anna and Helena have a vast experience in fashion and communication. They are excited to be bringing the forward-thinking mentality, energy and encouragement of personal style that can be seen in fashion, into the world of interior and design.


    The Ode To means tribute - a tribute to great artistry and design, and in this case to female artistry in particular. The Ode To mainly work with female creatives to counterweight the imbalance that exists within the design and art world. Women are overrepresented at art schools, as creative practitioners and customers, and yet male artists are heard, awarded and payed more. The Ode To always choose to work with creatives whose artistry they admire, both male and female, but they will also go the extra mile to give a women a platform for their creativity. "Equality is a passion of ours, so it was natural to let the female dimension flow through the brand”, says co-founder Helena Carlberg.

    Styled Imagery: Styling by Annaleena Leino / Photography by Viktor Sjödin

    All prints will be available in limited editions of 100, and there are also entirely unique handmade pieces. As a huge fan of artist Kristiina Haataja I was excited to see her beautiful sculptures in clay and metal. Another key focus of An Ode To will be to provide affordable options. Helena and Anna want to make it possible for people to express their personal style in their homes with beautiful artworks. These styled images certainly inspire! 

    Not yet shipping to Australia and NZ, there is a connection in that Helena visits her sister who lives in Melbourne from time to time! I am hopeful! 

    To find out more visit The Ode To and follow on Instagram (@the.ode.to).  

    Images courtesy of The Ode To

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    Known for clean, beautiful design and sculptural minimalism with an edge, Kristina Dam Studio produces two inspiring collections every year. Founded by graphic designer and architect Kristina Dam, whose work I have featured numerous times, the studio collaborates with talented upcoming and established designers. In addition to producing furniture, prints, lamps, sculptures and accessories, the studio also work on interior design projects, with their latest being the transformation of a run down warehouse into a state-of-the-art showroom for Danish brand Metz A/S.



    Enlisted to direct and manage the entire project, Kristina was involved in every aspect from the actual construction and employment of workers to the interior design and the final styling of the showroom.  An incredible feat, considering the interior is a massive 850 square metres in size! Custom made features include special made podiums for the displaying of goods, mobile and sound absorbing walls used as room dividers, and a special made glass partition. Completing the project with the styling of three trend zones, Kristina has created beautiful spaces that are both contemporary and elegant.   

    Photography by Metz A/S & Anitta Behrendt



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    The week leading up to school holidays is a always a busy one. In addition to lots of meetings, we had a storm and power outage, so I'm kicking off my weekend with a catch up blog post. I have a few lined up! This tiny but charming 1930's home in Sweden is sprinkled with light and beautifully styled by Sundling Kickén. Combining period features like oak parquet flooring with elegant updates such as the carrara marble in the kitchen, the finishing touches provided by the talented stylists are what give it its cosy, lived-in feel. Abstract art, textural pieces and that perfectly crumpled bedding. Who doesn't love a hot cuppa in bed?



    Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Cim Ek for Alvhem 


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    My first connection with Norwegian furniture brand Fjordfiesta came about when sourcing product for this Homestyle shoot. I was drawn to the elegant design of the Alto desk designed by Andreas Engesvik. A beautiful find from local stockist Karakter, the curved sides of the desk give an almost Japanese style aesthetic that worked so well with the Akari Light theme of the shoot. Looking at their most recent catalogue with imagery created by the amazing stylists Krakvik & D'Orazio, I thought it would be a great opportunity to properly introduce this beautiful Scandinavian brand to you.

    The Alto desk by Andreas Engsvik and Bambi 57 chair by Rastad & Relling

    With the ambition to manage, develop and reconnect to the Scandinavian design heritage, architect Pål Lunder founded Fjordfiesta in 2001. With strong ties to the aesthetics of Scandinavian design culture and 21st century values regarding ethical and environmental issues, the company is driven to create furniture that will last for generations to come. Beginning with the reintroduction of the timeless Scandia range of chairs, designed by Hans Brattrud in the 1950’s, Fjordviesta now produces a beautiful collection of handcrafted furniture made in Norway, inspired by the country's incredible natural surroundings. 


    Another design that I love is the Krobo Bench. A Norwegian furniture classic designed in 1960 by Torbjørn Afdal, it is known for its unique adaptability and has many uses. Fjordfiesta relaunched the bench in 2014 and worked with designers Anderssen & Voll to develop some new accessories, adding to the versatility of the multi-purpose bench. Playing with the Krobo Bench’s format, Thomas Jenkins and Sverre Uhnger created a collection of circular accessories to contrast with its rigidity and straight lines, while further highlighting the Krobo Bench’s unique qualities. 

    The images below also shows the new range of Scandia chair colours that were introduced in January. My favourite is the Scandia Nett Lounge Chair in white wood stain by German designer Eric Degenhardt


    A couple more images from the new catalogue below, these feature the iconic Scandia Chairs by Hans Brattrud and Pi Tables by Anderssen & Voll. The campaign was shot at the beautiful Gjvik House by Norm Architects

    Styling: Kråkvik & D'Orazio / Photography Images 1,7-8: Siren Lauvdal / 2-6: Lasse Fløde

    Images via Fjordfiesta


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    Swedish company Superfront create tailor-made finishes for Ikea's most popular cabinet frames. Offering customised fronts, handles, legs, sides, tops and even sinks for a new kitchen build or renovation, Superfront is a fun concept that allows for the creation of affordable, personalised furniture. Launching regular product ranges that can be purchased online and made to order, their newest collection ASAP provides a new feature of nine sideboards designed for Ikea's Bestå cabinet, that are all ready to ship, for a faster and easier option. Paired with beautiful rugs, ceramics, art, objects and lighting, the designs below offer plenty of styling inspiration. 


    Images via Superfront


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    Renowned designer Cecilie Manz has created a kitchen for Reform, the Copenhagen-based company specialising in the customisation of Ikea's Metod kitchen cupboards. Designed on simple principles of balancing functionality with a hospitable atmosphere, Degree features beautiful detailing and honest materials, resulting in a contemporary and timeless look. 



    The steel countertop provides both a practical and raw expression, balanced with warm shades of the cabinet fronts in golden Oregon Pine and rich painted grey. A unique feature of the design is that the wood grain of the Oregon Pine is positioned at 45 degree angles. Creating a soft contrast with both the horizontal and vertical lines of the kitchen, the addition of a geometric notch handle placed in the corner of each front adds a graphic element to the overall look. 



    Cecilie Manz joins an impressive list of designers who have collaborated with Reform, including Danish architects Henning Larsen and Norm, who each created kitchen designs for the brand. Following graduation from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Manz moved to Finland to continue her studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. She then founded her own studio in Copenhagen and has gone on to create products for a number of high-profile brands including furniture, glass, lamps and many related products, mainly for the home. The award-winning designer was most recently named the Maison&Objet Paris 2018 Designer of The Year.


    In addition to their main office in Copenhagen, Reform also have showrooms in Berlin and New York. For more information pop over here

    Images via Reform



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  • 04/19/18--17:12: Friday Finds
  • Making up for a busy week juggling school holidays, photo shoots and other work projects, I have put compiled some favourite finds from the week. Kicking off with two new products from Danish brand Muuto, the first is the Enfold Sideboard designed by Thomas Bentzen. Bringing a factory-inspired industrial quality to the home with a fusion of raw and warm materials, the sideboard is made from a lacquered steel that gently enfolds the top and bottom in solid oak. Available in two sizes, one vertical, one horizontal, both offer versatility with the inclusion of a set of of adjustable shelves, as seen here. Offered in a range of gorgeous colours, the Dusty Green is one of my favourites.

    Images via Muuto

    "Pared down to the essence through refined and simple details", the beautiful new Workshop Table by Cecilie Manz for Muuto has just launched in Milan for this year's design week. A versatile piece, I can see so many uses for this table in different areas of the home.

    Speaking of design week, my Instagram feed has been flowing with highlights. So many inspiring sights, I can only imagine what it must be like to be there in person. One of the many exhibitions that has wowed is Life in Vogue. An amazing revamp of the Vogue Italia's headquarters, Faye Toogood and Patricia Urquiola and Mario Belini are among eight designers who have temporarily put their own mark on different offices within the space. Pictured below, the office of the editor-in-chief created by Toogood features her famous Roly Poly collection and walls decorated with handpainted canvases depicting a tableau of silhouettes and faces. The room’s focal point is the designer’s own ceramic sculpture entitled Family Bust no 3, in a limited edition. Amazing!

    Image via Dezeen

    Another one from Milan causing serious excitement is Club Unseen, a secret project created for design week by Studiopepe directors Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto, together with their team of architects and interior designers. I'm looking forward to seeing more imagery emerging! 

    Images via @Agapecasa and @thesweetspotdk with thanks!

    This Slate Cabin located in the Welsh countryside on the edge of Snowdonia National park was designed by Sydney-based architecture studio TRIAS. Commissioned as a result of an international competition, the cabin was designed as a response to the beautiful landscape, built with as few materials as possible. With efficiency and comfort at the forefront, almost all surfaces are lined in birch plywood, while ceilings are covered in a woven hessian. A thoughtful, considered design with panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings, see more here.

    Images via Dwell

    I stumbled across this lovely, light-filled home belonging to Australian wellness guru Carla Oates and two things immediately grabbed my attention; the beautiful abstract artwork by Hannah Nowlan and the sculptural bust (made by Carla's daughter, Jeet, in high school!) See the full house tour here

    Photography by Maree Homer for Real Living / Homes to Love

    A long-time fan of interior stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg, this inspiring kitchen is part of a series she styled last year for Elle Decoration. I love the warm earthy tones and textural stone bench and splashback. The Arnold Circus Stool designed by Martino Gamper is the perfect finishing touch.

    Styling by Emma Persson Lagerberg / photography by Petra Bindel for Elle Decoration 

    Another home that has caught my eye this week, this Barcelona apartment has been beautifully renovated with an interesting contrasts between old and new. This includes the unique use of antique wardrobe doors, repurposed as beautiful wall panelling. See more here

    Images via Dezeen

    Following on from my last post, I'm happy to report that Reform has unveiled their latest showroom in Aarhus, Denmark. Located in a historical building that retains the original detailing, the elegant interior features the newly launched Degree collection by Cecilie Manz. Grey provides a warm backdrop layered with pine and pops of contrasting with terrazzo, while beautiful lighting fixtures by Belgian designerMuller van Severen provide further wow. 

    Images via Wallpaper



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  • 04/22/18--16:11: A Tranquil Living Room
  • Kicking off the week with some living room inspiration, I adore the soft colour palette and textures in this serene space. Curved sofas are so alluring and the pale pink Mass Productions Crown Easy Chair is really pretty. The built-in shelving and pared back approach to styling further enhances the calm, tranquil feel of the room. 

    Styling Thomas Lingsell & photography Andy Liffner - liffnerlingsell.se - via Residence Magazine

    Featured in Residence Magazine, the online article is a really interesting read (with the help of google translate) about the inspiring young owner of this home. Pop over for a read and see more images of the beautiful apartment. 


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    Today's collaboration began last year when I was looking to upgrade our mattress. I have a history of back issues that began during my ballet days but nothing prepared me for an excruciatingly painful slipped disc in my lower back. This happened about a year and a half ago and despite treatment and lots of exercises it was a slow road to recovery. I knew that our old mattress wasn't helping, but I didn't really see the light until last year, following on from two trips to Europe. After sleeping on quality hotel beds and firm mattresses, I couldn't believe the difference it made to my back and sleep. Each time I returned home I would wake up aching after just a couple of nights returning to our bed. Knowing it was time to make a switch, I didn't think twice about contacting Sleepyhead. Their Sanctuary range which I have had the pleasure of styling previously for this shoot, is designed to provide the best sleep ever. Endorsed by the Chiropractic Association, it combines luxury materials like wool and silk with the most advanced comfort technologies. Not only does it provide the ultimate in comfort, it virtually removes partner disturbance. 


    Every mattress and bed are made to order by Sleepyhead expert craftsmen, using the finest materials and construction techniques. After testing out the different Sanctuary mattress options in store (we decided on the firm) we waited with excited anticipation for our mattress to arrive. From the very first night it has been an absolute life changer. I no longer have to take a heated wheat bag to bed to deal with the pain in my back, or get up in the night to stretch. I'm sleeping so much better and I wake feeling refreshed, rather than tired and achy.


    Following the success of Sleepyhead’s luxury Sanctuary range, the New Zealand company has launched a range of designer headboards. Available in black, charcoal, pearl and silver, they have been designed to transform any bedroom into a stylish haven. As part of our collaboration, I got to style the brand new Sanctuary bed and headboard. Featuring the unique Sensorzone sleep system, a beautiful velvet base and headboard with a classic tufted design, you can also add drawers to your base for extra storage.

    “At Sleepyhead we’ve spent 81 years perfecting the best night’s sleep and know how important it is, not just for your bed to be a sanctuary, but also the whole bedroom environment. The headboard puts a finishing touch to the bedroom, and makes it so much more comfortable when you’re reading, watching TV or having a cup of tea in bed.” - Sleepyhead's marketing manager Warren Roach

    The velvet finish and plush headboard provides comfort, cosiness and added luxury. Expertly crafted using premium materials, a 5 star experience is guaranteed!


    To create this bedroom look, I chose the delicate pinstripe linen duvet set from Cultiver. A perfect pairing with the dark grey velvet of the sanctuary bed, I then layered a mix of complimentary pillowcases with a grey throw to tie the look together. Warm wood is a favourite element of mine and this has been introduced by way of the side table and framed canvas. The second side table in brass adds a little more texture, further enhanced by the gold Fritz Hansen blanket by Jaime Hayon draped over the chair. The rounded shape of the &Tradition Formakami pendant light also by Jaime Hayon contrasts with the lines of the bed and artwork, softening the overall look.

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    For more information on the Sanctuary range, and a list of retailers visit sleepyhead.co.nz

    Details 
    FROM LEFT 
    Hay Bella side table - cultdesign.co.nz
    Table lamp - fatherrabbit.com
    Sanctuary Bed & Headboard - sleepyhead.co.nz
    Cultiver Pinstripe linen duvet set & linen Euro pillowcases with border - cultiver.com.au
    Botanical pillowcase & grey throw - fatherrabbit.com
    &Tradition Formakami JH4 pendant - dawsonandco.nz
    Blyth Mini carafe (set of five) - maytime.co.nz 
    Warranbrooke Shore Grey One framed canvas - fatherrabbit.com
    Hay Slit Side table & Fritz Hansen Throw by Jaime Hayon (on chair) - cultdesign.co.nz

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    Looking back through all my Instagram saves from Milan Design Week, Echos by Spotti Milano is one of several that I keep lingering on. Featuring the new Christophe Delcourt collection for Collection Particuliere, the French designer is known for combining elegant lines and raw materials. Favouriting leather, stone and wood, his dedication to exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail can be seen in all of his pieces. I've been admiring his beautiful curved sofas for some time and I am obsessed with the new wooden tables shown below, which feature exquisite sculptural legs. 


    Since their launch in 2016, the sculptural BOS vases by Christophe Delcourt have become iconic statement pieces. First made in marble, they have now been released in a bronze finish, with a black patina. The B/Light floor lamp (above) and black Marquina marble STCKD vessels (below) are by Paris-based designer Dan Yeffet. Made from solid oak, blown glass and brushed brass, the floor lamp is  designed to lean against the wall to illuminate the desired area. The incredible church candle holders are by Belgian designer and art dealer, Arno Declercq


    I love how stylist and photographer Daniella Witte has captured the incredible wood grain of these pieces when she visited the exhibition in Milan. See more of her beautiful imagery here

    Images via Spotti Milano, Chrisophe Delcourt, Collection Particuliere 
    Images 7&8 by Daniella Witte



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    Our special day of remembrance where we commemorate those who served and died at Gallipoli, we were up very early this morning to attend the moving ANZAC Day dawn service. A public holiday and nice mid-week break, I wanted to share this sweet little home with you before the day ends.


    Though tiny, this apartment exudes style and functionality thanks to the clever use of space and a harmonious palette. Providing privacy for the bedroom, the transparent glass wall makes the rooms feel more spacious, while the black steel creates an eye-catching framework. Clean lines continue with the sleek kitchen and full height cabinetry - a great trick for making the most of vertical wall area when space is tight. The bedroom wardrobes follow suit in the same soft grey hue, providing a lovely sense of continuity. Choosing the right size furniture, artwork, lighting and accessories is also key to achieving harmony and balance in a small apartment and this has been executed beautifully. I especially love the compact seating in the cosy living room.

    Photography by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance Makleri