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    I've featured the work of Swedish interior designer Louise Liljencrantz before - you may remember this recent project. I'm in awe of the elegant spaces she creates, so when her stunning home started appearing on the web a while ago I knew I'd have to share it with you. The classic home's architectural detailing including herringbone flooring, high ceilings and large windows have been enhanced by a neutral palette of soft greys, together with dark wood. Luxurious soft furnishings add further texture, and an enviable collection of furniture, lighting and artwork graces every room. A truly exquisite home!

    Interior Design by Liljencrantz Design / by Erik Lefvander

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  • 08/14/17--21:51: New + Noted
  • The brainchild of Josephine Blix and Louisa Hammarbäck, Midnatt (Midnight) is a newly established Swedish brand that makes bedding for children and adults in soft, organic cotton. Launching with duvets, sheets and pillow cases, the collection will gradually evolve to include new products, colours and patterns. They have certainly got off to a wonderful start with four beautiful colours; Dromedary, Coco, Pebble and Wilted. 

    Styling Josefin Hååg / Photography Mikael Lundblad

    Images via Midnatt 

    Earlier this year I introduced you to Odem Atelier, a unique lifestyle webshop for the modern collector. Based in Sweden, the store represents a collective of diverse international artists who use high-quality raw materials to create timeless interior design pieces. Founder Nikodem Calczynski recently got in touch to share the latest arrivals including the Stoneware Candleholders by Malwina Kleparska and the Handmade Ceramic Vase by Dale Karlsson. Odem Atelier also specialise in sourcing rare Petrified Wood pieces. My beautiful Slice which featured in this post is still one of my most treasured items. See the full range here

    Images courtesy of Odem Atelier

    Kristina Dam Studio will present their new AW17 collection at the upcoming Formland, Oslo and Maison et Object fairs. Here is a peek at some of the stunning new designs, including the Rotating Mirror, Sculptural Chair - now with four legs to enhance its comfort and functionality - and the Minimal Daybed. See all the new pieces here

    Images via Kristina Dam

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    I love seeing stylist and designer Annaleena Leino-Karlsson's new home build when it pops up on my Instagram feed so discovering it featured in full over on Residence magazine today has been a special treat. Located in Ekerö, outside of Stockholm, the spacious and airy contemporary home reflects Annaleena's signature style which is clean, elegant and always inspiring. Painted in a soft grey, the interior features carefully-curated objects, lighting and furniture. These include Annaleena's own designs and pieces from her beautiful new studio, also located in Ekerö. 

    Styling Annaleena Leino-Karlsson / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

    Uncluttered yet warm with many interesting and textural elements, a couple of my favourite pieces include the huge Akari Light Sculpture in the bedroom and the piano in the living room which Annaleena inherited. Visit Residence magazine to see more photos along with their interview with Annaleena. 

    Images via

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    This week Danish brand ferm LIVING opened the doors to their brand new showroom 'The Home' in the centre Copenhagen. Showcasing their new AW17 collection, the pieces are an exploration of volumes, geometry, graphical elements, and a touch of the Nordic decadence. Let's take a look. 

    A few of my favourite picks include the Borders Kelim Rugs which feature beautiful burnt hues, the velour Poufs which come in three different geometrical shapes in various colours and the uniquely versatile Unfold Room Divider. The new collection features updated designs to the Collect Lighting Series, including the introduction of some enticing new colours and a range of beautiful opal shades in three round shapes. 

    The collection offers many gorgeous new accessories which make it hard to pick, but I especially love the sweet pink Spin Jars and the new Sekki range of plant pots and tableware. Rediscovering the magic of traditional manufacturing, the Sekki range is made of clay, showcasing a remarkable, coarse texture and rich, earthy colours. The popular Plant Box range sees the addition of a smaller model, ideal for storage on the kitchen counter, where you want to keep chopping boards and ingredients within reach. I also love the new Drupe Mill, designed for freshly ground spices, salt or pepper, they are made of ash wood and come in six divine colours.

    To see The Home collection in its entirety, visit the ferm LIVING Webshop or browse the Online Catalogue

    Images via ferm LIVING 

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    I am incredibly excited to be kicking off the new week with a recent shoot I did with Penney + Bennett. Since launching in 2014, the NZ-based homeware brand has gone from strength to strength and this year is proving to be the biggest yet for founders Loren Marks and Sarah Carson. The immensely talented and hard-working duo have not only released their third collection Guardian, they are now producing their own range of fabrics and are getting ready to launch their debut Pyjama Collection later this week. One of my favourite brands to work with, I am always blown away by their unique and beautiful products which are crafted by hand in New Zealand. Using only the highest quality natural cloth sourced internationally, these form the base for experimental prints consisting of a range of traditional painting, drawing, photography and digital techniques. The Guardian Collection comprises luxurious natural linen cushions, GOTS certified organic cotton bedding and gorgeous gold gilded art prints. 

    Organic Cotton Zinc Bed Cover, Sheets and Pillowslips, Guardian Linen Pillowslips, Cascades II Small Linen Cushion, Sophora Print and Raven Lounge Robe 

    Discussing the inspiration behind the Guardian collection, Loren says “The aesthetic elements of Guardian were collected during our long tramps in national parks throughout New Zealand. Guardian embodies the perfect imperfection of the natural world and highlights the subtleties in tones, textures, colours and shapes found in these ethereal locations. We wanted Guardian to celebrate the contemplative, meditative qualities surrounding these places that have been enjoyed by generations for centuries. According to ancient myth, the Guardians are the fauna that protect the laws of the forest.”

    The theme of the collection lends itself beautifully to the bedroom with pieces that be combined in many different ways to create a relaxing haven. 

    Organic Cotton Zinc Bed Cover, Sheets and Pillowslips, Agathis Linen Pillowslip, Agathis Large Linen Cushion, Zinc Sleep Shirt, Zinc Pocket Pant, Raven Lounge Robe and Black Slippers  

    Organic Cotton Olive Bed Cover, Sheets, Pillowslips and Cushion, Zinc Pillowslip, Sophora Linen Pillowslip, Sophora Large Linen Cushion, Cascades II Print, Zinc Lounge Robe and Black Slippers 

    With the exciting expansion into the production of fabrics, Sarah says “It has always been a dream of ours to expand our range into fabrics so our customer can customise any of our designs their own way. We have always wanted to do a collection based on New Zealand, we take a lot of inspiration from nature and the environment around us. We are now exporting internationally so it is exciting to be able to show our New Zealand perspective. We have taken a different direction whilst maintaining the same principles and voice as our previous collections.”

    Organic Cotton Zinc Bed Cover, Sheets, Pillowslips and Cushion, Guardian Linen Pillowslip, Ara I Linen Pillowslip, Ara 1 Large Linen Cushion, Raven Lounge Robe

    Organic Cotton Zinc Bed Cover, Sheets, Pillowslips and Cushion, Rau Linen Pillowslip, Ara I Linen Pillowslip, Ara 1 Large Linen Cushion, Raven Lounge Robe

    Penney + Bennett's latest move into Pyjamas has been a natural progression. Noticing it was difficult to find beautiful sleepwear made from quality natural fabrics in modern silhouettes, Loren and Sarah decided to take matters into their own hands. Applying their knowledge and thoughtful approach, they have created a sleepwear collection with relaxed tailoring to ensure these can effortlessly transition from sleepwear to daywear. 

    Made in New Zealand, the range consists of long and short sleeve sleep shirts with drawstring pocket shorts and long pants, all available in a luxurious organic cotton twill or textured linen. The sleep shirts feature a boyfriend style button-up shirt with twin stitching, a generous side split, extra length at the back and a pleated yoke to ensure a flattering fit and unrestricted movement. Both the pocket short and pant have been perfectly designed for lounging. With an elasticated waistband and side pockets, they can be worn high or low. 

    Available in short and full length, the robe is a Japanese style tie up robe in a luxurious organic cotton twill. Featuring wide sleeves, invisible side pockets and a loop for hanging, these can be worn undone for an easy extra layer.

    Organic Cotton Raven Bed Cover, Sheets, Pillowslips and Cushion, Organic Cotton Zinc Pillow Slips, Cascades II Linen Pillowslip, Cascades 11 Large Linen Cushion, Zinc Lounge Robe

    Organic Cotton Olive Bed Cover, Sheets and Pillowslips, Organic Cotton Zinc Pillowslip, Cascades II Linen Pillowslip, Cascades 11 Large Linen Cushion, Raven Smoking Jacket (on Leaf Stool) and Black Slippers

    Organic Cotton Zinc Bed Cover, Sheets and Cushion in Zinc, Rau Linen Pillowslips, Ara I Linen Pillowslips,  Ara I Large Linen Cushion, Olive Sleep Shirt, Olive Pocket Pant, Zinc Lounge Robe and Olive Slippers 

    Officially launching in just a few days time, the Pyjama collection will be available online at Penney + Bennett and at selected retailers in New Zealand and international stockists on 24th August 2017.

    The Guardian organic cotton sheet and duvet range comes in sizes single to super king. Visit Penney + Bennett to see the full collection.

    Thank you to the following suppliers (including stockists of Penney + Bennett), for the additional pieces:
    Nodi Rug, Mantis Table Lamp, Leaf Stool, Wundaire Terrazzo Stoneware Bowl, Bodha Ritual Incense Holder, Bodha Ritual Oil Diffuser - Tessuti
    Side Table, Wonki Ware Ceramic Bowl, Zakkia Clay Bowl - Indie Home Collective 
    Flos IC F2 Floor Lamp, Pulpo Oda Small Floor Lamp - ECC
    Dyson Latte Cup (used as a vase), Stelton Theo Teapot - Paper Plane
    Normann Copenhagen Toj Clothes Rack - Design Denmark 
    'Nostalgia' Photographic Print by Reuben James - Duett Design 

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

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  • 08/22/17--15:24: Musings + Moodboards
  • Dreaming of warmer weather, new projects and an ongoing love affair with beige. That pretty much sums up today's moodboard. I'm recovering from another round of winter bugs, but I'm not surprised given the crazy few months I've had. The good thing is, it has forced me to slow down and catch my breath. I've turned a corner this week and I feel really excited about what's to come on the blog and home front. In keeping with the neutral theme, visit my recently updated Shop page for some more things I'm currently loving. Roll on summer! 

    Santa Clara 1728 Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal 
    Flowers via Pinterest (source unknown) 
    Gervasoni Ghost Sofa by Paola Navone 
    Crossback Swimsuit source unknown but similar here
    Cult Gaia Bag (find it here
    Ocean all day via A Muted Palette

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    Some serious eye candy for you today, this project aptly entitled 'Beige' is by Architects Evgeniy Bulatnikov and Emil Dervish. While the classical architectural detailing and large rooms give the home an incredible sense of grandeur, the interior design is elegant and restrained with a muted palette, warm wood, beautiful furniture and statement lighting. 

    Providing continuity and flow, the same beige hue carries through to the minimalist kitchen bench and bathroom furniture with the addition of beautiful brass fittings. The perfect calm surroundings for a long soak in the tub, the stone backdrop anchors the space, adding a touch of colour and textural element. 

    First seen on Lotta Agaton / Images via Behance 

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  • 08/24/17--21:52: Aesop | Hwyl Eau de Parfum
  • Aesop's new fragrance Hwyl Eau de Parfum landed on my desk this week and I literally dropped everything to test it out. As I opened the beautiful packaging the scent hit me with unmistakably smoky notes, followed by rich aromas of wood, moss and robust spices. The company's third fragrance designed for men and women, Hwyl was formulated in partnership with French perfumer Barnabé Fillion to awaken the senses. An intriguing scent evoking the verdancy and stillness of an ancient Japanese forest, Barnabé says his inspiration for Hwyl Eau de Parfum was sparked by walking amongst the remarkable 300-year-old Hiba trees in an ancient Japanese forest and experiencing the country’s lush temple moss gardens. 

    ʻHwyl recaptures the feeling of solitude and refuge in nature, and stimulates the olfactory senses with an eclectic array of potent botanical extracts.’-Barnabé Fillion

    With a smoky introduction that folds in aromatic spices and fresh Thyme Extract, the addition of Cypress leads to a warm and woody heart, while the notes of Vetiver Extract, Frankincense and moss effect an earthy sensuality and longevity. As someone who is drawn to unisex fragrances, this incredible scent immediately won me over and I've been wearing it everyday! 
    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

    Hwyl Eau de Parfum is packaged in a 50mL amber glass bottle encased in a box featuring the beautiful work of Australian artist Jonathan McCabe. Launching globally on September 25th, it will be available at Aesop signature stores, select department store counters and Aesop Online.

    This post was created in collaboration with Aesop. 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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    Danish brand ViSSEVASSE have released a beautiful new poster series by the Swedish art photographer Dan Isaac Wallin. With nature being a recurring theme in Dan's artistic work, the photos are taken during his travels where he likes to seek out deserted areas, until the perfect composition appears. Consisting of five new captivating posters, the collection showcases salty oceans in Sisjon Sweden, raw granite and dry deserts in Baja Califiornia Sur, and snow-covered mountain peaks in Kvalnes, Norway.  

    ”It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is Dan Isaac Wallin does, but somehow, he captures moments and places one might not recognise as beautiful at first glance. With a keen eye for detail, colours and composition, he creates images with an intriguing and dreamy expression." -Dorthe Mathiesen, ViSSEVASSE

    The posters are now available to purchase from the ViSEVASSE Webshop

    Images courtesy of ViSEVASSE

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    During 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen I had the pleasure of dining at the stunning Restaurant 108 courtesy of Table Noir. Creating unique cutlery for the world's best restaurants, Table Noir designed and tailor made the cutlery for 108. I first featured the Michelin restaurant in this post and was so excited to have dinner there with the press tour. Treated to an incredible menu, the beautifully elegant, minimalist cutlery was certainly a talking point.

    Photography: 1 by Claus Troelsgaard / 2-3 by by Filippo Bamgerghi for 3daysofdesign

    Specifically designed for 108's elegant table setting and relaxed atmosphere, the cutlery has also been launched in a NOIR variant, that can be purchased by the private consumer via Table Noir

    “It is unique for restaurants to have tailor-made cutlery, and in this way you can actually have a piece of a Michelin restaurant in your home.” -Benjamin Folkmann Hansen, CEO at Table Noir.

    So impressed with the attention to detail and exquisite finish of this fine cutlery, you can imagine my excitement at being given a NOIR set to take all the way home. A true pleasure to use and a reminder of the incredible dining experience, I know we will have it for many years to come.

    Photography by Anders Schønnemann courtesy of Table Noir

    Since my trip to Copenhagen, the cutlery designed for 108 has become a part of the permanent collection at the Design Museum Denmark, which I also visited during my stay in Copenhagen. Presented next to the ceramics by KH Würtz made for famed Noma, this is an amazing accomplishment for Table Noir. The cutlery and can be purchased from the design shops at both Design Museum Denmark and Copenhagen Contemporary Art. It will also be available in a BRILLIANT edition in polished, stainless steel. 

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    This morning I attended the exciting Dulux Colour Trends 2018 launch where we stepped into the future, discovering the colours set to infiltrate NZ interiors in the year ahead. A result of extensive global research, the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 BALANCE is a collection of globally inspired hues, cocooning combinations, breezy neutrals and folklore-inspired shades that celebrate the traditions of the past and the innovations of the future. Wonderfully presented by Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr who was over from Melbourne, the trends include four carefully curated themes: Essential, Kinship, Escapade and Reflect. Coming away feeling hugely inspired by these beautiful palettes, I can't wait to unveil more about these trends (along with the most incredible imagery) throughout the coming year. Today I'm going to start with a brief overview of each of the four palettes, but first, here's some insight into BALANCE and the inspiration for the 2018 themes.

    With many of us looking to slow down and find more balance in our lives, design will shift from the prescriptive to the more personalised. Raw textures and soft neutrals will dominate, juxtaposed with rich, luxurious green and playful, tropical brights – a broad-reaching palette that’s all about individual expression. This compilation aims to both nurture and inspire, with colours and textures drawn from nature paired with zesty shades that hint at adventures in faraway places.

    So how are 2018 trends different from the past? “Natural, earthy colours and textures will be coming to the fore and there will be even more of an appreciation for the comfort of imperfection,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Davina Harper. “Soft, greenish-greys such as Dulux Spanish Olive and neutral pinks such as Dulux Mornington Half are predicted to be popular in 2018 as they provide the perfect base to experiment with many of the bolder brights coming through,” says Davina. “We’ll also continue to see darker colours and striking hues being used in small doses to add dashes of drama to the home.” 

    Adopting a Nordic philosophy to be present in the moment and to appreciate the simple things in life, people are becoming increasingly considered to nurture their time, and personal connections to people and nature. The Essential palette takes its cues from the minimalist movement by only owning what you need and what makes you happy; as well as collaborative design to reduce waste. Imperfect finishes, uncomplicated design paired with interesting textures from new materials created from waste and by-product underpins this movement. Comprising soft warm shades of leather, putty and cooler green-greys, Essential’s colours are calming and nurturing with stronger highlights of blues and terracotta.

    A gentle revolution is underway. We are reducing noise and drowning out negative vibes by creating space for kindness, truth and transparency. With colours to lift you up with their positivity while keeping you snug with their warmth, Kinship celebrates cultural heritage in a contemporary way, taking inspiration from folklore details, such as tassels, patterns, fringing, stitching, embroidery and carving. The colour palette exudes warmth, mixing earthy and rich hues with cosy neutral shades. 

    Everybody will be a tourist in 2018, a global citizen charting their global adventures on social media. Escapade’s style encapsulates luxury Hotel experiences; and the glamour of sun drenched Brazil, Palm Springs and Miami that is playful, colourful and tropical. Patterns include geometric and diagonal lines mixed with summery botanical prints. 80s furniture style is referenced through features of coloured glass and acrylic, while being organic and block-shaped in form. Channelling a tropical holiday vibe, the Escapade palette features saturated colour combinations from pale mint to deeper shapes of teal and blue. Pink hues create tonal schemes and black is used in small doses to punctuate the overall look.

    The age of intelligence may be upon us, but our romance with the past lives on. As smart technology reshapes the look and feel of our everyday life, we take the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with the design icons of our past. Reflect’s style has a hint of nostalgia, revisiting 1970’s glamour, 90s swagger and the elegance of the 30s and 50s. The Reflect trend’s moody scheme draws on the splendour of jewel tones to create an opulent yet tastefully elegant colour palette. The focus is on greens and warm shades from pink to greyed-off purple hues, with avocado featuring as a highlight accent.

    Continuing on my role as Brand Ambassador for Dulux, I am also honoured to have taken part in the Colour Trends 2018 as a contributor. I'll share more on that in the coming weeks, but in the meantime be sure to check out the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 Home Edition e-mag which takes you through the four key trends with tips on colour, styling and more.

    Styling by Bree Leech / Photography by Lisa Cohen

    Images courtesy of Dulux 

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

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    Established in Oslo in 2005, Northern Lighting craft a selection of products guided by Scandinavian simplicity and the ever-changing character of the Nordic Light. Created in collaboration with designers from around the world and bridging the gap between everyday functionality and ideals of luxury and style, their lamps are fun to use and enhance the quality of ambient light. Whether they are creating soft lighting to make the surroundings soothing and relaxing or diffused glows to create moody tones, Northern Lighting are committed to quality, sustainability and design excellence. For the upcoming season they are launching a mix of new contemporary designs together with updated mid-century icons. Let's take a look. 

    A new colour joins the Birdy series with the introduction of matt black. First released in 1952, the award-winning series designed by Birger Dahl includes table, wall and floor lamps available in grey, off-white and reddish brown Marsala, complemented by metal parts crafted in polished brass, matt brass or matt steel. For the new edition, Northern Lighting chose a deeper shade of black that resonates with sophistication and style, colouring the entire shade, base and interconnecting metal parts to create a compelling monochrome lamp. Although strong in appeal, the darker colour adds a neutral version to the series that is easy to integrate into a wider range of interiors.

    Launched last year on its own, Buddy just got a new pal to hang out with by way of a wall light ready to hang anywhere direct lighting is needed. Designed by Mads Sætter-Lassen, Buddy wall is conceived as a permanent fixture, designed for installation to interior walls, freestanding structures, columns and supports. Made with Buddy’s characteristic multi-directional shade and understated contours, the wall light is equally at home in modern interiors. Strongly contemporary in style, yet subtle enough to blend into any background, the new version is available in matt white and matt grey. 

    Autumn sees the introduction of a new release of the Butterfly in a brushed brass finish, offering a touch of elegance as it softly diffuses light. Dating back to 1964, Butterfly designed by Sven I. Dysthe brought a refreshingly minimalistic approach to interior lighting. Since then, Butterfly has grown in popularity, becoming an icon of mid-century lighting that continues to inspire architects and designers today. Constructed from three overlapping curves, the design has a uniquely organic profile and distinctive silhouette that resembles the shape of wings. The new brushed brass features a matt texture which neutralises ambient light rather than reflecting it, providing a shimmering alternative to the white version. 

    Styling by Per Olav Sølvberg / Photography by Chris Tonnessen

    To find out more about the beautiful new products, see the full range or locate stockists take a look here

    Images courtesy of Northern Lighting  

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    Nathan + Jac have launched their anticipated Spring Summer 18 collections, Casablanca, Sandstorm and Johanna. The curated collections, which are designed to take the guess work out of styling interiors, see the introduction of striking colour palettes, elegant lines and luxurious textures. Immediately drawn to the colour palette and soft feminine aesthetic of Sandstorm, I've chosen to share this beautiful collection with you today. 

    Inspired by the dunes of the vast Saharan desert, the Sandstorm collection combines a tonal feast of soft, floaty layers in ivory, camel, sand and oatmeal for a calming, serene effect. Like a Bedouin of the desert stumbling upon an oasis; pops of indigo blue, blackened kohl and rust punctuate this sandy backdrop, while glints of brass play like a mirage on the horizon. 

    A gorgeous theme for the bedroom and living room, these images demonstrate the magic you can create with the curated room packages on offer. All of the collections are available as full room packages, accessory packs, artwork, rugs, lighting and accessories, and of course the signature Nathan + Jac cushions. The incredible photographic print in the bedroom, A Desert Rest by British born, New Zealand based photographer Georgina Skinner was photographed in the Moroccan desert and is exclusive to Nathan + Jac.

    Styled in collaboration with Beck Simon / Photography by Annette O'Brien 

    The Sandstorm and Casablanca collections are now available to purchase online from Nathan + Jac. Johanna will be launching in October. 

    Images courtesy of Nathan + Jac 

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  • 09/03/17--18:14: Gerome
  • Recently I was invited to experience Gerome, the beautiful new restaurant in Parnell, Auckland. I decided to take my husband there for lunch to celebrate his birthday last week and we had such a wonderful time, as some of you will seen on my Instagram stories. Designed by Paul Izzard, the interior, which has been nominated for a Best Awardfeatures sprawling open spaces, charcoal marble table tops, velvet booths and handmade lighting. A gorgeous sunny day, I popped upstairs to check out the light-filled mezzanine floor and was wowed by the striking pitched roof. This floor also features a private dining room and bar with a west facing deck overlooking the Domain, providing the ultimate sun down experience.

    The food was also exceptional. Offering sophisticated, inspired, exotic interpretations of modern Greek food, the kitchen is led by international head chef James Kenny, who spent time living and working in the Greek Islands. With roots in authentic Greek cooking over charcoal and wood fire, the sharing dishes are given an innovative twist with contemporary culinary techniques, using New Zealand’s finest ingredients, such as sustainable fish from Leigh and shellfish from the Chathams. Influenced by changing seasons and the abundance of amazing NZ produce, Gerome frequently changes the menus to accommodate the philosophy that food is reflective of many elements. We were lucky to experience a new menu and every plate was divine. Served on handmade crockery from Piha-based pottery artist Richard Naylor, the food presentation and service was also faultless. We're already looking forward to our next visit! 

    For more information or to make a reservation, visit Gerome

    Images courtesy of Gerome 

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    Recently I attended the preview of the Città SS17/18 collection, Paradise Found. Inspired by Tahiti and her beguiling islands, from the untamed Marquesas to beautiful Bora Bora and dramatic Moorea, this collection evokes the warmth and sensuality of Tahiti’s natural landscapes and people that so captivated French artist Paul Gauguin and American author James Michener. As many of you know, Città is inspired by the world's unique cultures and with each collection, the NZ-based brand shares a global design story. Imogen Tunnicliffe, head of Città Textile and Product design carries out extensive research, including travelling to the destination. I always love hearing her talk about her discoveries and how she and the design team translate this into a beautiful new collection. Every time I attend a launch I leave feeling inspired and excited about the upcoming pieces which include everything from lighting and furniture, through to homewares, textiles and accessories.

    The Tahiti preview also included special guest Xanthe White, an award winning landscape designer and author, who shared her secrets on perfecting the imperfect garden. A great fit for the new collection which is inspired by Tahiti's lush tropical valleys, dramatic volcanic cliffs, and mineral green lagoons, all of which provide a kaleidoscope of colour to inspire the season’s palette. Prints evoke a painterly style with swathes of colour in heightened, saturated tones, while simplified shapes and organic forms flow as freely as the rhythms of the islands.

    Well-worn organic textures set a relaxed mood, taking shape naturally in unrefined silk, distressed and washed linens, chunky embroidery and substantial hand weaves. Textural basket weaves celebrate traditional techniques, while jute rugs feel cool underfoot and gently massage the feet. There’s a sense of fun at play – from bold bright florals to fluffy embroidery that mimics the kooky forms of coral. And a sense of calm, with the fine bark-like texture of raw silks and soft weight of heavy cottons.

    Whether you embrace, or escape the heat, Paradise Found has all the elements to transform your home into a South Pacific hideaway this summer.

    Now available in stores and online, take a look here

    Images courtesy of Città

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    Beautiful new work by Lotta Agaton has surfaced this week including an interior design project she has been working on for property development company Patriam. Commissioned to design several newly-developed apartments located in Vasastan, Stockholm, Lotta worked alongside architects Semrén & Månsson. Developing two different design concepts, Lotta created this one as a haven, an escape the the city's fast pace. With themes of 'classical nature' and 'modern minimalism' the rooms are calm with relaxing tones to create balance and harmony. Beautiful materials chosen for both their aesthetics and durability include Terazzo stone flooring and kitchen and bathroom counters. 

    The image above shows one of Lotta's moodboards. Photographed by Kristofer Johnsson, and the starting point for this beautiful project, you can see more of these along with further renderings in Lotta's Portfolio. For more information about the development which is due to be built next year, take a look here and here.

    Images via Residence magazine 

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    Earlier this year I introduced you to Fogia, following this brilliant exhibition by Fred International at Denfair in Melbourne. The leading Swedish furniture brand has collaborated with dream team Norm Architects and Kråkvik & D'Orazio to create a new series of images featuring their latest collection of stunning Scandinavian furniture. Beautifully showcased in an awe-inspiring location surrounded by trees, the Arch Shelf, Bollo Chair and Dini sofa highlighted in my product picks are still still some of my favourites from the incredible range.  

    Styling by Kråkvik & D’Orazio / Photography by Norm Architects 

    For more information about the brand and products, visit Fogia.

    Images via Norm Architects 

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  • 09/10/17--15:57: 101 Copenhagen
  • 101 Copenhagen is a new Danish design brand centred around the creation of beautiful accessories that showcase exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design. Collaborating with talented artisans, their first collection reflects a passion for wood and textures with a simple organic style and calming colour palette. In addition to handcrafted dinnerware, vintage wooden pieces and unique ceramics, the offering includes handknitted and velvet cushions, beautiful coffee tables and suede storage boxes. The pieces are showcased alongside beautiful furniture by NORR11, who also collaborated with 101 Copenhagen on the stunning new lighting collection. 

    Styling by Katrine Martensen-Larsen

    Currently presenting at Maison & Objet in Paris, 101 Copenhagen are now up and running online with a webshop. Take a look here

    Discovered via Vosgesparis / Images via 101 Copenhagen 

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  • 09/11/17--22:23: H&M Home Has Arrived in NZ
  • Last Friday I flew down down to Christchurch to attend the exciting preview of the new H&M store. Located at The Crossing in the city's CBD, this is the site of H&M's second store in NZ, following the opening in Sylvia Park, Auckland, last October. Spanning 2535 square metres and set over two levels, I was amazed at the size of the store and huge range of apparel and accessories for Men, Women, Kids & Baby. However the most exciting part for me was witnessing the unveiling of the first ever H&M Home concept in NZ. Located upstairs, the Home department was much bigger than I had anticipated and offers the extensive Spring collection. Look out for a few pieces popping up on my Instagram, including the beautiful linen tablecloth I posted yesterday! 

    Following the preview, I attended a gorgeous press dinner at Twenty Seven Steps. Showcasing pieces from the H&M Home Spring Collection, we had the pleasure of meeting some of the H&M team, including Hans Andersson, the Australia & New Zealand Country Manager for H&M. Now officially opened, I've picked out a few pieces from the store that caught my eye. 

    H&M Home Campaign Imagery: Styling by Lotta Agaton / Art Direction by Therese Sennerholt / Photography by Pia Ulin

    See the full range online and for those who live in Christchurch or are visiting, happy shopping! 

    This post was brought to you in collaboration with H&MI only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    Late last week I shared some beautiful new imagery from Swedish brand Fogia. Following the Fred Presents Fogia showcase earlier this year at Denfair, Fred International has just released the full shoot and when they sent it to me I knew I had to share more with you! Inspired by musings on Scandinavian light, the stunning collection has been styled by Norwegian duo Kråkvik & D’Órazio and shot beautifully by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, founder of Norm Architects

    Styling by Kråkvik & D’Orazio / Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects

    Such inspiring imagery! With an enduring commitment to craftsmanship and natural materials, Fogia works with some of Scandinavia’s most exciting designers to successfully combine timeless values with contemporary style. Leading distributor of Scandinavian design furniture and lighting to Australia and NZ, Fred International stocks the full range. Take a look here

    Images courtesy of Fred International 

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    The new Simon James Concept Store in Newmarket recently opened its doors to reveal a beautifully elegant, light-filled space. Located in Kent St, the store offers a modern, intimate and pared back setting to discover and purchase homewares, fashion, design, jewellery and beauty items. The stunning interior was created by Interior architect Rufus Knight, while Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects worked on reimagining the exterior of a brick building that once went unnoticed. With textured, soft sandy ceilings, pale tones, stripped-back wooden floors and a large central stone island, this is a calming space that allows you to slowly introduce yourself to the products and collections. A space for conversation and experience, where less is definitely more, I visited for the second time yesterday and fell further in love! 

    The beautifully curated shop sees Tom Dixon homewares sit alongside furniture pieces by Simon James and fine diamond jewellery by Jessica McCormack. An evolving edit of clothing will showcase local designers Mahsa, Paris Georgia Basics and Penny Sage, alongside local beauty and apothecary products by MARYSE and Curio Noir. All share common ground in their ability to combine beauty with function, and each represent enduring and thoughtful design.

    Within the space is an area dedicated to Jessica McCormack diamond jewellery, including a seating and consultation area for clients and a secret-reveal mirror enclosed within one of the walls. Simon James is the only retailer of Jessica McCormack outside of her namesake Mayfair jewellery shop in London. By appointment services are available for those who wish to shop privately or would like one-on-one assistance - whether that be selecting the perfect pieces for the home, a jewellery consultation, or help finding a special gift for someone.

    Photography by Simon Wilson

     The new Simon James Concept Store is located at 2 Kent St, Osborne Lane, Newmarket. 

    Images courtesy of Simon James Concept Store 

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    Swedish brand HIMLA has launched a unique collaboration with interior styist and photographer Daniella Witte, and the imagery she has created is stunning. Representing Scandinavian Simplicity, most of HIMLA'S products made from linen, but they also work with other natural materials like wool, silk and cotton. Using textiles from the range, Daniella has created a relaxed interior with natural colours and a simple aesthetic. Beautiful stone floors are softened with sheer linen curtains and a warm layering of textiles that carry through to every room in the home. These include soft rugs underfoot in the living room, scattered cushions on the sofa and a lovely layering of tablecloth and napkins on the dining table. Bathed in light, the bedroom is my favourite. Read more about this inspiring collaboration here

    Styling and photography by Daniella Witte for Himla 

    Images via Daniella Witte / Elle Decoration 

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  • 09/14/17--18:50: News from Thread Design
  • Thread Design have introduced some beautiful new colourways to their range of NZ designed and made linen bedding including Navy and Forest Green. This coincides with the exciting release of Florence, a gorgeous new print created especially for Thread Design from original artworks. The Florence range includes cushions, a throw and pillowcases which as you will see below creates a beautiful, luxurious pairing with the Navy linen. Definitely one of my favourite new combos! The delicate fringing on the throw and cushions give the pieces an added textural edge which I also really love.

    For each new colourway, you have the option of a Duvet, Quilt, Cushions and Pillowcases, providing lots of variations for layering and mixing with other hues and designs on offer at Thread Design

    There's also another new linen colour in the works and it's so pretty, I couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek. Sage brings a softness that contrasts beautifully with the new Florence. Sign up to receive the Thread Design e-newsletter and follow on Instagram to stay in the loop with new arrivals. 

    As showcased in the bedroom settings above, Thread Design also have a range of beautiful furniture, lighting, homewares and accessories to compliment their bedding collections. Visit Thread Design online or instore to see all that's on offer. 

    Images courtesy of Thread Design 

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    With a busy week ahead I thought I'd get a head start on the blog with this lovely, light-filled home in Stockholm. Currently for sale via Fantastic Frank, it features white washed walls and floors. These are warmed up with a touch of marble, warm wood accents and soft linen pieces including cushions, bedding and curtains. The cabinets and open shelves are a stylish and functional solution for the open plan living space, providing both storage and a place to display framed prints, small objects and lamps. 

    The peg rail in the bedroom is another simple yet clever feature - this post immediately sprung to mind - and I love the beige tones and sweet little wreath on the wall. 

    Styling by Josefin Hääg / Photography by Anna Malmberg for Fantastic Frank 

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    Following on from her much loved series Salt and Sky, internationally renowned Australian photographer Brooke Holm is returning to Modern Times this Thursday for her second solo exhibition, Mineral Matter. Having relocated to New York in 2016, Holm’s return to Melbourne marks the premier of a highly anticipated body of work depicting Iceland’s dynamic landscape and river deltas, documenting their movement of minerals through streams and rivers leading out to sea. Photographed entirely from above, this breathtakingly beautiful series is a departure from the earlier work exploring the impact of human interference on the landscape. Mineral Matter is focused rather on the energy and force within nature in creating pathways and areas where humans can then reside, explore and embark on adventure. 

    Brooke is able to represent the forceful command of nature with a divine sensitivity, textured tracks; flights of birds; and ripple of waves create a sense of uninhabited wilderness. Her lens captures the awe-inspiring influence of nature and puts humanity’s domination over the environment into question.

    “Volcanic ash, sediment and colourful minerals are collected and moved by the travels of glacier water while recent human relics such as vehicle tracks and footsteps weave in and out of frame.” -Brooke Holm

    Truly captivating, I'm a little sad I won't be in Melbourne to attend the exhibition! Opening Thursday, 21st September, visit Modern Times for more information.

    Images courtesy of Brooke Holm and Modern Times