Potless Plants

Coralie in her outdoor studio – all photography by Larnie Nicolson


Launching today in New Zealand – Hanging Kokedama, a book by NZ botanist Coraleigh Parker (of Pickled Whimsy). Coraleigh has been introducing folks to the Japanese art of Kokedama for years, running weekend workshops that teach how to create a hanging garden at home – suspending your plants in mid-air, supported by nothing more than a series of strings intricately wrapped around a root ball.

Now she’s put all her mad Kokedama skills into print, and in collaboration with NZ photographer Larnie Nicolson, presents step-by-step instructions for 25 different Kokedama projects. You really can turn any of your fave plant pals into a kokedama (check out that small tree suspended in the living room up there!) – no pots or hanging baskets needed. Kokedama have a magical quality, as the plants are suspended in mid-air, supported by nothing more than a series of strings, intricately wrapped, cocoon style, around a root ball.


Hanging Kokedama is available where all good books are sold,
and direct from the Pickled Whimsy online store



I’m really appreciating natural timber kitchens of late. They’re timeless, substantive, yet still so fresh-looking. The itty bitty sage green grid tiles are beautiful here too.

Member of the Cupboard Laundry Appreciation Society

Simple white vertical shiplap is the perfect cladding option for this heritage reno. Love that framed print (by Melbourne artist Caroline Walls, available from Modern Times)

The dream right hurr – an Edwardian villa’s lovely bones, all decked out in a clean contemporary style.
Styling by Bek Sheppard; Photography Derek Swalwell for Inside Out magazine

THIS RAKED CEILING!! Love that the owner has gone for a black oak floor – a hat tip to the building’s past as a farmhouse.

Concrete bath tub – I want one. Another nostalgic little nod to the early 1900’s

When their laundry is more stylish than your entire current home. Love the copper pipes and faucets – another homage to heritage.

Like to stay here? Owner and interior designer Simone Mathews (BAM Interior Design) operates the home as a boutique accommodation for up to 14 guests.
Via Adore Magazine – see much much more here. Photography by Tanya Zouev

This little A-frame kitchen has had the most amazing transformation, thanks to blogger and interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel.
Like a good Before-and-After? Click here to see.

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The New x Aalto : M O O D

This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled editorial shoots, along with a series of interior moods – inspired by Aalto’s beautiful, comprehensive collection of paint colours. 

For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a living room makeover with high summer vibes, where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s powdery blush tones.I’d start with Aalto’s Fledgling, a pared-back barely pink. If you’ve been looking for a contemporary alternative to traditional neutral walls, this is your babe.  Other options would be Ballet Shoes (a little deeper than Fledgling, it reads as a modern beige), the pink clay gorgeousness that is Treaty 1/2, or for a bolder choice that also ramps up the sophistication factor, Aalto’s Sovereign – from their special 2018 palette.

Pink walls love being paired with creamy neutrals – whites, sandy taupes – and doing this also instantly ‘grounds’ a pink, making it more liveable and less trendy.

To soften the look even further, I’d use lots of pale timber and organic textures including linen, woven textiles and ceramics. Then, to this very laidback #softminimal style, I’d add a little blue, and some stripes – these elements brighten and freshen the look, and give the summer feel I want. The finishing touch would be a couple of blush pieces, as a nod to my wall colour.

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Products selected:

Arcade modular Sofa by Simon James; ceramic pendant light handmade by Gidon Bing (pictured here is the plain white, but I’d probably go for the yummy soft texture of his crackle glaze version for this space); Ercol sideboard (a total investment piece and a classic) from NZ’s Good Form; Shino pot by JS Ceramics, the very dreamy Oneiros photographic print by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available exclusively at Sunday Homestore; the gorgeous pitted, mottled vase by Wundaire, available from Tessuti, nude Serax stoneware planters from Paper Plane, a woven rug from Flooring Xtra; taupe textured cushion from Father Rabbit; blue striped linen blanket also from Father Rabbit, blue striped linen cushion from Citta Design; blush linen cushion from Thread Design.




Wowowowowowowow. Carl Turner Architects, you done real good.

A Masterclass in Monochrome. The trick to keeping black and white liveable is texture, texture, texture.
Photography by Chris Warnes for Inside Out magazine (more of this home at that link <<)

All-timber, all-the-time. Kitchen concept by Lotta Agaton for Picky Living.

Photography by Tom Blachford for The Design Files.
(You’ll definitely want to see this whole home – over on The Design Files, here.)

This kitchen! I’m especially here for a concealed laundry in the kitchen – ideal square-foot-saving idea.

The founders of homeware brand Hawkins New York have just finished renovating a 1750’s Dutch Farmhouse into a super contemporary family home. You gotta go take a full tour – over at Sight Unseen.


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