22.05.2019

Homestyle: Journey Within


This simple family home sits on a semi-rural piece of land just outside Cambridge in the Waikato. The outside is a minimalist cabin silhouette clad in dark-stained cedar; the inside is clad completely in Larch. Photography by Larnie Nicolson

A few scenes from the Melbourne home of Kate Stokes (founder of Coco Flip), Alistair Knox and their two kidlets. Photography by Caitlin Mills

Set Design & Styling Juliette Wanty; Photography Wendy Fenwick

Tis a good week! It’s a Homestyle magazine week – with the new June/July issue hitting the shops.

The Homestyle team always curate the best variety, but this issue is even more a modern collage than usual:

There are tours of four New Zealand homes, plus two very inspiring international homes (Melbourne and Amsterdam), a number of features profiling up-and-coming NZ creatives, kitchen and bathroom moodboards to steal good ideas from, and – my fave, some of which is shown above – the most stunning laundries feature. Welcome to your 30’s, you have a favourite laundry aesthetic now. There’s also an Interiors feature on Samode Palace, thanks to editor Alice Lines’ recent journey to India. (I really enjoyed this story actually, more travel adventures please!)

 

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21.05.2019

Aalto X The New Mood: Elevated Ensuite


 

We’re currently on the hunt for a section out here at the beach; the very (very) early stages of a house build journey. So, natch, I’m already designing dream bathrooms, and I’d love to create something like this.

The jump-off for this look was Aalto Paint’s Acronym – a deep, sophisticated clay tone that would also be beautiful in a master bedroom, dining room or home studio. It’s a colour that has better longevity and less overt femininity than a lighter pink, and teamed with dark timber such as walnut, it creates a smart and sophisticated look. Concrete provides a raw industrial edge to balance out the elegance, and for a final counterpoise, I’d include some finer materials like soft linen and delicate glass.

Acronym from Aalto Paint

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Products Used:

Como Basin in Nude by Concrete Nation – their incredible concrete sinks are now available in New Zealand through Plumbline.
Majestic Desert Oak flooring (in Brushed Dark Brown) from Flooring Xtra
RD Stool in Solid Walnut by Douglas & Bec
Citta Linen Wash Bag in Olive Grid from Sunday Homestore
Incredible mouth-blown glass pendant – Dome Pendant in the colour Tea – by Monmouth Glass Studio

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This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.

 

18.05.2019

Spaces


This home in the South of France belongs to my newest woman-crush, stylist and photographer Olivia Thébaut. Head over here to SF Girl By Bay to see much more of Olivia’s home. And ooh, follow Olivia on Instagram, too.

Love Another from the #WCE file – I love the aesthetic of designer, stylist and blogger Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). These photos are from a series showcasing Abstrakt No. 2, one of her range of art prints.

Listing things I love about this home, and there are many:
The super soft grey on the walls, I’m a fan of how art reads against a light grey…

How a bleach blonde dining table looks with black cane Bentwoods…

Definitely a cantilevered wall light (in black) – for softer task lighting at night, and because they’re its wall artwork in and of itself…

A small String shelf in the kitchen, hung low, and custom-wide white floorboards…

An iconic Ikea Ivar hung in the hallway…

Peg rail hung low, and the simplest white cabinet handles…

Heck yes to a whole wall of edge-to-edge cupboards.

The three images above are from the combined home and workspace of architects Mar Vicens and Ask Anker Aistrup (together Mar Plus Ask).  They renovated an old grocery store, creating an office space on the street frontage, a home behind. See more from this amazing home here. Also – big call – but I think this is the best kitchen sink I have ever seen. *Pins to every board, takes screenshot for dream home folder, makes into macbook screensaver, makes into iPhone screensaver, prints out and pins above bed, prints as a Shrinky Dink and turns into a keyring and a necklace

1  –  4  /  5  /  67  –  14  / 15  –  17

 

Planning a room reno ? Get your pick of flooring samples sent to your door, with Flooring Xtra’s Sample Box

16.05.2019

My Father’s Florist


We’re going to do something a little different today – and that is to let Josie tell the story of her floral styling brand My Father’s Florist herself.  As you read her words, you’ll understand why it wouldn’t have been right for me to try to massage them into the regular descriptive paragraph or two.

Photography above by Robbie Hunter

My name is Josie and I am twenty-five. I live on the wrenching, gritty and graceful west coast of New Zealand, Piha.

I am in a constant love affair between the ocean, floristry and mental health. I started My Father’s Florist in July last year after some really unfair and tragic circumstances caused me to take a step back from my employment at the time. My Father’s Florist is about desperately trying to borrow what the West Coast lends me and gifting that to others through floristry.

My Father’s Florist is built around two things; capturing joy and dealing with grief. My understanding of joy is not happiness. Joy is the deep rooted and grounded understanding that no matter how horrible life gets, life is still unquestionably beautiful. I believe that joy can be present on the bad days, on the days in which you just can’t, when it’s unfair and when you just want acknowledgment that the situation you find yourself in sucks.

A big part of my business and my love for dried florals is grief. But grief interwoven with learning how to step into gratitude and step into joy.

 

I started collecting flowers when I was significantly shorter and a fair bit more foolish. I have trodden the known and unknown paths of my hometowns for uncounted dusk and dawn soaked hours. Some of these evening walks were the walks of lovers. At other times they were lonely. I started collecting, documenting, foraging and began to gain a deep-rooted understanding of beauty from the ashes.

That’s the beauty of dried florals really, that in every single process of life there is unseen detail. Silent joy.

I don’t want to be a floral designer, I want to be someone who is pursuing joy and just happens to make beautiful products. I believe in unique and whenua grounded design, I believe in creating a product, service and art piece that reminds you of Joy.

 

I currently split my time between the sand soaked soil here in Piha and the romance of the city. I work part time for a florist in Ponsonby, making whimsical wedding, store and event flowers. The rest of the time I spend foraging and creating in my Tiny house and caravan where I live by myself.

The thing that sets me apart from other florists who offer dried flowers is that all my flowers are foraged, it’s a long tedious process as it’s a massive gamble to see if things will dry in a good enough state to use. I spend two days a week exploring, knocking on doors, meeting strangers, meeting my community, talking, learning and creating a beautiful network of people who let me forage from their gardens. I make up for any lack with roadside finds.

All Photography except where noted by Natalie Ng (Journal and Co)

 

Mental health is my priority, so this business is a slow one in the sense that I am ruthlessly eliminating hurry from the way I run it, which probably isn’t a smart business move, that being said there are some exciting things in sight.

I am currently attempting to bribe a local Piha business owner into letting me have a pop up florist at their store this coming summer, my main motivation being I can surf when the waves are good and make flowers when they waves are average, plus they sell really great tacos… Alongside this I will be running some pretty incredible dried floral workshops, and releasing some beautiful ceramics, dried floral products, dried floral bouquets, my new collection of dried floral rings, wedding packages and figuring out how to press flowers onto the top of a surf board before it’s glassed over.

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Oh and I guess I should explain the name. My Father, he champions my creativity, I design it he makes it. He is my business partner and before I could claim the name florist I could claim the name daughter. My Fathers florist yes is about joy and expressing grief but I can only do both of these because he first created an environment in which it was encouraged to do so.

 

You can buy Josie’s intricate wreaths (in extra-large through to miniature sizes),
sculptural ikebana arrangements and other floral artworks online at My Father’s Florist.
Follow Josie’s creative journey on her Instagram.

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