Baroque Bouquet


I fell in love with Runa + Holly’s first collection of velvety, romantic, 17th-Century-but-contemporary painterly prints, and now my credit card is about to get a little hiding because their sophomore collection is equally as awe-inspiring.

And the judges of prestigious international art prize Arte Laguna obviously agree with me, because one of the works from this series – Volucris – was selected as a finalist in the Photography Section for Arte Laguna’s 2018 honours.  Gisborne-based friends Holly (Tong, florist) and Runa (Kuru Kristjónsdóttir, photographer) made the trip to see their work on display at the Arte Laguna final exhibition in Venice.

The second collection, like the first, is limited to just 10 or 20 prints of each size (right up to 1100mm x 1650mm – that’s bigger than an A0!), and each is printed with archival inks, on the most high-end, German made Hahnemühle 308gsm cotton rag paper. Things that matter.


Lucent. I love how wild this one feels, with wheat and partially-dying petals

Volucris – nominated for an international art prize

Holly and Runa at work creating their baroque-oil-painting-like prints

Volucris on display in Venice, at the Arte Laguna Final Exhibition

Picking market-fresh flowers for an impromptu photoshoot 

Holly and Runa extended their Venice trip to include Milan, Rome and Bologna, and while in Rome decided to shoot another artwork using local market spring flowers.

They ended up at 6:30am one morning in the centre of Rome, in the Piazza Navona, submerging flowers in the famous Bernini fountain.  They have since added one of the images from that shoot to this new collection, this is that image:

(Postscript: This is your monthly reminder from me that you can do things that you love, that people will also love, and create a business and a life from it. And yes, you can also do this after having kids, or just be starting over in a whole new career if you’ve fallen out of love with your current one.)


W I N – Tim Webber Apex Shelf

Feeling lucky this week? You so are. NZ designer Tim Webber has just launched three new colours in his popular Apex Shelf, and he’s letting us give one away!

The new colours are Mist Green (a muted sage), Burnt Red (hello) and Slate Grey (a soft/cloud colour), joining the OG fam of black, and fresh white.

Clean (simple design, no visible fixings or mounts), contemporary and all completely New Zealand made, the Tim Webber Apex Shelf would be perfect above a bed or couch as a ledge for framed art and fave pieces, or in your kitchen or bathroom for storage and display. Or actually anywhere. At all.

To go i the draw, just email me at hello@thenew.nz and tell me which of the three new colours you’d choose – so easy.
Mist Green, Burnt Red or Slate Grey? Email me now – Go!

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Competition open to NZ residents only. Winner will be drawn Monday April 30th.




If you enjoy changing your bedroom feels up often, like I do, picture ledges are your BFFFL. Display one large print and a weeny plant, say, then change the big print out for a couple/few smaller ones; display your fave bedside skincare or the book you’re currently dipping into…  love the little trio of photos and postcards as a clean mini moodboard, too.

Love this stone shelf entranceway situation –  hanging a stone or marble shelf on wooden brackets would be a pretty easy weekend DIY. Looks great against the green-grey wall, with the brackets painted the same colour as the wall.

Reading nook for winter weekends – first and foremost, pick a spot that gets a stream of morning/arvo light, then add a good chair, plants and textiles, and (what’s missing here for me) a side table.

The ideal growed-up, glowed-up version of a New Zealand coastal/beachside look.  There are so many 90’s beach houses where I live that have a blue (or worse – baring teeth emoji – turquoise) colour palette, and I just want to get my hands on a bunch of them and do something more like this. Photography by Laure Joliet

Another day, another dreamy holiday accommodation set in the Australian countryside. Sigh.
This one is Orchard Keepers, originally 3 cottages dating back to the 1890’s & 1950’s, lovingly restored and transformed into a stunning four bedroom home & separate Workers Cottage, located between the vines and the ocean on Mornington Peninsula.  $5200 for a full week, sleeping ten. So that’s $520 each for a whole week, for ten of us. Nine of you keen?

I adore teeny kitchens, especially ones this well designed. That green colour is so good, and paired with the white it’s really fresh. I love me plenty of storage, and the linear custom handles are classy and classic. Appreciate a sink that’s not centre-set, and the white steel framed french doors are genius, allowing plenty of light, and then open them out to make the square footage feel a lot more spacious. I’d switch out the lights, and add a floating shelf (in a deep-toned timber) on the back wall.

The other side of this beautiful kitchen dining space. Love the wee window seat.

More from the same home – the sweetest vintage nursery…

When you have green paint left over from the kitchen…


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The New X Aalto Paint – M O O D


This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled shoots and interior moodboards – inspired by Aalto’s comprehensive colour palette.

For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a kitchen where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s olive colours.
Olive green is a timeless colour, and it’s also crazy versatile. It’s a colour that gives an instant feeling of refinement and sophistication, or you can soften it with natural materials like timber and ceramics, or liven it up by using a contrasting bright colour as an accent. And it works well with lots of different aesthetics – industrial, clean contemporary, organic boho, vintage/mid century modern…

Aalto have a few olive – khaki shades to choose from, my fave is the earthy Nottingham Forest (largest colour above, top right). It’s a colour that draws you in and hugs you. Other options would be Vantage (a muddier muted sage),  or Manhattan (a browner olive).

Other products selected:

Astra Walker Icon+ Kitchen Mixer set in matte black, from The Kitchen Hub.

Black Mosaic Tile (a rectangular black mosaic tile would also look amazing, or switch out the white grout for black for less contrast but more yummy texture) – MosaicFX Crystal Black Mosiac from NZ’s Tilemax.

Round serving/chopping board (in two sizes) from Citta Design.

Menu Grinders in the new Hunting Green & Beige colourway, from Sunday Homestore.

Black dish cloth from The Foxes Den.

Martino Gamper Circus Stool for reaching those top cupboards. In the colour Khaki, from Paper Plane.

 Smokey glassware is ideal for this whole situation – Alex & Corban have some stunning grey tumblers by Danish interior house Hubsch.

Why would you spray toxic chemicals where you prepare food? Plus, RealWorld’s all natural Bench Spray comes in a stylish amber glass bottle – stylish enough to keep out on the sink. From Sunday Homestore.

Bellota Linen Apron in Pine, from Luxury Linen.

Beechwood Bowl from Citta Design.


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