23.01.2019

Happy New Year Homestyle


Homestyle magazine’s Feb/March issue is out on shelves this week – let’s have a little look-see, shall we?
Look for this space above on the cover of this issue: belonging to US-based New Zealanders Karie Higgins (jewellery designer) and Lee Gibson (footwear designer for Nike), this is their relaxed river-front cabin in Oregon…

Photography Nicole Mason

Comfortable, relatable, expressive rather than expensive – and oh how I love those dark, wide floorboards.

Photography by Larnie Nicolson

My other fave from this issue – this Tauranga new-build, belonging to Rachael Jefferies – who you should definitely follow on Instagram @the_rad_pad, because her pad is rad, and her hashtags are hilarious.

This latest issue of Homestyle also shows you through a number of other New Zealand homes, including a very cool, contemporary tiny house built in Napier, and a Waiheke Island dream home, and visits the studios of Twenty Seven Names, Meadowlark founder Claire Hammon, and artist Fleur Woods. Plus kids’ bedroom makeovers, styled features and all the yummy forward-thinking, design-lead lifestyle snacks you expect to be served by Alice Lines and the Homestyle team.

22.01.2019

Salad Days


Photography Saskia Wilson; Styling Alicia Scibberas

 

Before we get started here, can we take a moment to appreciate the name Salad Days for a ceramic brand? Best name! It gives me such happy, nostalgic vibes.

Lucy Coote’s story in ceramics started 6 years ago. She’d studied fashion and business, and then got a ‘real job’ in an office, but found herself needing a creative outlet, so signed up for a pottery night class. She fell in love with it, joined a potter’s association, and after a couple of years spending most of her spare time in the studio, she started selling pieces to friends and family… then to a few stockists… and then through her own online store. By this time, she was working in film production, but nights and weekends weren’t enough to keep up with demand. She had to choose: grow her career in the film industry, or make ceramics full-time? When she asked herself which she couldn’t live without, it ended up being an easy decision.

She left her job and committed to Salad Days, but soon after discovered she was pregnant (with twin girls! – Margaux and Daisy who are now 19 months old). To say Lucy’s not really had oodles of time to focus on her ceramics would be an understatement. The juggle is real. But – thankfully for those of us who want to buy ALL her things – Lucy and husband Mark have just moved home to Wellington. Here at home, they have the family support to allow Lucy to work more flexibly, and they can actually achieve their dream of buying a home – something with a studio, or potential for one. While they house-hunt, Lucy’s working from fellow pottery pal Wundaire’s studio.

(Why do I tell you all this stuff? Because The New’s not just about aesthetically beautiful things. Yeah, yeah, it mainly is, but not just. It’s also about the real people behind these aesthetically beautiful things. And it’s also about pursuing your creative passions, and what it takes to do that.)

Salad Days pieces are timelessly simple and refined. Lucy designs beautiful silhouettes and her own glazes for a contemporary yet classic look, but as she’s creating, she’s thinking about function just as much as form. She imagines what you’ll use your bowl/mug/jug for… what would be the best size and shape for that… what shaped handle would make it feel best. She’s making something to be loved for a lifetime, for all your Salad Days. I’ll take one of everything please.

Salad Days Website

Salad Days Instagram (ceramics and cute bebs!)

 

20.01.2019

Spaces


Love the gentle modernity of white-painted brick.

Amazing dining set by Made by Morgen

Photography by Rochelle Eagle via Est Magazine

I have burst into flames and drifted into the sky as ashes! This space! Designed by interior architect Leora McMahon of Welcome To Here (Leora, girl you a genius), it’s the Homestead accommodation at Seville Estate, a winery and restaurant in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. There’s a lot more to see of this place too – go check it out over at Est.

Best bath EVER! See more of this home here.


Loves an uneven tile these days.

If you, like me, are in the Venn diagram overlap of Concrete Tub Lovers and Dark Green Wall Fans, this mud room is for you.

Today is a good day! It’s a double amazing-mud-room-with-concrete-tub day!
Also, how good are these terracotta tiles on the floor? Terracotta is very much coming back in tiling.

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Planning a makeover or reno for the new year?
Get your moodboard on – have flooring samples (and more) sent to your door, in Flooring Xtra’s Sample Box

17.01.2019

Wedding Belles


Soft Minimalist Perfection


Photography by Karen Ishiguro – these are the most delicious images, Karen

Juliette Hogan has opened the doors to a beautiful new dedicated bridal fitting salon, in Auckland’s Morningside. The space was designed by Juliette herself (and project managed by Pip Maxwell Interior Design) and it’s a masterclass in soft-minimalism.

The best of New Zealand design is on show here – dense forest suede Isabella chairs and a creamy linen Arcade sofa by Simon James Design, metal fixtures from MarkAntonia and Douglas & Bec, Arch wall lights also by Douglas & Bec, and dried florals from Muck.  It’s a space that articulates Juliette’s everyday-luxe bridal aesthetic beautifully, don’t you think – being both clean and contemporary and warm and inviting, thanks to those yummy oak floors, an oversized wool rug (made custom for the space), and the bonus of swathes of natural light pouring in. The new space also marks the release of this year’s new Juliette Hogan Bridal collection. Every single dress in the photos above I imagined wearing, then I spent 20 minutes looking through the whole collection online, and now I wish I was getting married again.

The silhouettes, this space… it’s all just perfection. So if you’re getting married – congrats, lucky girl – and you want to serve elegant modern everything and make them all fall down dead in the aisle, book yourself a one-on-one appointment with Juliette’s dedicated Bridal Consultant.

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