Oh hey little entrance. Idea to Steal: a simple, good-looking shelf and bench with triple lengths of thick dowel

Sundling Kickén are a Swedish stylist duo (Evalotts Sundling and Elin Kickén) who lend their great taste to projects like this one – staging new apartments in the city of Uppsala.  They’ve mastered the balancing act of sophisticated yet soft.

These beautiful nesting tables are the Building Tables by Skagerak, if you wanted to know. (I did.)

Is it annoying when I post a lot of unattainably luxurious residences? I know I get a little fed up with blogs that assume I have gold bullions for fingers. But it’s also nice to dream, right? And there’s still good ideas that can be pulled from these million-euro pads.

Love me a super-simplistic floating timber bed.
And behind that wall at the head of the bed is…

 This beautiful ensuite. No biggie. (Extremely large biggie.)

Brutalist beauty.

 Ugh, so good. Love these terrazzo sinks and brass faucets. Narrow sinks not only look super modern and refined, they’re also a perfect solution for small bathrooms. Interior architecture by Natalie Dubrovska.

Best laundry! Love the ply cabinets and shelving – two ticks for affordable and aesthetically-pleasing.

This is the beautiful Byron Bay home of the owner of lifestyle and kids brand Olli Ella.
Photography by Maree Homer for Real Living. See more of this home here.


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Big Joy

The Wandering

Effervescent Buzz

The Lightness

Breathe In, Breathe Out (at top) and Sweet & Wild
Styling by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors; Photography by Armelle Habib


I want all of these limited edition works (originals and prints) by New Zealand artist Jen Sievers. She’s produced a collection especially for Greenhouse Interiors, super-aptly named Big Joy.

You can purchase from the Big Joy collection here, shop from Jen’s website, or check out more of Jen’s original and prints at endemicworld.

Jen Sievers website   /   Instagram



My all-time fave kitchen tiling – small white grid, white/soft grey grout. I don’t know that I’ve seen this with dark timber before, I love it. Also, anyone have a garden full of herbs I can come and pilfer? I wanna try some dried herb bundles…

So many imaginative styled corners and details in this six year old’s room, go here to see them all.

Big ‘ol concrete slab and bespoke joinery love.

I don’t think it’s fair that people with extremely beautiful faces, bodies and outfits also get extremely beautiful kitchens.
Let us lesser-fortunate-faced people have the nicer homes!

Best ever sink and faucets belonging to a beach house.

More of that deep timber designers are loving lately. In a workspace, it instantly gives a cultured, intellectual feel.

The home of your new favourite Instagrammer, Audrey Rivet. Audrey’s cat Barb has an amazing jaunty moustache and her own Instagram here. You’re welcome.


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Lucilla Gray

Wellington designer Lucilla Gray, wearing her Aurora earrings in Pearl

Lucilla works from her studio in central Wellington

Artwork by Lucilla’s partner Phil Andrews. An in-demand Animation/Art Director, Phil trades software for a
pencil after-hours as an award-winning hyper-realism portrait artist.

My two favourites from Lucilla’s line of statement earrings 

Aurora earrings – 14k gold plated stud with a tort teardrop

Pomona earrings – a new style being released just this week.
Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees and orchards, and this organic form was inspired by the shape of a pear.


It was Lucilla Gray’s contemporary jewellery I first spotted, and I just had to know more about the designer. So I asked photographer Nadine Ellen to visit Lucilla’s central Wellington studio, from which she runs her self-titled womenswear label.

Lucilla studied a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion at Massey – but her work started being noticed by stylists and magazines even before she finished uni. After an internship with Kate Sylvester and a bit of working travel, Lucilla returned to Wellington to start her own label. The Lucilla Gray aesthetic embraces structural silhouettes and an intelligently feminine feel, re-inventing timeless pieces for the modern woman. As well as working on a new jewellery collection for summer, Lucilla her currently preparing to launch a new made-to-order client service – a new-old-fashioned concept of tailor-making pieces which also embraces slow fashion, eliminates dead stock and reduces resource use. In an industry predominately driven by high-consumption fast fashion, that’s what I’d call a fashion-forward move.

Though her brand is still young, Lucilla is already enjoying the kind of career highlights that labels dream of – she’s been featured in several international magazines (including US Vogue), and, this year, designed a gown to be worn (by Signý Lemmon) at the Oscars. Big things…

Also, if my husband is reading this – the Solana Stud (small) in Bronze Tint, please?


Lucilla Gray Online Store  /  Lucilla Gray Instagram


Beautiful imagery with thanks to Nadine Ellen (< Insta) of Nadine Ellen & Tim Kelly (< main website)
Tim and Nadine are in-demand are wedding photographers, travelling throughout NZ and internationally.
I always feel lucky to have them shoot for The New when they’re back home in Wellington over winter.

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