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.


Brass for Days

Angle Bookend in antiqued brass (also comes in ‘new’ brushed brass).
These would make an amazing wedding gift, btw.

Converge Magazine Rack 

Isoceles Book Stand

Cavern Shelf (one of three brass ledge shelf designs

Brass Doric Peg and There Hook

They’ve also designed a range of brass handles in three styles and lots of sizes
– available in the antiqued finish or brushed brass.

Investment piece.

Linear Light

Stunning sliding steel doors at the Artifact showroom

Brass mirrors for Kate Sylvester fashion flagship

Amazing brass washbasin for Aesop Wellington

Back in 2015, you and I talked about how Copper could enjoy its 15 minutes of fame, but Brass wasn’t going anywhere. Brass coming back wasn’t a trend, it was a return of the mack. I instantly regret saying that…. But you get the point – it’s 2019, brass is still beloved, and now we’re starting to see a lot of antiqued brass around, too.

Steel fabricators Powersurge largely focus on bespoke works for restaurants, retail and residential spaces. But recently, they’ve turned their artistry to a line of brass products for our homes – shelving, hooks and handles, mirrors, lighting and homeware. The above images are just my faves – see the full range and shop online here.


New Year Spaces!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaack… and boy do I have a goodie for you. This loft apartment, designed by Mira
Eng-Goetz of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Don’t just scroll on by in that numb way we sometimes do, either –  this one deserves you to really pause and look at all the details…

Details like those amazing big windows, brick lintels and original timber ceilings that all date back to the very early 1900’s… and is that a piece of contemporary New Zealand design I spy?

Oh my goodness, that sink and countertop! (Side note for kitchen reno’ers: maximising storage in lower cabinets rather than upper cabinets will make your space feel larger)

Oh wow.

Wow, the sequel.

Photography by Aaron Leitz

I’m as inspired by the person who lives here as by the home itself – Pam Williams, a 74 year old retired public library director (and widow, who now volunteers with the city’s Art Museum). Clear proof that age doesn’t dictate taste level – I don’t even know you and I have a lady-crush on you, Pam.

I’ve always said I sort of hate wet-room style showers (no shower box), but I’d make an exception for this one –  the tiled bench seat and second hand-held shower head suggest this home owner likes sitting down in the shower, which is a life choice I co-sign.

Cute linen bedhead, cute custom cabinetry, cute sphere handles.

These handsome heritage bathrooms (in this amazing home) caught my eye this week. Details like the bronze tapware, beadboard panelling on the ceiling, and that fatty fat marble countertop with dupont profile edge (delicious!) ramps up the stately feel.

Oh hey – one more thing before you go….
I’d love to hear what you think about The New – so if you have 5 minutes and an Insta account,
please pop over to our Instagram, find the S U R V E Y  Highlight in our bio,
and answer a few short questions for me. Thanks beb!

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Planning a makeover or reno for the new year?
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It’s the the bumper annual holiday edition of Spaces! We’ll be taking a break for a couple of weeks, so to celebrate, I have a Christmas lolly scramble for you in the form of lovely interiors – and it’s a proper lolly scramble, with Macintosh toffees (except Coconut), Minties and Eclairs, not cellophane-wrapped no-name-brand lollies. Get outa here with those.

Did you know that IKEA is coming to New Zealand next year? Hark the herald angels sing! The lovely double apron-front ceramic sink in this kitchen is from IKEA, by the way. It’s called the Havsen – as in, you havsen a lovely kitchen sink. The wide shiplap cladding on the far wall also caught my eye – classic feel, clean finish.

This sexy building is Archway Depot, London’s newest photography studio and event space located in a 19th-century warehouse.

(Love the kitchen island on castors.)

It’s my dream to have a space like this to work from.

This is an eatery (The recently-opened Coffee Sometime, in Amsterdam), but if I was an interior designer I’d definitely steal this affordable bench seat idea for a residential dining space. Those amazing lamps are by Muller Van Severen. After some Googling, I can also tell you the chairs – now on my wishlist – are the Isabella by Danish Designs.

So much to love here – the raw timber island, the arched hallways (yes, this place has arched hallways), the industrial-feel ceiling and floor, the choice of tiles. (Have we reached peak arch? *interrupts self* How dare you even suggest that!) See more of this loft conversion over at Dezeen.

Appreciating the autumnal tones in this apartment.

A multi-award-winning project, this is an addition to the rear of a home in London’s Dollis Hill. Love the deep vertical ‘fins’ of oak in the walls and ceiling, and the built-in bench.

Some places just have heart, you know? This is one of those – A family home in Byron Bay. Go and see the full tour over on the inimitable The Design Files, with photography by Kara Roselund. (P.S: owner of this home, founder of Babyccino children’s boutiques, and mum-of-five Courtney Adamo shares her life and style on Instagram, here)

And it wouldn’t be Christmas around here without a fresh new Aesop store to go ‘ooooooh’ about. Jokes, this is actually my bathroom!

Right, get out of here and go have a great holiday.

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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

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