The New x Aalto : M O O D

This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled editorial shoots, along with a series of interior moods – inspired by Aalto’s beautiful, comprehensive collection of paint colours. 

For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a living room makeover with high summer vibes, where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s powdery blush tones.I’d start with Aalto’s Fledgling, a pared-back barely pink. If you’ve been looking for a contemporary alternative to traditional neutral walls, this is your babe.  Other options would be Ballet Shoes (a little deeper than Fledgling, it reads as a modern beige), the pink clay gorgeousness that is Treaty 1/2, or for a bolder choice that also ramps up the sophistication factor, Aalto’s Sovereign – from their special 2018 palette.

Pink walls love being paired with creamy neutrals – whites, sandy taupes – and doing this also instantly ‘grounds’ a pink, making it more liveable and less trendy.

To soften the look even further, I’d use lots of pale timber and organic textures including linen, woven textiles and ceramics. Then, to this very laidback #softminimal style, I’d add a little blue, and some stripes – these elements brighten and freshen the look, and give the summer feel I want. The finishing touch would be a couple of blush pieces, as a nod to my wall colour.

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Products selected:

Arcade modular Sofa by Simon James; ceramic pendant light handmade by Gidon Bing (pictured here is the plain white, but I’d probably go for the yummy soft texture of his crackle glaze version for this space); Ercol sideboard (a total investment piece and a classic) from NZ’s Good Form; Shino pot by JS Ceramics, the very dreamy Oneiros photographic print by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available exclusively at Sunday Homestore; the gorgeous pitted, mottled vase by Wundaire, available from Tessuti, nude Serax stoneware planters from Paper Plane, a woven rug from Flooring Xtra; taupe textured cushion from Father Rabbit; blue striped linen blanket also from Father Rabbit, blue striped linen cushion from Citta Design; blush linen cushion from Thread Design.




Wowowowowowowow. Carl Turner Architects, you done real good.

A Masterclass in Monochrome. The trick to keeping black and white liveable is texture, texture, texture.
Photography by Chris Warnes for Inside Out magazine (more of this home at that link <<)

All-timber, all-the-time. Kitchen concept by Lotta Agaton for Picky Living.

Photography by Tom Blachford for The Design Files.
(You’ll definitely want to see this whole home – over on The Design Files, here.)

This kitchen! I’m especially here for a concealed laundry in the kitchen – ideal square-foot-saving idea.

The founders of homeware brand Hawkins New York have just finished renovating a 1750’s Dutch Farmhouse into a super contemporary family home. You gotta go take a full tour – over at Sight Unseen.


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 Planning some renos or a refresh at home this year? Order your free copy of The Ideas Book from Flooring Xtra



I think this is a freaking AMAZING idea for a kitchen worktop and sink, don’t you?

Fresh n’ lovely kitchen with a great idea to steal. The homeowner used standard Ikea cabinetry, but asked a local woodworker to create some natural timber cabinet fronts for a no-one-else-has-the-same look. I LOVE these. And the XL size of them also makes this space feel bigger.

White-painted bricks, and a window seat that feels like a cafe at home x

Adore this – black stools against a bleached-light countertop, plain super-glossy white splash back, and lots of barely-noticeable storage.

Brutalist beauty.

Gorgeous example of what can be done with only a small floor space.

Insane master bedroom. Way too minimalistic even for me… but what a canvas to work with!

New on my #dreamhomewishlist – a deep green, steel staircase (this one leads up to the mezzanine deck master bedroom). Love the choice of a full stainless commercial-style kitchen here, especially against the plywood walls.

Want to see more of this holiday home inspired by Japanese architecture? It’s over here.


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 Planning some renos or a refresh at home this year? Order your free copy of The Ideas Book from Flooring Xtra


Kin + Harlem


One thing we’ve been sadly lacking is a decent variety of New Zealand designed-and-made shelving options. COME THRU ZAVEDO!
The New Zealand design team have come up with a veritable Choose Your Own Adventure solution for shelving…

Kin is a super sleek, modular shelving system that comes in single shelf, double shelf, four and five shelf options, and in two widths. I want one in my kitchen as an open-shelving option, k? Thanks. The finish is matte black anodised and there’s not one screw in sight.

Harlem is a shallower shelf (I’d call it a ledge) in white or black, also in two widths, that fastens to the wall through a couple of good looking discs. Choose to have the discs the same colour as the ledge, or a contrasting finish, including brass.

Zavedo also have a bunch of other design niceness – go see here.

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