Katie Lockhart Design


LOVE those Flos Glow Ball wall lights (available in NZ through ECC Lighting).
The toilet is behind that half height wall, and the shower is behind that half width wall.

Photography by Neve Woodward, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio

Had to stop by today to share this lovely local project with you – a bathroom renovation by New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart (Katie’s also the founder of lifestyle store Everyday Needs and has her own paint line).

The green tiles are the perfect choice for the sympathetic transformation of a Mid Century home, don’t you think? The storage cabinets and bath were all custom designed and built (in collaboration with NZ craftsman Grant Bailey, whom Katie works with a lot) and all the matte white fixtures are from the Tara range by Dornbracht. (I just know you’d want to know that little deet – I can hear you googling ‘Dornbracht in NZ’ from here.)

Discovered via Remodelista




Sorry pink haters, it’s showing no signs of slowing. This Rosewood colour is quite liveable, don’t ya think? It sits equally well with light or dark wood, and the pops of black work really well, too.

You know me too well. Of COURSE I was going to share this bathroom with you. Yip, there’s a lot of grid tiling around at the moment, but I haven’t yet seen this version – the sand colour softens the look right up – agree? Needs more/better plants and a rug/bath mat or two.

LOVE the idea of a drop-leaf kitchen island for a small space! And being a card-carrying member of the SSS (Sisterhood of Scandinavian Style), I of course appreciate the bleached-look floorboards, soft grey walls and loads of white.

This sagey-grey wall colour is such a good choice for a grown-up master bedroom. Beautiful custom robe, too.

The bathroom belonging to the master bedroom above. Both designed by CJH Studio – more imagery from this inspiring home here.

An XL full-length mirror is on my wishlist – been looking for the perfect specimen.
This one manages to look like a piece of art, thanks to the thick black frame.

Easy weekend vibes – one XXL tropical leaf in a glass vase. Now where did I leave my secateurs?

Scenes from the home of Petra Gardefjord, founder of the Swedish kidswear brand Betón. One to follow!

Terrazzo sink! I love how the worktop and sink is all one piece. See more of this kitchen here.

Professional renovators and ex-The Block Australia contestants Kyal and Kara impressing me once again, this time with a simple but superb little study nook.


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New Things

Photography by Gareth Sobey, via Broadsheet.com.au

Photography Shannon McGrath, via We Heart

The latest project of one of my all-time-fave interior architects, Hecker Guthrie. Piccolina is a legit gelateria in Melbourne’s Collingwood, channelling 1950’s Southern Italy. Fave bits: the deepdeep green grid tiling, the original terrazzo floor, the huge wooden letterboard menu, and that archway in the wall – an original part of the historic building – and the colour palette of the brand, pulled from the Italian flag. That central bar/counter houses 24 stainless tubs of 24 artisan gelato flavours


Brand by – so as far as I can tell – Melbourne graphic design studio Projects of Imagination.

Photograph by Amelia Stanwix, via The Design Files

Loving the work of Melbourne maker Tantri Mustika (on Insta, @tantrimustikaceramics) – a modern spin on terrazzo tiling

Super nice branding and packaging (by Pearlfisher) for the world’s first true non-alcoholic distilled spirit. Served in over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants and top cocktail bars, and now available in New Zealand from our friends at Cook & Nelson.

Be still my minimalist heart – handwash and hand cream (they do laundry care liquid too) from Australian brand Ms Brown.

I’ve shared the other Fonda Mexican eateries with you in years past – they’re always at the bleeding edge of interior design. This is Fonda’s newest outpost and the first outside of their hometown Melbourne – Fonda Bondi. (That sounds fun on your tongue!)
Discovered via Yellow Trace. Designed by Studio Esteta. Photography by Tessa Ross-Phelan

Ypperlig mirror by Danish design legends Hay for IKEA. Only around $40-50 and I’M HERE FOR IT. Also comes in an Arch shape, in green, which is highly relevant to my current interests.


Potless Plants

Coraleigh in her outdoor studio – all photography by Larnie Nicolson


Launching today in New Zealand – Hanging Kokedama, a book by NZ botanist Coraleigh Parker (of Pickled Whimsy). Coraleigh has been introducing folks to the Japanese art of Kokedama for years, running weekend workshops that teach how to create a hanging garden at home – suspending your plants in mid-air, supported by nothing more than a series of strings intricately wrapped around a root ball.

Now she’s put all her mad Kokedama skills into print, and in collaboration with NZ photographer Larnie Nicolson, presents step-by-step instructions for 25 different Kokedama projects. You really can turn any of your fave plant pals into a kokedama (check out that small tree suspended in the living room up there!) – no pots or hanging baskets needed. Kokedama have a magical quality, as the plants are suspended in mid-air, supported by nothing more than a series of strings, intricately wrapped, cocoon style, around a root ball.


Hanging Kokedama is available where all good books are sold,
and direct from the Pickled Whimsy online store

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