Discovered at SF Girl By Bay, this artful, grounded, homely home – on the very excellent Rip & Tan blog
(kettle on and settle in, you’ll want to spend some time exploring Rip & Tan)

This is perfection – those tiles (absolute faves), the sinks, the floating timber vanity, the drawers instead of cupboards…

Beautiful laundry (really dig the vertical shiplap clad cupboards) by the same designer – Australian interior stylist Catherine Heraghty (The Stables). If these two give you the feels, go here for even more bathrooms by Catherine

Little wonderland for a big imagination.

This bathroom manages to feel both heritage and very now, thanks to the aged brass and the tiles that read a little as masonry (the benchtop is tiled, too – see?)

Stunning entrance from the same home. That brick floor tiling is a genius move, especially teamed with the powder blue.

And because I couldn’t help myself – the kitchen from the same home. Love the deeper timber alongside the blonde timber ceiling, the patina’d (maybe not a real word) brass handles, the textured subway tiles. More of this inspiring house here.

You know I have a thing for itty bitty kitchens.

Concrete tub – yaassssss!

Designed by one of my all-time favourites, Vincent Van Duysen. Steel framed windows as a wall? Um, yeah.

Now that’s my kind of laundry.

Another space that perfectly balances an air of tradition with a touch of modernity. We’ve got the timeless solid butler sink, ye olde faucets (can anyone tell me what that spigot is for – is that a sprayer?), the classic country-style black cup handles, I could go on… with that pinky taupe paint, fish scale tiles (I love them ‘upside down‘ like this) and Aesop hand care.

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A Few of the Best

Some of my favourite finalists from New Zealand’s highest design honours, the 2018 Best Awards.
I haven’t included any Australian finalists (sorrynotsorry), nor anything I’ve already featured (a fair few).

Alt Group for Fisher & Paykel – exquisite styling and photography

Studio South for Auckland apartment development, Edition

Fry Baby (Belgian Fry Eatery) by One Design

Port of Tauranga Annual Report by Wave

Studio Akin for Auckland Art Gallery

Fuman for Atomic 25 Coffee

Love this business card that Seachange designed for photographer & filmmaker Agnes Lloyd-Platt
(the whole identity suite is wicked, but I especially love this business card)

Superb, emotional, important work by Colenso BBDO for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.
Eleven of the world’s revered Renaissance paintings feature models with symptoms of breast cancer. This photograph is a recreation of a renowned 1654 Rembrandt, and the inspiring woman in it survived breast cancer after finding it through a self check. Part of a whole series called The Survivor Collection that serves as a triumphant reminder that knowledge can beat cancer.

Aspen Lounge Chair by David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen for Citta

Four different Klim Type Foundry have earned finalist honours

Sunday Best for Mayan Man Tea

Stone Soup – brilliant grassroots magazine connecting New Zealand creatives through the lens of food


No Ugly wellness tonic by Culture&Theory

Hannah Design Studio for clothing label Marle

Kokako brand and packaging by Design Dairy

 Very much a favourite – Douglas and Bec brand identity by Natasha Mead


The Sample Box

Black Oak herringbone flooring for the win

PSA: Flooring Xtra have launched an new awesome service. If you’re embarking on the fun-slash-actually-really-tricky process of choosing new flooring for a renovation or new build, you’re going to love this.

There are plenty of Flooring Xtra showrooms around the country, but what you really want at the start of the process are some  swatches of your favourites to have at home, so you can put them alongside your shortlisted paint colours and fabric swatches, to pull your dream interior scheme together. Flooring Xtra basically just read your mind.

The Sample Box is a selection of flooring samples – up to five of your choice – from select Flooring Xtra’s Carpet collections, Laminate flooring or Timber flooring options.  Just choose the five samples you’d like online, and they’ll turn up at your place in a sleek little black box which also contains free underlay samples, good-looking product information guides, and home decorating info – the best starter kit for choosing new flooring.

Your bespoke Sample Box is just $10 including shipping ($15 for rural) – which you can redeem back on flooring purchases (T&C’s apply).

Ooh also – while I’m here, the new Flooring Xtra Lookbook is out (92 pages of inspiration, including styling advice and imagery from contemporary NZ homes) – you can order that here and have it sent to you for free.

Styling by The Design Chaser; Photography by Kirsty Dawn



Life Hack: leaning a framed print against the wall is the way to hide plugs or your modem.

NEED *claps* THIS *claps* CHAIR *claps*

OK, so this might be one of the best liveable spaces I’ve seen in a while. I love how the owner (Ema Brenda) has kept the gritty concrete walls, but painted a beautiful tan colour on the opposite wall – industrial meets elegant. Then loads of plants, loads of rattan and loads of white textured fabric for light and freshness.

Hands up who’s a fan of the Australian Contemporary Coastal aesthetic – inspired by the Tropics, incorporating lots of laid back texture, but with a clean sophistication all its own.
This home overlooking Sydney’s Bronte Beach is by Interior Designers Lane & Grove.

Some fave bits from this kitchen: The Eucalyptus colour they chose for the kitchen island, and the fact they went for a big ol’ Butler sink and vintage-style faucet which just adds a touch of history and humbleness to the design.

Love the vertical shiplap wrapping up the wall and across the ceiling, and entrance storage gets a big Yes from me.

Easy, breezy, beautiful Covergirl.

This sumptuous shade of dusty rose – and the beautiful texture – is actually thanks to tadelakt (an old Moroccan plaster technique). This is such a yummy alternative to tiles (and yes, you can get something similar to this in New Zealand.)
I love the choice of vintage-style stainless steel fittings here too, they add to the rustic effect.

Almost Spring – the perfect time to switch things up in your bedroom. For ideas on achieving a lighter, fresher feel, check out this little article by one of my home-style faves, Cate St Hill.


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