Photography Derek Swalwell

I have the hugest lady crush on Simone Haag – Australian interior designer, curator, stylist and writer. Her instinct for aesthetics is incredible. Like the editor of Vogue Living Australia put it: “Simone can intuit the future before it shapes.” Amen and Hallelujah. 

This (above) is Simone’s own Mid Century Modernist home in Melbourne. You’ll have seen this place before – it was literally everywhere on the Internet after its first renovation – but recently, it’s had a second glow-up… Simone and hubby Rhys collaborated with Kennedy Nolan on modifications to accomodate their growing family, and the project allowed Simone an opportunity to re-establish the design aesthetic she surrounds herself with.

One of Simone’s specialities is Furniture, Art & Object Selection (hey, dream job) – here’s a recent project she completed for a building company’s marquee showhome (more here)

Not your regular Display Suite… In this project, Simone created a full interior design language for the Inkerman & Nelson townhouses in Melbourne’s inner South East. Much more here.

Photography Derek Swalwell

Simone took care of Furniture & Object Selection and Styling for this dark, moody and textural take on a coastal home
(Tidal Arc House – architecture by Woods Bagot, interiors by Hecker Guthrie. Please go see the rest here)

Another inspiring Simone Haag project: Art Direction of this not-your-typical-showroom for Scandinavian furniture and homeware dealers Fred International (see more here). Though it’s located in an iconic, historic old Melbourne warehouse, the space has been put together as you would a home. One of everything please. And a container back to NZ.

See more of Simone Haag’s portfolio here  /  Follow Simone on Instagram


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New from leading NZ designer Simon James, the Fragment collection, which draws its inspiration from modernist architecture. I love Simon’s balance of simplicity and strength – the lines are so heavy, yet the final form is clean, and warm thanks to that solid oak. Also love how the tabletops appear to cantilever from certain angles…

The Fragment collection is also available in Smoked Oak and Black Oak. 

One day, one day, I’ll have this table as my studio desk. *makes a wish*
Also in the Fragment family, the Fragment Coffee Table

There’s that yummy cantilever again…


Arc de Triomphe


New from Citta and 100% on my wishlist, the Arc Bed. The beauty about this beauty is that you can purchase the entire bed, or just one of the two separate components – the Arc BedHead, designed to fit onto your existing bed, or the Arc Bed Base.  I mean, look at the base… HELLO leg detail:



Also, don’t think I didn’t see you, bedside lights. Love the simple dome shape of the Moon Table Lamps (there’s also a Moon Floor Lamp version, and both come in almond pink, white, charcoal or mint.)






Two ideas to steal from this beautiful bathroom by BuildHer Collective… One: The seat-sized ledge is a fab idea if you’re going to be spending several years supervising kidlets in the bath for several years, or if you’re a languid shower-chiller like me, and like to sit down for your exfoliation and shaving. I’m all about the Hour Shower for a self-care session. Two: the shower shelf. Super functional, but also great for styling. I love how the BuildHer girls have used the two tiles here, and that fluted glass window is great for privacy.

And side note: that’s totally, 100% a small pot scrub on the shelf there. Hehe.

Sweet corner of the sweetest home. These vintage freestanding robes really are the ideal solution for older NZ homes where storage is always limited. Hunt one down on TradeMe or local garage sales, give it a paint, use the top for a little (out-of-reach) styled moment…

For his clients, Australian architect Daniel Boddam creates quite palatial, distinguished residences. His own holiday home at Tallow Beach (Byron Bay) is a much more relaxed, casual expression of his taste, and is filled with his own designed furniture and lighting. Lovelovelove it. See more here.

Just a couple of other spaces from Daniel Boddam’s portfolio that caught my eye – a very classy but still casual dining room, and this elegant shower with skylight. (I know we can’t all afford homes with separate dining rooms, but how great is the concept of a dining room – a room devoted just to enjoying a meal with family or friends. Love that for us. )

One to Follow: If you dig this earthy aesthetic, you’ll love the ‘gram of Holistic Interior Designer, stylist Ezz Wilson.


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