17.10.2018

For Sun Chasers


Designer Zoe Horner has spent the last few years travelling overseas, visiting far-flung sun traps, and working as a textile and graphic designer along the way. In one of her most recent roles as a display artist for Anthropologie, she fell in love with the art installations she’d create for the brand, and when she moved back home to New Zealand this year, decided to create a platform for herself to continue this creative work. The Dust Co was born.

A home and lifestyle brand, The Dust Co. aesthetic is inspired by travel, laidback living and sun chasing – and Zoe’s designed each piece to bring that slow, summer holiday feel into a space.

My favourites from the collection are The Dust Co’s huge stained glass sun-catchers. Zoe painstakingly chose the glass types and colours to a specific palette, inspired by a place she’s travelled to. (The Marrakech piece uses the pinks, greens and earthy tones that reference the colours of that city, and the Island piece is inspired by the sun, sea and sand tones of the Balearic Islands). They’re all handmade to order – over many many hours – by Zoe’s mum, who has been working with stained glass for over 30 years.

Also on my wishlist is one of the brass wall pieces. Inspired by motifs found in far-flung sun traps, they’re designed to add a sense of those golden holiday vibes to any room in which they’re placed and are hand polished and finished by Zoe herself. There’s also beautiful silk scarves to elevate your everyday  – all printed and made in New Zealand, too.

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16.10.2018

Habitus House of the Year 2018 – Point Wells House



Habitus Magazine
 celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year and, to mark the milestone, have founded an annual awards programme to recognise outstanding examples of residential architecture.

The inaugural Habitus House of the Year (2018) presents 25 homes that are exemplary embodiments of how the region lives through design, and includes five New Zealand homes amongst the honours. 

I’m partnering with Habitus to share some of the New Zealand finalists with you. We’ve been to the beach (Hahei House by Studio 2 Architects) and the city (339 House by Strachan Group Architects), and now we’re out in the countryside with Point Wells House, designed by Paterson Architecture Collective and Steven Lloyd Architecture.

Photography by David Straight

This Omaha home’s owners requested a gabled-roof farmhouse for their idyllic country setting. The resulting home is one that honours rural tradition and nostalgia, while offering beautifully modern, minimalistic details that make the rustic, refined.

It has the vocab of a simple barn, striking a bold silhouette with that iconic 45-degree gable roof. It’s raised off the paddock on piles, in the manner of a classic rural shed. And the cedar weatherboards look like they could’ve been here as long as the huge old macrocarpa trees… But, look closely, and the contemporary details start to shine.

Like those thin steel-boxed windows, did you spot those? Or the fact that there are no bargeboards. Look again – I love this detail. In fact, there are no fascia boards or soffits, either. And those weatherboards, they actually graduate in size, steadily getting wider as they reach the roof.

Inside, it’s top to toe timber, with dark stained oak floorboards, and walls and ceilings clad in rough sawn South Island Beech. I’d end up needing to see an Osteo if I lived here, I’d be staring up at those amazing trusses all day (I especially love the exposed bolts and the steel tension rods – shearing shed chic).

Today’s aesthetic is for super light, bright, open spaces – but here, the architects have sought to create beauty with shadows and dappled light. They’ve been very deliberate with the amount and intensity of light the house lets in, creating depth and drama in quiet spaces, and illuminating others (I love how they’ve accentuated the trusses with skylights in the great room).

It reminds me a little of an old rural church. Have you ever been inside one of those New Zealand colonial chapels? They have those tall, grand cathedral ceilings, but with a relatively long, narrow volume, few windows and timber interior, they’re also very restful and intimate.

The home is made up of three of these barn buildings – one has a garage and guest house, while the other two form the house proper. The west barn houses a great room (with massive poured-concrete fireplace), kitchen, scullery and laundry, while the east barn has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and another living room.

A long boardwalk passes almost through both pavilions, connecting the east and west ‘wings’ through their living spaces and creating a beautiful big outdoor room between them.

Having three distinct buildings, connected through pathways, gardens, porches and courtyards, gives the site a village-like feel, and creates multiple outdoor spaces, so no matter the time of day or the direction of the wind vane, you can find a sunny, still spot to sit.

Other aspects I noticed and loved:

Those tall, narrow casement windows, with bronze hardware by NZ company Chant; the simple poured concrete steps into the house – more of that shearing shed chic; how the kitchen actually sits within a timber box at one end of the Great Room; and the simple form of the two poured-concrete chimneys. Also, look, I dream of a modern black barn as much as the next woman, but I really love that they didn’t choose black for this beautiful home.

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To see all the Habitus House of the Year 2018 finalists, visit habitusliving.com/houseoftheyear

You can also vote for this home – or another favourite – to win People’s Choice. Vote here. 

 

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15.10.2018

Aalto Paint x The New – S T Y L E D


I’m loving collaborating with Aalto Paint on our Styled series. For this instalment, I’ve imagined a Spring dining room, with golden and earthy tones. Yellow would seem the clear choice for Spring, right? But I wanted something more sophisticated and more versatile, and mustard never fails on either count. Yes, it’s bold and statement-making, but – maybe surprisingly – mustard is a colour that can bring balance to almost any aesthetic. In an earthy space, it really lightens and lifts the mood, and in a white, bright room, it brings warmth and substance.

On the wall here is Aalto Paint’s Cut the Mustard – a punchy golden mustard with serious depth and complexity (Aalto’s colours are all multi-pigmented, and they use only ultra-premium grade paint and tinters).
Cut the Mustard could be paired just as beautifully with lighter fresher colours, and it would be a gorgeous choice for a master bedroom, too, as it’s both grounding and uplifting.

Photography by our amazing friends Swift & Click

Products Used and Loved:

The beautiful Radial Dining Table from Città. Natural oak, with curves in all the right places

Radial Dining Chairs also from Città
– substantive, super comfy and contemporary, I really want these for my place

Beehive Lampshade from Alex & Corban. Love the large size for adding some drama to the setting, but the jute keeps things casual.

Dine Linen Tablecloth in Olive Grid, from Città
(They also have this same grid linen fabric in napkins and coasters.)

Slung over the chair – Linen Apron in Olive from Città

Picardie Glasses in Amber from Tessuti. Duralex have been making these glasses in France since 1927 – they’re absolute classics; every home should have a set. Also available in clear, but I love this golden Amber glass. And they’re only $7 each!

Bell Incense Holder from Tessuti – handmade in New Zealand by wood turners Walk in the Park

Bodha Ritual Incense, also from Tessuti

Beeswax Candles (short, mid, tall) made in Wellington, from Precinct 35

Florals thanks to On My Hand Styling & Flora

Menu Grinders in Hunting Green & Beige, from Sunday Homestore

A perfect Stoneware Jug, thrown on the wheel by Titirangi-based potter Rachel Carter, and available at Kaolin Store

Renee Boyd ceramic bowls in Olive, from Sunday Homestore

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And, of course, great thanks to Victoria and the team at Aalto Paint, whose colours are a dream to work with.

14.10.2018

Spaces


HEYHEYHEY! I love this colour for an entrance. Entrances are actually the perfect place to be brave with colour. They’re small enough to re-paint when/if you tire of it, they’re the first interior space your visitors lay eyes on (s0 the perfect spot to make a style statement), and because they’re not a space you spend lots of time in, a colour you love is going to delight and sort-of-surprise you over and over again.

Ignoring the fact they have an actual small tree sitting on a bedside table, this is lovely. I have romantic notions of having a writing desk in my bedroom, for journalling and wistful staring off into the middle distance.

Kitchen designers Reform have done it again with their sustainable new range, UP. Designed by architects Lendager Group, it uses off-cuts of wood from Danish flooring company Dinesen that would have otherwise ended up as waste.  Look good, do good.

And goddam does it LOOK. GOOD.  Here it is in a dark oiled finish:

Sexy, sexy cabinet fronts.

A kitchen styled by new fave Instagrammer, Interior Designer Sabine Rusch Bolstad @werkstattoslo
Soft grey is the perfect neutral when you’re keen to keep the aesthetic clean, but want to create some depth in a space.

A few years ago, a very cool house in London called Herringbone House made the rounds of every international design blog. And then earlier this year, the designer of that home made news again with these loft apartments she designed with her husband, under their brand Chan + Eayrs. And now, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs have created for themselves another super unique, heart-filled home, titled The Weavers House.

They’ve reinterpreted the building’s Huguenot heritage with a sensitive, contemporary vocab, peeling back the layers of time and combining traditional materials, traditional techniques and traditional colour with open spaces, clean lines and considered details.

This husband and wife are two of the most exciting, sui generis designers in the industry at the moment.
Please (please) leave this page right now and go and have a good look through their website, especially The Weavers House tour.

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