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Styling Gem Adams, Photography Wendy Fenwick 

The latest Homestyle magazine is on shelves this week (Oct-Nov issue) and she’s a beauty. This month is a Kitchen & Bathroom special, so there’s some seriously impressive styled features (ahem – exhibits A and B above, your honour), as well as imagery from inspiring international bathrooms and kitchens, paired with locally-available products to help you re-create the look.

The loveliest colour palette for this home by the sea.

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Photography by Brooke Lean & Gina Fabish

The Homestyle home tours are always A Grade and this issue is no exception – there’s a teeny weeny Wellington cottage, the home of Kip & Co co-founder Alex McCabe, a Mt Eden villa with a super soothing but sophistication renovation, and more.

Above are just a few of the pics from the Taranaki home of Interior Designer Thandi Tipene. OK, I’m calling it… this maybe the most stylish New Zealand home I’ve seen this year. Don’t @ me. I will not be taking questions at this time.


The New X Aalto Paint M O O D – Coastal Contemporary Bathroom


With summer on the way, I’m daydreaming about re-doing our bathroom in a contemporary coastal style. A little boho, and a little beachy, with lots of natural, handmade materials including jute, timber, linen, ceramics. Plants are also a must, and I’d choose tropical babes like a Bird of Paradise or a palm (pictured).

The ideal paint colour for this natural, coastal look is a sand shade, and Aalto Paint’s Scrubbed Pine – from their 2018 Paint Collection – is perfect. It’s just deep enough to give the room dimension, has a sophisticated edge to it, and lets the softer colours in the space pop against it.

I also really love that second lighter colour (bottom of image) as a fresher, cleaner alternative – Aalto Paint’s Endless.
Aalto have a seriously decent selection of new neutrals (more than you could count on two hands), and other faves of mine are Certain, a classic warm-toned neutral that sits halfway in depth between the Scrubbed Pine and Endless shown above, and Illusion 1/4 which is a very light sand with a super super subtle pink undertone.


Tapware with a Champagne finish would be the perfect choice against any of the Aalto Paint taupes and sandy shades  – it’s a finish that’s sophisticated but still soft, and reminds me a little of a low tide line shimmering in the sunlight. The Champagne bath spout, cross faucets and towel rail above (there’s also showerheads, shower grates and more) are all by Meir, available in NZ through The Kitchen Hub. I’d put a white free-standing bath in this space, with one of these elegant free-standing bath spouts as a statement piece.

Beside that bath I’d put a natural timber side table – handy also as a bathroom stool.
I can’t go past the classic eggcup stool by Mark Tuckey.

Towels would have to be The Beach People’s stonewashed bath sheets (and matching face cloths and hand towels). I love this Clay colour, but their Ash colour would look great here too.

On the floor, I’d put a Bhola Jute Runner (longer, narrower shape) from The Dharma Door.

Seafarers Baskets by The Dharma Door would have to be included as good-looking storage.

These slender rectangle tiles from Di Lorenzo are the perfect shade, and have a lovely softly-speckled finish.

Other Items

Small Ceramic Bowl from Isla & Olive

Ceramic Three Wick Candle from Country Road

Wooden Facial Brush & Body Brush by Iris Hantverk from Everyday Needs

Citta Linen Wash Bag from Sunday Homestore

Sansceuticals PH Perfect Hand + Body Wash

Sansceuticals Clay Soap Dish in Chalk

The Beach People Laundry Bag

Coastal Contemporary Paint Colours from Aalto:
Endless; Scrubbed Pine



This pink bedroom is total clickbait, right?  Footnote: I love how powdery pink looks alongside terracotta, sand and clay tones.

 If you’re not a fan of your dining table anymore, but can’t afford a new one yet, a linen tablecloth is an instant makeover.

Yep, this’ll do nicely thanks.

Bring back the art of the dining room, I say. Bring back weekend mornings that stretch into lunchtime, where you sit in a patch of sun, reading something with actual pages, and grazing, and re-filling your coffee, and forgetting to check your phone. This would be the ideal spot to do all that.

Moroccan summer house meets Cali cool. Love plaster showers for a vacay feel.

(Love the white-painted brick alongside plain ply)

Built to give back to nature rather than take from it, this home is carbon positive, it self-heats and self-cools, and it produces more clean energy than it needs so it can offset the neighbours consumption. Designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects by The Sociable Weaver.

I literally spent more than 20 minutes trying to find a bigger, clearer version of this image, and that’s FRIENDSHIP, guys. I wanted you to see this freakin amazing laundry in its best light. I especially love the use of honey-toned timber here – few go to the expense of bespoke timber cabinetry in a laundry, and how lovely is it! The double apron sink is perfection (I especially dig the curves of this sink, and how it sits a few inches inside the timber cabinetry) and the burnished floors are a masterstroke. Here’s some corners of the same home…

Interior design by Fabrikate; Photography & Styling by Emily O’Brien


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September Wishlist


Wishlisting shades from nature – olive green, clay, sand, and sunshine…
(Everything here from NZ designers or NZ stores)


Ceramic reusable coffee cup in Saltbush
(dig this greenish grey) from Sunday Homestore

Handwoven linen throw in the yummiest olive tone with subtle grid, from Citta Design

Brass Crescent Moon from NZ brand The Dust Co – for a little golden moon magic at your place

Every. Single. Thing. from the S/S18-19 Collection from Shjark.
Pictured is my fave piece, the Fabian Top in Jute.

Pebble earrings (handmade from clay and brass) from NZ maker Along Came Wolfe.
Everything she puts up sells out within a day – so I’m hanging out for her next drop.

For sunnier weekends where you don’t get dressed till lunchtime – Stripe linen lounge robe from Boheme Home

Ceramic Colander for Spring salads – a new part of the JS Ceramics Mist Collection from Paper Plane

Baggu Cloud Bag in Ochre from Alex & Corban

Renee Boyd Olive Green Ring Bowl from Sunday Homestore


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