Spaces – Bumper Summer Edition

Last week I shared loads of spaces from The Block Au contestants (and now full-time reno babes) Kyal & Kara. Well I ain’t done yet missy! This is one of their recent bathrooms. Fave bits: textured white tiles alongside white vertical shiplap (new fave bathroom cladding combo, actually), those leather pull handles (from Made Measure, btw) and I bloody always love a stump side table, don’t you?

More from Kyal and Kara because I fangirl hard. I don’t personally love this blue colour, but it’s perfect in this beachside home. All that concealed storage is the stuff of my minimalist dreams, I love the huge bespoke pantry handles (Kyal made them), the raked shiplap ceilings give this space so much more, well, er, space, and those linen curtains by Hale Mercantile Co. are 👌🏻 👌🏻  (you have to imagine me doing that sign with both hands). You can see all the rest of this kitchen here.

And… now I want to knock out some walls at our place. These guys have transformed an under-used corner and made it super inviting and super super practical with this big, beautiful corner window seat. The square dining table is the perfect choice here, and I love the oversized pendant to really anchor the whole set-up.

Two words: concrete headboard! (That also doubles as a ledge for items – yuss.)
Cautionary note: gentle love-making only.

And the winner (dramatic pause) for the kitchen of the year, goes to (fumbles with envelope), THIS ONE.
Design by Archer Interiors. Photography James Geer.

Love a shower you can sit down in.

All black everything. Could you live in this?

An old warehouse in London’s Hackney, transformed into a light-filled home by the architect who purchased it. Shall we look around a little?

Cool ply staircase!

Love what they’ve done here with the ply wall and the slatted wall above it. The long vertical lines help emphasise the beautiful height and shape of the ceiling, while letting loads of light through.

When you gotta body this good, you don’t need to wear much.

Amazing concealed storage doing double-duty as a partial wall. J’adore.

Yeah, our entire countertop is one solid 800 kilo slab of marble, no big deal.
(P.S: Love the push-open cabinetry.)

This reno of an old Queenslander has me written all over it. Relevant to your interests too? See more here. Design Sian MacPherson, photography Cathy Schusler

Another goodie from Kyal and Kara. Large format tiles always manage to make a space look larger and more expensive. Wondering what’s around that corner?

… only this amazing double shower! With a big beautiful skylight and a very cool linear drain.
All it needs now is somewhere to sit down.


Right, beautiful people, that’s it for 2017! Thanks for following along this year, you’re the actual best. Hope you have the best Chrissy – go for a swim, let the sunshine dry you off, then go get a TipTop ice cream so big that it dribbles down your wrist, which means you get a sticky hand which would normally be a bit gross but it’s not because you’re so damn relaxed from that swim and the sun-dry. That’s my plan, anyway.

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Thank you to the amazing team at Flooring Xtra for your support of The New and The New Spaces this year. Planning some renos at home next year? Order your free copy of The Ideas Book from Flooring Xtra



Such a good name, that – Kept. For this new New Zealand brand, it’s a statement of intent.

Friends Justine, Jonathon and Brian are passionate about quality over quantity. Together as Kept, they aim to produce beautiful, handmade accessories that never go out of fashion. Justine, Jon and Brian design everything themselves, then partner with makers (all multi-generational family-run businesses) in Italy and Germany.

The Kept catalogue includes scarves – in pure linen, cashmere, silk or wool – and cashmere-lined leather gloves. It’s Amalfi Coast-level balmy today, so I chose a few vacay-relevant images from the Kept selection to share with you…

Follow Kept to see new accessories as they’re launched: Kept website  / Instagram  /  Facebook

Totora Scarf – 100% linen

Rosa Scarf – hand-woven blend of linen and cotton






Little Collins St. restaurant by Hecker Guthrie gives me a boner of the heart.
I especially love the textured, handcrafted white tiles, the brass wall lights, and the shaker-style white armchairs. Good design doesn’t date. Photography Shannon McGrath

Christmassy cute scenes in the home of Chelsea Bird– if you’re looking for some lovely weekend scrolling, go visit her lifestyle blog. P.S: The print is a personal all-time fave of mine by Anthony Burrill.

OK, now I’m just going to share about one million photos from Australian The Block royalty, Kyal and Kara. Fan faves on the show last year, the couple are now full-time renovators, and they share every stage of the transformations they do through their own website and social media.

I love love love Kara’s style – it’s the epitome of that contemporary coastal aesthetic that Australians do so well. (Still lightyears behind us in other ways though Aussie, so I’ma let you have interior design for now).
Anyway – heeeeeeey huge barn door with matte white hardware (available from here, btw) and heeeeeeey rattan rocker! P.S: Love that Eucalyptus green wall.

Their most recent renovation has a beautifully-designed kitchen. There’s those textured white tiles again, and hello rattan pantry door.  P.S: Kyal and Kara have a YouTube channel with reno episodes taking you through everything – worth an arvo watch.

The white custom cabinetry conceals the fridge, amongst other things.

I could move in here tomorrow.  Also, idea to steal: Woven rug on the wall as an art piece.

The chairs, for those who just need to know, are the Seed Flat Leather Dining Chair.

Super fresh with sandy tones and tasty texture.

You can get a full walk-through of this bedroom and the ensuite here.

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Want more interior inspo? Order your free copy of The Ideas Book from Flooring Xtra


Flora + Foto

Edited: before you tuck into this story, I want to share something with you. Hannah’s baby girl Frankie has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and taken to Auckland for treatment. Katie has started a Give a Little page to take the financial pressure off Hannah and her husband during this awful time, as they are both self employed. Here’s the link if you’d like to donate, thank you.

When I spotted the work of young New Zealand women Katie Barclay and Hannah Whitehead on the gram, I just had to share it with you. Together as Flora + Foto, they style the most INCRED natural backdrops and installations, and capture candid, special moments in life. I want a re-do of my wedding. I want to birth a baby.

Hannah and Katie are  childhood friends who lost touch then reconnected a couple of years ago, finding their lives were taking similar direction with marrying and having babies quite young, and both working in the creative field. Hannah has a background in graphic design and has been a photographer since the age of 15, developing it into a full-time job with loved NZ brand Jamie Kay over the last couple of years. Katie is a qualified event planner and stylist, who fell in love with florals, and now owns floral styling business Little Leaf Florals. I feel like I’ve said Florals too many times now.

They started Flora & Foto with the intention of it being just a hobby – something to keep the creative synapses firing while they were both off work on maternity leave; a chance to collaborate together. They’re making such magic – and having such an awesome time together in the process – that it’s now thriving as a business.

Flora + Foto are available to travel all over New Zealand, and offer editorial and product styling and photography.  You should most definitely book them.

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Oh my sweet lord, this arch/arbour

what is life though

Woodland magic

*Starts dreaming up an event to host just to get Katie to style it and Hannah to shoot it *

Always wear your wildflower crown

LOVE this Toi Toi backdrop. Flora + Foto run mini shoot days – creating a backdrop and shooting multiple people throughout the day – an affordable way for families/couples to get styled photos.

Product launch imagery created for Little Co – Images © Flora + Foto and Little Co


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