Obsessed with trough-style sinks. So so modern, but a little nostalgic.

Very beautiful look – love the thick marble benchtop/splashback/ledge combo, and the fact that they’ve put such a high spec choice alongside that rough timber chopping board and simple white cabinetry – makes an otherwise luxury choice feel so much warmer and more casual.

Linear loveliness. And there’s another one of those trough-style sinks, with what I imagine is hidden storage underneath. Using large format tiles on the floor (and in a matching colour/texture to the rest of the bathroom) keeps it feeling spacious.

If I win Lotto and you come to my place for brunch (I would totally invite you over for brunch), this is pretty close to what my kitchen would look like. Just add some green and some art.

Simplicity rules. Seeing this look a lot lately – tobacco tones with loads of white and light wood.
P.S: Behind those curtains are a big, open compartmentalised wardrobe

Predictably relevant to my interests.

This pressed stainless sink reminds me of the home of my childhood.
Nice example of how a typical 70’s NZ kitchen (ex State house style) could look with a lick of paint, a re-tile and some homeware styling.

Love a dropleaf table for a small kitchen. IKEA have a few options (easily orderable from NZ) or invest in a classic piece of design with
my all-time fave #wishlist dropleaf table, the Ercol Dropleaf, available in NZ from our friends at Good Form.

If it’s good enough for Jennifer Lawrence, Kanye and Eddie Redmayne, IKEA’s good enough for me.
Anyone else feel like they might be more efficient in a monochrome workspace?

From the Jan 2018 issue of Inside Out – you gotta have guessed Kip & Co designer Alex McCabe would have a home this colour-confident.
Photography by Nikole Ramsay.

Also from the current (on shelves now) issue of Inside Out mag, the loveliest 1950’s fibro cottage.
Photography by Maree Homer. Styling by Kerrie-Ann Jones.


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Arcade + Isabella

Isabella Chairs (above) and Arcade Daybed in the new Newmarket Simon James store. Photography Simon Wilson.


New from NZ furniture denizen Simon James, the Isabella Chair, the Arcade Sofa (which is modular, so you can design the shape and size that best fits your space) and its smaller sister, the Arcade Daybed. The Isabella chair would be perfect as a lounging chair in a master bedroom, if you’re fancy like that. All of the pieces can be finished in various colours and fabrics.

If you’re in Auckland, Simon James now has a concept store in Newmarket (Kent Street – opened late last year), where you can view these babes and others IRL.





Phil Cuttance


New things from New Zealand (now London-based) designer Phil Cuttance. The Herringbone range of objects – a tray, pen pot and vase – are handmade with Jesmonite. Yes, those sharp angles are crafted by hand… closer inspection reveals each piece to be definitely unique, and imperfect.

For me, these have a distinctly nostalgic New Zealand feel, because the patterns are reminiscent of those on tukutuku panels. Not sure if that was a conscious thing or a happy accident, but it makes me love these pieces even more. They’re available in New Zealand at Everyday Needs (or you can buy from Phil directly).

Crazy-good art direction and photography by Martina Laing 


Petal Playground

I love kicking off The New year (see what I did there) with an extra-extra-goody, and this is that.
The new showroom / workroom of creative couple MarkAntonia.

A new studio from which Antonia can create her insane floral installations, Mark can continue his industrial and furniture design projects, and the two can create and sell their own MarkAntonia products – Disk and Leaning mirrors, a range of candles (actual FAVE), still life art prints in collaboration with photographer Claire Mossong, dried scented seasonals (potpourri for a new gen), dried floral bouquets (love this idea), and other limited edition projects. At the moment, in the pink-floored retail space out front, they have handmade steel and ceramic vases developed specially for their dried floral arrangements, blackened steel hanging racks, and a collab hand balm and cuticle oil.

Visit at 3b Central Road, Kingsland, Auckland.
Open Thursdays – Saturdays, or by appointment (check the MarkAntonia instagram or website).

Ah damn, now I want half a tree hanging from my ceiling.

The sweetest-smelling showroom, with MarkAntonia candles always alight.

Antonia really loves pink (you and me both, babeland)

Did you ever see a prettier workshop? Imagine coming to this ‘office’ every day to create…

MarkAntonia candles in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring

Scented Dried Seasonals, also in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
The dried flowers inside reflect the season the arrangement and scent is named for. 
Each comes with a l’il bottle of oils so you can keep the scent fresh

Still life art prints, styled by Antonia and shot by Claire Mossong

Top-up fragrance oils

Ceramic vases made especially for MarkAntonia

Buy ’em flowers that don’t wilt or need water

Antonia and Mark, feat. pink door.

Imagery captured by Auckland freelance photographer
Michelle Weir for The New

(You should hire her right meow).


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