Homestyle: Journey Within

This simple family home sits on a semi-rural piece of land just outside Cambridge in the Waikato. The outside is a minimalist cabin silhouette clad in dark-stained cedar; the inside is clad completely in Larch. Photography by Larnie Nicolson

A few scenes from the Melbourne home of Kate Stokes (founder of Coco Flip), Alistair Knox and their two kidlets. Photography by Caitlin Mills

Set Design & Styling Juliette Wanty; Photography Wendy Fenwick

Tis a good week! It’s a Homestyle magazine week – with the new June/July issue hitting the shops.

The Homestyle team always curate the best variety, but this issue is even more a modern collage than usual:

There are tours of four New Zealand homes, plus two very inspiring international homes (Melbourne and Amsterdam), a number of features profiling up-and-coming NZ creatives, kitchen and bathroom moodboards to steal good ideas from, and – my fave, some of which is shown above – the most stunning laundries feature. Welcome to your 30’s, you have a favourite laundry aesthetic now. There’s also an Interiors feature on Samode Palace, thanks to editor Alice Lines’ recent journey to India. (I really enjoyed this story actually, more travel adventures please!)




Aalto X The New Mood: Elevated Ensuite


We’re currently on the hunt for a section out here at the beach; the very (very) early stages of a house build journey. So, natch, I’m already designing dream bathrooms, and I’d love to create something like this.

The jump-off for this look was Aalto Paint’s Acronym – a deep, sophisticated clay tone that would also be beautiful in a master bedroom, dining room or home studio. It’s a colour that has better longevity and less overt femininity than a lighter pink, and teamed with dark timber such as walnut, it creates a smart and sophisticated look. Concrete provides a raw industrial edge to balance out the elegance, and for a final counterpoise, I’d include some finer materials like soft linen and delicate glass.

Acronym from Aalto Paint


Products Used:

Como Basin in Nude by Concrete Nation – their incredible concrete sinks are now available in New Zealand through Plumbline.
Majestic Desert Oak flooring (in Brushed Dark Brown) from Flooring Xtra
RD Stool in Solid Walnut by Douglas & Bec
Citta Linen Wash Bag in Olive Grid from Sunday Homestore
Incredible mouth-blown glass pendant – Dome Pendant in the colour Tea – by Monmouth Glass Studio


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.




This home in the South of France belongs to my newest woman-crush, stylist and photographer Olivia Thébaut. Head over here to SF Girl By Bay to see much more of Olivia’s home. And ooh, follow Olivia on Instagram, too.

Love Another from the #WCE file – I love the aesthetic of designer, stylist and blogger Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). These photos are from a series showcasing Abstrakt No. 2, one of her range of art prints.

Listing things I love about this home, and there are many:
The super soft grey on the walls, I’m a fan of how art reads against a light grey…

How a bleach blonde dining table looks with black cane Bentwoods…

Definitely a cantilevered wall light (in black) – for softer task lighting at night, and because they’re its wall artwork in and of itself…

A small String shelf in the kitchen, hung low, and custom-wide white floorboards…

An iconic Ikea Ivar hung in the hallway…

Peg rail hung low, and the simplest white cabinet handles…

Heck yes to a whole wall of edge-to-edge cupboards.

The three images above are from the combined home and workspace of architects Mar Vicens and Ask Anker Aistrup (together Mar Plus Ask).  They renovated an old grocery store, creating an office space on the street frontage, a home behind. See more from this amazing home here. Also – big call – but I think this is the best kitchen sink I have ever seen. *Pins to every board, takes screenshot for dream home folder, makes into macbook screensaver, makes into iPhone screensaver, prints out and pins above bed, prints as a Shrinky Dink and turns into a keyring and a necklace

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I gotta level with you – I’m at the end of a one-month stretch of work. Zero days off since April 7th. So for this week’s spaces, I’m going to literally just say the things I like about each picture. Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking that’s what I do every week. Touché.

French doors into a bedroom, for their sense of drama.

Olive green kitchen cabinetry (especially against soft grey walls)

String shelving, which does-it-all in a living space

A contemporary take on shaker-style cabinet fronts, especially the slimline black handles seamlessly within the edging.

Actually, pretty much everything about this kitchen, especially this dining table (love the brutalist granite top sitting on two timber platforms). Also, this kitchen has two sinks which is just greedy, in the best way.

From the same house as that kitchen – this bedroom

And this bathroom- particularly the sconces which I’ve not seen anywhere before, and… it’s bath:

All designed by Lauren Nelson.

All of this kitchen, but especially the design of the dark-stained oak cabinets (by Nordiska Kok)

This ultra-quiet bedroom, especially the light and tree stump situation.

This colour palette, and the vertical shiplap wall, with a built-in ledge.

These tiles! (If you like this, you’ll like the rest of the bathroom – here)

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