Photography Derek Swalwell

I have the hugest lady crush on Simone Haag – Australian interior designer, curator, stylist and writer. Her instinct for aesthetics is incredible. Like the editor of Vogue Living Australia put it: “Simone can intuit the future before it shapes.” Amen and Hallelujah. 

This (above) is Simone’s own Mid Century Modernist home in Melbourne. You’ll have seen this place before – it was literally everywhere on the Internet after its first renovation – but recently, it’s had a second glow-up… Simone and hubby Rhys collaborated with Kennedy Nolan on modifications to accomodate their growing family, and the project allowed Simone an opportunity to re-establish the design aesthetic she surrounds herself with.

One of Simone’s specialities is Furniture, Art & Object Selection (hey, dream job) – here’s a recent project she completed for a building company’s marquee showhome (more here)

Not your regular Display Suite… In this project, Simone created a full interior design language for the Inkerman & Nelson townhouses in Melbourne’s inner South East. Much more here.

Photography Derek Swalwell

Simone took care of Furniture & Object Selection and Styling for this dark, moody and textural take on a coastal home
(Tidal Arc House – architecture by Woods Bagot, interiors by Hecker Guthrie. Please go see the rest here)

Another inspiring Simone Haag project: Art Direction of this not-your-typical-showroom for Scandinavian furniture and homeware dealers Fred International (see more here). Though it’s located in an iconic, historic old Melbourne warehouse, the space has been put together as you would a home. One of everything please. And a container back to NZ.

See more of Simone Haag’s portfolio here  /  Follow Simone on Instagram


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Two ideas to steal from this beautiful bathroom by BuildHer Collective… One: The seat-sized ledge is a fab idea if you’re going to be spending several years supervising kidlets in the bath for several years, or if you’re a languid shower-chiller like me, and like to sit down for your exfoliation and shaving. I’m all about the Hour Shower for a self-care session. Two: the shower shelf. Super functional, but also great for styling. I love how the BuildHer girls have used the two tiles here, and that fluted glass window is great for privacy.

And side note: that’s totally, 100% a small pot scrub on the shelf there. Hehe.

Sweet corner of the sweetest home. These vintage freestanding robes really are the ideal solution for older NZ homes where storage is always limited. Hunt one down on TradeMe or local garage sales, give it a paint, use the top for a little (out-of-reach) styled moment…

For his clients, Australian architect Daniel Boddam creates quite palatial, distinguished residences. His own holiday home at Tallow Beach (Byron Bay) is a much more relaxed, casual expression of his taste, and is filled with his own designed furniture and lighting. Lovelovelove it. See more here.

Just a couple of other spaces from Daniel Boddam’s portfolio that caught my eye – a very classy but still casual dining room, and this elegant shower with skylight. (I know we can’t all afford homes with separate dining rooms, but how great is the concept of a dining room – a room devoted just to enjoying a meal with family or friends. Love that for us. )

One to Follow: If you dig this earthy aesthetic, you’ll love the ‘gram of Holistic Interior Designer, stylist Ezz Wilson.


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Homestyle on Holiday

They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.


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Another beautiful IKEA hack kitchen by the masters at Reform kitchen. (Can. 👏🏼 not.👏🏼 wait.👏🏼 for IKEA to open here, and then we can start seeing some of these incredible kitchens in NZ). I adore the soft grey Basis cabinet fronts with their circular cabinet pull holes (they deserved that close-up) and the punchy but still pared-back sage green on the cupboards and staircase. Such a fresh colour choice with the soft grey, white and the bleached-looking pine flooring. Dig that quintessentially Danish lighting in black, too.


Just laaaaahv this home office, belonging to one of my fave OG bloggers, Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). More details here. The monochrome palette is anything but boring with all the varying textures and forms.

Last week, I shared a view of the sink situ in this kitchen, but I didn’t actually spot this open shelving wall at the time. Simple, contemporary, casual – what Cate St Hill does best.  (I have this print up in my kitchen, too.)

(You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.)

This gorgeous Art Nouveau home – Apartment O – was conceived by interior designer Joanna Lavén for a Stockholm family. The client’s vision was “a home of international character, adapted for both family life, social interaction and recovery”. Mission very accomplished. If this sort of high design and stature is your jam, see much more of this residence here.

hey bath, hey partial wall, hey serene simplicity.

Love this raw, traditional tadelakt-plastered bathroom with its built-in wardrobe element and plaster bath. The shower is inside that monolithic box! *insert blood-draining-from-face-emoji*

Really responding to nudes with powdered blue at the moment. This scene is from a campaign image celebrating this low-slung modern bed – the Wave Bed by Australian designer Daniel Boddam. (Love Daniel’s side table too, the C-Malibu)

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