Yes to teeny dining areas, and yes to a small stack of books at grabbing distance.

via Stadshem
Yes to art arranged around a shelfie.

I wonder if the arch was here originally, or if they cut it into the small kitchen wall to open up the space and create a serving bar. Either way it’s the prettiest practical idea.

Over on The New York Times, there’s an interview with one of my all-time favourite art director/stylists, Lotta Agaton. There’s a peek into her office, and her new apartment home – both all light timber, a new neutral palette and layering with texture and form. Above is the meeting room in Lotta’s studio.

Photography by Erik Lefvander

For the interview, along with more images of Lotta’s home and work, go here.

Take Me Here: This Old Hudson

Taking homeware stores to a whole new level – the incredible Zoobibi concept store in Melbourne, designed by the award-winning Stella Collective.  See more of this space here.

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Photography by Anna McLeod

The team at Lume Design in Christchurch recently shared some of their interior projects with me – and this recent one was a definite fave: Prebbleton House, designed by O’Neil Architecture. To see more of the master bedroom, that leads to a dressing room and walk-in robe, that leads to this bathroom and shower, visit the Lume Design portfolio.

Photography Adam Gibson

Sisterhood (great name!), a new Hobart eatery designed by Biasol. See more of this space here.

Photography Derek Swalwell

Also by Biasol, Casa Chiaroscuro in Melbourne, inspired by the Italian word chiaroscuro (the painterly technique of employing strong light and shadow to create dimensionality.)

There’s a piece of my heart especially reserved for humble cottage kitchens like this one. I especially love the teeny island – actually a vintage bedroom dresser, re-purposed with an IKEA Hammarp oak counter top.
See more of this sweet space here

An oldie but a goldie: this bathroom – belonging to Villa E, designed by French duo Studio Ko – is a piece of art. I adore those tadelakt walls, and matching vanity with its extra-large, extra-shallow sink; the marble floor; the timber inset shelving; and that giant picture window, taking in the Atlas mountains as you shower. The Moroccan rug is the perfect finishing flourish of warmth – let’s do more rugs in bathrooms, kay?

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Frieke Janssen’s Smoking Kids artwork

(One of my all-time favourite lights, Trapeze by Apparatus Studio)

Adore an armoire. Especially a bathroom armoire.

Beautiful juxtaposition of flooring materials – deep herringbone timber, grid tile and a boucherouite rug.
And how gorgeous is the triple-tap sink?

Photography by Jackie Meiring

New Zealand architects Maggie Carroll and Jessica Walker first met at Uni back in 2001. After graduating, they set up a collective studio, from where they ran their own separate architectural design practises. In 2010 they founded Bureaux together and today, now a team of nine with multiple awards to their collective name, Bureaux deliver everything from large scale residential, hospitality and commercial architecture through to sublimely-specified interior design projects.

Above, is one of Bureaux’ recent projects, a Remuera house renovation. And below, the recently award-winning Waiheke Island home – see more of that home here.

Photography © Simon Devitt



This week’s Spaces accidentally ended up coming entirely from the portfolio of young Australian stylist Bek Sheppard. Above is Bek’s recent work for Weave Home – love her deft balance here of light and weighty; linear and thicc. (Can I use thicc in reference to curvy, pillowy silhouettes? Yes, yes I can.)

I’m old enough to remember when visual creatives weren’t taken seriously if they didn’t stick to one discipline, and I love seeing that construct slowly de-construct. Bek is what I’d just broadly call an Eye. A multi-disciplinary visual creative, she works across interior styling, product still life, merchandising, but also in photographic production, branding and art direction.

Loves a masculine washroom. The stool is the perfect organic touch here, Bek.

Study for the stylish and studious.

Photography Derek Swalwell

This stately, smart residence is Malvern East House, designed by Wellard Architects.
Photographic styling by Bek Sheppard

Photography Derek Swalwell

Also by Wellard Architects, Page Street House. Photographic styling again by Bek Sheppard

Photography Caitlin Mills

A couple of peeks into East Melbourne Grand, designed by Space Grace Style.
See more of this project over at Bek Sheppard’s website

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