Photography by Dave Wheeler

High-summer but high-end vibes by Australian interior-stylist and furniture designer Sarah Ellison.

No folks, we’re still not done with powdery pink yet. Appreciating it here with the rattan pieces and tobacco linen.

Love the dance of dappled light and shadow this skylight offers the bathroom. Together with those textured, imperfect tiles, the squared-edges bath and the burnished bronze bath spout, it’s a sophisticated, contemplative look with the feel of an exclusive Spa.

Just love how quiet this is. Ssshhhh, we’re reading in here.

Great example of how well a palette of light timber, dark timber and black can work.
Idea to steal for my dream-home scrapbook: those deep-set box door frames! I don’t think I’ve seen this architectural detail before… love.

Delicious material palette – deserves a close-up. What do you think of the white? Not nearly as good, huh.

Clean and contemporary living alongside with original 1898 details.

Recent spaces by one of my interior design favourites, Triibe (Australian designers Christina Symes and Jessica d’Abadie).
Assembly Label and Wolfe and Ordnance clothing and lifestyle stores, and the new In Bed store in Sydney.

Best Bathroom o’ The Week! See the rest of it over at Yellowtrace.

If you’re building, and planning a walk-in wardrobe, first – I’m jealous, and second, this would be a nice simple design.
(This is behind cavity sliders, which I dig, and the kilim rug and leaning mirror takes it from basic to magic.)

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Small but perfectly formed wee workspace, belonging to designer Shaylie Roach.

Photography by Marsel Roothman

Breaking my rule not to show images with blurry people in them (pet hate of interior photography) because this home is amazing! That huge glass conservatory! All the black-steel framed glass! And that master bedroom with the huge shutters!! Someone grab the defibrillator, I’ve overdosed on exclamation marks. See more at Dwell.

Photography Shaylie Roach

Photography Bobby Clark

The Loft, an Air BnB accommodation in Byron Bay, owned and decorated by the duo behind Pop & Scott, who have their showroom below the loft.  All the beautiful furniture and lighting you see is Pop & Scott, as you’d expect.

Monolithic, minimalist beauty

Unsurprising that this home belongs to someone with an eye so good they’ve built a career of it, architectural photographer Casey Dunn. This space – a beautiful mix of designer and salvaged – is his newly-built dream home.

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Photography by Brooke Lean and Gina Fabish – The Virtue

This is Tahi, a modern wellness space (offering yoga, natural healing therapies and more) in New Plymouth. Designed by one-to-definitely-watch Thandi Tipene – you might remember her amazing beachside home which featured in Homestyle this year.

Thandi designed the space with an ethos based on mother earth and the elements. Many aspect of the original building were embraced and given new life – for example, the original whisper-soft pink tiles in the bathrooms were kept, but a deeper pink was painted above them to ramp up the colour. I’ve seen the Before images and this is quite the transformation – from the custom ply ceiling and timber flooring which add so much warmth, and the bespoke slatted screens which define the space, to the different look and wall colour each treatment room was given.


Retreat Yourself – Homestyle Dec/Jan

Hi, my name is New Zealand. I went through an awkward teenage stage for a while there, but I’m aalllll grown up now.

In the new December/January issue of Homestyle (on shelves this week), there’s a focus on summertime hosting, including some of the most stylish Air BnBs our country has to offer. Homestyle Editor Alice Lines has done the trawling so you don’t have to, discovering holiday hires for the discerning design lover – like this covergirl, the Riverbank Modernist Retreat.

Owners Tara and Nick were living in New York, hunting for a home-back-home, when they fell in love with this mid-century Waikanae Beach babe. The beautiful Japanese/Californian vibe was created by interior designer Katie Lockhart.

See a lot more of this home, read about the couple’s sea-change from big city living to small town NZ, and learn how this inspiring aesthetic came together, in the new issue of Homestyle.

Dem bones. Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Bonny Beattie

Photography by Michelle Weir

I adore a walk-in shower, and how good is this tiling choice! This bathroom is part of the renovation of a 100-year old Grey Lynn villa, also in this issue of Homestyle.

Photography by Lynden Foss

As well as loads of New Zealand homes and holiday homes, there’s a couple of international interiors this issue too, including this Australian family abode above – originally a 1930’s church. Never met a church-to-family-home transformation I didn’t like.

The December/January issue of Homestyle is on shelves now. Go and obtain!



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