The creamy dreamy minimalist home of stylist and mumma Kristin Rawson. For the full house tour (you know you want it), head to Real Living online.

Big sink energy

Aged french doors into the bathroom

Reading corners where the world stops
Photography Erin McGinn

This for me is the evocation of Autumn – soft changing light, weathered wabi-sabi, quietude. It’s a home on Rhode Island, renovated (by Moorehouse Design) to be a quiet retreat for the owner to return to after a long surf. I’m imagining a 3pm dip in the ocean, then back here for a rinse off in that beautiful shower, then some SSR time on this bed before getting dinner on.

So then of course, I went stalking on the Moorehouse Design’s Instagram and saw this bathroom in their own work-in-progress home.  Love the huge rainfall showerhead (this one is Perrin & Rowe – available in New Zealand from In Residence),
those stone (read: every tile slightly different) herringbone tiles, the exposed beams, the rough-cut linen shower curtain… shall I go on? Ok, my pleasure: the silhouette of the sink, the choice of faucet, the sash window…

Styling Ginny Branch

exposed brick, steel casement windows, black cabinetry. Small English village in Autumn, but make it contemporary.

More perfect styling from Ginny Branch.

Book a stay here immediately and add one more guest, because I’m coming: The Beach House East Coast.

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One of the best phrases in the English language: BARN. CONVERSION.  These are teasers of two different English barn conversions by McLaren.Excell (yes they certainly do) – on full show over at Est here and here. (You gotta see the exteriors!)

Colour palette to steal: soft grey, punches of black, then layer with accents of dirty peach and cinnamon.

Another very pretty palette. We’re going to try and ignore that too-small and off-centre art print…
Does anyone else feel like they just broke out in hives? Or like they need to sneeze? Just me?

Ok, so I love the idea of planting a wee (olive) tree in their nursery, and watching it grow alongside them.

I’ve always wanted a home with an (original) archway. Now, I want a home with a keyhole archway.

Ok, so the story behind this home above and below is very cool: it’s a 1941 Californian bungalow that Dee Tang and Des Sweeney affectionately call The Lady California, and they fell in love with it so hard that they put an offer on it and moved literally across Australia (Sydney to Fremantle) before they’d even applied for a home loan. Now, with new coats of fresh white from floor to ceiling, its their family home with daughter Rafa, and also houses a guest studio Airbnb (yes, you can stay here!) and Des’s art studio.

Adore this completely open kitchen unit

Such an inspiring family! To see much more of their home and lifestyle, follow them on Instagram here.
(Also, you can see more of the home and hear more of Dee and Des’ story over at the Real Living website.


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I don’t think I’ve ever seen these ball sconces used as bedside lighting, and I dig it. Also loving the low built-in bedside cabinets – great way to reconfigure a room that has an old fireplace you’ve decided to cover, don’cha think?

Felt cute.

Soho Loft bathroom by interior designer Tina Rich. See more of this unique home over at Rip & Tan.
Speaking of Rip & Tan…  It’s the excellent stand-alone blog of Californian lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne. And this home below belongs to Jenni Kayne’s CEO, Julia Hunter.

It reminds me of one of my favourite design quotes by Dieter Rams: “Limit everything to the essential. But do not remove the poetry”.

Victorian cutie

Photography Martina Gemmola

Art Nouv-Woah. (See what I did there). Beautiful renovation of a 1930’s Art Deco apartment in Melbourne, by Molecule Studio. Tour the rest of this home here.

Sculptural lighting (above and below) for the win.

Clean built-in storage for close runner-up.

May your life be long, and your towels be matching.

This heavily striated marble is gorgeous. Love that they paired it with a Deep Sea colour with black hardware.

Loft 90 designed by Courtney Nye. There’s lots more to see of this home – go here.

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Incredible bathroom at a coastline-meets-country property in Victoria, Australia. If moody and modernist on windswept oceanfront is your thing (aaaah and why would it not be), take a look at the rest of the home here. Designed by B.E Architecture.

Photography Peter Bennetts

This bathroom (LOVE this bathroom – wish I could see more angles of it!) and the beautiful sunken kitchen above belong to a Japanese-inspired home/grown-up-treehouse in Melbourne, designed by Archier. Definitely go and watch the walk-through video tour of this home, here.

Grey-on-grey = quiet elegance

Been a minute since we looked at a teeny Scandinavian apartment. I love that they always, always manage to find space for a dining area. This looks as good a place as any for a morning pour-over.

I’m not even mad that the bedroom is impractically tiny – it just feels like a cosy nest.

If you’re after a Mediterranean feel, a fully-tiled bathroom counter is going to bring that for you. I love that they’ve used imperfect, matte tiles and added rough plastered walls, but chosen light colours – this is rustic, relaxed, and refined all at once.

I’m really responding to powder blue lately – I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of it this year.
Great little before and after of this modest kitchen, here

*whispering in your ear: uneven matte-white subways… a modern freestanding bath… sitting under timber sash windows…

I love everything about this kitchen; most especially the extra-thick concrete benchtop. I just want to teleport here for a day of cooking while listening to podcasts, with a background soundtrack of rain outside. This sweet cottage kitchen belongs to photographer Marnie Hawson, and her Macedon Ranges farmhouse style home. Tour the rest of this nostalgic abode over on the Bed Threads journal.

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