Brutalist babe by Tamizo Architects. Somewhat related side note: Did you see Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s bathroom on the interwebs recently? I gotta say, I really like their sinks.

So many elements to love in this attic home. I’m especially a fan of the grey walls, which bring a quiet atmospheric elegance to the space.

Still high-key loving imperfect tiles for that Mediterranean vacation feel at home. This bathroom by Arent & Pyke balances modernity and rusticity beautifully. Photography by Felix Forest

Loving blogger and store owner Megan Gilger’s (The Fresh Exchange) kitchen. Megan’s aim to marry a more farmhouse/English cottage style with very clean, modern elements. I’m especially a fan of the simple grey cabinetry and these black pull handles.

Fun fact: Instead of doing one tall fridge, Megan went for two counter-depth Euro-style fridges, concealed behind cabinets (over on the right there, next to the pantry).

The countertops look like marble, but are a more hard-wearing, durable quartz stone.  While we’re here, let me show you how Megan created a laundry in her entranceway:

Nice, right? To see what’s behind those doors, head over here

And here’s the kids-and-guest bathroom in Megan’s home, where that grey cabinetry makes a welcome return appearance, but this time is set against cool, clean blues. You can see more of this space here.

And from the A Girl Can Dream category; this incredible bathroom, belonging to Camilla Freeman Topper (as in, the Camilla half of Australian womenswear label Camilla and Marc). The full tour and accompanying story over at Architectural Digest is absolutely worth a look. Designed by Luigi Roselli ArchitectsPhotography by Prue Ruscoe


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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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