Aalto X The New – Mood: Hahei Boho

Current fave colour from Aalto Paint –  Descent. A moody greyed-out green, it’s a hue with in-built heritage, but looks equally at home in a contemporary aesthetic. It brings an untamed elegance and elevated restfulness to a space, and is the perfect backdrop for art.

With that depth and drama on the walls, I’d design the rest of the room as a counterpoise – using light, soft layers. The aesthetic is Boho, but on a Coromandel summer tip. It’s all about balance: soft textures, but simple, sharp silhouettes. Crisp clean whites (Descent loves a crisp white), but muted a little through the use of linen, timber, and other natural materials.

I’d also paint Aalto Descent in a hallway, to create a create a deeply dramatic entrance to a home. And it would be restful and grounding in a sleep space – a moody master, or a sophisticated nursery.

Products used:

Descent from Aalto Paint


Joe Deep Sofa from St Clements
Argento rug
from Flooring Xtra
Tall Iron-Frame Mirror from Indie Home Collective
Reclaimed teak stool by Sika Design, from our friends at Tessuti
Down by the Bay limited edition print, from Print by George
(deep grey-green works beautifully with nature prints and photographs)
Ashley & Co Candle from Sunday Homestore – smoked-grey glass is the perfect complement to Descent
Bone Crackle Gidon Bing bowl from Sunday Homestore
Large Neu Pitcher by Ferm Living from Slow Store – love the grey-green glaze and the Bauhaus form


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.



This week’s Spaces is dedicated entirely to Three Birds Renovations’ latest project. Chances are you already know about and follow this trio of boss design babes, but if not – lets digress from the pretty pictures for a moment.

Bonnie, Lana and Erin have been besties for 20 years and have seen each other through all the ups, downs and milestones of life, including becoming mums (nine kids between ’em!) and juggling busy careers. In 2014, in pursuit of a more fulfilling life, they took a leap of faith together to quit their jobs and create Three Birds Renovations. They wanted to work for themselves, work together, do something they loved with a passion, and have more family time. They started out by buying one property together, then renovated and flipped it… and now, five years later, they’ve completed 10 houses (including their own forever homes) and amassed a huge following. Yeah, half a million on Instagram, nbd, plus a thriving YouTube channel. They also now have an online course, The Reno School, and put out a book this year, too.

Anyway! Onto a few scenes from House 10, described as modern-Mediterranean-farmhouse, and possibly my personal favourite interior of this year so far… what say you?

Fave aspects of this kitchen: the super-duper-thick, light concrete bench tops; arched shelving niche (which cleverly hides plumbing pipes); that beautiful arched window framing; and the scullery with archway door. Too many arches? Nope, a Goldilocks amount.

I’ve always wanted a home with a circular window, and this house has a casual one in  THE LAUNDRY.
(also, in the light-filled grand entrance, head to the Three Birds blog to see more of that)

See more images and a full video of the kitchen and laundry here.

Guest bedroom and Toddler Hendrix’s cute-but-cool bedroom, see more images and a tour video here

More images and a video of this bathroom here

Adore this big open space, especially the way they’ve laid out the sofas (actually, one eight-piece modular sofa from Freedom Furniture), creating different zones of focus in the space, and acting as a divider between living and dining

I love the artwork throughout – all on a Mediterranean vacay tip, many are actually holiday images by the home owner, Sophie Bell.

Have just seen the house, Casa Campana, has its own Instagram and is available for shoots


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Photography Derek Swalwell

Quiet confidence and a masterful balance of warmth and heft in this cliff-perched coastal home by Rob Kennon Architects.
See more of the stunning Bluff House here.

I know, right? That timber archway French door. Send flowers for my funeral.  And what make these (and the other many archways in this home) even better, is that these are original architectural features from this many-decades-old Spanish Colonial Revival house, as opposed to being modern additions.

The kudos for this Spanish-style Californian home goes to Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. (Amber not only runs an Interior Design studio, but also curates her own bricks and mortar retail store, Shoppe Amber Interiors, and has a brilliant lifestyle blog you could lose hours to).

OK, this is my absolute favourite room in this home. A shower ‘room’ with an arched glass door! Just inside that door is a marble bench, and you know how much I appreciate the ability to sit down in the shower. I also love the eclectic vernacular – Spanish tiles alongside marble,  the soft painterly artwork, weathered turkish rug and rustic timber and rattan stools…

Photography by Tessa Neustadt

 See loads more of this Spanish-Cali home here.

Photography by Thomas De Bruyne

Pared-back perfection. If I lived in the middle of a capital city, I’d want to come home to neutrals, too. I especially love the square kitchen island. Who said they had to be oblong? You can see more of this home, designed by Studio Niels, over at Est Living.

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This one’s going straight to the Workspace secret board. I dream of a studio that’s as stylish and comfy as a living room – an office that sort of looks nothing like an office. Loving these pink curtains, and the choice of dark timber.

Soft pink linen curtains that puddle on the floor, the lightest timber floorboards and a wide windowsill that acts as a low shelf. Triple yes.

All images above by photographer and lovely-taste-haver Aurelie Lecuyer.
(And if you want to add some more beauty to your feed – of course you do – follow her on Instagram here)

Architects Kennedy Nolan deliver category-defining, ultra-modern ‘Australiana’
This living room reached out and grabbed my eyeballs with its rendered walls, cast concrete ceiling, unique window design (and framing colour) and show-stopping sapphire sofa.

Kitchen in the same inimitable home.  See more of this residence over at Kennedy Nolan
Photography Derek Swalwell

Photography by Martina Gemmola

Melbourne’s WOWOWA Architecture obviously named their practise so because that’s the sound you make when you see their work. This bathroom is from WOWOWA’s Keano project, the renovation of a three-storey warehouse, which WOWOWA describe as having “an otherworldly industrial meets nostalgic Women’s Weekly cookbook (the cake special) thematic”. See more of this home here.

Photography by Martina Gemmola
More woah-woah-woah-a, from WOWOWA.

Appreciate how they’ve positioned the taps above the faucet here, just a small touch that ups the drama a little.

Every space in this Provençal villa is stunning, but oh – the bathrooms.

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