28.06.2018

Eleven Fifty Four


It’s a little hard to see here, but the back wall is completely tiled in a teeny soft grey grid tile.

Wellington’s calling me this winter for a weekend of eating myself a carb-cardigan, and drinking some of the country’s best coffee and cocktails. One of the spots on the Welly itinerary is this new opening on Cuba Street, 1154. Eleven Fifty Four is a good ol’ new-fashioned Pastaria, serving fresh-daily housemade pastas and organic wine. The interior is serving me industrial and vintage vibes meets your Italian Nonna’s dining room.

Design is in the details, and my fave details are: those red mosaic tiles on the floor of the entrance (and the back wall); the red Baker stools from New Zealand furniture designers IMO; that stunning black-steel-framed suspended menu, and the fact they kept the old stained-glass windows with the HB insignia (this building was a Hallensteins Brothers factory back in the early 1900’s).

Identity design – including all the nice little brand touch-points – by Sunday Best
Interior design by Prak Sritharan

Photography here by Grace Gemuhluoglu (omg, please go and look at her portfolio)

14.06.2018

The Virtue


The Virtue – interiors/homeware store

Fine Art Photographic Prints from Brooke & Gina’s travels

Brooke & Gina’s travel photographs on beautiful silk scarves

The Virtue Bride – a dedicated space in The Virtue for wedding planning
– photography, gowns, lingerie, floristry and event styling, all in the one place

This gown rack was inspired by the 1950’s fretwork of the streets of Cienfuego (gowns – Ritual by Brooke Tyson)

 

Is this not the most delicious creative space you’ve seen in a very long time? I know.
Welcome to The Virtue, an Interiors & Bridal concept store, created by Brooke Lean and Gina Fabish.

Professional photographers for over 10 years, the two started shooting weddings together around 6 years ago, finding in each other a kindred spirit with a similar photographic sensibility and the same eye for glorious things. Collaborating has allowed them to push the envelope creatively and gain more momentum as a duo than they perhaps could have alone. And with six children between them, they’ve been able to support and cheerlead for each other personally, too. As they watched the NZ wedding industry at large grow, so too did their desire to evolve their own business – to create a platform that would encompass all their passions – weddings and photography, interiors and travel, and the sisterhood of other women in business.

The Virtue was born.

The Virtue is destination store and working photographic studio, where Brooke and Gina create and sell their photography (as stunning framed prints, and now also a line of silk scarves) and a range of unique globally-sourced interior and bridal pieces – both new and vintage.

The space is situated in a beautiful old building on New Plymouth’s main street, with views of the Huatoki river and the ocean beyond. The look is a marriage of old world charm and modern design. The bones – beautiful wooden floorboards, a dramatically-high stud with rustic exposed beams – have been lovingly restored, and they sit in contrast to elements like custom neon signs (my fave is the one that just says ‘Gloriousness‘) and a solid brass counter designed in collab with Anika Rowson of Rowson Kitchens.

As well as being a retail store, it’s a place for Brooke and Gina’s clients to come and be inspired and surrounded by all things beautiful – with a full bridal styling service including wedding gowns by Brooke Tyson, lingerie by Lonely, floristry, photography and bespoke scent and candle creation. Petal & Prickle, by well-known floral stylist Sofie Park, has recently opened in the same building, just across the landing from The Virtue.

The Virtue is an inspiring, category-redefining business. I hope I’ve done this space justice in describing it.

Visit The Virtue at 12 Devon Street West (up the stairs), New Plymouth, New Zealand.

The Virtue online store   /  Instagram

23.05.2018

Scene Stealers – Homestyle June/July Edition


Styling Juliette Wanty, Photography Melanie Jenkins for Fisher & Paykel and Homestyle

Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Wendy Fenwick for Resene and Homestyle

The covergirl for this issue – the Ponsonby home of Jess & Cam Hodgson

Photography by Simon Wilson

The home of Tessuti founder, Ali McIntosh. Photography by Michelle Weir

Another incredibly beautiful issue of Homestyle magazine is out on shelves this week! If you haven’t subscribed already, can I please recommend? Five Stars, would subscribe again. It’s a stylish little parcel of joy that arrives every 8 weeks, and you save loads on the normal cover price. I mean, you’re a grown woman/man and you can do whatever you want, but if you needed to justify it, there it is. You’re actually saving money.

Anyway – in this issue, there’s several tours of inspiring New Zealand homes (and a couple of great international homes too), studio sessions with NZ makers and artists, and Homestyle’s always-enviable styled features. Go get yo copy.

11.04.2018

Palace


Photography with thanks to Swift & Click

From the young trio that brought – I have to say it – the first decent serve of coffee to Taupo (with Storehouse)… their sophomore eatery Palace, a casual burger and cocktails joint in my hometown of Mount Maunganui.

Owners Sam King, and Melissa and Brad Dellar worked together on the 80’s new wave aesthetic (Brad designed the tables and bench seats for example), pulling in the talents of Brad’s Architect dad (Rosetta Stone Architects), and Design Dairy on the brand and graphic tip.

Fave bit for me: the grid theme running throughout. You know me, love a grid – and they’ve done it down to the last detail with the grid greaseproof paper your burger sits on.

Eat with your eyes, then make sure to visit next time you’re at the beach.

 

Palace Burger website     /   Instagram

 

 

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