Just another perfect kitchen by Nordiska Kok.  This one belongs to a small, slow-living loft home in the Swedish countryside.

Minimalism, but make the few choice pieces you do have big, and sculptural.

This incredible building is a tea house, set underground, below the bustling city of Xiamen. In its centre, a large circular atrium reaches up to the sky, puncturing a shallow pool that forms the roof of the tea house. A quiet place where people come to enjoy the ancient ritual of tea, away from all the visual and aural noise of modern life. Conceived by Waterfrom Design (see more images here.)

I have this thing for faucets.

I’m starting to get a little FOMO with the calibre of boutique private accommodations popping up in Australia. Let’s open that Trans-Tasman travel bubble, stat.  This luxe property is Noa by the Beach, a 6-bedroom, 4-bathroom home located just 500m from one of my favourite beaches in the world – Little Cove in Noosa (Queensland).

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Today’s Spaces all belong to professional renovators Kyal and Kara. The husband and wife team started out on The Block (Australia) about 6 years ago – then as a chippy and a physio – and now have over 35 renovations under their tool belts. Over the past several months, they’ve been taking their quarter-of-a-million Instagram following along for the reno ride with them, as they design and build their own dream home, Blue Lagoon. Over on their website and YouTube channel, you can see hundreds more images both of the in-progress build and the finished spaces. Great long weekend, lazy Sunday viewing.

I spy incredible amounts of storage (big fan) – including that white cabinet-slash-wall, and the low window seat.

Loads more images of the detail of this kitchen here (and the great scullery you can see tucked away there)

There’s so much more to see of Kyal and Kara’s living and dining here

My love language is a walk-in-robe-meets-ensuite

I spy beautiful custom drawer handles…

LOVE that low tiled ledge.

Watch the Blue Lagoon bathroom build video here.

Masters of simple yet substantial detail.

Kyal and Kara website  /  Instagram  /  Youtube


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If you only see one floor-standing single candlestick today, let it be this one.

Photography by Jesper Florbrant for Plaza Interior

Love the material palette in this living room – linen, paper, glass. These are scenes from the Minimalist-but-Sculptural home of Johanna Måwe of Maawinge Design (if you like this, you might like to follow Johanna on Instagram @maawingedesign)

Take me to this (well-designed) cabin in the wilderness, by Joanna Laajisto.

The higher the foliage, the closer to God.

Fox’s Den home in Melbourne, designed by Georgina Jeffries.

Periodically checking in on Carla Natalia and the ongoing design project that is her historic Craftsman Style home. She has a great small blog with modern DIY ideas and styling tips, here.


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Another beautiful Scandinavian-meets-Shaker kitchen from my favourite kok, Nordiska Kok. True floor to ceiling linen curtains, drop-leaf dining tables, Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, short marble splashbacks, greige cabinetry… these are a few of my favourite things.


I’d swap the light out for a big paper or linen lantern – to ’round out’ the space, modernise it, and soften it a little.

I really love a short slab splashback – super elegant. Also love here how the inside of the cabinets are beautiful premium wood – making it a delight rather than an annoyance when your husband NEVER CLOSES THE CABINETS.

This sweet little sleep space – via Insta-mum @theworldingray – just caught my eye (and my heart)

An Amsterdam inner-city apartment, created by – and for – design lovers. Strikes the right balance of quiet and elegant, but still fun and dynamic with the sculptural furniture and lighting.

Always a sucker for a trough-style bathroom sink.

Put pretty bags at the door, and fill them with the handfuls of ugly reusable grocery bags you have to remember to take with you. (If you’re reading this, major chain supermarkets, I’m staring meaningfully in your direction.)

Love these humble but high quality little spaces, from home sweet home of interior designer (and blogger at Harlow and James) Chrissy McDonald.

Holy render!

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