Meet the deserved winner of Best Kitchen at the 2019 Australian Top 50 Rooms Awards. This mediterranean-meets-middle-eastern kitchen belongs to the designer herself, Georgia Ezra – director of Studio Ezra. Georgia is a master of balancing rustic and refined. The textural tiles (handmade) are all courtesy of Tiles of Ezra, Georgia Ezra’s own tile brand.

LoveloveLOVE those upper cabinets – the sleekness of their vertical form, but then how Georgia has inlaid them with grasscloth, bringing softness and warmth. Georgia actually designed many of the fittings herself (like the wall sconce on the right there).

And here’s a master that Georgia designed for a client. Idea to steal: Giant black and white, artistic photograph of a special moment in your life. Georgia Ezra (personal website and reno journal / Studio Ezra website  / Instagram

Cate St Hill

Incredible turn of the century home in Gothenburg, Sweden (see much more here)

Just a corner I really liked of the New York office of online women’s activewear brand Alala, by Tina Rich Design. via Dezeen

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Our Spaces – Coffee Table Book

Photo via @bridget_lee 


Photography by Michelle Weir – Studio Weir

Totally teasing you below with just a teeeny tiny fraction of the incredible, inspiring interiors in Our Spaces – my new coffee table book published by Penguin and out now.

There’s more than 400 images over 288 pages, and I promise you they’re all killer, no filler (thanks to my friend, architectural photographer Michelle Weir). A showcase of New Zealand interiors now, Our Spaces shares all the design decisions, furnishings and finishing touches that make a home not just beautiful, but meaningful.

I wanted Our Spaces to have the digestibility of the best Pinterest board you ever saw (nice big images, and loads of them, with not too much to read); to be something beautiful and tactile you’d be proud to display on your coffee table or bedside (hello linen-bound hardcover); and to be filled with homes that are world-class and not overtly ‘Kiwi’ (I believe this book can sit alongside any international interiors book as a peer, thanks to the incredible style of the homeowners in it.)

I selected spaces that are both timeless and right-on-time, not trendy. Spaces that are clean and contemporary, yes, but with a casual feel. There are enough books out there on multi-million dollar houses that are out of reach for most of us. What is harder to find are homes that are massively inspiring and aspirational in aesthetic, but that still feel achievable. Because money doesn’t equal style. Actually, there’s a saying I like, that style is just a matter of being yourself, on purpose. The homes in Our Spaces express this sentiment superbly.

Our Spaces also gives you a peek into the homes of some of the NZ creatives who continue to inspire me – Homestyle magazine editor Alice Lines, Krista and Tim Plews of Paper Plane, Father Rabbit founder Claudia Zinzan, stylist and Blackbird Goods owner Gem Adams, Tessuti director Ali McIntosh, a number of interior designers including Annique Heesen, Thandi Tipene and Amy de Court, Sansceuticals founder Lucy Vincent, furniture designer Bec Snelling (Douglas and Bec), the designers behind some of my favourite NZ clothing labels, and so (so so) many more.

The Our Spaces tour takes you through (by chapter): Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Laundries, Kitchens and Dining Rooms, Living Spaces, Modern Kids’ Rooms and Nurseries, Workspaces, and finally, Moments (little corners, styling touches and details that elevate something ordinary into a design moment).

The text is purposely light, but it speaks to the design decisions the homeowner has made that makes the space extra-special, pulling ideas and insights from each space, for yours. There’s also a thread that runs through the book, an expression of my philosophy that Design is the Art of Living Well. (More on that in a future blog)

Our Spaces is available at my own design + lifestyle store, Sunday Homestore (order here!) – but you can also get it at all good bookstores, as well as at my favourite homeware stores, Paper Plane, Tessuti, Blackbird Goods, Father Rabbit and more.





Because they’re that good, this week’s Spaces is devoted entirely to Perth’s Studio Atelier, a young interior architecture team lead by husband and wife Kimberley Tan and Jeff Swinyard. You might like to follow their projects via Insta.

Understatedly sophisticated.

That tiled column tho! Also love these floor tiles.

Yes, I know that’s alotta imagery of one kitchen, but what a kitchen! Especially those beautiful tiles, and the tiled column leg on the island. See more of Studio Atelier’s Mabel House here.

Adore the combination of the small, soft sand coloured brick with the XXL pitted concrete blocks here, especially with the light timber flooring. Nice to see a fireplace off-centre for a change, in this case creating space for a cosy read-and-relax bench

Those brick archways are doing something to me…

I spy a scullery with the same vertically-laid sage green tiles.

Design is in the details: I appreciate that the tiles (from Myaree Cermamics, btw) go right to the floor. If it was just white paint under the cabinetry, it would be like pants that are hemmed too short.

Photography Dion Robeson; Styling Anna Flanders

Another of Studio Atelier’s recent projects, Gillespie House. Much (much) more here.

Restoring the character and charm of an historic establishment – ensuite details by Studio Atelier at the National Hotel Freemantle. See more of this project here.


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My Debut Book: Our Spaces

I did a thing! Introducing Our Spaces – Contemporary NZ Interiors,
a coffee table book curated and edited by little old me!

A sourcebook of ideas for contemporary interiors, Our Spaces takes you room-by-room through what I consider to be New Zealand’s most stylish, most inspiring homes – spaces that are relaxed yet refined, modest yet modern.

Inside its linen-bound hardcover, Our Spaces features over 400 beautiful interior images by my friend, NZ photographer Michelle Weir, along with ideas and insights pulled from each space, for yours.

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of the beautiful imagery from inside the 288 pages, as well as some of my (and Michelle’s) thoughts on designing a home that’s both beautiful and meaningful.

Our Spaces will be available in all good bookstores and my favourite design stores from Tuesday November 5th.
Or pre-order now through my own homeware store, Sunday – and I’ll courier your copy out to you myself!

Click here to order

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