Amber Armitage x Resene

Paint: Ply walls and floor stained in Resene Colourwood Light Greywash, Resene Colourwood Pitch Black and Resene Colourwood Rocksalt (lightest colour)Products from left: Black Sunday Bench from Sunday Homestore. CS Table Top Planter from Tessuti.  Ladder Towel Rail from Moodstore. Y Stool and Notch Wall Hooks from Tim Webber. Black Wall Hook from Sunday Homestore. Offset Stool by Resident, Wooden Server by Oilio, both from Simon James. Segment Tray and Gaussian 3 Tier Vessel from Citta. Wooden Bowl (on stool) and Wooden Spoon by Tom Muir (in tray) from The Poi Room.

Surfaces covered in Resene Sandtex fine spray, with Resene Sooth painted on the wall and
Resene Coral Tree on the floor and terracotta pots. Products from left: All Curvy and Dotty ceramic vessel and Meeting Point wrap vessel, and Stacked ceramic vase (far right) from Formantics. Raspberry Spring bowl by Zekiah Heath, speckled pink bowl and Eggshell Pink jug by Kirsten Dryburgh all from The Poi Room. Paige Jarman mug from Sunday Homestore. Terrazzo platter by Wundaire from Tessuti. Bottom image: all ceramics by Fiona Mackay ceramics.

Wall in Resene Cut Glass and floor in Resene Kumutoto. (Amber used High Gloss to give the surface a reflective quality, like the glassware). Products from left: Feather My Tears candle by Curio Noir, from Simon James Design. Blue water jug with stacking glasses, patterned vase and pendant light all from Monmouth Glass Studio. Copper Blue Spirit Bowl but Greg Swinburne, available from The Poi Room. Rounded Green Vase from Father Rabbit.

Products from left: Baby Sphere vase by Broste Copenhagen, from Tessuti. Hand blown Blue carafe, red glass and black carafe by Monmouth Glass, available at The Poi Room. Menu glass from Sunday Homestore. George and Edi candle and Glass Dome from Father Rabbit. Small frosted and clear vases by Good Thing from Tim Webber.

Walls painted in Resene FX Metallic Gold Dust, floor in Resene FX Metallic Gold Dust with Resene FX Metallic Bullion and Resene FX Metallic Gold sponged over, to create a patina effect. Products from left: Brass watering can from Sunday Homestore. Gava planter and round tray from Citta. Tom Dixon dish from Simon James Design. Water Carafe by Menu from Sunday Homestore. Candelabra by Menu from Tim Webber.

Photography by Wendy Fenwick / Flash Studios


When NZ stylist Amber Armitage asks if you’d like her to create a little something to share on the blog, you say, ah, yes please.

Amber’s put together four materials palettes, featuring almost exclusively New Zealand designed and made products, tied together with different Resene products and shades. That painted textured concrete has me eyeing up the steps to my front porch. For more goodness like this, see Amber’s website or follow her interior and aesthetic adventures over on Instagram.


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Nude corner shelf by Menu, from LETLIV, Kaweco ballpoint pen from Father Rabbit, Regenerate body lotion by TheSeeke, Father Rabbit; Ted sofa in Chivasso pink linen, designed and made in New Zealand from Father Rabbit, wool blanket from Paper Plane, speckled ceramic container with lid, from Sunday Homestore, speckled ceramic platter from Sunday Homestore; blush linen cushion from Thread Design; Blush oil diffuser by Bodha from Tessuti; Wash Locks & Soft Locks haircare from Ashley & Co; Pomegranate seed oil & and pink clay soap by Sphaera


Five Faves – Current Loves in Bedroom and Dining

If I had to pick a go-to aesthetic it would be the new Minimalism, Soft Minimalism. While it’s still clean, contemporary and clutter-free, it’s warmer and more welcoming than trad. minimalism.
You start with a neutral canvas (off white, soft grey or beige-is-the-new-black), pare back on both the number and style of the items in your space (less is more), but then soften the look with texture, texture, texture, muted colours, and natural materials. It’s been aaaaaaages bro since we’ve done a Five Faves – so here’s my current Five Faves from NZ stores, to style a Soft Minimal space.



Corner shelf for your shelfies in Nude from LETLIV   /   Brass candle by Scent of Home, from Father Rabbit   /   Small ceramic dish from Paper Plane’s Mist collection collab with J S Ceramics   /
Kip & Co linen duvet cover in earthy Clay from LETLIV   /   Check throw, from Superette’s in-house home brand   /   Also, a little blob of inky indigo (maybe some navy linen or velvet cushions, from Paper Plane) would be dope in this palette. 
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These Merchant dinner plates from Father Rabbit also look good used as a tray, in the centre of the dining table   /   Love the iconic Menu grinders, which now come in sage and bottle green, from Paper Plane   /   Porcelain is delicate and imperfect – perfect for #softminimalism – and this spoon just has a very cool shape to it, don’t you think? (From Nest, who have a collection of these spoons)   /   A crinkly, thick, stonewash linen tablecloth is on my wishlist – love this khaki babe from Father Rabbit   /   Your favourite tea or coffee belongs in something this special – and an injection of black (softened with the texture of timber) ups the modernity. Wooden Bowl/Vessel by Menu, from LETLIV.

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