The New X Aalto Paint – M O O D


This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled shoots and interior moodboards – inspired by Aalto’s comprehensive colour palette.

For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a kitchen where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s olive colours.
Olive green is a timeless colour, and it’s also crazy versatile. It’s a colour that gives an instant feeling of refinement and sophistication, or you can soften it with natural materials like timber and ceramics, or liven it up by using a contrasting bright colour as an accent. And it works well with lots of different aesthetics – industrial, clean contemporary, organic boho, vintage/mid century modern…

Aalto have a few olive – khaki shades to choose from, my fave is the earthy Nottingham Forest (largest colour above, top right). It’s a colour that draws you in and hugs you. Other options would be Vantage (a muddier muted sage),  or Manhattan (a browner olive).

Other products selected:

Astra Walker Icon+ Kitchen Mixer set in matte black, from The Kitchen Hub.

Black Mosaic Tile (a rectangular black mosaic tile would also look amazing, or switch out the white grout for black for less contrast but more yummy texture) – MosaicFX Crystal Black Mosiac from NZ’s Tilemax.

Round serving/chopping board (in two sizes) from Citta Design.

Menu Grinders in the new Hunting Green & Beige colourway, from Sunday Homestore.

Black dish cloth from The Foxes Den.

Martino Gamper Circus Stool for reaching those top cupboards. In the colour Khaki, from Paper Plane.

 Smokey glassware is ideal for this whole situation – Alex & Corban have some stunning grey tumblers by Danish interior house Hubsch.

Why would you spray toxic chemicals where you prepare food? Plus, RealWorld’s all natural Bench Spray comes in a stylish amber glass bottle – stylish enough to keep out on the sink. From Sunday Homestore.

Bellota Linen Apron in Pine, from Luxury Linen.

Beechwood Bowl from Citta Design.



The New x Aalto Paint : S T Y L E D

 Concept & Styling Alana Broadhead / The New; Photography Swift & Click

When NZ’s Aalto Paint and I first discussed collaborating on a STYLED series, one scene I knew I wanted to create was a bedroom in deep green. I lovelovelove green for bedrooms – it’s a colour that’s both fresh and enlivening, but also calming and grounding, and can be styled in so many different ways to dial up the moodiness and sophistication, or enhance the peace-out vibes.

For this babely little bedroom set-up, I chose Aalto’s Green Bath. A deep green with so much presence, and one that reveals layers of depth and intensity as the light hits it. Aalto Paints are often the choice of NZ interior designers and architects (and people with a discerning eye – ahem, you and me) because they specialise in complex, multi-pigmented colours that use only the most premium grade paint and tinters. I’ve painted many a room over the years, and I’ve honestly not seen such depth and – how do I describe it – substance in a colour on a wall…

(Aalto have so many beautiful deep greens, I found it hard to choose! Other faves were Celtic – still a deep green, but with a khaki/olive vibe, or Kensington – which has a real heritage feel)


Products used and loved:

Linen duvet cover, linen pillowcases and linen euro pillows all in fresh white, from Thread Design
Heavy Linen cushions in Citron from Sunday Homestore
Green Lilies cushion by Fine Little Day from Sunday Homestore
New Mustard pompom blanket from The Foxes Den
Citta Shift Table Lamp in Pistachio (such a great colour) from Paper Plane.
Olive Indoor Slides (organic cotton) by Penney & Bennett, from Paper Plane
Meraki Nail File from Paper Plane
Together Journal from Sunday Homestore
The Kinfolk Home from Sunday Homestore
Renee Boyd Ceramic Mug in Sage from Sunday Homestore
Large ceramic plant pot from Renee Boyd
Maraca Hand Cream in Bloom (love the super-minimalist packaging) from Thread Design
Nebraska Rug in Beige from Flooring Xtra
Roundie Coffee Table from Boheme Home





The New x Aalto : M O O D


This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled editorial shoots, along with a series of interior moods – inspired by Aalto’s beautiful, comprehensive collection of paint colours. 

For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a living room makeover with high summer vibes, where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s powdery blush tones.I’d start with Aalto’s Fledgling, a pared-back barely pink. If you’ve been looking for a contemporary alternative to traditional neutral walls, this is your babe.  Other options would be Ballet Shoes (a little deeper than Fledgling, it reads as a modern beige), the pink clay gorgeousness that is Treaty 1/2, or for a bolder choice that also ramps up the sophistication factor, Aalto’s Sovereign – from their special 2018 palette.

Pink walls love being paired with creamy neutrals – whites, sandy taupes – and doing this also instantly ‘grounds’ a pink, making it more liveable and less trendy.

To soften the look even further, I’d use lots of pale timber and organic textures including linen, woven textiles and ceramics. Then, to this very laidback #softminimal style, I’d add a little blue, and some stripes – these elements brighten and freshen the look, and give the summer feel I want. The finishing touch would be a couple of blush pieces, as a nod to my wall colour.

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Products selected:

Arcade modular Sofa by Simon James; ceramic pendant light handmade by Gidon Bing (pictured here is the plain white, but I’d probably go for the yummy soft texture of his crackle glaze version for this space); Ercol sideboard (a total investment piece and a classic) from NZ’s Good Form; Shino pot by JS Ceramics, the very dreamy Oneiros photographic print by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available exclusively at Sunday Homestore; the gorgeous pitted, mottled vase by Wundaire, available from Tessuti, nude Serax stoneware planters from Paper Plane, a woven rug from Flooring Xtra; taupe textured cushion from Father Rabbit; blue striped linen blanket also from Father Rabbit, blue striped linen cushion from Citta Design; blush linen cushion from Thread Design.



Flora + Foto

Edited: before you tuck into this story, I want to share something with you. Hannah’s baby girl Frankie has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and taken to Auckland for treatment. Katie has started a Give a Little page to take the financial pressure off Hannah and her husband during this awful time, as they are both self employed. Here’s the link if you’d like to donate, thank you.

When I spotted the work of young New Zealand women Katie Barclay and Hannah Whitehead on the gram, I just had to share it with you. Together as Flora + Foto, they style the most INCRED natural backdrops and installations, and capture candid, special moments in life. I want a re-do of my wedding. I want to birth a baby.

Hannah and Katie are  childhood friends who lost touch then reconnected a couple of years ago, finding their lives were taking similar direction with marrying and having babies quite young, and both working in the creative field. Hannah has a background in graphic design and has been a photographer since the age of 15, developing it into a full-time job with loved NZ brand Jamie Kay over the last couple of years. Katie is a qualified event planner and stylist, who fell in love with florals, and now owns floral styling business Little Leaf Florals. I feel like I’ve said Florals too many times now.

They started Flora & Foto with the intention of it being just a hobby – something to keep the creative synapses firing while they were both off work on maternity leave; a chance to collaborate together. They’re making such magic – and having such an awesome time together in the process – that it’s now thriving as a business.

Flora + Foto are available to travel all over New Zealand, and offer editorial and product styling and photography.  You should most definitely book them.

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Oh my sweet lord, this arch/arbour

what is life though

Woodland magic

*Starts dreaming up an event to host just to get Katie to style it and Hannah to shoot it *

Always wear your wildflower crown

LOVE this Toi Toi backdrop. Flora + Foto run mini shoot days – creating a backdrop and shooting multiple people throughout the day – an affordable way for families/couples to get styled photos.

Product launch imagery created for Little Co – Images © Flora + Foto and Little Co


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