Aalto X The New Mood: Elevated Ensuite


We’re currently on the hunt for a section out here at the beach; the very (very) early stages of a house build journey. So, natch, I’m already designing dream bathrooms, and I’d love to create something like this.

The jump-off for this look was Aalto Paint’s Acronym – a deep, sophisticated clay tone that would also be beautiful in a master bedroom, dining room or home studio. It’s a colour that has better longevity and less overt femininity than a lighter pink, and teamed with dark timber such as walnut, it creates a smart and sophisticated look. Concrete provides a raw industrial edge to balance out the elegance, and for a final counterpoise, I’d include some finer materials like soft linen and delicate glass.

Acronym from Aalto Paint


Products Used:

Como Basin in Nude by Concrete Nation – their incredible concrete sinks are now available in New Zealand through Plumbline.
Majestic Desert Oak flooring (in Brushed Dark Brown) from Flooring Xtra
RD Stool in Solid Walnut by Douglas & Bec
Citta Linen Wash Bag in Olive Grid from Sunday Homestore
Incredible mouth-blown glass pendant – Dome Pendant in the colour Tea – by Monmouth Glass Studio


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.



Aalto X The New Moodboard: Youth + Beauty


Ever wanted to have a baby just for the opportunity to decorate a little person’s bedroom and buy cute clothes? Just me then. If I was expecting, I’d paint my nursery grey. It’s contemporary, gender neutral, and also creates a serene, calming space for sleeping and nursing. It’s also the sort of colour they can grow up with, working just as well at two as it will at twelve.

Evocative – from our partners at Aalto Paint – is perfect for a little’s room.

Evocative is quite a sophisticated, elegant hue, but because it’s a more of a greige (a beige-like grey) it doesn’t feel cold. In fact, even though it’s modern and a little moody, it somehow manages to still feel both warm and soft. Get you a paint colour that can do both.

Grey in general is a super versatile choice that plays nicely with almost any other colour – and Aalto Paint have a generous palette of greys. But one of the reasons I settled on Evocative here is that it works especially well with these blush tones, because it has a hint of pink in it.

Overall, I’d describe this look as playful yet elevated… and that’s all thanks to the paint colour.

Products shown:

Charadriiformes Print from Paper Plane

First designed in 1959, a Kristian Vedel’s Bird will be a friend for life – from being a popular toy in a little one’s room, to a much-loved design icon in a future home. (Also come in light oak, but I love this deep Smoked Oak.)

Never mind the kids, I want some of these Raduga Grez Apartment Building Blocks for myself. Love the modernist shapes, love the colour palette. Available in NZ from Dapper Mr Bear.

One of my all-time fave IKEA designs, the BJÖRKSNÄS chest of drawers. (There’s also a bedside table in the same style, btw). Get it in NZ through Urban Sales.

Also from Dapper Mr Bear, Raduga Grez’ Cube Block Set in a palette of contemporary hues.

Ferm Living Little Architect Tables and Desks in Rose, available in NZ from Slow Store. Also comes in a deep emerald green, or grey.

Ferm Living Tufted Strawberry Rug, available in NZ through Slow Store.

Nobodinoz Toy Bag in Misty Pink, from Dapper Mr Bear


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto – we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.



Moodboard – Sartorial Effect

I wish I was giving my lounge an IRL makeover, but I’ll have to settle for a moodboard instead. The jump off was this wall colour – Effect – from our sponsors and friends at Aalto Paint. Part of Aalto’s collection of new-era pinks, Effect is a flesh-toned neutral with subtle undertones of umber and clay. Painting this colour on your wall is like wearing an elegant camel coat compared to, say, a bright pair of pants – it makes a definite statement of style and confidence, without needing to shout. Continuing the fashion metaphor, it’s quite an editorial colour, but still very wearable, don’t you think? It’s sophisticated yet has a softness about it, too, and pairs beautifully with blonde woods, rusted reds and sage greens. (btw – I also did a version of this moodboard with millennial pink elements in place of the burnt reds, and it looked just as lovely.)

Products selected:

Aalto Paint – Effect

Dalton Armchair from Nest (love this chair so much!)

Henley Oak Coffee Table from Nest

Art Print No 06 by Malene Birger for The Poster Club, available from Paper Plane

Euro cushion in Cocoa from A&C Homestore
(I use Euro cushions as chair/couch cushions)

Carrie Lamp by Menu in Burnt Red, from Finnish Design Shop

Handmade Cila Jug from Citta Design

Berber Knot Rug from Nest



The New X Aalto Paint – Styled


Photography by Swift & Click

Grey is the cooler, more worldly sister of white. The went-and-lived-by-herself-in-Italy-for-a-year-when-she-was-only-19-sister of white.  It’s a neutral, yes, but a more interesting, more chic neutral. The creamy, dreamy grey I chose here is Aalto Paint Detach.  This one’s the perfect mid-grey if you ask me – it contrasts beautifully with light colours or dark colours, works in traditional or modern looks, and just elevates a room.  It has just the right amount of pigment – saturated enough to feel sophisticated, soft enough to be light and airy.

Being such a popular tone, Detach also comes in a couple of other ‘strengths’ – Detach 1/2 (super clean, soft) and Detach 3/4.

I love grey in a bathroom because it brings such a classic elegance, but I’d also happily use a mid-grey in a contemporary laundry (laundries are the new kitchens bb), or a bedroom that’s a grown-up sanctuary. Ooh, and a hallway with lots of art – art really pops off a grey wall. Yes, I said pops.


Other products used and loved:

Black Fold Ledge by Made of Tomorrow – perfect minimalist shelving
Sunday Mirror by Sunday Homestore

Mavis & Osborn Laundry Basket – Black Linen 
Sunday Bench in Black by Sunday Homestore
Milan Organic Cotton Face Cloth, Hand Towel and Bath Towel by Ottoloom, from Sunday Homestore
Ms Brown Hand Wash and Hand Cream in Jasmine, from Father Rabbit
Loobylou Classic White candle (Tuberose & Champa Flower) from Indie Home Collective
Meraki Hand Cream in Silky Mist, from Indie Home Collective
(If you love a monochrome look, Indie Home Collective is your go-to!)

Flooring is the Sherwood Collection Sheet Vinyl Wood Look in Pure Oak from Flooring Xtra


Photography by our friends at Swift & Click

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