The New X Aalto Paint – STYLED

Photography by Swift & Click

Ok, I’m ready to just move all my files and my computer into this contemporary workspace, created with Aalto Paint’s Sovereign – a powdery clay pink that’s part of Aalto’s 2018 Collection. Aalto have a nice selection of pinks – one other ‘millennial pink’ I love from their range is Treaty 1/2, which is a little lighter, with peachy undertones.

Dusky pink like this works so well with burnished reds and russet tones, and Aalto has so, so many of these to choose from. I love the dark flooring with this pink wall!

Photography by Swift & Click


Products Used:

Project Trestle Desk from Happy Sunday

My all-time favourite chair – Wishbone in natural Beech Wood
(also comes in a deeper walnut timber, a white and a black) – quality replica from Me & My Trend

Restore Basket in Rose Melange by Danish design legends Muuto – available in NZ from Bauhaus.
(They also come in a lower/shallower style and in a round shape, in loads of different colours.)

Flooring is Studio Traffic 250 in Soft Elm Brown from Flooring Xtra

Workspace Tools:

Black Hay Scissors from Everyday Needs (they also come in Brass)
Japanese Super Gold Eraser from Everyday Needs
Vitra Toolbox in Mauve Grey colourway from Everyday Needs
An office classic – Gold Penco Bulldog Clip from Everyday Needs
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur from Sunday Homestore
Linen Covered Notebook in Mustard (Caramel Fudge) from Pepa Stationery
Pink Left-Handed Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Le Voyageur Blush Pink Ruled Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Katie Leamon Graphite Pencil Set (in the best colours!) from Pepa Stationery
Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils (the world’s best pencils, so iconic) from Pepa Stationery
Darling Clementine Folder and Box in Rust Red – coming soon to Sunday Homestore
Pink Taus Ceramic Mug from Sunday Homestore
Stay hydrated – 1 Litre Water Carafe (Brass Lid) by Menu, from Sunday Homestore
YStudio Classic Spring Ballpoint Pen (nice and weighty – solid brass) from Pepa Stationery
Another iconic office tool – the Klizia 97 Whale Stapler (in white) from Pepa Stationery
Poketo Solid Brass Ruler from Pepa Stationery



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





A Day in the Life – of Auckland floral stylist Eden Hessell, aka The Botanist
















































Eden Hessell is one of those inspiring women who seems to do – and juggle – it all. 
An in-demand floral stylist for weddings and events, Eden’s mornings often start as early as 5am, getting ready to head out to Auckland’s wholesale flower auctions. Then it’s into the city to The Botanist (at Auckland’s City Works Depot), the eatery she works from.
Eden’s days are filled with creating the most beautiful botanic arrangements – living walls and archways, wedding centrepieces, corporate and retail displays, and little and large bouquets of love sent by courier around the city. (You can order one for someone special online here.)  
In between, she meets with upcoming wedding and event clients, steals 10 minutes for some fresh air with lunch, fits in a little ‘gram, and grabs a coffee or three to keep her humming. On the day we visited, she’d also arranged a boot-load of the most amazing pinky-silver, wild-growing maple. After work, she picks up her little man (Jude, 4) from daycare and heads home for much-deserved chill time with Jude and Jason. 
Ooh, also – like to learn the art of arranging? Eden’s now hosting floral styling classes (including bubbles and canapés on arrival and a bouquet to take home after class) – contact her here for more info.


Photography by the best ever Swift and Click 
Thank you, Fisher & Paykel – being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.


A Day in the Life of … Natalie Sorensen of LETLIV design store, Wellington

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Natalie Sorensen left her nice ‘normal’ stable job to run her own Scandi-loving contemporary homeware store, LETLIV. It’s actually a lot of work, 7 days, taking care of both the inner-city Wellington store, and the online shop… but it can’t be all bad when your job enables you to connect with and support local makers (like Wiki from Wiki Skincare), and have verrrry tasty business lunches at Loretta. P.S: Wellington walks followed by cheese and crackers – that’s a gold star arvo.

Photography by faves Swift and Click,
who capture magic in the everyday

Thank you, Fisher & Paykel – being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.

© The New