Sorry pink haters, it’s showing no signs of slowing. This Rosewood colour is quite liveable, don’t ya think? It sits equally well with light or dark wood, and the pops of black work really well, too.

You know me too well. Of COURSE I was going to share this bathroom with you. Yip, there’s a lot of grid tiling around at the moment, but I haven’t yet seen this version – the sand colour softens the look right up – agree? Needs more/better plants and a rug/bath mat or two.

LOVE the idea of a drop-leaf kitchen island for a small space! And being a card-carrying member of the SSS (Sisterhood of Scandinavian Style), I of course appreciate the bleached-look floorboards, soft grey walls and loads of white.

This sagey-grey wall colour is such a good choice for a grown-up master bedroom. Beautiful custom robe, too.

The bathroom belonging to the master bedroom above. Both designed by CJH Studio – more imagery from this inspiring home here.

An XL full-length mirror is on my wishlist – been looking for the perfect specimen.
This one manages to look like a piece of art, thanks to the thick black frame.

Easy weekend vibes – one XXL tropical leaf in a glass vase. Now where did I leave my secateurs?

Scenes from the home of Petra Gardefjord, founder of the Swedish kidswear brand Betón. One to follow!

Terrazzo sink! I love how the worktop and sink is all one piece. See more of this kitchen here.

Professional renovators and ex-The Block Australia contestants Kyal and Kara impressing me once again, this time with a simple but superb little study nook.


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Such a good name, that – Kept. For this new New Zealand brand, it’s a statement of intent.

Friends Justine, Jonathon and Brian are passionate about quality over quantity. Together as Kept, they aim to produce beautiful, handmade accessories that never go out of fashion. Justine, Jon and Brian design everything themselves, then partner with makers (all multi-generational family-run businesses) in Italy and Germany.

The Kept catalogue includes scarves – in pure linen, cashmere, silk or wool – and cashmere-lined leather gloves. It’s Amalfi Coast-level balmy today, so I chose a few vacay-relevant images from the Kept selection to share with you…

Follow Kept to see new accessories as they’re launched: Kept website  / Instagram  /  Facebook

Totora Scarf – 100% linen

Rosa Scarf – hand-woven blend of linen and cotton





Win: Sophisticated Sleepwear from Laing

It’s about two sleeps till Christmas. It’s been the most fleeting year of your life. And you’ve worked really hard. If Santa was asking, I’d say you’ve been a very good girl. So you know what? You deserve some good night’s sleep, you deserve some long sleep-ins, you deserve to lounge around in what you wore to bed all day, and you deserve to feel and look beautiful doing it.

So, I want to give you some simple, stylish sleepwear from NZ brand Laing. Specifically, $300 worth!
Luxury cotton pyjama sets, thigh-length nightshirts (like a super-comfy boyfriend shirt, but a little tailored for a more feminine fit), merino and cashmere robes that are styled like your fave cardi, sleep shorts with mix-and-match tees and tanks

(NB: Men who read The New – and there are a lot of you, I see you – please consider entering this on behalf of a woman you love, kay? I can’t think of many better Christmas gifts than the gift of a little daily luxury in the form of beautiful sleepwear.)

Love Laing’s Banker’s Stripe sleepshirts

If you’re reading this, darling husband, my personal fave things from Laing are: the fact that you can have your sleepwear monogrammed, Laing’s pure silk shorts and tee in that powdery blush pink colour, and their Frances pyjama set – I’m all about a blue stripe for summer.

Enough about me – you could win a $300 voucher!

To Competition now closed. Congrats to Bronwyn O’Connell!

Want 15% OFF Laing for Christmas?
Get 15% OFF anything until December 18th with this code: THE NEW


Competition open to NZ and Australian residents. Winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday December 13th, advised by email and announced here. All entries will be sent to Laing, so Anna can you the occasional email in future. (You can Unsubscribe anytime.)


WIN – Solid State for Men

You know I love me a prod with both style and substance… Let me introduce you to Solid State – solid cologne, in a concentrated balm form, inside a handsome and handy compact tin. There are six different fragrances, all delicious, and the scent lasts all day. (That’s not just words – we sell these in our store, so my husbo has been trying them all out – and I can still smell the scent on his neck in the evening). Created by a couple of young Melbourne guys, and designed to fit into his back pocket, his laptop bag or his carry-on.


So, we are giving away a full set of Solid State to one lucky, about-to-smell-real-damn-good man – that’s all six fragrances, plus a Solid State Dopp kit, valued at a total of almost $300
This giveaway is open to New Zealand and Australian readers, and you don’t have to be a man to enter – Enter for your man.

Email hello@thenew.nz

Yeah, that’s it! I know you’re busy.  So… go!


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