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.


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!



~ W I N ! $150 of designer journals + planners from MiGoals to Get. Shit. Done. in 2017

I’m sort of an international expert (self-rated, but it counts) on Journals, Diaries and Planners. I have letters after my name. (I don’t). So you can trust me to recognise a really, really good one when I see it. And MiGoals‘ range is right up there.
First and most important of all, MiGoals look good. Don’t go spending hundreds on your shoes and bags, you guys, and then show up around here writing in a 1B5. You can’t plan an awesome life with an ugly planner. That’s just a rule. 
Second, MiGoals differ from other diaries and journals in that the entire brand was founded around a focus on helping people who want to chase their dreams and take action. All MiGoals stationery is designed to help you get really clear on and inspired by your goals and projects, and then help you Get That Shit Done. Depending on how deep you want to go with your planning and reflection, there are 2017 Diaries, Progress Journals (a very cool pocket-size pal with a hard cover), Bucket List books, Goals Books, a range of Desk Pads, and the MiGoals iconic Get Shit Done notebooks – for ticking off To Do’s like a boss. If list-making and turning your dreams into reality is your jam, you’ll love MiGoals products.
So – thanks to Smitten (New Zealand sales agent) and MiGoals…

we have $150 of MiGoals goodness
(of your choice!) to give away to one of you!

(I like to do competitions where you get to choose the prize, because I assume you are discerning (or fussy) like me, and you’re also so lovely that you deserve to win the things that you like best. Kay?)

Competition now closed – congrats to our winner, Ana Palmer!


New Hutch / Father Rabbit opens a Flagship in a heritage warehouse – LESSSS GO SHOPPING!

Floor to ceiling windows, huge black steel roller door. I could live here.
Look, there’s even a bed for me

A place for everything, and everything in its place
A flagship store for Father Rabbit has just opened! Lesssss go shopping!!! You’ll find the new hutch in a high-ceilinged heritage warehouse (“Say no more. You had me at heritage warehouse.” – you) in Auckland’s Orakei Bay Village. 
As well as everything you expect in Father Rabbit’s curated homeware and lifestyle collection, the space showcases their growing furniture collection. The Botanist, Brother’s Brewery, and the largest ever Farro store will be joining Father Rabbit soon.

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