Labour Weekend Wishlist

Things I’d like for this long weekend:


New Zealand lifestyle brand Penney and Bennett have just added to their line of everyday-luxury Loungewear, with a freakin’ gorgeous collection of styles in two colours – a simple white or soft pink cotton. Simple silhouettes (always a yes from me) with very relaxed tailoring (because comfy is queen), and created by Penney and Bennett designer Sarah Carson to be able to cross over into the day (or, wear throughout the entire Labour Weekend) – wear to bed, wear around the house, wear as a layering piece over your togs. There are relaxed shorts and long pants (both with pockets!), long and short sleeve shirts, long sleep shirts that reach to your knees (see the blush pink one pictured above), smoking jackets, and long, loose robes.  I’m ordering myself a set of the soft pink (Rose) pocket pants and matching long sleeve shirt, because I work hard, dammit, and I deserve to feel lovely.


My all-time fave, Jardan, continue to expand beyond amazing furniture into considered homeware with their Spring 2019 collection. I love the confident shape of their new Ivy Oil Burner, and the chalky raku clay it’s handmade from.


Nail polish in tactile, minimalist packaging, in a tight selection of very-wearable modern colours. Yes please.
J Hannah Nail polishes from our pals at Paper Plane.


A vase for my weekend foraging – Nest have these great new speckled clay vases in modernist shapes – this one pictured is my fave, but they’d also look great grouped.


Channelling 90’s Princess Diana vibes with these Knot Hoops, from NZ jewellery brand Flash.
Also available from our lovely pals at Blackbird Goods.


LA-based New Zealand Emily L’Ami has been working on her Vibration range of 100% natural perfume oil for years.
So exciting to see this labour of passion come to life, with Bodha’s launch of three scents – Earth (made from fragrant roots, barks and mosses), Air (made from fragrant green leaves, twigs and rinds) and Plants (made from petals, leaves and golden resins). There is also a Bodha Vibration Sampler Box with a miniature sample of each of the three perfumes. Ordering immediately.


Rattan isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. Like the comeback of brass, it’s less a trend and more a resurgence. This Curved Rattan Buffet (made from natural teak with rattan panel inserts in the four doors) is gorgeous, nē?


But even better than that buffet is this just-launched coffee table from Jardan – Billie coffee table.
Low and perfectly square, in solid American Oak with rattan inserts. Yeeeeessss. They also have this coffee table in a longer rectangle shape, plus a side table and a bench seat.


Aesop have launched a 300 page book celebrating their international concept stores
and the Aesop ‘art history’ and aesthetics. Will purchase.


September Wishlist

Meadowlark, one of my favourite New Zealand brands, have outdone themselves again with their new Solis collection. I’m definitely ordering one of their new gold signet rings – either the Sunset (circular), the large, square Fairfax… or maybe both. I love the simple, bold silhouette and the masculine vibe –  actually, because they’re unisex, I’m tempted to get my husband a matching one, and engrave them with each other’s initials.
(Also love these new Paris pearl earrings)


Cartoon heart eyes for the new Oscar Swing Chair, from AC Homestore.


LOVE these handmade soaps in simple paper packaging,
by Wanganui artisan Light + Vessel (available from our pals at Paper Plane)


Ceramic travel cup made with softly speckled cream-white clay – by Wellington ceramicist Galit Maxwell
– from my own design + lifestyle store, Sunday Homestore.


Earthenware soap dish in pink clay, by our friends at JS Ceramics.


Kea Sofa in a clay pink 100% Belgian Linen, proudly New Zealand designed by Corcovado.


Like my picks? I’m curating a regular Wedding gift wishlist
over on Together Journal – head here to see the latest one 


August Wishlist

Autumn Wishlist, AKA: things I’ve been repeatedly, wistfully looking at from NZ brands and stores:


Zoe & Morgan’s 29th collection, A Floating World. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period. I love it ALL.
but especially the Astrid earrings, Saros necklace and Xanadu necklace – these all come in silver too, if that’s your fave.

Torty comb from SOPHIE Store – oops, just bought myself one.

Beautiful handmade cups by Tokatea Clayworks, from our friends at Blackbird Goods.

Would love (love love) one of these for my jewellery – sculptural Wooden Sphere by Kristina Dam Studio, available in NZ from Capricho.

AC homestore have extended their in-house linen selection to a line of linen Spring sleepwear.

Dreaming of far-flung destinations and still loving clay pink: India II photographic print by NZ’s Sean Wakely, from endemicworld.

Oops, the sequel: I ordered myself these Cooper Trouser in Taupe from Shjark,  from their beautiful new SS19/20 collection.





Bedroom Mood (The Yes, We Still Love Pink Edition)


I recently got two Compound Bedside Cabinets from Citta in the loveliest Sage Green
– but they also have a blush pink, and choosing one or the other was HARD!
This is what I might do to my bedroom if I’d chosen the Blush Pink…

This Nutmeg is brand new colour from AC Homestore‘s own in-house linen brand. A muted clay, its the perfect new neutral to complement – but not compete with – the blush pink bedsides.

I’d team the Nutmeg duvet and pillowcases with Pinstripe sheets and Euros. Also a new style from AC Homestore, it’s the super fine, subtle stripe that’s perfect for layering, to build a complete bedding set-up. Goes with everything, and adds some subtle texture, too.

To ground the space with depth and substance, a vintage Boujaad rug from Bohzali. These rugs are handcrafted by the Berber women of Morocco and can take a few months to a year to complete. I’d choose the Nava.

I love the soft pinky touch in this Barefoot limited edition print, by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available at my own shop, Sunday Homestore. Another good option would be a Moroccan-inspired travel print, but I like the idea of keeping things a little softer.

Give me ANY excuse to get to use Le Sfere Wall Lamp from Good Form. An iconic of 20th Century design, these Italian-made lights were first designed in 1959, re-issued again in 2018. Good design doesn’t date. For this space, I’d choose the single wall lamps in the Champagne finish. (These also come in doubles, and in black)

I’m normally up later than hubby (plus I’m just greedy when it comes to designer lighting), so let’s also do a Carrie Lamp in Brass, by Danish design house Menu.

For a botanic element, I’d do foraged magnolia leaves, or maybe olive leaves if you want to go with something a little softer. And a philodendron in this clay-coloured Grow Plant Pot from Citta.

Walls and Floors? I’m glad you asked! Concrete flooring would be amazing, and I’d choose Aalto Paint Gallery White (a definite white-white, but warm-toned) for the walls.

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