23.11.2019

Spaces


Two ideas to steal from this beautiful bathroom by BuildHer Collective… One: The seat-sized ledge is a fab idea if you’re going to be spending several years supervising kidlets in the bath for several years, or if you’re a languid shower-chiller like me, and like to sit down for your exfoliation and shaving. I’m all about the Hour Shower for a self-care session. Two: the shower shelf. Super functional, but also great for styling. I love how the BuildHer girls have used the two tiles here, and that fluted glass window is great for privacy.

And side note: that’s totally, 100% a small pot scrub on the shelf there. Hehe.

Sweet corner of the sweetest home. These vintage freestanding robes really are the ideal solution for older NZ homes where storage is always limited. Hunt one down on TradeMe or local garage sales, give it a paint, use the top for a little (out-of-reach) styled moment…

For his clients, Australian architect Daniel Boddam creates quite palatial, distinguished residences. His own holiday home at Tallow Beach (Byron Bay) is a much more relaxed, casual expression of his taste, and is filled with his own designed furniture and lighting. Lovelovelove it. See more here.

Just a couple of other spaces from Daniel Boddam’s portfolio that caught my eye – a very classy but still casual dining room, and this elegant shower with skylight. (I know we can’t all afford homes with separate dining rooms, but how great is the concept of a dining room – a room devoted just to enjoying a meal with family or friends. Love that for us. )

One to Follow: If you dig this earthy aesthetic, you’ll love the ‘gram of Holistic Interior Designer, stylist Ezz Wilson.

 

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20.11.2019

An Organised 2020


Photography by Hannah Roche

Styling and Photography by Kirsty Dawn

Today marks 6 weeks until a whole new decade. I don’t know about you, but that gives me even more drive to make 2020 a milestone year in my life – personally and professionally.

Cue An Organised Life – a world-class, modern stationery brand that just happens to be from New Zealand.

(Ok, so most of us here – being lovers of good design – already know about An Organised Life, but for those who don’t: The brand was started back in 2013 by New Zealander Beck Wadworth. Then in her early 20’s, Beck was working in Australia in the frenetically-paced fashion and PR world, and couldn’t find a simple but stylish diary. A diary that deserved its place as an accessory to Beck’s otherwise chic, sartorial daily looks. If you’re one of the 57,000 followers of Beck’s personal Instagram, you’ll know by the life she leads (splitting her time between her home here in Auckland and her HQ in Sydney, running her business, contributing to Vogue AU and being brand ambassador for Lexus NZ) that she’s the perfect person to be designing tools to bring structure to a busy life. Beck also juggled An Organised Life as a side-hustle to her main career for over 5 years. So yeah, she knows a thing or three about organisation.)

Beck’s first An Organised Life piece – the Signature Diary – is still a bestseller each year, but An Organised Life now offers a wide range of diaries (weekly planners, daily planners, a5 and A4 size), along with a large collection of notebooks and blank journals, calendars and wall planners, weekly planner pads and notepads, all with beautifully-considered details. The aesthetic has never deviated from Beck’s original vision – classic, minimal, fresh, monochrome.

An Organised Life’s  2020 Collection is now available to order. All the diaries can be monogrammed, and they all begin in December, so you can start getting organised now.

Post Script: I’m a stationery and organisation nerd and I like hearing what other people use. So here’s what I use: I always have two of Beck’s plain leather notebooks constantly on the go – I use one for personal journalling, and another for work: for lists, ideas and design development. They come in a lined option, but I choose blank, and always use the same brand of black ink pen (I’m fussy about pens). I get my stationery monogrammed with my first initial – A – because An Organised Life offers free monogramming on many/most of their products – you can choose from a range of foils or blind deboss. For my 2020 Diary, I’m opting for the A4 Daily Diary in Gold

19.11.2019

Homestyle on Holiday


They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.

 

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16.11.2019

Spaces


 

Another beautiful IKEA hack kitchen by the masters at Reform kitchen. (Can. 👏🏼 not.👏🏼 wait.👏🏼 for IKEA to open here, and then we can start seeing some of these incredible kitchens in NZ). I adore the soft grey Basis cabinet fronts with their circular cabinet pull holes (they deserved that close-up) and the punchy but still pared-back sage green on the cupboards and staircase. Such a fresh colour choice with the soft grey, white and the bleached-looking pine flooring. Dig that quintessentially Danish lighting in black, too.

HELLO FLOORING.

Just laaaaahv this home office, belonging to one of my fave OG bloggers, Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). More details here. The monochrome palette is anything but boring with all the varying textures and forms.

Last week, I shared a view of the sink situ in this kitchen, but I didn’t actually spot this open shelving wall at the time. Simple, contemporary, casual – what Cate St Hill does best.  (I have this print up in my kitchen, too.)

(You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.)

This gorgeous Art Nouveau home – Apartment O – was conceived by interior designer Joanna Lavén for a Stockholm family. The client’s vision was “a home of international character, adapted for both family life, social interaction and recovery”. Mission very accomplished. If this sort of high design and stature is your jam, see much more of this residence here.

hey bath, hey partial wall, hey serene simplicity.

Love this raw, traditional tadelakt-plastered bathroom with its built-in wardrobe element and plaster bath. The shower is inside that monolithic box! *insert blood-draining-from-face-emoji*

Really responding to nudes with powdered blue at the moment. This scene is from a campaign image celebrating this low-slung modern bed – the Wave Bed by Australian designer Daniel Boddam. (Love Daniel’s side table too, the C-Malibu)

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