09.05.2020

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And hello to you, sunken travertine bathtub. This bathroom belongs to a renovated 1850’s Brooklyn Brownstone, which belongs to fashion designer Ulla Johnson. Head here for some AD privilege-escapism.

And now to something much more humble, but just as attractive (get you a design blog that can do both).
Notes: rendered walls are still resonating with me; and towels double as wall decor when they’re this nice.

This little scene just hit different, for some reason, and I felt compelled to share.  I think it’s the unexpected mix of classic coastal tropes (like the shiplap walls) with new postmodern pieces like that crazy travertine table.

More rendered walls in this render. Also love the curved shower wall, the double-curved bronze mirror, and the extra tall towel rail.

Photography by Petra Ford / Paper and Pate

Casework do great work. Just when I thought arches were about to jump the shark, this kitchen space went and pulled it back. I love the choice of paint and tile colours – there’s enough shape and texture here (with that cool terrazzo countertop) without needing to dial up the colour contrast, too. Well played, Casework.

Oh, and the Casework studio kitchen. Glass bricks ftw!

Dressing room love. Think I might organise my closet and change my bedroom around this afternoon…

Love that industrial faucet

Gorgeous monochromatic kitchen (from a gorgeous monochromatic home) by Studio McGee. Behind that wall is actually the kitchen proper, in white with punches of black. The kitchen then extends over to this wall where it becomes a wet bar – in beautifully-bold black – that shares space with a formal living room. Also, those armchairs – super modern, but they also do the job of softening and warming up and otherwise quite stately line of sight.

 

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07.05.2020

Wild Kinship


There’s no doubt we’re in a watershed time in human history. We must start changing our habits of consumption, for our own survival, and the survival of the planet. But while it’s never been more critical to make change, it’s also never been easier. When it comes to conscious and sustainable brands to buy from, we have an embarrassment of riches, right at our fingertips. And we don’t have to compromise on quality or (as is relevant to my interests and presumably to you, readers of a design blog) aesthetics to do it.

My friend Monique Hemmingson’s new book Wild Kinship is testament to this. The book itself is a perfect example of its own premise; aesthetically it’s a thing of beauty to look at (including gorgeous lifestyle and landscape photography by Ilk’s Erin Cave), it’s the product of a small and independent New Zealand publisher, Beatnik, and the entire project aimed to eschew – as best it could – print media’s traditional high carbon footprint. Wild Kinship has been printed in small batches, on recyclable paper, using vegetable inks, and the team calculated and paid back carbon credits to offset the project’s total travel emissions. It’s not perfect of course, but that’s actually a key takeaway from Monique’s book – doing something is always better than nothing. 

Author Monique Hemmingson

Monique actually started working on the book concept a couple of years back, when she still owned her Mount Maunganui café Wild One Wholefoods. At the time, she was working with scores of conscious brands and was constantly inspired by their devotion in a difficult industry. She could see that they had a wealth of knowledge and some amazing stories that people could really benefit from hearing – fellow business owner or not. The seed for Wild Kinship was sown.

Wild Kinship: Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs is a collection of 28 interviews with the New Zealand and Australian founders of ethical and sustainable brands. Brands who are forging progressive paths and changing the world in their wake – from clothing designers and tiny-home builders to potters and permaculturists. Including Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek, Kokako Coffee’s Mike Murphy, and GoodFor stores’ founder James Denton.

Victoria Aguirre and Carl Wilson of homeware brand Pampa

 Jacob and Georgia Faull of organic baby brand Nature Baby, at their flagship NZ store

Al Thursfield, founder of The Daily Bar 

New Zealander Hannah Jack, making product for her all-plants skincare brand

Co-founder Michael Zagoridis at work at Pocket City Farms, bringing permaculture to inner cities.

New Zealander (and now Byron Bay resident) Stacey Burt, of skincare business Little Company.
Photography by Bobby Clark

Andrew Morris and Amanda Callan of Church Farm General Store with their two boys

The conversations are honest, intimate and ultimately very inspiring – personally and professionally. It’s packed with ideas and advice, not just about sustainable business, but also about overall wellbeing, about community and connection, about balancing livelihood with lifestyle.

An incendiary read, whether you want to start your own conscious small business or pivot your existing business, or just understand how you as an individual can take the power back and change your own habits, to improve your own life, the lives of others, and the life of the planet.

Wild Kinship: Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs is $60
See more and buy direct from Monique herself, here.

Follow Monique on Instagram here.

All photography by Erin Cave (See Erin’s Instagram here)

 

 

 

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04.05.2020

Spaces


Loved this little soft-but-substantial mud room situation.

I love this Dust Blue palette for a bathroom, and the Turkish rug completely makes the space.
See more of this timeless home (designed by High Street Homes), here


Photography by Emily Andrews

Photography by Sarah Elliot

Please allow me to introduce you to the reigning Queen of New Post Modern (she’s also the Marquess of Assemblages), Athena Calderone. Her New York home is incredible – unexpected, layered, super dramatic, and the definition of individuality. Go get lost in her online world, Eyeswoon. (And follow Athena on Instagram here)

Both of these gallery walls – in the home of designer Danielle Moss – sparked joy for me… and had me thinking about re-framing and swapping around all my own art and photography at my place. I love the mix of frames and sizes, and in the office-come-guest-room above, I love how the artwork starts at almost floor level. Perhaps counterintuitively, it actually makes that small wall appear larger, don’t you think? Also appreciate the little graphic punches of black in both spaces that tie in with the black frames.

Everything’s bigger in America. Just feast your eyes on this incredible kitchen!  The floor tiles! The two sinks! The PIZZA OVEN! The ceiling! You’ll definitely want to head over here to see more closely all the details of this space, crafted by Californian interior designer Amber Lewis. (Including what you’d see if you stood on this spot and turned around – an incredible living and dining space)

More from this same home. It has both His and Hers master bathrooms, this is the Hers. (See the His here)
The reeded cabinetry (custom-designed by Amber herself) is gorgeous, isn’t it? And that bath! I’d be a weird guest at this house, I’d just be walking from room to room pointing and things and saying proper nouns out loud: “Those floorboards!”…”That rug!” “That narrow tall door that looks like a picture window!“…


Here come those nouns again… The zellige tile! The calacatta marble bench seat! The brass door! The OCULUS WINDOW! I have burst into spontaneous emotional flames and drifted into the night sky as ashes.

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25.04.2020

Spaces


 If all the homely, pastoral abodes I’ve been posting lately are Cottagecore, what shall we call the fantasy of being Level-4’ed inside an historic apartment in the centre of Stockholm (except the bakery and coffee shop downstairs is open for contactless service)? Lägenhetcore? Yip, I like that. New term coined. (By the way, this yummy pendant light by A-Step is actually available in New Zealand, from our good friends at Good Form)

My kink is Sinks.

Tbh, a quiet bedroom with a ginormous stack of books is my idea of heaven. (Mainly sharing this for that low bench seat which is glorious – this whole room is Ferm Living and the bench is their Oblique Bench in natural oak).

Photography (and bathroom of) Cathy Pyle

Piiiink Tadelakt, pink tadelakt *to the tune of Pink Cadillac*

The cottage-sweet-cottage of designer and lifestyle blogger Chelsi Layne. If you love this sort of classic cottage aesthetic, you’ll love a trawl through her Instagram or her blog, Laine and Layne.

 

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