Sunna Studios

Sunna Studios is a line of organic, ethical, all-natural clothing for little ones, created by twin sisters Brooke and Elise Ratima. The twins design each garment themselves, then have them ethically made using New Zealand merino and GOTS Certified organic cotton. Once sewn, the pieces come back to their rural north auckland home, where they hand dye each small garment in their backyard studio. They use natural dyes extracted from plants – from avocado stones, to leaves from local trees, to roots, bark and flowers from their garden, to sustainable natural powders sourced online. With every new dye bath, Brooke and Elise create a unique garment, made special for a little someone. It’s a small, slow operation, producing limited numbers of truly beautiful little basics.

The Sunna aesthetic is based on thoughtful simplicity, with an emphasis on texture and earthy tones. The pieces are designed to be well-worn and well-loved basics, that can mix and match seamlessly into the wardrobe – helping to encourage better fashion habits.

Remember when natural, consciously-made products were hiiiideous looking? But now, we get to choose things that are not only design-led and beautiful to look at, but are also good for us, and good for the planet. Not only that, but we get to support other people with our choices – their dreams, their values and their families (like local women and mums, building their own businesses). What a time to be alive, right?

Sunna Studios Collection 01 is online now, with Collection 02 coming very soon.

Sunna Studios online store  /  Instagram




Guys, this was HARD. It’s one of those weeks where I just can’t find any good new Spaces. I must have spent about 5 hours searching for these ones. This is not an efficient use of my time, okay.

 Boo! Loves a hidden laundry.

Yeah, yeah, another Scandinavian kitchen. Rolls eyes off head. But I’m not just posting this because it’s slim pickings today, it’s also because of that countertop. Concrete countertop! Is my enthusiasm real! You’ll never know!

I apologise for the quality of this pic – WordPress is doing something disgusting to my imagery lately. (I’m working on it.) Anyway, I couldn’t not include this, because the rendered wall, raw timber ceiling, black cabinetry and custom peg shelf together totals up to a great kitchen space.

No, it’s not just a ‘tap’. It’s a freaking beautiful freestanding bath spout.

Posting this image was way more of an internal battle than is reasonable. I deleted and re-inserted multiple times. On one hand, I really don’t like this photo, and I don’t necessarily adore the kitchen overall but… gah! That sink and splash-back! It’s like nothing I’ve seen before and I love it. (This one probably should have just gone straight to my Sink Appreciation Tumblr.)

Ferm Living continue to stunt on all these other bitches with their beautiful SS18 lookbook.
This room would be a dream workspace situ – future me is going to work from a lovely table, not a desk.

The sweetest space for a kidlet! And that paint colour… love. The perfect neutral with the teensiest hint of pink – this colour would work equally well in a living room or bedroom. Ok, guys, we got there in the end. Just took a whole day.


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Uh Huh Honey

Photography by Marie Valencia


25 year old graduate scientist and Nutritionist Emily White has beekeeper for a partner, so she was already using Manuka Honey in errrrting from baking to natural skin remedies when she thought to use it in a natural hair oil.

The market’s full of with hair oils that have a laundry list of synthetic ingredients, including silicones (coats your hair for superficial shine) which aren’t great for the hair or the environment.

After just shy of 6 months of development, formula refinement and testing (on all different hair types and conditions – people not animals), Comb was launched.

The result is a 100% natural, moisturising and nourishing hair oil, with a formulation of all good things, including Broccoli Seed Oil (boosts shine), Coconut Oil to penetrate the hair follicle and prevent breakage and Jojoba Oil for deep hydration. Of course, Manuka Honey’s the queen bee (sorry) here, because it’s a natural humectant – meaning it attracts and traps moisture, to hydrate without greasiness. The Manuka Honey in Comb is delivered to your hair via Extra Virgin Olive Oil – they infuse the honey in the EVOO over an extended period, to draw out the aroma and the beneficial properties of the honey. Comb also contains pure Manuka Oil sourced from New Zealand’s East Cape, where it’s known for especially high levels of antimicrobial triketone compounds to soothe and nourish hair.

Of course, it was the packaging that first grabbed my superficial interests – I love the glass bottle with its minimalist-but-modern form and style. But after Em sent me a bottle to try on my own uncooperative Beetlejuice frizz-fest, I can report back that it’s as good as it looks. Also, disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (I’d always tell you if it was) – its just awesome.


Like to win yourself some Comb? A bottle for you and one for a friend? Uh huh honey!

Just head here to our Instagram, and tag a friend in a comment, and you’re in the draw
Enter as many times as you like .


Comb online store  /  Comb Instagram



Like sleeping in the clouds – the art, the white linen, the paper lanterns…

This beautiful new kitchen plays up its building’s history with the olive cabinetry,
dark timber bench-top, brass accents and apron-front sink.

If you thought there were any kinda rules for a gallery wall, you was wrong.

Material Girl – love the tiles, the sneak of sink, the reeded glass, the herringbone floors…

Re-doing a room this year? Well then, may I present – for your consideration (*curtsies*) – this palette: Greige walls, olive linen curtains, a little black for impact, and then layers of white and beige linen to soften and lighten the look.

You can stay here!

Steel factory-style casement windows getting a second life as shower doors.

Another nominee for our ongoing submission to the Itty Bitty Kitchen Committee.

Those stucco arches! 

(I spy one of my top 5 lights of all time – ceramic wall lights by Anchor Ceramics)

Photography Luc Redmond, Styling Alex Bennett

This amazing Byron Bay home belongs to designer and stylist Alex Bennett (< Insta follow recommendation), and was transformed from 80’s suburbia to soft modernist delight by Those Architects.  See even more here.

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