Photography Mikael Pettersson

Nice little idea for a small but stylish kitchen – especially love the rattan suspended cabinet, and the wall light, which together take this wee space from ordinary to somethin’ special. Created by Interior Stylist Minna Jones for Blau Kitchens.

Another space by Minna Jones for Blau. How delicious is that terrazzo? Bold and chunky, but subtle, all at the same time.
Behind the rattan slider is actually a bedroom; but I’m imagining it’s a walk-in pantry.

There’s no reason your bathroom can’t be as layered and warm as a bedroom. I love how just two elements added here have completely re-defined this space. The double height (truly floor-to-ceiling) ochre curtains, and the turkish rug.

Steal this palette: soft olive cabinets, warm timber benchtop, matte white tiling and a rendered adjacent wall.

Photography Mikael Pettersson.

Love the mix of timber here – the darker cabinetry with the whisper-soft herringbone flooring. That marble top on the cabinets is also a nice ‘elevating’ touch – something you wouldn’t normally see in a bedroom/walk-in wardrobe, and it adds a little extra luxe. Beautiful interior design by Laura Seppanen.

More gorgeousness from Laura Seppanen. This is actually a laundry – and I’m not mad at the kitchen-esque tap, or the kitchen-esque splash back; I’m all for approaching traditional spaces in new ways.


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Photography by Michelle Weir for Rowson Kitchens

New Zealand designer Annika Rowson has just unveiled this elegant beauty – a third kitchen in her Rowson Kitchens showroom. Having a showroom that changes every couple of years enables Annika not only to showcase leading edge materials, concepts and functional features in kitchen design, but also to personally challenge herself to apply materials in new and unexpected ways.

Which is exactly what she’s done here with the centrepiece of this kitchen – that Corian kitchen island (in Cirrus White, if you’re taking notes). Annika chose to actually use the reverse side of the Corian to enhance its patterning, and then had it hand-fluted (which enhances the reverse-side patterning even more). The island also features a Corian Duo 023 bowl which is seamless into the top, and there are hot points and a full Fisher & Paykel integrated dishwasher on the inside curve of the island.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of the space is Annika’s tightrope-wire-balancing-act of depth and weight with light and softness – at one end of the scale you have the heft of the marble concrete floor, rich smoked oak cabinetry, bronze hardware, bronze glass… on the other you have the sheer floaty curtains, the almost-floating sculptural lighting, the creamy-clad upper walls and extra-high stud…

That Corian kitchen island in itself is a beautiful balancing act – weighty but white; curvy rounded edges juxtaposed with the linear fluting; the silky-smooth top alongside all the tactility and texture of the grooves and ridges.

In the right hand corner there, there’s a separate small black sink, with a matte black Zenith Hydro Tap (the taps that produce boiling water immediately) with a hidden Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer next to it. The drawer hardware is Blum Tip-On – press a drawer to open it, give it a small push and the drawer soft-closes by itself.

The elegant cabinetry is a rich Smoked Oak veneer by Plymasters, and it houses a tall pantry (with 5 internal drawers that open individually) and integrated column fridge and column freezer by Fisher & Paykel. Hands up who’d watch a video walk-through of this space *puts both hands up*  The tall cabinet pull bars (called ‘closet bars’, if you’re searching for them) and smaller furniture knobs, all in smoked bronze – yum, are by Buster & Punch.

This gallery-esque display unit features backlit lighting by Hafele and – perhaps my favourite touch – bronze glass.

I spy with my little eye – the Smoked Oak rangehood unit is actually curved to match the radius of the island

 The benchtop above is Dekton in (black, textured) Sirius, and Annika chose travertine finger tiles by Tile Depot to mirror the vertical lines in the island and upper wall.

Those lights are bubble pendants by Mr Ralph, and the island tap is a Plumbline Buddy in a brushed nickel finish.


To see more of Annika’s award-winning work (including the other two very different kitchens in the Rowson Kitchens showroom) visit her website, or follow Annika on Instagram to see all the projects she’s creating…



Popping in today to share new New Zealand brand ODDTHING with you. Behind the name is young talent Henry Caird. An experienced Industrial Designer, Henry is called on by companies to conceptualise, 3d-visualise and detail-design their new products. Now he’s launching his own – with the mission that every ODDTHING  be thoughtful, good-looking, long-lasting and nice to use.

First up was the Long Light, a suspension lighting solution for hanging over different sized tables and countertops. It’s scalable by design, so you can choose the length that fits your space, up to a super-statement three metres wide. Light shines through the gaps where each module meets, and the colours are also customisable. I’d love to see this in white.

ODDTHING’s sophomore product was one of those simple-but-genius ideas born out of personal need. Henry (and his mate James Wotton, fellow creative and coffeephile) had joined the growing number of people making filtered coffee at home, but had nowhere to store their paper filters. The Paper Filter Station is available in black or white, and stores Chemex, Moccamaster or V60 coffee filters. There’s also a special Kokako Coffee version, and Henry and James have new colours planned for this year.

As ODDTHING grows, Henry is keen to introduce other designers and makers who share his passion for minimalist objects with a touch of character. Keep an eye out for an upcoming collab with a talented American designer, a new lighting product, and more homeware and lifestyle products to come.


ODDTHING online store / ODDTHING Instagram



Call me Soda Stream, I’m fizzing at every image of every corner of this house. Australian Interior Architect Cassie James Herrick (CJH Studio) has gone and done it again with another modern-but-muted masterpiece. (To see the rest of this place – yes, there’s even MORE to see – go here.)

Those drapes! (oh my goodness those drapes…)

The babe’n bathroom fixtures (towel rail and shower shelf) caught my eye – turns out they were designed by CJH Studio, and are now part of a hardware line available to purchase through Linear Standard.

Every. Single. Thing. In Every Single Image.

Photography by Cathy Schusler

And here’s (below) another recent project by Cassie and her CJH colleagues – with their trademark use of natural materials and soft forms. I love how ‘simple’ these spaces seem at first glance, but how exquisitely considered and resolved every last itty bitty detail is.

Love these custom handles.

Photography by Benjamin Hosking

Every. last. detail.
See more of this home – Retreat Residence – on the CJH Studio portfolio.

Adore the steel framed windows, the marble sink, and that old farmhouse dining table. If you think this kitchen’s good, wait till you see their butler’s pantry…

(Even if there wasn’t an INCREDIBLE concrete sink in this butler’s pantry, I would have included this image for the senior puppy alone.)

Yes to a vanity, with sink, that looks like a bedroom dresser

All above images via Jill Egan Interiors – whose work delivers classic elegance, but always with a touch of the unexpected.

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