Petal Playground

I love kicking off The New year (see what I did there) with an extra-extra-goody, and this is that.
The new showroom / workroom of creative couple MarkAntonia.

A new studio from which Antonia can create her insane floral installations, Mark can continue his industrial and furniture design projects, and the two can create and sell their own MarkAntonia products – Disk and Leaning mirrors, a range of candles (actual FAVE), still life art prints in collaboration with photographer Claire Mossong, dried scented seasonals (potpourri for a new gen), dried floral bouquets (love this idea), and other limited edition projects. At the moment, in the pink-floored retail space out front, they have handmade steel and ceramic vases developed specially for their dried floral arrangements, blackened steel hanging racks, and a collab hand balm and cuticle oil.

Visit at 3b Central Road, Kingsland, Auckland.
Open Thursdays – Saturdays, or by appointment (check the MarkAntonia instagram or website).

Ah damn, now I want half a tree hanging from my ceiling.

The sweetest-smelling showroom, with MarkAntonia candles always alight.

Antonia really loves pink (you and me both, babeland)

Did you ever see a prettier workshop? Imagine coming to this ‘office’ every day to create…

MarkAntonia candles in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring

Scented Dried Seasonals, also in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
The dried flowers inside reflect the season the arrangement and scent is named for. 
Each comes with a l’il bottle of oils so you can keep the scent fresh

Still life art prints, styled by Antonia and shot by Claire Mossong

Top-up fragrance oils

Ceramic vases made especially for MarkAntonia

Buy ’em flowers that don’t wilt or need water

Antonia and Mark, feat. pink door.

Imagery captured by Auckland freelance photographer
Michelle Weir for The New

(You should hire her right meow).



Spaces – Bumper Summer Edition

Last week I shared loads of spaces from The Block Au contestants (and now full-time reno babes) Kyal & Kara. Well I ain’t done yet missy! This is one of their recent bathrooms. Fave bits: textured white tiles alongside white vertical shiplap (new fave bathroom cladding combo, actually), those leather pull handles (from Made Measure, btw) and I bloody always love a stump side table, don’t you?

More from Kyal and Kara because I fangirl hard. I don’t personally love this blue colour, but it’s perfect in this beachside home. All that concealed storage is the stuff of my minimalist dreams, I love the huge bespoke pantry handles (Kyal made them), the raked shiplap ceilings give this space so much more, well, er, space, and those linen curtains by Hale Mercantile Co. are 👌🏻 👌🏻  (you have to imagine me doing that sign with both hands). You can see all the rest of this kitchen here.

And… now I want to knock out some walls at our place. These guys have transformed an under-used corner and made it super inviting and super super practical with this big, beautiful corner window seat. The square dining table is the perfect choice here, and I love the oversized pendant to really anchor the whole set-up.

Two words: concrete headboard! (That also doubles as a ledge for items – yuss.)
Cautionary note: gentle love-making only.

And the winner (dramatic pause) for the kitchen of the year, goes to (fumbles with envelope), THIS ONE.
Design by Archer Interiors. Photography James Geer.

Love a shower you can sit down in.

All black everything. Could you live in this?

An old warehouse in London’s Hackney, transformed into a light-filled home by the architect who purchased it. Shall we look around a little?

Cool ply staircase!

Love what they’ve done here with the ply wall and the slatted wall above it. The long vertical lines help emphasise the beautiful height and shape of the ceiling, while letting loads of light through.

When you gotta body this good, you don’t need to wear much.

Amazing concealed storage doing double-duty as a partial wall. J’adore.

Yeah, our entire countertop is one solid 800 kilo slab of marble, no big deal.
(P.S: Love the push-open cabinetry.)

This reno of an old Queenslander has me written all over it. Relevant to your interests too? See more here. Design Sian MacPherson, photography Cathy Schusler

Another goodie from Kyal and Kara. Large format tiles always manage to make a space look larger and more expensive. Wondering what’s around that corner?

… only this amazing double shower! With a big beautiful skylight and a very cool linear drain.
All it needs now is somewhere to sit down.


Right, beautiful people, that’s it for 2017! Thanks for following along this year, you’re the actual best. Hope you have the best Chrissy – go for a swim, let the sunshine dry you off, then go get a TipTop ice cream so big that it dribbles down your wrist, which means you get a sticky hand which would normally be a bit gross but it’s not because you’re so damn relaxed from that swim and the sun-dry. That’s my plan, anyway.

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Thank you to the amazing team at Flooring Xtra for your support of The New and The New Spaces this year. Planning some renos at home next year? Order your free copy of The Ideas Book from Flooring Xtra



Such a good name, that – Kept. For this new New Zealand brand, it’s a statement of intent.

Friends Justine, Jonathon and Brian are passionate about quality over quantity. Together as Kept, they aim to produce beautiful, handmade accessories that never go out of fashion. Justine, Jon and Brian design everything themselves, then partner with makers (all multi-generational family-run businesses) in Italy and Germany.

The Kept catalogue includes scarves – in pure linen, cashmere, silk or wool – and cashmere-lined leather gloves. It’s Amalfi Coast-level balmy today, so I chose a few vacay-relevant images from the Kept selection to share with you…

Follow Kept to see new accessories as they’re launched: Kept website  / Instagram  /  Facebook

Totora Scarf – 100% linen

Rosa Scarf – hand-woven blend of linen and cotton






Little Collins St. restaurant by Hecker Guthrie gives me a boner of the heart.
I especially love the textured, handcrafted white tiles, the brass wall lights, and the shaker-style white armchairs. Good design doesn’t date. Photography Shannon McGrath

Christmassy cute scenes in the home of Chelsea Bird– if you’re looking for some lovely weekend scrolling, go visit her lifestyle blog. P.S: The print is a personal all-time fave of mine by Anthony Burrill.

OK, now I’m just going to share about one million photos from Australian The Block royalty, Kyal and Kara. Fan faves on the show last year, the couple are now full-time renovators, and they share every stage of the transformations they do through their own website and social media.

I love love love Kara’s style – it’s the epitome of that contemporary coastal aesthetic that Australians do so well. (Still lightyears behind us in other ways though Aussie, so I’ma let you have interior design for now).
Anyway – heeeeeeey huge barn door with matte white hardware (available from here, btw) and heeeeeeey rattan rocker! P.S: Love that Eucalyptus green wall.

Their most recent renovation has a beautifully-designed kitchen. There’s those textured white tiles again, and hello rattan pantry door.  P.S: Kyal and Kara have a YouTube channel with reno episodes taking you through everything – worth an arvo watch.

The white custom cabinetry conceals the fridge, amongst other things.

I could move in here tomorrow.  Also, idea to steal: Woven rug on the wall as an art piece.

The chairs, for those who just need to know, are the Seed Flat Leather Dining Chair.

Super fresh with sandy tones and tasty texture.

You can get a full walk-through of this bedroom and the ensuite here.

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