Moodboard – Sartorial Effect

I wish I was giving my lounge an IRL makeover, but I’ll have to settle for a moodboard instead. The jump off was this wall colour – Effect – from our sponsors and friends at Aalto Paint. Part of Aalto’s collection of new-era pinks, Effect is a flesh-toned neutral with subtle undertones of umber and clay. Painting this colour on your wall is like wearing an elegant camel coat compared to, say, a bright pair of pants – it makes a definite statement of style and confidence, without needing to shout. Continuing the fashion metaphor, it’s quite an editorial colour, but still very wearable, don’t you think? It’s sophisticated yet has a softness about it, too, and pairs beautifully with blonde woods, rusted reds and sage greens. (btw – I also did a version of this moodboard with millennial pink elements in place of the burnt reds, and it looked just as lovely.)

Products selected:

Aalto Paint – Effect

Dalton Armchair from Nest (love this chair so much!)

Henley Oak Coffee Table from Nest

Art Print No 06 by Malene Birger for The Poster Club, available from Paper Plane

Euro cushion in Cocoa from A&C Homestore
(I use Euro cushions as chair/couch cushions)

Carrie Lamp by Menu in Burnt Red, from Finnish Design Shop

Handmade Cila Jug from Citta Design

Berber Knot Rug from Nest




The very lovely bathroom reno of Shannon Vos (past winner of The Block AU). Love the vertical tiling (seeing a lot of this now, let’s call it the evolution of the subway tile), love the terrazzo tile on the wall (that, to me, reads like concrete). They’ve also managed to fit both a shower and bath in this teeny bathroom by creating a wet area with bath and shower within it (or, another way of looking at it, a large shower with a bath inside it). The small step-down into this area keeps water from the kids’ bathtime out of the dry area of the bathroom. To see all the angles of this clever small-space design, go here.

Couldn’t resist sharing a whole handful of pics from this turn of the century home in Gothenburg… (Side note for upcoming milestone birthday: would love one of those Muuto Restore baskets in the Sand colourway.)

The palette of mostly layered neutrals gives this space personality without needing to shout.

I like playing this game: What Would You Chaaaaaange?  (Imagine I’m singing that, like a Jingle. Because I am.)
The game is; you can only change two things. I’d swap the two pieces of art out for one much larger piece, and put in a cool pendant light, maybe an oversized rattan one. Oh and take that cushion off the floor. (No, that’s not three things, it doesn’t even count. It’s one of those games you’d play as a kid and your friend would make up the rules as you went.) What would you switch up?

Gorg home office situation.

Love the beige-on-beige palette, and the gooseneck faucet that lends a little industrial feel.

I dig pretty much everything These Walls founder Sara Hingle does, so was excited to see her home in the latest issue of Inside Out magazine. My fave spaces are Sara’s bathroom and laundry. How good is the terrazzo shower, and her laundry tiling and tapware?

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Happy Spaces, kids! Hope you had a great weekend. Let’s begin, shall we?

Loving sand tones currently and possibly also forever. This baben beige kitchen is by Swedish kitchen brand Marbodal, with styling by all-time fave Lotta Agaton.

More beige beauty in this tone-on-tone turn of the century apartment. This is a great palette to use with a minimal space, because even with the simplest of elements, it never looks cold or austere.

Beige marries dark timber, gets a hyphenated surname and becomes sophisticated.

I started today’s Spaces with the intention of only sharing beige spaces, but this home in Verona is fulfilling all my idyllic Italian sabbatical fantasies. Once a derelict barn, the designers stripped back the plaster, to find the most beautiful walls made from river stones. Those insane window frames are made from traditional Biancone marble. The designers also restored a large archway at the front of the house, framing the new entranceway. Inside, it’s the exhale of simple layered plywood and timber – a clean, modern contrast to all the organic texture and tradition of the exterior.

To see the rest of this home, head to the Studio Wok website

How did I only just discover celebrated interior designer Tom Delavan and his elegant, timeless work?


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Studio South

A twofer today with a duo of different projects by Auckland design practice Studio South.

Above, branding, stunning print collateral and a show suite for 246 Queen, a new development in CBD Auckland which will see architects Fearon Hay re-design and rejuvenate an iconic Queen Street building into a new high quality city landmark.

And below – I couldn’t not share Studio South’s new digs with you. Designed in collaboration with Rufus Knight, Sam and his team have repurposed an old warehouse in St Mary’s Bay into a versatile new space that includes a full photography studio, presentation room, social spaces and an open-air courtyard.

Photography by Simon Wilson


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