The New X Aalto Paint – STYLED

Photography by Swift & Click

Ok, I’m ready to just move all my files and my computer into this contemporary workspace, created with Aalto Paint’s Sovereign – a powdery clay pink that’s part of Aalto’s 2018 Collection. Aalto have a nice selection of pinks – one other ‘millennial pink’ I love from their range is Treaty 1/2, which is a little lighter, with peachy undertones.

Dusky pink like this works so well with burnished reds and russet tones, and Aalto has so, so many of these to choose from. I love the dark flooring with this pink wall!

Photography by Swift & Click


Products Used:

Project Trestle Desk from Happy Sunday

My all-time favourite chair – Wishbone in natural Beech Wood
(also comes in a deeper walnut timber, a white and a black) – quality replica from Me & My Trend

Restore Basket in Rose Melange by Danish design legends Muuto – available in NZ from Bauhaus.
(They also come in a lower/shallower style and in a round shape, in loads of different colours.)

Flooring is Studio Traffic 250 in Soft Elm Brown from Flooring Xtra

Workspace Tools:

Black Hay Scissors from Everyday Needs (they also come in Brass)
Japanese Super Gold Eraser from Everyday Needs
Vitra Toolbox in Mauve Grey colourway from Everyday Needs
An office classic – Gold Penco Bulldog Clip from Everyday Needs
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur from Sunday Homestore
Linen Covered Notebook in Mustard (Caramel Fudge) from Pepa Stationery
Pink Left-Handed Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Le Voyageur Blush Pink Ruled Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Katie Leamon Graphite Pencil Set (in the best colours!) from Pepa Stationery
Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils (the world’s best pencils, so iconic) from Pepa Stationery
Darling Clementine Folder and Box in Rust Red – coming soon to Sunday Homestore
Pink Taus Ceramic Mug from Sunday Homestore
Stay hydrated – 1 Litre Water Carafe (Brass Lid) by Menu, from Sunday Homestore
YStudio Classic Spring Ballpoint Pen (nice and weighty – solid brass) from Pepa Stationery
Another iconic office tool – the Klizia 97 Whale Stapler (in white) from Pepa Stationery
Poketo Solid Brass Ruler from Pepa Stationery



Material Worlds

Layering your home with texture and warmth
– Styling by Alice Lines and Sam van Kan; Photography by Simon Wilson

What a bathroom! Photography Duncan Innes


I’m only sticking the tip in today with peeks at two of the many home tours and styled features from the new issue of Homestyle magazine, out on shelves now.

This August/September issue – Material Worlds – outdoes itself yet again, with practical tips on styling your space with simplicity and ease, visits to a NZ artist’s studio and a beautiful new lifestyle store, the usual hella-good picks of the latest things to love in food, lifestyle and interiors, and – what we came for – loads of exceptional home tours (including this amazing home pictured above, and the impressive yet humble home of Mahsa Willis, founder of one of my favourite fashion labels Mahsa).

Always such a good buy. Good bye!


Kowtow Flagship

Photography by Simon Wilson 


New Zealand label Kowtow was born in 2007 from desire to create ethical clothing and a fashion-forward, global-thinking brand. 11 years on, and having deservedly built an international following, Kowtow has opened their very first store – a flagship space in their hometown of Wellington.

Designed by Auckland-based, internationally-in-demand Rufus Knight, who worked in collaboration with young Wellington practise Makers of Architecture to complete the space.

Japanese architecture and joinery inspired the aesthetic, most clearly referenced in those beautiful slatted timber panels that divide the space and provide shelving and display.

Sustainability and traceability is core to everything Kowtow do, so it makes sense that the brand’s founder and Creative Director Gosia Piatek would execute these same values in the design of the flagship… They’ve used New Zealand grown and milled sustainable timber throughout; the countertops are tiled with ceramic tiles handmade by New Zealand’s Gidon Bing; the floor rugs are made from recycled synthetics (including salvaged fishing nets); the modular sofa by New Zealand designer Simon James is upholstered with renewable and compostable fibres; the beautifully thick linen drapes are made using sustainable materials and production methods; and those massive paper lights (Hotaru Buoy pendants) – they’re produced by a Japanese family that’s been handing down the traditional craft of paper lanterns since 1891.

OK I have a job for you to do – scroll back up and and have another, closer look at all those photographs. Really see each image. The balance of soft and structural is so well done, don’t you think? Those concrete floors and big concrete pillars, against the delicacy of the folded paper lights and the individually handmade ceramic tiles. The structure and lightness of all those vertical timber slats, next to the thick linen drapes, hanging heavy in loose folds. Ugh. So good.

The space mirrors not only the Kowtow values but the aesthetic of their garments in many ways – strong silhouettes, soft minimalism, and complete attention to every. last. detail.



Oh hey little entrance. Idea to Steal: a simple, good-looking shelf and bench with triple lengths of thick dowel

Sundling Kickén are a Swedish stylist duo (Evalotts Sundling and Elin Kickén) who lend their great taste to projects like this one – staging new apartments in the city of Uppsala.  They’ve mastered the balancing act of sophisticated yet soft.

These beautiful nesting tables are the Building Tables by Skagerak, if you wanted to know. (I did.)

Is it annoying when I post a lot of unattainably luxurious residences? I know I get a little fed up with blogs that assume I have gold bullions for fingers. But it’s also nice to dream, right? And there’s still good ideas that can be pulled from these million-euro pads.

Love me a super-simplistic floating timber bed.
And behind that wall at the head of the bed is…

 This beautiful ensuite. No biggie. (Extremely large biggie.)

Brutalist beauty.

 Ugh, so good. Love these terrazzo sinks and brass faucets. Narrow sinks not only look super modern and refined, they’re also a perfect solution for small bathrooms. Interior architecture by Natalie Dubrovska.

Best laundry! Love the ply cabinets and shelving – two ticks for affordable and aesthetically-pleasing.

This is the beautiful Byron Bay home of the owner of lifestyle and kids brand Olli Ella.
Photography by Maree Homer for Real Living. See more of this home here.


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