Today’s Spaces all belong to professional renovators Kyal and Kara. The husband and wife team started out on The Block (Australia) about 6 years ago – then as a chippy and a physio – and now have over 35 renovations under their tool belts. Over the past several months, they’ve been taking their quarter-of-a-million Instagram following along for the reno ride with them, as they design and build their own dream home, Blue Lagoon. Over on their website and YouTube channel, you can see hundreds more images both of the in-progress build and the finished spaces. Great long weekend, lazy Sunday viewing.

I spy incredible amounts of storage (big fan) – including that white cabinet-slash-wall, and the low window seat.

Loads more images of the detail of this kitchen here (and the great scullery you can see tucked away there)

There’s so much more to see of Kyal and Kara’s living and dining here

My love language is a walk-in-robe-meets-ensuite

I spy beautiful custom drawer handles…

LOVE that low tiled ledge.

Watch the Blue Lagoon bathroom build video here.

Masters of simple yet substantial detail.

Kyal and Kara website  /  Instagram  /  Youtube


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Rituals on Repeat – the new Homestyle

Just the tiniest tease of the covergirl – Alex and Corban Walls’ (AC Homestore) jaw-dropping new home. And ah, I don’t say jaw-dropping lightly. Photography by Sophia Bayly

The dream – early 1900’s villa in the front (ornate historic fretwork and facade) – and hiding around back, a clean, modern extension. Photography by Sam Hartnett

This handsome New Plymouth home with five lofty pavilions is another of Homestyle’s excellent June/July features. Photography by Simon Wilson.


You really don’t need to read this copy, you just need to get yourself down to your local Homestyle stockist and pick up this issue because SHEESH. The heroine of the issue is the prodigious new home of Alex and Corban Walls (of AC Homestore). It is everything you’d expect from the taste-making couple but yet so much more – from the world-class architectural choices and the super-minimalist-but-monumental travertine-walled pool and lawn, to the staggering bathrooms and the stylish-yet-soft bedrooms… It’s every synonym of incredible. 

The rest of the issue is similarly all-killer-no-filler. Look, honestly, you just need to close down this tab and go get a copy, ok? This one’s a don’t-miss.






If you only see one floor-standing single candlestick today, let it be this one.

Photography by Jesper Florbrant for Plaza Interior

Love the material palette in this living room – linen, paper, glass. These are scenes from the Minimalist-but-Sculptural home of Johanna Måwe of Maawinge Design (if you like this, you might like to follow Johanna on Instagram @maawingedesign)

Take me to this (well-designed) cabin in the wilderness, by Joanna Laajisto.

The higher the foliage, the closer to God.

Fox’s Den home in Melbourne, designed by Georgina Jeffries.

Periodically checking in on Carla Natalia and the ongoing design project that is her historic Craftsman Style home. She has a great small blog with modern DIY ideas and styling tips, here.


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Another beautiful Scandinavian-meets-Shaker kitchen from my favourite kok, Nordiska Kok. True floor to ceiling linen curtains, drop-leaf dining tables, Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, short marble splashbacks, greige cabinetry… these are a few of my favourite things.


I’d swap the light out for a big paper or linen lantern – to ’round out’ the space, modernise it, and soften it a little.

I really love a short slab splashback – super elegant. Also love here how the inside of the cabinets are beautiful premium wood – making it a delight rather than an annoyance when your husband NEVER CLOSES THE CABINETS.

This sweet little sleep space – via Insta-mum @theworldingray – just caught my eye (and my heart)

An Amsterdam inner-city apartment, created by – and for – design lovers. Strikes the right balance of quiet and elegant, but still fun and dynamic with the sculptural furniture and lighting.

Always a sucker for a trough-style bathroom sink.

Put pretty bags at the door, and fill them with the handfuls of ugly reusable grocery bags you have to remember to take with you. (If you’re reading this, major chain supermarkets, I’m staring meaningfully in your direction.)

Love these humble but high quality little spaces, from home sweet home of interior designer (and blogger at Harlow and James) Chrissy McDonald.

Holy render!

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