Enlightened Beauty

New beauty brand Aleph is a trifecta of things I love and celebrate on The New: design-led, category-disrupting New Zealand brands, visionary New Zealand women at the helm of said brands, and – of course – modern, minimalist packaging and aesthetic.

In founding Aleph Beauty, Auckland makeup artist Emma Peters is realising a long-held dream. A dream to create a multi-functional makeup line, made here in New Zealand, that acts as much like skincare as it does cosmetics, without harming the planet, animals or the people wearing it.


My minimalist heart beats for simple stylish packaging. 

Debossed glass jars for the win

The Aleph range is a capsule collection, for those of us who want less products, that do more. The Foundation (in four shades – more coming) self-adjusts and is also a full-coverage concealer; the Radiance cream can be mixed with your foundation to give an ethereal glow, used as an eyeshadow, or applied to the high points of the face as a highlighter; and there’s a dual Lip/Cheek Tint. All the products are vegan (including the Diffuser Brush), and contain active skincare ingredients for antioxidant, anti-aging benefits, like algae extract, co-Q10 and an extract from NZ’s native Totara tree.

And at the risk of this sounding like an infomercial (which it is not – I came for the packaging and identity design, I stayed for the beauty info), when you buy your Aleph foundation, you also get sent a sample of the colour you have selected, so you can try it on your skin before opening the full product. You also get to choose a second sample (lighter or darker) to test alongside the colour you have selected. Then, if the full-size colour you ordered isn’t right, Aleph let you send it back, and they send out your new colour choice at no charge.

Congratulations Emma, there’s so much to love here.

Aleph Beauty online store  /  Aleph Beauty Instagram



Love this walk-in shower: has the spa-like feel of a wet-room, but with those two black-steel-framed screens, there’s just enough containment. The pared-back colour palette downplays just how Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous this bathroom is; and I like that. Let’s take a closer look at that far end, shall we?

Ugh, that sink! Also, a full dressing room down one end of the bathroom. Omg bye.

This is how you do Balance. Bold and brutalist against warm and organic. The travertine kitchen island is the absolute showstopper here.  Design by Pieter Vanrenterghem,

Photography by Thomas De Bruyne

Still loving seeing dark oak together with blonder timbers.

Love this in-built timber shelving tucked under the island. I don’t think I’ve seen this done before?

Jaclyn Peters, you sure give good Kitchen. Fave bits? Ah, everything. But if I had to pick two something, I’d say the shade of green – deep but dynamic; and the finishing flourish – the Turkish rug. (Always love the a living-room style rug in a kitchen.)

Another great kitchen from designer Jaclyn Peters.

Love the black sink, that blonde timber cabinetry (especially the wide linear handles), the Turkish rug…
I also love how the designer has used a mix of cabinetry in this space – warm oak, white groove-panelled, and the black steel and glass shown below:

And my favourite bit – this second small sink and set of cabinets next to the fridge.

Proud member of the Beige Brigade.

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Perfect Match – Together Journal X An Organised Life

When an editor of an international wedding publication meets a boutique stationery designer and organisation expert, what do you get? The most stylish, well-considered wedding planner, that’s what.

Greta Kenyon (celebrated wedding photographer, turned founder and editor of Together Journal) and Beck Wadworth (founder and designer of An Organised Life) first got together over a year ago to discuss creating something that would help lovers plan their big day with maximum sophistication but minimum stress. They pushed each other creatively, refining and pushing and refining their concept some more, ultimately producing a wedding planner of both style and substance.


The planner is split into tabbed sections, including: Important Info, Checklists & Calendar; Dream Plan; Budget; Guests (includes seating plan pages) Venues; Food & Drink; Music; Photo & Video; Flowers & Styling; Attire & Rings; Beauty & Grooming; Wedding Party; Our Big Day (one place for all the details of the wedding day – key contacts, information, vows, speeches, pack in/pack out info pages, run sheet pages and more.) Reflect, and Notes.

At the start of each section, there’s a full page with tips and tricks dedicated to organising that part of your wedding, and there’s also a back pocket for keepsakes and loose notes. Rest assured, Greta and Beck have thought of everything.

The Wedding Planner is available in two classic colours – black or ecru – and comes in a gold-embossed box, with the intention that you can preserve it as a keepsake, to look back on in years to come. You can also have your names or initials (or anything you want, actually – maybe the wedding date itself) monogrammed on the front, in a choice of five foil finishes. So lovely.

Pre-Order here.




LOVE what they’ve done with the sink here – just a recycled table with a sink dropped in, and that industrial-style copper faucet (with the matching shower faucets). Add some rendered walls and a smidge of patterned floor tiles and you have the perfect Californian desert vibes for this homestead cabin Airbnb.

Brick archway nook. That is all.

One for my Travel Wishlist: International icons of design Menu, together with their friends at Norm Architects, have converted a 101-year old Copenhagen boathouse into The Audo – a hybrid boutique hotel, concept store, restaurant, café, creative co-work and event space. The Audo’s 10 guest suites are all decorated uniquely, showcasing Menu’s furniture, lighting and homeware. See loads more images here, or visit The Audo website here.

Ideas to steal: tone-on-tone grey: soft grey walls, with a slate-grey painted sideboard and smokey grey glass. Also, autumn leaves as an impermanent sculpture. Also, soft grey walls in living spaces, then deep blue-grey in a bedroom.

The Thomas is a new boutique accommodation you can book in Melbourne’s beachside St Kilda.
Very elegant – I especially love those wide, dark floorboards. See more over at Est Magazine

Is it obvious yet that I’ve been daydreaming about a holiday? This beauty is Casa Sa Mar, a señorial townhouse in the centre of Sóller, Spain. The home dates back to 1896, and while it’s now a modern residence, many of the original features have been kept and restored. The exterior, courtyards and pool are breathtaking – go here to see.

If I can’t go on a holiday, I at least want to re-design my workspace. Something like this would do nicely.
Designed by the very inspiring Anne Sage – one of the OG content creators and founder of Rue Magazine.

Meaningful art and photography on the walls

Concealed turntable for the work soundtrack – YES.

Structured but soothing, with organic textures and the softest tones

I had to include this pic because of that blush leather Day Bench by Perigold (with a custom corduroy bolster on it – love)


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