Let me introduce you to new brand Baina, founded by New Zealand friends Anna Fahey and Bailey Meredith.

I’m excited about Baina’s super contemporary approach to towelling. The aesthetic goes from subtle to sonorous, the designs playing with colour theory, texture and shape to bring a little sense of fine art, architecture or sculpture to your bathroom.

For me, design is the Art of Living Well – I believe that good design can genuinely improve the quality of your life and the lives of others – and Baina as a brand encapsulates this sentiment for me in every way. Not only is the design beautifully considered and the product premium (thick, super-soft absorbent towels), it’s a brand born of two friends who’ve decided to carve a creative and career path for themselves (and others). And everything is mindfully produced – Baina towels are 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, and are made by a four decade family-owned, sustainably-progressive mill in Portugal.

Currently the Baina collection includes a reversible pool towel that’s taking me to Capri, along with big bath towels and hand towels in three aesthetic match-ups. (I can’t decide which bathroom pairing is my favourite – the pink towels with the simple texture of an arch shape stitched into them, or the reversible sage green towels, one with a fine grid, one boldly checkered…)

For Anna and Bailey, the core idea behind Baina was to create a ceremony of self-care. A shower or bath is often the only time we have to be with ourselves, no screens, no-one else demanding our attention. Having a freakin’ beautiful towel, from a brand you believe in, to extend that moment of calm and presence? Yip, totally worth the investment.

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Because they’re that good, this week’s Spaces is devoted entirely to Perth’s Studio Atelier, a young interior architecture team lead by husband and wife Kimberley Tan and Jeff Swinyard. You might like to follow their projects via Insta.

Understatedly sophisticated.

That tiled column tho! Also love these floor tiles.

Yes, I know that’s alotta imagery of one kitchen, but what a kitchen! Especially those beautiful tiles, and the tiled column leg on the island. See more of Studio Atelier’s Mabel House here.

Adore the combination of the small, soft sand coloured brick with the XXL pitted concrete blocks here, especially with the light timber flooring. Nice to see a fireplace off-centre for a change, in this case creating space for a cosy read-and-relax bench

Those brick archways are doing something to me…

I spy a scullery with the same vertically-laid sage green tiles.

Design is in the details: I appreciate that the tiles (from Myaree Cermamics, btw) go right to the floor. If it was just white paint under the cabinetry, it would be like pants that are hemmed too short.

Photography Dion Robeson; Styling Anna Flanders

Another of Studio Atelier’s recent projects, Gillespie House. Much (much) more here.

Restoring the character and charm of an historic establishment – ensuite details by Studio Atelier at the National Hotel Freemantle. See more of this project here.


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My Debut Book: Our Spaces

I did a thing! Introducing Our Spaces – Contemporary NZ Interiors,
a coffee table book curated and edited by little old me!

A sourcebook of ideas for contemporary interiors, Our Spaces takes you room-by-room through what I consider to be New Zealand’s most stylish, most inspiring homes – spaces that are relaxed yet refined, modest yet modern.

Inside its linen-bound hardcover, Our Spaces features over 400 beautiful interior images by my friend, NZ photographer Michelle Weir, along with ideas and insights pulled from each space, for yours.

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of the beautiful imagery from inside the 288 pages, as well as some of my (and Michelle’s) thoughts on designing a home that’s both beautiful and meaningful.

Our Spaces will be available in all good bookstores and my favourite design stores from Tuesday November 5th.
Or pre-order now through my own homeware store, Sunday – and I’ll courier your copy out to you myself!

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 I’ve made you a bumper-size, long Spaces for the long weekend. But I’m not very well at the moment, so if you don’t mind, I might just do the bare minimum by literally just pointing out the things I like in each space.

Sage green and grey kitchen. Rust-coloured plinth. A dining bench seat, built-in.

Lots of storage.  Japanese paper lampshades 4 lyfe.

The right shade of pink on the wall. Bleached pine-looking flooring. The casual drama of a big leaning mirror.

Black sconces against a dark wall colour – drama.

Marble with dark timber.

Dark walnut timber cabinetry with light timber floorboards.

Unexpected, modern cabinet pulls.

 A basket for the cushions and pillows you throw off the bed at night.
A framed print that greets you when you wake up.

Soft grey walls


Something foraged.

A clever cut-out.

Mermaid tiles on the floor. A bench seat with storage at one end of the kitchen.
An original arched window.

Layered rugs. Shiplap on the walls and ceilings, and wide floorboards for timeless stature.

A lakefront house with summer-day supplies in the entranceway. Another built-in bench seat with storage.

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