20.11.2019

An Organised 2020


Photography by Hannah Roche

Styling and Photography by Kirsty Dawn

Today marks 6 weeks until a whole new decade. I don’t know about you, but that gives me even more drive to make 2020 a milestone year in my life – personally and professionally.

Cue An Organised Life – a world-class, modern stationery brand that just happens to be from New Zealand.

(Ok, so most of us here – being lovers of good design – already know about An Organised Life, but for those who don’t: The brand was started back in 2013 by New Zealander Beck Wadworth. Then in her early 20’s, Beck was working in Australia in the frenetically-paced fashion and PR world, and couldn’t find a simple but stylish diary. A diary that deserved its place as an accessory to Beck’s otherwise chic, sartorial daily looks. If you’re one of the 57,000 followers of Beck’s personal Instagram, you’ll know by the life she leads (splitting her time between her home here in Auckland and her HQ in Sydney, running her business, contributing to Vogue AU and being brand ambassador for Lexus NZ) that she’s the perfect person to be designing tools to bring structure to a busy life. Beck also juggled An Organised Life as a side-hustle to her main career for over 5 years. So yeah, she knows a thing or three about organisation.)

Beck’s first An Organised Life piece – the Signature Diary – is still a bestseller each year, but An Organised Life now offers a wide range of diaries (weekly planners, daily planners, a5 and A4 size), along with a large collection of notebooks and blank journals, calendars and wall planners, weekly planner pads and notepads, all with beautifully-considered details. The aesthetic has never deviated from Beck’s original vision – classic, minimal, fresh, monochrome.

An Organised Life’s  2020 Collection is now available to order. All the diaries can be monogrammed, and they all begin in December, so you can start getting organised now.

Post Script: I’m a stationery and organisation nerd and I like hearing what other people use. So here’s what I use: I always have two of Beck’s plain leather notebooks constantly on the go – I use one for personal journalling, and another for work: for lists, ideas and design development. They come in a lined option, but I choose blank, and always use the same brand of black ink pen (I’m fussy about pens). I get my stationery monogrammed with my first initial – A – because An Organised Life offers free monogramming on many/most of their products – you can choose from a range of foils or blind deboss. For my 2020 Diary, I’m opting for the A4 Daily Diary in Gold

19.11.2019

Homestyle on Holiday


They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.

 

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16.11.2019

Spaces


 

Another beautiful IKEA hack kitchen by the masters at Reform kitchen. (Can. 👏🏼 not.👏🏼 wait.👏🏼 for IKEA to open here, and then we can start seeing some of these incredible kitchens in NZ). I adore the soft grey Basis cabinet fronts with their circular cabinet pull holes (they deserved that close-up) and the punchy but still pared-back sage green on the cupboards and staircase. Such a fresh colour choice with the soft grey, white and the bleached-looking pine flooring. Dig that quintessentially Danish lighting in black, too.

HELLO FLOORING.

Just laaaaahv this home office, belonging to one of my fave OG bloggers, Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). More details here. The monochrome palette is anything but boring with all the varying textures and forms.

Last week, I shared a view of the sink situ in this kitchen, but I didn’t actually spot this open shelving wall at the time. Simple, contemporary, casual – what Cate St Hill does best.  (I have this print up in my kitchen, too.)

(You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.)

This gorgeous Art Nouveau home – Apartment O – was conceived by interior designer Joanna Lavén for a Stockholm family. The client’s vision was “a home of international character, adapted for both family life, social interaction and recovery”. Mission very accomplished. If this sort of high design and stature is your jam, see much more of this residence here.

hey bath, hey partial wall, hey serene simplicity.

Love this raw, traditional tadelakt-plastered bathroom with its built-in wardrobe element and plaster bath. The shower is inside that monolithic box! *insert blood-draining-from-face-emoji*

Really responding to nudes with powdered blue at the moment. This scene is from a campaign image celebrating this low-slung modern bed – the Wave Bed by Australian designer Daniel Boddam. (Love Daniel’s side table too, the C-Malibu)

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13.11.2019

Real World Refinery


A coupley short years ago, I shared this post on a new brand called Real World. They’d caught my eye with their bold minimalist packaging (the first dishwashing liquid to actually look stylish in your kitchen), and the fact that all the products were completely natural, handmade in small batches from founder Nicola Mossman’s home. At that time, they’d launched with their Dishwashing Liquid – a natural alternative to the supermarket’s many toxic concoctions – and a small range of hand wash and hand cream.

The Real World range has grown to include (takes deep breath): haircare, deodorant, shaving foam, baby bath wash, a comprehensive natural skincare line, more homecare products including bench spray, a pet wash, a brand new laundry liquid, lip balm, bath salts, and much more. All plant-based. All beautifully packaged.

And, even more exciting, Nicola and husband Adam have just – a couple of months ago – opened the doors of a flagship space, in their Hawke’s Bay hometown. They spent months completely gutting and re-designing what was a newspaper printing plant, reusing and upcycling some of the industrial gems of the old building and transforming the space into what you see here – the Real World Refinery, a retail store and refillery.

Visit to see the complete Real World family of products, refill your empties from the brass 13-tap sink, and watch Nicola and the team hand-making products out back, through those black steel-framed windows (yes, everything is still done by hand).

Real World Refinery – 211 Queen St, Hastings  /  Real World online store  /  Real World Instagram

Photography by Hazel Redmond and Andy King

 

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