Kew Gardens by Leah Bartholomew

Dreamer by Kimmy Hogan 

Anthurium I by Kitty Hogan – available at Greenhouse Interiors

Go take a look around Greenhouse Interiors‘ curation of contemporary art (I love that they style all their pieces in inspiring interior spaces) and daydream about where in the house you might one of their happy prints or paintings. Because we could all do with some colour and beauty right now. Actually, I love the idea of purchasing (or making) a piece of art during this time, so that when it’s all over, we have a permanent reminder of the positives.

That outdoor shower!

Love this Double Barrel Table and custom banquette (by Mr & Mrs White)

Love how the staircase starts as stone and then continues in timber.

Yeah, just a YUGE archway into the bathroom, nbd.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

This incredible new home (Woorak House by CM Studio) is giving me Mediterranean, it’s giving me tropical, it’s giving me little touches of British Colonial. See much more here.

Oh hey little kitchen that wraps around a corner! Designed by Leanne Ford.

handmade tiles by Anchor Ceramics

Photography by Tom Blachford

Gorgeous work by Australian architect Melanie Beynon. I love how the warmth and depth of the main living areas (exposed Tasmanian Oak timber panels on the wall and the pitched ceiling, plus some feature reclaimed brick walls, too) gives way to the light and freshness of the bathroom. See the rest of this stunning home here.

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Photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

Inspired this week to share quieter, more ‘introverted’ spaces as a visual panacea. I’m a positive thinker, but I’m also an over thinker, and I have to consciously choose and craft my thoughts at times like this. This kitchen is like chamomile tea for my brain.  It actually belongs to a modern (built in 2004) Maine house, recently re-designed as a well-patina-ed farmhouse-style home. The ‘new old-fashioned’ aesthetic is thanks to in-demand interior designers Jersey Ice Cream Co, who are incredible at this weathered, warm, shaker-and-sourdough style – and whose website you should immeeeeeediately go and visit.

Love this watercolour feature wallpaper.

Love how they’re training the philodendron to trail over the doorway. Feels like a good luck charm, somehow. Also, if you’re tempted to do some change-a-roos at home over this time, how about making two side tables into a coffee table situation?

Photography by Our Food Stories

An idle mind is a dangerous thing – fill it with inspiration. Please allow me to recommend Our Food Stories (the stylists, cooks and creatives behind this kitchen above) for images that’ll pull you into a lovely daydream, incredible painterly styling, and recipes you’ll enjoy spending hours poring over with the intention to make (because pretending to yourself that you’re going to make recipes, and then collecting all of your favourites into one place, is just as healing an activity as actually making something. Science FACT.)

Rosa Park and her husband Rich, founders of the legendary travel/lifestyle journal Cereal, own an old Georgian Terrace home in the historic city of Bath. I’m in deep and abiding love with their galley kitchen, with that view out of that beautiful old window. I also love seeing art and photography in a kitchen (and bathroom) – the casual leaning style here is lovely. The shaker-style kitchen is from deVOL – see more images and info about the home, here.

Visual Valerian Root. Love the Autumnal foliage to bring the outside in, that gold art deco table lamp, and those linen curtains. (This image is also from the Our Food Stories journal – warning: dreamy post may cause drowsiness)

Our Food Stories have more than just, well, food stories. They also tour the most beautiful homes of their fellow creative friends around the world (this is interior designer Eleanor Houplain’s home in Paris). See more here


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Inward Bound – Homestyle April/May

Photography by Sam Hartnett

This renovated Herne Bay villa is the covergirl for this issue. Her reinvention  was helmed by architect Natasha Markham of MAUD. Pick up a copy of this issue to see this home’s impressive walled courtyard, and the beautiful juxtaposition of original architectural details with modern additions.

Photography by Claire Mossong

These prefab ski-cabin style homes in Ohakune are both simple and humble, yet filled with warmth and character

Photography by Simon Devitt, Design by SGA

These are the sort of times that make you extra-grateful for small joys and happy distractions. Like my new Homestyle magazine (April/May 2020 edition) that arrived in the letterbox a few days ago – didn’t even have to venture out to buy one – and it’s got all the interior inspiration you’ll need to take your mind off current events.

This issue shows us how to create small vignettes with big meaning, has us visit and talk with with three inspiring creative women (in this issue, a painter, a clothing designer, and a founder of her own art gallery), and takes us on a tour of several New Zealand homes. There’s plenty more pieces of content too… all of which has that unquantifiable It-factor that Alice Lines and her team have the most well-honed radar for.

I also really appreciate the balance of aspirational and attainable that Homestyle fold in to each issue. This go round, at the more attainable end of the spectrum, there’s the story of a couple who waited over 10 years to build their happy place (and what a place it is), and a matching pair of DOC Hut-inspired, cabin-style homes in Ohakune, prefabbed by a couple of snowboarding mates.

Keep calm (and keep well) and Homestyle on.



I’m ready for hibernation, thanks to this styling by Lovisa Häger (An Interior Affair)

So much to love in one scene. The two-storey white-painted brick wall (it extends up past the mezzanine level), the two-storey windows and pooling linen curtains, that stunning woven light, the drama of that natural stone countertop balanced with the simple oak cabinets….

These rounded handles are sending me… Also, we love a teeny splashback – always elegant.

A trio of tiles (and it just works.)

Tip: To lengthen a room, add top-to-toe drapes. (These ones also shutter the open wardrobes in a soft, feminine way)

Avenue Design Studio, if loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. These images above are from Holly and Heda’s (they’re my friends, they just don’t know it yet) newest project, Rotterdam Terrace. See much more on the Avenue Design Studio website, here.

Steal this idea: none of the hassle or commitment of a gallery wall, plus the ability to swapperoo whenever the mood hits. (Extra for experts: paint the ledges the same colour as your wall). Also, I think we need a name for this style of art hang. Ledge gallery? Library hang? Someone help me out here…

Absolute new fave – Anne Sage (go stalk! Here’s her website and Insta)

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