Just another perfect kitchen by Nordiska Kok.  This one belongs to a small, slow-living loft home in the Swedish countryside.

Minimalism, but make the few choice pieces you do have big, and sculptural.

This incredible building is a tea house, set underground, below the bustling city of Xiamen. In its centre, a large circular atrium reaches up to the sky, puncturing a shallow pool that forms the roof of the tea house. A quiet place where people come to enjoy the ancient ritual of tea, away from all the visual and aural noise of modern life. Conceived by Waterfrom Design (see more images here.)

I have this thing for faucets.

I’m starting to get a little FOMO with the calibre of boutique private accommodations popping up in Australia. Let’s open that Trans-Tasman travel bubble, stat.  This luxe property is Noa by the Beach, a 6-bedroom, 4-bathroom home located just 500m from one of my favourite beaches in the world – Little Cove in Noosa (Queensland).

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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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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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And hello to you, sunken travertine bathtub. This bathroom belongs to a renovated 1850’s Brooklyn Brownstone, which belongs to fashion designer Ulla Johnson. Head here for some AD privilege-escapism.

And now to something much more humble, but just as attractive (get you a design blog that can do both).
Notes: rendered walls are still resonating with me; and towels double as wall decor when they’re this nice.

This little scene just hit different, for some reason, and I felt compelled to share.  I think it’s the unexpected mix of classic coastal tropes (like the shiplap walls) with new postmodern pieces like that crazy travertine table.

More rendered walls in this render. Also love the curved shower wall, the double-curved bronze mirror, and the extra tall towel rail.

Photography by Petra Ford / Paper and Pate

Casework do great work. Just when I thought arches were about to jump the shark, this kitchen space went and pulled it back. I love the choice of paint and tile colours – there’s enough shape and texture here (with that cool terrazzo countertop) without needing to dial up the colour contrast, too. Well played, Casework.

Oh, and the Casework studio kitchen. Glass bricks ftw!

Dressing room love. Think I might organise my closet and change my bedroom around this afternoon…

Love that industrial faucet

Gorgeous monochromatic kitchen (from a gorgeous monochromatic home) by Studio McGee. Behind that wall is actually the kitchen proper, in white with punches of black. The kitchen then extends over to this wall where it becomes a wet bar – in beautifully-bold black – that shares space with a formal living room. Also, those armchairs – super modern, but they also do the job of softening and warming up and otherwise quite stately line of sight.


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