Bedroom Mood (The Yes, We Still Love Pink Edition)


I recently got two Compound Bedside Cabinets from Citta in the loveliest Sage Green
– but they also have a blush pink, and choosing one or the other was HARD!
This is what I might do to my bedroom if I’d chosen the Blush Pink…

This Nutmeg is brand new colour from AC Homestore‘s own in-house linen brand. A muted clay, its the perfect new neutral to complement – but not compete with – the blush pink bedsides.

I’d team the Nutmeg duvet and pillowcases with Pinstripe sheets and Euros. Also a new style from AC Homestore, it’s the super fine, subtle stripe that’s perfect for layering, to build a complete bedding set-up. Goes with everything, and adds some subtle texture, too.

To ground the space with depth and substance, a vintage Boujaad rug from Bohzali. These rugs are handcrafted by the Berber women of Morocco and can take a few months to a year to complete. I’d choose the Nava.

I love the soft pinky touch in this Barefoot limited edition print, by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available at my own shop, Sunday Homestore. Another good option would be a Moroccan-inspired travel print, but I like the idea of keeping things a little softer.

Give me ANY excuse to get to use Le Sfere Wall Lamp from Good Form. An iconic of 20th Century design, these Italian-made lights were first designed in 1959, re-issued again in 2018. Good design doesn’t date. For this space, I’d choose the single wall lamps in the Champagne finish. (These also come in doubles, and in black)

I’m normally up later than hubby (plus I’m just greedy when it comes to designer lighting), so let’s also do a Carrie Lamp in Brass, by Danish design house Menu.

For a botanic element, I’d do foraged magnolia leaves, or maybe olive leaves if you want to go with something a little softer. And a philodendron in this clay-coloured Grow Plant Pot from Citta.

Walls and Floors? I’m glad you asked! Concrete flooring would be amazing, and I’d choose Aalto Paint Gallery White (a definite white-white, but warm-toned) for the walls.


Aalto X The New – Mood: Hahei Boho

Current fave colour from Aalto Paint –  Descent. A moody greyed-out green, it’s a hue with in-built heritage, but looks equally at home in a contemporary aesthetic. It brings an untamed elegance and elevated restfulness to a space, and is the perfect backdrop for art.

With that depth and drama on the walls, I’d design the rest of the room as a counterpoise – using light, soft layers. The aesthetic is Boho, but on a Coromandel summer tip. It’s all about balance: soft textures, but simple, sharp silhouettes. Crisp clean whites (Descent loves a crisp white), but muted a little through the use of linen, timber, and other natural materials.

I’d also paint Aalto Descent in a hallway, to create a create a deeply dramatic entrance to a home. And it would be restful and grounding in a sleep space – a moody master, or a sophisticated nursery.

Products used:

Descent from Aalto Paint


Joe Deep Sofa from St Clements
Argento rug
from Flooring Xtra
Tall Iron-Frame Mirror from Indie Home Collective
Reclaimed teak stool by Sika Design, from our friends at Tessuti
Down by the Bay limited edition print, from Print by George
(deep grey-green works beautifully with nature prints and photographs)
Ashley & Co Candle from Sunday Homestore – smoked-grey glass is the perfect complement to Descent
Bone Crackle Gidon Bing bowl from Sunday Homestore
Large Neu Pitcher by Ferm Living from Slow Store – love the grey-green glaze and the Bauhaus form


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.


Aalto X The New Mood: Elevated Ensuite


We’re currently on the hunt for a section out here at the beach; the very (very) early stages of a house build journey. So, natch, I’m already designing dream bathrooms, and I’d love to create something like this.

The jump-off for this look was Aalto Paint’s Acronym – a deep, sophisticated clay tone that would also be beautiful in a master bedroom, dining room or home studio. It’s a colour that has better longevity and less overt femininity than a lighter pink, and teamed with dark timber such as walnut, it creates a smart and sophisticated look. Concrete provides a raw industrial edge to balance out the elegance, and for a final counterpoise, I’d include some finer materials like soft linen and delicate glass.

Acronym from Aalto Paint


Products Used:

Como Basin in Nude by Concrete Nation – their incredible concrete sinks are now available in New Zealand through Plumbline.
Majestic Desert Oak flooring (in Brushed Dark Brown) from Flooring Xtra
RD Stool in Solid Walnut by Douglas & Bec
Citta Linen Wash Bag in Olive Grid from Sunday Homestore
Incredible mouth-blown glass pendant – Dome Pendant in the colour Tea – by Monmouth Glass Studio


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto Paint –
we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.



Aalto X The New Moodboard: Youth + Beauty


Ever wanted to have a baby just for the opportunity to decorate a little person’s bedroom and buy cute clothes? Just me then. If I was expecting, I’d paint my nursery grey. It’s contemporary, gender neutral, and also creates a serene, calming space for sleeping and nursing. It’s also the sort of colour they can grow up with, working just as well at two as it will at twelve.

Evocative – from our partners at Aalto Paint – is perfect for a little’s room.

Evocative is quite a sophisticated, elegant hue, but because it’s a more of a greige (a beige-like grey) it doesn’t feel cold. In fact, even though it’s modern and a little moody, it somehow manages to still feel both warm and soft. Get you a paint colour that can do both.

Grey in general is a super versatile choice that plays nicely with almost any other colour – and Aalto Paint have a generous palette of greys. But one of the reasons I settled on Evocative here is that it works especially well with these blush tones, because it has a hint of pink in it.

Overall, I’d describe this look as playful yet elevated… and that’s all thanks to the paint colour.

Products shown:

Charadriiformes Print from Paper Plane

First designed in 1959, a Kristian Vedel’s Bird will be a friend for life – from being a popular toy in a little one’s room, to a much-loved design icon in a future home. (Also come in light oak, but I love this deep Smoked Oak.)

Never mind the kids, I want some of these Raduga Grez Apartment Building Blocks for myself. Love the modernist shapes, love the colour palette. Available in NZ from Dapper Mr Bear.

One of my all-time fave IKEA designs, the BJÖRKSNÄS chest of drawers. (There’s also a bedside table in the same style, btw). Get it in NZ through Urban Sales.

Also from Dapper Mr Bear, Raduga Grez’ Cube Block Set in a palette of contemporary hues.

Ferm Living Little Architect Tables and Desks in Rose, available in NZ from Slow Store. Also comes in a deep emerald green, or grey.

Ferm Living Tufted Strawberry Rug, available in NZ through Slow Store.

Nobodinoz Toy Bag in Misty Pink, from Dapper Mr Bear


This series is sponsored by our friends at Aalto – we use and love their multi-pigmented, premium paint.


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