Monday Mix Up

7.28.2014

As I've mentioned on more than one occasion, usually when sharing photos of our bedroom on Instagram, I'm very fond of linen bedding. One of my first linen discoveries online was the Australian brand bedouin SOCIETE. I remember how luxurious the sheets looked, perfectly crinkly in beautiful muted colours. Now available for the first time in New Zealand, I've had the pleasure of seeing them in person and they are just as exquisite in real life. Exclusive to Auckland store Indie Home Collective, bedouin SOCIETE is known for their simple, raw yet luxe designs. Made from flax sourced from regions i​n Northern France, the pure linen sheeting gets better with age, softening with every sleep. 

Designed for layering, the stunning range of colours are inspired by the earth and sea. The smoky palette layers well with neutrals or colour and includes Kohl Black (a personal fave), Dusk Blue, Sea Storm, Venetian Sky, Stone, Ash and more.

Beautiful styling by Claudia Kozub, photographed by Manja Wachsmuth

Further afield and due to be launched next month, here's a sneak peek at the Moments Collection by Danish brand House Doctor. A taste of what's in store for us next Autumn/Winter, it includes soft blankets, graphic prints and a gorgeous colour palette of moss green, dusty pink and soft blue together with marble and metallic accents. I'm particularly taken with the new range of chairs.  

Images via House of C

Last week I received news in my inbox of the new 2015 collection by Bolia, which I touched on in this recent post. With more than 250 new products due to be launched, all beautifully styled, there is a lot of eye candy to take in! Created by a team of more than 60 talented designers from around the world, the collection is the most vibrant and creative ever. Undoubtedly Nordic, there are Japanese influences which can be seen in the minimalistic and sculptural shapes. I love the mix of materials including wood, leather, coloured glass, marble and metallic surfaces such as brass and gold. See the whole range here.

Images via Bolia

Before I go, I'm thrilled to announce the winner of The Horse watch worldwide giveaway. Congratulations to the lucky winner Kate Gordon-Smtih who chose the gorgeous Rose/Walnut watch! Thanks to everyone who entered and of course to our wonderful friends at Paper Plane




The Week in Review

7.25.2014

I started off the week with some exciting arrivals in the post including my Mathilda Clahr leather straps. Having been on my wishlist for a while, I was hoping they would make their way from Sweden to our side of the world. Soon enough they had, thanks to the beautiful Scandi-inspired store Norsu in Australia who are now stocking them. Providing extra storage in the workspace, they can also be placed in your hallway for bags and jackets, next to the couch or bed for holding books and mags, or even as a tie for your curtains. They come with screws to attach to the wall but I used 3M Command adhesive strips, which worked perfectly.


Also from Norsu, I got a mini Pia Wallen Cross Blanket (hanging over the chair) for my younger son's new bed, along with some gorgeous bedding, which I will share with you in due course! I'm also thrilled to tell you that Norsu have just announced a new shipping offer for all New Zealand customers, including a $15 flat rate and FREE shipping for orders over $200!


It's been a fun week with two industry events, the first being the Citta Design Summer 2014/15 Preview. With each collection inspired by a different city, it's exciting to see not only the new products, but to hear head designer Imogen Tunnicliffe speak so eloquently about their vision and how it is brought to life.  Inspired by the city of Hanoi, what better way to celebrate the launch of A Midsummer Daydream than at Cafe Hanoi, where we were presented with a traditional Vietnamese street style breakfast, as well as a delicious take away lunch! With a design style that references traditional handcrafting techniques, and embraces delicate imperfections in a contemporary way, the new collection has a fresh feel and beautiful textures. I particularly love seeing the use of natural materials like linen, rattan and timbers. Here's a sneak peek. 


The second celebration was held last night for Homestyle, who have just launched a new look magazine. Kicking off with a fresh and colourful cover, isn't it stunning?! Hitting stores next week, the new issue is as always packed with fabulous ideas and inspiration for the home, now presented in a sharper, cleaner and more beautiful way. Make sure you grab yourself a copy!


Finally, a reminder to enter this week's giveaway if you haven't already. I can't wait to announce the lucky winner on Monday morning! Have a wonderful weekend. x  

Interior Styling | White + Wood

7.24.2014

Fresh and inviting, the combination of white and pale wood in interiors is undoubtedly Scandinavian. It's also relatively easy to achieve. If you're renovating, white painted walls and ceilings will immediately brighten your home, while tired old wooden floorboards can be revived with a sand and polish. 

Going white on white with the addition of white furniture and homewares can create a beautiful, seamless look, while wood accents add warmth to prevent your home from looking too sterile. For variety choose marble and glass accents as these further enhance the dreamy, minimalist feel, and layer in textured materials like wool, leather and linen for cosy comfort. For a natural pop of colour, bring in some greenery from outside. For those who prefer a bit more colour, white and wood provides the perfect canvas for showcasing your favourite hues.

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To finish, I've sourced a few lovely pieces that fit with today's theme.

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The Horse Watch from Paper Plane | Worldwide Giveaway

7.22.2014

A simple take on the classic time-teller, The Horse range of watches are the must-have accessory right now. I've been eyeing them up for some time, and have included them in my blog wishlists on more than one occasion. You may remember this one from last week which included the gorgeous Steel and Nude watch. 

Designed in Australia, the watches recently made their way to NZ design store Paper Plane, with the first batch selling out within days. Not surprising when you take in to account their beautifully simple design, high quality materials including steel and leather, and great price point. Pre-orders have since been flooding in and new watches are due to arrive this week. 

The good news? One of them could be yours! With seven different colours to choose from, Paper Plane thought it only fair that you get to pick, and I couldn't agree more....  

Black/Black




Steel/Tan


To put your name in the draw to win one of these gorgeous watches (of your choice) valued at $149 NZD, simply email enter@thedesignchaser.com with The Horse and your choice of watch in the subject line. Please also let me know your full name.

The giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and will close on Sunday, 27th July at midnight 
(UTC+12). The winner will be chosen by
random.org  and announced on Monday, 28th July via the blog and my Facebook page.

I can't wait to see which watch is your favourite! Good luck!! 

Update: This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winner Kate Gordon-Smith, who chose the gorgeous Rose/Walnut watch! Thanks to everyone who entered and to Paper Plane for making it happen! 

Lovedales Studio

7.21.2014

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Sorry for not stopping by on Friday. I had to put the blog to one side over the last few days to focus on a new project, which I'm really excited about. I'll let you know about that soon, but for today I'm thrilled to be sharing a new online art discovery all the way from Scandinavia.

Lovedales Studio is a graphic design and illustration company and the brainchild of Hanne Løvdal, a talented designer based in Norway. I'm so happy that Hanne tracked me down via Instagram, because one look at her work and my heart was singing, loudly!


Hanne shares my passion for magazines, and has an extensive background working in the area of graphic and editorial design, including 14 years at Egmont Hjemmet Mortensen, the largest magazine publishing house in Norway. Most recently her role was as Art Director for two magazines, which she held for almost 9 years. Needless to say, quitting her job in the Spring of 2013 to start her own business was a brave step, but one that has allowed her to focus on her passion for drawing. She also works with commercial clients on design, advertorials and logo design.


I really love Hanne's aesthetic, her use of water colours and the soft palettes she works with. I think these artworks would fit well in any beautiful interior, especially those that are Scandinavian in style. The great news is, Lovedales Studio ships worldwide. Choosing which one to buy, not so easy! See the full range and shop online here. For commissions, contact Hanne direct, and to stay in the loop, follow Lovedales on Instagram and Facebook.

Homes to Inspire | Marble Floors + Lovely Light

7.17.2014

Earlier in the week I mentioned being happy to see the sun after all the rain we've been experiencing. She is still gracing us with her presence, and I'm loving seeing the streams of light coming in through our recently cleaned windows. Even though I'm at home working and still nursing a head cold, it's so nice to experience a bit of the sunshine, even if it is only indoors.

Sometimes you see those rays of light captured so beautifully in interior images, and today I have a stunning example. The Cronulla Residence, a waterfront property in New South Wales was designed by landscape design and interior architecture studio Amber Road. Sourcing inspiration from Japanese design principles, the Sydney-based, incredibly talented sister duo fulfilled their clients brief to keep things as unpretentious and simple as possible. Clean lines and pale timbers of birch and American oak have been used to compliment existing features like the marble floors. Yes, you heard right... marble. I'll let the images tell the rest....

What an incredible home! See the full house tour over at Est

Photo credit: Prue Ruscoe

One more thing before I go. I was recently interviewed by my lovely friend and blogger Anu of Decordots. Based in Estonia, Anu is a fellow lover of Scandi-style and has a very similar aesthetic to me, so I was very happy when she asked to feature my home along with some decorating questions. Now up on her gorgeous blog, take a look here.  

 

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