New Sanctuary Range from Sleepyhead | Part Two


Following on from last week's post, where I introduced you to the new luxury range of Sanctuary beds from Sleepyhead, I had the pleasure of styling one to share with you today. 

To create a luxurious yet relaxed feel, in fitting with exceptional quality and innovative design of Sanctuary, I chose beautiful linen bedding by bedouin SOCIETE from Indie Home Collective. The exquisite silk pillowcases, cushions and throw are by NZ designers Penney + Bennett who I introduced you to in this post. An iconic Grasshopper Lamp by Gubi and accessories from my favourite Danish brand Menu completed the look. 

Le Mans Queen Size Sanctuary Bed by Sleepyhead
bedouin SOCIETE Linen duvet cover in Stone, sheets and pillowslips in White and Khol Black, all from Indie Home Collective
Penney + Bennett silk cushions and pillowslips in Ceremony and White Hatch, silk Throw in Black Hatch
Gubi Grasshopper Lamp from Cult Design
Menu Afteroom Table, Elements Candles by Tom Dixon, Menu Water CarafeSmall Glass and Norm Vase Vase from Simon James Concept Store
Objecta Icelandic Spotted Sheepskin from Cult Design
Black Heart Print from Meeny Miny

You can find Sleepyhead beds and the new Sanctuary range in any Beds R Us, Farmers or Smiths City store, and for more information visit Sleepyhead.

In celebration of the launch, Sleepyhead are running a competition via their Facebook Page, but get in quick as you only have a few days left to enter! The winner will win a bedroom design consultation with me, plus $1,000 to spend on a new bedroom. Pop over here to see how to enter. The competition ends 30th November 2014.

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

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BNZ GoodHome | Christmas Table Setting


A couple of weeks ago in this Feeling Festive post, I gave you a sneak peek of some gorgeous little trees and Scandi-inspired decorations I was using in an upcoming Christmas-themed shoot. I can now tell you it was for the latest issue of BNZ GoodHome, for which I had a lot of fun styling an outdoor table that had been built onsite by fellow GoodHome contributor and builder John Cocks. The perfect DIY solution when you're hosting the Christmas Day festivities, it costs less than $100 to make, and will seat an extra 12 people. Post-Chrissy, it would make a great outdoor work table or office desk! Find out everything you need to know here

Choosing a relaxed, Scandi-style theme for the table, a highlight was getting to use the exquisite new range of dinnerware by Father Rabbit, who also provided the gorgeous trees, decorations and Star Trays. I'm sure many of you can relate to gathering up all the chairs around home to accommodate extra guests, so I decided on an eclectic mix that included four beautiful Citta Design Oak Spindle Back Chairs. Retailing at $320 each, there is a special deal running currently where you can purchase them in store for $990 for a set of four, or $1,440 for a set of six! 

Blue skies and sunshine all around, I hope the weather turns out to be as gorgeous as this on Christmas Day! Visit BNZ GoodHome for more photos and a 'where to buy' list of all the products used, and check out my other new posts including Budget-Friendly Styling Tips, Getting Ready for Outdoor Living and Styling Your Kitchen on a Budget

New Sanctuary Range from Sleepyhead | Part One


I've talked before about my bedroom being my sanctuary, and how I love creating a calm and peaceful place to escape from the daily chaos. I never tire of featuring beautiful bedlinen here on the blog, but what about the bed? We all know how great it feels to wake up after a good night's sleep, but did you know that sleep can completely transform the way you look and feel? According to Sleepyhead, New Zealand’s number one bed manufacturer, great sleep is the best beauty treatment your body can have, and that's why they've spent more than 80 years developing and improving their beds to ensure New Zealanders can have the best sleep possible.

Their latest exciting launch is the re-design of the popular Sanctuary range, a luxurious collection of beds featuring the renowned Sensorzone core. Combining the comfort and support of a traditional mattress with NZ-developed technology, this provides an unparallelled level of luxury, comfort and pressure relief. If you're after a reduction in tossing and turning and nasty aches and pains, then these are the beds for you! Selected models feature the 3D Sensorzone core, FusionGel, Phase Change and Graphene comfort technologies which absorb and distribute excess heat from around the body and dissipate it down through the mattress. The end result is a bed so luxurious you will melt into it and feel the stresses of the day drift away.

You can find Sleepyhead beds and the new Sanctuary range in any Beds R Us, Farmers or Smiths City store, and for more information visit Sleepyhead

In celebration of the launch, Sleepyhead are running a competition on their Facebook Page. The winner will win a bedroom design consultation with me, plus $1,000 to spend on a new bedroom! Pop over here to see how to enter. The competition ends 30th November 2014.

I also had the pleasure of styling one of these beautiful new beds which I will be sharing on the blog next week!

Images courtesy of Sleepyhead

This is a sponsored post. For more information on sponsored posts, please take a look at my About Page.

A couple of things before I go:
The special reader offer from THE POSTER CLUB ends Monday, so get in quick!
Huge congrats to the winner of the SIMPLE FORM. Instagram giveaway @mamaisonblanche! 

Neutral Instinct | 2015 Planner


A recent discovery, Neutral Instinct is an Australian online store with an impressive selection of beautiful homewares. Owner Amanda Tiernan is a self-confessed lover of neutral colours who sees beauty in simple, minimalist, modern products and interiors. She says Neutral Instinct is all about choosing homewares and accessories that replicate this beauty. Of course Scandinavian design which epitomises simplicity, minimalism and functionality fits the bill perfectly, so you will find plenty of options such as Menu, by Lassen and Design House Stockholm, to name just a few. 

The Weekly Planner/Notebook by Marjolein Delhaas is a product I've been admiring for some time, especially when it surfaces more frequently around the Christmas/New Year period. Designed and made in the Netherlands, its minimalist typographic design is one that is hard to forget. I was very excited to hear that Neutral Instinct has brought the 2015 edition to our shores, and even more excited to receive one in the post! How beautiful is the gift wrapping?

Designed for use as a personal diary or notebook, the planner is perfect for those like me, who like making daily to-do lists. Also available in copper, I love how my black one looks on my desk, and its compact size means it will also fit easily into my handbag. 

Neutral Instinct have just announced that they are now shipping to NZ so pop over here to browse through their amazing range of homewares and gifts. They are also offering free shipping within Australia and NZ for any single Weekly Planner/Notebook purchase. Perfect timing to treat someone you love (or yourself) for Christmas!  

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

Cultiver | New Colours for Summer


Since launching in 2012 CULTIVER has carved a beautiful niche within the competitive bedlinen industry with their range of classic, high quality bedlinen. Born out of a desire to enhance every day with luxurious products, I know firsthand how much this rings true. There is nothing quite like climbing into bed and drifting off to sleep in my CULTIVER linen sheets! Continually expanding their range, today they proudly introduce two stunning new colours for Summer, Blush and Smoke Grey. Soft and dreamy, they work in beautifully with all of the CULTIVER colours, of which there are now nine in total. Whichever combination you choose, these gorgeous new hues will be sure to transform your bedroom into a haven for Summer and beyond. 

Photography by Annette O’Brien and styling by Alana Langan

The new Blush and Smoke Grey colours are available in Duvet Covers, Pillowcases and Sheet Sets, in single to king size. Now online at CULTIVER for pre-order, with delivery in the first week of December. Free shipping within Australia and worldwide shipping at a low, flat rate. 

Imagery courtesy of CULTIVER

The Poster Club | Special Reader Offer


I knew right from the get-go, when I announced its launch here on the blog, THE POSTER CLUB would be one to watch. Just a few months on, the Copenhagen-based international webshop is shipping prints daily all over the world, and has a loyal and growing customer base here in NZ and Australia. Founder Thomas Nissen is passionate about sourcing the best selection of posters from graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and creatives from around the globe. Adding new posters to the store on a weekly basis, here are some recent additions that I'm sure like me, you will be very excited about! 

First up, the new Botanic Poster Series by the very talented Copenhagen-based designer Kristina Dam. Created in collaboration with photographer Tuala Hjarnø, the posters have a beautiful, dreamy quality. 

Moon and Haze are two of the three captivating posters by Copenhagen-based artist Anne Nowak now on offer at THE POSTER CLUB. The first image shows them in the incredible new offices of Norm Architects which you may have seen doing the rounds on the Internet over the last few days!

A name that has popped up many times here on the blog and still one of my faves, Kristina Krogh consistently produces fresh and uniquely stylish posters. I'm loving her recent metallic ones including the 2015 Calendar, which comes in white and copper (shown above) and grey and gold

A few more gorgeous picks from Coco Lapine and One Must Dash

In celebration of Christmas, THE POSTER CLUB would like to gift T.D.C readers an exclusive offer of 15% off all posters for one week! 

To redeem, simply enter the code thedesignchaser at checkout, and don't forget to take advantage of free shipping when you buy two or more prints.  



Very happy to have reached the end of the week, I'm looking forward to slowing down and taking a much-needed breather over the weekend. With that in mind, SlowWood, a brand of elegant furniture handmade in the Netherlands seems like a very fitting choice for today. Well-made, well-designed and long lasting, the pieces are designed to fit easily into any interior. Ever since I first spied the no-fuss, timeless designs I have been imagining each of the tables in my own home, especially this coffee table. Designer Christien Starkenburg believes in a slow lifestyle, which she applies to her work as well as her life. All of her designs are sustainable and handcrafted by local artisans. Using a manufacturing process that is 100% Eco-friendly and purposely slow, she allows herself to give each design the utmost attention and care.

I'm starting to feel a sense of calmness already, just from looking at this beautiful imagery. I hope it has had the same effect on you. Here's to a relaxed weekend ahead. Enjoy!  

All imagery via SlowWood


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