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Sanctuary by Jenna Smith

8.26.2016

I recently had the opportunity to choose a print from Endemic World, a NZ-based company who specialise in sourcing limited edition art prints. Continually curating a selection of art from a range of talented NZ and international artists, designers, illustrators, and photographers, their online catalogue is extensive and incredibly diverse. As such, it wasn't an easy choice but one genre I'm loving right now is photographic art. While I am inspired by international travel and design, there is so much natural beauty here in NZ and as I've mentioned many times before, the beach is my happy place. I believe we have some of the best beaches in the world and when I saw a photographic print of one my favourite places, Tawharanui Regional Park, a marine and wildlife reserve, it immediately went to my shortlist, eventually becoming my final pick. Entitled Sanctuary, it is by Jenna Smith, an Auckland based photographer working between Australia and NZ, whose photographs are based on the ocean and its many moods. Photographs evoke such powerful emotions and I find this piece both calming and energising to look at. Endemic World also offer custom framing and I chose the beautiful bespoke oak frame. The horizontal orientation also appealed to me as this style of print works really well in a gallery wall mix. It also looks incredible on its own and I have to say I'm loving having it right here in my office. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

This post was created in collaboration with Endemic World. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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Studio Oliver Gustav New York

8.25.2016

In last week's blog post featuring the incredible 11 Howard Hotel in NY I mentioned that Studio Oliver Gustav had opened a showroom there. I've always been blown away by images of renowned Danish interior designer's Copenhagen boutique, and this one has had much the same effect. Reflecting Gustav's distinct aesthetic, the amazing space fits in seamlessly with the hotel's elegant, Scandinavian style interior. Located off the lobby, it offers a mix of furniture and objects including antique pieces and curated products as well as Gustav's own designs. The dark monochrome space with its raw, exposed bricks provides the ideal backdrop for the unique, highly covetable pieces, some of which are pictured below. A few of my favourites include the Wing Light and Spade Chair by Faye Toogood, mirrored furniture from Vincenzo de Cotiisthe, the exquisite rust coloured sofa designed by Gustav and a series of suede and stone vessels by Michael Verheyden. Home to several exclusive finds, the boutique even has scented candles in a specially created 11 Howard scent by the Parisian company Mad et Len


Images via Wallpaper

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IVY MUSE Botanical Emporium

8.24.2016

Melbourne-based botanical wares studio IVY MUSE have opened the doors to their inredible new Emporium space. Launched on Friday, the design-driven space houses the entire collection of IVY MUSE plant stands and products, including their latest collection Boheme. This is complemented by pots, plants (in abundance!) and a curated collection of homewares sourced locally and around the globe, all with a botanical-lean to them. These include Bonnie & Neil, Studio TwocanKaren Walker JewelleryArmadillo and Co.Zakkia, Miniscapes, Sophie Moran, Amanda Dziedzic and more!


Designed by talented IVY MUSE founders Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal, the 65sqm store fit out includes a four-metre high, 24 carat gold-plated feature display wall as well as hand-blown lighting by local glass artist Amanda Dziedzic. The team have also worked closely with Aarden Design and Yard Furniture to bring their vision to life with custom joinery throughout. Buttery oak flooring by Godfrey Hirst connect visitors with nature and the elements that lend themselves to botanical co-existence whilst a hand crafted installation by paper artist Amanda May Lee has been commissioned adorn the space.


With a beautiful, gallery-like feel, the IVY MUSE Botanical Emporium will invite artists who produce original ‘botanical inspired’ works to exhibit and maintain a presence over six weeks. Robert Bowers who has been selected as the lead artist is currently exhibiting his stunning works, with further announcements to be made on subsequent artist exhibitions.

Styling by Alana Langan - Hunt & Bow / Photography by Annette O’Brien 

A truly unique showroom concept that is both holistic and inspiring, I love that the emporium brings together the work of so many like minded botanical designers and artisans. I can't wait to visit next time I'm in Melbourne!  

The IVY MUSE Botanical Emporium is located at 1250 High Street, Armadale (VIC). For opening hours take a look here

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New + Noted

8.23.2016

Starting today's New + Noted with some beautiful tablecloths by Georg Jensen Damask, the first was designed by Arne Jacobsen. Created from one of the many sketches left behind after his death, it was launched in 2002 as a tribute to mark the occasion of the centenary of his birth. I also love the Still Life Tablecloth in Cinnamon Dusk by Cecile Manz. 

Images via Georg Jensen Damask

New from French Connection Home, I can't seem to go past a leather chair. I usually lean towards a broader, sling style but I quite like this boxy shape of the Leather Pouch Chair. I also love the colour and pattern of the Poppy Field rug and the shape of the aptly named Large Bulging Pot

Images via Mad About the House

These next images are from an ongoing series by two photographer friends June Kim and Michelle Cho. Inspired by travel and places with poetry, geometry and a story to tell (June lives in San Francisco and Michelle in London), these images were created during trips to Los Angeles, New Mexico and Spain. Serving as a creative documentation of the places they’ve visited for others to enjoy, I particularly love the architectural element and colour palette. See more of the incredible series here.

Images via Yellowtrace

I recently discovered Texas-based artist Claire Oswalt after reading about her in Yen Magazine. Working in both watercolour and graphite, her collage works are absolutely beautiful. Pictured below are Small Hedge and Las Piedraaas. 

Images via Tappan

Danish design firm Kähler has collaborated with Danish designer Stine Goya to produce Fiora, a stunning range of ceramics. The internationally recognised fashion designer known for her unique patterns and bold colours has applied her trade mark style to the new range. Rich in pattern with vibrant colours and beautiful silhouettes, I particularly love the Fiora Centrepiece Bordeaux in the deep burgundy colour. 

Images via That Nordic Feeling

A glimpse at the latest collaboration between Cos and Hay, the gorgeous Autumn 2016 collection consists largely of everyday objects for the home and work, but also furniture. I can't wait to see more! 

Images via Residence

Twice a year, the Milanese furniture showroom Spotti bring on board longtime collaborators Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto of Studiopepe to transform their space. Their most recent interior creation for Spotti's renovated space, Instant Panorama is more than likely inspired by our Instagram-obsessed culture. Featuring a set up of vignettes that are meant to be captured on film, the aesthetic is less defined, but it’s focused on of-the-moment trends with bold pops of rust and dark green, lots of velvet and layered vintage Berber rugs. Including beautiful brands such as Gubi, &tradition, and Areti, the interior also features a new trompe l’oeil wallpaper designed by Studiopepe

Photography by Silvia Rivoltella via Sight Unseen

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A Pool + Guest House in Sweden

8.22.2016

This stunning pool and guest house in Djursholm, Sweden was designed by Jordens Arkitekter. Featured in the current issue of Residence, the dreamy scene was created on an amazing Fall morning with the first leaves falling off the trees and the morning fog sweeping over the pool. The pool house doubles as a guest house, with the main building housing a spa area and yoga room which faces out to the garden. The pool is surrounded in marble, and the house features floor to ceiling windows and a textural mix of concrete and warm wood. Ultimate poolside dreaming.  

Styling by Anna Mårselius and photography by Kristofer Johnsson for Residence 

Images via Kristofer Johnsson / Last image via Jordens Arkitekter

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ZAKKIA | 2016 Collection 02

8.19.2016

Since launching in 2012, Sydney-based homewares brand Zakkia has gone from strength to strength, gaining huge popularity across Australia and NZ. Now set to launch in Europe, they are getting ready to exhibit their latest collection at the showUP in Amsterdam from 21-22 August. As a huge fan of Zakkia myself, it gives me much pleasure in sharing their new collection Zakkia 16:02 with you today. 

With a focus on quality hand craftsmanship and natural materials, Zakkia 16:02 is a collection of understated yet inherently unique design pieces for the home. The gorgeous speckle collection continues with new stoneware bottles, jugs and serving platters. Handmade by Zakkia's Vietnamese partners, the speckles are a natural reaction from the heat in the kilning process and it gives every product its own unique pattern. The introduction of Terrazzo stone brings another element of texture, with a new range of vases, vessels and a decorative pyramid. Incredible on their own, these pieces pair beautifully with the matt finishes of the raw range which include vases, storage jars and a bottle designed for pouring oil. Handmade by Zakkia's partner ceramic studio in northern Vietnam where they have been hand producing ceramics for over 900 years, the raw ceramic outer is complimented with a darker glaze inside to create a special tactile quality. 


Other new pieces include the watering can, orbs and glass jars. Zakkia have also collaborated with Finnish-Australian Illustrator Meeri Anneli to create a range of beautiful cutting boards and trays. 

Styling by Alicia Sciberras / Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper 

Aside from the beautiful aesthetics, I love that each design possesses versatile qualities that will carry through time and everyday use. A dream collection, especially for us Scandi-style lovers! Now available on pre-order, visit Zakkia to shop online. 

Images courtesy of Zakkia 

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