After admiring the first SATO show apartment styled by Helsinki-based interior stylist Susanna Vento earlier this week (and seen here in my Round Coffee Table post), I was hoping there would be more to come. My prayers were answered this morning when I discovered a second one completed. I've long been a fan of Susanna's distinctively clean, pared-back style and I love how she has added warmth to the simple spaces with interesting textures, in particular the incredible custom-made bronze mirror, artworks, rugs and plants. Her as always beautiful selection of furniture includes the Knot Chairs and Tablo Table by Normann Copenhagen, and Taru sofa by Junet.
Showcasing two beautiful artworks by new design studio mini Grandi Artist, today's post involves a very special collaboration. Founder Sophie Melville is a talented painter and graphic designer who I have known since school days here in Auckland. Naturally creative and passionate about art, Sophie graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in New Zealand with a Fine arts degree specialising in Painting. Now living in the picturesque town of Wanaka with her husband and two small children, surrounded by the lake and mountains, Sophie says she is grateful everyday to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Experimenting with artwork and textures in her studio, the beautiful pieces for mini Grandi Artist (little grown up artist) are inspired not only by nature but also her children, and their small yet precious everyday moments. Sophie very kindly sent me two of her original works to style. Silver Leaf features painted and scratched leaf forms and has been designed with Scandi-style simplicity in mind, and Silver Moon is perfect for little 'grown up' children's rooms and features a painted and scratched moon with a watercolour background and hand drawn stars. My first thought was that a beautiful little girl’s room would be fitting for these gorgeous artworks, and luckily I had the perfect space in mind. Thanks to my cousin and very close friend Victoria Halford of Scout and Deliver, I had the pleasure of using her one year-old daughter Darci's room, along with an array of gorgeous things to use as styling props. Of course it helps that Vic is a product scout with a passion for styling kids rooms. A love of interiors definitely runs in the family!
Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC
Kitzen is a new Finnish brand that offers seamless kitchen solutions. Promising to create the ideal conditions for cooking, they take into account the lifestyle of the residents as well as the home's architecture and decor. With a timeless palette of colours, materials and cabinetry to suit a variety of interior styles, I was certainly drawn to the clean lines and simple functional designs. My favourites include Living with Less, Softer Touch, Minimasculin, Urban Classic and Blogger, for which the translation reads "beautiful business... fresh pudding on a plate and a stack of your favourite magazines on the table. Happiness is the breakfast in your own kitchen and a big cup of coffee...". That made me smile. While breakfast is more of a mad rush in our household, I love the days where I work from home and am able to prepare lunch in my own custom built kitchen. These fully customisable kitchens will hopefully inspire those who are renovating or building. Or they may simply give you the motivation to update or declutter your current cooking space.
I've been thinking a lot about coffee tables lately. I'd like to move our current one to the downstairs living, which means getting a new one for upstairs. I'm in no rush however, because unless I push the table out of the way the kids can't resist using it, and it ends up being more of a toy table than a coffee table. I've always loved the idea of the Hay Tray Tables, but I keep coming back to round designs. I like the way the curves of a round table soften the square edges of the sofa and picture wall. Still hankering for the &Tradition Hoof Table that I included in this wishlist, I also love the round tables on offer at Hem that I featured here. Today I've gathered up some more covetable contenders.
My ultimate dream would be two nesting tables, because I love how versatile they are. Constantly moving furniture around, I would have them side by side, or use the small one as a side table in the living room or bedroom if needed. While I'll always love the classic Scandi look of white and pale wood, I also love using black accents in our home. One like this next coffee table would work well.
Two beautiful designs to finish off, one features a handy storage container and touch of copper. The other is a showstopper in marble and was presented at the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair. You may remember The Turning Table below from this post featured in white oak. I really like the new black ash colour.
Ever since attending their launch party last year, I have been smitten with New Zealand brand Penney + Bennett. Bursting onto the interiors scene with their incredible printed silk and organic linen collection featured in this New + Noted post, it is impossible not to be wowed by the quality and uniqueness of the designs. Founded by Loren Marks and Sarah Carson, the fine art graduates who met at college "are devoted to creating simplicity, materiality and questioning the conventional in contemporary textile living ware." Having had the pleasure of using their stunning silk products in this bedroom shoot, I leapt at the chance of styling their new range of products for today's post.
Part of the Momoyama collection, Penney + Bennett have released their exquisite designs in a luxurious, heavyweight linen. Still available in silk, the linen provides an exciting variation and new textural element. Available in two sizes, you can purchase the cushions either unfilled, or with feather inners. Knowing only too well how beautifully the designs compliment one another, it makes sense that the pillowcases are sold individually rather than as a pair, allowing for customised styling choices.
To show how well they transition from the bedroom to the living room, here's a look at some of the new linen scatter cushions on our sofa. Along with favourites the White Thatch and Black Thatch designs, the Blue Water and Grey Water work in beautifully with my recently updated picture wall.
Penney + Bennett have also launched their first range of Art Prints. Hand gilded to achieve a unique, textured effect, no two prints are exactly the same. Of course I couldn't resist including one on my wall, with the gorgeous Blue Water Print shown above. Available in two sizes unframed, custom sizes can also be made on request. For the bedroom styling I had a lot of fun layering patterns and playing with different design combinations. The options are endless, and regardless of what you choose the textural effect is simply heavenly. I love how some of the art prints replicate the linens, and all feature pretty touches of gold.
Also available as gift cards, these make lovely keepsakes or affordable little prints for your walls, as shown below.
Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC
All of the new linen and art pieces are now available to purchase online from Penney + Bennett. For a list of local stockists, take a look here.