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

Simple Form. | Launch + Interview


Today I am thrilled to announce the launch of SIMPLE FORM., a brand new lifestyle webstore based in Melbourne, founded by Anne Nguyen. Created from a love of simple designs, the store carries a carefully curated, hard-to-find edit of stylish and limited edition interiors, homewares, accessories and apparel for the little and big kids at heart. 

When Anne first approached me about a launch collaboration and giveaway, I jumped on board despite the fact that her website was still under construction. I loved her branding and logo, and I could see from the minimalist Scandi-inspired images on her Instagram feed and Pinterest page that this was a girl after my own heart. When she told me the brands she would be stocking such as Playtype, BatisRike, Therese Sennerholt Design, and Snug Studio (to name just a few), my heart started racing and I wanted to find out more about how SIMPLE FORM. came about. As it turns out, Anne's story is one that many of us can relate to. Naturally creative, she decided to turn her back on the corporate world after having her two daughters and is now excited about her new venture. I'll let Anne tell you the rest... 

Tell us about your background and where your love of minimalist, Scandinavian style comes from? 

I am of Asian decent, but born in Australia. Vietnamese to be precise. My Parents are the reason I have a love for Scandinavian design. We come from humble beginnings and as a result I was always been surrounded by simple objects that made life a happier place. They were not expensive things, they were just simple, functional and high quality.

Have you always been creative?

Yes! I can remember always wanting to make something or taking my projects in high school to an 'out-of-this-artistic-world' level of creativity, beyond what was required by my teachers. I always thought I'd go on to create something, or be artistic in some form or another. However, my parents were traditional Asian parents and pushed me down the path of science, maths and medicine etc. I went to university, finished a Biomedical Science Degree and hated the job descriptions that came with the job offerings after I graduated. So, I went back to uni and finished a Commerce Degree and became an accountant (BORING!). Nine years total in university! Being an accountant was not inspiring but a job was a job and it fed my frivolous shopping addiction.

How has becoming a Mother changed your perspective and course of direction?

Soon after getting married in 2011, I became a mum to little Audrey in 2012 and she was the reason why we bought a run down art deco house in inner city Melbourne and started renovating. This is where my love for Scandinavian and minimalist design was reborn, and took me back to my childhood. I spent countless amounts of hours, scouring the internet for products and inspiration, looking at mid-century designs and reading about modern Danish designers. I felt like I was in my own element again, being able to design and style my home, finding products that were just WOW! I was supposed to return back to work in 2013 however, I fell pregnant with little Chloe before I got the chance to and my maternity leave was extended for another year. So I have had a lot of time being busy with my two little girls, to think about what it is that brings a sparkle to my eye and what it is I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

At what point did the dream start becoming a reality?

I think the defining moment for me was when I purchased a dowdy mid-century rocket lamp from a second-hand store and refurbished it into a gorgeous modern version of its past. I received quite a number of compliments from friends and their friends and random people, asking me where I got the lamp from and receiving requests about creating these lamp for order. I was also complimented on 'my eye for these things' and it really ignited that flame of creativity in me. 'Perhaps I can make things, or perhaps I can buy and sell things instead of going back to work.' Those were my thoughts for almost two whole years.

In July this year, one month before my maternity leave expired, I made the ultimate decision to resign from being an accountant and focus on opening an online store where I can curate and share my finds of stylish and simple designs whilst also creating a collection of my own designs. The modern rocket lamp is currently a work in progress, as is a number of other products, but the website is my priority. Once it is running on autopilot, I will be able to continue with my lamp project but it has been put on hold for the time-being.

So now, it has been a whirlwind of excitement, busy days, late nights, sleep deprivation and buckets of Allpress coffee. I spend my day working on the business/website when I can, being a mum, a wife, a cook, a cleaner, a referee and bedtime comforter the rest of the time.

Clearly a hard-working and talented lady with an amazing eye for all things beautiful, we thank you Anne for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your story.

Now for the fun part! If you love what you see in the collage above, look out for a SIMPLE FORM. giveaway over on Instagram today! One lucky follower will win a gorgeous selection of products from the store, handpicked by Anne. Good luck!!



I have a soft spot for navy, so I'm happy to see some dark blue hues popping up here and there lately. The kitchen below features beautiful blue cabinetry which looks amazing alongside the marble benchtop and wood elements - love those herringbone floors!

Image via Entrance Makleri

Dark blue adds drama and depth to neutral and monochrome interiors, as shown below with the bedding and rug. We have a very dark blue sofa in our downstairs living room which provides a subtle yet striking contrast against the black and white palette. When it comes to the wardrobe, nautical stripes immediately spring to mind for summer, while in winter I love dark blue denim and knits. 

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Here are some more ideas for adding dark blue accents throughout the home.

Beautiful pieces by Broste Copenhagen

I can't get enough of the new prints by Therese Sennerholt, styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson

Wonderful styling and photography as always by Daniella Witte

I've picked out a few current finds to finish off, including an amazing sofa from Bo Concept who have just launched a stunning new collection. 


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