Cushions | Grown Ups + Kids


The majority of the cushions I've bought over the last couple of years have been online purchases. Being that they are a textile product and I'm quite a tactile person, not getting to feel them first has taken a bit of getting used to. With each new brand I buy from, there's a feeling of the unknown, even when their reputation precedes them. In saying that, I haven't been disappointed yet. In fact quite the opposite, I end up wishing I'd purchased more! In some cases I have actually gone back for seconds or even thirds. Some great examples include Fine Little Day, Kauniste, and most recently Kowtow whose limited edition range of Support Surface cushions I featured in this post. The cushions are a first in terms of homeware for the fashion label, who are known for their beautiful organic cotton and stunning signature designs. I was lucky enough to nab a Black Eyes on Blush cushion in the sale - take a look at my Instagram pic here - and sure enough when it arrived, I was so taken with the feel and look of it I wished I'd also got the grid design, which I ended up going back for!  The good news is they are doing more cushions this season, so make sure you sign up to their newsletter to stay in the loop.  

The same goes for kids cushions and a standout would have to be Danish brand Lucky Boy Sunday. You simply cannot appreciate the softness of the products (made from Alpaca wool), until you feel them in person. When you do, it's hard to stop at just one! 

Today I've rounded up some current faves, starting with the grown ups, although it's worth noting that some of these (in both categories) are designed to work in either adult or little ones' spaces...

1. ferm LIVING Maya Cushion
2. Teepees Black and White Cushion
3. Country Road Servi Cushion
4. OY! Funfetti Throw Pillow
5. Reversible Plus Cushion with Pom Pom Trim
6. ferm LIVING Black Triangle Cushion

And for the kiddies... 

1. Rebecca Kiff Panda Cushion
2. Colette Bream Mountain Cushion
3. Fine Little Day Bird Cushion Cover
4. Lucky Boy Sunday Bobby Crystal Cushion Cover
5. Eye of the Dreamer Cushion by Club of Odd Volumes
6. Lucky Boy Sunday Secret Man Pillow
7. Fine Little Day Gran Cushion Cover in Japanese Linen
8. Anny Who Lion Cushion
9. Snow Caps Pastel Cushion

Monday Mix Up


First up in today's mix up is The Poster Club, a new Copenhagen-based webshop offering a unique selection of handpicked posters from around the world. From minimalistic black and white drawings, typography and edgy photo prints to muliti-colored graphic posters, the range is inspired by the trends within Scandinavian design, lifestyle and interiors, but served with an international twist. I was very happy to see many of my favourites that I've featured here on the blog before such as Playtype and My Deer, as well as new posters that are exclusive to The Poster Club. With international shipping (free if you order 2 or more posters), this shop is definitely one to bookmark!

Do you remember the Book Hanger by Hanna Trotsman that I featured in this post? Unfortunately for those of us living outside of Scandinavia it's not easy to come by, so as an alternative, I wanted to let you know about this fantastic Rope Magazine Holder by one of my favourite bloggers, Joyce Croonen of MyDubio, who I previously featured here. As with all of her stunning, minimalist DIY creations, Joyce includes simple step by step instructions. Pop over for a look, where you'll also find a link through to an earlier post on how to make the gorgeous grey storage boxes with leather handles. 

Based in Spain, Inbani specialises in innovative bathroom furniture. While the simple design features the clean lines and elegant aesthetic that I love, I haven't seen anything quite like this before. These images feature the Bowl collection which is inspired by the harmony and contrast between forms, volumes, spaces and materials. The styling, which includes copper and marble accents together with some of my favourite products from Menu, certainly transports me to my happy place!

My friend Natalie of LET LIV kindly asked me to check out the new ferm LIVING Catalogue as she is currently selecting products for her fabulous online store, and wanted to know my thoughts. Of course I was more than happy to oblige, especially when the products on offer are this good! The new range of rugs and cushions immediately jumped out at me, as did the marble candleholders. The exclusive Enter Collection, a collaboration between the New York based Søren Rose Studio and ferm LIVING is also stunning. Designed to match the classic and simple look of the ferm LIVING clothes rack, it consists of a mirror, a wall box, a magazine holder and hooks.

Check out the AW 2014 ferm LIVING catalogue here

Homes to Inspire | Amee Allsop


I first discovered Amee Allsop, an Australian designer based in New York City a while back. I was instantly drawn to her minimalist aesthetic which can be seen in both her architectural work and small collection of design pieces. Her latest project, Red Dirt Rd House, a residential beachouse renovation in East Hampton is beautifully clean and minimal, designed to capture the light and surrounding views.  A dreamy white palette with accents of black throughout, I particularly love the the airy kitchen, open plan living spaces, and master bedroom complete with freestanding tub.

I can't get enough of this bathroom, especially the black tapware. The images evoke a wonderful sense of calm, providing great inspiration for the weekend ahead. So much so, I've picked out my favourites to create some moodboard inspiration.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 

Visit Amee Allsop to see the full house tour. Found with thanks via Unfinished Home
Photo credit: Glen Allsop

Before I go, I'm thrilled to announce the winner of the Henry and Co Little North giveaway. Huge congratulations to Annette Hynes, whose little boy turns two today! I got a big dose of the warm fuzzies when I found this out today. Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Vanessa of Henry and Co for her generosity. 

Living Room Walls | New In


My walls at home are an ever-evolving playground for me when it comes to styling. I've ticked a few things off my wishlist over the last couple of weeks and thought I'd share them with you today. Those who follow me on Instagram got a sneak peek at my Seletti Neon Art last week. Now available from the Seletti Boutiques in Auckland and Queenstown, I'll be introducing this company properly on the blog next month when they launch online! 

Choosing the Seletti neon letters for our wall was fun but challenging! Seletti do offer some great ideas for words such as 'white light' which I love, but I wanted to come up with something a bit different, while only using a few letters. A recent Pinterest find, I came across a fun play on the term 'etc', with the letters standing for 'end of thinking capacity'. At that point I hadn't decided whether the letters would go in our living room or bedroom but either way, I knew it would fit perfectly. I work long hours in my home office, so when I'm in these other spaces the brain tends to switch off! Luckily Dean liked it too, and we decided on this corner of the living room, which needed a bit of love. We're just waiting for the power pack to come in - I can't wait to light it up! 

Next up, I got the beautifully minimal Yeh Wall Table by Menu from the Simon James Concept Store. I chose the low table in light grey but it also comes in a tall size, in white, nude and moss green. I was deciding where it would go last week - it also looks fab in the hallway, my office and as a bedside table - when a surprise package arrived, the beautiful Diamond Poster from OY! Featured on one of my blog wishlists from a while back, the stunning artwork is by my friend and talented blogger Carol, from Costa Rica. While I would like to frame the poster, I couldn't wait and quickly stuck it up on the wall to take a photo. It fits in so perfectly with our living room and the Yeh Wall Table, I've decided to leave it there a bit longer! Available from Society6, Carol is adding to her gorgeous range all the time so make sure you check out her pieces here, as well as at her Etsy shop. I also recommend you follow her beautiful blog and Instagram feed

Lastly, I have two gorgeous new prints on my picture ledge thanks to the very sweet and talented Hanne Løvdal of Lovedales Studio. The Bat Cat and Falling Philodendron that I featured on the blog recently are perfect for our relaxed, kid-friendly space downstairs. They have also given me a great excuse to once again move things around!

Interior Styling | Colour + Pattern


We've had a few chilly days and our share of colds this winter but overall it's been pretty mild. Regardless, there comes a time when I start to look ahead to spring, and I've definitely noticed this creeping in over the last couple of weeks. I also think it probably explains why I've been drawn to some of the more colourful interior images I've come across lately.  

Whether you're heading towards the warmer months like us here in NZ, or faced with the onset of autumn and winter, injecting even some subtle colour and pattern into your interiors will add interest and brighten the mood. Textiles provide a great way of doing this and currently I'm loving some of the new products featured below, from brands such as Urban Outfitters, Country Road, Aura and By Nord

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 12 

Henry and Co | Little North Launch + Worldwide Giveaway


Most of you will be familiar with Henry and Co, from either seeing their sponsorship banner on the side of the blog, or their cute homewares throughout my home! A favourite when it comes to kids prints and textiles, I was very excited to learn of their newly launched bedding range called Little North. Scandinavian-inspired, the fun, monochrome duvet sets are the creation of Tauranga-based creative Vanessa Quin. The clever designer, printer and maker behind the brand, Vanessa is also a Mum and former world mountain bike champion! 

The collection has brought to life her vision of bringing the magic of outside in... all those delightful childhood memories of lying in the backyard watching the clouds roll by, climbing trees, waiting for the next big lightning flash to appear, or dreaming of waking up to a yard covered in snow.

To celebrate the launch, Henry and Co are giving away a Little North Duvet Set to one lucky reader! Valued at up to $239 NZD, the winner gets to choose from one of the four gorgeous designs below, in either single or king single size. 

To enter, follow these simple instructions:
  1. Like both the Henry and Co Facebook page and The Design Chaser Facebook page
  2. Email me at with Little North and your choice of Duvet Set (Cloud, Snowflake, Tree or Lightning Bolt) in the subject line. 
  3. Include your full name in the email. 
The competition is open WORLDWIDE and will close on Friday, 15th of August at 8am (UTC+12). The winner will be chosen by and announced on the blog and Facebook page that day, and contacted via email to arrange shipping. 

All imagery courtesy of Henry and Co

Update: The competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Annette Hynes.  

Armadillo & Co at The Ivy House


I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the beautiful Australian rug brand Armadillo & Co. Known for their elegant hand dyed and woven designs made from New Zealand and Argentinian wool, owner Annie Loveridge has a deep appreciation for ethical design. All the rugs are fair-trade and the company is socially responsible, contributing financially back into the community through the Anganwadi Project.

As the sole distributor of Armadillo & Co in New Zealand, The Ivy House is proud to present the range, which can be purchased from their interiors showroom in the Auckland suburb of Herne Bay, as well as online. With four beautiful collections currently on offer, I had my work cut out for me picking out a selection to share with you today! The gorgeous Junior Collection is a must see for all style-conscious parents out there, while the Latitude Collection is perfect for lovers of colour and traditional Kilim rugs. The Designer Collection is a private service for trade, retail professionals, and select clients who are wanting a personalised or bespoke one-off piece.

Featured here, the Earth Collection as the name suggests includes rugs of a natural palette, perfectly suited to the elegant, Scandinavian interiors that I love. They are also ideal for anyone wanting to create a neutral base for which to layer in colour by way of other furniture and accessories. 

When I think of Armadillo the iconic Marigold rug above always springs to mind. Also in the family of stunning 'Flower' weaves in the Earth Collection are the Dandelion, the 'little sister' Daisy, and a favourite of mine, the round Zinnia rugs. 

Sumptuously soft and cosy, the Sierra Weave rugs are handcrafted from luxurious 100% pure New Zealand wool in a ‘jagged peak’ design reminiscent of a knit. Hand woven by Armadillo's artisans, they are beautifully textural and inviting.  

A classic design, I love the understated elegance of the Rope Weave. Made from a luxuriously heavyweight hemp, the Sahara Weave features a thickly knitted texture and rare richness underfoot that is completely unique in the rug market. 

Of course stripes are always a winner and there are certainly no shortages in terms of colours. Check out the whole range here. 

Remember, this is just a taste of the Armadillo Collection so make sure you check out The Ivy House or visit them in person at 238 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. 


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