Blog Birthday Winners Announced + Easter Moodboard

4.18.2014

Congratulations to the two winners of the Blog Birthday Giveaway Zoe Huang and Alexandra Gibson!! Huge thanks to everyone who entered. Sorry that I can't reply to you all personally, but please know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your emails and was blown away by all the kind words! Thanks also to LET LIV and For Keeps for the gorgeous gift packs. 


I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. I'm taking a few days off to spend with friends and family, which will no doubt involve plenty of chocolate and hot cross bun consumption! I hope you'll be doing the same. Enjoy! 

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Intsight | Tramuntana Hotel

4.17.2014

I first introduced you to the stunning work of Barcelona based studio INTSIGHT in this post. Take a look and you'll immediately see why the style resonates with me. Minimalist with a Scandi vibe, I've been checking in regularly ever since, in the hope of discovering new inspiration to share with you. Today I've found it with their latest project, the incredible Tramuntana Hotel in Spain. 


I can't resist a neutral colour palette layered with muted shades of blush, grey and blue right now, and this mix has been executed so beautifully here. The rustic stone wall adds a lovely patina, while rattan furniture, inky textiles, wools and natural wood add further texture.



While the overall look is simple and restrained, there are key features that give the spaces a unique edge such as the pendant lights, mobile, sparse wooden frames and that stunning blue bookshelf. 


Providing a striking contrast to the neutral canvas, the blue tones are continued in the kitchen and add a sense of drama to the bathroom. 

Photo Credit: Mireia Rodriguez

For more beautiful imagery visit INTSIGHT

Before I go, a quick reminder that I will be drawing the two winners of the Blog Birthday Giveaway at midday today (NZ time), so make sure you pop across and enter if you haven't already! 

Simon James Concept Store

4.16.2014

Living in Auckland certainly has its perks, one of which is that it is home to the beautiful Simon James Concept Store. Located in the inner city suburb of Herne Bay, the boutique features an exquisite collection of homeware, fashion, design objects and the iconic Aesop Beauty range. For those who live outside of Auckland I highly recommend paying them a visit if you're ever in town. You will be taken back by the clean simple deign and beautifully edited display of products on offer.

Fortunately there is also an Online Store, allowing easy shopping for those living a little further away. The Simon James Journal provides additional insight and reading into the wonderful products and designers that the store represents. These include a mix of both local and international brands such as Areaware, Minimalux, Gidon Bing Ceramics, Eclectic by Tom Dixon, Benah Accessories, Simon James Design and Resident. For those planning a wedding or corporate event, there is also the handy Gift Registry service.

I recently visited the store in person, to check out the latest arrivals. The new and highly covetable range from the Scandinavian design company Menu exceeded all of my expectations. Two of my top picks are the Stone Storage Jars which come in lovely muted shades of sand and earth, and the Glass Teapot which is inspired by both Chinese Zen philosophy and modern Scandinavian design. Even though my husband and I are coffee drinkers, I would happily make the odd cup of tea just to experience the sensory delights created by the unique transparent design. 

The Stackable Glassware by Norm Architects for Menu, is beautiful to look at and hold and clever in style, making it is the perfect glass for any occasion. Each mouth-blown piece is unique in its own way with varying shapes depending on the size.  

Also designed by Norm Architects, the Menu Ladder is a versatile piece of furniture that can be used for storing towels and accessories in the bathroom, clothes in the bedroom, books and magazines in the living room and scarves and coats in the hall way. Available in two colours, black with dark oak rungs and white with light oak rungs, I absolutely love the understated elegance of this design piece.  

The Blog Turns Two | Giveaway!

4.15.2014

Two years ago today I fired up Blogger and wrote my very first post. Little did I know of the amazing journey ahead of me. At the time I had nothing to lose (except sleep!) but what I have gained is beyond anything I could've imagined. Having literally taken on a life of its own, the blog has brought me so much joy and I'm incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. I'm also thankful for all of you who stop by, whether it's every day or every now and then, and all of my lovely sponsors. I've met so many amazing people along the way and I'm continually inspired by the talented people who I'm surrounded by on the web and social media. 

The past year has been a big one with the completion of our home build and the launch of TDC Style. The blog has just undergone its second facelift, and while its not quite completed, I'm loving the new, understated look. A bit like moving into our new house, I'm happy to live with it for a while as is, before making the finishing touches. 


I couldn't have reached this milestone without your support, so to show you my appreciation I've put together a lovely giveaway for you today. In keeping with The Design Chaser's age, there are two gift packs to be won, thanks to two of my wonderful sponsors LET LIV and For Keeps


Being that my office is my happy place, where most of the magic happens, I thought it fitting to include a few lovely office-inspired items that I love. I've been singing the praises of Le Sac En Papier bag from For Keeps for a while, and for good reason. The most stylish paper bag you will ever own, it has so many uses, not just in the office but any room of the home. Mine has certainly done the rounds. While it was very handy in my son's room for storing toys (shown here) it's currently residing in my office. Marlow is okay with this because he gets to play with all the balloons! 

The iconic Design Letters Cups by Arne Jacobsen are from LET LIV. A must-have for fellow coffee-lovers, although certainly not limited to use as a cup, they make a gorgeous vase. You can also use them to store pens, toothbrushes, snacks, or any other little items around the home. The lucky winners will get to choose the letter. Finally, because I love stationery and believe you can never have enough, the gift packs also include an Organised Life Notebook Set from LET LIV. With three individually labelled notebooks in different designs, what better way to add a little order to your office and life?


To enter, simply email me at enter@thedesignchaser.com with HAPPY BIRTHDAY TDC in the subject line. Please also let me know your full name. Entries close on Thursday, 17th April at midday (NZ time) and the two winners will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email to arrange shipping. The winners will also be announced on the blog and TDC Facebook page

Please note that this competition is open to New Zealand and Australian residents, due to the shipping terms of the sponsors. It's really important to me to be able to extend my thanks to all of my international readers, so please look out for a worldwide giveaway on the blog soon! 

Thank you for joining me in the celebrations. Best of luck!!  

Update: this competition has now closed, and the winners have been announced. Huge thanks to everyone who entered and to LET LIV and For Keeps for their generosity. 

Monday Mix Up

4.14.2014

Late last week I received some exciting news regarding the well-loved Mount Maunganui design store Paper Plane. Talented owners Timothy John and his wife Krista Plews announced the launch of their new in-house brand Timothy John x Paper Plane. Beautifully crafted, the new pieces showcase Timothy's unique design aesthetic and eye for detail. Timeless, understated and versatile, the products have been designed with the consumer in mind, as a direct result of Timothy's engagement with the public on a daily basis. 


The Bowler Pendant Light immediately caught my eye. Clever and playful (much like the designer himself) with a choice of black or white fabric cord, here it hangs above the new Hardwood Splay Table and classic Nordic Chair


Like most pieces in the new collection, the Splay Table is customisable in terms of size, colour and even placement of the powder coated steel legs. It is also available with a laminate plywood top


A handy addition to any bathroom, the Paddle Hand Mirror is made from solid American ash, and features a removable frameless mirror.  

If you're a fan of the Sidekick Collection designed by Timothy John, and let's face it we all are, you'll be pleased to know that the family of Sidekicks has expanded yet again, with the new Coffee Table and Tall Side Table. Joining the Low Stool,  Side Table and Counter Stool, the entire range is available in five different base colours and two wood top finishes so you can mix and match as you please.


The man himself, Timothy John, sitting proud (and rightly so) amongst the Sidekicks

Photo credits: Wayne Tait and Jo Wade

Next on today's agenda are some stunning products from the online store Mister Mister. One of my newest sponsors, I recently shared their fabulous lighting products with you in this post. The incredible Faceture series by NZ designer Phil Cuttance consists of handmade faceted vessels. Available in two sizes, the White Faceture Vase has been on my wishlist for a while now, but they also come in the gorgeous range of hues below. The process by which the vessels are individually made is truly remarkable, resulting in each piece being utterly unique. Take a look at the video here


I'm always on the lookout for stylish cushions, and the Snurk (which means "to snore" in Dutch) is a standout. Designed in Holland by philanthropist’s Peggy van Neer and Erik van Looan, and inspired by Origami, the cushions feature a bright and colourful photographic print of 3-dimensional folded paper, depicting complex shapes that arise out of simple
folds.  

Also available at Mister Mister, you must check out the amazing range of wooden tableware by designer-maker Nicole Porter. Featuring eye-catching patterns, I love the wood grain plates which come in both Chevron and Indian Lace. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, they are ideal for picnics and parties. Hugely popular, do not be put off by the words 'sold out' on the website - new stock has landed in the country all the way from New York, and is clearing customs as we speak! 



The striped beech wood range of plates and bowls have been hand coloured with acrylic paints and protected by a non-toxic film. These would make the perfect wedding or housewarming gift for the stylish and eco-friendly home. Or why not treat yourself?! Check out the full range here

A Touch of Pink

4.11.2014

The beautiful bunch of ranunculus below caught my eye over on Nordic Leaves yesterday. One of my favourite types of flowers, I usually look for white when shopping for blooms for home, but the addition of a few bright pink stems really makes them pop!


When it comes to homewares I love muted shades of dusky pink or nude. The sofas below have a touch of coral which is really eye-catching and fresh. 


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Pale pinks are lovely paired with grey, and they add softness to the harder surfaces of ceramics, marble and concrete. Here are a few pieces, currently on my wishlist. 


01 Lovatt Plates by Serax
02 Nest Tables by Faerid
03 Diamond Print by Oy!
04 Lara Melchoir Stone Bangle
05 Fuji Vase
06 Pink Felt Garland

Have a lovely weekend everyone. x

Freestanding Baths

4.10.2014

Truth be told baths have become a thing of the past for me since having kids. It would probably be a different story if I had my own (preferably in our ensuite) but in our last few homes, new build included, the one bath has been taken over by the kids. If I did have the luxury of choosing one, not to mention a bit more time on my hands to enjoy a relaxing soak every now and again, these free standing baths would provide the perfect inspiration.


While I'm not so sure about cleaning behind a free-standing bath, I love their simple lines and elegant aesthetic, especially when teamed with black, white and wood. 


When it comes to bathrooms I can't resist the look of marble. Tiles, flooring, black or white, it provides the perfect textural backdrop to a freestanding bath, as shown in the ensuite below. 


The marble slab underneath the bath above is exquisite. Although the clawfoot bath wouldn't be my first choice, I have to say this next one looks rather inviting. 


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Of course there are a few little luxuries that go hand in hand with relaxing baths. Some recent discoveries that I highly recommend are the Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, any of the Signature Candles from Lumira and these beautiful Mediterranean Bath Sheets
 

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