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Warm Sand by Evgeniy Bulatnikov

7.23.2018

Kiev-based Interior Architect Evgeniy Bulatnikov first came to my attention with the beautiful residence Beige. A joint project with Interior Architect Emil Dervish, they have received many accolades for their work since including features in AD Magazine and Elle Decoration. Evgeniy's latest project Warm Sand is located in Saint Petersburg and features soft, chalky hues and an understated aesthetic. Clean lines are paired with textured walls and natural timber to create a rustic feel, while soft linen furnishings bring a softness to the overall look.


 Images via evgeniybulatnikov.com

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Airisto Series by Studio Joanna Laajisto for Made by Choice

7.20.2018

On the search for a stool for our ensuite makeover, I came across this beautiful new furniture collection by Helsinki-based Studio Joanna Laajisto. Designed for Finnish furniture brand Made by Choice, the Airisto series was originally designed for the bed & breakfast, Villa Airisto. Located in the picturesque Turku Archipelago and due to open its doors this year, Studio Joanna has designed the interior of the villa. I can't wait to see it! 


Designed for use as a side table, stool and a bench, the Airisto furniture represents the main principles of Studio Joanna Laajisto's work: functionality, quality and aesthetics. Be it interiors, products or services, the agency's philosophy is to create beautiful, long lasting and meaningful design that drives from sustainable values and understanding of human behaviour. "A good product has to fit in different environments from the modern and minimalist to rich and classical," explains Laajisto. The simple and modest design language of the Airisto furniture emphasises the asymmetric shape of the foot structure. The natural ash finish accents the elegant features of the wood, while the stained black highlights the shape of the product. Beautifully poetic, the sculptural form is my favourite element. 


The new collection features inside the beautiful Cafe Coutume at the Institue Finlandais in Paris, also designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto.


You can see more of this inspiring project here.

Images via Studio Joanna Laajisto 

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New + Noted

7.18.2018

Apologies for being a little absent on the blog these past two weeks, I've been taking some time to spend with the kids during school holidays. It's usually a joint effort with my husband but he has had to work through this time around. I'm hoping to get a couple of hours off tomorrow to source product for a shoot next week and then I'll be picking up the pace on here next week. 

I've chosen a New + Noted post to tick off a few things at once and give you a good dose of design. With news from both Scandinavian and local brands, the first is from KlipKlap, a Danish brand established by Pia Lauritsen in 2011. With a vision to create multi-functional furniture that can be used for many years, the company in Aarhus creates furniture that keeps up with the times and with you.



The new KK Lounge Chair is a classic piece with a very special place in Danish furniture tradition. Designed by Charlotte H√łncke, the classic lounge chair presents a raw honesty in regard to materials and joints making it a study in true furniture craftsmanship. Created to form its own little private space, which embraces the body and screens off the rest of the world with its organic, curved oak shell, its distinct structure makes it particularly stunning from the back. A pouffe is available in the same series, providing the perfect companion to the KK Lounge Chair when you need to put your feet up.


More than just a bench, but smaller than a daybed, the KK Daybench is KlipKlap's answer to a flexible multi-use piece of furniture for the entrance hall, living room or at the end of the bed in the bedroom. With a flawless hand-crafted oak frame as the base, you can style it as you wish with cushions and pillows in numerous colours and qualities. With its size and flexible construction, it invites you to create your own favourite piece of furniture - soft and colourful or stringent and practical.

Images courtesy of KlipKlap

Exciting news from Penney + Bennett today with the launch of their Beauty Pillow. A beautiful addition to their range of lifestyle products the pillow serves as the perfect accompaniment to your skin and hair care regimen. Made in New Zealand from high grade mulberry silk, the pillow helps to keep moisture close to skin and hair, and will help skin and hair stay more hydrated, minimising sleep creases and pressure. Available in Ivory and Kohl from their website and via selected stockists.


Images courtesy of Penney + Bennett

MENU, the Danish design brand with a vision to shape the future of modern living, is expanding its furniture collection with a Danish design classic: the Knitting Chair, created by architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen in 1951. Capturing the essence of MENU, the lounge chair unites innovative form with traditional craftsmanship, bringing breathtaking materials and details, calm, natural tones, and an expressive presence to modern spaces. Defined by an exposed, triangular construction, a gently curved seat and back ideally pitched for relaxation, and distinctive cut-outs for resting the elbows when reading (or, of course, knitting), the Knitting Chair affirmed Kofod-Larsen’s reputation as a master of proportion and unexpected, sculptural form. It was put into production – but only as a limited edition. Since then, the elegant, inventive design has become an increasingly valuable and sought-after collector’s item. Exquisite!


Images courtesy of Menu

Do you remember the beautiful sound-absorbing Tone Cabinets by Norm Architects for Swedish firm Zilzenio? The Swedish brand has enlisted Note Design Studio to design Kyoto, a stylish modular system that is blissfully simple to use and set up. As it’s name suggests, Kyoto’s inspiration comes from the land of quiet contemplation, particularly the beauty of its tearooms. In these special places, the construction of the architecture and clarity of line and form are gently harmonious. Nothing is superfluous, everything serves a clear function without getting in the way of personal interaction. Featuring ash frames and magnets, Kyoto’s partitions for Swedish brand Zilenzio are available in three frame sizes, with two floor drop heights and three widths. 


Images via Note Design Studio

And lastly, I'm loving these new images from H&M Home that have been emerging on Instagram this week! Featuring beautiful wabi-sabi inspired ceramics and multi-purpose woven baskets, I hope they make their way down under soon.


Styling by Amanda Rodriguez / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

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Melteca Photoshoot

7.16.2018

I recently had the pleasure of working with Melteca, creating styled images for their new website and catalogue. A leading NZ brand and part of the Laminex group, Melteca surfaces offer a range of solutions for creating exceptional interiors across the design spectrum. Teaming up with photographer Helen Bankers, the brief was to create playful, abstract and inspiring spaces that bring to life the Melteca colour palette. Presented across four different room settings, each of the sets were created out of Melteca product, showcasing the diverse collection of colours and finishes that can be crafted across a range of interior applications like cabinetry and shelving, through to commercial furniture and wall linings.

Green Story
Showcasing a mix of mid-light woodgrain surfaces mixed with pops of green, Melteca Raw Birch Ply was used to create the entire set including walls and flooring. Plinths in Melteca Waxed Maple and Melteca Rock Salt were off set by the bright green Melteca Juicy. For a relaxed indoor/outdoor feel, I chose natural rattan furniture, a beautiful textured rug and lots of natural foliage.
Candleholders (on plinth) - boconcept.co.nz
Armadillo & Co Zulu Rug - theivyhouse.co.nz
Willow woven buffet, Woven lounging chair and cushion - indiehomecollective.com
Plants and pots - plantandpot.nz
Stoneware vase - alexandcorban.co.nz
One Soul art print by Loulou Avenue for The Poster Club - paperplanestore.com
Mayfair table lamp by Vibia - ecc.co.nz

Neutrals
With a mix of whites, beige tones and black accents, this dining room theme was one of my favourites to style. In addition to the set made from Melteca Super White and Melteca Mist, and display sheets in warm hues, the shelving unit and table were also constructed from Melteca product. The versatility of the products got me thinking about several new projects at home!

Braid Weave rug by Armadillo & Co - theivyhouse.co.nz
Solo chair by Mattiazzi - simonjamesdesign.com
Bouquet - markantonia.com
Circus pendant lamp by Innermost - ecc.co.nz
Face flower pot - boconcept.co.nz
Napkins (set of 4), Organic Coast mug, Rustic plate, Forager bowl & serving tray - alexandcorban.co.nz
Eva table lamp by Oluce - ecc.co.nz
Woven basket (set of 3) - alexandcorban.co.nz


Industrial Elements & Feature Shades 
For this playful, abstract kitchen, an industrial style backdrop was created from Melteca Concrete Formwood layered with a mix of complimentary dark and light greys. The addition of the bold blue wall in Melteca Infinity, the orange cabinetry in Melteca Energise and and yellow bench top in Melteca Olympia Yellow made this the most vibrant set. Taking me outside of my neutral comfort zone but so much fun to style, this theme really shows the scope of the Melteca range. 
Magis Puppy - ecc.co.nz
Tosca Three Tier Stand by Yamazaki, Egg Cup and Saucer, Cait porcelain teapot, Cait water jug, Kent stacking mug, Long spoons and forks - fatherrabbit.com
Fez hall runner by Armadillo & Co - theivyhouse.co.nz
Pedro Stool by AnotherProject - simonjamesdesign.com
May Day table lamp by Flos - ecc.co.nz

Styling by Michelle Halford-TDC / Photography by Helen Bankers

Woodgrains
Highlighting woodgrains, warm greys, browns and blue shades, the floor and walls of this living room set were created with Melteca Rural Oak and Melteca Malibu. To enhance the warm, textural feel of the products, I chose a beautiful tan leather sofa with ash timber frame, textural rug and statement floor lamp. 
Floor vase - boconcept.co.nz
Bigola sofa by Nau - cult.co.nz
Cushion - boconcept.co.nz
Ghan rug by Armadillo & Co - theivyhouse.co.nz
Alba twin floor lamp by Oluce - ecc.co.nz
Balance art print by Berit Mogensen - paperplanestore.com

To learn more about Melteca, view the product ranges, catalogue and order samples visit www.melteca.net

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The Art Of Living

7.11.2018

I'm thrilled to be featured on The Art of Living today. A beautiful online magazine founded by designer Anna White, it is centred around the belief that modern living is about creating a lifestyle that gives you life, not takes it away. Celebrating the art of living well through stories of inspiring people and places, Anna has interviewed many incredible women including Karen Walker, Teresa Palmer, Christiane Spansberg and Kit Willow, to name a few. 

Photo by Duncan Innes

Needless to say, I'm honoured to be included! Discussing work, motherhood, my wellness rituals and how I try to stay balanced, I also share what I've learnt along the way. 

Read the full interview here and for further inspiration I highly recommend following the beautifully curated Art of Living Instagram page

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Cosy Winter Warmers from AURA Home

7.10.2018

This time last year I was in Spain enjoying the summer heat wave and getting a much needed dose of Vitamin D. While I can't help but wish I was doing the same this winter, there is something nice about surrounding yourself with cosy home comforts to get you through the cooler months. For me this includes beautiful bedding, and one company that always delivers is AURA Home. With a sumptuous line up for winter 2018, I've picked out a few of my favourites from the Quilted Chambray and Luxury Velvet collections.  


By blending their sublimely textural chambray fabric with a light layer of cotton padding and all-over embroidery, AURA have ensured that the Quilted Chambray is not only wonderfully warm in winter, but also doubles as a bed cover during summer. Pre-washed to achieve its tactile, vintage charm, this sumptuous, linen cotton bedlinen is the pinnacle of luxury and comfort. 


There's no mistaking the luxury of velvet. Imbued with a softness that must be felt to be believed, the Aura Luxury Velvet bedlinen is made to be sunk into. Effortlessly graceful, its muted, flowing contours take elegant comfort to a whole new level, while the highest-calibre pure cotton velvet creates a powdery embrace. Sounds like absolute bliss to me!   

Shop the full winter bedroom collection here and be sure to check out all of the Homeware Collections including the gorgeous new Botanical themed wall art

Images courtesy of AURA Home

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