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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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Worldwide Instagram Giveaway with Laing Home + Tessuti

7.06.2018

I'm very excited to have teamed up with two local loves Laing Home and Tessuti to offer an amazing worldwide giveaway over on my Instagram today. Along with details of the prize, here's some background about the two brands.


Laing Home, who I first introduced you to last year, is a women's lifestyle label focused on sleepwear and loungewear. Founded on the belief that sleepwear and fashion do not need to be mutually exclusive and that comfort should be a given, the designs are classic, current and elegantly uncomplicated. Taking sleep and lounge style to a whole new level with premium fabrics and impeccable finishing, Laing are giving away a beautiful Faye Silk Nightshirt, in Raisin. 


Inspired by the 'boyfriend shirt' and tailored from pure silk for a feminine silhouette, the Faye Nightshirt is a modern spin on a timeless classic. Designed to float across your body, the silk not only gives the feeling of ultimate luxury, it also maintains your body's temperature due to its natural ability to preserve heat in the cold and wick moisture in the heat. 

With a soft collar, cuffed sleeves (so you can roll if you wish) and shirt style hem that falls to the knee, the nightshirt is perfect for sleep and lounge. When styling this incredible piece I couldn't stop admiring the colour. Raisin is a beautifully rich hue that enhances the overall luxury and feel of the silk fabric.


Featured on the blog many times and for good reason, Tessuti is a well-loved Auckland store that has been in operation for an impressive 28 years. Housing a unique, hand-selected curation of luxury gifts and homewares, Tessuti offers exclusive locally-made pieces, plus an array of adored international brands. Missoni Home is one such brand and Tessuti has chosen a gorgeous pair of towels from the Viviette collection to give away.


Made from the highest quality cotton terry towelling, the towels are incredibly soft to touch and feature a vibrant striped design. Luxurious and comforting, the Viviette Bath Mat will evoke a holiday feel when stepping out of the bath or shower, while the Viviette Hand Towel features a fun fringing detail. Guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom, they pair beautifully with the Laing nightshirt!


The complete prize package detailed below is valued at $733 NZD:
  • Faye Nightshirt in Raisin by Laing Home ($385 NZD)
  • Missoni Home Viviette Bath Mat ($299 NZD) & Viviette Hand Towel ($49 NZD) from Tessuti
Head over to my Instagram page to enter!

Styling my Michelle Halford/TDC / Photography by Kirsty Dawn Studio


Thank you to Capricho for the loan of the Tojbox Wardrobe by WOUD Design (not included in the giveaway). 

This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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Nordic Archipelago by Nordiska Kök

7.04.2018

I first introduced you to Swedish brand Nordiska Kök a few months ago with this stunning kitchen. Creators of tailor-made kitchens, the company offers unique solutions to suit different lifestyles. Built with longevity in mind, the kitchens are not only designed to last, they also leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources. Sharing their latest kitchen design with you today, I was immediately drawn to its warm palette, mix of natural materials and interesting textures. 


Inspired by the Nordic Archipelago, the minimalist kitchen features a dark oak frame with hidden handles, resulting in a warm and rustic feel. The steel countertop and kitchen island in light grey Gotland limestone creates a natural contrast to the warm oak. Artfully capturing the changing Nordic landscape, I love how this kitchen fuses contemporary functionality with a timeless aesthetic.


Kitchen designed and custom made by Nordiska Kök

Styling by Sarah Widman / Photography by Bodil Bergqvist

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Relaxed and Playful Living Room Style

7.03.2018

I'm not sure of the practicalities of having a white sofa in our household but if we did, this is how I'd love to style it. Created by Ikea Livet Hemma, and showing that white needn't be sterile, the GRÖLLID couch has been paired with beige and black accents and quirky details for a fun, relaxed vibe. 


I've been thinking of replacing the daybed in our second living room downstairs with a sofa or chairs, and this setting is providing lots of inspiration. A laid-back space with comfort in mind, I love the eclectic mix of art prints and use of natural materials.  One of my favourite pieces is the sculptural  MAJORNA paper floor lamp designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm and Monika Mulder.


Styling by Anna Lenskog Belfrage / Photography by Ragnar Òmarsson for Ikea Livet Hemma

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No Ordinary Apartment by Annabell Kutucu

7.02.2018

Today I was very happy to discover a new project by Berlin-based interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu. Featured on the blog previously, Annabell is known for her interior design work across some incredible hospitality projects such as the Casa Cook Cos and Tulum Treehouse. Her distinctive style is marked by the use of natural materials and an understated yet warm, minimalist aesthetic. This new residence in Vienna aptly named No Ordinary Apartment features a beautiful composition of custom-made interiors, wooden furniture, rough linen and carpets, selected mid-century vintage finds and unique objects. 


Located in the bustling neighbourhood of the 6th district in Vienna, the 300sqm apartment is a place of retreat for a well-travelled design aficionado. Divided in two units with seamless connection through wooden sliding doors, the apartment is light and airy with high ceilings and large windows. The bright open-plan living, kitchen and dining space forms the centre of the apartment where friends can come together for long dinners and endless talks. 


One of my favourite areas is the bedroom above. I love the simplicity and rawness of the built-in rustic wood shelf. Large scale artworks feature throughout the apartment and the bright hues of this piece provide a beautiful contrast in the monochrome space. 

Interior Concept, Design and Curation by Annabell Kutucu / Photography by Claus Brechenmacher

I also love the steel glass sliding doors and minimalist shelves - perfect for housing an enviable book and ceramic collection! 

Images via annabellkutucu.com

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The Exquisite Home of Articolo Lighting

6.29.2018

A couple of weeks ago in this New + Noted post I featured some incredible new lighting designs by Melbourne design studio Articolo. The brand's elegant aesthetic, use of luxurious materials and impeccable workmanship really struck a chord. Interested to find out more, I have been fortunate to obtain imagery of the brand's new lighting showroom, studio and workshop in Melbourne's Richmond. A breathtakingly beautiful space, founder and creative director Nicci Green collaborated with architect David Goss to create a refined environment that reflects Articolo’s celebration of the art of light and continued exploration of artisanship and materiality. Here's a look inside.


Nicci, who founded the business in 2012, says “We were driven to showcase our lighting within a space more akin to a gallery than a traditional showroom. The result represents my vision for how Articolo pieces beautifully intersect with interior spaces.”

The existing floorplan was adapted through the repositioning of existing walls, to create a cohesive sequence of spaces that tell the varied stories of Articolo’s revered lighting. An exploration of texture and materiality, reflecting the studio’s own ethos, is seamlessly woven throughout; with concrete rendered walls meeting brass panelling, and custom terrazzo floors melting into timber; a marriage of materials not dissimilar to Articolo’s lighting itself.


Walking through the intimately quiet space inspires a sense of discovery with a series of design “moments” anchored by form and luminance. A confidently minimalist approach to displaying the collection highlights refined detailing and the rare beauty of artisanal production. “The interior design process was remarkably insightful,” says Nicci. “It challenged our thinking and encouraged us to embrace the ‘art of light’ in a wonderful but practical application. Multiple light sources made for a difficult task, but with David’s instinctive approach, the outcome was meticulously resolved.”

Adjacent to the showroom is Articolo’s design studio and workshop, where new designs are born and each piece is finished by hand. “The design process is obviously integral to our brand, so it felt only right that the showroom, studio and workshop should coexist within the one environment,” says Green. “It represents every element of Articolo and the respect we have for each stage of the process.”

Photography by Sharyn Cairns / Art direction by Marsha Golemac

An exquisite project inside and out, I love how the spaces perfectly echo the Articolo aesthetic and material palette.

The Articolo Showroom, Studio and Workshop are located at 18 Willis Street, Richmond in Melbourne and are open by appointment.

Images via Articolo 

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