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TDC x BoConcept Sofa Series | Part IV

11.17.2017

Following on from part three of the BoConcept Sofa Series, I'm excited to be sharing the first look at our beautiful Carlton sofa in leather. BoConcept have an extensive range of leathers, and I took three different tan leathers home to test out. The final choice was the lightest colour - light caramel Oxford leather - and I'm so happy with the result. The leather feels luxurious and it pairs beautifully with velvet. Complimenting our Carlton sofa in grey Napoli fabric featured last week, it also provides a nice contrast and injects a lot of warmth into the room. 


The 2. 5 seater Carlton is the perfect size for this side of the room and together with the 3 seater provides ample seating for our family. We've brought the leather sofa forward a little to meet with the new Waza rug, which helps define the sitting area. The rug also adds warmth underfoot and brings more texture into the room. With our high ceilings and open-plan layout, the space still feels cosy and intimate. I'm also thrilled that there is space between the back of the sofa and String shelving. This was an important factor when making the decision to change from a modular configuration back to two sofas, and I love that I can still walk freely behind the sofa and get to the shelves with ease.  


That ends the BoConcept Sofa Series, but I'm sure I will be sharing a lot more of our beautiful new sofas on the blog and social media! 

Thanks again to those who have put in bids for the Charity auction of our Carmo sofa. There's still a week to go, so if you'd like to find out more about the sofas, which are currently available to be viewed at the Auckland showroom, take a look here. All proceeds are going to KidsCan

This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. 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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Musings + Moodboards

11.16.2017

I've been following Copenhagen-based architect Danielle Siggerud on Instagram for some time. She has such a beautiful, serene aesthetic and her project, MD House, was the starting point for today's moodboard. A 17th century home reworked with strong architectural sensitivity, combining modern and existing elements, I love the neutral colour palette and tactile materials, as shown in the the kitchen and living room below. Danielle has also designed an incredible steel table for the Menu Space which opened earlier this year in Copenhagen. Definitely one to watch, I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future. 


Kitchen + Living Room from the MD House, Copenhagen, by Danielle Siggerud Architects
Kristiina Haataja Sculpture, styling and photography by Daniella Witte 

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Sans [ceuticals] | The Alchemy of Giving

11.14.2017

In the past I've curated Christmas gift guides, but this year I'm taking a more selective and organic approach, looking out for gifts that really resonate and offer something unique and special for loved ones. The Alchemy of Giving by Sans [ceuticals] is a great fit in that it centres around the idea that giving can be a transformative experience, something deeper than a material exchange. Their beautiful Gift Set Series was created to foster a sense of connection - a moment of solitude or time with a loved one.


For those discovering Sans [ceuticals] for the first time, this NZ-based company is close to my heart. I first met with with founder Lucy Vincent over a year ago, and the beautiful products have since become part of my daily ritual. A former hairstylist, Lucy's remarkable career (she established the Stephen Marr hair salons, Lucy and the Powder Room and Auckland shopping destination, The Department Store) and fresh uncontrived approach to hair and beauty has made her an influential and pioneering innovator here in New Zealand. 

Unable to find the type of products she wanted to use - clean, natural products that were highly active, well designed and sustainably minded - Lucy set out to create her own. Working with a team of New Zealand’s top scientists and cell biologists, Lucy developed a range of products that are a convergence of everything that is important to her. "I want to use products that are natural, environmentally responsible and sustainable—but they also have to perform and be effective.” I've spoken out on Instagram about the changes I've seen in my hair and skin since using the products, and I love that the brand's ethos feeds through to the Sans [ceuticals] way of life. Passionate about nature, whole foods, native New Zealand plant extracts, biochemistry, neuroscience, art and design, Lucy is also an advocate of diverse beauty in all its shapes and forms, at any age. A constant source of inspiration, the Sans [ceuticals] Journal features like-minded inspiring women from around the globe (Sans Woman), Lucy's delicious plant-based recipes (Sustenance) and product how-to videos (Tutorials). There's also a beautiful film series, A Quiet Observation. Featuring a cast of amazing women directed by Veronica Crockford-Pound, the film presents a change from the traditional representation of women in beauty messaging, with a study of the female form that doesn't objectify or idealise.


Designed to elevate the everyday essentials range, each of the Sans [ceuticals] gift kits are accompanied by an experiential ritual, incorporating cleansing, touch and repair. Exquisitely presented, each set encourages ‘scheduling time’ and comes with an artist drawn ritual card, detailing steps to perform a head massage, reflexology or hair treatment.

My beautiful DIY Spa Kit includes two of my favourite products, the Bio Active Body Exfoliant, and Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face + Oil, together with two gorgeous luxury samples. I'm looking forward to following the Self Care Ritual (including a glass of wine and bath) very soon.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Available to purchase online with worldwide shipping, see the full range of gift kits here

This post was created in collaboration with [Sans ceuticals]. 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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Blue Notes | An Edwardian Reinvention by Golden

11.13.2017

Award-winning Melbourne-based interior design practice Golden have transformed a stately Edwardian home into a cherished residence for a music-loving family. Minimalist lines, bold shapes and grand scales bring a modern edge to the original architecture, while a regal colour palette invigorates the space. 


From Midnight to moody indigo and teal to Monet-inspired lilac, as chosen by the children, the striking use of colour carries through from room to room, creating a beautifully cohesive feel. Music also threads throughout with thoughtful detailing such as custom joinery in the music room cleverly designed to accommodate the family's musical instruments. The television-free living room features his-and-hers’ reading chairs and an oversized Molteni sofa, perfect for sprawling listening sessions around a cherished vinyl record player. The gorgeous abstract art work above the fireplace is by Caroline Walls



The master bedroom is a play of bold and muted colour. A custom Anna Charlesworth pendant hangs from the original ceiling rose, a plush linen bedhead runs the length of the room, and the bespoke window seat is dressed in a tailored Paul Smith textile.


Furnished with stunning Beetle Dining Chairs by Gubi, the dining area doubles as a children’s study. A beautiful window seat provides hidden storage for power and printer and a built in desk is paired with Arne Jacobsen Series7 Chairs by Fritz Hansen and the iconic Snoopy table lamp by Flos


The combined music and guest room is a central feature of the home, with its stately, custom joinery designed to fit a new sound system and speakers (and seamlessly hide all power and AV cables). In addition to choosing the Monet-inspired colour schemes in their rooms, the children also chose the playful door handles in the TV-room.



The lighting has been refreshed throughout the home to achieve a more considered, minimal approach. The feature pendant over the staircase was custom designed by LAAL, with both size and proportion tailored specifically for the space. The incredible stair runner is by Halcyon Lake

Styling by Nat Turnbull / Photography by Sharyn Cairns


Showing how contemporary design can pay tribute to the spirit of a character home, the interiors strike a beautiful balance between pared back elegance and thoughtful use of colour.

Images courtesy of Golden 

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TDC x BoConcept Sofa Series | Part III

11.10.2017

In the last instalment of the BoConcept Sofa Series I revealed my choice of the Carlton sofas in two different fabrics. Our new sofas have since arrived and are absolutely beautiful. I thought I'd start by sharing the 3 seater today, which is in the light silver Napoli fabric. 


I mentioned last time how much the textural element of this fabric really appealed to me. A corduroy velvet developed exclusively for BoConcept, it is also very soft to the touch. A big change for us in terms of colour, the light grey hue has a slight greige undertone which I love. Understated yet uplifting, it enhances the airy feel of our light-filled open-plan space.



Needless to say I'm already having a lot of fun styling the new sofas. And because they are such a great fit for our living room in terms of colour and style, many of our existing pieces including cushions, throws and art prints work in beautifully. I'd been admiring the stunning selection of BoConcept rugs for some time, so I was thrilled to be able to pick one out for this Sofa Series.  With so many complimentary options on offer it wasn't an easy choice, but I couldn't go past the Waza rug in silver, which is one of the new collection designs. You can check them out in the BoConcept 2018 Catalogue.  


Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

Be sure to check in for the final part of the series, when I share our second Carlton sofa in leather. 

Thanks so much to those who have put in bids for the Charity auction of our Carmo sofa. There are two more weeks to go, so if you'd like to find out more about the sofas, which are currently available to be viewed at the Auckland showroom, take a look here. All proceeds are going to KidsCan. 


This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. 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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Calming Tones + Cohesive Style

11.09.2017

This home has such a calm, peaceful vibe. The soft tonal palette and relaxed style carries through effortlessly from room to room. Pale wood accents go hand in hand with the grey hues, and along with textural elements inject lots of warmth. Though small, I love that the kitchen and dining space is filled with light. It's also beautifully furnished with classic wishbone chairs by Carl Hansen & Son and simple accessories that fit seamlessly with the neutral hues.  

Styling by Katia Thoger /Photography by Emma Jonssson Dysell for Fantastic Frank 

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New + Noted

11.08.2017

A new discovery, Made by Morgen is Melbourne-based design studio specialising in handcrafted furniture. Maintaining traditional workmanship and quality, with materials that support this standard, the beautifully refined products are made to age well but they also embody a story. With inspiration from mid-century Scandinavian design, Made by Morgen work by hand to create refreshing, unique and individualised pieces for people, places and spaces. Here are some pieces from the stunning new collection, which you can see in its entirety here

Styling by Bek Sheppard / Photography by Lillie Thompson

Recently launched, Nordiska Kök is a new Swedish brand producing beautiful customised kitchens. Showcasing an unmistakable Nordic style with simple design, clean lines and the use of natural, quality materials, the kitchens feature appealing combinations of muted toned cabinetry and marble stone bench tops.  

Styled by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Fanny Hansson

Aesop have launched a new range of Gift Kits for 2017-18 which pay homage to ground-breaking studies on human behaviour, and feature curated skin and body care products to suit a range of recipients. The six kits are collectively titled, The Enigmatic Mind, with each kit celebrating an influential social psychology experiment that rose to prominence in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

At a time of year when we consider what generosity means, the experiments shine a light on how humans interact with each other, whether working together, helping others, establishing connections or social conformity.


I was very lucky to receive the beautiful Sway Gift Kit which references the Asch conformity experiments, and how we adapt to accommodate those around us. It comprises of a group of agreeable formulations for hand and body care: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, and Geranium Leaf Body Balm. Packaged in a practical, reusable amenity case, the kits are wrapped in sleeves inspired by social psychology books of the era; the design subtly referencing the experiment behind it.


Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

An intriguing concept, I have found reading about the experiments for each kit so fascinating and I know they will make beautiful Christmas gifts. The collection is available from all Aesop signature stores and select stockists across the globe, and at aesop.com.

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