The Shelter


Earlier this week I attended the opening of The Shelter, an exciting new shared contemporary space in Auckland. Having had the concept in mind for many years, founder Vicki Taylor of leading NZ fashion brand taylor, was waiting for the right location and time to present itself. Her vision has now been realised with the stunning new store opening its doors at 79 Mackelvie Street in Ponsonby.

The Shelter houses a carefully curated selection of new and established brands, both from New Zealand and abroad. Vicki says “The idea is that you can access design-led versions of all your lifestyle essentials at The Shelter. Food, clothing and homeware are all delivered to create a sophisticated and creative environment for discerning shoppers."

Brands include Maison Martin Margiela, Danish clothing designer Barbara Gongini, Canadian jewellery designer Arielle de Pinto and local brands such as Jimmy D, Monday’s Child from Christchurch and Vicki Taylor’s own brand, taylor. The Shelter also features homeware from The Foxes Den, an on-site cafĂ© and bikes from tokyobike.

On entering the incredible building you can't help but be wowed by the pitched roof and high ceilings. Further enhanced by a bright white palette and contrasting black joinery, I love the simplicity of the interior fitout which features clean lines, huge indoor trees and wall mounted bikes from tokyobike. Opening out to a gorgeous private courtyard, the overall vibe is so welcoming and relaxed, I found it hard to leave! 

Vicki Taylor and husband Mark Thomson

For more info take a look at the Shelter website, and if you're in Auckland make sure you visit soon! 

Photography by Won Kim and Sam Lee

The Bed Head | Ideas and Inspo


Due to my love of minimalism, I prefer a simple white headboard, or none at all. However these recent finds have me re-thinking that, especially the first two. Simple DIY creations, the floating headboards not only define the space, but add warmth by way of natural wood. Install an over-hanging pendant light or some shelves directly to the board - the Normann Copenhagen Pocket Organiser is perfect - and voila, you have a very cool bed head feature. 

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The bedrooms below are cosy and inviting thanks to their fabric covered headboards which add contrast and texture. I really like the simple white, wide headboard in the last image because it provides the perfect ledge for a cage light. 

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In terms of interior styling, I usually think of the wall at the head of the bed as a blank canvas for adding artwork or a shelf. Unless of course there is a window like in our room. But these next images provide some new ideas, such as painting the wall in a block colour or two-tone combo, wallpapering in a graphic print or installing pieces of plywood to add warmth and contrast. I love the white painted brick wall in the room below. So spacious, the bed has actually been pulled out from the wall allowing for two lamps to be placed behind. 

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Clean lines frame the beautiful statement lamp below, and then quite possibly my favourite of all, a recessed wall providing a clever headboard alternative that doubles as a shelf. 

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Launched in July of this year, TheTwentyTwo is an interior, design and lifestyle brand offering simple, yet beautifully essential items for the home. Based out of Australia, the online space brings simplicity, beauty, quality and affordability together, extending from the wardrobe to the living room, to dining room and kitchen. With over 500 unique products available, I had my work cut out for me selecting some to share with you today!

Co-Founders and sisters Vicki and Jennifer Lee created TheTwentyTwo to offer a new space that could enable their love of art, fashion, nature, cooking, pottery, ceramics and homeware to blend into one. Formerly a lawyer, Vicki's diverse career path led her to owning a women's fashion label before launching the family-owned online store. She also holds a strong personal passion for painting, developed and extended by her fiancĂ© Tedd O’Donnell, featuring collaborations and further work due to be exhibited in the near future. Intelligent and creative, Vicky has a strong vision for TheTwentyTwo that is both beautiful and inspiring:

"The landscape of fashion and life is in constant flux, bombarding our visual horizon with aspirational imagery. A trillion snapshots of how life could be, how it should be, if only we could get there. Every now and then, we stop and breath release, and imagine a world in white - a world stripped of clutter and excess. This place I am describing is home of TheTwentyTwo.”

Understated yet carefully considered, TheTwentyTwo aesthetic is one that I was immediately drawn to. Their vast range of products are showcased across four different collections: Bottles, Mini Bake, Raw Wood and French Countryside

Vicki kindly answered a couple of questions for us today... 

Where does the name TheTwentyTwo come from?

The number twenty-two has a simple euphonious presence in our opinion. It is a beautiful sound in itself. We love the number twenty-two because it is so balanced, even and still.

It represents the brands aspiration of simplicity, consistency and beauty. We created TheTwentyTwo space for people to enjoy simplicity in all its immense power. TheTwentyTwo is a lifestyle brand where we see art as a way of life, a way of seeing the world around you , not as a canvas on the wall alone.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Ted and I draw inspiration from each others work in the same way we learn from each other in everyday life. Our tempo's are pretty much opposite but after a small amount of time together we always merge into one strong pulse down the middle.

Ted's is like the big log you put in the fire to keep it going, consistently, all night long. And I am like the leaves and bark you put on the top to get the sparks going immediately but momentarily. Together, we make a pretty strong flame and inspire each other in our separate work as well as our work together. Ted has a precision and eye for detail that is annoyingly perfectionist.

Here are a few more of my favourites from TheTwentyTwo Living Section, where you'll also find luxurious bedding and many gorgeous gift ideas. 

Of course there is much more on offer! TheTwentyTwo ships worldwide, with free shipping on all orders over $200. Make sure you sign up to receive news and updates, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram

Interior Styling | Black Accents in the Bathroom


I love black accents in the bathroom, so it's great to see a growing trend in this area. When I designed ours I looked into black tapware which adds a unique twist and striking contrast in all-white bathrooms, but there was very little if anything on offer. I'll be on the lookout soon for a styling client, and I'm really excited to see what I can now find! 

There are of course other ways to add black to your bathroom besides tapware. The bathtub below is a real showstopper. I also love the black window frames and ceiling in the following image. If you prefer not to do anything too drastic, look for black accessories such as storage containers, bins  and towels. To add warmth and texture to a black and white bathroom, mix in timber, stone and marble elements. 

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I have loads more examples of stunning bathrooms with black accents, which you will find by browsing through my Bathroom Board on Pinterest. I've also picked out some black bathroom accessories to further inspire you. 

01. Black Quart Mirror from Freedom Furniture 
02. Aura Home Duo Bath Sheet in Black
03. Normann Copenhagen Sticks Hooks from Design Denmark
04. Black Cherry Pendant from The Minimalist
05. Bradley Regent Black Towel Rail
06. Vivid Slimline Black Wall Basin Bath Set
07. Menu Flip Around from LET LIV
08. Vipp 13 Black Pedal Bin from Design Denmark
09. Maison D'amore Candle from Superette
10. Aesop Nurturing Shampoo
11. Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque
12. Uashmama Small Paper Bag from MintSix 

Friday Finds


Apologies for the sporadic posting this week. I've had lots of work meetings, kids cross country and so on. It's been nice to get out of the office but I'm now furiously catching up. I've ended up with several half-finished posts which will come to fruition next week now, because this one has jumped the queue, thanks to some great finds this morning.

As you know I can't resist an innovative shelving system, especially one that comes from Scandinavia. The FLIP bookshelf is a design collaboration between Copenhagen-based architects and designers Kevin Hviid and Mikkel Damsbo for MUNK Collective. A clever design comprising square, hexagon and trapezoid forms, the bookshelf can be configured in many different ways, depending on how you flip them. I'd sure love to have a play! Available in four different colours, the shelves are beautifully styled along with the FRAME trays and HOOKED hangers, two other great products by MUNK Collective

Found via Nordic Design - Imagery via MUNK Collective

I feel that I haven't been posting enough homes lately but luckily Fantastic Frank always delivers some fresh inspo! These two listings fit nicely with today's white and bright theme. 

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Lastly, the always-inspiring Lotta Agaton has teamed up with Herman Miller, producer of the classic Eames chairs, to create these incredible images, captured by the talented Petra Bindel

Found via Ollie & Seb's Haus - Imagery via Lotta Agaton

A quick message for Aucklanders before I go.... the Herne Bay Spring Markets are on tomorrow, and it promises to be a fantastic event for locals, the design community, families and anyone looking for a day of shopping, food and entertainment. Pop along to the Wallace Rd Corner Stores between 10am-3pm and you'll find... 

Artists talks by Matt Ellwood and Sam Mitchell at Melanie Roger Gallery, muesli served by Pretty Damn Good For You and almond milk from Carew Kitchen at Simon James Concept Store, mini-manicures from Butter London at Tessuti, tastings and gifts with purchase at Father Rabbit, Gin & Tonic served at Kathryn Wilson, and 10% off at The Ivy House. There will also be a Clown for the children’s entertainment, $1 yoga classes at Herne Bay Yoga, new season menu samples at Zus & Zo, and many more special promotions and offers at each shop on the day.

Wow, what an amazing line up. See you there! 


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