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Organic Bedding in Summery Hues by Midnatt

8.15.2018

A busy few weeks and not enough sleep has me swooning over these beautiful bedroom scenes. Styled by Josefin Hååg for Swedish brand Midnatt, the soft organic cotton and warm hues have a cocoon-like quality, while the fresh floral touches provide a light, summery mood. So pretty, don't you think?

Styling by Josefin Hååg / Photography by Emily Laye

The boys and I are off to Sydney tomorrow for a short vacay, so things will be a little quite here until my return next Tuesday. I will however be checking out Denfair while I'm there, so follow along on my IG stories and I'll report back with some highlights! 

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Luxaflex Series Part Two | The Reveal

8.14.2018

Following on from the first part of the Luxaflex series, The Selection Process, I'm thrilled to be sharing the reveal of our dining space today. In case you missed it, in the first of this two-part series I talked about the issues we have around privacy and glare in this area of our home, and the three Luxaflex products recommended to us. Offering different elements in terms of aesthetic and functionality,  these were explained to us in depth by Luxaflex, who first carried out a home visit, so that we could make the right decision for our space. After a visit to the showroom to take a closer look at the products we narrowed our choice down to two, the Duette and Silhouette blinds. We then took some fabric samples home to see how they worked in our space. Our final choice? The Silhouette blinds in Translucent, with the PowerView Battery automation


The fabric colour we chose is Bicycle Beige, a soft neutral that fits in seamlessly with our existing interior. The translucent fabric is designed to gently filter light and the effect in our dining room is really beautiful. Creating a soft ambiance, the horizontal fabric vanes can be tilted to let through different amounts of light, and closed to give privacy. Having a separation in the blinds provides even more options. For example we can keep the left-hand side closed or titled and open the right-hand side. A favourite option while eating breakfast, it screens out neighbours while still allowing us to enjoy the outside view. 


What makes these blinds even more special is the PowerView Automation, a completely cordless battery operated system, that can be installed without the need for an electrician. I love that we can easily set the blinds to suit our lifestyle - morning, day or night - with the press of a button. Following the install of our blinds Luxaflex activated the Remote and gave us a little lesson in how to use it, which is super easy. Aptly named the PowerView Pebble it's comfortable to hold and has a sleek black form. I like to keep it on the adjacent String shelf where it looks right at home!


The closed blinds make our entire open plan dining, kitchen and living area feel so much cosier in the evenings, especially on these cold winter nights. And roll on summer when we'll finally be able to dine comfortably here on hot, sunny evenings. 

Styling by Michelle Halford-TDC / Photography by Helen Bankers 

Overall, the Luxaflex Silhouettes have made a massive difference to our dining area and lifestyle. The quality and functionality of the blinds make them feel like a true luxury element. Quickly becoming an effortless part of our day-to-day routine, it makes me wonder how we lasted so long without them! Beautiful to look at and live with, they have elevated the entire space and we couldn't be happier with the results. 

Tableware
Gidon Bing Ceramics from Process Studios / available from Good Form 

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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Nordiska Kök Bespoke Kitchen for Stylein Founder Elin Alemdar

8.13.2018

Swedish kitchen company Nordiska Kök have created another beautiful bespoke kitchen, this time in collaboration with Scandinavian fashion brand Stylein. One of Sweden's most beloved contemporary womenswear brands, it was nominated for Sweden's most prestigious design award Guldknappen in 2017.  Clean, minimalist shapes, cabinets and drawers in light ash, together with the pale green colour Lindblomsgrön creates a harmonious balance in this timeless kitchen, designed and built by Nordiska Kök. 

The stunning kitchen is a reflection of Stylein's signature aesthetic. As founder of Stylein Elin Alemdar explains, the  two companies have a wonderful synergy, making this a truly authentic collaboration. "The Nordic minimalism, the clean lines and the soft colours are the core of everything we do at Stylein. Our collections should live for a long time, be timeless and leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources, values I also share with Nordiska Kök". 




So airy and fresh, this gorgeous kitchen features a Silestone countertop, and Box fan from Fjäråskupan, with all other appliances from Smeg. Beautifully styled by Alexandra Ogonowski, glass and ceramic tableware and a touch of bright orange provide the perfect finishing touches.

Styling by Alexandra Ogonowski  / Photography by Osman Tahir

Images courtesy of Nordiska Kök

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Warm Minimalism with a Graphic Touch

8.09.2018

We've had some gorgeous sunny days this week and I've even spotted some blossom trees while out and about. It's probably a bit premature to be getting excited about the onset of warmer weather in our part of the world, but I have made a start on some spring cleaning. This beautiful interior design project is spurring me on! Light and airy, it is completely void of clutter. With an enviable curation of furniture and lighting, the light beige coloured walls provide a warm backdrop, while the black feature wall in the kitchen and dark graphic rug in the living room provide contrast and depth. 


I also love how the square tiles in the kitchen provide a graphic touch, framing and accentuating the beautiful big windows. The large timber dining table grounds the space, while woven and leather chairs add further texture and warmth. 


When executed well, warm minimalism is so inspiring. 

This Grafica design project is by Olga Fradina, via Behance.

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Flooring Xtra Rugs Now Online | Giveaway + Reader Offer

8.08.2018

I'm really excited to have teamed up with Flooring Xtra to share some great news with you today. Their wide range of beautiful and affordable designer rugs are now available to purchase online, and to celebrate I have an exciting giveaway and reader offer.


To help spread the word I was set with the fun task of selecting a new rug for our home from the online collection. A little apprehensive about choosing a piece of this scale online, I needn't have worried. The site offers plenty of visual inspiration, product descriptions and measurements to ensure you get it just right. The hard part was choosing from so many lovely options! Deciding to replace the rug in our living area, I was looking for a neutral but lighter colour to work in with our existing decor and uplift the space. Being open plan, I wanted a larger rug to really define the area and offer maximum comfort, but it was also important that it compliment our rug in the adjacent dining area. After some deliberation I made a shortlist of three neutral rugs. Different elements such as fringing and patterning were included in the mix, but the one I decided on was the classic, soft woven Nebraska rug in natural white. Available in three sizes to suit any sized space, the 200x300cm is perfect for our living area. 


After a super-speedy delivery, I couldn't wait to roll it out and see how it looked in our living room. The undyed wool adds a beautiful warmth underfoot and the texture is subtle, yet still visually striking. As I had hoped, the colour not only fits perfectly into our interior, it works well alongside our dining area rug.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

To celebrate this new online offering, I am running an exciting Giveaway over on my Facebook page. The winner will get to choose a rug to the value of $1,500 from Flooring Xtra!*

In addition, TDC readers will receive an exclusive discount offer of 20% off rug purchases online during the running of the competition. 

To redeem, simply enter the code THEDESIGNCHASER20 at checkout!
(Code valid through to Midnight, Wednesday 15th August). 

Happy shopping!

*Competition open to people in NZ, 18 years and over. Visit Facebook to enter.

{UPDATE: Giveaway now closed}

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A Beautiful Nordic-Inspired Family Home Renovation by norsu

8.07.2018

The team behind the Melbourne based Scandinavian Interiors store norsu interiors have been keeping themselves busy this year with a full renovation of Co-Founder Nat Wheeler’s original 1920’s Californian Bungalow in just five short months. Having followed the amazing journey online, I'm delighted to share some of the beautiful imagery with you today. 


For Nat, along with fellow Co-Founder Kristy Sadlier seized the chance to renovate when the Wheeler family purchased the Glen Iris property in late 2017 and the duo saw an opportunity to demonstrate their team’s styling prowess in norsu’s undeniably distinctive aesthetic. 

Catching up with Nat and Kristy lat year in Melbourne, I remember this exciting idea was already brewing. But even knowing first-hand how hard-working and talented these ladies are, the scope and speed of this project has been a surprise! Their work ethic is so inspiring, as is the fact that they were committed to designing and executing a superior look and feel at an affordable level (think flat pack kaboodle Kitchen cabinetry cleverly used as bedroom wardrobes). To help bring their vision to life, norsu partnered with an incredible line up of Australian and International suppliers on the project, including Caesarstone, Dulux, GlobeWest, Godfrey Hirst, Perini Tiles, Smeg and Sussex Taps.


Having thoroughly enjoyed renovating several homes in the past, the decision to capture the journey of this reno was easy states Nat. “We wanted to share the journey with our social media followers and prove that renovating doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Our goal was to show viewers how to apply some creative choices during the renovation process without breaking the bank, while sharing tips on how to confidently select finishes, incorporate colour, create cohesiveness, and of course have some fun along the way.” 


Heading into the project, the plan was to conduct a quick ‘cosmetic renovation’ that most home-owners could confidently tackle on their own, however, after realising the true renovation potential of the house and the ability to make a huge impact without major changes to the existing floorplan, the focus quickly shifted. The result is an open plan, Nordic-inspired practical family home that Nat, together with her husband Dan, and children Annabel (7) and Harvey (4) now lovingly call the norsuHOME.

“After the reno was complete, our day jobs kicked into gear, and we had some serious fun with the styling” states Kristy. “We live and breathe interiors, and truly believe you can create something magical by carefully selecting the right furniture, art and soft furnishings for your home. For us, it’s all about the feeling you get when you walk in that front door. By focusing on the right pieces, tones, placement and layering, you have the ability to create cosiness, joy and warmth which allows guests to instantly connect emotionally with the space.”

This project has been the perfect platform for the norsu team to officially launch their dedicated styling services arm, led by in-house qualified interior designer Lauren Bartlett-Bragg. “If you’re drawn to the norsuHOME and would like assistance recreating this look and feel within your own home, we offer a range of services to suit any budget” says Lauren.

Styling by Beck Simon / Photography by Lisa Cohen

Capturing the entire process on video through an informative, fun and relatable 11 part episode series, the duo share practical reno and styling tips, along with focusing on the various elements to consider when renovating, such as painting, flooring, tiling and lighting. Each episode is supported by detailed commentary from Nat on her personal experiences, learnings, and guidance, along with tips and tricks from their expert suppliers.

The entire series is now available to view at www.norsuhome.com/episodes/ or via their dedicated norsuHOME YouTube ChannelUsing state of the art VR technology, the home has also been captured in a 360 degree format, allowing viewers to virtually walk through the entire home and shop every item from the comfort of their sofa.

Visit norsuhome.com to binge watch the complete series, read all content and take a virtual tour of the home now.

Images courtesy of norsu interiors 

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