Kanuka Collective | Launch + Interview

10.24.2014

Sitting down to write this post I'm feeling super excited, and it's not just the amount of coffee I've had today or the fact that we're heading into a long weekend (though that helps!) It's that ever since I discovered the new New Zealand home ware brand Kanuka Collective, I've been smitten. The beautifully crafted luxury products, the feel-good summer vibe of their debut collection and the overall attention to detail is the kind of stuff I thrive on, and I'm thrilled to be sharing their story with you today.



Launched in October, Kanuka Collective was founded by advertising creative Ryan MacPherson, who together with partner Jocelyn Closs, the design manager at Superette, collaborate on the brand. Based in Titirangi, Auckland, overlooking a beautiful native Kanuka clad forest in the Waitakere ranges, the couple are are influenced by the abundant natural beauty surrounding them. The products are made here in New Zealand from the finest quality materials sourced from all over the world. I'll pass you over to Ryan to tell you more...

Can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds and the path that led you to launching Kanuka Collective?

With a background in the advertising and design industries both in New Zealand and Canada, creating the Kanuka Collective brand was a natural progression creatively - we wanted to create something tangible that people could be inspired by and feature in their own homes.

What are your individual roles? 


Everything is carried out locally, with Jocelyn taking care of the social media and marketing side of things while I cover off everything else.



You're influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds you. What would you say are the key aspects that you draw from? Is this a connection that is specific to NZ, your lifestyles etc?

It's hard not to be inspired being so close to the beautiful west coast beaches and being immersed in the Waitakere ranges. Going forward we have a lot of nature-inspired products we'll be introducing.



Your attention to detail and use of beautiful materials is immediately apparent. Can you tell us more about the materials and the process involved in producing such quality products?

We use only the highest quality fabrics and materials and have gone to great lengths to source them from all over the world. Our products are produced locally so we can be across every step of the production process.




How would you describe your personal styles and how is this reflected in your designs, and also your home?

We love simple, paired back design. Open spaces, massive windows, lots of light, straight lines, and timber can be found throughout our Scandinavian inspired Titirangi 'tree house'.




What else inspires you... the web, travel, other creatives etc?

Having lived in both New Zealand and Canada we have a huge appreciation for natural beauty. We love to draw inspiration from what nature has to offer - the colours, forms and textures - there just happens to be plenty of inspiration everywhere we look here in New Zealand.

Your debut collection, aptly titled Palm Paradise SS 14 has a wonderful summer vibe. What can we expect to see over time?

Summer was the perfect season to launch with as we wanted to start with a fresh, beach-inspired collection. We've got some exciting things lined up for the future - watch this space.






I can't wait to see what the future brings, especially if those incredible Alapaca fur cushions are anything to go by! Kanuka have very kindly given me a couple of their new products, and I have to say that their signature detailing such as the luxe raw linen and leather gold foiled tags is even more exquisite in person. I'm looking forward to sharing a photo on Instagram soon! Visit Kanuka Collective to see the full collection and to shop online. 

Those of you in NZ have a wonderful, safe Labour weekend. I'll be back here on Tuesday.


Pinterest | Picks + Peeks

10.23.2014

It's a very rare occurrence for me to post twice on one day, so I'll keep this one brief! I had planned to publish it yesterday but ran out of time, and quite frankly these images are too beautiful to put on hold. All Pinterest finds, the common theme is one of calm neutrals and warm wood elements.

Photo by Matthew Delphenich via The Boston Globe 

Styling and photography by Maiju.Saw

The home of Melbourne interior designer Simone Haag via Oracle Fox

Styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson for Resident Magazine via My Dubio

Photo by Sharyn Cairns via Unfinished Home

Cloe Kitchen designed by Gian Vittorio Plazzogna for Cesar Arredamenticloe

Workspace Organisation | Dowel Lamp by Regent St

It's been one of those full-on weeks where the housework has completely gone by the wayside. My office is no exception although unlike the rest of the house, the mess can't be blamed on the kids! Currently surrounded by an excess of office stuff, I can't wait to get a moment to sort through all the paper and return to my preferred state of organised chaos. I'm always on the lookout for beautiful office accessories for my desk and walls, and have spotted a few monochrome things lately that have taken my fancy. In addition to getting ready for 2015 with my gorgeous new diary by An Organised Life (seen hanging on my office wall in this recent post) I'm already sorted with the 2015 Stendig Calendar, ready and waiting to replace this year's edition. LET LIV currently have them on pre-order, so get in quick because they sell out mighty fast!


For a while I've been dreaming about a new desk lamp. I've talked many times before about my love of lighting as a design element, and as such I'm always on the lookout for new finds that offer something unique. When news of the Dowel Lamp by NZ designers Regent St. arrived in my inbox yesterday, I felt a tingle of excitement. Featuring innovative design, clean lines and great craftsmanship, designer Riley Sanders says the Dowel Lamp's blend of quality wood and LED lighting reflects the simple and smart essence that defines Regent St.


I've been visualising the black one in my office ever since! Made from American oak, the Dowel Lamp is characterised by its composition of just three wooden elements. This solid oak structure is precisely engineered with CNC machining, while the hand-crafted finishes lend a personal touch to the minimalist design. The use of such few components creates a compact package for shipping and basic assembly (loving that). LED lighting is implemented to allow for up to 50,000 hours of use without replacing any of the lighting componentry. It also comes in a beautiful, natural oil finish.



Regent St. are currently shipping to New Zealand and Australia from their online store, but you can contact them directly for any enquiries regarding international shipping.

Dreamers Inc.

10.21.2014

Dreamers Inc. is a gorgeous new range of children's bed linen created by Australia-based designers Nina and Karin Altman. Mums of young children with backgrounds in fashion and textiles, the sisters in law decided to join forces when they couldn't find unique bedding to suit their modern style nurseries. Inspired by Nordic elements, the bed linen brings art to life through beautiful prints that have been lovingly sourced and developed in the duo's Melbourne design studio. The digital printing technique used captures the finer detail of each image to create a life-like version. From the super girlie Pink Dove to the elegant Dragon Fly, the flowy Goldfish, the ultra-modern Green Budgie and the eye popping Green Beetle your child will surely find a friend to fall in love with.



A natural born businesswoman Karin has assumed a number of unique successes and demanding roles over the last decade across fashion and home wares. Nina, who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Textile Technology from RMIT, is passionate about fabrics, dyes, digital printing equipment and technologies. A love of innovation and textiles pushed Nina to experiment with colours, photography and fabrication for adult-sized bed linen. 'I spent much time travelling abroad, sourcing fabrics and speaking to suppliers to develop a range of bed linen for adults'. Following the birth of her two children, Nina realised there was a limited selection of stylish bed linen for little ones on the market and, using her intimate knowledge of fabrication, digital photography and global network of contacts, collaborated with Sister-in-law Karin to launch Dreamers Inc. 

Karin and Nina Altman, founders of Dreamers Inc. 

‘Dreamers Inc. has been a dream come true. We are so fortunate to have such a solid partnership, strength and collective vision. To go to work with a family member each day is rare. And precious.’ 


Such fun, quality pieces, I love the way the method of digital printing translates scale and striking colours to act as an artistic expression for little ones. Whether you're on on the hunt for cots, children’s beds or decorative cushions Dreamers Inc. has bed sheeting well and truly covered. Made from 100% cotton, Dreamers Inc. uses natural substrates and breathable fibres to ensure your little dreamers drift into a precious sleep. Machine washable, these heavy loft bed sheets are set to stand the test of time and stay as vibrant as the day they were bought.

Now taking pre-orders for delivery early November, shop the full range here

Images courtesy of Dreamers Inc. 

TEAM.WORK Launch | Studio Home + Trestle Union

10.20.2014

A few weeks ago I caught up with NZ design blogger Julia Atkinson of Studio Home, following the recent launch of her exciting new collaboration series, TEAM.WORK. As the inspiring curator and voice behind one of the first design based blogs launching down under in 2008, I was excited to learn more about how she has now taken Studio Home's involvement with New Zealand and Australian creative businesses to new heights. 

Together with young Auckland designers Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorenson of Trestle Union, they set about producing something new and different to their existing range of clean, modern trestle tables (which as you know I'm a big fan of). The result? A gorgeous collection of pot plant stands available in three heights and three colourways. One look at them and I was sold! With a simple, minimalist design that is both stylish and functional, I jumped at the chance to style one of these babies in my own home. Fitting seamlessly into every corner, I was impressed with the versatility of my small white stand which can hold pots of varying shapes and sizes.

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

How great does it look alongside our String shelf? With three different sizes to choose from, the options are endless when it comes to displaying pots and plants. I also love how they look in a set, with a mix of hanging varieties, fresh flowers, pots and glass vases as shown below.


In addition to glossy black and white powder coating, the plant stands are available in a clear coat option which brings out the raw industrial finish of the metal wire. They can be bought separately or as a set of three direct from the Trestle Union online store with free shipping within New Zealand and a flat $35 dollar rate to Australia.

Beautiful Plants and Styling by Eden Hessell of The Botanist and photography by Evie Mackay 

Bravo to Julia for kicking off TEAM.WORK with a bang. I'm already looking forward to the next collaboration! 


Mahina Candles

10.17.2014

Mahina is a boutique NZ candle company founded in 2009 by a dear friend of mine, Natalie Walsh. Incredibly smart and stylish, Natalie's natural affinity for beautiful fragrances and quality products heightened when she was living in France. Having travelled extensively around the world, she always picked up a new scented candle to bring home. This sparked her idea to produce a New Zealand premium fragranced candle range combining the best of France with Pacific provenance. By electing to work with a French parfumer to design their own fragrances, Mahina (whose name is inspired by the Luna Deity in Pacific cultures, meaning moon or moonlight), offers truly unique candles that will not only enhance the home, but help you to de-stress, and look after your general well-being.  


I'm in awe of Natalie's knowledge when it comes to candles. Her background is in the wine industry and she has always had a ‘good nose’. She attributes her Niuean heritage on her mothers’ side for her ability to truly sense. “My mother is what we in the industry call ‘a super-sensor’; she can unravel the most complex fragrances, which I believe is linked to her heritage and upbringing, being closer to the land and that which it nurtures. Many people have commented to me that it is the sense of smell that most often evokes the strongest memories. We want our candles to elicit the same sense of relaxation and well-being that comes naturally on a Pacific Island”.


The Mahina Candles come in four exquisite fragrance combinations: White Night – Tubereuse & Gardenia; Eastern Splendour – Coriandrè & spice; Manor Born – Citron Vert, Basil and Mandarin; Empress Thé Blanc – White Tea with Jasmine. As you can see above, I'm currently burning a favourite, Empress Thé Blanc, as I work! The simple glass and monochrome packaging fits seamlessly into every room of our home, so you will no doubt be seeing a lot more of them! 


Available throughout select retail stores, Mahina having just re-launched with a new  webshop, so that regardless of where you live or how you busy you are, you can experience the magic of Mahina by easily purchasing online. They would also make the perfect Christmas gift! 

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

Interior Styling | Small Spaces on a Budget

10.15.2014

Today's post was inspired by the sweet little guest room below, that I discovered via the fabulous blog The Veda House. Described by owner Cassie as being 'itty bitty' she says it's really important to practice the art of restraint and keep small rooms clutter-free. I couldn't agree more! By using clever tricks like painting the walls a crisp white and replacing the closet handles, she has created a beautifully simple space that is warm and welcoming. Coat hooks for personal items, magazines, artwork and a touch of greenery add the finishing touches. I was also amazed to read that the headboard was found on the side of the road! Check out another one of Cassie's beautiful headboards recently featured on T.D.C in this post.

Images via The Veda House

As you know I love wall hooks and can quite happily find a use for them in every room of the home, the bedroom being no exception. Simple wire coat hangers in this next small space not only look great, they help keep magazines off the floor. 

Images via Nordic Days

When turning a spare room into a home office is not an option, I recommend finding a spare corner to set up a small study nook. The budget may not stretch as far as to buy a gorgeous String Shelf desk like the one above, but the narrow size and shelving provides lots of inspo for the DIY'ers out there. The Shorthand Desk from Freedom and Jordi Kids Desk from Mocka (which are both fine for adults) are great options and to create some simple shelves, I recommend using these brackets from Father Rabbit and some simple shelves from Bunnings

Images via Coco Lapine Design

Image via A Merry Mishap

A lovely addition to any clean, minimalist interior, ladders can be used in the living room, bedroom or even the bathroom. Because they take take up very little room they are perfect for small spaces. I found a fantastic DIY option with step by step instructions over on A Merry Mishap.

Images via A Beautiful Mess 

Lastly, here's one for the kitchen thanks to A Beautiful Mess. An area where we commonly want to maximise space and create extra storage, I think this DIY Wire Utensil Rack is a brilliant idea. Perfect for kitchens that are lacking in terms of drawer space and cabinetry, it's straight forward to make and easy on the pocket. 

 

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