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My Styling for the New Church Road Gwen Rosé


Recently I had the pleasure of styling a shoot for Church Road. Pioneering the creation of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry in New Zealand, the iconic brand is known for their highly acclaimed award-winning wines. Excited to style their new wine, the beautiful Church Road Gwen Rosé, it has now been released and I thought I'd share some of the images with you. What better time than on a sunny Friday afternoon?

Delicate and refreshing, finely textured and so very elegant, the Gwen Rosé is the perfect wine for sophisticated gatherings with friends, at home or when out for drinks. It can also be paired with fresh, summery foods, as is captured here in this lifestyle imagery. The story behind the beautiful Provence- style Rosé is also very special, as it was inspired by a poem written by pioneer winemaker Tom McDonald to his wife Gwen. Crafted and named in honour of Florence Gwendoline Brown, known as Gwen to all her friends and family, she married Tom McDonald in 1931, the same time the Church Road winery was beginning to grow under Tom’s management. The poem that Tom wrote is actually housed in the Church Road museum, and compares the qualities of fine wine to his wife. An extract of this poem appears on the front label of the beautiful Church Road Gwen Rosé bottle. 

Styling by Michelle Halford-TDC / Photography by Babiche Martens

I might need to go and pour myself a glass now! Have a lovely weekend!

Tableware details 
Linen Table Cloth, Hand Forged brass salad servers, Condiment Spoon, Cheese Knife, Pickle Fork, Botanica napkins, Marble boards, Small Marble plate, Jamie Board, Finch dipping bowl -
Plumm vintage white wine glasses -
Forager serving tray - 

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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Reform Launches Sustainable Kitchen by Lendager Group in Collab with Dinesen

Known for their collaborations with the best Danish and internationally acclaimed architects, Reform create kitchens that change and enhance everyday lives with great design. Throughout the years, Reform's founders have wanted to offer a sustainable kitchen design, and today that dream has come to fruition with the launch of UP by Lendager Group, a minimalistic design in solid wood with respect for the materials and our environment.

One of the top architecture companies in terms of circular economics in sustainable buildings around the world, Lendager Group offer an innovative approach to sustainable architecture, exploring new business models where there is increased focus on creating a regenerative design. In a unique collaboration with Dinesen, Lendager Group has designed the UP kitchen using the world-renowned flooring manufacturer's high-quality surplus material. 

Creating unique solid wooden flooring and other exclusive solutions with wood since 1898, Dinesen's customer-specific solutions such as flooring for galleries, restaurants, residential properties and the like, naturally generate large amounts of residual wood. Even though that wood has undergone one of the most extensive production processes imaginable, it is impossible to completely eliminate waste. Using the off-cuts to give new life not only provides a positive impact on the environment, it enriches the story of the kitchen design even further.

Inspired by the classic craftsman kitchen, in UP, the natural qualities and recycling possibilities of materials have been essential to the design. And as these images show, the kitchen's rich and textural wood grain finish provides an aesthetically beautiful result. Available in White Oiled and Dark Oak, find out more here

Images courtesy of Reform 

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Currently Loving | Travertine


I love seeing the use of natural stone in interiors, and while marble has long been a favourite, Travertine seems to becoming increasingly popular. A form of limestone, it has a more fibrous texture than marble and exists in white, tan, cream-coloured and even rust varieties. My favourite is the tan and beige tones which I've been seeing a lot lately. From bathrooms and furniture through to lighting and smaller accessories, I think this beautiful stone goes hand in hand with sculptural pieces. Here are a few of my current picks.

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Bringing Light + Spaces Together with Vallonia


A recent discovery thanks to the amazing styling work of Lotta Agaton Interiors, Vallonia is a Swedish interior design brand renowned for their beautifully understated steel frames. Combining timeless elegance with contemporary luxury, the frames showcase impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. They are also a reflection of the rich heritage of the Walloons—the minors and iron workers who came to Sweden from Belgium in the 15th century to work as blacksmiths. 

Vallonia enlisted Lotta Agaton Interiors together with photographer Ragnar Omarsson to style and photograph the Lumière Collection and the results are stunning. Inspired by the La Belle Époque, a period characterised by optimism and prosperity, the collection combines French luxury and contemporary Scandinavian design, with light playing the lead role. The elegant pieces have been used to create a beautiful framework for the interior spaces, which feature a textural mix of concrete and light wood accents.  The collection includes an Interior Window, Walk in Shower and Freestanding Partitioner in three colour options Night Black, Velvet Gray and Cloud White. All beautiful, functional designs that provide privacy between the spaces without creating isolation. Perfection!

Styling by Lotta Agaton Interiors / Photography by Ragnar Omarsson for Vallonia

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Beautiful Bedroom Styling by Susanna Vento for Matri


These beautiful images were created by stylist Susanna Vento and photographer Riikka Kantinkoski for Finnish bed company Matri. The headboards in particular caught my eye, especially the Lempi which is made from rattan with rounded edges and either a white or black rim. It adds a beautiful textural element to the space, looks gorgeous against the earthy green wall and ties in nicely with the pale wood flooring.

The tonal look above has been created with differing shades of grey and while the bed is perfection, my eyes are also drawn to the stunning plinth and vase. The bed below features a velvet headboard in a pretty coral tone with matching bed legs, and a bed base in warm beige matched with neutral bedding. Such a pretty, feminine space!  

The wall panelling in the room below is one of my favourite features. I can't go past a square bedhead and and the warm beige and brown tones are super cosy. 

Styling by Susanna Vento / Photography by Riikka Kantinkoski /Styling assistant: Anna Biström for Matri

So much beautiful inspiration, does anyone else feel like a bedroom makeover now? For product details, take a look here

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Black Kitchen by Nordiska Kök in the home of Artist Emma Bernhard


Swedish kitchen company Nordiska Kök is providing ongoing inspiration this year. The latest project to land in my inbox features a stunning black valchromat kitchen designed and built by Nordiska Kök together with artist Emma Bernhard, whose incredible art I've been admiring for some time. I love getting a glimpse into the home of creatives and much like Emma's large scale artworks, her new kitchen is one that really inspires. 

A bold black granite countertop and black accents provide a striking contrast to the warm wooden tones. Comprising three kitchen sections, the design creates a unique and minimalist kitchen layout.

Beautiful styling by Sundling Kickén with Japanese influences and textural elements enhance the clean kitchen aesthetic. Showing respect for the stunning architecture and the surrounding landscape, the stylists chose beautiful ceramics by Kajsa Cramer, Västergården and Birgitta Jannesson, glass bowls by Martha Louise Karlsson and cutting board and wooden cutlery by Serax

Kitchen designed and custom made by Nordiska Kök, with styling by Sundling Kickén and photograpy by Osman Tahir

Images courtesy of  Nordiska Kök

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Aesop Introduces the Brass Oil Burner by Studio Henry Wilson


Today I received an exciting package from Aesop. As always I was struck by the captivating fragrance coming from the trademark cotton bag, but this time I was surprised by the weight of it. Definitely heavier than skincare, I was delighted to discover Aesop's first piece of design for interiors, the Brass Oil Burner, designed for Aesop by Studio Henry Wilson. Featuring the Sydney-based designer's signature sculptural expression and use of metals, I was immediately wowed by the beautiful design. But even more so when I learnt about the fascinating creative process behind the collaboration. Crafted from solid brass in Australia using a lost wax casting process—an ancient technique utilising wax moulds to cast metal objects—to ensure each vessel has its own character and brass patina, the alluring finish will also evolve over time. 

Weighing a substantial one kilogram, the intentionally uneven brass design is both pleasing and practical in equal measure. Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop General Manager, Product and R&D, says “The Brass Oil Burner is Aesop’s first foray into retailing a designed object and it represents an interesting new product direction for the company as it combines our passions of design, function and scent into the one product." The resulting brass vessel has a contemporary form that marries purpose and timeless design to burn the distinctive Aesop oil burner blends.

Long-time Aesop collaborator Henry Wilson had previously designed two Aesop signature stores and exhibited his work in Aesop Brera, Milan during Salone del Mobile in 2017. The designer was inspired by asymmetry, the imperfect beauty of pouring molten brass, and the quiet ritual of lighting a candle. He explains, “The design intent was to create a vessel which was part tool, part votive art object, and to reflect Aesop’s strong eastern philosophy with regards to design where importance is placed on the irregular and asymmetrical as points of unique beauty and poetry. The amorphic design was carefully evolved to reflect the imperfect nature and process of casting molten metal, while the soft edges and quiet forms are intended to cradle the heat and invite a gentle intrigue.”

Designing the Brass Oil Burner presented a creative challenge for Henry and Aesop, the product evolving considerably during the design process. “We experimented with a variety of product shapes and materials, as each design alteration and material choice impacted the object functionality. We eventually settled on brass for its superior heat transfer properties, its tactility and warmth, and its long affiliation with candlelight.”

Alongside the release, Aesop is also launching a new Oil Burner Blend, Béatrice. The fourth blend in the Aesop range, I couldn't wait to test it out, and my living room has been infused with the most gorgeous woody, citrus scent. Featuring notes of Patchouli and Cedar Atlas, the fragrance is even more enjoyable due to the incredible brass vessel it is housed in.  

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

The Aesop Brass Oil Burner and Béatrice Oil Burner Blend is available at Aesop signature stores and Aesop online globally, from September 24, 2018.

This post was created in collaboration with Aesop. 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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