Holiday Packing | Samsonite + Luisa Garcia Studio


I'm heading to Brisbane tomorrow for a few nights, and thought it would be a great opportunity to share a couple of my new travel essentials. One is a Samsonite suitcase which I am VERY excited to be travelling with for the first time. The award-winning Cosmolite FL is made in Europe from a revolutionary Curv technology. Incredibly lightweight yet super strong, these features make it a truly unrivalled piece of luggage and I can't wait to test it out! 

I'm looking forward to the laid back vibe of Brisbane and warmer weather, although looking at the forecast it's a bit chilly at night so I'm packing some extra layers. I'm travelling with my older sister who also works from home. We often talk about how we both find it hard to leave work behind unless we go on holiday, so we're hoping to recharge the batteries with some quality down time. We'll check out the city on foot, visit a few shops, cafes and restaurants and no doubt benefit from a few days being completely removed from the home/work environment. The opportunity originally came up because our other sister will be over there with my niece who is attending a tennis academy. We decided to join her for the weekend as it's a rarity for the three of us to hang out, without husbands or kids. Travelling without the family in tow also makes packing a lot easier, especially with my incredible new CosmoliteRoomy and robust, I still can't believe how incredibly light it is! 

My other must-pack item is my beautiful new handbag by Luisa Garcia Studio. A Spanish product designer living in Sydney, Luisa creates limited edition leather work, handmade in her studio from scratch. Working with the natural beauty of leather - including it's imperfections, which she doesn't hide -  she says that the strong presence of texture is the most characteristic component of her style. 

The unique designs are both timeless and functional with incredible attention to detail. Having been searching for the perfect compact, minimalist leather crossbody bag, my prayers have been answered with the Scar Crossbody. Beautifully crafted from soft cowskin, this bag is both stylish and unobtrusive, allowing me to be hands free when I'm out and about, which I love! To find out more about the range and custom orders, take a look here

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

I will be posting tomorrow morning before I head away, so make sure you stop by!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Samsonite and Luisa Garcia Studio. For more information on sponsored posts and collaborations, please take a look at my About Page

BNZ GoodHome | New Issue


I'm very happy to report that the latest issue of BNZ GoodHome is now live! Packed with loads of ideas, inspiration, DIY's and more, here's a taste of what you'll find in this edition.

Images: Kreativitum, Dinesen, Paint, Talopihkala Blog, Lightyears, Nodi Rugs, Menu, Ollin Stone, Aura Autumn 2015

My Step by Step Styling Guide is great for those of you who have completed a reno and are ready to embark on the exiting task of styling your new space. To demonstrate the process, I share a moodboard I created for the Sleepyhead bedroom styling post I worked on earlier this year. An important tool, it is one that will help you determine your own personal aesthetic and visualise how the room will look in terms of colour palette and overall feel. The other steps include asking yourself some key questions, determining the room elements, working to a budget, and working on the ever-important finishing touches.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Another post that I'm sure many of you can will find helpful is How to Make Small Spaces Feel Bigger, which I've broken down into parts including 'Furniture Selection', 'Declutter and Store' and 'Space Saving Tricks'.

Images via Stadshem

For this issue's room series I focus on the Bedroom, showing you ways to update your space for the cooler months. You'll also find a post on Lighting Your Home. Lighting pays a huge part in creating a home that is not only well lit, but also functional and a pleasure to live in. Check out my tools for creating your own lighting plan room by room.

Styling and photography by Nina Holst for Stylizimo

Image via Alvhem Makleri

Lastly, the exciting giveaway for this issue is from one of our favourite NZ designers Penney + Bennett. To find out more, visit BNZ Goodhome where you can enter the draw and read not only my posts, but all of the other great content on offer from the rest of the team. Enjoy! 

Rum21 | One Sofa Three Ways


Today's styling comes courtesy of Swedish homeware store Rum21 and their new champaign for Decotiques Le Grand Air Sofa. Available in three different colours, each have been beautifully styled by Frida Ramstedt of Trendenser, and photographed by Bodil Bergqvist. 

Personally I love the muted tones above, which feature the sofa in Dark Grey, alongside earthy green and black accents. The Nordic Blue sofa below paired with green hues is a bit bolder. The addition of light wood and grey furniture softens the overall look and makes the room really warm and inviting. 

Styling by Frida Ramstedt and photography by Bodil Bergqvist

The Exclusive White sofa styling above is perfect inspo for those who love bright white interiors, neutrals and soft pastels. The graphic cushions add a playful touch. 

Images via Rum21

At Home | Art Love


I really look forward to Fridays, as I'm sure most people do. I have a strict no-work-in-the-evening policy, and I love the anticipation of the weekend ahead. This is the first Friday in several weeks that I haven't had meetings, so being at home, I took the opportunity to take a couple more photos to round off today's art print themed post, adding to those I've already shared on Instagram. You'll find a link to all these gorgeous new art prints at the end of the post. 

If you ever feel the urge to update an area of your home without doing anything too drastic, I highly recommend changing a poster (or two). One of these days I will rearrange the configuration of my living room picture wall, but it's so easy just to change out the posters in the same or similar sizes as the mood takes me. The best part is, the variety of posters available to purchase now is growing, with more and more international brands becoming accessible here and in Australia. I'm lucky to work with some amazing artists and suppliers of art prints, many who have gifted me product, but the prints are all affordable, as is the shipping. And if like me you have built up a collection of frames, it's even easier, especially with the use of removable 3M adhesive strips which I swear by. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Hold On by Reuben Ireland - Norsu Interiors 
Flowers Poster (Pink) by About Graphics - Paper Plane
Monstera Delicsiosa Print by (By) Garmi - Paper Plane
Untitled #10 Poster by Vee Speers - Norsu Interiors 
Oui Oui Print by Badlands - Badlands Print Shop

Happy Friday!

Books | For the Coffee Table + Beyond


I'm always on the lookout for ways of displaying books, especially as my collection grows. Even though I love the idea of stacking them up on the coffee table, I prefer to keep them out of reach of the kids, at least while they are little. 

The Mayor Sofa, Fly Lounge Table and Copenhagen Pendant by Space Copenhagen for and Tradition via Illums Bolighus

Bookshelves are a great solution, especially higher shelves that are out of reach from little hands. If the books are really old I remove the dust cover to reveal a simpler and often cleaner cover. Another idea is to place your books back to front as shown below on both the bookshelf and windowsill. The pages of the books create a calm and neutral palette alongside the warm wood and that incredible herringbone floor.

Styling by Sarah Widman for Alvhem Mäkleri

A simple concept, but one that works beautifully is this low-level shelf. Running the length of the living room inside the Paris apartment of architect duo Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay of Festen Architecture, see more of their incredible home here

Festen Architecture Via TSF

These next examples show how to mix up the placing of your books. Why not display those with beautiful covers as works of art? Or simply stack them this way and that, alongside your favourite objects.

Design and Styling by Bespoke Interior Design

Styling by Lotta Agaton

Positioning of the bookshelf is also important, with living areas and bedrooms being a popular choice. Slightly removed from the living area, this little sun-lit area provides the perfect reading nook.

Styling by Sarah Widman for Alvhem Mäkleri

Cosy in winter, with the option of throwing open the doors in summer, I can imagine taking a book outside to read in the sun. Bliss!

Linear by Resident GP


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of styling some beautiful products from online store Resident GP. Coinciding with both their first birthday and re-launched website and branding, it also marked the start of a new and exciting project for Melbourne-based owners Gabi Sidhu and Pawel Gaca. Deciding to branch out and create their very own product range, I am thrilled to introduce their stunning new marble collection with you today, Linear by Resident GP.

Luxurious and chic with a bit of an edge, Gabi says it was important that their creations reflected the current Resident GP brand. "Marble is very on-trend yet will always remain a classic as it brings a certain elegance into every home. For us, it felt like the perfect material to design our very first collection."

With Gabi having studied architecture and Pawel being an engineer, geometry and functionality were must-haves when designing the sohisticated yet versatile collection of trays, platters, cups and planters. For an element of luxe and charm, they added linear touches of copper and gold to both the opulent Italian carrara and black marguia marble. Designed to bring the pieces to life, this unique twist really sets them apart and delivers that edge the couple set out to achieve at the very start.  

Both the Resident GP logo and the lines have been engraved into the marble, with the copper and gold detailing individually painted by hand. 

Styling by Nat Turnbull and photography by Elise Grace 

I'm sure you'll agree this is an amazing debut collection. Such exquisitely beautiful design and incredible attention to detail, the full range is now available to purchase online at Resident GP, for delivery in mid-July

Images courtesy of Resident GP

© The Design Chaser All rights reserved . Design by Blog Milk Powered by Blogger