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SundlingKickén | Nordic Space

9.25.2017

This styling Nordic Space was created by SundlingKickén for Ikea Livet Hemma, as inspiration for Autumn. The idea to defy darkness with brighter tones, natural materials soft textiles and contrasting shiny surfaces is one that resonates with me, even when looking toward summer. I love the warmth and tactility of the clay and sandy hues, wood accents and textural layers used to create each scene. For product details, take a look here


Styling by Evalotta Sundling and Elin Kickén / SundlingKickén & photography by Osman Tahir

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Zara Home | Botanical Autumn

9.23.2017

Yesterday I discovered Botanical Autumn, the new collection from Zara Home for AW.17. Beautifully styled by Natalie Schwer, who I had the pleasure of meeting in Copenhagen and photographed by Rich Stapleton, it features soft materials, powdered colours and harmonious patterns. Romantic and sophisticated, the textures and shapes of the new collection are designed to turn spaces into havens of calm and tranquillity. The home where it is shot is absolutely dreamy with classical features, high ceilings, and textured walls. The living room below has an incredible arched window and sense of grandeur. The perfect setting for the vintage-inspired collection, I also love the sun-filled dining room at the end of the post... and everything in between! 

Styling by Natalie Schwer / Photography by Rich Stapleton

For product details, take a look here

Images via Zara Home

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Dulux Colour Trends 2018 | Kinship Part II

9.22.2017

Earlier this week I shared my interpretation of Kinship, one of the four themes that make up the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 Balance. An exciting project to be a part of as an interior stylist, the Dulux annual colour trends provide inspiration for shoots throughout the coming year. When it comes to styling at home, I look to the trends for creating livable colour schemes that can in turn inspire others. The warm and inviting tones of earthy greens, burnished reds, terracotta and caramel that make up the Kinship Trend have been creeping into my day to day styling for a while, so incorporating them a more expansive way has been a lot of fun. Seeing the highly anticipated release of the Trends imagery for the first time is always an exciting moment, as these are what bring the concepts to life. Dulux Colour Trends Creative Director Bree Leech collaborates closely with Dulux Colour Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr and Dulux Colour Expert Davina Harper to create each year's predictions, in turn producing and styling the images, along with art directing the beautiful digital magazine. I've picked out some of my favourite Kinship images which showcase how the colours can be used in different areas of the home. 

Wall painted in Dulux Herbalist, ceiling painted in Dulux Natural White 

Wall painted in Dulux Ruski 

“Interior trends are continuously moving forward,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Davina Harper. “Changing one or more colours in your home will keep your interiors up-to-date. The key to making these new hues work in your home, she says, is to understand the look and feel you’re hoping to create.  “Establishing this will work well with our Most Loved Whites and Neutrals from the Dulux Colours of New Zealand range, so have some fun and experiment.”


Regarding Kinship, Davina says “Mixing subtle neutrals with bolder hues derived from nature, Kinship is an exciting and eclectic palette that will rejuvenate any interior.” She recommends having fun with the Kinship Trend by making a small space pop with Very Terracotta; or, for a moodier feel, consider a charcoal such as Ruski.

Wall painted in Dulux Very Terracotta 

Wall painted in Dulux Red Ochre, Ceiling painted in Dulux Natural White  

Wall and ceiling painted in Dulux Hildegard, wall near window painted in Dulux Maiko

Left wall painted in Dulux Glen Murray 

The beautiful video below introduces Balance, with a look all four themes that make up the Dulux Colour Trends for 2018, including Essential, Escapade and Reflect. I'll be sharing more from these throughout the coming year. 

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Styling by Bree Leech / Photography by Lisa Cohen

For a full overview of the Dulux Colour Trends 2018, the key paint colours, imagery and product details take a look at the Dulux Home Edition e-mag

Images courtesy of Dulux 

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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Mahsa | Exclusive to Simon James Design

9.21.2017

When I visited the new Simon James Concept Concept Store in Newmarket, my attention quickly turned to NZ brand Mahsa. Simon James is the exclusive stockist for the label which features stunning garments designed and made in NZ from raw fibres including silk and cotton. With sophisticated tailoring and unique detailing across a palette of black, white and earthy tones, the pieces look right at home hanging in the exquisite new Simon James space alongside the carefully curated offering of homewares. This captivating imagery shot in a modernist Titirangi home built in 1964, showcases Yesterday Modern 2, the new collection designed for SS 2017 and beyond. Featuring light layers that celebrate the timeless Mahsa classics, they have been refreshed in new palettes and fabrics - forever modern.


Dedicated to the women before us who pioneered an alternate route against all odds, who defeated expectation and devoted their lives to adventure — their strength of spirit returns to ignite our own time and time again.

Mahsa Willis previously worked as a film producer for 20 years, as well as working with designer Marilyn Sainty. Her design process is very emotive and instinctual - "I like to build moodboards and contemplate ideas that resonate with how women are feeling, living and dressing. I work with a very small team and produce all of my garments here in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm very interested in creating an edited approach to dressing, which is also autobiographical as I'm designing for myself too. I want less, but what I do have I want to really work for my lifestyle — dynamic and creative. I hope women who wear my clothes feel the same.”



Each piece is a textile dedication to a woman’s tenderness, grace and strength. A gift to our sisters, mothers and daughters as a reminder of what has come before and what lies just ahead.

Such beautiful garments and words, I love everything about this brand. And I'm completely obsessed with the voluminous sleeves and elegant bows! 

Photography by Derek Henderson

Images courtesy of  Simon James Design 

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A Beautiful Home Renovation in Copenhagen

9.20.2017

This beautiful Copenhagen apartment belongs to architects Justine Bell and Jonas Diernes. Featured in Elle Decoration South Africa earlier this year, I'd love to get hold of a copy as these photos have left me wanting more. Located in the Frederiksberg, the couple have renovated the once run-down apartment themselves. Restoring the original architectural detailing, they have introduced new contemporary additions to provide a strong yet understated contrast. The couple have also incorporated their own stories and heritage. Justine’s South African roots can be seen in details such as the fabrics and lithographs created by artists such as her aunt, South African artist Deborah Bell. Bringing in a number of delicate heirlooms, Jonas’s Danish upbringing is also evident. Featuring natural materials such as wood and stone, the home showcases the pair’s attention to detail and the interaction between origins, functionality and aesthetics.


Images 1-5 Styling Marie Monrad Graunbøl / Photography by Mikkel Tjellesen via Elle Decoration

Last image via justinebell.com

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Dulux Colour Trends 2018 | My Interpretation of KINSHIP

Following on from the launch of the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 'BALANCE', I am excited to share my interpretation of the Kinship trend with you today. Working with the Creative Director of the Dulux Colour Trends, Bree Leech, I was given the task of creating a concept for an interior space, reflecting the Colour Trends' Kinship theme. Featured in the Dulux E-mag, here's a look at how my living room came together. 


I loved interpreting the Kinship trend. The rich earthy hues are very much on my radar right now and I was immediately drawn to the deep red, brown and caramel tones. Together with cosy, neutral shades they create a warm, cocoon-like atmosphere perfect for a living room concept. For the walls I used Dulux Tikitiki alongside Hildegard. My hero pieces, a Fritz Hansen Lune Sofa, pendant light, layered rugs and wall art, are inspired by Dulux Very Terracotta, Raccoon Tail and Fortrose. I chose Dulux Glinks Gully as a neutral accent to carry through to other furniture selections. Embracing expressive folkloric elements of the Kinship theme I have chosen beautiful wood, woven and ceramic pieces to add texture and interest to the room.

In the video from the launch I talk a little more about Kinship and my concept. For a close up of the product credits/links and key colours, be sure to check out the Dulux e-mag where you can also read my styling tips on how to achieve the look.

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Look out for Part II on the blog later this week where I'll be sharing some beautiful imagery from the Kinship trend, and how the key colours can be applied to different rooms of the home.  

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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Mineral Matter | A New Exhibition by Brooke Holm

9.18.2017

Following on from her much loved series Salt and Sky, internationally renowned Australian photographer Brooke Holm is returning to Modern Times this Thursday for her second solo exhibition, Mineral Matter. Having relocated to New York in 2016, Holm’s return to Melbourne marks the premier of a highly anticipated body of work depicting Iceland’s dynamic landscape and river deltas, documenting their movement of minerals through streams and rivers leading out to sea. Photographed entirely from above, this breathtakingly beautiful series is a departure from the earlier work exploring the impact of human interference on the landscape. Mineral Matter is focused rather on the energy and force within nature in creating pathways and areas where humans can then reside, explore and embark on adventure. 




Brooke is able to represent the forceful command of nature with a divine sensitivity, textured tracks; flights of birds; and ripple of waves create a sense of uninhabited wilderness. Her lens captures the awe-inspiring influence of nature and puts humanity’s domination over the environment into question.

“Volcanic ash, sediment and colourful minerals are collected and moved by the travels of glacier water while recent human relics such as vehicle tracks and footsteps weave in and out of frame.” -Brooke Holm


Truly captivating, I'm a little sad I won't be in Melbourne to attend the exhibition! Opening Thursday, 21st September, visit Modern Times for more information.

Images courtesy of Brooke Holm and Modern Times

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