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A Visit to the New Fred International Melbourne Showroom


Scandinavian furniture emporium Fred International has taken up residence in Melbourne beneath the historic beams of an iconic Collingwood warehouse in the famed Foy & Gibson precinct. Open by appointment, I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the new space when I visited Melbourne on the weekend. A beautiful day to stop by, the sun was streaming in through the large windows and I was immediately struck by the beautiful interior that marries the brand’s Nordic roots with a distinctly Melbourne aesthetic. 

In collaboration with interior designer Angela Harry and stylist Simone Haag, the apartment-style concept showroom has been crafted with both locality and worldliness in mind. “Fred International’s apartment is the merging of the concept of home with an aesthetic that is distinctly Melbourne,” says Angela. “This meant challenging the notion of Scandinavian design being strictly clean and minimal, instead opting for a darker, moodier palette; sophisticated, with a hint of Collingwood edge.”

While embracing the building’s heritage bones, careful consideration was given to removing layers of previous renovations, and imbuing the space with a light, restrained approach to new materials and finishes. A single shade of grey features predominantly throughout, allowing the original heritage detail and textures to be celebrated just as they are. In contrast, rich terracotta walls and lustrous carpet create an eye-catching entryway. 

Within the artful space, both new and iconic furniture pieces were selected from the extensive Fred International collection, with contemporary Scandinavian brands including Fogia, by Lassen, Friends & Founders, Rubn Lighting and Secto Design

With a warm material palette of cognac leather, marble, terrazzo, brass, smoked glass and velvet, I love the rich tones of the Friends & Founders La Pipe dining chairs in sea green and wine-red velvet Retreat sofa by Fogia. A pair of Fogia Bollo chairs are happily camouflaged in Raf Simons for Kvadrat upholstery against Fogia’s woven wool rugs, while decorative and functional light fittings act as a finishing touch, including a cluster of Rubn Vogue pendants; custom coloured to match the bold entrance.

Fred International director Melissa Walker says the space allows for an ever-changing curation of the brand’s evolving offering.“Our intention is to continually reinvent, and this unique residential-concept encourages that dynamism,” says Melissa. “While contemporary Scandinavian design celebrates the region’s great heritage, it’s bold and progressive and diverse in a way that eschews minimalist confines of the past. It’s a really exciting time, and we’re thrilled to have finally arrived in marvellous Melbourne.”

Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

Special thanks to Neil from Neil Hugh Office for showing me around the inspiring showroom and allowing me to take photos. Located in the same space, Neil's office is on the mezzanine floor and blends in seamlessly with the same attention to detail. 

Located at 79 Oxford Street Collingwood, Victoria (Apartment 10) by appointment, bookings can be made here

Interior Design by Angela Harry / Art direction and styling by Simone Haag 

Art from James Makin Gallery by Artist Greg Woods / Plants from The Plant Society 

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The Greenhouse Collection by Silke Bonde


Recently moving into a new house just north of Copenhagen, Danish artist and designer Silke Bonde now works from her home studio, with a view to a beautiful greenhouse. A room cultivating lush green plants that Silke says extends summer by four months, I imagine it must be wonderfully therapeutic when the winters are long and cold. Able to work with her hands, feel the light and see the plants grow, the greenhouse is such a special place to Silke, it even inspired her latest art collection. Consisting of six different art prints, the Greenhouse collection showcases new and refreshing designs with green watercolour nuances.

I love how the round design of the artworks contrast with the square frames. As these beautiful images show, the prints are designed to fit together. Displayed as a pair, trio or as an entire set, the prints allow for many variations on the wall, shelf, or a mix of both!

Styling and photography by Avenue Design studio

Gicleé printed on 265g heavy art paper, the beautiful Greenhouse collection is now available to purchase from

Images courtesy of Silke Bonde

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Emma Hayes Textiles | The Bloom Series


I first featured the work of New Zealand-based textile artist Emma Hayes several years ago when I came across some of her beautiful cushions. After taking some time much-needed time out from design following the arrival of triplet boys (now three!), Emma has released the Bloom series, a dreamy new collection of wall coverings. Amalgamating traditional artistic techniques and digital methods, Emma continues to depict her ideas of incorporating a gestural element into interiors and exploring inspirations from the natural world. In the latest collection, the wall becomes the canvas for an exploration of tone and scale. 

The Bloom series is inspired both by New Zealand artist, Colin McCahon’s Northland panels, and his concept of walking past the paintings in order to view them, along with the large scale colour field paintings of his American Abstract Expressionist contemporaries. Its billowing cloud-like shapes disperse through the atmosphere, creating a repeating mural design. Depending on your preference, and as the images demonstrate, the Bloom Wallpaper can be installed with the detail at top or bottom. For those who want to inject some of the beauty into their home on a smaller scale, the collection includes the option of Framed Art

Tussock, as the name suggests references the expansive and distinctive grasslands of Central Otago, intending to bring a natural and neutral colour palette indoors with a gentle sense of movement. The grasslands are so beautifully captured, these really take my breath away! As with all of the new collection designs, these are also available as beautiful Framed Artworks

The third series in the collection is entitled Petals Pressed. Referencing the act of flower pressing preserving a moment in time, colour, feeling and memory in the faded but also saturated colours within. Petals Pressed is available in two colour palettes; Sage and Blush.  

Styling by Juliette Wanty / Photography by Dean Foster

Emma Hayes Textiles work with heritage manufacturers to create its non-woven paper wallcoverings, drawing on more than 100 years of manufacturing experience. It treats its environmental responsibility seriously with papers sourced from certified forests and inks made from organic pigments that are free from heavy metals. Careful consideration is taken to work with high quality papers of fine tactility.

Designs are available to purchase in commercial or residential grade wallcoverings, along with a series of fabrics in natural cloths and harder wearing weaves.

For more information on the new collection and to shop online, please visit

Images courtesy of Emma Hayes Textiles 

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Friday Finds


I'm heading to the airport in a few hours en route to Melbourne (follow along on my Instagram stories) but wanted to share these finds with you before I go. The first is an art-focused editorial by Dutch magazine VTWonen. Beautifully styled with an eclectic mix of art and classic furniture design, head over here to see more, including all the product details.

Styling Cleo Scheulderman / Photography Jeroen van der Spek for vtwonen

A little peek inside the stunning home of Carin Wester, fashion designer and design manager at Åhléns. Formerly an old brewery in Stockholm, Carin effortlessly mixes French 60's design with modern minimalism. Featured in the current issue of Residence magazine, read the online interview here

Styling by Annaleena Leino Karlsson / Photo by Erik Lefvander for Residence Magazine

As the interior trend of hand-crafted and sculptural pieces continues to grow, so does my love of discovering new ceramic artists. I love these stoneware pieces by Iva Polachova, a London based potter specialising in functional tableware, decorative vessels and vases. Drawing inspiration from the ideas of sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Iva’s work combines balance, clearness, fluidity and tactility.

Candlesticks by Iva Palochova via The New Crafstmen

I'm keen to get a new desk for my home office this year. I've been holding off because I really want a adjustable/standing desk and stylish ones are hard to come by here. These designs crossed my radar the other day, and while they aren't adjustable, they have a fresh look, and the built-in storage really appeals. Designed by Thomas Feichtner for Austrian brand Bene, the desks form part of Studio, a range of modular office furniture which includes desks, shelving and accessories. Designed to be combined and arranged to suit, they are aimed at freelancers who work from home or creative individuals whose work is closely linked to their day-to-day activities. It's no wonder they caught my eye! Find out more here.

Images via Bene

I'll be back on the blog next Tuesday, after I return from Melbourne. 

Happy Friday! 

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Mano Kitchen + Bathroom by Kvik


Launched in 1983, Scandinavian kitchen company Kvik was founded in Jutland by Knud Bole Troelsen. Born from a desire to improve on the kitchen industry's inconsistencies while bringing down the high pricing, the company took off, and has since expanded to include bathrooms and wardrobes with stores across Europe and Asia. Founded on a belief that buying a kitchen should be as enjoyable as the life of the new kitchen, as a stylist I really love this philosophy. When we built our home around five years ago, designing the kitchen was one of the most exciting (and important) processes. With so many elements to consider, I loved deciding on the layout, cabinetry and materials. While an all-white kitchen was on the wish list at the time, I've always liked seeing the inclusion of timber, and even more so lately. Kvik's best-selling kitchen Mano, first launched in 2004 and now the heart of more than 125,000 homes across Europe, has just been relaunched in a new improved version. Featuring clean white cabinetry and a solid wood worktop, this classic combination will always be timeless. 

Following suit, the Kvik Mano Bathroom is a true haven. With beautiful clean lines and classic Danish design, I would be more than happy to start and finish my day here! 

Images via Kivk Press

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Adding a Soft Touch with Pink


I see pink tones in interiors from time to time, and while I usually only gravitate towards very muted pinks, the brighter hues I've seen lately have a fresh appeal. Paired with warm neutrals, soft greys and beige, they avoid looking too 'sugary' and instead bring a softer feel. The gorgeous kitchen renovation below, by Paris architects Heju Studio, features a simple painted splashback in a pink that mimics one of the colours in the terrazzo stone bench. Warm timber together with black and brass accents complete the look.

Kitchen Gabrielle by Heju Studio

Danish brand ferm Living are known for incorporating muted colours into their collections, and the latest campaign imagery for SS 2018 features different variations of pink. I especially love the warm wall below featuring the new Flying Shelf designed in collaboration with Chinese furniture designer Mario Tsai

Images via ferm Living

Swedish bed and furniture company Dux enlisted Lotta Agaton to curate their stand at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Dux Spaces by Lotta Agaton showcased the company's timeless furniture classics in new contexts, accompanied by furniture by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Set against a soft pink backdrop, this colour beautifully highlights the iconic furniture and bold artwork. 

Dux Spaces by Lotta Agaton via Residence Magazine

Last year renowned Stockholm-based interior designer Louise Liljencrantz launched a Furniture Collection with KFK Möbelsnickeri. Featuring exquisite pieces in mahogany, walnut and oak, these were recently displayed in an exhibition entitled At Home, at Dusty Deco. Featured alongside art and vintage furniture from Dusty Deco, the pink curtains provide a pretty textural element. The Flos Viscontea is also one of my favourite pendant lights. 

Images via Residence Magazine 

Here are some more ideas for incorporating a touch of pink into your home.

Dulux Colours of NZ paint colours (L-R) Alexandra, Trentham, Punaromia

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