Homes to Inspire | Understated Elegance


Having experienced more than one renovation over its lifetime, this beautiful East Melbourne home has most recently been brought to life by interior architecture and design practice Flack StudioThe subtle palette of taupe and white provides a soft backdrop for warm, textural elements including linen curtains, which I love. Generous in length they drape beautifully, giving the space a luxurious yet natural feel. 

Another standout feature is the custom bamboo and silk stair runner which provides a stunning contrast to the American Oak flooring. Fine detailing punctuated by flashes of steel and brass continue through to the gorgeous, monochrome bathrooms. 

With the kitchen due to be transformed next, I look forward to seeing how it all unfolds. 

Images via Flack Studio

Photography by Brooke Holm, styling by Marsha Golemac

Lastly, a quick reminder for the Cult Design HAY gift pack GIVEAWAY. You have until 8am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 23rd Dec) to enter. Good luck! 

Cult Design | Win a Hay Gift Pack


Squeezing in one more giveaway before Christmas thanks to Cult Design, this one will also give those in Auckland some fantastic last-minute gift ideas. The Parnell showroom is one of several throughout Australia and NZ (formerly known as Corporate Culture). With an extensive collection of high-end furniture by top designers from around the world, including many from Scandinavia, they also sell a stunning selection of accessories for the home. One of their accessories staples is Danish brand HAY, who produce a range of objects that are both stylish and functional. 

Together, we've picked out some of the most popular HAY accessories to include in a giveaway! 

The prize package includes the following:

HAY Lup Candleholder
HAY Clip Clip Set (1 large, 1 with spoon, 1 with handle)
HAY Wooden Hand
HAY Spinning Top
Total retail value: $212.00

To enter, email with HAY Gift Pack in the subject line. Please include your full name in the email. To be eligible  you must also follow Cult Design NZ on Instagram (@cultdesignnz). 

The competition is open to New Zealand residents only and will close on  Tuesday, 23rd December at 8am. The winner will be chosen by and announced on the blog that day, and contacted via email to arrange shipping. Provided the winner responds on that day, the package will be couriered prior to Christmas. Otherwise it will be shipped on the 6th of January.  

Remember that this is just a taste of the accessories on offer at Cult Design, so if you are looking for last-minute gift ideas pop in and grab something special for your loved ones (or yourself!) They are open today till 5.30pm, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, next Monday and Tuesday 8.30am – 5.30pm, returning on Tuesday 6th January.

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

On the Sly


Based in Melbourne, On the Sly is a homewares brand specialising in gorgeous screen-printed textiles. A self-confessed lover of Scandinavian style, founder and creative director Lauren Finks design ethos is centred around simplicity done with care, and a cheeky smile. Designed and made in Australia with Eco-friendly materials, including water-based non-toxic inks and 100% recycled inserts, the range of cushions, pillow cases and tea towels feature clean, bold graphics in a range of colours to suit any interior. Continually evolving, On the Sly will be introducing a range of monochrome and copper foil prints in the new year. 

I'm loving this summer-themed shoot showcasing the current collection. 

To see the entire range, list of stockists and to shop online visit On the Sly.  

Photography by Annette O'Brien

Announcing the winner of The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale before I go, congratulations to Andrew Carbery! Huge thanks to Designer Rugs for providing the beautiful signed copy. 

Our Home on Design*Sponge + Giveaway Reminder


As one of the world's biggest interior blogs, and one that I have followed for many years, Design*Sponge continually inspires. Since launching back in 2004, Brooklyn-based founder Grace Bonney has been declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times, with Design*Sponge reaching over 1 million readers per day. Needless to say, when I was approached about having our home featured in their most loved post Sneak Peeks, I very quickly said yes! Published early this morning, I was very excited jumping out of bed for a read first thing. 

My "favourite thing about our home" hand written note, that every homeowner is required to write for the Design*Sponge Sneak Peeks post

An added bonus is that it coincides with a recent redesign of Design*Sponge. The sixth one in 10 years, it has marked a an important time of reflection for Grace, resulting in a beautiful 'manifesto of sorts', comprising 10 statements centred around what the blog stands for. Laying their hearts, minds and beliefs on the table, their admirable goal is to connect with even more with readers as they move forward, into what will no doubt be a continually growing and exciting future for Design*Sponge

As a blogger, influencer, writer, stylist and home-owner every one of the statements resonated with me. It was hard to choose as they are all so good, but here are a few that really stood out. 

My favourite statement of all, 'The creative community online has the power to transform,  not just spaces, but lives', is explained here by Grace:

Design blogs aren't just about decorating. We're helping each other start businesses, find collaborators and friends, and more importantly, share ideas and tips that help us all build happier homes. When people have a place where they feel happy, safe and comfortable, good things can happen.

I agree whole-heartedly with this. Even though I have only been blogging for a short time in comparison, I have seen this on-flow of positivity first-hand. Read through all of the 10 statements here, and take a look at my home on Design*Sponge here

One more VERY important thing before I go, in case you missed my post last Friday. I have a signed copy award winning interior designer Greg Natale's new book, The Tailored Interior to give away, thanks to the first and only current NZ stockist Designer Rugs

A must-have coffee table book, it is filled with pages of Greg's stunning interior projects along with his generous and unique view into the creative process, his passions, experiences, advice and the philosophy behind his richly tailored, sophisticated style. For further info, and a look inside the beautiful book, take a look here.

To enter, simply email with The Tailored Interior in the subject line. Please include your full name in the email. The competition is open to New Zealand residents only and will close tomorrow, Thursday 18th December at 8am. The winner will be chosen by and announced on the blog and Facebook page, and contacted via email to arrange shipping.

Tips for Creating a Beautiful Guest Room


Just days away from the start of the holiday season, many of you will be preparing for the arrival of friends and family for Christmas. If you're having guests to stay, either at home for the festivities or perhaps at the bach over summer, you will no doubt want to provide a welcoming space. To help, I've put together some of my tips for adding some simple finishing touches to the guest room.

To freshen up the bedding without going all out with a new set, buy a light-weight throw. A pop of colour or geometric design will add some fun and texture. 

Hang an artwork to inject some personality into the room. It doesn't have to be expensive or even framed. Simply stick a magazine tear sheet to the wall with washi tape, like I did here.  If it's for a bach, find something that has a relaxed summer vibe. 

Ensure there is adequate lighting for reading with a beside table lamp or wall light. I also recommend plug in night lights. There is nothing worse than stumbling to the bathroom in the dark in unfamiliar surroundings!

Bring some nature indoors, either with fresh flowers or a small potted plant.

Place a lovely, scented candle by the bedside.

Make sure there is a mirror, either in the bedroom or adjoining bathroom. 

Choose soaps that are made from natural ingredients and are packaged beautifully, and hang fresh towels. Turkish towels have a lovely beachy vibe, while bold patterns will add some zing. 

Beautifully simple and relaxed, this would make a lovely guest bedroom. 

Styling by Anu of Decordots

When it comes creating a welcoming guest bathroom, it's the small details that count. 

Styling by Pella Hedeby for PLAZA Interiƶr

Here are a few more ideas...

IN BED Linen Sheet Set

Lewis Fredericks | Handcrafted Horn + Bespoke Eyewear


From the moment I was introduced to the young NZ eyewear brand Lewis Fredericks, I was intrigued. Specialising in quality, timeless eyewear handcrafted from horn (a wasted by-product of domestication), the designers are passionate about the uniqueness of this natural material, which is both beautiful and practical. Unlike any synthetic counterpart, horn is a natural fibre that is unable to be replicated, making every pair of Lewis Fredericks eyewear a one of a kind piece. As someone who wears glasses most of the day - opticals for work and sunglasses outdoors - the hypoallergenic, lightweight and durable quality of horn really appeals. It also has a unique flexibility, meaning that each pair gradually moulds to the wearer's face.

Launching with a buffalo horn collection earlier this year, Lewis Fredericks are now moving into the production of ram, ox and yak horn glasses. They have also introduced an exciting new bespoke service, giving customers a raft of options to express their personal taste and style, all while remaining true to the Lewis Fredericks aesthetic and brand heritage. 

It's not everyday you get to try out a range of designer eyewear in the comfort of your own home, but I was lucky enough to do so for the purpose of this post. It was important for me to get a true sense of the horn in terms of look and feel, and I can now tell you first-hand that these are the best glasses I have ever worn. For the design-conscious, lovers of timeless style, and those looking for comfort, quality and uniqueness, these are definitely for you.

Here's a run-down of how the bespoke service works. Starting with the shape and size of the frame, (detailed facial measurements are taken to adjust the size of the frame in order to ensure the correct fit), you can choose from the following selection of horn plates and colours:

Buffalo Horn: Dark Horn, White/Cream Horn

Yak Horn: Light Horn
Ox Horn: Light Horn
Ram Horn – Transparent Yellow, Light Horn

Taking into account your skin tone, hair and eye colour, Lewis Fredericks will help you choose a horn plate that both suits your complexion and reflects your personal style. For a sunglass frame you are able to choose from a range of Mazzucchelli polarised lenses, which are placed in during the production process. Alternatively your frame will come with AR CR39 clear lenses, for which Lewis Fredericks recommends you then get your prescription fitted from one of their trusted opticians.

The bespoke horn frames can also be monogrammed, and are accompanied with the Lewis Fredericks handmade leather pouch (which can also be monogrammed), microfibre, polishing ­cream and outer case.

For all bespoke enquiries contact to arrange an appointment. To stay in the loop, follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

All eyewear available from Lewis Fredericks
Hay Marble Tray and Mater Shelf Boxes from Cult Design

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

Book Giveaway | The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale


Award-winning interior designer Greg Natale has just published his first book, The Tailored Interior. After a look through the beautiful pages this morning at Designer Rugs, the first and only current NZ stockist, I knew I had to purchase a copy. Despite saying that my next giveaways were lined up for the New Year, it is after all Christmas, so in the spirit of giving I also have a signed copy to giveaway to one lucky NZ reader!

Since its launch in 2001, Greg Natale Design has become one of Australia's top interiors firms, with Greg being named Interior Designer of the Year at both the 2014 and 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards. His passion for creating meticulously curated, layered spaces is at the core of his first book, with breathtaking visuals and revealing insights. The stunning photographs showcase Greg’s precisely edited interiors, from exquisite living rooms to luxurious bathrooms and everything in between. Alongside, Greg offers a generous and unique view into the creative process, sharing his passions, experiences, advice and the philosophy behind his richly tailored, sophisticated style. 

I love seeing how Greg approaches each project, from his initial moodboard through to the interior design of a space. Divided into chapters such as Balance, Proportion and Layers, I know I will devour each and every page. A must-have coffee table book for professionals, home decorators and lovers of luxury style, The Tailored Interior opens the door to a world of inspiration.

Here are a few of my favourite images that I photographed while flicking through the book today. I love these monochrome palettes and layers of incredible texture that Greg is known for, especially the marble and beautiful sheer curtains. 

To go into the draw to win a signed copy of Greg Natale's new book, simply email with The Tailored Interior in the subject line. Please include your full name in the email. The competition is open to New Zealand residents only and will close on Thursday, 18th December at 8am. The winner will be chosen by and announced on the blog that day, and contacted via email to arrange shipping.

Update: This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Andrew Carbery and huge thanks to Designer Rugs


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