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My Outdoor Styling for VIVA

12.17.2018

I recently styled an outdoor shoot for VIVA at a beautiful private residence in Maraetai. Collaborating with local suppliers I had a lot of fun transforming the existing deck - a completely blank canvas - into an outdoor haven designed for Al Fresco dining. 


Though sunny, the clouds were ominous, and we were lucky to finish the shoot before a thunder storm set it! Fellow Kiwi residents will know all about the crazy weather we've been having of late! 

Here's an excerpt from the article where I talk about my approach to styling this space. 

“The way I approach styling an outdoor space is to see it as another room. How will it be used? For dining alfresco and hosting dinner parties? A place to relax with a book and coffee? Whether it will be used for lounging, dining, or both, it's important to consider how you want the space to function.

When it came to styling this outdoor space, I had plenty of room to combine the two. A blank canvas complete with stunning views of the countryside, the shape of the deck lent itself beautifully to modular furniture and for cohesion, I chose a dining table and bench seats in the same finish as the sofas. To define the areas and provide comfort underfoot, I placed an outdoor rug underneath the dining table. Being exposed (we all know the dangers of NZ’s harsh sun) an umbrella was a must. For the finishing touches I added a mix of outdoor plants, some beautiful tableware and a few extra scatter cushions for a touch of graphic fun and added comfort.”

Styling by Michelle Halford / Photography by Babiche Martins / Food Styling by Ashleigh Cometti  

Pop over to VIVA to read my top four tips for styling an outdoor space. You'll also find more details on the products, food and wine, along with recipes for the delicious spread we created! 

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Sundling Kickén + Pontus Ekberg for Designbygg

12.14.2018

I bookmarked this project a while back and wanted to share it before the year is out! Created by Sundling Kickén for Designbygg, the stylists described it as a dream assignment in terms of the existing architecture. The private residence is part of a new development by architect Pontus Ekberg and features simplicity in design that has been immaculately executed. Sundling Kickén have beautifully enhanced the use of natural materials including pale timber and marble with a thoughtful curation of furniture, ceramics and art. 


Gorgeous kitchen details include the iconic Harry Bertoia bar stools from Knoll and a mix of beautiful ceramics by Enriqueta Cepeda, Arket, 28 Quadrat, Hem and Mimou. The Alessi kettle and Iittala glassware are both timeless. I also love the art by Agneta Jörlander and jug and bowl by 1882 Ltd, with Max Lamb. You'll find a full list of product details and links over on the SundlingKickén blog

Architecture by Pontus Ekberg / Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson 

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Deck Update with Outdure | Part Two

12.13.2018

Following on from the first part of my Deck Update series with Outdure, I'm thrilled to be sharing the reveal of our new look deck. In case you missed it, in the first post I talked about wanting to make our outdoor space more livable. To make the most of the compact area while creating a cohesive look, built-in seating has always been high on the wish list. Exterior specialists Outdure came up with the ideal solution, both designing and building our new seating, to fit perfectly around the edge of the deck.


Talking through the design process in my last post, I also shared a look at the concept drawings. The team at Outdure then suggested some further refinements to the design, and these have made a world of difference to the final seat. With clean lines and detailing, one of my favourite elements is the open ended design on one side. I love how the asymmetry creates a more visually interesting aesthetic. Other features include a deep seat pan to allow for outdoor cushions (which I plan to get made), and a lower back rest. Interestingly this provides a more comfortable way to lean back and rest your elbows. Such important details to get right, we couldn't be happier with the result.


Our beautiful seating is made from ResortDeck — an amazing product that combines the natural beauty of hardwood timber decking with the added benefit of being extremely durable. Available in six natural colours and finishes, the Sea Salt colour we chose is perfect for our space, creating a sense of cohesion indoors and out. It feels amazing to be finally using our space as we had envisaged. It's like having a whole new room to enjoy, and the timing couldn't be more perfect with the summer holidays around the corner! 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC (with thanks to Kings Plant Barn 

Outdure are running a fantastic promotion for their NZ/AU customers during the month of December. With every purchase/deposit, they are giving away a free Weber BBQ!

To find out more, visit outdure.com

This post was created in collaboration with Outdure. 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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Christmas Gift Guide for Design Lovers

12.10.2018

When I started putting a design-focused gift guide together last week, my approach was to instinctively start thinking about what was on my own wish list, and where possible sourcing local finds. As it started to grow, I quickly realised I needed to break it down into categories. But rather than the standard ideas around 'gifts for her' and 'gifts for him', I could see three clear groups emerging. The first is a range of interior products, and includes a selection of furniture, lighting, textiles, art and object. Authentic, thoughtful pieces for considered spaces, these are ideal for design lovers and those who seek sustainable style. 


Interior Gift Ideas 
Blind Love No.1 limited edition art print by Kristina Krogh - kkrogh.dk
Bulawayo Gourd basket - twentyonetonnes.com
Kristina Dam decoration circle - capricho.co.nz
Arnold Circus stool by Martino by Martino Gamper - threaddesign.co.nz
Vintage linen throw - aurahome.com.au
Tom Dixon Rock candleholder, set of 5 - simonjamesdesign.com
Astep VV Cinquanta twin wall lamp - goodform.co.nz
First Light ceramics - thefuturekept.com
ferm Living Balance candleholder - slowstore.co.nz


The next category is a range of beautiful and inspiring coffee table books that are also on my current wish list, including The Eye by Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams and a collection of works by renowned Belgium architect Vincent Van Duysen. I really hope my husband is checking this out!


Coffee Table Books 
The Eye by Nathan Williams - sundayhomestore.co.nz 
Cereal London City Guide - readcereal.com
Vincent Van Duysen Works 2009-2018 - shopbetaplus.com
Casa Malaparte by Karl Lagerfield - shop.tessuti.co.nz
Do Inhabit by Sue Fan & Danielle Quigley - paperplanestore.com
Grannmarkt 13 Book by the makers for Cereal Magazine - shopbetaplus.com


Lastly, I have created a selection of beauty/wellness products. Some of these were inspired by beautiful gifts I have received in the lead up to Christmas, so you may have caught glimpses of them on my Instagram page and stories. Brands that I truly love, there are also plenty of ideas here for treating yourself! 


Beauty + Wellness 
Curionoir Handblown glass Parfum bottle with adornment (sold in store only, 50ml & Pocket Parfum available online) - curionoir.com
Sans [Ceuticals] DIY Spa Kit - shop.sansceuticals.com
Austin Austin Neroli & Petitkgrain body soap - fatherrabbit.com
Rose beauty pillow - penneyandbennett.co.nz
Jo Malone London limited edition cologne collection - smithandcaugheys.co.nz
Stonewashed linen robe - alexandcorban.co.nz
Yolana pure NZ wool practise mat (formally Fifth Breath) - yolana.co
Aesop Atlas of Attraction gift sets - aesop.com
Lumira Home fragrance and Glass dome (see this handy guide How to Choose a Candle as a Gift) - atelier.lumira.com 

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Golden Furniture Collection by Sarah Ellison

12.05.2018

Following on from her debut furniture collection earlier this year, Sarah Ellison has launched a second collection, Golden. Inspired by Australian coastal homes from the 70s and 80s that were furnished with bamboo, cane, rattan and wicker, Sarah has thoughtfully reimagined these natural materials with a modern twist, and incredible attention to detail. 


Shot on location at Salt at Shoal Bay, the beautiful beachside property provides the perfect setting for the capsule collection. With bold shapes, modern proportions and the addition of geometric patterning and brass detailing, the stunning pieces are all made by hand, by artisans. 


Photography by Dave Wheeler

Such an inspiring collection. I'd happily spend my whole summer here, surrounded by these beautiful pieces! 


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THE POSTER CLUB Launches New Collection by Malene Birger

12.03.2018

Former fashion designer Malene Birger is launching a new collection of six art prints in collaboration with and exclusively for THE POSTER CLUB. A dedicated and passionate artist and art collector, Malene Birger is a true creative with more than 25 years experience within the global fashion industry. Both her name and prior brands - she co-founded successful fashion houses Day Birger and Mikkelsen in 1997 and By Malene Birger in 2003 - have secured her reputation for uncompromising style and attention to detail. Over the last few years, the Copenhagen-born artist has led a nomadic life of moving, renovating and creating, while developing interior and art projects. Currently working from her studio in Lake Como Italy, Malene's painting, graphic design and visual arts play a vital role in her work and style.


Malene Birger´s art is expressed in strong, abstract and graphic forms, mostly developed in monochrome colours. Her graphic ink drawings have been her signature for years, but she also sketches, paints and creates collages. All disciplines present simple proportions and material combinations that are contemporary and distinctive. 


I am so inspired by these images showcasing the stunning new collection. Styled by one of Denmark's most renowned Interior Stylist's, Pernille Vest, they were shot in the beautiful Skagerak showroom in Copenhagen. What a wonderful collaboration! It makes it hard to choose a favourite print, don't you think? 

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie 

Each of the six fine art giclée prints are available in three sizes. 
Shop the collection here

Images courtesy of THE POSTER CLUB 

This post contains affiliate links. 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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Lotta Agaton Interiors for Norrlands trä

11.30.2018

I've been adding these beautiful images styled by Lotta Agaton Interiors to my Instagram 'saves' all week and thought it was about time I did a little research into the Swedish brand Norrlands trä, and what they offer. As expected from the imagery, the findings are incredibly inspiring and I have to share. Specialising in wood, the company has a strong sense of tradition and inherited professionalism that comes from many generations.  Though modern technology is used to streamline and find new solutions, the human hand is still largely present, and a passion and respect for raw material is visible in all of the products, from wooden floors through to wood panels used for walls and kitchen cabinetry.  


I've just been re-reading some of the This is Home book by Natalie Walton, and there is section about wood that really resonates. It's such an honest, raw material, and so often the preferred choice, especially for lovers of Nordic design. Natalie includes a quote of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright who called it 'the most humanely intimate of all materials.' I can't help but be reminded of this when reading about Norrlands Trä and their passion for wood, which is part of their cultural heritage. Sustainability and respecting the environment are integral, with their surrounding Norwegian forests as their primary raw material. Respecting the environment comes naturally, and when it comes to people and the designs, this is what they have to say.... "For us, human beings are in focus. It is important for us to harmonise function and design so that our panels and floors create both beautiful and functional living spaces for a long time. In short: we want to create a better living environment in every room."

Interior styling by Lotta Agaton Interiors with 3d renders by Illusive Images

In terms of the end result, I think these stunning images speak for themselves! 

You can read more about the history of the brand and the products on offer at Norrlandstra.com

Images via Norrlands trä Press

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