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A Luxurious Villa in Berlin

12.11.2017

Sharing a beautiful new villa in the Berlin district of Dahlem today, the design is by CG Vogel Architects, with renders created by The Subdivision. Clean and contemporary with an elegant mix of wood, marble and brass accents, the airy, open-plan kitchen and dining areas merge seamlessly with luxurious living spaces. Featuring a stunning mix of furniture and lighting by some of my favourite Danish brands such as Gubi and Fritz Hansen and &Tradition, this home provides a lovely dose of inspo to kick off the week! 


Images via The Subdivision/ Behance 


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A 60s Swedish Home Transformed by Broberg & Ridderstråle

12.08.2017

This classic 60s home has been beautifully transformed by Swedish design duo Broberg & Ridderstråle into a luxurious family home, while retaining the character of the original villa. Located on the island of Lidingö, east of Stockholm, the house was designed in 1966 by Gustaf Rosenberg and Olle Stål from Rosenberg Architects. Undergoing extensive renovations to improve the layout and add further character, it features beautiful sloping ceilings, enviable light and incredible views of the Lidingö Sound and the Nackasidan Nature Reserve. Fine detailing and the use of luxurious materials like leather and wood can been seen throughout the expansive home. A selection of timeless, functional furniture compliments the architecture while enhancing the overall elegance of the spaces.


Broberg & Ridderstråle are known for their iconic product designs, many of which are featured in this beautiful home. They include the Leaf Lamp for Muuto, Tati Tables for Asplund, Basel Sofas for Adea, Julius Square serving trolley for Klong and the Gloria candleholder/vase also for Klong. Take a look at their extensive design portfolio here and find out more about his project over at Residence


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Our Stay at the Luxurious Sofitel Wellington

12.06.2017

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that my family and I enjoyed a little pre-Christmas getaway in Wellington on the weekend, staying at the beautiful Sofitel Wellington hotel. The exquisite 5-star hotel recently reopened its doors after a temporary hiatus, offering a refined yet relaxed environment for locals, kiwi travellers and tourists alike.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

The hotel accommodated our family perfectly with two interconnecting rooms featuring serene views of the Wellington Botanic Gardens and hills of Karori. A quite and serene outlook despite the hotel's central location, we loved that it was located within walking distance of so many places on our list to visit including Te Papa museum and Oriental Bay. The texture-rich rooms feature warm velvet elements and brass vintage gold detailing inspired by Wellington's colonial heritage and sophisticated French elegance. The luxurious theme carries through to the beautiful new Jardin Grill restaurant with gorgeous jewell tones and a striking floral interior. Dining here and experiencing the delicious French cuisine accented with local flavours and specialties was one of the many highlights of our stay. 


We also loved the sophisticated ambience of the The Green Room lounge which features luxe leather seating, eye-catching brass shelving and a stunning marble fireplace. I particularly love the huge floral art works by art photographer Vicky Fulton which grace the walls of the lounge and lobby. I highly recommend trying one of the botanically inspired gin and tonics from special collection designed in collaboration with East Imperial!


For more information or to book a stay at this beautiful hotel, visit sofitel-wellington.com

Images courtesy of Sofitel Wellington

This post was created in collaboration with the Sofitel Wellington. I only work with brands I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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The New Aura Home Concept Store

12.05.2017

AURA Home founder Tracie Ellis and her talented team have opened the doors to the new Aura Home Concept Store. Located in a beautifully refurbished, heritage-listed building in Melbourne, the store features a series of individual room spaces showcasing the impeccable styling this loved homewares brand has become known for. For the first time ever, fans of the brand can see, touch and feel products as they stroll through the store, moving between the dining and living rooms, and on to the bedroom and bathroom area. 


In addition to the current collection of bedlinen, cushions, throws, towels, natural rugs, baskets and stoneware, the team have curated a beautiful range of furniture pieces, lighting, design books, travel guides, jewellery, wallets, tote bags, candles and bath & body products from local and international brands, as well as a selection of gorgeous handmade wooden toys for the littlest AURA Home customers. And with Summer just around the corner, shoppers will also find inspiration for garden and outdoor-entertaining, with a selection of planters, uniquely stylish beach umbrellas and beach bags in the latest shades.


Established in 2000, AURA has opened the bricks and mortar store after been running a very successful online store for about eight years. Tracie says that while there's no doubt there is a huge customer base that loves the convenience of shopping online, there are also a lot of customers who like to touch and feel their product. "Our product is very texture driven, our new store is our place to meet our loyal customers and new customers, and inspire them to create beautiful spaces in their homes. We opened our doors a week ago and we’ve had some overwhelmingly positive feedback. We have all moved forward so far into the online world – it’s wonderful to be able to take a step back into communities, open a bricks and mortar store and create special places." 


Made up of two smaller stores combined into one, the store features stunning brickwork that has been rendered and finished with a beautiful Porters French wash, while the the exterior wall is covered with a lovely ivy. Inspired by the concept of home and what it means to us all, Tracie worked with interior designer Amanda Lynn to create different areas of the home within the retail space. The thoughtful design enables customers to visualise how the beautiful range of products will work in their own spaces. Included in the layout is a living room area to showcase the AURA cushions and throws, a dining area featuring the brand's beautiful ceramics and linen, a cosy bedroom space for the AURA sheets and quilt covers, and a gorgeous grey bathroom area draped with the luxe AURA towels.


The store offers a range of wonderful brands and products which compliment the AURA collection including MRD furniture, HK Living, Isamu Sawa limited addition prints, no.27 fragrance house candles, The Fitzroy Naturopath tea, Sunday Supply co beach umbrellas, Knotty Towels, Nordstjerne paper Christmas decorations, Memobottle and S’Well water bottles, ASPAR, Meraki and Theseeeke bath & body products and beautiful books, travel guides and magazines from Hardie Grant, Fete Mag & Cereal mag - and more! 

Photography by Tess Kelly

The Aura Home Concept Store is located in the inner eastern suburb of Malvern, a beautiful area and growing 'home' precinct. Gearing up for a busy festive season with Christmas shopping nights, the store will be open until 9pm this Thursday 7th Dec with champagne flowing. If you're in Melbourne please have one for me! I can't wait to visit the beautiful store next time I'm over. 

Images courtesy of AURA

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My Styling for Homestyle | Three Ways With

12.04.2017

In the latest issue of Homestyle I styled three spaces for the Three Ways With Feature. The hero piece, a beautiful Rattan Screen from May Time provided a fresh element and versatility by dividing one space into two. A timeless material, rattan pairs beautifully with other warm wood and textural elements, including rich velvet. I've also included a few outtakes to show a little more detail, including a rare shot of me on the other side of the lens! 


Lounge/Conservatory
BACKDROP 
Walls (throughout) in Dulux Glinks Gully - dulux.co.nz
Polyflor Sherwood Vinyl flooring - flooringxtra.co.nz 
FROM LEFT 
African Buhero grain basket - indiehomecollective.com
Dracaena plant, Hubsch pot - plantandpot.nz
Ric & Rio vase (set of two) - maytime.co.nz
Traditional Rattan screen - maytime.co.nz 
Flynn sofa - meandmytrend.com
Cinnamon cushion by Lightly - cultdesign.co.nz
Mont Blanc cushion - indiehomecollective.com
Mr Frag Cloud table - cultdesign.co.nz
Blyth Mini carafe (set of five) - maytime.co.nz
Bud vases (set of four) - alexandcorban.co.nz
French Facades II photographic print - printbygeorge.com Natural frame endemicworld.co.nz 
White Wash bespoke weaving by Laine Toia, White Salt linen cushion - indiehomecollective.com 
Berber Knot Atlas Rug by Armadillo&Co - theivyhouse.co.nz


Bedroom/Dressing Room
REAR, FROM LEFT
The Round Tower - Copenhagen photographic print - printbygeorge.com, Natural oak frame - endemicworld.co.nz
Mustard velvet cushion - meandmytrend.com
Sophora pillowslip - penneyandbennet.co.nz
Linen pillowcase (pair), fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover by Bedouin Societe - indiehomecollective.com
Agra Knot Byzantine rug by Armadillo&Co - theivyhouse.co.nz
Woven bowl, Sumbah cotton wrap, Elmwood round stool - indiehomecollective.com
Tribeca Warren brass wall lamp by Søren Rose for Menu - partridgedesign.co.nz
Traditional Rattan screen - maytime.co.nz
Zinc organic cotton lounge robe by Penney + Bennett - alexandcorban.co.nz
Arch vanity table, Arch vanity mirror - douglasandbec.com
Mini drum ottoman in mustard - meandmytrend.com
Rice Bowl (used as jewellery box) - maytime.co.nz
Philodendron Imperial Green, Sawyer Pot  - plantandpot.nz


Styling by Michelle Halford - TDC / Photography by Wendy Fenwick 

Lounge/Study
FROM LEFT 
Ventura Desk - meandmytrend.com
2018 weekly planner - madeoftommorrow.com
Squat mug by Wonki Ware - indiehomecollective.com
Caravaggio Read table lamp by Lightyears - cultdesign.co.nz
Mies van der Rohe chair by Knoll Studio - karakter.co.nz
Plant Series IV - Eucalyptus art print - by-garmi.myshopify.com
Traditional Rattan screen - maytime.co.nz
Mono Day Bed in rust -  meandmytrend.com
Gridy Fungi shelves by Menu - partridgedesign.co.nz
Bud vases by Zakkia (set of four) - alexandcorban.co.nz
Bud vases by Fiona Mackay Ceramics - douglasandbec.com
Morocco cushion - alexandcorban.co.nz
Cesta table lamp by Santa & Cole - ecc.co.nz
Drift Weave rug by Armadillo&Co - theivyhouse.co.nz

The latest issue of Homestyle is packed with summer inspiration including beautiful homes from NZ and abroad, gorgeous Christmas gift ideas, Studio visits with inspiring artists and so much more. On sale now, make sure you pick up a copy. 

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Ercol Presentation at Good Form

12.01.2017

Last week I visited Good Form to listen to a talk by Henry Tadros, the great-grandson of Ercol's founder and original designer, Lucian Ercolani. Visiting from the UK, Henry provided a unique insight into the iconic furniture brand's history and design direction, from the origins of the company and the post-war design boom to the continued collaborations with leading architects and renowned designers. Exposed to enduring design and furniture from an early age, Henry has a deep respect for the designs of the past and also keeps an eye on the future, with the company launching new pieces at Salone del Mobile.

Ercol Originals Drop Leaf table and Butterfly chairs 

Ercol Treviso desk and Butterfly chair

Ercol designs, manufactures and markets furniture based around the classic pieces designed by Henry’s great grandfather in the 1950s and the company now also works with contemporary international designers to create pieces for the 21st century. Joining Ercol in 2011 with a year of induction working on the factory floor, Henry began working in other parts of the business. In 2013, Henry was appointed to the role of International Sales Manager and was tasked with reintroducing Ercol to the world outside of the UK. The team has since grown to support sales in over thirty countries. Now Head of International and Contract Sales and currently studying at Harvard Business School, Henry has worked closely with Good Form directors Dan and Emma Eagle to curate a selection of sample products for the New Zealand audience. 

Ercol Romana extending dining table and Flow dining chairs

One of my favourite Ercol products is the Flow dining chair designed by Tomoko Azumi. Made from beech with a beautiful curvaceous form, the high level of craftsmanship is evident through the refined sweeping lines, elegant tapered seat and the ergonomic stacking function.

Ercol Svelto lamp table

Ercol Marino large sofa

Ercol Marino chair & footstool and Romana Highboard

The Marino large sofa and Marino chair in leather upholstery are part of the new range from Ercol, arriving at Good Form during December. Awarded a design Guild Mark in 2016, the Marino chair designed by Dylan Freeth features turned elements and exceptional craftsmanship. It will be available in three colour options, bringing a contemporary aesthetic to the home that reflects Ercol's design heritage, complemented by the soft leather textures.

Erco Orginals Love Seat

Ercol Nest Sofa by Paola Novone, and Pero shelving unit


Ercol produce some exquisite storage options for the home, including the Pero shelving units designed by Mathew Hilton, the beautiful Romana collection of sideboards and Originals room dividerI particularly love the Romana collection which features subtle detailing and soft shapes for an understated aesthetic. Each piece is made from sustainable pale oak and finished in a clear matt lacquer to both protect the timber and show off its beauty.

Ercol Romana small sideboard

Ercol Originals Room Divider

For those just discovering Good Form, it is a shop-in-shop experience at Mr. Bigglesworthy, presenting a selection of legacy brands to compliment the Mr. Bigglesworthy mid century modern furniture and contemporary design classics. Both beautifully curated by Dan and Emma inside a central Auckland gallery space, you can also view the collections online

Images courtesy of Good Form

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