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Mapiful

5.03.2016

Swedish company Mapiful has been on my radar for some time. I love their unique concept which allows customers to turn maps of their favourite cities into beautiful posters. Deciding it was time update our living room picture wall, I decided to take up Mapiful's offer to create a few of my own! 


I picked out three cities I have travelled to which are dear to my heart; Nice, Rome and New York. I then visited the Mapiful site to start designing my maps with their easy-to-use online tool. I decided to go with the geographical info and text layout offered but you are able to change these as you wish. With several themes to choose from, I decided on 'Modern' for both Rome and Nice, and one of their newer designs 'Strict' for New York. In addition to different poster sizes, I love that Mapiful gives the option of portrait or landscape orientation for your posters. Wanting to include both on my living room wall, I chose one of each. 


When the posters arrived I was really impressed with the overall quality. Their clean, minimalist finish allows them to fit perfectly into our Scandi style home, amongst some of my other favourite art prints. I love that when I look at Rome and Nice I'm reminded of the magical time we spent there. New York sits perfectly in my office, where I can dream of visiting again one day soon! 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

With worldwide shipping available, the Mapiful custom service is also super affordable, with posters starting at just $60USD. All too easy! Which city would you choose? 

Before I go, please note that the winner of the Studio Esinam Colors Giveaway has been  announced. To find out who the lucky person is, take a look here

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Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT

5.02.2016

Completed in 2015, this warehouse conversion is the work of Architects EAT, an award-winning architecture and interior design practice in Melbourne. Located in the old industrial area of Fitzroy, the gritty brick building has been transformed into a family home with a mixture of open plan entertaining areas and smaller intimate spaces. Exposed bricks and beams together with new architectural detailing in steel and timber make for an incredible fusion between old and new.


How amazing is the suspended steel bridge? I also love the sliding door adjacent the dining area (pictured below) and the built in library. Clean and contemporary, the kitchen's soft grey palette and textural marble allows for a seamless connection to the more rustic living space. The sleek cabinetry has been used throughout the home, creating a wonderful sense of cohesion. The interior features a beautifully understated mix of furniture and design objects. Two pieces which immediately caught my eye are the leather Paulistano Chair and the High Key Tokyo Print by Derek Swalwell, while the stunning combination of lighting has me weak at the knees!  

Photography by Derek Swalwell

Images via Kle Building Group, Architects Eat and Cos Interiors 

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norsu interiors | 2016 Collection Launch

4.29.2016

As many of you will now know I recently travelled to Melbourne to style the norsu interiors 2016 collection campaign. Working with inspiring norsu founders Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier alongside renowned Australian photographer Lisa Cohen was such an incredible honour. Definitely my biggest career highlight to date, I am beyond excited to be sharing the images with you today! 


Presenting an array of of interior living spaces in norsu's signature pastel colour palette, the images showcase the boutique's carefully curated collection of Nordic homewares and diverse range of art prints. The collection also features several images shot in a Scandinavian ‘boho luxe’ style, reflecting a new direction norsu is taking since announcing their partnership with iconic Swedish design-house Love Warriors of Sweden earlier this year. Adding yet another layer to norsu's already comprehensive offering of Scandinavian goods, Nat says (and I couldn't agree more) "We love that the term 'Scandi' - in the interiors sense - has so many different interpretations." With a product range that is constantly growing and evolving, norsu are able to provide customers with a unique offering across multiple styles. 


Featuring an extensive mix of local and imported product, the images welcome many new and exclusive Nordic brands to the norsu collection. These include HK Living, Martin Moore, Studio Joop, Boomini, Kortkartellet, Vita Copenhagen and Lindholdt, teamed with local brands Globe West, Armadillo & Co, Incy Interiors, CULTIVER, Olli Ella, Raw Luxe Interiors, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, Batch Ceramics, Evie and Woollen Collective. 

The opportunity to style such a beautiful range of products certainly made this a dream job for all involved, but we also sought to deliver achievable looks. For everyday decorators, this means you can replicate these spaces within your own home. 


I'm sure I've said it before but I often wonder whether Kristy and Nat actually sleep, because in true norsu style they have more exciting news around the corner. The release of this collection coincides with the opening of their second Melbourne retail store in Hawthorn next month! This larger store will compliment their existing Malvern East store by providing a space to showcase furniture, rugs and art within a styled insitu environment. It sounds so fabulous, I think I'll have to head back over to Melbourne just to check it out!

Styling by Michelle Halford, The Design Chaser / photography by Lisa Cohen

Adding another dimension to the campaign, this time around Nat and Kristy decided to film the shoot day. To see what goes on behind-the-scenes, check out the video below!

 
Video by Stu Morley

And finally in celebration of this exciting launch, norsu are very kindly offering a 15% discount on the new and exclusive Under Water series of art prints by Silke Bonde. Recently featured on the blog these three beautiful prints are showcased in the last of the campaign images above, alongside the gorgeous limited edition Blue World art print, also by Silke Bonde. Such a serene bedroom, this is definitely one space I would love to replicate at home!

Images courtesy of norsu interiors 

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My Zakkia Nordic Nightstand for Mother's Day

4.28.2016

I recently had the pleasure of curating one of three Mother's Day gift packs with beautiful products from Zakkia. The Sydney-based company who I first featured here specialise in hand made products inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and raw materials that echo Bondi's rugged coastal feel. For my gift pack I have created a Nordic Nightstand with products that showcase a gorgeous mix of textures. 



Thinking about what would appeal to all of the fellow Scandi-design loving mums I meet through the world of blogging and social media, I chose pieces that are both beautiful and practical for the bedside. These include a vase for fresh flowers, a mug, a place for small items like jewellery, and my must-have, a scented candle. The Höst (Autumn) candle I chose smells divine! The brass candle snuffer is the perfect little accessory to round off the pack.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

With three different themed gift packs on offer, there is something here for every style savvy Mum. And not only are the packs being carefully wrapped, Zakkia are offering free shipping on all of them. To find out more and to shop the range, take a look here

In addition to taking part in this wonderful Mother's Day launch, I am excited to have been interviewed for the Zakkia Blog. I talk about everything from what my typical day looks like through to what fuels my creativity. For a read, pop over here

This post was created in collaboration with Zakkia.

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Introducing Colors by Studio Esinam | Worldwide Giveaway

4.27.2016

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Swedish creative studio Studio Esinam, their architectural prints having featured here on TDC more than once. They also proudly grace the walls of my home, and judging by the comments and feedback they get, I am clearly not alone. Which is why I am thrilled to be bringing you news of their beautiful new series today. 

Entitled Colors, it consists of four limited edition prints inspired by the Nordic light and landscape. Known for their ability to communicate interesting perspectives on architecture by presenting it in fresh and new ways, Studio Esinam founders Josefine Lilljegren and Sebastian Gokah describe the series as "a minimalistic take on traditional Nordic scenes reduced to simple fields of color." 

Styling by Susanna Vento / Photography by Riikka Kantinkoski

As you can see by this impeccable styling, the prints look right at home in a Scandinavian style interior. Creating a strong focal point, they provide the perfect way of injecting color while still complimenting the clean lines and understated elegance of these spaces. They would also pair beautifully with prints from the other Studio Esinam collections which you can check out here. I've had the pleasure of seeing these new prints in real life and they are incredible! Printed in a numbered limited edition of 1000 on uncoated Swedish high quality design paper, they measure 70cm x 100cm. 

Now for the fun part! To celebrate this exciting launch, Studio Esinam are very kindly giving away one of these Colors prints to a lucky TDC reader. The winner will get to choose which one. 

To be in to win, simply email enter@thedesignchaser.com with Studio Esinam Colors in the subject line. Please also include your full name in the email. 

Open worldwide! 

The competition will close at 9am NZ time (UTC +12) on Tuesday 3rd May. The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on the blog that day. They will also be notified via email to select their print and arrange shipping. 

Update: Congratulations to the winner Ryan Pierse! 

This competition is now closed. 

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Textile Style Crush

4.26.2016

This beautiful collaboration is between two creatives who continually inspire me, stylist Susanna Vento and photographer Riikka Kantinkoski. Working with brands Kinnasand and Danskina, both part of the renowned Danish Textile company Kvadrat, the spaces they have created are understated and elegant. I love how the rich textiles introduce another layer of warmth and texture, in particular the majestic green sofa upholstered in Kvadrat Harald and the stunning range of rugs. 

Styling by Susanna Vento / Photography by Riikka Kantinkoski

For the full list of products take a look here

Images Susanna Vento/Varpunen 

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Long Weekend Lounging

4.25.2016

It's a special day for NZ and Australia as we stop to commemorate our incredible ANZAC heroes. Even when I have to set aside time for work on a long weekend, I love that the extra day allows for more time to  relax. We've been to the beach, caught up with friends and family and eaten out at some lovely cafes. It also seemed like as good a time as any to start posting stories to the Snapchat account I recently started! If you're curious, you'll find me on thedesignchaser. I also came across this beautiful Swedish home and just had to share it with you before the day is out. Although small it has the most gorgeous living room. I'd happily lie down on that cosy vintage sofa with a pile of books and settle in for the night. And I do mean night... check out the full house tour and evening set up hereAmazing!

Styling by Anna Furbacken / photography by Anders Bergstedt

Images via Entrance Makleri

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