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Neutrals + Blue

5.22.2017

While my obsession with neutrals continues I'm also enjoying seeing how beige hues pair with other colours. In my Dulux colour reveal last week, I styled the greige walls with a touch of earthy green and it further enhanced the warm tones. Today I'm going to show you ways of pairing different shades of blue with neutrals. From the bedroom to living room, hallway to the kitchen, blue works beautifully with natural linens, timber flooring and neutral accents. 

New Collection images from Georg Jensen Damask 

Styling by Danielle Verheul /Photography by Sjoerd Eickmans for VT Wonen

Styling by Marie Ramse / Photography by Sara Medina Lind via Hitta Hem 

In keeping with today's theme, here are a few picks including some recent finds and those that have been on my wishlist for a while. I'd love to replace our black Unfold Pendants above our dining table with the nude colour below. I'm slowly applying a softer look throughout our home and I love the results. I may now have to introduce a touch of blue to the mix!


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Dinesen Home

5.19.2017

I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the Danish wooden flooring company Dinesen. I've featured their beautiful products many times on the blog so it is with much excitement that I will be visiting their Copenhagen showroom in early June as part of the 3daysofdesign press tour. Today I'm sharing images of the remarkable Dinesen Home in Copenhagen. Designed in 2003 by British designer Anouska Hempel, the exclusive apartment features the unique Douglas planks as a key design element throughout. In 2015, the home was redesigned by Dinesen to form a private setting where the passion for wood, architecture, design and art is evident in every detail.


The images are so breathtaking, it must be a truly sensory experience to see it in real life. Richly decorated with modern art, exclusive furniture and bespoke solutions in wood, the eye-catching Douglas planks are extraordinary by nature. 


Dinesen Home captures the essence of the family-run company: the passion for wood, architecture and design, the high level of quality, close client relationships and the desire to provide a source of inspiration.


When Hempel created the exquisite Dinesen Home more than ten years ago, she thoughtfully combined Dinesen Douglas floors with one-off furniture in the same material. For the redesign, attention has been paid to every single detail. The indirect light, which is a signature feature for the designer, creates an evocative setting for the many elements to be explored. One of my favourite rooms is the office which features a collection of books on architecture, art and photography and an incredible plank table which has been dyed with Linseed Oil in the colour note Paris Blue. 


To embrace both the past and the future, the apartment is furnished with customised classics as well as modern Danish and international furniture. The mood is Nordic and light with international substance and appeal. 


To find out more about Dinesen, their beautiful products and inspiring projects, visit the Dinesen website.  

Images courtesy of Dinesen 

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Dulux Colours of New Zealand | Downstairs Reveal

5.18.2017

If you've been following our downstairs living room progress, you'll know that I recently went through a fun paint selection process with Dulux. As documented in this post, I chose a shortlist of colours from the recently re-launched Dulux Colours of New Zealand fandeck. After installing beautiful new laminate flooring from Flooring Xtra in a dark colour, I wanted to continue on the path of creating a space with warm, natural hues. With over 1,000 colours inspired by the by the natural beauty of NZ, Dulux had plenty of options to choose from across a palette of beautiful beiges and greiges.


After narrowing down my selection to six colours, I used the Dulux Colour Swatch Service to see how the colours looked in our space. The large swatches are vital in getting an accurate feel of how the colours will look, especially in a new area. The light differs greatly to upstairs where I do so much of my styling and photography and while some of the colours had only subtle differences, the one I chose, Kauri Cliffs Double, has a lovely warm grey/pink undertone that works perfectly in our space. 


In terms of furniture and layout, this room has gone through quite a few changes over the last few years. New shelving and lighting were at the top of the wishlist and I love how these pieces look in the new space. The Lampe Gras 214 wall lamp is from Tessuti and the Bordeaux Console table is from BoConcept


Due to time constraints (and crazy weather of late) I ended up photographing each side of the room on different days. I have always found the white walls challenging to photograph in this room on a dreary day, but I was surprised at how different the new colour looks. The areas of light and dark create a moody feel which I love. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

You may recognise the beautiful new artwork Still II by Jane Denton. Part of new Still Series which I featured here, it sits alongside the stunning The Mist photograph art print by Nic Staveley for Duett Design


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dulux NZ. 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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Cult launches NAU - a New Australian Design Brand

5.17.2017

This morning I attended a special media breakfast at Cult to celebrate the launch of the new Australian design brand, NAU. Marking 20 years as the leading purveyor of international design in Australia, the exciting launch sees Cult expand into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design with a contemporary brand that offers furniture, lighting and accessories by a collective of Australia’s most curious, talented and spirited designers.

Fat Tulip Collection by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Aran Bed & Nest Table by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Hosted by Richard Munao, Founder and Managing Director of Cult, the launch not only gave an overview of the designers and their incredible range of products, but also insight into the brand and how it came about. 

Now is the time for a new Australian design movement. New by necessity, Australia’s design culture stems from a place of isolation; our influences are unique from the rest of the world, and we have no design ancestry with which to adhere. We are free to immerse ourselves amongst our extreme natural landscapes and unique materials, and as a result have carved out a resourceful, hands-on and open-minded design culture. 
NAU is the embodiment of this fresh thinking, broad-spectrum approach, offering contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories brand by a collective of Australia’s most spirited designers including Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Gavin Harris and Jack Flanagan. Producing designs suitable for residential and commercial spaces, from elegant lounge furniture to modular shelving with endless possibility, the NAU collection is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.

Aran Armchair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Aran Sofa by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Loom Armchair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Driven by the ambition to bring premium European design to Australia, Richard Munao established Cult in 1997 with a humble showroom in the backstreets of Chippendale. Since then, Cult has grown into the leading purveyor of the best international design in Australia and New Zealand, with a portfolio of over 35 brands across furniture, lighting and accessories. Over two decades, Cult has evolved from showroom destination to full-service design house; diversifying into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design. In 2014 Cult launched its first exclusive collection of Australian furniture; the AG x Cult capsule by acclaimed designer Adam GoodrumSince then, Cult’s product development has grown significantly and it’s time to establish these designs as one brand, and promote Australian creativity to the world. From this, NAU is born.

Bigola Armchair & Table by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Bell Pendant, Malloy Dining Table & Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Frame modular shelving system by Adam Cornish for NAU

Kubrick Stools by Jack Flanagan for NAU

"After more than 20 years in the design industry in Australia, I have grown an unwavering passion for the production and manufacture of Australian furniture. I truly believe we are at the cusp of a new Australian design movement, and I am incredibly proud to introduce NAU to the market and promote Australian creativity to the world.”- Richard Munao, Owner & Managing Director of Cult and Founder of NAU

Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Nest Tables by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Plum Easy Chair & Footstool by Adam Goodrum for NAU

NAU launches internationally at ICFF in New York (21-24 May) and locally at DENFAIR in Melbourne (8-10 June). The NAU stands at both fairs are designed by award-winning Australian design firm Design Office and take inspiration from the Australian landscape and palette, including imagery from Brooke Holm. After learning about the beautiful range, from which I've shared some favourites in today's post, I can't wait to see the exhibition at DENFAIR next month.  

Rev Stools by Adam Cornish for NAU

Strand Collection by Adam Cornish for NAU

Takushi Table by Gavin Harris & Malloy Chair by Adam Goodrum for NAU

Photos 1-5 & 10-12: Styling by Marsha Golemac / Photography by Brooke Holm
Photos 6-9, & 13-15: Styling by Marsha Golemac / Photography by Dan Hocking 

The full NAU collection will be available exclusively from all Cult showrooms in Australia and New Zealand from June 2017. 

Images courtesy of Cult

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Interior Styling with Peg Rails

5.15.2017

Peg rails provide a great place to hang and store items and can be used in any room of the home. These first images show a wonderfully creative corner that forms part of a larger space inspired by harmonious living. Styled beautifully by Pella Hedeby for the recent IKEA Festival in Milan, the room features the metal Falsterbro wall rack with hooks. A clean and contemporary version of the traditional wooden peg rail, it also has a handy shelf for displaying small items. 

Interior styling by Pella Hedeby & Photography by Ragnar Ă“marsson for IKEA Festival / Livet Hemma

I really like the idea of placing a peg rail in the bedroom, especially with the added shelf as shown below. My bedside table is never quite big enough for all my books. A DIY job perhaps?

Styled by Emma Fisher & photographed by Maria Sahlander for Bjurfors

A beautiful Dinesen home photographed by Anders Hviid for Scandinavian Living 

Ideal for hanging scarves and coats that you have on current rotation, the peg hooks below are by Norrgavel, a Norwegian brand with several variation on offer.


Styling by Pella Hedeby & photography by Ragnar Ă“marsson for Elle Decoration Sweden 


Utilitarian in nature, peg rails are perfect for kitchens, hallways and laundry rooms, helping to keep floor clutter at bay and everyday items at reach. 

Peg Hooks from Father Rabbit 

Birch Peg Rail by MUR

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