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My Styling for Dulux in the Latest Issue of Homestyle

7.26.2021

Once again I have had the pleasure of teaming up with Dulux to create a nature-inspired living room for Two Ways With, in the latest issue of Homestyle. Along with fellow interior stylist and Dulux Colour Ambassador Alex Walls, our brief was to interpret the outside world for interiors using paint from the Dulux Colours of New Zealand collection. 



Inspired by the changing seasons in the South Island — from the snow-capped mountains in winter to the sandy tones in summer and the deciduous trees turning burnt orange in autumn, I chose Dulux Dunsandel Half, Cardrona Double and Cashmere as my key paint colours.

To complement this calming backdrop, I selected various pieces made from natural materials like wood and wool to create a warm, cosy feel. The starting point was the beautiful Etoile rug by Armadillo and House of Grey from The Ivy House. Handcrafted ceramics in earthy browns and subtle orange inject extra texture and reflect seasonal changes, while the strong lines of the bookshelf are offset by the gentle curves of the seating and coffee table. With a focus on local design, the Elena Renker ceramics and all of the furniture pieces are by New Zealand designers. 

Finally, one of my favourite elements is the Lamp de Marseille lamp designed by Le Corbusier for Nemo, which enhances the sculptural style of the space, and adds a playful touch.



CREDITS (MAIN IMAGE)

BACKDROP 
Main wall in Dulux Dunsandel Half; pillar and right wall in Dulux Cardrona Double; floor in Dulux Cashmere - dulux.co.nz

OPPOSITE, FROM FRONT LEFT 
Journal coffee table by Cameron Foggo for Nonn - simonjames.co.nz
Galaxy bowl by Kristina Dam Studio - tessuti.co.nz
Vase by Shiho Hayashi and Clay ribbon by Elena Renker - publicrecord.shop
Etoile rug by Armadillo x House of Grey - theivyhouse.co.nz
Par sofa and Friday rack - dawsonandco.nz
Cushion - exhibitone.co.nz
John Pawson blanket by Tekla - simonjames.co.nz
Lamp de Marseille lamp by Le Corbusier for Nemo Lighting - matisse.co.nz
Custom upholstered Isabella chair by Simon James - exhibitone.co.nz

ITEMS ON TOP SHELF 
Shino vase and sake cups by Elena Renker - publicrecord.shop

SECOND SHELF 
Asymmetry vessels by Kerryn Levy Ceramics, This Building Likes Me book by John Wardle Architects and John Galliano for Dior book - seagardesign.com
John Derian book - tessuti.co.nz

THIRD SHELF 
Bobby candle by Marloe Marloe and Tube vessel by Michaela van der Laan - seagardesign.com

BOTTOM SHELF 
Vase by Elena Renker - publicrecord.shop
Ursula vase by Margi Nuttall - simonjames.co.nz





Styling by Michelle Halford - Studio TDC / Photography by Wendy Fenwick

The feature includes additional paint colours which I chose for my final palette. To see it in full, pick up a copy of the current Homestyle, now on sale. 

And in case you missed it, you can check out our previous Dulux/Homestyle collaborations here and here.  


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A New Studio and Shelving Concept by FRØPT

7.21.2021

I first featured Polish brand FRØPT in 2019, when their inspiring custom kitchen fronts caught my eye. Founded by Magda Milejska and Kasia Kurowska-Loedl with the goal of helping people in Europe live better designed and more sustainable lives, FRØPT offer furniture fronts adapted to the IKEA Metod and Pax systems with personalised solutions in natural materials. When it came to designing their new Warsaw-based studio, Magda and Kasia took a slow and considered approach to ensure the workspace would be comfortable and inspire creativity, while also showcasing their beautiful collections.





Wanting to be as sustainable as possible, FRØPT has an on-demand business model that means that they only produce what is needed, with no warehouses holding product that is waiting to be sold. A starting point for the studio design was a hunt for objects and solutions that would provide a considered space and reflect the brand’s philosophy around sustainability. Slow and conscious, the design process included experimenting with noble materials, to ensure all expectations were met. This organic approach allowed for the ability to build structures, furniture and objects that form a dialogue with the space. It also lead to the decision to create an entire kitchen, where all pieces revolve around the theme of the kitchen. A space for work, creative stimulation and inspiration, it also satisfies the founders' curiosity and needs for exploration.






FRØPT have also introduced a new product, the Norwegian Wood Shelving Concept. An extension of the Norwegian Wood collection of fronts which are crafted from solid wood and natural veneer, the shelf celebrates natural materials and simplicity of design that draws from Japanese aesthetics.




 
Designed to help declutter and organise the home, the shelving concept also encourages a considered approach to selecting objects to display. The Norwegian Wood Single Shelf and Shelving Unit are pieces of furniture that give you the opportunity to consciously shape your surroundings and create a harmonious space to live in. Both will be available for sale in August, in a choice of five natural veneer colours. 





Design and styling by Magda Milejska of FRØPT / Photograpy by Pion Studio

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JP Residence by Men Bureau

7.19.2021

Kyiv-based architecture and interior design studio Men Bureau have designed a quiet and cosy home with a minimalist Japanese inspired aesthetic. Using predominantly warm-coloured wood and plaster, the materials selected reflect the client’s preferences for natural finishes and a need for durability and longevity. Circles and arks have been used to soften the spaces, while the addition of rounded corners to various areas of the internal spaces provide visual comfort.




Upon entering the house, a Lámina pendant by Santa&Cole in the dining area fascinates the eye with the elegance of its curve and soothing light. A marriage of the poetic and practical, this sets the tone for the entire open-plan space which features simple materials including cherry wood, boticcino marble, and accents of steel. 

Minimal Arch chairs designed by South Korea-based studio Finder continue the lines of the lamp with their rounded shapes. The Monarch Shiitake Dining Table is made using traditional Chinese butterfly joinery to avoid the involvement of nails or screws, expressing the emerging imperfection of natural materials. The kitchen and bookshelves are made of cherry wood, while shallow niches are decorated with sculptural ceramics and objects. 






In the living room, the homeowners love for traditional Japanese lamps is reflected in the use of the Hotaru Buoy pendant light by TwentyTwentyone, which provides a soft diffused light. The Belle Reeve sofa by De La Espada represents the perfect unison of traditional craft with an enduring aesthetic that is as modern as it is timeless. The studio's minimalist approach is evident throughout the clutter-free open space.

In addition to maximizing space and creating an environment suitable for comfortable living, the goal for the bedroom was to open up to natural light from all sides. Glazed walls are covered with automated shades that enhance privacy. The Tip Top light is by Pandul and custom tactile elements and bespoke furniture act as well-crafted handmade extensions of the home, an expression of its owners and their aspirations.







The home library, another signature space, provides a quiet place to unplug and read. The wall ceiling-mounted bookshelf is one of Men Bureau’s custom pieces. Made without screws or bolts, the designs are assembled out of wooden poles and marble planes that simply slot together.

In keeping with the home’s minimalist design, The Muse Sofa designed by Space Copenhagen for Benchmark provides for cosy and relaxed lounging. The clean lines of the Ginger light by Marset makes it a perfect fit for the space.

Distinct from the muted hues in the shared spaces, the bathroom becomes a unique zone, clad in textural grey terrazzo. The PB bath designed by Piet Boon for COCOON and the large bespoke marble sink provides a striking contrast. The Tabouret Berger stool is designed by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina and the towel warmer is by Vola.




Images courtesy of Men Bureau

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Vipp Farmhouse

7.13.2021

For their fourth hotel destination, Vipp have transformed a traditional farmhouse from 1775 on the Danish island of Lolland. Nestled in a forest on the 1400 acres estate of Søllestedgaard, the farmhouse adds a welcoming, farm-life feel to its portfolio of one-room-wonders.





Each of the Vipp hotel destinations offer a one of a kind experience. Beautifully designed with Vipp kitchens that guests are encouraged to fully utilise during their stay, the Vipp Farmhouse is no exception. The 88m2 residence comprises three bedrooms and a bathroom along with a combined kitchen and living space. Commissioned by Vipp and the estate owner Ulrik Th. Jørgensen, interior designer Julie Cloos Mølsgaard has realised a modern farmhouse that combines historical charm with modern convenience displaying both functional finesse and curious art finds.








Retaining its traditional Danish farmhouse charm with whitewashed facades and a thatched roof, checking into this former gardener residence is like stepping back in time. But while the architectural shell is reminiscent of when it was built in 1775, the interior has been carefully updated in line with modern Scandinavian minimalism and fully furnished by Vipp. 

“During lock-down we have rediscovered nature and the charm of the Danish countryside, and now we share it with you. Vipp’s fourth hotel destination offers a convenient escape to nature. A taste of farm life, where the cow has already been milked”. — Jette Egelund, 2nd generation Vipp owner.







While nature is omni-present at Vipp Farmhouse, so is history. The neighbouring estate Søllestedgaard houses a manor dating back to 1800 and boasts the largest private greenery in Denmark under the name ‘Den Grønne Verden’. Freshly picked produce are consumed by guests at Danish Michelin restaurants and at the estate restaurant Spiseriet. 

“Our old horse stable is now transformed into a restaurant and shop where Vipp Farmhouse guests can buy or taste our variety of 250 greens cultivated on the fields next door,” says Ulrik Th. Jørgensen. 

And of course, if you prefer to cook yourself, seasonal picks are waiting to be cooked in the gorgeous Vipp kitchen at the farmhouse.









Project by Vipp / Photograpy by Anders Schønnemann / Interior design by Julie Cloos Mølsgaard / Art pieces borrowed from Galleri Christoffer Egelund / Beds by Dux

To find out more about Vipp Farmhouse, the other Vipp hotel destinations and to make bookings, visit vipp.com/hotel.

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