New Summer 16 collection from NZ designers Made of Tomorrow:

We first introduced you to NZ brand Made of Tomorrow over here (go check out their design studio!)... well those boys have been busy, and they've just launched a whole new collection. There's ceramics (love the ceramic candles), a stack of new art prints, minimalist 2017 journals and a BIG OL' XXL wall planner inspired by the iconic Stendig.

My absolute fave from the new range are the new Fold magazine holders and ledges (these join their existing Fold family of shelves and clocks) - especially that half-circle ledge. All day yes to that. Nice choice of understated colours too, guys - black, soft grey and navy. 

Go see the rest of the collection at Made of Tomorrow's online store (they're also stocked throughout NZ and now in Australia, too). 

PS Penpals: Every. single. thing. is made here in New Zealand. 

~ WIN! ~ Copies of NZ interior stylist Kate Alexander's debut book: Finishing Touches

NZ Interior stylist and designer (and all-round awesome human) Kate Alexander (Places & Graces) believes that everyone deserves to have at least a little of their dream home in their reality. And she also believes creating a home you love isn't about major makeovers or staying on trend, or even about needing to own the home you live in. Kate, I agree with you. But how do you add those finishing touches that take your home from meh to yeah? Kate's got the answer - in the form of her debut book, Finishing Touches. 

Finishing Touches packs in 150 practical and inspirational pages of little tips and insights to help you style your home.  Buy Finishing Touches online here

We have two copies of Finishing Touches to give away! Thanks Kate!
Just head to our Instagram account to easy-peasy enter.


Lovely #shelfie (and cabinetry colour, and textured wall) by Australian stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones for Real Living. Photography by Brett Stevens

This blogger's beautiful bedroom feels like a slow, centred breath.

Love that cabinetry!

Our all-time fave kitchen tiling - simple white grid. 
Love an internal window also.
Oh hey, lovely cosy scene! Love those massive linen curtains.
No-one does teeny apartments like the Danish...

Chairs that don't match on one side + bench seat on the other = dining awesome. 

Country Road current collection deliciousness.

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A look at Lonely Newmarket:

The bespoke brass centre table has concealed drawers

Spot the gold spout? - fresh water, on tap (stay hydrated, ladies)

This freaking beautiful, enveloping space is the newest flagship store for Lonely, designed by Rufus Knight and recently opened in Auckland's Newmarket (6B Teed Street). 

Also, let's take a moment to give a whole row of hands-up emojis to this globally successful New Zealand brand; loved by babes internationally not only for the fact that they design beautiful underwear, but for the fact that they champion women being appreciated just as they are, whatever shape they are. (If you haven't already, check out the Lonely Girls project)

This newest space layers intimacy, femininity and a hint of mystery - with its dusky pink entrance corridor,  floor-grazing inky linen curtains and warm timber touches - with bold, confident notes from the exposed piping, polished brass and statement seating. Equal parts soft and strong, just like Lonely want you to feel wearing their pieces. 

Meet NZ stylist and design store owner Gem Adams:

Blackbird Goods - online and at 25 Dalton St, Napier

Gem styling in-store

Gem, Frankie and Nathan

Blackbird curates the best for your nest - including NZ brands like Maryse skincare...

...and Curio Noir home & personal fragrance

Styling product for Blackbird's online store

Function first

The master bedroom in Gem and Nathan's first home reno.
Op shop finds live alongside treasures from the couple's travels, handmade art,
and quality-over-quantity decor

Flooring fave

All Photography by the amazing Heather Liddell (I mean, seriously - just look at her portfolio)

Meet NZ stylist and store owner, Gem Adams (aka Blackbird). Everyone, this is Gem. Gem, everyone. A year ago, while renovating their first home, Gem and husband Nathan opened a ridiculously well curated and styled store in their adopted hometown of Napier. Blackbird Goods is very much an ode to Gem's aesthetic voice - minimal but never pretentious, clean yet cosy, bohemian and botanic. She's selected brands and products you won't find littered everywhere else, alongside some seriously good vintage finds (earning the Blackbird moniker).  Next time you're in Napier, make sure you go and visit Gem and Nathan at Blackbird Goods - 25 Dalton Street in Napier, or go and explore the Blackbird Goods online store, here.

As well as running Blackbird Goods, Gem travels to Auckland regularly for styling gigs for the likes of Homestyle magazine and Habitat by Resene.

To see even more of Gem and Nathan's Hawke's Bay home, pick up the latest issue of Homestyle magazine - on shelves now. (They've actually just sold this beauty and have moved on to project #2 - turning a pokey 1915 villa, into an open, fresh, family home! I'll defo be following their journey...)

A big thank you to photographer Heather Liddell for capturing Gem and Nathan's home and business for us.