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Just lovely.

I'd personally steer clear of black in the kitchen if it were anything glossy (hello, fingerprints) but this stained oak is loooovely. Also, I really dig a sink at one end of a counter... who says it has to be in the middle? Espesh if you have a small kitchen. 

Predictably, I love this. Bench seat with storage baskets underneath and a wee dining table set-up with mismatched chairs; tiniest of balconies that's probably an OSH hazard and can't actually be used; pale timber floorboards, vintage cabinets that aren't perfectly uniform; gas hob. All yo' classic Scandi ingredients.

No, this isn't a showroom. Yes, this is someone's house. That sink! Those faucets! The knobs! 

Welcome to my bathroom, here is my black vintage bath with gold claw feet. Here's all my Aesop things lined up in a row. Here's my antique cabinet with towels folded with the folds displayed outwards (not the ends, never the ends) and things arranged neatly. This is my happy place. Want to see the rest?

Simple but lovely. It's the little things - like a pure linen white towel on a little brass hook.

If I were single, I'd be looking for a profile picture like this on Tinder. Don't show me your eggplant in grey sweats, show me your beautifully organised bachelor pad. 

What do we think of a hook rail in the bedroom? Good? Random? Is the candle a fire hazard there? 
I think we can all agree the wall colour and bedding combo is stunning tho...


Steal this idea: Nursery tucked into a reno'd wardrobe - because bebes don't actually need wardrobes, and this is an awesome idea for getting more space out of a space.

Love the super bleached floors, a little touch of brass, and grey on grey bed linen - with a little deep green thanks to foliage and that linen cushion  - super elegant, right?

Love a big injection of black into an otherwise light, clean space.



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Fearon Hay's Faraday Street Studio















One most exciting things about Auckland city in recent years has been the move to transform its historic buildings. The Imperial, Seafarers, City Works Depot, Amano... there's been a rebirth of relics all over the city. Two of the architects responsible for creating this new-old Auckland are Jeff Fearon and Tim Hay. They were, at first, just looking for a new office for their practise, but decided to go one further - to purchase a dilapidated cluster of old warehouses (1940's wool stores), and turn them into a new office, hospitality and retail precinct. They saw past the roller doors and painted-over windows to see what the old sheds could become - a pocket neighbourhood from which they could not only headquarter Fearon Hay, but grab coffee during the day and a drink after work.

And here it is - the new (and already award-winning) Fearon Hay digs, with the feel of a sexy loft apartment and the functionality of a high-performing work space. The office is essentially a massive mezzanine that floats above the original carpark, an open plan office that celebrates the bones of the old building, and introduces a pale poured concrete floor, huge communal pin-up surface, very sophisticated black-tiled bathrooms, and perhaps the best-looking meeting room I've ever seen.

The crowning glory is of course that exposed gabled ceiling - anyone with eyes can see why Tim and Jeff would want to design themselves working as close as possible to those huge, rough sawn, criss cross beams. What an inspiring place from which to design other inspiring places.

Special mention to that broodingly handsome steel stairwell.




Photography by Auckland photographer
Michelle Weir of Studio:Weir
Michelle specialises in interior and architectural
photography, and fashion photography



Check out a few of the other features Michelle has shot for Fancy:









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Restful Retreats







It's a good day! The new issue of Homestyle is out, which means you can go and buy it, and refuse to do anything this evening aside from get lost in its pages. (And maybe watch The Bachelor? Don't judge me). The theme this issue is Restful Retreats, and - as per - they've packed loads of sanctuary styling into the pages.




Above is a sneak at one of this issue's home tours - Clare and Simon Cato's Snell's Beach home. The newlyweds spent over a year living in a boat shed (that had no hot running water) whilst they worked on the renovation nights and weekends. Their story - and the finished home - is definitely inspiring.

Styling Alice Lines and Sam van Kan; Photography by Simon Wilson


Homestyle Editor Alice Lines and Citta designer Sam van Kan make one mean aesthetic team; they've been touring the country hosting Homestyle Magazine and Citta Design styling workshops, showing how to create beautiful but lived-in looks for your home. Case in point, this moody-blues bedroom above. In this issue, they take one space and style it two ways - with more than a couple of ideas to steal.


This New Plymouth home is a stunning sanctuary for its owners. Love the soft and hard of those sheer curtains against the polished concrete, the wee corner sink in the back there, and the wall tiles mirrored under the kitchen island.



Photography by Larnie Nicolson


This very elegant home - with her palette of light timber, brass and jewel blues - is this issue's cover girl. It was designed by the owner, Interior Designer Nikki Willis. See it, and so much more, in the April/May issue of Homestyle which is on shelves this week. Go!



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Homestyle magazine are giving away some amazing prizes at the moment (including a $500 voucher to spend at my online homeware store, Sunday). Head to the Homestyle website (go here) to enter.


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Fancy SPACES


A much, much sexier Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Having two sinks is just being greedy, but I can't hold that against this Barcelona beauty. The herringbone flooring is everything. Love the suspended shelving, and that ancient-looking brick wall.

You didn't think I was going to overlook that amazing black steel arched window did you? Wait, they're french doors? Ded.

I love almost everything about this - the rug, the brick, the mouldings... (but word to the wise - that coffee table is impractically small, babe.)

Steal this palette - greyish blues, with bold black and a warm wood base.

OK so I really like this wooden work top with the extra-extra wide draws (am imagining the most precise organisation inside those draws!) and the shelving at the end. Also, I'm all for minimalism but that shelving is being SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERUSED, guys. See the rest of this Scandinavian lakeside home here.

Bathroom details by the always on point Flack Studio.

Lovely little workspace by NTF Architecture. (I spy some very cool half circle handles, love those - and I appreciate how they're the same colour as the cabinetry, so they're not drawing too much attention to their modern selves).

ARGH! This. Sink. at Ten Over Ten, a beautiful nail salon in New York.


I love everything that Whiting Architects do - they're my A1 since Day One. This is from one of their projects that I've shared a lot, the O'Grady House.

That'll do ya.

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