Fancy SPACES

Happy Sunday!

Cinder block side table for the win...

New Zealand's Thread Design know a good bedroom when they style one.

It's not a Fancy spaces without some amazing apartment in Stockholm, right?



Love the floors, the lights, that rug, and pink with red.




My kind of Sunday morning...

This is a massive old German barn (a cowshed, to be specific) that's been turned into a home. More pics here.
Sweet corner for magazines and daydreams.

#takemehere.   (I know this isn't strictly an interior, but I'd take this view over wooden floors and white walls any day.)

Love a bit of mustard for autumn.



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Homestyle magazine Under The Covers - plus WIN a 2-Year Subscription!




Homestyle magazine's latest issue has - as per - a bunch of beautiful home tours and interior inspo, but what I really love about this Under The Covers special is the bedroom styling feature, with lots of ideas to steal for a sleepy little sanctuary at your place.


Styling by Amber Armitage (such nice work Amber!), Photography by Melanie Jenkins


Ever wanted to know what work goes into styling these shoots? Check this out...



This great little short was short and produced by Elle Plank


At the moment, Homestyle have a super excellent deal: a 2-year subscription for the price of 1!
So, you pay for a one year sub (which is bargain anyway) - and get 2 years.
 

(P.S, Penpals, Homestyle subscriptions are available for Australian and International delivery - handstands!!)




This is a 2-Year Subscription so I'm gunna make you work like Jane Fonda.
Get yo' leg warmers ~

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your name won't go in the draw.



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Winner will be drawn Tuesday 1 April. Open to NZ and Australian residents.

NZ's Houston Design Co - ceramics that will make you eat nicer meals.





These perfectly imperfect Houston Design Co. beauties are all made by Auckland-based mumma and maker, Holly Houston (Holly is also the co-founder, with her mum, of the Little and Friday cafes - and all the plates at Little and Friday are now all pieces Holly has made). Those textured sand dishes are made with white clay mixed with black sand from Muriwai beach.

I would eat more salad if I had plates like these. So, you know, it's now a matter of my health that I have some.

Houston Design Co.   online store  \   Instagram

C U R R E N T L Y - What Claudia ZinZan from Father Rabbit has been into lately...









Let's find out what Claudia Zinzan - interior designer and owner of the superbly curated and styled Father Rabbit homeware stores - has been up to/into lately!





I've decided to just live with our current dated interior rather than doing little things so that one day we can do a big renovation. It's working, I have a beautiful view at our new house so I'm very happy with my lot.





I'm such a drag with music at a party... I'm always wanting Beyonce! In the car I listen to the National programme and am thrilled when I'm driving and it's The Panel with Jim Mora.





Monocle Guide to Good Business and any of the latest interior magazines.





We are planning a trip to France for a trade fair and it times perfectly with a wedding in Italy! Verona here we come.





A bit of wine, the odd coca-cola, so much tea, heaps of sparkling water...I'm no angel.
I can not wait to get into the new Bluff Oyster season. A great friend of mine just told me she buys a punnet a week for herself... I never in a million years would have expected that from her but it has now opened up the door and given me permission to do the same. Can you imagine it! Just having a little scoff of oysters by yourself... heaven!





Little outings to French Bay are high on my agenda (we have just moved to Titirangi), but mostly I am rushing home everyday to continue unpacking and admiring our new house! We just ventured to Queenstown and Wanaka for a wedding and I must say what they are doing with The Sherwood in Queenstown is fabulous!





We have recently moved our office and warehouse to one new location and as a result we are so much more of a cohesive team at Father Rabbit. Our staff are so awesome, everyday I am grateful to work with them and thrilled that they want such good things for Father Rabbit too. I LOVE my job so I'm pretty grateful to have my own business.





Armoire Pegs and Casserole.. I'm looking forward to her new name change and brand refresh. I love her recipes and little life moments.  There is a blog on tumblr called ThingswhatIlove - she hardly ever posts, but I'm always in hysterics or crying "Me Too" whenever I read it. She just captures domestic life so well.  I love Megan Nicol's Read in the back of the Sunday Magazine and I think they need to give her way more space.  Of course I follow so many people on Instagram so I'm always off on some tangent on the interwebs. I'm a time waster!



Father Rabbit   online store   /  Facebook   /   Instagram

A few NZ Design quickies...





















New Zealand surf brand RPM have designed their first board, and it's one hell of a good-looker.



Hello to you, Auckland ceramicist Yon Kavvas. I especially dig your speckled grey (sand) and gold lustre vessels.

New Zealand artist Jane Denton has a new collection of her signature embroidered works. 
(P.S: my man's handmade Company and Things trestle desks are looking good in-store at LETLIV.)
Ehmergerd, the baby clothes from NZ brand Peppin are adorabubble! They design all their own textiles, too. This is the pencil-sketched Peppin signature print (that Cardi is eva-ree-thing).

If it takes you more than 7 minutes to remove all the cushions off your bed/couch before you lay down/site down, you may have too many. The struggle is real. Love these ones by NZ textile brand You're Welcome (awesome name).

Fri-Yay Pick n Mix



Aperitif, madam?

Leather and brass trays by Skultuna making my breasts tingle. 





Markrun's Lonely Mountain cushions are pretty cute alright.




Party time, excellent. PickME stools! Would make awesome kids' bedroom side tables. 


Birthday hint to my buddies - I'd love one of these teeny marbleised concrete bowls (bedside, to put my rings in, or dining table, to put maldon salt flakes in at dinner time.) 






Mmmmm deelish, minimalist posters by Lene Norgaard.








Melbourne-based design studio Seesaw do some gorgeous brand stuff. This is a recent identity for Junction, a bar and restaurant (with a history that dates back to 1840) located between two Australian towns that each share a border along the Murray River. As lovely as all the leather, brass and copper details are, what really caught my eye here is the use of macro photos of concrete (from large painted-concrete vases that are dotted around the eatery) as a modernistic graphic element woven through the brand. Brand blog BP&O describe the conceptual tie-in of concrete better than I ever could: the images capture the unique and organic imperfections (of concrete) created by pockets of gas, some of which look like ariel photographs of river deltas, or cross sections of sediment, which feels rather appropriate for a restaurant set at the heart of a river based community.





You'll find Ace Hotels in London, LA and New York. Not only are they well-designed hotels (oh my god, the bathrooms tho) located in thriving creative city precincts, they're also decorated - in the main - with art, textiles and home goods designed by local creatives. Anywhoodle - the reason I mention all this (apart from if you're planning a trip to London or NYC soon), is that they also have an online store so you can buy some of the cool-ass shit you see in the hotel(s), like this leather tray... a collaboration between Ace Hotel and LA leather brand Billykirk.







Bust out yo bubble skirt and belt bags, the 80s are back and these perforated metal boxes are top of my pops.

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