Citta Elevation

A fave pattern from the new range - the pebbly Flint.

Absolute fave piece of the new collection - Citta's new Eve sofa.
It's also completely made in New Zealand, which is a big deal for real.

Gorgeous modular shelving - I want

Can we just take a moment to talk about how Citta have named their Winter 17 collection in the most kismet of ways... because while Elevation was so named for the mountainous landscape of Bolivia after which the new range was inspired... actually Citta's themselves just keep upping and upping their design game, and this just-launched collection is, again, an Elevation for the brand. 

Like the South American country, the collection is warm but definitely moody, with gorgeous texture, light and shade. I love love love the colour palette (greens, pinks and new neutrals - or more specifically Forest, Scoria, Date, Amethyst and Russet - don't those names just paint a picture?), and don't even get me started on the styling and that aspirational shoot location... 

Side note, how impressive is New Zealand Design now? You're all grown up, you've definitely passed that awkward prepubescent stage, and good god you're beautiful. 

New Aspen Chair Obsessed

Much of the new range of cushions is available online now

Definitely on the wishlist - the new modernist style Gaussian containers 

Wellington's Ali Johnson and her artisan soap brand, Sphaera -

Ali makes her own Kawakawa oil to include in one of the soaps

Here's some I prepared earlier (no, really - days earlier)

Bevelling the edges - it's the little details...

After cutting and moulding, the individual bars
need to cure for around 6 weeks before they can be packaged

one by one, the job gets done

Modern minimalist packaging (love that soft sage colour)

Ready to head out to stores

Activated Bamboo Charcoal soap - designed to be a deep facial cleanser

You can see just by looking at a Sphaera soap that maker Ali Johnson is an artist at heart. She trained as a sculptor, and began a career in visual arts before putting work to one side for life and love and family. But a few years ago, in pursuing her personal goal of only using natural products in her home, she made her first batch of soap. As she experimented with formulations and ingredients, she began to see soap as something that could be beautiful as well as functional, a 'domestic art form', as she says. Sphaera is now stocked in some of the best design and lifestyle stores throughout New Zealand. It's become a full-time gig for Ali - she's very carefully composed each recipe, and she takes care of every step of the process herself. It's become a very busy life - people are loving the fact that Sphaera soaps are made using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils, loving the modern minimalist packaging, loving the formulations designed especially for face and body, or for kitchen and handbasin.

Ali has plans to grow Sphaera with new product ranges... I for one can't wait to see what she lends her artist's eye and clean, contemporary aesthetic to next.

Images thanks to Wellington photographer Meg Wyper
for Fancy NZ Design Blog

(You can follow Meg on Insta @megandlou)

Sunday morning means Fancy Spaces...

Digging the super soft sorbet shades in this room (accidental alliteration).
Also, sheers with crinkled linen make a great couple - they instantly create a peaceful, textural space.

The kitchen-lounge at our place is so teeny, I enjoy seeing how other people work with it. Painting the kitchen a distinct colour I think is really the only solution - in this case, overcast grey on the lounge walls, and white-on-white in the kitchen to delineate it and open it up. Appreciating the extra space they've grabbed here by way of a good looking cabinet, where all your nicest tableware can show off.

Go and see inside the rest of this sweet Sydney apartment, over on The Design Files - Photographed by Eve Wilson

I think a fireplace in your bedroom is the ultimate in hygge
Just want to hang out here all day today, drink coffee and read books. 

I love the transitional spaces in a house - hallways, entranceways, stairs. 

Amazing #softminimalist apartment in Stockholm. (See the rest of this place here)

Pink door! That is all.

Double Bay house by one of my favourite interior architects, Arent & Pyke

Australia has a ridiculously high quota of amazing interior designers and architects per capita. This is White House by Melbourne's Clare Cousins. (Go see the whole house here - the black fireplace is maybe the coolest I've ever seen)

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