Issuey goodness from Homestyle magazine - Spring edition:

Open Shelving is my fave but I also gotta Keep It Neat - Homestyle Editor Alice Lines
shows us how in the kitchen, bathroom and lounge.
Styling by Alice Lines, Photography by Wendy Fenwick

A moreish little aperitif from one of the many home tours in this issue
Styling by Sven Alberding, Photography by Greg Cox

Damn Juliette Wanty, you give good Style. From one of this issue's bathroom features...Photography by Wendy Fenwick

Fine as Folk. Styling by Kerrie-Ann Jones, Photography Maree Homer

In spring time, the only pretty ring time, birds sing, hey ding - ding a ding - sweet lovers love, the spring... (shout out to the original Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder.) A freshy-fresh Homestyle is out on shelves this week and this Spring issue is all about refreshing your spaces for the warmer weather ahead. There's a kitchen and bathroom special, an inspiring line-up of home tours (including the most beautiful reno'd villa), and a plant theme sown through the issue, too. 

For inspo between issues, you should also follow Homestyle over on Insta.

Thing for Kate Sylvester

Special woodgrain version of Thing's cult-status birdhouse bookshelf

Dry yo'self with lumber! Woodgrain towels.

My fave of the collection - ceramic Bookend planters in white or pink (handmade by New Zealand ceramicist Gidon Bing)

Good news cartwheels! One of our fave NZ product designers (she's based in New York) Bridie Picot of Thing Industries has collaborated with one of our fave NZ fashion designers, Kate Sylvester. The Thing for Kate Sylvester collection reads from Bridie's playbook of homeware that puts the fun in functional. 

Available now online at Kate Sylvester.

New ~ Father Rabbit Linen:

One of the best purchases I made this year has been 100% linen bedding. Feels delicious to jump in to and wake up to. Well, Father Rabbit have just launched their own in-house linen collection. Like everything Father Rabbit do, their linen is a study in Beautiful Simplicity. There's plain bedding and pillowcase sets in white, charcoal and denim line, and also three patterned pillowcase pairs (all the P's): stripes (aka the only thing you see when you open my wardrobe), Father Rabbit's signature 'kiss', and a sweet botanic illustration. 

My fave of all though, are those Linen Filing Bags up there. Mos def on my To Buy list.
(Especially great for squishing fitted sheets into, because seriously, who can fold those suckas?)

Your long lost pal, Fancy Spaces, has returned (with goodies from overseas for you - true friend):

Your long lost pal, Fancy Spaces, has returned (bringing gifts from overseas - true friend)

Sandy, blonde-bleached beauty. Love how clean yet soft this feels. 
Photographed by Petra Bindel for Elle Decoration.

Lived In is loved in. Also, how magic sage and deep green with light blonde timber?
Like the home above, this one was also photographed by Petra Bindel for Elle Decoration.

Current description of my situation: Instrumental downbeat hiphop playlist on Spotify, rain on the window, coffee in hand, perving at lovely interiors, and imagining that this was my house.
 Photography by Anders Schønnemann

We've featured this amazing house (designed by designed by architect and furniture designer Björn Förstberg, for his mum) before, but these are new shots. Gabled roofs do something to me.

This ones done the rounds recently, and rightly so.
Designed by Studio David Thulstrup. Photography by Peter Krasilnikoff.

The super lovely home of Rebecca Centren

Loving the blues... (P.S: Butler's Pantry!)
Photography by Sharyn Cairns, interior design Mim Design and via Inside Out.

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Bed Bae ~ new from NZ's Penney + Bennett:

New from New Zealand's Penney + Bennett, a 100% Certified Organic Cotton collection of five bedroom staples, in their popular white white net print. 

Designers Loren (Penney) and Sarah (Bennett) are committed to having all their lovey things made in New Zealand - and that's not easy for small brands to sustain, so kudos.

The world of Curio Noir

The Curio Noir flagship store - photography by Simon Wilson

Diaphanous candle (mandarin, sambac jasmine, saffron, narcissus absolute,
cayenne pepper and amber) 
Photography by Pam Tinning

Tobacco Night candle (sage, coriander, elemi, amber and musk)
 Shot by Steven Boniface

The Black Spice fragrance (aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh tea leaves)
is poured into a smokey grey vessel. Photography Harlin Davey

Curio Noir plant based soaps offer a delicate fragance for the body.
Image by NZ photography and stylist duo, Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel

Curio Noir Pocket Parfum - a little magical alchemy in a 5ml French perfume bottle
(Photography Evie Mackay)

Curio Noir Film by NZ Director (and Tiffany's husband) Andrew Morton

Curio Noir - The Craft (also by Andrew Morton)

Right guys, before we settle in  - did you watch the short films up there? Please do.

Curio Noir founder Tiffany Jeans had an award-winning career - before all this loveliness you see here - in fashion and advertising. But she gave it up to follow a passion that woke in her as she prepared for her wedding, creating a series of hand-cast candles for each guest. From those first candles grew Curio Noir. 

From the hand-blown glass vessels, to the development of each delicate perfume, to the utterly beautiful packaging, and to the moody, editorial campaign imagery, these ain't your average candles.

Every piece is slightly different and each one takes two, sometimes three people to finish. Tiffany designed the vessel to be used for flowers and foliage once the candle is finished. 

Earlier this year, Curio Noir opened their first concept store on Auckland's Ponsonby Road, designed by interior architect Rufus Knight (see more of Rufus' work here and here). As with the candles, every aspect of the space has more than a little magic - with details like carved bone hardware and a carved counter top that pays respect to Tiffany's Maori heritage, and a floor to ceiling bespoke display cabinet, backed with brass. The flagship space is also a perfumery, showcasing Curio Noir's newest line of perfumes, with names and notes that read like poetry. These are available in the online store as 5ml Pocket Parfums for just $35-40, or visit the Curio Noir flagship and choose a full-size perfume, and you get to also choose a one-of-one perfume bottle, each individually made by blown-glass artisans Monmouth Glass studio.

Curio Noir   Online Store   /   Stockists   /   Instagram

Pick n Mix tiiiiiime!


Photography by Derek Swalwell

In my upcoming book, titled Freaking Inspiring Women Volume I, Simone Haag is on page one, underlined and with an asterisk next to her name. The Australian interior designer has killed me dead yet again, R.I.P me, with another freaking amazing renovation and styling project - Angler's Shack on Phillip Island. The beach bach is Simone's family's coastal property, and is also available for holiday rental (go here to book - I'll come with). See more of Simone's incredible work at her website

Photography by Annette O’Brien. Styling by Julia Green for Greenhouse Interiors.

Guys, we also need to talk about Australian brand Sage & Clare. THEY ARE SO. FUN! A couple of these images are from their Autumn Winter collection which is now all sold out, but the rest are brand new products in the Sage and Clare Summer 16 collection, Love Shack.  (Great, now I have that song stuck in my head.) 

Sage and Clare say this about their new collection - The Love Shack Collection is about coming home, wherever that may be; a familiar scent, a sandy beach or a sweet melody... stays at Nanna and Pops house, sleeping soundly on faded floral sheets, long days at the beach under our brilliant, scorching sun. 

We love the modern, minimal, masculine work of hot (yip - I said it) Canadian designer Philippe Malouin. These two pieces, designed by Philippe for OTHR, are both 3d-printed steel. Yes, there are 3d printers that print steel.  What a time to be alive. The Connection Vessel (at top) belongs on the bedside table of any discerning manly man - it has the look and feel of old cast iron, but with an exact precision of form that can only be achieved with modern technology. 

One of our favourite Australian brands, Lightly (by designer Cindy-Lee Davies) also has a new collection, Cinnamon. 

Cindy-Lee has designed 35 lovely new things across tabletop, lighting, dining and living. I especially love the new Cinnamon range of simple circular trays, (that salmony clay colour though!) and the new Lightly planters made from powder-coated spun metal.

Might have to re-name this blog Australian People - Damn, Why Do They Have To Be So Attractive And Good At Everything. This is the Easel mirror, by Brisbane architect Paul Owen.