A peek inside new NZ interiors bookywook, Rooms To Love, and an interview with LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson:

Last week, I was sent an advance copy of the new Rooms to Love - the second NZ interiors book by our favourite besties, LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Ummmm... I did very little work that day.

Rather than entire houses, this time LeeAnn and Larnie have captured 220 pages of awesome individual rooms, corners of rooms and shelfies - with a focus on how you can take the fave things you've collected and make them work together at your place. Forget living in a magazine shoot (LeeAnn admits it takes her an entire three days to get her own home shoot-ready), this book is about inspiring you to style your rooms at home, your way - and it's chockablock full of real chocolate chips of little ideas, tips and styling hints for every part of the house. LeeAnn takes us through scores of different themes and aesthetics, with super cute graphics by Hardhat design. Check it out:

L E E A N N    Y A R E    //   Writer & Stylist

What's your fave room/spot in your own house?
Dylan's room.  With its yellow cockatoos wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst, and its more unexpected boys palette of predominantly yellow and orange with accents of hot pink green and blue, it's the sunniest room in the house even on the dullest day.  You can't help but gravitate to his room.

I know you've seen, styled and shot so many interiors, but you must come across the occasional really unique 'why didn't I think of that' idea that you haven't seen before…
Tell us about one little 'Idea to Steal' that you saw on the Rooms To Love visits?
On page 135 there is a laundry on the bottom floor of an old character villa, at the end of the room a pull out set of stairs creates a quick getaway out the oversized window straight to the clothesline! Genius.

What's the next thing you want to do in your own home…
A change of season is always a great excuse for new bed linen, but I have plans to change the walls in our bedroom too.  They've been dark and dramatic for five years now so it's time for a change, and I've been eyeing up some pretty cool paint colours and wallpaper designs!

I know it's hard to pick a favourite – but can you name one of your favourite rooms from the book and why?
All of them! We had to be extremely strict when choosing images to feature in this book, and every room that has made it into Rooms to Love is inspirational, and is there for that reason. 

How has your own decorating style evolved over the past couple of years?
My own style is bold, brave, colourful, and mixed not matched.  A mix of old and new, designer and high street, and loads of Internet finds!  I've always been that way inclined, but like fashion I think our home style grows and evolves over time. As we get older and have the luxury of sometimes having more budget means a few special pieces have replaced older ones.  And of course as our family grows our home grows too. 

I love change, so I'm constantly inspired to change things around, a tin of paint here, a drop of wallpaper there, and I'm always restyling everything from a shelf or sideboard display through to entire rooms for a fresh look.  My love of colour is always changing, I relish using unexpected combos and love showing people that there is always a way to make something you love work, and I'm currently obsessed with pops of neon and brights mixed with softer colours. 

A big part of our home has been sourced online, pre-kids I loved nothing more than scouring the Internet and secondhand stores for covetable bargains.  I am an avid Ikea addict, probably because we don't have it in NZ so it's a treat, I could go there every week and come home with something. 
As a stylist my eagle eye always manages to seek out things other people would overlook, and that's part of what lead me to opening Collected, and while I was super strict for nearly a year about not bringing everything home, I have broken my own rules and more than I would like to admit has found its way home. 

I've been very lucky to pick up the few designer pieces we have in showroom floor stock sales over the years, often for well under half price and often paid off over months!  But I love how our home has built over time and has layers on layers and everything has its own story.

L A R N I E    N I C O L S O N    //   Photographer

What's your fave room/spot in your own house?
The balcony is a sweet spot because it gets the afternoon sun and I can see a wee bit of the Auckland harbour from there (through the trees if I squint hard). It’s also where my cat, Jagger, likes to hang and spy on the pigeons that he’ll never catch. This year I’ve ‘gone green’, growing lettuces, tomatoes and herbs in pots, so it’s just a very nice place to have a beer and chill.

I know you've seen, styled and shot so many interiors, but you must come across the occasional really unique 'why didn't I think of that' idea that you haven't seen before.  Tell us about one little 'Idea to Steal' that you saw on the Rooms To Love visits?
There are two ideas that spring to mind and one is on page 159 and it’s such a simple idea. It’s a tap on an extendable arm right next to the stovetop so it can reach pots that are on an element. I did think that would be mighty handy!

The other idea on page 152 is a moveable kitchen bench that Architectural Designer Tane Cox created when he was designing the house. It’s a separate plywood bench and is part of the kitchen but it’s on big castor wheels so it can be moved around – for a kid’s party where the bench might be needed somewhere else for example.  Scott Woolston (legend cabinet maker in Hamilton) built it and it fits in with the kitchen seamlessly.

What's the next thing you want to do in your own home.
Well my kitchen and bathroom should be very scared right now! They are OK but boring and dated so I’m planning to redo those early next year.  I’m adding ideas to pinterest and saving images to my phone all the time so I can’t wait to see it eventually all take shape.

I know it's hard to pick a favourite - but can you name one of your favourite rooms from the book and why?
There are a few faves but there’s a great view on page 107 looking out to Karekare beach which is pretty special.

How has your own decorating style evolved over the past couple of years?
Growing up, my style was quite vintage and ethnic, partly influenced by my well-travelled family. Think Turkish kilims and op shop finds. Now, my style is much more pared back, preferring whites and soft colours, with the odd bright colour thrown in. My place is cute and cosy and I love having friends over so that’s the feeling I want. I still love an op shop find (I’m sporadically collecting retro ceramics at the moment) but I think I’ve developed a better overall style. I see enough amazing homes so one would hope it would rub off on me somewhere along the line.

Design Diary - Rachel and Jared of Swift & Click

If you're a reggalah reader of Fancy, you'll probably recognise Swift & Click as the photographers who shoot my Day In The Life series - following around some of my favourite New Zealand designers for a day, documenting their work and personal lives. Like me, Rachel and Jared are based in Mount Maunganui... this place is the perfect marriage of laid-back beach lifestyle and mini-Auckland-city-style. Speaking of marriages, Rachel and Jared are also wedding photographers - if you're planning a wedding they do seriously beautiful, richly authentic photography of real people, in real moments. You should definitely check out their portfolio. 

One of the first things I did this morning was…
Jared:  Stumble out of bed in the dark and put odd socks on. Me and Andre (our video guy) had to go up to go up the mount to do some filming at sunrise while Rachel went off to drink coffees and gossip (take photos at a cafe). 

Rachel:  Woke up way to early! Luckily Char (my 9 year old) is a whizz on the coffee machine. We took the boy's down the Mount to capture the sunrise then I went over to shoot one of my favourite cafes 'Love Rosie' with Alana, for a feature that's going on Fancy and in a magazine.

Highlight of today…
Jared:  Sorting out the gear cupboard in PJ's. I love it when all the gear is nicely displayed and in order, probably because it's so out of the ordinary. After a week it will be messy again. 

Rachel:  Watching Jared sort the gear cupboard, which meant I get the kitchen table back!

A challenge/frustration in my day was:
Jared:  Sorting out the gear cupboard in PJ's. PJ's are really the wrong clothes to be wearing for this kind of task, especially when your wife is taking photos of you and saying things like "If you want it to be realistic you'd better have some butt crack showing". It also took us about half an hour to debate which gear should go in which place. Like most issues we face, a mutual compromise creates the best result- but the process isn't always easy. 

Rachel:  Waking up at 5am, one of the things I love about being self employed is working till the wee stupid hours then sleeping in!

Today, I learned:
Jared:  Cats don't mind getting cozy with a cactus. This proves problematic when they transfer the little needles to your leg. 

Rachel:  It's super awkward being in front of the camera, especially in public. It gave me a new appreciation for our 'Day in the Life' subjects who have to endure a full day of it!

The tastiest thing I ate/drank today was:
Jared:  Avo on sourdough and coffee at George cafe. It's where we go to meet / talk shit / play on our phones / be awesome. 

Rachel:  Equal tie between my Sidetracks banana, date & chia loaf and the George avocados! 

Best thing I laid my eyes on today…
Jared:  My wife. Check out how gorgeous she's looking while she works in the studio with those hot glasses. Even her shadow is cool. I like a pretty sunrise (or sunset) but I like my wife the best. 

Rachel:  I guess since I'm going second I have to reciprocate! My Husband, working alongside the guy you happened to be married too has it challenges but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

If I could, I would __________ every day
Jared:  If we could we would exercise, do music and take photos every day. Actually we probably could do that, it's just that we don't always. We should. 

Rachel:  Walk my dog down the beach, I don't actually have a dog but I want to join that club! I'd also like to take more photos of my family, they're the best and sometimes when you're so busy documenting everyone else's life you forget to capture your own.

Quickies - A few new NZ design goodies...

Sweet sport duffle from Ruby.

New Zealander (gone Melbourne) Anna Ross continues to grow her Kester Black brand… the label has just launched these yummo body soaps.

My Deer Fox keeping on keeping on making buttery soft leather goodies.

Welly people! Milk Crate are now daily-making their own juice under the brand earnest(Instagram here.) Super duper into the simple, stylish packaging, and the fact that the label is attached with a rubber band so you can re-use the bottle easily.
Love this LOVE print by Jo Wade and Paper Plane.

Superette have collaborated with Kate & Kate to create this exclusive blankie

N E W  New Zealand homeware label Penney + Bennett make dreamy textiles (love that grey watercolour pillowcase) for your new bohemian steez.

New wood newness from NDC

New Zealand makers NDC have some new newness online, and I'm a fan of their Scandi little Pivotante stool. It swivels (so you can lift your feet up and go weeeee) and is available in custom heights. Each one of these lovely handcrafted things takes more than 25 hours to cut and turn and lathe and lacquer. Don't you wish your bar chairs were hot like me? 


You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happyyyyy when skies are grey. 
Raining here today - perfect Sunday weather for staying under the covers and mooching around the interwebs looking at interiors. 

Long term fan of a bench seat or pew at the end of a bed. 
Also vintage school kids' chairs as bedside tables.

Dem bones.

Take me here…
(black is also my current favourite accent colour)
This could definitely coax me from my rainy-day Sunday bed. I'm imagining they're making waffles.
(I also love the black kitchen wall but it's a rookie mistake, because that would be a soap-and-food-fragments bitch to keep clean)

Lots of lovelies here - the brass lamp, the mid-century sideboard, the mega string shelf with desk (a little too much clutter there for my OCDness but looks good tho!), the black AJ lamp, the simple pendant light with brass fitting. REALLY didn't need the huge paper pouf on the floor as a styling choice though... 

This is a huge old barn, painted bold black on the outside. And this bedroom is in the rafters. In the rafters, guys!!

Cute things in small spaces.

Love how unkempt looking this is. Did you spot the circle of lights on the ceiling?

Somethings old and somethings new, somethings patterned and one thing blue.

I'm just going up to my teeny tiny attic space to lie on my daybed and Sundaydream. I may be some times.

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