Quick! Before you knock off for the long weekend - a Friday Pick n Mix for you...

If you're into self development and design (and books with covers that turn into wall posters), you'll love this big fat inspo book - Design Your Life, by Australian agency designer Vince Frost. Full of interviews and good advice on applying design principles to your own life to get happier, healthier and more creatively awesome.

Is anyone over minimally designed, clean typographically packaged skincare? 
No? Right, good, on we go! This one (made in Australia) is for the men - farewell yo' Lynx, we grown ups now. (Actually Lynx hasn't been OK since you were about 14). Don't let the aesthetic fool you, the prices are really good too - and they can ship to NZ or anywhere in the world. 

How to spend $100 without even blinking: a tutorial. Go to Pine and Boon. See many nude leather and painterly things.  

Pop and Scott

I'm a huge fan of Melbourne's Pop and Scott. Couple Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson started out selling big painted plant pots (to complement Poppy's beautiful botanic styling work for events - see below), and have moved into making a range of furniture - including that #sofagoals couch up there (called The Dreamer) with the rose pink velvet upholstery. Also, can I just show you this please...

Poppy Lane, you're so clever.

This notepad is relevant to my many interests.

And to finish you off (don't be rude) ready for the long weekend - this little short made by Ben Steensels after his recent whirlwind adventure around New Zealand. God you're just a babe, NZ.

Grab your beanie and get out there xx (or alternatively, light the fire and stay in. I'm not judging).

CRUMB - a good-looking coffee joint, but more than that: An inspiring story about jumping in the deep-end of your dreams -

Sometimes, you think you're just going to post some pretty photographs of a fresh-looking new spot, and then you talk to the owner and get all kinds of inspired by their story... 


Hugo Baird is only 24, but he ain't scurrrred. Or maybe he is, a little, but it didn't stop him jumping head first into the deep end of his business dream. He's just opened his own little eatery and coffee joint - CRUMB, in Auckland's Grey Lynn.

Hugo's known for ages that he wanted to start up something of his own. After working front-of-house hospo in Sydney for years (and saving), he moved home to NZ and landed himself a job working for celebrated NZ chef, Al Brown (and kept saving). 

He was a regular at Ariki Store in Grey Lynn (living just a couple of doors down), and often half-jokingly told the owners that if they ever wanted to sell up, to let him know.

Well a few months ago, they did. But they weren't selling just the corner store, it was the entire attached villa. Hugo spoke to a mate who he knew was keen to dip a toe in the property market, and they went to see the bank. It was a long shot, but after all-nighters putting together a full business plan, they were accepted for finance. Not as much as they thought they'd need though. They were doubtful the amount they had would buy it (this is a character villa and shop in Auckland central we're talking about after all) - but call it luck, providence, fate... they won the auction. 

Less than a month after being told it was going up for sale, the space was Hugo's. He handed in his notice and then had 4 weeks to make CRUMB happen. 
Hugo's girlfriend, designer Lucy Jamieson, created the CRUMB brand and graphics, with just about everything else being designed or built or sourced by Hugo himself. The result of a small space and a small budget, is a well-considered, laid-back design with nothing gratuitous.

If there's a lesson here, it's this - Jump in, go on. I bet you can swim.

Hand-painted sign by Sam Burton of Sure Shot (yip, those clean lightbox letters were done by hand)

Love those simple stamped cups

Artist drawing of the villa (CRUMB used to be one of its 4 bedrooms); hand-lettered menu by Sam Burton of Sure Shot

CRUMB owner Hugo Baird, 24

This delicious imagery was shot by Auckland-based
designer and photographer Josh Griggs for Fancy.

New furniture from NZ designer Tim Webber A-N-D a short film:

We haven't heard from NZ designer Tim Webber from a wee while, because he's been busy working on new work, and getting ready to move into a hot new space... 

Guys, watch this perfect little Studio Insights short below - created by emerging photographer and filmmaker Stephan Vermulen. Super nice work Stephan.

Also, I'm stoked to be the first to show you Tim's brand new pieces - the Shift table and Apex shelf, both available in his online store now.

New Shift table - that's one handsome profile.

T I M   W E B B E R   A T   B L O C

Tim's moving into Bloc, Mt Eden's three-level design destination (Bloc houses Father Rabbit, Citta, Collected by LeeAnn Yare, Peppin, Bo Concept and Cool Food). He'll be sharing a space with my favourite fur-kid brand, the design-led Eight Paws

The Tim Webber & Eight Paws space at Bloc opens on 1st June, with a launch evening happening on Thursday 4th June - all welcome!

For design-loving dog lovers, Eight Paws

A look inside the latest issue of @homestylenz -

A good-looking new edish of Homestyle magazine is on shelves now and as per, I have some little perves for you...

This is the London-home of a New Zealander Anna Fraser. Um... THAT COUCH! (Also feat. black fireplace)

Photography by Julien Fernandez

I think you'll love this one... Constance (who runs fashion pop-ups) and her husband Dorian (he's a builder, jackpot) created their dream home in French Basque Country.

Photography by Evie Mackay

P'raps my fave story is Wellington couple who'd been dreaming about owning a little bolt-hole in the country... they spotted an old Wairarapa shearer's quarters for sale on Trade Me, and set about revitalising it (they spent every weekend there for 6 months). Wanna go in together and do that? We totally should. 

Weekend noms to make at home, from the recent NZ Kinfolk gatherings...

It's a rainy old weekend here which means an excuse to wear your favourite cosy pants, watch 5 seasons of a TV series and try some delicious noms. Like a couple of the desserts from the recent NZ Kinfolk Gatherings, maybe? 

Photograph by Tim & Nadine Kelly

Photograph by Bubblerock

From the Wellington event, we have the big hit of the night, the beetroot and raspberry ice cream (created by event host Unna of The Forest Cantina). And from the Tauranga event, hosted by stylist Shaye of On My Hand, whip some sweet little beetroot meringues, crafted by Danielle of Spongedrop cakery

Click the View Recipes link below...

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