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My break times have been spent on the sofa the last few days as I’ve been lapping up the stories and peeks into other peoples homes in the brand new volume of SPACES from Frankie Magazine. After much consideration I decided one of my most favourite features was the Point Lonsdale home of Kip + Co designer; Kate and her landscape designer husband; Mal Heppell. Photographer Hilary Walker and writer; Samantha Prendergast give readers a great introduction and background to this special property which has me dreaming of discovering rural, overgrown

I hadn’t quite expected the impact of a simple email intro from Mairead Murphy and her studio mate Sarah Hendy – but lets just say that Melbourne has shot back to the top of my “should I relocate?” list!! This DREAM space pictured here is Studio Sisu and before I go any further you need to know that they have TWO desk spaces come available…..!!!! Mairead Murphy is obviously a considered and talented interior architect if her workspace is anything to go by! Through her business,  Maike Design Studio she has worked

The Paper Plane team from left: Jo Wade, Krista Plews, Timothy John ……. I recently got to pop down to the sunny seaside spot of Mount Maunganui and touch base with a number of go-getting creatives that have put down roots there. One destination in particular that had me pretty excited to check out was Paper Plane, the bricks’n’mortar HQ of one of NZ’s best curated online stores. Paper Plane is the most fresh and cool fruits of labour of designer couple Krista Plews and Timothy John. Krista and Tim,

New on the scene in both the cool mainstreet of Kingsland, Auckland as well as the burgeoning online space down under, is the Tonic Room! After purchasing the original health store on site as a going concern in 2012, 29 year old naturopath; Katherine Lonsdale-Cooper has finally realised her dream of a space that takes natural medicine out of the slightly “hippy” arena and presents it in a way that the mainstream can appreciate, understand and relish visiting! Opening doors to her new and improved store just over a week

From left: Local Gatherings is Stephanie Stamatis and Sarah Cooper. Photo by Tara Pearce. …… This is brand spanking news from my email just this morning but I wanted to leap on it and share on the off chance any of you (Melbourne + beyond based) people are about to make important decisions on an event/wedding/gathering!! Two creative forces who I’ve had the pleasure to hang out with and watch at work – have combined their extreme powers of aesthetics to form Local Gatherings, an event design collaboration specialising in

Before we begin – trust me when I say, you NEED to click through to the Share Design blog and check out the rest of the pics of this beach house…. This amazing coastal bolt hole has been designed by Melbourne interior architect and designer (and internet inspiration well!) Shareen Joel. I love the soft chalky palette with the mass of natural textures and materials – that bathroom was enough to send me into a decorative spin! While it was designed for its specific site at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula,

“The Romantic Spirits” – Styled by Melbourne artist; Geoffrey Carran with Bree Leech and Heather Nette King ……. “The Retro Visionaries” – Styled by abstract expressionist; Rowena Martinich with Bree Leech and Heather Nette King …….   “The Precious Elementals” – Styled by Wihelmina McCarroll of Australian furniture brand; Zuster  with Bree Leech and Heather Nette King ……. “The Digital Nomads” – Styled by Wihelmina McCarroll of Australian furniture brand; Zuster  with Bree Leech and Heather Nette King …….   All photography by Mike Baker. ……  Dulux NZ has just officially released their fresh

This Store Front post is an extension of the Creative HQ feature I did with Juliette Hogan back in October. I actually shot this beautiful shop the same day I visited her studio… but that post was going to be a monster if all was included so two parts seemed wise! While many of you reading will be familiar with Britomart and most likely the JHO store, for those of you not – this waterfront area of downtown Auckland has seen an incredible rejuvination over the last 6 years and

From left: Stephanie Somebody, Olivia Zan, Erin Neale, Tara Pearce, Joel Pringle and Sarah Cooper ……. The biggest problem I had with putting this post together is there really was SO much “story” to tell you! As the title suggests, I got to skip around on the edges while a terrific event was set up by a team of creatives, intent on not only bringing their own – but also their friends ideas to life. After looking through all the pics, my notes and the general impression I had on

For architecture lovers down under this looks like a super interesting book for the collection. Edited by Jeremy Hansen; respected captain of HOME New Zealand magazine, it pulls together 24 case studies of New Zealand homes built between 1938 – 1977 when people were slowly seeking alternatives to the classic kiwi villa. I spotted this over at Clever Bastards.

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