Thursday, 31 October 2013

LET LIV | Kip & Co

I've long been a fan of Kip & Co and their vibrant and truly unique range of bedding. Created by three beautiful Melburnians, Alex, Kate and Hayley, the designs are inspired by their love of art and their intrepid travels around the globe.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when one of my favourite online shops, LET LIV, started stocking a great selection of the gorgeous Kip & Co bedding.

Twice a year a new range is released, and each is designed to be mixed and matched to create a beautiful, eclectic, yet harmonious look.

As well as duvets, sheets and pillowcases, LET LIV also stock Kip & Co towels - generous in size, super soft and absorbent.

Of course, the Kip & Co range is just one of many amazing product ranges available at
LET LIV. Be sure to pop over and see everything there is on offer. I know for a fact that there are some really exciting things to come!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Spots 'n Stripes

Spots and stripes - the two most basic patterns - I love them both. I often use them when decorating children's rooms for their striking simplicity and sense of fun. I tend to associate spots with little girls, and stripes with boys...

1: Harper + Hudson necklace | 2: Polka Dot kantha quilt | 3: Wunway Tara dress | 4: Polka Dot wall decals

1: Paperboy Stripes wallpaper | 2: Moped bunting | 3: Minti Bronx shorts | 4: Carnival Stripe rug

Of course, they are completely gender neutral, and you can dress your little ones in, or decorate their rooms with either. Or better still, why not both!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Sally Wheat Interiors

Have I told you how much I love Domino Magazine? Yes, that's right, I did here. I'm particularly inspired by American interior design, and I find a lot of the design I love from Australia has a similar feel, but with a 'down-under', slightly more laid-back feel.

The work of Houston interior designer, Sally Wheat, has been featured on Domino recently, and I'm now a big fan! She has a clever way of mixing modern and vintage pieces, as well as the colour and pattern that I'm passionate about. Her style is both elegant and yet totally livable.

You can read the Domino interview with Sally here. And see more of her portfolio over on her website. These are some of my favourites - look at the gorgeous use of colour!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Home Office Three Ways

I work from home so I'm always fascinated to see how other people create the right home/work environment for themselves. Whatever your style, your work space needs to be somewhere you love to be, somewhere that inspires you. All the images below are quite different, but they all come from my Pinterest 'work place' board. So the common thread is that I think they're awesome in one way or another.

The neutral colour palette provides a calm work environment, and lots of texture adds interest

Sometimes all you need is a table to rest your laptop on, the rest of the time it's a stylish console

If you have your own space or room, why not go crazy and make it a place that makes you smile!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

3 Wishes | The Scout

If you haven't discovered the amazing website, The Scout, then I'm more than happy to introduce you - you can thank me later :) Founded and run by best mates, Jacqui and Tara, The Scout brings you fabulous home inspiration, products and trends. After spending long hours trawling the internet looking for their 'must have' items, only to be disappointed that they couldn't get them in New Zealand, Jacqui and Tara only feature products that can be bought in New Zealand, or can be shipped here by global retailers - that is brilliant!

I decided they would be the perfect candidates for my next '3 wishes' post. For those who are not familiar with them, I get two 'friends' of mine to submit a product that is top of their wish list, and I choose the third. But because The Scout girls are forever hunting for incredible products, I knew they'd have way more than one thing on their list, so they have chosen all three. They did not disappoint, check out the amazing products they've chosen...

We’ve both been lucky enough to have had a sneak preview of super talented Tauranga artist, Mandy Williams’ beautiful new series of original artwork ‘Feathers & Spikes’. These striking pieces immediately draw me in with their seductive and elegantly woven mix of identity, culture and nature. My blank walls are screaming out for Mandy’s inspiring new artwork but my problem is deciding on which ones - I want them ALL! - Jacqui

'The Wood's - decorative hand blown glass sculpture. A collaboration between Norwegian design studios StokkeAustad and Andreas Engesyik. I’ve been wooed by this cute little cluster of trees and its whimsical design. The colour combo represents the seasons and they look like they’ve been removed straight from the pages of a children’s picture book. A quirky, fun and ‘just because’ piece! (Still scouting out how to get these to NZ) - Tara

On both of our wish lists is a leather Butterfly Chair (originally haling from Argentina), teamed with a gorgeously soft New Zealand sheepskin. We’re both in awe of the whole scandi aesthetic and this minimilistic, simplistic look fits perfectly with the Butterfly chair’s timeless style... and the fact that once you sit down it’s very hard to get up again! Stuck in the lap of luxury, YES please!

Thank you so much Jacqui and Tara for your wish list - I love them all!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Philip House NYC

Good fortune led me to find the beautiful Philip House on my cyber travels recently. It's one of those rare finds that makes your day a little brighter - the gorgeous interior design by Victoria Hagan is just exquisite. A soft and pretty colour palette features creamy whites, lattes, rich browns, and powdery blue. The aesthetic is a fabulous blend of classical and modern, with an air of sophistication.

Philip House is a classic pre-war condominium residence on the Upper East Side, New York City. The Cheshire Group assembled an amazing team for the development of Philip House to suit the lifestyle of today's Upper East Side, while still maintaining it's authenticity. In one of Manhattan's most desirable residential neighbourhoods, who wouldn't want to live here!

Victoria has chosen a palette of beautiful materials such as honed stone, natural wood, and fine marble. The furniture, craftmanship, and all the finer details are what make this residence so captivating to me. What do you think?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Izzy and Jean Co.

A couple of months ago I blogged about the home of Amber Lewis, an LA interior designer with an uncannily similar design aesthetic to me. I was inundated with emails and messages from people asking me where they could get a rug like the one in Amber's dining room.

Well, I'm happy to tell you that the fabulous Izzy and Jean Co. are now stocking a selection of these incredible Kilim rugs. Originating from Anatolia, Turkey, these vintage rugs are hand woven on a wooden loom as part of a dowry, and would've taken 7-8 months to weave. The 'eye' (zig zag) pattern has a special place in Turkish nomadic culture. It signifies banishing evil and danger, and represents luck, abundance and health. Now that alone seems like a really good reason to buy one of these beauties (as if I need a reason!).

If, like me, you love colour and pattern then have a look at these delicious Fouta Towels. I have a couple of these and they are so handy...  take them to the beach where they double as a towel and a picnic blanket, or even a sarong. Anything that looks good and is practical is a winner in my book. Hand loomed by Tunisian women, these towels are bigger, but less voluminous than a regular bath towel. They're softer, more absorbent, dry faster, and more resistant to colour fading. They'd make a great gift too, with Christmas approaching.

Another of the Izzy and Jean products that I really love are these Avarcas Pons, an everyday, all occasion sandal made with a leather upper and a lightweight rubber sole. Avarcas are the traditional footwear from the island of Menorca, Spain, and Avarcas Pons is a family owned business in Menorca that has been handcrafting the footwear since 1945. Their shoes carry the 'Product of Menorca' stamp that ensures the highest quality standard and the authenticity of the traditional avarca.

I've got my eye on a gold pair...

Or how about a pair of Moroccan Kilim Boots?! They're handmade in Marrakech from leather and vintage kilim rugs. Each pair is unique, and the leather gets softer with age and wear.

As well as plenty of amazing things for your home and wardrobe, we can't forget the men in our lives! Izzy and Jean stock a great selection of products for the blokes, including these cool Harris Tweed Toilet Bags. In fact you can find something for everyone in this awesome online shop, so pop over and see the full range for yourself.

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