Home Tour: The Narrow House, Australia
We chat to architect and project manager Emma Viljoen – Holmes about building her families own home on a challenging site in New South Wales’ Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

We’re all about celebrating the good things in life. We write about beautiful interiors, amazing cuisine, architecture, culture, design and décor. We’re always on the hunt for exciting new products, places and people to share with the world. We’re also a little obsessed with fireplaces. We think they’re the heart of the home.

Meet Stoke Queenstown Manager Matthew Cuffe

Earlier this year we welcomed Matthew Cuffe to Stoke in the role of Queenstown Store Manager. Now that he’s settled into life in the Deep South, we thought it was time we caught up with Matt to get to know him, his background and after making the move from across the ditch, what he’s enjoying […]

All your wood and gas fireplace questions answered

Alex Cleveland won’t admit it, but he’s a bit of a fireplace guru. With over ten years in the industry, and the last few spent at Abbey Fireplaces in Sydney, he knows a thing or two. We hit him up with all our fire-related questions, from running costs, to how to save money on your installations. […]

Choosing an outdoor fireplace

Which Outdoor Fireplace is best for you? Nothing beats al fresco dining and evening entertaining by the fire. But how do you know what type of outdoor fire is best for you? We help you decide by considering the options. Outdoor gas fireplace Okay so it’s not the type of outdoor fire that you can […]

Ask stylist Kate Alexander for interior advice

Design dilemma getting you down? Looking for some interior styling advice? Interior stylist Kate Alexander is here to help! Enter your question below, add photos if you have them, and Kate will give you her advice – only the first TEN questions received will be answered directly, so get in quick! All entries go in […]

Styling Tips from Kate Alexander

Kate Alexander is a busy woman. As well as running her own interior styling company, Places and Graces, she was part of the team in TV3’s new renovation show, Creative Living, and recently self-published a book – Finishing Touches. We love her for her tasteful, eclectic, retro-loving style that is truly her own, and her generosity for […]

Q+A with Sandra Batley from Flourish Gardens

Tell us about your background and how you got into landscaping: I fell in love with landscaping after I bought my first home in Kingsland. Back then I was in the print design industry and knew little about plants or garden design, but  I loved working outside in the garden and renovating my home both […]

Q+A with interior designer Vic Bibby

We’re big fans of Napier design duo Bibby + Brady. As well as running swoon-worthy social media pages, the designers offer both face-to-face consulting and e-services for clients near and far. They also offer product sourcing services so you too can benefit from their impeccable taste and savvy shopping. We recently caught up with Vic for a quick Q+A […]

Colour tips from Alex Fulton

When we decided to write a post on colour we knew exactly who to call in for help… Interior designer and ‘rebel with a colour wheel’, Alex Fulton, answers our quick-fire questions about how to use colour in interiors and “design like no-one is watching.” You’re known for your love of vibrant colour, have you always been […]

Do gas fires actually heat?

We asked Richard Miller, Escea’s Architecture Advisor the question on a lot of consumer’s minds…do gas fires actually heat? Here’s what he said: It’s funny because this is probably the question we most often get asked! Which is fair enough, considering a lot of people’s experience of a gas fire is of the open fronted […]