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.
Stoke recently caught up ex-Blockie and Interior Designer Jenna Densten to talk style and interior trends.
It’s that time of year again. The season that’s all about spending quality time with friends and family, enjoying good food, delicious wine, cooking over flames and relaxing under the stars [...]
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 […]
We’ve long been a fan of Gezellig Interiors and when their Director and Interior Designer, Annique Heesen, agreed to share her tips and advice for creating minimalist interiors, we couldn’t help but squeal just a little (ok, so maybe a LOT). With a resume that boasts working for Citta Design and Homestyle Magazine, Annique has some […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Based in Dunedin, landscaper Wayne Butson creates award-winning gardens and outdoor areas. We caught up with him to get some tips on how to make the most of our garden. Tell us about your background and how you got into landscaping: During my school years I helped out a farm shelter nursery during the school […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]