How to style your bedroom like an interior designer
Guest author Tracey Clayton from High Style Life shares her secrets so you can style like your bedroom just like an Interior Designer. When looking at the works of famous interior designers, many of us often wonder: How do they do it? Well, here’s a “secret” for you: it takes years of education, hard work, and […]

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Room by Room Guide to Hamptons Style Interiors

What’s not to like about the Hamptons style of interior? It’s refined yet relaxed, beachy and so classically stylish it never seems to date.  Though it has now come to be popular world-wide as the go-to coastal interior style, it is inspired by the interiors of the Hamptons area in Long Island, New York. While it may […]

Beach House Must Haves

Nina Maya, of Nina Maya Interiors,  is known for creating bespoke interiors that are polished, sophisticated and minimalist. She brought this same signature style to her own Palm Beach holiday house when it came to transforming it from rundown 1960s beach bungalow to serene and contemporary beach house. We asked Nina to give us her THREE must-haves for […]

Interior Design Trends for 2018

It’s a new year, which brings with it some new ideas, products and trends for the home. Whether you’re looking for a complete overhaul, or just a couple of pieces to update your home, read on. From embracing imperfection and bolder colours, to patterned plants and spa bathrooms, we round up a few key interior […]

3 ways to improve your Home and Wellbeing

We often say that ‘home is where the heart is’ and this statement holds more truth than we know. Our home affects our mental health and the study of environmental psychology reveals what we need to do to maximise our productivity in whatever space we spend time in. We’re sharing the top three ways you can […]

Trend Alert: Crittal doors and windows

Move over bi-fold doors, because Crittal doors are having a revival. First invented in the 1880s, these graphic, latticed-style, metal-framed windows were popular in the art deco era.  Today we’re seeing them pop up in homes, both new and old, for an edgy feel that adds a touch of industrial style and glamour. They work […]

EUROPE FEATURE: How to get Modern with French Country

It’s easy to see why the French Country, (or French Provincial) is popular around the world. Its warm, rustic vibe and attainable style exudes charm. It also probably doesn’t hurt that anything ‘French’ is synonymous with good taste. The decorating style is a reflection of the homes in the South of France in the 17th […]

EUROPE FEATURE: How to nail the British Interior Style

Just like all the best Brits, the British interior style is a charming mix of tradition, eccentricity and humour. And while more minimalist interiors are in favour on this side of the world, we could learn a lot from this characterful and maximalist style. But where do we start in trying to describe it? It’s a […]

Guide to modernising a villa or bungalow

New Zealanders have a bit of a love affair with villas and bungalows. Sure they have their downfalls, like being cold and drafty with questionable layout and flow. But we forgive them for these sins because they’re relatively easy things to fix and we’re suckers for a renovation. At the end of the day villas and bungalows […]

Q+A with trend forecaster Phil Pond

Scarlet Opus is a trend forecasting agency in the United Kingdom that works with retailers, designers, media and manufacturers informing of them of consumer insights and colour and design trends. We caught up with Phil Pond from Scarlet Opus to find out more about the biggest macro trends happening right now, and what differentiates them from passing fads.

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 […]

Interior design trends: more than meets the eye

Whether you love them, hate them or barely even notice them, trends are an ever-changing and omnipresent part of life. In fashion they come in seasonal cycles and move fast. The interior world tends to be influenced by “macro trends” that move more slowly (thankfully). But where do trends come from and who decides that […]

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 […]

Finding the elusive Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

It’s the stylish plant that elevates your home to Pinterest-worthy status…but where the heck do you get it in NZ? At the moment the Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (Ficus Lyrata) is everywhere. Sitting smugly in seagrass baskets on your Pinterest feed. Propped beside perfectly ‘unmade’ beds with charcoal grey stonewashed linen sheets. Instagrammed in front […]

Four inspiring outdoor spaces with fires

After months of hibernation, there’s nothing more uplifting than the thought of long summer evenings dining al fresco with friends and family. With this in mind, spring brings the perfect opportunity to dust off the outdoor furniture and start preparing your outdoor space. As well as being incredibly useful and practical, outdoor fires are ideal […]

10 Reasons to love Spartherm Wood Fireplaces

Let’s not sugar-coat things, renovations can be gruelling. With all the planning, co-ordination, budgeting, trouble-shooting and liaising needed for renovation projects, home owners need all the help they can get. The good news is there are an abundance of online tools designed to help streamline and organise your project. By taking advantage of these you […]

Seven online resources every renovator should know about

Let’s not sugar-coat things, renovations can be gruelling. With all the planning, co-ordination, budgeting, trouble-shooting and liaising needed for renovation projects, home owners need all the help they can get. The good news is there are an abundance of online tools designed to help streamline and organise your project. By taking advantage of these you […]

Taking inspiration from the 2016 retail awards

If you’re looking for renovation inspiration for your home here’s a good place to start. Architecture Now has released the 2016 interior awards finalists and there’s a lot to like. They might be commercial spaces, but there are definitely some fabulous ideas that you steal and bring into your own home. Here are our top […]

Crossing over to the dark side

White walls have dominated interiors for a long time now, but the tide is well and truly turning. Say hello to rich, dark, moody hues. Risky though it may feel adding dark paint to the walls, the result is undeniably sophisticated, cocooning and dramatic. Paint the walls, fire surround, ceilings and even floor, in the same […]

How to style your bedroom like an interior designer

Guest author Tracey Clayton from High Style Life shares her secrets so you can style like your bedroom just like an Interior Designer. When looking at the works of famous interior designers, many of us often wonder: How do they do it? Well, here’s a “secret” for you: it takes years of education, hard work, and […]