Trend Alert: Penny Tile
The latest tile to makes its way into stylish bathrooms and kitchens is actually not that new - the penny tile has been around for a long time, over a century in fact. You wouldn't know it because it looks incredibly modern and fresh, making a graphic statement to walls and splash backs even walls and floors […]

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7 Hot Interior Design Trends for Winter

Not sure what’s in or out this season? Need some help turning your living room into a stylish winter retreat? With the cooler months creeping up on us, we look at what’s trending in the world of interiors and how you can get the look at home this season. 1. SHADES OF GREEN Image credit: Three […]

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 […]

6 great ways to simplify your life in 2018

Guest blog by Donna Sherriff – theleanminimalist.com With the New Year looming, it’s a great time to consider taking steps to lead a simpler life with less in 2018. If you are considering minimalism, or even just have a desire to live more intentionally and more simply, thinking about how you will approach the coming […]

Stoke wins at the TVNZ Marketing Awards 2017

Newmarket showroom Stoke Fireplace Studio has only been open for two years but it’s already making a name for itself, taking out the Best Emerging Business/New Brand award at last week’s TVNZ Marketing Awards. Stoke Fireplace Studio is the brainchild of Dunedin fireplace manufacturer Escea, who teamed up with seasoned retailer Malcolm Burton to launch […]

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 […]

Must-see films at New Zealand’s German Film Festival 2017

Attention movie buffs: For the 9th time, the Goethe-Institut NZ presents the German Film Festival. Admission is free and the festival includes the best new film releases from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. There’s everything on the menu from documentaries, drama, comedy, road movies and family films. There are ten movies screening and we’ve picked four […]

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.

Stoke Fireplace Studio at Urbis Designday '17

Stoke Fireplace Studio is excited to be a Strategic Partner and host at this year’s Urbis Designday. Join us for a curated experience of art, greenery, fireplaces and conversation. Styled by the talented Kate Alexander from Places and Graces. Sample macarons and Harpoon Cold Brew (the most refreshing hit of coffee ever) or enjoy some […]

 

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 […]

6 Most Wanted Fireplace Designs for 2017

It might be summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about a new fireplace design for 2017. You want it to be ready in time for winter after all.  And even in summer when the fireplace is out of action, living spaces with fires still ooze charm and cosiness. The fireplace has long […]

Design your 'Dream Outdoor Space' to WIN $500

Create a ‘Dream Outdoor Space’ Pinterest board and you could win $500 to go towards creating it! 1. Complete your ‘Dream Outdoor Space’ Pinterest board and include an Escea outdoor fire on the board 2. Follow @heartofyourhome on Pinterest 3. Complete entry form Our judges Vic Bibby and Dael Brady from Bibby + Brady Interior Design will […]

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 […]

6 tips for a feng shui friendly home

If you’ve ever walked into a home and thought “this place has a good feeling about it,” then there’s a good chance you’ve experienced feng shui. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese study of the relationship between the environment and human life. Put simply, it’s about taking control of the objects in your home to […]

How to rock the concrete trend in your home

It used to be that concrete was thought of as a humble building material, suited to industrial spaces like warehouses. But as Bob Dylan says, times are a changin’. Concrete has quickly become one of the hottest materials used in modern homes around the world, with New Zealand designers and architects taking to the trend […]

Trend Alert: Penny Tile

The latest tile to makes its way into stylish bathrooms and kitchens is actually not that new - the penny tile has been around for a long time, over a century in fact. You wouldn't know it because it looks incredibly modern and fresh, making a graphic statement to walls and splash backs even walls and floors […]