Dior and I

Last night I visited my local movie theatre to see 'Dior and I' and I remembered when I posted about the stunning flower rooms that was created for Raf Simons' first haute couture collection for Christian Dior in 2012. I was amazed by the beautiful set - and you can watch the video which showed how these rooms came together (in two days!) at my original post here.
The movie, 'Dior and I' was released earlier this year and is a privileged behind-the-scenes documentary of the newly appointed artistic director, Raf Simons and the dedicated Dior team who work together to bring about this collection. It is a great insight to the creative process and I was jealous of the wonderful team that Raf had at his fingers to create his visions - how lovely would that be! If you're interested in fashion, flowers, creativity, Paris, team work, stylish people, the design process, clever people, working under pressure - then this is a film worth seeing.


You can watch the movie trailer here:

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Useful Coffee Table


Here's a useful coffee table we recently installed in an extensive interior renovation. The client was keen to have extra seating available when the occasion arose that there are more people than usual in her living room. These footstools doubles as seating  and when not required, are neatly tucked away under the table which saves space and looks great. We used tactile velvet on these seats and they tie in with colours from a painting that is hanging above the fireplace. Result.

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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Radial Collection from Citta Design

Recently I have been proposing (and ordering for my clients) a few pieces from the AW15 collection by Citta Design. As with every collection, the Citta team are inspired by an international city and this collection called Deco Deco was inspired by the city of Paris in the 1920's.
What has gained my attention the most is the Radial collection designed by contributing furniture and product designer, David Moreland. I especially like the coffee and side tables -  they are classic yet contemporary pieces with clean, simple lines; in essence all the elements that tick my boxes. Click over to Citta to see their latest catalogue, or for us Wellingtonians, we now have another lovely Citta store recently opened at 258 Thorndon Quay to enjoy.

Photographs via Citta.
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Colour, Pattern and Texture

Loving the texture, colour and patterns coming together in this cosy corner. This is from a recent job where we fully renovated the living room in time for the upcoming winter season.

Photograph by Charlotte Minty.
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Updating a Fireplace

Here's a nice detail from a job that I am managing at the moment.
When I first met with my client, she wasn't too keen on this fireplace in her living room and I agreed with her. It didn't produce much heat and the surround was rather large, almost overwhelming for the space that it was in. In essence, we wanted to make it less of a focal point. So we got the top half chopped off, put in a new gas fire insert for better heat output and painted it white. It looks much better, don't you think?

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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Details from a Renovation

Here are some quick shots from a renovation I worked on last year - the client is at the stage where she is slowly going through the spaces and 'dressing' each room to finish off the renovation, which includes new furniture to replace existing, placement of furniture, art on walls and so on. This always takes time. The main renovation that happened last year included the new glossy back and white kitchen that you see above.

New oak timber dining table with the black and cane chairs. Looks great with the new oak floors.

I always like a stripy chair - this new one is in the family room next to fresh orange curtains.

I like this back to the wall bath which gives the impression of a freestanding bath, yet it takes up less room.

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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Modern Loft in Venice, California

I have had this Venice loft hovering around on my computer's desktop since I spotted it on Remodelista a couple of weeks ago. I like to save inspirational interiors on my desk top when I know there is something that I like about the spaces or I am working on a job and the visuals serve as a starting point - so every morning the images are sitting there waiting for me to keep liking them or to remove them. This one has stayed and I know why.
While the overall interiors of this loft is fresh and modern, which I like, it's the consistent use of the same style joinery that has been used throughout - the wall hung cabinet under the TV, the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedside tables, the low level bedroom storage and the wardrobes. This is very effective in small spaces, especially when the joinery is in the same colour as the walls. It also lets the other elements in the spaces, like the furniture, lighting, art and objects, to be the focal points. Nice.


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Work in Progress and Urbis Design Day Giveaway

I love it when the furniture makers send me a photo to show me work in progress. In this case, a new hall table for a client in Wellington. Doesn't it look good?
Now here is something cool! I am giving away a double pass to Urbis Design Day coming up this Saturday March 21st in Auckland. What is the Urbis Design Day you say? It is New Zealand's premier public design event, celebrating design and original thinking. There are some great collaborations happening for 2015 and you can find out more details here.
Would you like to win these tickets? Then head over to the CMID facebook page, make sure you like the page and post a comment on the giveaway post. I will draw the winner on Tuesday evening so keep an eye out!
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Marle Collection by Armadillo & Co


Check out the beautiful rugs from the Marle Collection by Armadillo & Co. Part of the Bespoke Collection, which is a private service for trade professionals (like myself) and retail partners (like The Ivy House in Auckland) - where you can collaborate on a personalised piece from a selection of designs, colours and sizes. I am already a fan of Armadillo & Co's work and ethics, and I especially like this latest rug collection. There are three designs to choose from - Fold, Tuck and Pleat; and a beautiful palette of 47 marle colours to choose from. Stunning.
Also the Marle Collection has been beautifully styled in these photographs - the rugs are displayed against buildings of similar muted colours and texture. Sigh.



Photographs via Armadillo & Co
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Julianne Moore's Townhouse Garden

Recently featured in Architectural Digest is this slice of heaven belonging to actress Julianne Moore. Located In New York, this 93 square metre garden was designed by Brian Sawyer of Sawyer Berson and I think this town house garden is a perfect green oasis in the bustling metropolitan city.
Inspired by the gardens of Ireland, this courtyard features antique bluestone sidewalk paving slabs, a fountain created from an old English sandstone trough and a sculptural garden fence created from reclaimed cedar plank. The plantings include ivy, boxwood, birch trees and ferns. Delightful.
Read more about the garden and the design process here.

Photographs via AD and Sawyer Berson.
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