Hard to Beat

I’m a fan of the Block NZ and am particularly enjoying the stylish interiors we have seen so far this year. Creative power couple Alex and Corban are definitely the ones to beat; they have bucket loads of style, a master plan for the house, and are winning challenges left, right and centre which equals more money in the bank for their build.

Their ability to create something incredibly stylish, that looks like it has walked off the pages of a home decor magazine, means I wasn’t overly surprised to learn that this isn’t their first building project. And when you see what they created out of some run-down shipping containers you’d be hard pressed to think that they haven’t got their names on the winners cheque already. Corban (who has an engineering background) designed the house with his surfing buddy (an architecture graduate).

Here it is folks, Alex and Corban’s first foray into home building, pretty ah-MAZING right?! And eco-friendly to boot.

Container-House

 

Pg-182-183Muirwai-

Container-House-dining-room

 

muriwai-layup.1

Pg191-free-standing-bath

Photos by Simon Wilson for Green Modern (Penguin)

 

 

Advertisements

NYFW Street Style

With New York Fashion Week now over (and London Fashion Week just kicking off), I thought I would round up some of my favourite street style looks from the super stylish ladies that were pounding the pavements around the shows in NYC.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Images Via Refinery 29 

Birds Eye View

Los Angeles based photographer, Gray Malin, travels the globe taking beautifully composed aerial photographs of some of the worlds best beaches (he also takes photos of lots of other amazing landscapes, but the beach series is by far the most recognised). Recently he has turned his photographs into something of empire; his birds-eye view beach images now also grace iPhone cases, surfboards, swimwear, umbrellas, wallpaper and ceramics, but for me a framed, large scale photograph is still the most coveted.

Shooting from doorless helicopters, his A La Plage series has been photographed around the world from the U.S. to Brazil, to Australia. The vibrancy of the colours he captures, along with the sense of pattern and form from the people crowding these popular beaches, make me think that these photographs are a special version of a Where’s Wally picture. I could definitely get lost looking at one of these images if it graced a wall in our home.

Have a fab weekend everyone xx

barceloneta_beach_barcelona_1

lisbon-costa-da-caparica

S2zh7kh

Maroubra_Bay_Swimmers_1_4

Screen-Shot-2014-03-18-at-8.53.45-AM

caribbean-resort-blue-chairs

 

 

All photos Gray Malin

 

Freakin Fantastic

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the amazing real estate website Fantastic Frank. Founded in Stockholm in 2010 and with a branch now open in Berlin their fresh philosophy to selling houses has created an almost cult following around the world.

Fantastic Frank hire photographers and stylists from the high-gloss industries, like interior design, fashion and architecture, to make every home look stylish and inviting. “Our goal with every styling is to coax a property’s potential glamor out of every dull corner, giving every inch of our portfolio a high-end makeover.” Sofie Ganeva, Chief Interior Stylist.

Instead of focusing on getting as many potential buyers as possible to want to purchase the home, they instead concentrate their efforts on finding that one person who really loves the house, and therefore can’t live without it. It’s true, you really do only need one person to fall in love with a home to sell it.

With such beautifully curated interiors and stunning photography, perusing the webpages of Fantastic Frank is like flicking through one of the best home magazines! It is definitely a place to stop by for inspiring, Scandinavian style homes.

Perhaps the realtors here in New Zealand could learn a thing or two from the guys and girls at Fantastic Frank?!

Below are some images from my current favourites on the market in Berlin and Stockholm.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

MG_8371

MG_8333

MG_8269

SFD387F43087DBF4DB696F83C0C5B3097E5_960x

SFD7F8CAB8E7D6C407088714EEA8CCF92A3_960x

SFD13E3CFA38ACA4EB7884685B50A88FEE8_960x

bedroom

kitchen

MG_8275

SFD1D31E2FC346E41DFBD13B55C2BA475C2_960x

work-all-day

SFD333B9ACC9C6C49F2AAAB77E8E8C0FC3D_960x

SFDAE9675E30D6145B7BE6B180D5952ECA3_960x

 

All images via Fantastic Frank.