Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blue + Yellow

Marie Nichols, a well known UK stylist often uses bold colours in her styling. How cool is the wall colour in this space!? The electric blue looks amazing paired with the pops of yellow (and the Juju hat looks pretty damn awesome too!) 
MintSix Off-White Juju
See more of Marie's work here

Blue comes in a diverse range of shades and I believe each of them can look great when used in the right amount in the right space. Pops of yellow in either a bright, punchy hue or a deeper more mustard colour work brilliantly with blue and these two colours make a great team.  

I haven't used blue much when decorating my own place, plenty of yellow but never blue. Recently I've painted the walls in my bedroom a dark blue and I'm pretty happy with the result. I've also found myself recommending plenty of blue fabrics, furnishings and homewares for MintSix clients of late, inspired by some of these images below and the great range of products available in New Zealand and beyond. 

Love this image, the black pendants look great hanging together as does the contrast of the yellow cord against the blue background. I'm also just quietly loving the gold side table in the foreground.
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This yellow iron bed made by Scout House, makes a statement against the dark blue wall. My daughter used to do ballet down the road from this cool little shop in St Kilda, Melbourne and it was always a good excuse for me to wander around and check out their eclectic range of wares.
These blue painted floorboards add to the relaxed beachy vibe in this home.
Image via Coastal Living
This Organic Ikat Chevron bedspread looks fab against the rich blue coloured wall. Purchase the bedlinen here

This chair and couch had to be included just because they are awesome. If only I could transport them both (plus the amazing wall the yellow chair is against)to my house!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Selby + Karen Walker

My beloved copy of 'The Selby is in Your Place,' sitting happily on a MintSix hot pink multi coloured Ikat cushion. Only a few of these beauties left, click here to purchase and don't forget to check out our other goodies at www.mintsix.com

Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors and fashion photographer. His website, 'The Selby' offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces. 

Todd has collaborated with huge companies such as Louis Vuitton, FENDI, Nike, Microsoft and Ikea to name a few. 

Todd's first book, 'The Selby Is In Your Place' was released in 2010, I purchased it back then, and it's been well read by me & others many times over. In short, it's a superb book and well worth the 30 bucks I paid for it. 

Todd captures amazing images of a diverse range of people (some famous, some not) in their homes, apartments and studios. He manages to successfully capture the energy and personalities of the spaces and the people who live or work within them. 

Here are a few snaps of Karen Walker and Mikhail Gherman's cool Auckland home that was featured on 'The Selby' a couple of years ago.

More images of Karen & Mikhail's home here

Todd has just released another book, 'Edible Selby'. I can't wait to get my hands on this one! In this book he features photographs of the kitchens, gardens, homes, and restaurants of many creatives who work in the culinary world. Each culinary creative shares a signature recipe and the book also comes with magnets for your fridge. I'm sold.

The Edible Selby is available to purchase online in New Zealand here

And just in case you feel you didn't see enough of the awesomeness that is Karen & Mickail's home, here are another few pics that were featured in 'Inside Out' magazine.

All above images via Homelife

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Interior Styling: Wallpaper for the Cool Kids

The pictures above showcase a longtime favourite wallpaper of mine. This paper been on my wishlist for my daughter's room for a while and now that we own rather than rent, it may be time to just do it... I think Della (pictured above) is one lucky girl having such a fun room. See more pictures of Della's room here.

This week, I've been sourcing wallpapers suitable for children's bedrooms for a MintSix client. 

Children's bedrooms are spaces where you can go a little crazy with styling & in my opinion, nothing beats a cool wallpaper. The overall feel you are trying to create in a child's bedroom will dictate the type of paper used. Whether it's an edgy, girly, quirky, bold, or themed look you're after, there is a wallpaper that can help to create that unique look in an instant.

Here are some of my picks. 

If you would like help with choosing some stylish & fun wallpapers or with the interior styling of your children's rooms, get in touch with us at hello@mintsix.com, we'd love to help!
Ferm Living's harlequin wallpaper is a subtle yet stylish look for a little one's bedroom. It comes in three colours, mint, rose & grey. Head over to Rachelle's blog, Kenziepoo where you will see Kenzie's cool little room decked out with the mint coloured paper.
Dana Haim is an incredibly talented lady & every wallpaper she creates is just brilliant. Whimsical and playful...babies and wee ones will love these animal prints on their walls.See more of Dana's work here
 These wallpaper murals make for a creative statement wall to build a fun theme in a kids-zone.
For an older child....hone those important fine-motor and concentration skills with colour-in wallpaper....fun with a capital F!
Top right: this  square frame wallpaper is so interactive. We've just been reminded of this fun wallpaper after seeing it in one of our lovely client's home, where she is inviting her kids to get in and add their special mark to each frame.
 I'm loving this Doe a Deer Wallpaper by Tactile Wonderland and think it would certainly make a statement in a little one's bedroom!

Hope you enjoyed my selection of kid's room wallpapers. I'd love to hear what you think of them. Would you use any in your children's rooms? Tx
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's a White Out

 There's been a couple of weeks between colour posts and my only excuse is that I've been super flat out getting our website finished. It is, btw now online, so when you have a sec would love you to head over & check it out www.mintsix.com

Standard size MintSix Off-White Bamileke Feather Juju Hat available to pre-order now for delivery in approximately two weeks time. Only a few left so get in quick!

The last colour post was 'Black on Black' so it only seemed right that today's post has a white focus... Black & white are such a great team. I'm a huge fan of monochromatic interiors & definitely find I 'pin' a lot of them when browsing Pinterest. I'm sure many of you have a fair amount of both black & white in your wardrobes & homes, I know I do.

Hope you enjoy these collages as much as I enjoyed putting them together. 
I love the shape & the simplicity of these Carvaggio pendant lights. Unfortunately, they would massively break the bank especially if purchasing more than one, but they're very cool.

The white Moroccan pouffes have been so popular at MintSix, they've sold out! Don't despair though, more on the way soon & plenty of other colours available. Such as the black with white stitching & the B&W chequered pouffe which I figure half belong in today's post right?

The Brooklyn Tin Tiles wallpaper is one of the many awesome wallpapers I'm coveting right now, from one of my fave British shops, Rockett St George. If you haven't checked them out already, I suggest you do as they have some seriously cool stuff.
I love the open light feeling the white floorboards & walls create in this home above.

The neon light sign is by Penny Farthing Design House and the geometric salt & pepper shakers & Off-White Juju can be purchased at MintSix

I love coming across pictures of these tiled Swedish fireplaces that are called Kakelugn in Swedish. Check out some more images of these fireplaces here.

Also pictured above & on my wish list is a Simon James Boskke Sky Planter, a Douglas & Bec Angle Table Lamp 2.0 and an Urban Outfitters Milk Jug. 
How ridiculously good are these Lace Longhorns, by Love Warriors of Sweden?? I'm a little obsessed with everything they do, and I want, well, pretty much everything! Check out more of their wares here.

A little snapshot of some bits and bobs above, in Kara Rosenlund's stylish & relaxed white kitchen.

Have always coveted a Design house of Stockholm 'Carrie' basket not necessarily for my bike but for some indoor plants. These can be purchased at Top3 by design.
Miranda, Daria, Jessica (from Tuula Vintage) & Doutzen looking spectacular in their white get ups. 

Will save some images for another 'white' post as I could go on & on.... Have a great weekend :)

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Dress Your Walls

Hope you all had a great Easter break. This cool little picture by birdinabunnysuit.co.nz, was given to Ella as a gift for Christmas which she accidentally left up at our holiday home post Christmas hols. When she spotted it again this weekend, she started talking about framing it & putting it up in her home. The question was where & with what?
I've always loved this picture & I especially
like the placement of art and objects on the
three narrow shelves & old desk.
This prompted a good half hour chat about gallery walls & placement of art in general. The upshot of the conversation was that I tend to prefer a more random eclectic approach to placing art on the walls and Ella tends to be more calculated & structured. Both work when done well and we thought we'd show you examples of some that we think look pretty great.

These images demonstrate that different coloured frames in an ensemble of sizes along with different shapes and objects can look great clustered together.
I have a gallery wall in my hallway that has been a work in progress since we moved in a few months ago. It's an eclectic mix of framed prints, a watercolour, family photos, an old tin number and a Bonnie & Neil printed board ( I have a few of these & they seem to have spread to quite a few rooms in my home! I'm a massive fan of this talented duo who are originally from NZ, but  now based in Melbourne.) 

Artworks clustered above a desk, sideboard or bench look great paired with plants, books & decorative objects sitting underneath.

An example of extremely colourful art walls!
This little collection looks great with an Off-White Juju.
Purchase one of these beauties at MintSix :)

Love this one! The thin black frames and the similar spacing between the artworks make for a cohesive and bold art wall.

As I'm a serial mover of both furniture, decor and art and I would safely bet that my gallery wall will evolve and change numerous times before I'm completely happy with it. Also, we recently purchased an old piece of timber that I coerced my husband into stripping and sanding back to be used as an art shelf in our lounge. Here are examples below of how great shelves can look in a home. 

I'm also a huge fan of art placed haphazardly on the floor against walls. Although this has not gone down so well with two little ones in the house & this form of art arrangement will be on the back burner for just a little longer with my two running rather than walking through the house.
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Hope you enjoyed these gallery wall pics. I think I'm going to to go and have another shuffle around in my hallway... Tx