Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Home Journal

I'm really thrilled to be a part of, and share with you, a brand new online magazine called The Home Journal. It's going to be a fabulous and really valuable resource for home inspiration and modern lifestyle. Everything from interior design and architecture to food and holiday destinations. We'll bring you interviews with brilliantly creative people, and updates on hot new products and colour trends.


Let me tell you how The Home Journal has come about. Dani Wales has been catapulted into the limelight through her back-to-back appearances on The Block Australia. She and her partner Dan Reilly have been immersed in the world of renovations and interior design for the last one and half years, all while being filmed 24 hours a day with very little sleep - no easy feat! But it has given Dani a fast, and heavily concentrated introduction to interior design. With her fantastic style and great attention to detail, Dani is now excited to continue with her love of design. And so, The Home Journal was born!

It's fantastic to be a part of an amazing group of contributors from both Australia and New Zealand. I will be bringing a lot of New Zealand content to this publication, showcasing the major creative talent we have, and the beautiful locations we're so proud of. Make sure you come and visit, and while you're there, sign up to receive all the latest posts. Enjoy!

I'm taking a break over Easter to hang out with the whanau, but will back with you all on Tuesday. Happy Easter, and take it easy on the chocolate :)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Green + Pop

You may have noticed that I'm a fan of rich, beautiful jewel tones, in particular deep blue and emerald green. Both of these cool colours look amazing with a contrasting warm colour. We see red and green together a lot, but that's a bit Christmassy! I prefer emerald green teamed with a jolt of vibrant orange or hot pink. Let me show you...

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Congratulations to Dave who is the winner of our Endemic World giveaway. I don't have Dave's last name, but I have just emailed him. Dave chose a Choice print by iThink.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Contemporary Farmhouse

I knew when I saw this home that I had to share it with you. The open bookcase in the dining room is what drew me in. I am a huge book lover, and I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but some of them are just too good-looking not to display.

The home belongs to floral designer Dana Worlock, and her husband Patrick. Dana and Patrick moved their family from Brooklyn to a more rural area of upstate New York. The house is a 1940's farmhouse, and the couple have successfully married the old with some more contemporary touches. Ghost chairs sit comfortably around an old wooden table, and vintage film canisters now house a collection of crayons.

I love that this is a 'real' home, it's cool and quirky, some bits may be a bit worn around the edges, but it has massive character, and some great art.

This is a selection of my favourite pics. See more over here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Hannah Blackmore Photography

Hannah Blackmore is a Sydney based wedding and lifestyle photographer, and her work is just sublime! If it looks familiar, that may be because she has photographed some of my most favourite bedrooms ever, which I have featured on the blog before. Some of them you will have seen in the amazing online magazine Adore also.

As well as the big picture, I love the way Hannah captures all the details. It's those details that I'm crazy about, as these are the things that bring a room or a space to life. And it's these details that help to tell the whole story in Hannah's work.

It was really hard for me to narrow down my selection of photos to show you here, they are all so fabulous. So go and check out all her work for yourself. And Hannah also has a separate website for her wedding portfolio, which (as you can imagine) is gorgeous. You'll also find her blog on this site which keeps you up to date with all of her latest wedding work.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Urban Jungle

Growing up in Hawaii with surf and jungle, is a far cry from downtown Los Angeles, where Jon and Nina Hans now live. By surrounding themselves with greenery, they have brought a little bit of Hawaii to their new home. I love what they have created, they have definitely stamped their mark on this loft. This, to me, is what a home should be - a true representation of it's owners. Yeha!

Read the full story on Design*Sponge.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Rue Magazine

I finally got around to updating my online magazines (in the right hand side bar), make sure you check them out when you have some spare time. I recommend you start with the latest edition of Rue magazine, it's fantastic! With the arrival of Spring over in America, Rue brings us ideas on how to bring colour into all areas of our lives. Filled with lots of delicious products to buy, and articles to inspire.

From a cool, creative masculine space - SND CYN, a dynamic graphic design studio...

To an ultra feminine artist's home and studio...

And a classy apartment in Upper Manhattan...

Whether you like an explosion of colour, or more subtle hues, there's something for all tastes in this latest issue of Rue.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Endemic World Giveaway

I am really happy to bring you another amazing giveaway, this time from the extremely
cool guys over at endemicworld
Founded by Kate and Elliot Alexander, endemicworld is
a brilliant online shop where you can find a massive range of art prints, both from New Zealand and international artists. Their selection includes typographical, illustrative and graphic art, and covers a wide price range, so their is definitely something for everyone. 

All prints are available unframed, but there are also framing options to choose from.


The giveaway I'm hosting today is a framed print of your choice to the value of $150. Simply hop over to the endemicworld website, choose your favourite print (up to $150 framed), then email me your choice, including frame colour. Share on Facebook and Twitter for an extra entry. The winner will be selected using and will be announced at midday (NZ time) on Wednesday 27 March on my Facebook page and on the blog. I'll also contact the winner by email to get their delivery address. This competition is open to all Cush & Nooks readers, wherever you may be in the world.

Here's just a few of my favourites, now you go and find yours. Good luck!

This competition is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Dave!

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