New Year = New Share

By Julia Atkinson - Studio Home // @studiohome // @studiohome_ju #thebluehousenz

That’s right!
With Studio Home ticking over into her 9th year I have once again examined what both you and I want from this site. The internet, in its wild fluidity, is such an exciting place to experiment, reinvent and quite simply, make your own rules. Given that this is a blog, freely accessed by you at any time of your day at no cost, I feel unrestricted and flexible when making changes to present you guys. You’ve been along for the ride for a while now!

Ultimately it’s important to me that I continue to offer you relevant and RICH local introductions from the clever, creative people that live down our end of the world.

I just think we need to go a bit deeper….and be a little looser.

Philosophising aside…the changes I hope to present to you are both inspired by the activity happening around me in the design and art industry AND where my personal interests lie in reflection of what my life is looking like now (9 years down the track!)

My Mum - Julia Atkinson of Studio Home // NZ/Aus creative stories, brands, products and people.A Bit More Soul attendees by Julia Atkinson of Studio Home // NZ/Aus creative stories, brands, products and people.

CONTRIBUTED STORIES + DEEPER POSTS

I want to offer you more than “Hey guys! This week you can buy this! …or this!… perhaps this?” and instead put the power back into the hands of the brands and people I share with you in an effort to reveal more about what makes them tick. In a time where we are constantly pounded with “pretty pictures”, I feel I can offer my subjects AND you the chance to dig a little deeper and learn about the humans behind the products/art/projects/stores and stories presented.

Because, to me, the people are as interesting as the end product…

So posts will now come to you in a mix.

There will still be the normal, familiar quickfire introductions stirred in with more Q+A with those I feature. These posts will then be joined by totally NEW voices! I have already begun inviting photographers, film makers, story tellers, adventurers, experts/knowledge collectors and even brands and businesses themselves to compile, shoot, write and share their OWN stories via the Studio Home blog.

I’m really excited about this as I feel these people belong to a part of the creative world in NZ/AUS that I haven’t really given much airtime over the years….yet they are the ones I enjoy and follow more closely than anyone else!
You might expect to see studio tours, home tours, “how-to’s”, travel stories, personal creative projects, behind the scenes of brands, opinions and advice among whatever great, self generated content comes our way.

 

Ultimately I want to offer a platform that will shine a light on the stories being told AND those telling them.

 

Work will still be submitted and considered on its merits and relevance to you, the Studio Home audience, but if what is mentioned above pricks an idea or even reminds you of a project you have already completed check out the process here. 

You will see the first of these types of features rolling out later this week.

 by Julia Atkinson of Studio Home // NZ/Aus creative stories, brands, products and people. My sister in "Franny" the Caravan by Julia Atkinson of Studio Home // NZ/Aus creative stories, brands, products and people. by Julia Atkinson of Studio Home // NZ/Aus creative stories, brands, products and people.

 

THE HOME FRONT

2017 also marks some changes in my own circumstances that will allow me to dip back into my own design toolbox. Despite running an interior consultancy in my 20’s, I have moved town every 3 years without fail and have never fully been in a position to put some roots down, making a home of my “own” beyond rearranging art and buying indoor plants!

The Blue House - our beautiful NZ villa in Linwood, Christchurch, new Zealand. Join us on the mission to learn to garden and freshen this place up to suit our own lifestyle. Find more via @studiohome_ju and #thebluehousenz

Now with my feet firmly planted in Christchurch I find myself in a pretty cool position involving family, shared interests, handy skills and a desire to create something great!

 

My partner T and I have recently moved into a very tidy and charming villa in Linwood, a non-ritzy suburb very central to the transforming city centre. My Mum, on a hunt for a property investment, purchased it late last year and in January we moved in, renting as her tenants.  Here we have already been able to start making this place reflect the way we want to live. This has included exploring a hidden passion for gardening, space changes on a modest budget AND the painting of my office PINK! Investing in improvements, despite being renters, is due to our plan to purchase the house from Mum following the completion of our new build project we are taking on starting this month!

 

Yip! It’s home making central this year!

 

With our powers combined (T is a bricklayer and has built and sold several other properties) we plan to present an interesting and beautiful alternative to the normal, bland and shiny spec home. Armed with a plan completed by an architect friend, the large family home will be built in Prebbleton with us shortly entering consent stage and completing the project in addition to our daily work commitments.
I am super excited to be back specifying and creating a new house for someone, as yet unknown!

The home office transformed to PINK! Using Dulux NZ Petite Pink. Find more via @studiohome_ju and #thebluehousenzThe home office transformed to PINK! Using Dulux NZ Petite Pink. Find more via @studiohome_ju and #thebluehousenzThe home office transformed to PINK! Using Dulux NZ Petite Pink. Find more via @studiohome_ju and #thebluehousenz

It’s an elaborate plan but to be honest, it feels like a welcome re connect with my love of interiors and undertaking something as a team.

And so I plan to be sharing this all with you!
Some of you will have already joined the nesting plus design/build journey on my new @studiohome_ju instagram account. Here you’ll expect to be party to my ideas, progress, day to day and, no doubt, mistakes along the way via imagery and the stories feed. I’m kind of loving that stories business actually!
I will also be sharing a break down of improvements slowly made at the villa as room by room posts on here but, of course, as real life would have it, these will be irregular and simply bought to you as we have the time and money to do them!

You can follow this specifically on instagram via #thebluehousenz

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So that’s really it my friends!

I hope you enjoy the transition to a slightly less structured but majorly more personal format here. Studio Home remains strict in its down under creative focus but excited to be freeing up the content and inspiration coming your way.

Thanks,

Ju xo

Julia Atkinson of Studio Home - creative stories, brands, products and people from New Zealand and Australia since 1998 - follow @studiohome and @studiohome_ju

 

 

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Presence Collection by Sophie Melville

Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home
The soft, drifting landscapes of Sophie Melville might be quite familiar to you but perhaps under her former moniker of Mini Grandi Artist.
Wanaka based Sophie has spent the last few years reconnecting with her art practice while juggling her Mum jobs. Her work, entirely inspired by the dramatic landscape of where she lives, has found an enthusiastic audience internationally and via her stockists.
Taking stock and looking toward the future, Sophie has stepped out from behind her “brand” name, sold the very last of her open edition prints and has moved to provide a more covetable form of her work in exhibition based originals and limited edition giclee prints.

Loved by those attracted to a minimal palette AND those attracted to the delicate, floating form her work takes – all will be excited to see the arrival of her new “Presence Collection”.

"Out-of-reach-but-not-out-of-sight" by Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home "Seeking-Presence" by Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home Presence Collection by artist Sophie Melville // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home

“This collection is a culmination of a lot of simply ‘being’.

Sitting and being comfortable in my stillness.
The realisation of the total acceptance of myself.
Choosing to focus on the journey not the result.


To me this is all the awareness of presence.

My style has become more refined through reflection, consideration and now my process is immersed in clarity and foresight. But more than ever I take a lot longer to complete a painting as I feel a deeper connection to myself and this is visually expressed in my paintings. It’s my thought processes while creating that are making me observe, consider and just be.”

Explore Sophie Melville’s work here. 

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“Bloom” by Fleur Woods

 

Embroidery artwork by Fleur Woods // New Zealand - available online // as featured on Studio Home
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Upper Moutere based artist; Fleur Woods before, and heard first hand the happy story of how her painted work led her to teach herself to stitch and as a result we have this incredibly rich, textured and beautiful art!!

“Bloom” is Fleur’s first solo exhibition in Taranaki, hosted by Kina – NZ Design and Artspace in New Plymouth.

“Bloom is a new series of 14 contemporary, stitched paintings. I created them while channeling my humble Crown Lynn collection, love of flowers and overly optimistic op-shopper-itis. The 12 smaller works are each the size of a Crown Lynn saucer and their imagery references Crown Lynn patterns from the 50’s-70’s. Reinventing the patterns with fresh contemporary colours the paint & stitch meets linen where it blooms into new forms.”

To coincide with the launch of the collection, Fleur has also chosen 5 of the “paintings” to be printed as an exquisite, limited edition series of giclee prints. I own one myself from a previous series she did and the effect of the stitched features as a print is eye catching!

If you are in New Plymouth between Friday 27 January and 21 February, drop in to Kina  (101 Devon St West, New Plymouth) to view. Fleur will be there herself for Friday’s opening and Saturday morning.

For those that CAN’T get there you are in luck! View the Bloom Collection online here at Kina  and the prints available here. 

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“Tastemakers” Collection by Milton & King

Milton & King x Paula Coop McCory Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home

And here we goooo 2017! You’re very first post and its rightfully juicy for the eyes.

Milton and King is a family run wall coverings business that I am more than a little enamored with. Over the last few years they have grown a really impressive and GREAT quality library of papers and murals through collaborations with Australian and international artists. There is quite honestly something for everyone in the selection.

With connections and awareness of their products widening to the global stage, they have helped this along with a new series of collaborative designs working with some of North Americas most interesting design personalities.
The Tastemakers collection see’s designs by Pinterest queen; Paula Coop McCrory, well known interior designer; Jillian Harris and the duo behind top, long established design blog; Poppytalk. The work is super varied which makes it even more interesting and definitely reflects the designers own personality and style.
All paper is shipped free around NZ and Australia (YUS!) and we would like to offer one of you the chance to win 2 x rolls of your choice!
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Designs above.

Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home
Poppytalk founders :  Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson
Their collection above.

Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio HomeJillian Harris
Her collection above
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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN 2x ROLLS OF YOUR CHOICE

Competition now closed:
Congratulations to Sam Kelly !!!

– Simply click through to view the Tastemakers collection here and return to leave us your choice of paper in the comments below.

– Extra entries can be achieve by leaving the same comment on the competition posts on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

– Don’t forget to latch on to stay in touch with Milton and King’s releases by following them here on FB and here on Instagram as well!

T’s and C’s:
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.
– NZ residents need to be aware that some import duties may apply and are at the winners responsibility.
– To be drawn at random on Monday 23rd January.

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Akazi

Akazi - beautiful, ethically produced lounge wear // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home

The aesthetic that Akazi brings to the table is everything I personally love. Natural fabrics, a looser fit and a casual but cool vibe. This all rests on a commitment to growing an ethical brand in its manufacture and processes.

Mother/daughter duo; Tracey Barker and Pia Twyford might be based near Byron Bay, but the inspiration for Akazi comes from a lifetime of travel and the simpler life they led for many years in Africa.
The collection of basics that is aimed to let you slide from house to beach to plane and back again is made from quality, plant based fabrics – think various weights of linen and muslin.
It’s safe to say my shopping list is growing (those wide leg pants!) !!!

Explore below and online at Akazi here. 

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Photography by Melody Jasmine
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AKAZI

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bodha modern wellness

bodha modern wellness // NZ/USA - available online // as featured on Studio Home

Hi everyone! This is a rather fitting introduction to lead with for the brand new year! I’m always gunning for a new slate, new rituals and the intention to look after myself much better.

Bodha is a collection of modern wellness products designed to help you come back to yourself. Based on the belief that feeling connected is the key to happiness our line engages your senses through the power of ritual and aromatherapy.”

I would struggle to have introduced bodha any better than founder; Emily L’Ami does above. This beautiful collection of carefully thought out goods (for the soul and senses) have been created by this New Zealander while living in LA with her husband; Fredericus L’Ami, (also creative director of the brand). Some serious research has gone into the products as well as an international role call of designers and artisans!
Japanese linen is used for the aromatherapy eye pillows and the hand crafted brass incense holders have been made in a Japanese factory dating back 100 years. The Ritual Oil Diffuser has been designed by our own Jamie McLellan and crafted by local ceramic legend; Gidon Bing.

What I like about all this is the care taken in design and construction totally reflects the ethos of the products. Its about “quality time taken”.

Enjoy!

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Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
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