all things bright and beautiful #3

Colour need not just be bright (as it is pretty much always with me).  Sometimes it can be pale.  So it is pale and interesting that we will be focusing on for this post.

I am completely in love with these sculptures (that just happen to be vases) by Phil Cuttance.  Stocked here in Auckland at Douglas + Bec, $454 each.  Each one is entirely unique and most definitely a work of art.  And I love the colour palette but particularly the soft pink.

With a resurgence of retro-inspired design, I suppose it isn’t a surprise that vintage inspired colours are making a return as well.  While I was in the States earlier this year I got to see the beautiful new Fiat 500 that has been released in a range of vintage colors – my two favorites are the soft baby blue and the sage green.

Imagine my surprise to find DeLonghi had released Icona Vintage with both a toaster and a jug in both the pale blue and also the lovely sage to brighten kitchens the world over. With cream, brown and also a matt black (which is gorgeous) to round out the colour scheme – they definitely make stainless steel appliances look positively boring.   The kettle retails at $149, the Two Slice Toaster $149 and the Four Slice toaster $169.

Tessuti and Ingrid Starnes had a party last week to celebrate the opening of their second store in Newmarket (their other in Herne Bay). I love the Rachel Carley Lotus Bowls ($34 each) in their pretty pale colors (particularly the lilac).  They have a wonderful selection of Carley’s iconic slipcase earthenware ceramics as well as quite a few other treasures. Find them also on-line at

Genevieve Levy Edition produces the most sublimely delicate digital prints onto fine linen cushions.  They look like there has been a simply flick of a paintbrush, but on closer inspection the colors and construction are beautifully obvious.  Madder and Rouge in Newmarket Auckland stock these gorgeous cushions, and they can also be bought on-line at Prices range from $149 to $249.




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