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Interior designer Charlotte Minty gently modernised the interior of this cottage in Ngaio, here in Wellington, New Zealand, without removing any of its cottage charm! The warmth from the floorboards is perfectly balanced with trademark Charlotte cool, and you need to see the before and after of the bathroom over on Charlotte's blog! Incredible! Here are some of my images of my favourite aspects of the renovation, including the superbly hung wall of plates.

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Charlotte Minty Interior Design / Cottage, Ngaio

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Charlotte Minty redesigned the interior of this Wellington townhouse to great effect! She has accented the whitewashed brick and wooden floors in this large, complex space with bright, rich textiles and furniture, working with artwork belonging to her clients and a mid century lilt. With an amazing collection of Armadillo rugs and pieces from Citta, Tim Webber and Douglas and Bec, I didn't want to leave after photographing it! Beautiful work from Charlotte, as always. Full project on her blog!

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Charlotte Minty Interior Design / Town House, Kelburn

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In celebration of their 20th birthday, Huia Vineyards unveiled "Inseparable Huia", an artwork by Dr Fiona Pardington, inspired by the love story of the now extinct Huia bird and Huia vintners Claire and Mike Allan. The event and partnership was conceived by Morven McAuley at Tradecraft, who always has the best ideas. The "Inseparable Huia" adorns limited edition lables of Huia. A perfectly imperfect still life was created and installed by Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral and the event was hosted at Odettes Eatery in Auckland, New Zealand. 

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Huia / Tradecraft / Dr Fiona Pardington

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Charlotte Minty is an interior designer here in Wellington, New Zealand. We work together photographing her completed projects, beginning with this compact inner city apartment. Beginning life with an industrial aesthetic, Charlotte reimagined this one bedroom apartment as a light filled, soothing environment with a new kitchen and bathroom for the retired couple who call it home. It has clever space saving features, such as a guest bed that is stowed away day to day in the living room wall and stackable occasional furniture. Here are some of my favourite textures from this project, which you can see in it's entirety on Charlotte's blog. I look forward to sharing more projects from this talented designer and friend!

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Charlotte Minty Interior Design / City Apartment, Thorndon
Charlotte Minty Interior Design / City Apartment, Thorndon

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Huia / Tradecraft

Huia Vineyards, in Marlborough, New Zealand, is where Claire and Michael Allan handcraft their certified organic wine. In partnership with Morven McAuley from Tradecraft (amazing woman, amazing company!) I spent from sunrise to sunset in a day in the life of Huia. The people, the place, the fascinating processes behind biodynamic, organic growing and the family and food at Huia made this project a highlight. Enjoy these images with a glass of Marlborough's finest! 

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Huia / Tradecraft

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Kowtow

Kowtow, a certified fair trade organic clothing label based here in Wellington, New Zealand forms at least 50% of my wardrobe and is especially a staple of my "on the job" wardrobe (mostly because of the pockets on pretty much everything!). It was a real pleasure to meet Gosia Piatek, founder and designer of Kowtow and to photograph the workroom and end of year celebrations with staff, stockists and friends. I was working with my usual partners in crime, Unna of The Forest Cantina who put together the brilliant grazing table, and Mindy of Twig & Arrow who created a cloud of suspended roses, the scent of which you could smell wafting down the stairwell on your way up to the workroom. Refreshments were supplied by one of my local favourites, Garage Project, as well as AntipodesAll Good Organics and Huia Vineyards, the latter of whom happen to be wonderful clients of mine. 

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Kowtow
Kowtow

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Party

This November marks a year since I launched myself as a full time freelance photographer. As well as marking the past year as a success it was important to me to thank my clients, mentors, friends and family, as it is with the support of these people that I am able to do what I do. I threw a nautical/tropical themed evening event at The Neighbourhood Studio and I worked with my clever friend Greta Menzies to come up with a gift that my guests could help create at the screen printing studio then take home. Becky and Jeremy from Can't Live Without and Jacqui from Libertine Blends donated their lovely products for the gift bags and Unna from The Forest Cantina made the most beautiful birthday cakes! There are lots of people to thank, including yourself for taking the time to read this post, browse the images and being a part of my community.

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The Forest Cantina Book Launch

In my last post I shared the photographs from Unna Burch and Mindy Dalzell's Flour & Flower workshop for Wellington On a Plate. Now I'm excited to share the photographs from Unna's launch for her book My Garden Kitchen, held at the Innermost Community Gardens in Mount Victoria, here in Wellington, New Zealand.

I love Unna's book; I've been making my way through the recipes and my cooking skills and understanding of flavour profiles beyond my own tried and tested recipes are much improved! To celebrate this wonderful book Unna hosted her family and friends, sponsors and supportive people who enabled Unna to achieve publishing success.

Jodie from The Couture Candy Buffet Company styled the refreshment stations, which were resplendent in Tuatara, Antipodes Water, Hunky Dory and Huia Vineyards products. Kim from Matterhorn created a bespoke cocktail for the event with my absolute favourite, New Zealand made Rogue Society Gin (check out their website, amazing). The Canapé Company made canapé interpretations of Unna's recipes from the book and Mindy from Twig & Arrow created a breathtaking two meter high Protea speckled floral installation. Unna screened the film that Josiah from Firetale Films created for her and the combination of all this goodness made it a wonderful event. Congratulations Unna!

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The Forest Cantina Book Launch

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The Forest Cantina Workshop

As part of the Wellington On a Plate festival here in Wellington, New Zealand, Unna Burch (otherwise known as The Forest Cantina) partnered up with Mindy of Twig & Arrow and presented Flour & Flower. As the title suggests this workshop was a combination of instructional baking and floristry and these two nailed it! Natural presenters, wonderful teachers and animated students made this a real pleasure to photograph, in the lovely venue that is In Good Company. Perks included Antipodes and Huia refreshments and it goes without saying, Unna's food! As part of the festival Unna also ran a workshop sharing her self taught and accomplished photographic and styling skills which was photographed by Meg Wyper, check it out!  

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The Forest Cantina Workshop
The Forest Cantina Workshop

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Portrait of a House

This is my grandmother Geraldine's beautiful home, where I lived with her for five years before beginning my tertiary study. Photographing her house is a fitting tribute to her dear friend and my mentor, interior designer Peter Reynolds who sadly passed away last year. Nanna's house is filled with treasures she has collected from all over the world; a contemporary cabinet of curiosity. As I write this I wonder what she has bought home this month from Vienna, or Rome. She jokes that I didn't inherit any creativity from her as both my parents are artists and she is an insurance broker. I don't think you could create a home like hers without having great vision, taste and creativity. My favourite things in her home? The Venetian glass chandelier in the lounge which used to hang in Peter's gallery, the lounge suite she's had since the 70's that was originally covered in cream velour, and the fact that there are no white walls in the entire house.  

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Portrait of a House
Portrait of a House

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