I often shy away from super-minimal and/or newer-build homes in favor of the charm and comfort of an older home, but blogger, writer and stylist ’s nest may have me taking that back. Surrounded by mature trees and close to the eastern beaches, her home in Auckland, New Zealand delivers on function, comfort and livability.
At the center of Michelle’s busy world is her husband and IT architect Dean Grimmond, her two sons Roman (7) and Marlow (4), and her career. As someone who works from home with two young boys, Michelle’s life and schedule—needless to say—is busy. So it was important to her that her home worked
with her lifestyle, not against it. To her, this meant making the big leap to minimal; stripping everything she didn’t need in her surroundings and focusing on the basics. Nestled in Meadowbank, their home was a new build made just for them by boutique building company Property Partners. As soon as she and Dean picked the lot, Michelle didn’t skip a beat and began excitedly planning the design of the interior. She spent months dreaming up what was soon to become a reality, documenting it all on her blog, . Her passion project took eight months and lots of planning, but the result is stunning. “Having a clear vision definitely made it easier,” Michelle says. “While it could be a little overwhelming at times, I was very decisive and never agonized over all the choices that I had to make when it came to the interior design.” Michelle’s design injects just the right amount of personality and Scandinavian style while still being comfortable and lived-in.
Michelle's open concept kitchen/dining/living space is flooded with plenty of light, thanks to the pitched roof, large windows, high ceilings and lighting from Muuto and Eric Therner.
Minimalism is all about functionality. Michelle's favorite day-to-day items are always within arm's reach, nestled in the corner of her Silestone countertop that extends up the wall to form a seamless backsplash. The espresso cups and bowl from Cathérine lovatt for SeraxDesign live in harmony with her Letters Cups and Bowls from Simon James Concept Store and LET LIV.
White kitchens with marble backsplashes and countertops can sometimes look cold, but paired with pale wood bar stools from Mocka, plants and fresh fruit, Michelle's kitchen becomes warm and inviting. Wire fruit bowl from LET LIV.
Michelle admittedly has become a homebody since they moved in, and I don't blame her: Her home is filled with so much light and life!
Michelle's main living room on the second floor features a gallery wall with an ever-changing display of work from her favorite artists such as Father Rabbit, Jane Denton, Nynne Rosenvinge, Playtype, Seventy Tree and Leigh Viner.
The extra-high ceilings allow for plenty of sunlight to stream in from their large windows during the day. The sofa from Freedom Furniture is the perfect backdrop for the fun cushions from Fine Little Day and throw from Kate & Kate X Superette.
The "etc" Seletti Neon art takes on new meaning, standing for "end of thinking capacity." "It seemed fitting for the living room where we unwind and relax," Michelle says.
"The Scandinavian String Shelving System [from Bob and Friends] is the hero piece of this room," says Michelle, and it's hard for me to argue with that. I'd constantly be re-styling the shelves for fun, myself! The "g" poster beside them is from Pop Motif, and the storage sacks underneath are from Superette.
The hallway in the entry of the home, complete with Muuto's Dot hangers and a Jimmy Stand from Mocka NZ.
Having a home office has been a dream come true for Michelle. "Home is also my 'playground' where I can indulge in my love of styling and photography, documenting the journey along the way on my blog and Instagram!"
Michelle's constantly-changing mood board is filled with anything she's inspired by at the moment. "I spend a lot of time here, so I love being surrounded by beautiful things." She hangs papers and magazines from her Mathilda Clahr leather straps from Norsu Interiors.
Michelle and Dean's master bedroom is simple and relaxed. While minimal, it still has everything you'd want in a bedside space; a small surface for books or mugs and a handy Menu Ladder from Simon James Concept Store to toss your clothes or accessories on and a Tolomeo Wall Lamp. The linen bedding from Nest is made even cozier with a wool blanket from Forestry Home X Milo and Mitzy.
Michelle's sons rule the downstairs. Their living area is a fun space for them to work, or simply obsess over their love of Batman and music. I imagine the decision to use a hanging planter over a desk plant or floor planter was intentional with all of the shenanigans the boys must get into. This BOSSKE one is from Simon James Concept Store.
Can you guess whose desk this is? Roman and Marlow's desks are each accented with their own initial and fun postcards from Paper Plane Store and bat decals from One Hundred Percent Heart.
The kids' space is a bit more relaxed and made comfortable with a throw from Shelter 7 and cushions from Citta Design. The picture ledge displays their favorite prints and objects from RK Design, Variety Show Studio, Henry & Co Home and Birdinabunnysuit.
The Scandi-style continues in Marlow's room. "We started with a white canvas and added pops of their favorite colors. I had so much fun styling both their rooms." Marlow's bed from Mocka NZ allows for plenty of storage underneath.
Marlow's hexagonal shadow boxes from Type, which Michelle painted in Resene Black White to match the walls, are perfect for displaying his cute little toys. They're offset by an awesome alphabet print from RK Design.
What little boy wouldn't want Marlow's bedside? (Okay, I want it, too, and I'm a 24-year-old woman.) The Lego storage boxes from Mighty Ape make a great alternative to a beside table.
I love the mixed graphic shapes in Roman's bedroom, like his thunderbolt duvet from Henry & Co Home. There's something endearing about the imperfect triangle decals below his humble shelf holding some precious gifts from when he was born, such as the R Wooden Letter from Madder & Rouge.
The pom-pom garland in Roman's room breaks up the modular quality of his Mocka NZ shelves, which are filled with another healthy dose of Batman, like this print from Pop Factory Shop.