The Design Chaser

Curates Baya 2024

Michelle Halford brings her distinctive styling interpretation to our 2024 Annual Collection.

Rangitahi Peninsula, Raglan

This season sees us partner with renowned interior stylist and designer Michelle Halford (of The Design Chaser) to showcase a selection of our Annual Collection. We invited Michelle to Sister Sanctuary, a stunning architecturally designed home on the Rangitahi Peninsula.

We caught up with Michelle to learn more about her influences and styling interpretation.

Tell us what influenced your product choices this season?

My selections are inspired by the beautiful setting of the architectural home nestled in Raglan's bushland and coastal surroundings. They reflect both the warm tones and textures found in the natural landscape and my personal love for neutral and earthy colours.

To harmonise with the wood and concrete finishes of the architecture and provide a soft backdrop for showcasing this season’s warm palette, I incorporated pale wood elements and neutral tones.

The addition of ceramic pieces in sand and brown hues further evokes a sense of tranquility, mirroring the home’s seamless integration with its natural environment. 

"To provide a soft backdrop for showcasing this season’s warm palette, I incorporated pale wood elements and neutral tones"

How would you describe your personal style?

My interior style is understated yet layered—achieved with the use of warm, textural elements, timeless design, and relaxed details.

What colours are you are drawn to?

I feel most at ease surrounded by calming, neutral tones such as the oatmeal and ecru.

To add contrast, I love layering warm hues inspired by nature. Cinnamon and cocoa immediately caught my eye for their rich brown tones, while the sage brings a soft and tranquil touch. 

Tell us a little about the pieces that you used to style this shoot.

In line with the new collection theme of embracing the natural environment, I chose soft grey and off-white sofas to serve as the ideal backdrop for showcasing the warm tones and textures of the new collection.

These were paired with tables and plinths in tactile wood and stone finishes and sculptural objects inspired by nature.

In Studio, Auckland

The nature-inspired them was carried through to the studio with a textural limewash paint, furniture pieces in wood and stone, and sculptural objects inspired by natural forms. Artworks including Greer Clayton’s Day is Clearing and Rachel Wegrzyn’s Volcanic series further enhanced the theme, while a standout hero piece—a striking Aubergine armchair by Ligne Roset—added a touch of drama.


Look One

I love the way the Sandringham floor rug in Cameo, with its earthy pink undertones, is complimented by the rich aubergine armchair by Ligne Roset. The styling was kept minimal to highlight the intricate textures and nuances of each piece, creating a subtle yet captivating interplay of colours and a cosy, serene setting.

Hemicycle Armchair by Ligne Roset.

&Tradition Lato Side Table, available through Cult Design.

Interno Limewash in Irish Elk by Porters Paints

Ferm Living Oyster Table Lamp, available through Slow Store.

“Dormant 29” by Rachel Wegrzyn, available through Public Record.

Sandringham Floor Rug in Cameo by Baya.


Look Two

Layered and inviting, this nature-inspired look is grounded by the Vermont rug in driftwood and features the beautiful, hand-painted Dune cushion and complimentary tones of cumin, sage and blush. The palette carries through to the moody, ethereal landscape painting by Greer Clayton.

'Day is Clearing' artwork by Greer Clayton, available through Parnell Gallery.

Custom Sofa, available through Exhibit One.

Aperture Low Table in Smoked Oak by Vertone.

Dune Cushion by Baya.

Vermont Floor Rug in Driftwood by Baya.

Who do you admire in the New Zealand design and creative space?

I’m constantly blown away by the calibre and quality of residential architecture and design in NZ—too many designers to name!

I also admire many local makers and artists, including wood-working studio Walk in the Park. Their hand-made pieces are exquisite (I’m slowly growing a small collection) and others whose work I have included in this shoot such as Greer Clayton, Author Ceramics and Amelia Fagence Design. Public Record is my go-to for beautiful one-of a kind art and objects.