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August 2021

Haven is a brand new home and living magazine for a brand-new world. With many of us spending more time at home than ever, our homes are our safe haven from the challenges we face beyond our front doors. Step inside the pages and stay awhile. We celebrate everything that makes a house a home — inviting spaces, inspiring people, delicious food, and homes with heart.

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New Zealand
School Road Publishing Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

If you’re looking to transform your home from average to showstopping, simply add art: collectable art, second-hand art, art from your children, your garden, your camera. Even art that’s not really art (I have an oversized wooden ruler displayed in my living room) can elevate the plainest of rooms into something original and interesting. This month we celebrate artists across the country who work in a variety of mediums. Along with creating groundbreaking work, they all use their flair for colour and composition to make their havens extraordinary. Tracey Tawhiao opens the doors to her art-filled Piha whare, where walls are lined with her signature newspaper-print paintings. Still out in West Auckland, we showcase the sublime studio of painter Cruz Jimenez and Ghastly Studios sculptor Katherine Rutecki, whose dark and moody kitchen…

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Phoebe Mackenzie Interdisciplinary artist How would you describe your interior style? Imagine a human who is secretly a magpie that hoards all its shiny op shop finds in a townhouse rather than a nest – that’s my interior style. I also have a penchant for anything old Hollywood and have been collecting vintage gowns for more than 10 years. You photographed Octavia Cook for this issue (page 14). What do you love about the artist community in Port Chalmers? I love how modest Port is. It has amazing music, views, beer and character, yet it never broadcasts it. No wonder it’s the place of residence or birth of so many renowned artists in Aotearoa. What four words describe what your haven means to you? Nature, sanctuary, refuge and comfort. Sally Tagg photographer You specialise in botanical photography.…

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edit whakatika

RED GEM When jeweller Octavia Cook’s landlords bought a Port Chalmers rental just six months before she and her family moved in, they set about reviving the 1890s villa with a fresh coat of paint. “They transformed it from a white house with a blue door to this winning combination of a dusty-blue house with a welcoming garnet-red door,” says Octavia of her home which overlooks Dunedin’s historic portside town and the rugged Otago Peninsula beyond. Get the look with Dulux Kakanui in Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss. Dulux, Aquanamel and Colours of New Zealand are registered trademarks of DuluxGroup (Australia) Pty Ltd. Due to the limitations of the printing process, printed images and swatches may not represent the true colour. Always confirm your final colour choice with a Dulux Sample Pot.…

5 min
my haven

Where do you live? I live in Port Chalmers, which is a 15-minute drive from central Dunedin. People who live in Dunedin consider it “out of town” though! Who do you live with? My husband Naz, son Rex, eight, and cat Mildred. What is your house like? We are lifelong renters and live in a spacious four-bedroom villa that was built around 1890. The interiors are renovated so we have a lovely open-plan kitchen/lounge/dining area that gets the afternoon sun and looks out to the peaks of Kapukataumahaka and Mihiwaka. There’s a huge hallway, which is big enough to ride your bike through if you’re an eight-year-old boy… How have you added personality to your space? Our house already has a lot of personality in terms of the intensely coloured walls – orange…

4 min

Who’s the fairest? Blobs are not usually considered the height of beauty but this mirror from Made of Tomorrow certainly is. A playful mix of retro and modern design and Scandinavian simplicity, it has a specially designed wall mount, which means you can hang it in four different ways to suit your chosen space. Plus, the company’s founders, Matt Genefaas and Dan Craig, create all of their products using local suppliers and sustainable materials to help keep our planet beautiful too. madeoftomorrow.com Leading light Acclaimed lighting and furniture design studio Douglas and Bec has been reborn as Snelling. The sublime first collection, Lens, is a joyful celebration of founder Bec Snelling’s return to her artistic roots after a devastating factory fire and period of self-reckoning. “I’m finally working the way I have always…

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pink crush