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May 2021
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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

2 min.
editor’s note

My first flat in Auckland was on Ponsonby Road, behind a store selling mid-century art and collectibles. My bedroom had views over the city, the toilet was outside, and in the alleyway behind the shop, there was just enough room to park my classic VW Beetle. For a wardrobe, I used a pole and chain that I threaded with dried flowers picked from nearby Western Park. I painted the raw kauri boards on my walls white and strung up an old skirt as a curtain. It was the late 1980s, so we drank filter coffee at the Open Late Café, shopped for vintage petticoats at Victorian Gilt, and saw Flying Nun bands at The Gluepot wearing Dr. Marten boots and leather jackets we bought from Hunters and Collectors. I flatted for…

1 min.

Josie Steenhart Writer What’s your interior style? I like a kind of cosy, contemporary minimalism that is given character, comfort and a sort of organic charm (I hope) with locally made ceramics, glassware, textiles and other special bits and pieces I’ve collected over the years. You wrote about The Dairy Private Hotel for this issue (see page 24). Did you pick up any decorating tips that you’d like to recreate at home? Despite usually preferring things simple and pared back, I love how the lavish use of Bloomsbury-inspired textiles is beautifully balanced by the soft, calming paint palette in the bedrooms. For me, a swathe of floral-print cushions in a riot of rich colours is a good starting point. What four words describe what your haven means to you? Cool, calm, considered and,…

7 min.
upper moutere my haven

Who lives with you? My husband Cam, daughters Lily, 12, and Saffron, 10, cats Peaches and Jess, pup George, and guinea pigs, a bunny and chooks. Tell us about your home. We moved into this lovely old farm cottage in October 2020. Rentals are hard to come by in our region, so we were stoked when this option came up through a friend’s family – a lucky chain of events that will hopefully give us the chance to stick around for a while, especially while our girls finish primary school. What is the history here? Our home was named Oakleigh by Austin and Helen Hyatt in 1948 after the lee of seven oaks on the property. The original part of the house was built around 100 years ago. Initially, the family farmed…

2 min.

In the Nood The constant delights of nature are the inspiration behind Nood’s autumn collection. A hot tip: use decor and accessories to give your lounge a quick seasonal update, as Nood have done here with their Immerse sofa and Arbor coffee table, to which they’ve added warm, textured tones of green, terracotta and pink, from the ribbed vase to the Mellor throw. nood.co.nz Soap star You need never run out of soap again with Beyond Soap’s subscription service, which delivers their natural soap bars direct to your door. The bars are crafted with olive, almond and coconut oils, shea butter, and natural orange, peppermint and lavender essential oils beyondsoap.co.nz FRESH AIR Dyson’s Purifier Formaldehyde range uses sensors to destroy potentially dangerous indoor pollutants so you can breathe freely. dyson.co.nz Fever pitcher Wellington-based fashion label Havilah aims to brighten our…

2 min.
current crush…

“Rustic glamour” was the design brief for opulent new Queenstown accommodation offering The Dairy Private Hotel. It may sound contradictory, but it absolutely works. The 15-room hotel is housed in what was the town’s original corner store, dating back to the 1920s, and the resulting bold and quirky but perfectly curated interiors give a chic nod to traditional European ski chalets but are injected with a fresh and distinctive New Zealand twist. Designer Toni Brandso, of Auckland-based design firm Material Creative, calls the renovation “voluptuous”. “The design intent was to create a beautifully unique boutique hotel interior that exuded a lived-in yet considered rustic glamour and that spoke to our love of designing the unexpected and infusing decorative freedom with craftsmanship, as well as honouring the history of the building and area.” The…

2 min.
settle, petal

RETRO ROMANCE Wall painted in Resene Vintage from Resene ColourShops. Furniture, from left Black framed oak plywood dining table from Mood, $2975. Rattan art chair, $675, and Palk chair, $525, both from Corcovado. Colombo dining chair, $545 from Coco Republic. Homewares, from left Renee Boyd pale pink sand vase, $45 from The Poi Room. Ripple Glass amber candle holder, $49.95 for set of two from Thread Design. Boston Living rustic pillar candle, $12.99, and William Mason serving bowl, $69.99, both from Briscoes. Divocs vase, $149.90, and Harmie vase, $14.90, both from Thread Design. Piccadilly carafe, $69.90, Muriwai tea towel, $22.90, Glow tumbler, $16.90, and Grid tumbler, $67.60 for set of four, all from Città. On shelf, from left Susannah Bridges ice bowl, $395 from The Poi Room. San Miguel retro bottle,…