Haven December 2020

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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shining bright

1 Imperio mono votive holder, $269 from Republic Home. 2 Kartell Abbracciaio candelabra, $500 from Smith & Caughey’s. 3 Nedre Foss Ildhane cast iron candlestick, $115 from Everyday Needs. 4 General Eclectic Astral candleholder, $14.99 from The Market. 5 Brass Le Forge palm candleholder, $59.99 from Shut The Front Door. 6 Tall Budding Ede candlestick, $39.50 from French Country Collections. 7 Flare candleholder, $29.90 from Città. 8 Wire tree tealight holder, $7 from Kmart. 9 Pols Potten Hello Clear candle stand, $245 from Bob & Friends. 10 DOIY Hestia candleholder, $59 from until.co.nz. al fresco faves Mix it up with our new range of melamine dinnerware in Moroccan inspired brights or terrazzo prints. Perfect for entertaining outdoors, melamine is lightweight, durable & dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.…

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wrap it up

STAR QUALITY Give presents the Midas touch by mixing up glamorous white and gold prints. 1 Christmas crackers, $19.99 for box of six from Briscoes. 2Wrapping paper, $10.99 from Shut the Front Door. 3 Wrapping paper, $7.99 from Briscoes. 4 Ribbon, $6 from Spotlight. 5 Star, $16.50 from The Christmas Heirloom Company. 6 Gift bag, $7.99 from Briscoes. 7 Wrapping paper, $7.99 from Briscoes. 8 Wrapping paper, $7.99 from Briscoes. 9 Star ornament, $9.99 from Farmers. 10 Ribbon, $6.40 from Spotlight. 11 Gift tags, $3 for set of 12 from Spotlight. 12 Bauble, $8 for set of six from The Warehouse. 13 Bauble, $10.50 from The Christmas Heirloom Company. CANDIED PEEL Add some punch to the party season with pops of orange, pink and gold. 1 Wrapping paper, $7.99 from Typo. 2 Wrapping paper, $7.99…

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Kind shopping Shop for design-led, locally made and sustainably minded homewares at new online store Percent, which is donating 5 percent of its profits from every purchase to charities Women’s Refuge, Forest & Bird or KidsCan. percent-store.com CATCHING UP WITH… Nic Graham, designer You were instrumental in the interior design of the luxurious new QT hotel at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Tell us about the inspiration behind it? On my first trip to Auckland, it was revealed to me how treasured the oyster is in New Zealand, and rightly so. The idea of the rough outside and seductive polish of the inside was a nice metaphor for a re-purposed inner-city hotel conversion. The oyster narrative is a loose one, but extends to some interior components that we used, such as wall textures, bold, polished colours,…

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garden tasks for:decemberer

SUMMER IS HERE It's not too late to plant tomatoes, chillies and capsicums. Buy larger plants though so they don’t have to spend a month catching up. Cucumbers and courgettes can be planted too. SOW A CROP OF BEANS If you have a small garden and would prefer to harvest your crop all at once (which is a great option if you’d like to freeze it), sow dwarf bean varieties. You could also sow climbing beans, which will produce for at least six weeks. Train them up a trellis or bamboo teepee. DON’T FORGET FLOWERS Cosmos, marigolds, mignonette, zinnias and sunflowers are just a smattering of the blooms you can sow or plant now. WATER YOUR PLANTS At this time of year, it’s important to water your garden regularly. (That’s if you don’t have watering restrictions in…

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the gift of growing

Some people think it’s uncool to get into Christmas, but I don’t – I love it, unashamedly! I’m not putting up my tree the day after Halloween or anything but I start playing Christmas carols from December 1, and gradually increase the daily dose until December 25. Inevitably, there’s a point at which my partner can’t tolerate any more of my Christmas spirit and says, “Please … don’t” when I play “Snoopy’s Christmas” yet again. My garden gets a merry makeover as well. This year I’ve grown 10 pots of Christmas lilies, which I'll stage throughout my garden, and I’ve invited my friends around for a wreath-making session (check out the instructions on how to make your own gorgeous wreath on page 76). It will be BYOG (bring your own greenery)…

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What do you love about the neighbourhood where you live? I live in Henderson, near the foot of the Waitākere Ranges, just 10 minutes’ bike ride from the Opanuku Stream cycle track and walkway. The stream, which is planted with native bush, is a highway for bats. Nearby is the wonderful Corbans Estate Art Centre, set within historic winery buildings, which has an excellent shop, gallery and café, and runs art workshops for adults and children. Henderson is incredibly culturally diverse, and I love that my sons attend a primary school with children from more than 25 different nationalities. Along with your regular column, Avant Gardener, you interviewed Kay Bazzard for this issue. Any ideas you’d steal from her garden? I really admire Kay’s almost symbiotic relationship with her garden where she allows…