December 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.

New Zealand
School Road Publishing Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

And just like that, it’s Christmas. Decorations are ready to hang, presents are being wrapped, garlands are lining the shelves and wreaths are coming out of storage (or, if you’re particularly crafty, being assembled from bountiful botanicals you’ve foraged). Fairy lights are twinkling in anticipation, champagne and cherries are starting to crowd out the fridge, and it’s all starting to feel refreshingly festive. Inside our December issue, you’ll find decorating inspiration, whether you’re a fan of luscious colour or prefer a pared-back natural aesthetic. Along with gift guides and homewares galore, we’ve got real Kiwi homes all decked out and ready for celebrating the big day with family and friends. To make things easy, Nici Wickes has designed a delicious feast to enjoy in whatever part of the country you find…

1 min
i’m coveting

These simple hand-poured wax candles from design boutique Arc are sculptural in form and can be reused as glass tumblers. The rose, jasmine, cedarwood and black pepper fragrance is a Christmas winner. arcatelier.co This year I’m adding a neutral-coloured Le Creuset Dutch oven to my list for Santa. I have a traditional red version that’s perfectly festive, but this meringue-toned beauty will look divine in my kitchen. lecreuset.co.nz A lasting Christmas memento book bound in linen is a timeless gift that also makes a lovely treat for yourself. I plan on collating photos, recording recipes and collecting keepsakes for many years to come. Memories start here! forgetmenotjournals.com…

1 min

How would you describe your interiors style? It’s hard to pinpoint one particular style as I love quite a few, but I’d say it’s a modern, organic aesthetic. I like the spaces that I create to be stylish yet approachable. Definitely very “lived in”. You styled the home of Cherie Metcalfe for this issue. How will you be decorating your own home this Christmas? Probably fairly similarly! It’s no secret that I love my neutrals, so I’ll probably use some wooden, neutral and natural tones such as white, creams and green with gold or brass accents. I also have two young kids, so I’ll be making the most of having creative control while I can. What four words describe what your haven means to you? Family, music, greenery, sunshine. How does your photographer’s…

5 min
mt eden my haven

How long have you lived in Mt Eden? On and off since I was 18, when you could afford a room in a flat for $65 a week. Nearly every flat I lived in before moving overseas happened to be in this area, so when I moved in with Matt seven years ago, it was like coming home. Matt grew up in Mt Eden, when Circus Circus was a bakery that sold those three-coloured, tiered meringue snowmen with a stale biscuit base. Then he left for the UK, was gone for 18 years, returned to a very different place serving bowl lattes and deconstructed lamingtons, and moved right back into his childhood home. Who do you live with? Matt and I live with Bene the dog and Eva the cat 100…

3 min

Seed at home Just in time for summer, fashion brand Seed Heritage has launched a bespoke home and lifestyle range. Its beautiful wares include stoneware, premium linen napery, soft cotton towels, handcrafted ceramics created in collaboration with Robert Gordon, and handmade soaps by Melbourne brand Fazeek. seedheritage.com/nz Floral slumbers Papinelle and Karen Walker have combined forces yet again to create another bloomingly beautiful range of sleepwear featuring pretty floral prints in lightweight cotton and silk. papinelle.co.nz, karenwalker.com ROCK OF ALL AGES If there’s one stone to rule them all, it’s marble. Coco Republic’s new range of stunning marble furniture includes consoles, side and dining tables, and the ultimate home-office statement – the Vertu desk, made from striking Arabescato marble. cocorepublic.co.nz Eco chic Beloved local leatherware brand Deadly Ponies recently revealed its brand mission to become the world’s most responsible handbag…

2 min
current crush… 14th lane, blenheim

The 1940s building at the corner of Kinross and Scott streets in Blenheim has seen a few iterations, but its new era as a boutique hotel is surely its most stylish. “The building was originally a wood and coal merchant, but it has been operating as a range of businesses since then, including a textile and overalls factory,” says 14th Lane Urban Hotel co-owner Vicki Young, who bought the property with husband Craig and business partner Janet Enright in 2017. “It wasn’t until the 1990s that it was a pub/hotel (in the classic Kiwi sense), with a traditional nightclub upstairs.” After the pub and club closed down, a plan to turn the building into backpacker accommodation was stymied by the Kaikōura earthquake. After substantial strengthening work was done, Vicki and her partners…