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homestyle February/March 2018

homestyle is New Zealand’s freshest home and lifestyle magazine. With a focus on clever ideas and intelligent spending, homestyle offers a mix of accessible luxury and practical inspiration giving you the confidence to create your own living environment with a personal touch. From new homes, to renovations and even rentals, homestyle is the magazine for anyone looking to transform their house into a home.

New Zealand
The Pluto Group Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
editor’s note

“If an object is difficult to part with, photograph it – it can liberate you from needing to keep it any longer. It’s good advice, although I’m not always capable of following it!” NO MATTER HOW MANY BOOKS WE READ WITH helpful tips for minimising the number of possessions we own or attempts we make to follow the ‘one in, one out’ rule, it can still be difficult to decide what’s a special memento and what’s general clutter when it’s time for that start-of-the-year tidy up. (I’m not sure about you, but it’s one of my annual rituals.) A piece of advice I took on board while watching a downsizing TV show years ago was if an object is no longer useful but has associations that make it difficult to part…

2 min
you & us

#HOMESTYLELOVESCOLOUR Our newest assistant Ted had a great time road- testing the sets at our kids’ colour shoot. Turn to page 38 to see his cameo appearance in the spaces his editor-at-large mum Alice Lines (@ lineslikes , pictured) styled. “A few things may have come home with us for his room,” says Alice. “#shoppingonthejob!” #WHERETHEARTIS Of photographing spatial designer Toni Brandso’s home on page 49, Michelle Weir (@studioweir) says, “It was obvious that Toni is intrinsically an artist. At every turn, her own handmade ceramics and artworks line the walls and shelves, all traces of her creative thoughts and processes.” #HOMESTYLEOUTTAKE There are so many incredible pieces in Charlotte Rust’s @babelogue_shop in Auckland’s Beresford Square, it’s hard to know what to ooh and aah over first. See what we mean on…

2 min
scout & about

FLYING SAUCERS Italian lighting brand Astep brings together today’s visionaries and iconic designers of the past, among them founder Alessandro Sarfatti’s grandad, Gino. When everyone else was using glass, Gino was experimenting with stronger, lighter methacrylate, from which he crafted this Model 2065 pendant in 1950. We’re never not enchanted by its saucer-shaped diffusers that look as if they’re floating. goodform.co.nz WHAT’S NEW? At Nest, quite a lot, actually: new brands; a new online store; and a new shop, Nest Weekend, at Auckland’s Cheltenham Beach. It’s an apt location given the laid-back vibe of its lovely offerings, like these pieces crafted by fair-trade artisans in Bangladesh and Malawi. nest-direct.com BOOM BOOM POW The artworks in Evie Kemp’s new Still Life series pack quite the visual punch. Depicting the fantasy vignettes of…

2 min
top shelf

PLANT STYLE BY ALANA LANGAN & JACQUI VIDAL, PUBLISHED BY THAMES & HUDSON, $40. Melbournians Alana (an interior stylist) and Jacqui (a gallerist) opened their botanical-wares studio Ivy Muse (@ivymuse_melb) in 2014, hoping to encourage customers to get creative with greenery, and now they’ve taken everything they know and put it into a beautiful, instructional book. If you’re keen to fill your place with plants but don’t know the first thing about arranging them and worry they’ll end up carking it, this is for you. Find out what you need to keep an indoor garden growing, which plants work well where, and ways to style them in every room of the house. Terrariums, string gardens and air plants that don’t need soil to grow are among the many cool ideas,…

1 min
longing looks

1 min
warm wishes

SUMMER’S IN FULL SWING, AND some classic neutral colours have warmed up to match the weather. Together they form a soft palette that exudes contemporary appeal yet is very easy to work with, allowing you to add your own character to a space without fear of your homeware clashing with your walls. Dulux Cardrona and Glinks Gully are both warm neutrals that sit beautifully alongside soft pinks such as Dulux Maiko and muted oranges like Dulux Motueka. They also work well with the natural materials that are so popular right now, such as timber, stone and linen. When using paint to update a space, keep in mind that you don’t have to change entire walls to make a statement. Consider transforming just your home’s front door, an interior door frame, or the…