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homestyle April/May 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

2 min
editor’s note

I almost can’t believe it’s been nine months since I wrote my last editor’s letter, but here we are! I’m back from maternity leave and enjoying immersing myself in the wonderful world of interiors again – rather than just the interior of my own home. Although I may have been away from my desk for a while, design considerations have never been far from my mind. You really do learn to value both the form and function of the objects you use every day when you’re trying to use them with a baby tucked under one arm. I also became much more aware of the clutter we surround ourselves with, and took the opportunity to redefine my interior style to strike a better balance between chic – and practical – minimalism…

2 min
scout & about

ART THERAPY Visually strong yet so soothing, textile designer Emma Hayes’ wall murals make a mood-altering statement. Pictured are Bloom (below), which can be installed with the detail at the top or bottom of the wall, and Tussock (right) – both of which are also available as framed artworks (see page 20). emmahayes.co.nz HANG ROUND New from Jiho Yun and Sam Choi of Walk in the Park (read all about them at homestyle.co.nz) is this curvy kauri, walnut, maple, ebony and tulip tree mobile. Including renewable plantation- grown wood, it began as a sketch by Jiho, then was translated into this stupefyingly beautiful object by woodturner Sam. It’s exclusive to Wellington’s Best Wishes. studiobestwishes.com YOU DECIDE Run by Daniel Kamp and Brandon Aitken, Auckland design and production lab White Light uses 3D printing technology to…

1 min
top shelf

Hanging Kokedama by Coraleigh Parker, published by Jacqui Small, $45. The word ‘kokedama’ describes both the thing and the art of making the thing: potless plants growing in a special soil mixture bound by moss and string. This new book (with photography by homestyle contributor Larnie Nicolson) tells in impressive detail how to achieve the intentionally imperfect yet undeniably beautiful results, in a process that turns out to be fun and also relaxing, as the wrapping part is very meditative. We’re taught how to give all kinds of plants – succulents, ferns, herbs and even trees – the kokedama treatment. Pick the appropriate types for use inside (try making a wall hanging with several tiny cacti) or out (picture a massive Monstera deliciosa dangling from the roof of your porch), and…

1 min
drama series

We may be living in high-tech times, but our hot romance with the past shows no sign of cooling. In fact, thanks to the gadgets in our hands, many of us are more familiar with the aesthetics of yesterday’s iconic looks, artists and designers than ever before. Drawing on the glamour of days gone by, this scene from the 2018 Dulux Colour Trends collection shows how rich colours in the Reflect palette – including 70s-esque hues that channel Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year, the blue-based purple Ultra Violet – can be used to create a moody scheme that includes grey-purple, deep blue and maroon. This colour series has an old-world elegance to it that makes it ideal for a room in which luxury reigns. Metallic accents really pop against these shades…

1 min
darkness falls

1 min
weekend plans