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homestyle June/July 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

Living small is big news these days. Environmental and financial concerns are often cited as key motivators for downsizing, but a modest footprint can actually give rise to some savvy thinking on the design and decorating front. This issue, we’re kicking off a new regular feature, ‘Small space’, in which we’ll share petite projects. First up is a renovation of a classic ’60s unit – flip to page 120 to see the clever tricks that were employed to switch up this studio. On pages 52, 100 and 124, you’ll find an inner-city apartment, a family-size cabin and a cottage by the sea that also show how it’s done. Having recently completed an apartment-styling commission, I have to say the thought of living with less is refreshing, and something that could be quite…

2 min
scout & about

BREAK IT DOWN Backhouse is now stocking Normann Copenhagen, so that’s where you’ll find these smooth movers from the Danish company’s groundbreaking new flat-pack collection, Ace. A first for the brand, Ace combines elegant, high-end design with intelligent engineering that enables easy assembly and disassembly. backhouse.co.nz TAKE LIBERTYS Able to transform a room faster than you can say “duck-feather inner”, when it comes to cushions, we say go for gold. Especially when they’re from Martha’s Furnishing Fabrics’ new range in a selection of iconic Liberty prints. marthas.co.nz TRIPLE THREAT Crafted by Made by Michael, the Töjbox wardrobe is beautiful, practical and ecofriendly, built from just one material (oak, without screws, nails or glue) according to designer Michael Daae Christensen’s commitment to sustainability. A cinch to put together, it leans on the wall and makes itself…

1 min
top shelf

Interior Portraits by Leslie Williamson, published by Rizzoli, $119. Photographer Leslie Williamson is a homebody who loves nothing more than staying put in her own little world. But even the most resolute hermit’s gotta eat, so for the past decade she’s brought home the bacon by journeying near and far to photograph other people’s havens. For this, her third book, she embarked on a “California design pilgrimage”, creating a love letter to her home state. The people she dropped in on are all true trailblazers who have pursued their passions in who-cares-what-they-think style. One of the standouts among the standouts is textile artist Kay Sekimachi and her 1895 duplex, for the extraordinary objects inside it, many of them reflecting the inspiration she draws from nature. One corner of the kitchen is…

1 min
the greatest of ease

Having a home that’s a restful sanctuary in which we can savour and share precious moments is one of life’s simple pleasures, and colour is an easy and effective way to set a scene that’s polished, yet feels relaxed. One of the key looks in the 2018 Dulux Colour Trends collection (along with Kinship, Reflect and Escapade), Dulux’s Essential palette balances cool greys with warm neutrals to bring a casual elegance to even the most minimalist décor. A series of soft, muted shades, this beautiful palette is all about laidback sophistication, and its hues are ultra- easy to live with. Cool greys such as Dulux Spanish Olive combine effortlessly with warm whites like Dulux Remuera; team them with furniture and accessories in putty, sand and dusty pink. Or take an on- trend…

1 min
in it together

The height of stylish nonchalance, neutrals are having a major moment. For everyday low-key luxury, layering is the secret to stopping their calming, relaxing effect becoming bland or sterile. Team beige with white, cream and oatmeal, and always keep form in mind. Here, we’ve used a strong, graphic floor lamp to give the look a contemporary slant, and offset that with organic touches like the line drawings. Texture is also a must, for both interest and to create a space that takes comfort seriously. Think faux fur, cotton, wool, timber and sculptural plants – living or dried. Though it’s not at all stark, a minimalist ethos underpins this look. Let ‘quality, not quantity’ be your mantra.…

1 min
hold me now

LAND AND SEA BACKGROUND Walls in Dulux Suede Effect in Fossil Beige, dulux.co.nz. Agra Knot Oyster rug by Armadillo & Co, from $4600, theivyhouse.co.nz. FROM LEFT Sand Bauble throw, $120, alexandcorban.co.nz. Clarkson floor lamp by Visual Comfort, $1555, ecc.co.nz. Offset stool, $549, simonjamesdesign.com. Tibi throw, $160, nodirugs.com. Chopped Wood mohair throw, $255, partridgedesign.co.nz. Handwoven throw, $495, tessuti.co.nz. Kaori Stone throw by Bianca Lorenne (hanging), $195, partridgedesign.co.nz. Organic Cashmere blanket (on floor), $690, tessuti.co.nz. Aoraki throw, $140, wallacecotton.com. MIDNIGHT HOUR BACKGROUND Wall in Dulux Suede Effect in Spellbound Black, dulux.co.nz. River Weave rug by Armadillo & Co, $1775, theivyhouse.co.nz. FROM LEFT Moss Stitch throw, $139, cittadesign.com. Flora Plaid throw, $229, boconcept.co.nz. Indira throw (hanging), $200, alexandcorban.co.nz. Sheepie rug, $169; Chunky Knit throw (on floor), $649, superette.co.nz. Pisa throw by The Linen Collection, $220, partridgedesign.co.nz.…