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homestyle October/November 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

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loving this issue

Kitchens and bathrooms get a lot of airtime in the homestyle office, but it’s during the lead-up to our annual special issue that we really start lusting over the genius fixtures, fittings and surface treatments used when designers and homeowners fearlessly embrace something other than ‘ready for resale’ options. I appreciate the need to be financially responsible when building or renovating, but a little bravery can go a long way towards creating a home that makes your life more joyful. Take, for example, the renovation of our cover home on page 68, for which interior designer Tomi Williams devised a bold blue-on-blue scheme with tan, clay and ornate patterns that honour the homeowners’ Indian heritage, while bringing a thoroughly modern edge to a traditional villa. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a…

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copy that

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scout & about

YOUR TURN Ready when you are to make themselves at home within your walls are the 14 pieces in the new Turn collection by Douglas & Bec, which is an ode to the classic allure of turned timber. Just look at the sensational swirled woodgrain of this American ash dresser, offset by the playful modernism of the tube lamp on the left and the floor lamp on the right, with its natty triangular shade. douglasandbec.com SHORT STACKS By New York studio Chen Chen and Kai Williams for Areaware, these stone Stacking planters with curves in all the right places do away with the need for a separate saucer by integrating both in one beautiful glazed-on-the-inside, unglazed-on-the-outside form. They take high-voltage inspiration from the ceramic insulators found on power lines, but we find their effect…

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find yourself

Wholeself Helping to clear away mental clutter, Wholeself (also pictured on the previous pages) creates calm, distraction-free zones where you can dial down the visual volume and reconnect with yourself. Soft blushes and grey-green balance warm and cool, while enticing neutrals and glamorous golds are tempered by mauve greys. The colours Identity Break out of the mould and reveal the real you with Identity, which empowers you to take a walk on the wild side and express your inner creative. Who cares what anyone else thinks? If, like us, you love these vibrant combinations of saturated blues, purples and oranges against a base of paler notes, we say you do you. The colours Legacy Hot new looks and futuristic technology might catch our eye, but there’s no denying the nostalgic charm of days gone by. Legacy brings…

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top shelf

The Alchemy of Things , by Karen McCartney, published by Murdoch, $70. Former editor of Australia’s Inside Out and Marie Claire’s lifestyle pages, current architecture editor of Belle and author of several related books, with a weekly design column in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend, Karen McCartney’s definitely got the chops to chat about exceptional interiors. In her new tome, she interviews 18 international creatives who have pushed the boundaries of possibility to create dwellings like no other. No offence to the latest looks, but you won’t find them on these pages; the alchemy of the title refers to the unique ways in which these homeowners have pulled together their often eccentric ideas to form irregular scenes that defy definition. Karen’s key takeaway? “Your interior can be anything you want…

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in brief

Repurposed , by Catherine Foster, published by Penguin, $50. New Zealanders are known to be resourceful; however, upcycling stuff into something that’s habitable is a whole other thing. Happily for the novice recycler, the local homes profiled here offer stellar examples of reinvention done right and will inspire any reader to look at old things with fresh eyes. The Farm Community , by Emma and Tom Lane, published by Hardie Grant, $45. This is the story of The Farm at Byron Bay, a shared, sustainable, organic property transformed by former urbanites Emma and Tom into an 80-acre village, with a restaurant, bakery, plant and produce stores, and then some. Amid recipes and all sorts of info, you’ll meet the collective ‘farmily’ and learn what makes them tick.…