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homestyle December/January 2018-19

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

Days spent sourcing properties to share with you often lead to nights trawling the internet for a dream home of my own. But after finding out that a couple of the houses we’ve featured this issue are available as holiday rentals, I got to thinking — perhaps I should also be seeking out an architectural bolthole to retreat to with my family this summer. The idea developed into a kind of obsession. Did you know you can include up to 50 properties on a single Airbnb saved list? Neither did I, till I took a deep dive into unique places to stay. From a cedar-clad bach on Great Barrier Island to an eco yurt in Moteuka, I’ve now got enough spots earmarked to last us until my toddler son Ted is…

1 min
copy that

2 min

A BIT OF ALL RIGHT How easy on the eye is Stockholm-based Massproductions’ Bit side table? They believe that when you design smart, usable furniture, you don’t need flamboyant gestures, and like to make things multifunctional. This creation can work as an occasional table or an elegant base for a lamp, vases or sculptures. simonjamesdesign.com CIRCLE OF LIFE Exquisitely uncomplicated, without any welding or screws, great Dane Kristina Dam’s brass and steel Decoration Circle is the air we breathe, with flowers or without. capricho.co.nz POUFFE PIECE You don’t have to meditate on this piquant little mustard ottoman crafted in Ubud, Bali, but it’d be perfect for it. Rest your mind or rest your feet (or use it for your little one as a seat), the hand-finished look will have the same effect on your interior…

1 min
top shelf

Resident Dog by Nicole England, published by Thames & Hudson, $85. There’s a pooch in almost every pic in this playful book that profiles a series of architectural homes and the pets who live in them. Among them we meet Skipper, whose affectionate and gentlemanly presence inspires joy in everyone he encounters; Boston, who sits at the window for hours, staring down her arch nemesis, a white-faced cow; and Canela, who reportedly brings a reassuring energy to the modernist home is which she’s lucky enough to dwell. And you know how pets often look like their owners? Well, in Resident Dog, many of the animals are uncannily similar to their homes. Hey there slinky greyhound in your concretey converted warehouse, spaniel with floppy ears that echo the droopy ivy above the door,…

1 min
in brief

The Planthunter by Georgina Reid, published by Thames & Hudson, $65. Around the world in the umpteen ways people find truth, purpose and connection through gardening, this book is a reminder that beauty is often not found in material possessions but growing in the dirt. From a local ONZM to a ‘gangsta gardener’ in LA, these people and their plants are enlightening. Patterson by Andrew Patterson, published by Thames & Hudson, $95. When the 2017 recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal writes a book featuring 14 of his recent projects, you might assume it’s going to be good. You won’t be let down by this masterwork, which showcases both his architecture and some absolutely incredible settings. The Eye by Nathan Williams, published by Workman, $100. This timeless tome by the founder…

1 min
no place like home

ALPINE ZEN Atmospheric concrete, blackened tiles, textural timber, organic forms and rustic finishes combine to create a meditative space that you can really relax in. Essentials checklist COASTAL CALM Go for a muted tonal colour palette punctuated by crisp white and silver accents — all warmed up with natural fibres woven for the win. Essentials checklist…