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homestyle April/May 2019

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.

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9 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
back to nature

In 2017 — much to the disappointment of her loyal fans — Carter Were, maker of some of the best toast and toppings in town, closed her shop in Auckland’s Grey Lynn. She’d been selling her wares and handmade gifts alongside florist Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral and they’d simply outgrown the space. Not wanting to take on anything bigger, Carter decided to go travelling, and wound up in Byron Bay. So, Carter, where are you living these days? My partner Jack [Crowther, a musician in the band Babe Rainbow] and I live on a 60-acre block owned by his parents in a town called Federal, in the hills a 25-minute drive from Byron Bay. We have 85 chooks, five cows, a goanna, an owl and a few snakes hanging around…

2 min.
you’re welcome

I live in Auckland with my 16-year-old son Jacob and IT technician partner David Foo, a few minutes’ walk from Ponsonby Road. My favourite thing about our home would have to be its location. This is followed closely by the fact that it’s a pretty villa that’s had some quirky tweaks made to it by previous owners, which I think add character. Home should be a place where you feel relaxed and welcome, so I try to make ours as inviting as possible. It’s not about having everything perfect, though, so I don’t mind an unmade bed. Our house is filled with a mix of modern and mid-century pieces that sit really nicely together. I really like mid-century glass, earthenware and lighting, and have some restoration projects on the go right now. The…

1 min.
home time

“We’ve made a discovery tray with a rotating selection of finds for Ted to investigate at the table.” My partner Nick Burrowes and I moved into our home in Auckland’s Pt Chevalier 10 days after our son, Ted, was born. It was hectic to say the least, but when our good friends told us the cottage they were renting by the sea was up for grabs, we just couldn’t pass it up. It’s a funny little place, with wonky floors and a tiny kitchen, but the view over the water to the Waitakeres more than makes up for the quirks, which we’ve actually come to love. The sunsets here are superb, so we enjoy dinner on the deck or in the dining nook most nights, while catching the last rays of the…