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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.

New Zealand
The Pluto Group Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

I’ve always had great admiration for the homeowners who find time in their busy schedules to open their doors to our writers and photographers. After years of politely prying into other people’s places, turning the lens on my own for this issue’s Last Word on page 130 was an interesting exercise. I’ve only shared a few corners, but even that takes a certain amount of preparation, mostly removing rouge toys, hiding unsightly cords and schooling my partner Nick on the best angles for a portrait. And then there’s the emotional psyching up, during which it’s helpful to remember that it’s often our houses’ imperfections that make them home. There’s really no such thing as a finished house, and that’s okay — as the saying goes, it’s the journey, not the destination.…

2 min

ABSOLUTE TERRA The latest range of homeware and accessories from Melbourne-based Sage & Clare is earthy, tactile and frightfully desirable. With a fun, effortless and carefree appeal, Terra combines desert colours, folk motifs and ’70s vibes for an effect that’s completely gorgeous. sageandclare.com IT TAKES A VILLAGE Paris brand Sarany works with women in Cambodia to produce products like this great mat, helping to improve their living conditions and yours too. everyday-needs.com JUST QUIETLY Dried florals designer Joanna Gibbs has always been her dad’s favourite florist and she’s fast becoming everyone else’s too. One look at her wistful creations and it’s obvious why, but what they don’t shout from the rooftops is that she started her business as a way to work with him, fusing floristry, engineering and structural design to form pieces that offer “silent joy”. myfathersflorist.co.nz THIS…

1 min
top shelf

John Scott Works by David Straight, published by Massey University Press, $70. Don’t feel silly if you don’t know much about John Scott, he’s one of New Zealand’s least well-documented architects — though why is anyone’s guess, when his work is so influential and culturally significant. Of Maori, English, Irish and Scottish descent, John spent most of his life in Hawke’s Bay and died too soon at 68. He was a prolific creative whose 200-plus projects encompassed private homes, public buildings, schools and churches, and this exhibition project by renowned photographer David Straight documents more than 40 of them. A bit of a character variously described as wild-haired, barefooted and soft-hearted, John “designed spaces with people at the heart,” says David. “His architecture is not about the monumental or the ego,…

1 min
in brief

Homemade by Eleanor Ozich, published by Penguin Random House, $38. Never not treating our bodies and homes as temples, we’ve been enjoying Kiwi Eleanor’s latest recipe book, which will make you question why you buy so many grocery basics when they’re easy and fun to make. You’ll also learn how to whip up products for your home, like air freshener and waxed food wrap. Neo Tarot by Jerico Mandybur, published by Hardie Grant, $45. Editorial director, writer, podcaster, legally ordained minister, reiki practitioner, cool girl and “boss witch” Jerico Mandybur is interesting to say the least, and here she provides an equally intriguing dose of modern woo-woo in the form of a self-care tool with a beautifully illustrated card deck. Bon Voyage , published by Gestalten, $88. How to uphold your values when you’re travelling…

2 min
different strokes

The stylist Dulux colour ambassador Michelle Halford This Dulux colour palette provides a warm, soothing starting point for a calm, sophisticated sanctuary. The neutral hues are carried through to the sofa and chair, the soft curves and velvet of which lend a luxe feel to the space. They’re offset by the clean lines of the travertine coffee table, which blends in beautifully and introduces additional texture. Sculptural extras in wood, ceramic and brass form elegant finishing touches. The stylist Dulux colour ambassador Evie Kemp When styling a space with several bold shades, choose colours that share depth and intensity — it’s an exciting way to pick paints that can make even the most unexpected combination work harmoniously. Here, the furnishings, homeware and artwork echo the paint, creating balance and stopping any one colour…

1 min
come clean

ONE ON ONE ‘Luxury Brutalism’ rendered in travertine, this look requires restraint. Use a single material for your backdrop and keep your fittings as pared back as can be. Essentials checklist CLASS ACT Traditional doesn’t have to mean predictable. For timeless style with a twist, embellish the room with restful colours and patterned tiles, then add classic fixtures. Essentials checklist Prices valid March 1, 2019…