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homestyle June/July 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

1 min
editor’s note

I’ve recently returned home from a whirlwind trip around Rajasthan, and now know why the phrase ‘Incredible India’ was coined by the country’s government as its international tourism sales pitch. It’s a place like no other — a riot of colour steeped in culture. When my friend and fellow interiors enthusiast Amber Armitage and I were making our travel plans, we plotted an itinerary that would give us all sorts of otherworldly experiences, taking us to ancient forts filled with frescoes, architectural monuments dedicated to astronomy and the chicest boutique hotels we could afford. The way colour is used so confidently to decorate indoors and out was utterly uplifting; my lasting impressions are of dusky terracotta temples with ornate marble detailing, cornflower blue houses with mint green trim, and fabrics intricately…

2 min

IN REAL LIFE Bohème Home’s Lilah Lind began her business after getting married in Bali led to her living there for a year. Today she offers an authentic selection of ethically made furniture and homeware from the island and elsewhere, and has recently brought her online store to life with a bricks-and-mortar counterpart in Mount Maunganui. If you’re one for rattan, get your skates on. bohemehome.co.nz IF NEED BE Finally get your home practice underway with support from Globe Artichoke bolsters, which can meet your yogic needs top to toe. For necks, knees, backs and beyond, they’re filled with wool or buckwheat husks that mould to the shape of your body, and are the work of Wellington yoga teacher Lianne Brooks Hall and her mum Celia. globalartichoke.co.nz FULL HOUSE Tim Webber Design has just opened a flagship…

2 min
what’s new

Visionary vibes There was way more to write home about at this year’s Milan Design Week than we can include here, but one of the key things that excited us was the popularity of using experiential settings to display collections of furniture, lighting and lifestyle accessories. Our favourite was formidable female creative duo Studiopepe’s installation, Les Arcanistes. Exploring the connection between matter, archetypes and symbols, the Milan-founded agency populated a series of rooms with bespoke and historical pieces that showcased their multi-disciplinary, avant-garde talents. Local content New Zealand design company Resident released four new products for lighting exhibition Euroluce, including this elegant Fulcrum table lamp by Auckland-based Cheshire Architects. It combines a sand-cast bronze or cork base with a paper shade that can be swivelled to create sophisticated new forms and alter the…

1 min
top shelf

Kitchen Living (Gestalten, $67) Of course no one’s suggesting you should actually live in your kitchen, but if it kind of feels as if you do, this book will give you ways to make it more than just a room in which you slave away preparing meals. Somewhere to gather, host, toast, potter and learn was British food writer Mina Holland’s fantasy, which she shares in the foreword before telling how she made it her reality. On the pages that follow, you’ll visit spaces little and large, owned and rented, loved by those living solo and big families. What they all have in common is their originality. Envy the Tokyo kitchen with a swing in it, realise you didn’t know you needed green cabinetry until now thanks to an 1890 home…

1 min
in brief

The Foraged Home by Joanna and Oliver Maclennan (Thames & Hudson, $55) Free your mind and your interior will follow, because you really don't need big bucks to get unique décor, you just have to look around. Here, experienced foragers let you in on their habits and how-tos for sourcing, salvaging, restoring, repurposing and generally rethinking for one-of-a-kind results. Shared Living by Emily Hutchinson (Thames & Hudson, $45) Renting and flatting can sometimes make home life feel a bit temporary, but this guide proves that it need not. Learn how to express your personal style right here, right now with international ideas from people who’re making it work really well, merging often disparate aesthetics into one harmonious whole. Little Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl (Hardie Grant, $45) The cool Scandinavian couple behind…

2 min
meet at mine

THE ENTERTAINER’S LAYOUT A brilliant connector in an open-plan kitchen and dining area, whether you’re hosting an intimate breakfast for two or a vibrant soirée, islands encourage a social scene and can double as a dining table. This type of configuration also provides a second work surface and houses additional storage and built-in appliances. THE LOOK Creating a space you’ll want to hang out in from dawn till dusk, our contemporary material and colour palette expertly juxtaposes classic yet futuristic stainless steel with a textured backdrop of velvety paint and handmade tiles. The grey-green cabinetry with negative-detail recessed handles brings a sense of warmth that’s complemented by a soft mushroomy shade — a pairing we can’t get enough of. THE APPLIANCES With the flexibility to be integrated into all kinds of kitchens, today’s appliances should…