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homestyle February/March 2020

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

There’s something humbling about being welcomed into a creative workplace. Filled with materials and pieces in progress, workshops and studios are by nature messy and there’s rarely any point in tidying up for a visitor, so when I’m in the position of being said visitor, I feel privileged to be able to see the real work, ideas and life behind the scenes. I found the prospect of this particularly thrilling when I was invited to interview artisans in Oita, a prefecture on Kyushu, Japan’s third-largest island, located in the south-west of the country. With the help of a local expert, I put together an itinerary that would take me to see a host of local makers — some well known and others I’d scouted out myself. When, like me, you’re a part-time…

2 min

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT Extend your ‘get more greens’ resolution from your plate to your walls with paints from Dulux’s Cultivate collection. One of four palettes in the 2020 Dulux Colour Forecast, it features nature’s best verdant shades, all of which conjure a sense of renewal ideal for this time of year, with a dash of nostalgia stirred in. The dusty leaf-green pictured here is Dulux Tauherenīkau. dulux.co.nz GO FOR A SPIN Authentic old-school for the new decade, Sony’s PS-LX310 turntable rocks some serious big deck energy. Among other high-tech perks, the bluetooth vinyl record player lets you connect to any wireless speaker or headphones, and delivers a rich, balanced sound. sony.co.nz SHELL BE RIGHT There, there, summer’s not over yet, and you can channel the vibe whatever the weather with this beachy velvet cushion. It’s made…

1 min
top shelf

Green by Jason Chongue (Hardie Grant, $37) Move over, yoga — thanks to the patience and practice it requires, many urbanites are turning to gardening as a remedy to the rush, rush, rush. Nothing makes you feel more grounded than actually putting your hands in the dirt and, just like tree pose, helping plants to flourish isn’t as tricky as it looks. Melbourne founder of The Plant Society Jason Chongue notes that with space at a premium in our cities and homes, man-made is often prioritised over nature, but says you don’t need a backyard to own plants that bring you daily joy. Every page of his guide to growing greenery in smaller homes and offices is inspirational and informative, but it’s chapters four and five that will carry you through,…

1 min
in brief

The Essence (Gestalten, $120) What do Hollywood, the internet and the climate crisis smell like? How does our olfactory system even work, what’s involved in the creation of perfume and where does the civet cat come in? So many crucial questions are answered in this meticulously researched read. Making sense of the mysterious power of fragrance, it examines science, history and culture to shed light on aromas’ visceral allure. Like the captivating whiff of an indelible moment past, it’s so absorbing, it’ll stop you in your tracks. Inspired by Nature by Hans Blomquist (Ryland Peters & Small, $50) Swedish art director and interior stylist Hans began his career at Ikea but today is in hot demand globally for his wild and wonderfully rustic aesthetic that’s the antithesis of ‘catalogue’. The garden of his…

4 min
the comeback kids

Fresh ’50s Complete with a cosy nook, this space channels a mid-century domestic mood with a nostalgic palette of pastels punctuated by bold accents. - In children’s bedrooms, nooks such as this offer a nifty way to separate play and study zones from the sleep space. Or you could have a desk built into a wardrobe or add a games area under an elevated bed. - Painted triangles on the floor are a fun take on the Formica surfaces that gained popularity in the 1950s. To achieve this look, paint the entire floor in two coats of Resene Walk-on in Resene Half Spanish White and allow to dry. Use painter’s tape to create a large-squared grid on the floor, then more to make triangles in random corners of the squares. Use Resene testpots…

4 min
all set

Incognito office If you don’t have a home office but really need to take care of business, create a dedicated study nook in another space that’s as good-looking as it is comfortable and functional. Make it a highlight not a blight on the rest of the room by investing in an elegant desk and chair, and choosing well-designed workaday essentials. Tall order Built-in vertical shelving is a hack for orderly living that helps you start as you mean to continue. A combination of open shelves and closed cupboards allows you to display objects of desire while stashing some of the messier necessities of life close to hand. It also confines the busyness to one wall, maintaining a more minimalist overall effect than items dotted all over the room. Long game Marrying organisation and personal expression,…