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homestyle June/July 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

2 min
editor’s note

“Our take on home as a place to take refuge resonates more deeply now than ever.” Made in our homes for your home, this issue saw the homestyle team working together apart. It’s been an interesting experience communicating virtually through emails, calls, FaceTime and Zoom meetings, while sliding into each other’s DMs with of-the-moment memes to lighten the mood. Fortuitously, we wrapped our last shoot for this issue just days before New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown. Pre-COVID almost feels like another lifetime, but the stories we’re sharing here feel no less relevant — in fact, our take on home as a place to take refuge resonates more deeply now than ever. Of course, real life has its less serene moments, and somewhere between the third failed loaf of sourdough and…

6 min
up to

1 LIGHTS, CAMERA, DÉCORACTION What with lockdown dovetailing with winter, it’s fair to say movies have been the order of the day and night. Everyone loves inhabiting fictional worlds, but what if you could live in them for real? We’ve rounded up some cinematic interiors we wouldn’t mind recreating. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) Stanley Kubrick was a very involved director and for this sci-fi epic, he had a hand in everything, right down to the furniture. Watch for iconic pieces such as pedestal tables by Eero Saarinen, Djinn chairs by Olivier Mourgue, an Action Office desk by George Nelson and cutlery by Arne Jacobsen — and how about that ornate bedroom? THE HOLIDAY (2006) Rom-coms don’t get much cheesier than this, though who cares when both of its heroines’ houses are goals…

1 min
broad spectrum

Colour, but keep it neutral? If that’s your vibe, we’re with you — and so is this new Copenhagen gallery, Alium (above), which blurs the lines between art, design and interiors by displaying items as if in situ at home. Aside from the novel concept, what these spaces do so well is introduce subtle, not shouty, colour to a neutral palette — something you could easily and inexpensively try at your place with paint. Appealingly grounded hues that riff off coal, rust, stone and moss are a reminder that there’s a spectrum of interesting near-neutrals to explore while staying true to an elegantly understated style.…

5 min
care factor

Save, invest, buy less Like falling back on fast fashion for your wardrobe, it’s easy to get sucked in by the quick-fix homeware cycle. However, when you step back a bit, you’ll find there’s something really enjoyable about the seemingly old-fashioned process of seeking out just the right pieces and saving up to buy them in order to craft an interior that’s pleasingly unique. A big part of this approach is narrowing in on your forever style, and to do this, it’s useful to contemplate your ‘interior personality’. Knowing what you really love to live with will help inform your purchasing decisions so you’re not left paralysed by choice. Ask yourself questions such as: ‘Am I a layered neutrals person or do I have more fun when embracing pops of colour? Will…

2 min
home comfort

Get the look 1. Paint your walls with two coats of the main base colours that will form the largest areas of your mural — we used Resene Half Linen and Resene Half Gauntlet. Allow to dry. 2. Measure and mask with painter’s tape the first geometric shape you’ll paint over the top. Paint this shape and leave to dry, then remove the tape and mask the next shape. We used Resene Gold Coast, Resene Half New Denim Blue, Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Warrior and Resene Half Ironsand. 3. Creating each colour one by one, combine Resene FX Paint Effects with a testpot paint in a corresponding darker colour for each section of the mural at a ratio of 95% Resene FX Paint Effects and 5% Resene testpot colour (see right for what…

5 min
nice weaves

Upping sticks with her family from Auckland to Tairua in 2016 got visual artist Kathryn Tsui thinking about learning to weave as an extension of her creative practice. She bought a basic loom off Trade Me to learn with — and she was away. So, Kathryn, what do you produce? My practice oscillates between weaving custom pieces — predominately shawls and handwoven tableware — and works for exhibition; I recently produced a new series of tableware for A Mua: New Lineages of Making, an exhibition at the Dowse Art Museum in Wellington, which features 20 makers and explores the nature of craft in Aotearoa. I really like to work collaboratively. My latest project came through Connect the Dots, an art mentoring programme that partners practising artists with older people in care homes. “Studies show…