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homestyle Dec/Jan 2016

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

SUMMER: THE SEASON FOR LAID-BACK LIVING, BLUE-SKY reflecting and reacquainting yourself with the outdoors. All the homes we visited for this issue share an intrinsic link with the landscape that surrounds them. A series of modern cedar-clad cabins nestled into a kanuka forest on Kawau Island; a renovated cottage on a Finnish archipelago; the family farmhouse built using cowshed technology overlooking the Hauraki Plains; and a home that feels like a rural retreat set high on the hilltop above Brick Bay – the architecture of each of these properties celebrates a connection to the environment. And it appears getting outdoors isn’t exclusively an Antipodean obsession. Our friend, Danish photographer Manja Washmuth (who now calls New Zealand home), returned to Copenhagen earlier this year and photographed Stedsans – aka “Denmark’s most Instagrammed restaurant”…

1 min
you & us

#ELEVATEDENTERTAINING It’s not every day that we get to dine in on the 12th floor of a soon-to-be renovated building, but when Juliette Hogan is putting on a dinner party, things aren’t done by halves. And we can tell you right now, the expansive views over Auckland had us all sold on moving into a SKHY apartment. #PLANTSONPINK Did you know it’s a thing? And so is #botanicalsonblush for that matter. Share your green-fingered finds with us on Instagram this summer, and we’ll re-post our favourites. #HOMESTYLEVACAY Inflatable floaties, tropical drinks, Karen Walker Poolside sunnies – that’s our summer essentials sorted for some serious chillin’ by the pool. What’s on your wishlist? #HOMESTYLEISLANDADVENTURE Not a bad day at the office for our Art Director, Juliette. She snapped this pic of fellow ferry mate Salty Dog en route…

1 min
3 online finds

welcomebeyond.com Whether you’re taking a holiday, or looking for ideas to inject a bit of vacation ambience into your own home, the boutique hotels and houses featured on Welcome Beyond will provide you with all the inspiration you need. meltingbutter.com Melting Butter is your inside intel on city hotspots from local tastemakers and well-heeled travellers. A warning though: you may end up better equipped to find your way around cities, but you could get lost on this site for hours! junglesinparis.com This fresh take on documentary photography will have you yearning for a journey to the back of beyond. Schooling yourself on things like the swimming horses of Jamaica will arm you with some good conversation fodder too.…

2 min
scout & about

NOT JUST ANY TOWEL Add some luxury to your bathroom with the ever-so-regal Monarch bath towel by Ninnho. Made from plush cotton with a geometric pattern, it will make any bathroom feel a bit special. If you want to add to your royal towel family, the Monarch is also available in a bath mat and a hand towel. superette.co.nz FEELING BLUE Monmouth Glass Studios is the small, Auckland-based glassblowing collective behind the breathtaking lamps in Britomart’s Ortolana restaurant. But they do everyday items too. Each of these hand-blown glasses is slightly different, adding to its specialness. tessuti.co.nz IN TRIBUTE Len Lye is known for his sculptures, but fewer people are aware that he was an accomplished film-maker too. Not Deadly Ponies. Big fans of Len’s habit of painting, stencilling and scratching directly onto film, they’ve…

1 min
books & pieces

TOP OF THE SHELF SHELTER: HOW AUSTRALIANS LIVE, BY KARA ROSENLUND. PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, $70. When photographer Kara Rosenlund came across a dilapidated yet strangely beautiful old farmhouse in rural New South Wales a few years ago she couldn’t get it out of her mind. “Someone had to get inside and see the interiors influenced by the Australian bush,” she says. “Someone needed to love these homes, photograph and celebrate them before they crumbled into the earth and disappeared. That somebody ended up being me.” She was the right person for the job. Shelter is a gorgeous collection of textural photos of iconic Australian houses – and the iconic Australian stories that accompany them.…

1 min
home reading

THE KINFOLK HOME, BY NATHAN WILLIAMS. PUBLISHED BY WORKMAN, $69.99 The Kinfolk Home book is much like the Kinfolk magazine – a celebration of the values of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying lives and reclaiming time for what matters most. Within 368 beautiful pages Nathan Williams introduces 35 homes around the world that reflect this ethos. Through a mix of portrait and interior photography, profiles and essays, readers are welcomed into the homes of designers, architects, photographers and stylists in such an inviting way that you won’t want to leave. REBUILT, BY LUCINDA DIACK. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIET NICHOLAS. PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, $45 There are many flipsides to the tragedies that were the Christchurch earthquakes – and they all seem to start with ‘re’. From the vibrant Re:start Mall, to…