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homestyle Dec/Jan 2017

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

“For me, summer’s all about indulging in life’s simple luxuries… I’m even considering investing in pyjamas that double as daywear.” THE COUNTDOWN IS ON AND WE COULDN’T BE more excited that the summer holidays are on the horizon. A break from our usual deadline-driven commitments provides a welcome opportunity to take a load off, catch up with family and friends and reacquaint ourselves with everyday pleasures at home. For me, summer’s all about indulging in life’s simple luxuries, giving up the nine-to-five routine and slowing the days right down, starting with laid-back breakfasts eaten with the radio on and a stack of magazines to browse – and (ideally) not a phone, iPad or computer in sight. This year, I’m even considering investing in pyjamas that double as daywear, albeit a set that’s…

2 min
you & us

SUMMER INSTA INSPO #BABYBIRD Couples who style together stay together, so for this issue’s ‘Three Ways With’, stylist Gem Adams (@blackbirdgem) employed the services of a lovely assistant: her husband Nathan Speeden (@nathancalebspeeden). It worked in her favour in more ways than one: the sweet dad-to-be insisted on doing all the heavy lifting – even the broom was off limits. See their work on page 38, then turn to page 138to learn how to make a wreath like the one in Gem’s hand. #HOMESTYLELOVESSUMMER On location for our cover shoot, photographer Larnie Nicolson (@larnienicolson) made the most of a break in Auckland’s unpredictable spring weather to snap homeowner Louise Thompson and daughter Alice in summer mode. If you can picture yourself in this scene, you could make it happen – the house…

2 min
scout & about

WE’RE COVETING SUNDAY BEST You might know Alana Broadhead’s blog Fancy (newzealanddesignblog.com), but if you don’t, no worries, ’cause we can now all benefit from her great eye at her new store Sunday, where she’s stocking local and international pieces, plus a few of her own creations. Visit at 20 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach, or sundayhomestore.co.nz. OVER & ABOVE We can’t deny the charm of the faded summer faithful, but we’re sorry to report its days are numbered. Come on down, the Tan Lines beach umbrella by Basil Bangs! We’re totally into that hand-stamped print, flirty fringe and wooden handle. Say goodbye to yesterday and hello to hours of ridiculously good-looking fun in the sun. boltofcloth.com FUNKY TOWNS Photographer Nic Staveley (@nic_ staveley_photo) hit the road to travel the country capturing the spirit…

2 min
top shelf

Go on a tour of a dozen spectacular gardens, with styles from zen minimalism to rustic glamour. BOOK CLUB GARDENISTA, BY MICHELLE SLATALLA. PUBLISHED BY ARTISAN, $79. An offshoot of gardenista.com (which once made the cut as one of Time magazine’s blogs of the year), Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces is part of the blog’s editor-in-chief Michelle Slatalla’s mission to demystify garden design. Both a get-started guide and a keepforever reference manual, it kicks off with 10 garden-related rules to live by: choose personality over perfection; plant something you can eat for tea… Then off it goes on a 400-page tour of a dozen spectacular gardens throughout the UK and US, with styles for all aesthetics and climates, from zen minimalism to rustic glamour. Get lost in the owners’ stories,…

2 min
the way you make me feel

The inspiration The light and airy beauty of this elegant kitchen in a tastefully simple Swedish summerhouse is thanks in part to its pitched roof and high windows. I adore the clean lines of the exposed ceiling beams and classic subway tiles, but my favourite feature would have to be the textured concrete walls, which bring contrast and a sense of warmth to the predominantly white palette. Giving the space an informal feel, this finish also ties in perfectly with the polished concrete flooring and dining table. Warm timber accents and a pair of sophisticated pendant lights complete the look. Expert style tips TO FULL EFFECT Dulux has introduced a new range of paint products that mimic the look of concrete, stone and suede. To create this textural concrete-look finish, I used Dulux…

2 min
with love