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homestyle Feb/Mar 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

2 min
editor’s note

“Carrying the weight of your belongings on your back tends to remind you of the advantages of living lightly!” RETURNING FROM A MONTH-LONG SOJOURN IN South America over my summer break, I’m determined to live with less this year. It was the first time in over 10 years that I’ve travelled overseas with a pack instead of wheeled cases and carrying the weight of your belongings on your back tends to remind you of the advantages of living lightly! Before I left home at the end of last year, I took a few small steps to start putting this plan into practice with a wardrobe purge. Sorting, washing and donating clothes I no longer wear to the charity Dress for Success not only gave me a leaner closet, but there’s also something…

1 min
you & us

#LOVEANDGINGERHOME We’ve been stalking the home of North Canterbury couple Guy and Katrina Nurse for quite some time via Instagram. And they’re finally ready to share the results of three years of working weekends. Take a tour inside on page 56. #HOMESTYLELOVESCOLOUR We weren’t quite sure what to expect at the top of these bright yellow stairs leading to the office of Deflux Design and AW Architects. Find out what was up there on page 46. #CATSOFHOMESTYLE There have been plenty of pets we’ve met and loved on homestyle shoots, but none of them have mastered the blue steel quite as well as Lulu Lamour! (page 84) #HOMESTYLEONTHEROAD Our Editor Alice encountered a bit less traffic than she does on her usual commute on a recent trip home to North Canterbury. This was the view en route…

2 min
scout & about

WE’RE COVETING DESERT DREAMS Local design duo Penney and Bennett have released their second collection of silk and linen bedding called The Night Dynasty. Inspired by an open-air overnight stay in the Thar Desert in India’s Rajasthan, the designs reference the celestial sky and the people who have thrived in the harsh landscape under it for centuries. penneyandbennett.co.nz CANE COMEBACK When Cheshire Architects asked Ben Glass to help them fit out new Ponsonby restaurant Saan, the team decided to use the collaboration as an opportunity to help bring cane back. We’re taken with their modern take on the cane screen in a European bleached beechwood. If you’re wanting to use this look in your own home, look out for more of Ben’s designs later in the year. benglassfurniture.com CARRY A TUNE Bang & Olufsen are one…

1 min
books & pieces

TOP OF THE SHELF THE MAKER, BEYOND DECORATING: CRAFTING A UNIQUE SPACE. BY TAMARA MAYNES. PUBLISHED BY MURDOCH BOOKS, $70 This is one of those books that makes you happy before you even open it, with its delightful carved cover totally in keeping with its crafty contents. But inside The Maker gets serious, providing helpful info on mastering your chosen craft and on how to use these skills to create an individual interior for your home. Tamara Maynes encourages those who are already crafty, while not leaving beginners out in the cold without an individual house to come home to. She shows you how to create an original space that has your name all over it – possibly, if you choose, literally.…

1 min
home reading

THE KAUFMANN MERCANTILE GUIDE. BY ALEXANDRA REDGRAVE AND JESSICA HUNDLEY. PUBLISHED BY PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS, $46 We could write a description of this fun reference book that was written for the utilitarian in us all, but the cover sums up the contents perfectly: “how to split wood, shuck an oyster and master other simple pleasures”. And this is truly one of those cases where you can judge a book by its cover. Buy this considered collection of how-tos, read it and master your daily life, grasshopper. SPARK JOY: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE ART OF TIDYING.BY MARIE KONDO. PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE, $37 We may not like to admit it, but the Japanese just do it better. And when we say it, we mean minimalism – perhaps explaining why Marie…

1 min
get organised