New Style Homestyle

It’s a good week! Homestyle magazine is on the shelves again – and for me at least, it’s an invitation to an hour or two of lovely interior-perving uninterrupted me-time. Let’s serve you up a little amuse bouche….

But first: see pic above – Homestyle has a new look! A fashion-forward but still very considered design update, courtesy of Homestyle’s Art Director Juliette Wanty.

My fave home in this issue is a New Plymouth renovation. This kitchen! Originally the ‘kiwi standard’ U-shape, the owners had it re-designed by Rowson Kitchens to be a galley shape. It’s actually a very clever re-design – and there’s loads more images and info about it in the issue. P.S: I LOVE those green tiles on the splashback. If you like the Subway tile look but agree the glossy white ones have been done to death now, choosing a tile with surface texture or patina (even if a textured white tile) is a nice evolution of the trend.

Photography by Gina Fabish

One of the beautiful bedrooms from this same New Plymouth home.

Styling Susana Ocana; Photography Paul Candales 

Along with loads of real New Zealand homes, there’s this inspiring feature from Copenhagen, or a former-factory turned family home. This huge terrazzo island, with built in drawer storage and corner hobs is my dream!

Styling Alice Lines & Sam van Kan; Photography Simon Wilson

As we enter the early-to-bed months, stylists Alice Lines and Sam van Kan take us through a Homestyle How-To to a dream bedroom – in various styles.

As always, this is just a little taster – so get thine self to where Homestyle is sold and get the whole enchilada.





Iconic Swedish brand String had iconic Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton whip up some scenes, to showcase their newest String shelving designs and configurations. This one was my favourite and best.

You neeeeed to see the rest of this tiny tonal cottage (belonging to the owners of Bicker Design), over on The Design Files. Go on, go. Now. Photography by Eve Wilson.

Monochrome boho is definitely a thing and this is how good that thing looks.

Teeny kitchen tip: Choose only things that are both pretty and practical to display.

I love the green cabinetry, and the dark timber with black countertop, but I’d have done the floors differently. Howboutchoo?

Bentwood (I see what you did there) Cafe in Melbourne, designed by Ritz & Ghougassian. This is everything. I LOVE the tones and pattern of that tiled floor, and that steel ceiling grid in red oxide. Photography by Tom Blachford, via Yellowtrace

If money were no object, of course I’d have a bathroom this spacious. Large format floor tiles and high rafters make it look even more so. I love the addition of the long bench  – I would literally spend whole hours in the bathroom, listening to music while sheet-masking and olaplexing and shaving. Possibly also with snacks. (Definitely also with snacks.)

If you’re a lover of monochrome and most of your furniture and homeware is black or white, but you’re ready for a glo-up, sage green is the perfect way modernise, soften and evolve your aesthetic all at the same time. Sage green walls love monochrome.

P.S: I dare you to visit this blog and not get lost for hours, daydreaming of another life where you are an effortlessly-stylish blogger called Jasmina, who lives in Stockholm, spending your days baking, homemaking, styling your amazing home, taking better-than-magazine quality photography and generally being 400% more awesome than me.

While we’re dreaming about being someone else, you might like to pretend you’re Cate St Hill – London-living design and interiors writer, stylist and consultant, hanging out in this very Scandi #softminimal apartment.

Oh hey, soft monochrome.

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Katie Lockhart Design


LOVE those Flos Glow Ball wall lights (available in NZ through ECC Lighting).
The toilet is behind that half height wall, and the shower is behind that half width wall.

Photography by Neve Woodward, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio

Had to stop by today to share this lovely local project with you – a bathroom renovation by New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart (Katie’s also the founder of lifestyle store Everyday Needs and has her own paint line).

The green tiles are the perfect choice for the sympathetic transformation of a Mid Century home, don’t you think? The storage cabinets and bath were all custom designed and built (in collaboration with NZ craftsman Grant Bailey, whom Katie works with a lot) and all the matte white fixtures are from the Tara range by Dornbracht. (I just know you’d want to know that little deet – I can hear you googling ‘Dornbracht in NZ’ from here.)

Discovered via Remodelista




Sorry pink haters, it’s showing no signs of slowing. This Rosewood colour is quite liveable, don’t ya think? It sits equally well with light or dark wood, and the pops of black work really well, too.

You know me too well. Of COURSE I was going to share this bathroom with you. Yip, there’s a lot of grid tiling around at the moment, but I haven’t yet seen this version – the sand colour softens the look right up – agree? Needs more/better plants and a rug/bath mat or two.

LOVE the idea of a drop-leaf kitchen island for a small space! And being a card-carrying member of the SSS (Sisterhood of Scandinavian Style), I of course appreciate the bleached-look floorboards, soft grey walls and loads of white.

This sagey-grey wall colour is such a good choice for a grown-up master bedroom. Beautiful custom robe, too.

The bathroom belonging to the master bedroom above. Both designed by CJH Studio – more imagery from this inspiring home here.

An XL full-length mirror is on my wishlist – been looking for the perfect specimen.
This one manages to look like a piece of art, thanks to the thick black frame.

Easy weekend vibes – one XXL tropical leaf in a glass vase. Now where did I leave my secateurs?

Scenes from the home of Petra Gardefjord, founder of the Swedish kidswear brand Betón. One to follow!

Terrazzo sink! I love how the worktop and sink is all one piece. See more of this kitchen here.

Professional renovators and ex-The Block Australia contestants Kyal and Kara impressing me once again, this time with a simple but superb little study nook.


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