23.01.2020

Making Space: Homestyle 2020


The first Homestyle issue of the new year is here, so get ye to the magazine shoppe tout suite. (Also, PSA for our Australian friends – Homestyle is now available in your neck of the woods! Send the Homestyle team a DM on Insta with your postcode, and they’ll let you know your nearest newsagent).

The cover girl this issue is this home above and below – a white-wood-and-concrete new build, perched high on a Te Arai hill.  Come for the incredibly beautiful interiors and architecture, stay for the story of how the family left Auckland for a new lifestyle in the countryside, and how they’re managing to balance lifestyle with work (love a good City Quitter story).

Substantial, yet soft –  interior designer (and owner) Melanie Sax and architectural designer Fraser Horton make quite the duo.

Photography by Duncan Innes for Homestyle

The master bedroom is divided by a part wall, behind which sits this ensuite of your dreams (see much more inside the magazine).

Along with this inspiring home, you’ll find five other house tours in this issue (six if you count the contemporary refurbed bus!) including this wee cottage below, the home sweet home of NZ architect Maria Hosking and her builder husband. I loved this feature – the home is packed with great ideas, and examples of what can be done in a small space with both an open plan and an open mind.

Gorgeous kitchen layout and materiality.

Photography by Simon Wilson for Homestyle

Styling Juliette Wanty; Photography by Wendy Fenwick

Unsurprisingly, Homestyle Art Director Juliette Wanty has me deceased again, with a styled feature (sneak peek above) that offers sophisticated ways to get sorted for the new year, plus we get a look at the unique workspaces of several NZ creatives, and editor Alice Lines takes us along on her recent artisan tour of Japan!

Grab your scissors and giant glue stick, and get ready to want to cut everything out to stick on your vision board.

 

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19.11.2019

Homestyle on Holiday


They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.

 

(P.S Penpals: One entire year of issues is only $51, delivered.
Play Santa to yourself and get a subscription for Christmas.)

 

16.09.2019

Go Your Own Way – Homestyle


Photography Larnie Nicolson

The postie delivered me a new copy of Homestyle magazine this morning. Seriously, do yourself a favour and subscribe ($51 for a full year) – it’s always such a lovely little surprise when he latest issue turns up, and life’s made up of those kind of moments. #betterlivingeveryone #leahpanapa

Above are some sneaks from one of the many New Zealand spaces in this issue – the home of Gretchen Houston, food stylist and recipe developer of My Weekend Table. Gretchen and her husband are renovating an old Grey Lynn villa as time and funds allow; and this issue of Homestyle takes you through what they’ve completed so far.  STUH. 👏🏼 NING.  👏🏼

Photography by Simon Wilson

Let there be light! This prefab-pretty home concept was developed by architect and interior design couple John and Nikki McNamara. It’s their real home, but also the first prototype of Modhouse, their new prefab homes venture. Sign me up.

Before you head off, I want to take a quick moment to congratulate the team at Homestyle for their wins at the Magazine Media Awards 2019. Alice Lines (follow her here on Insta) won Best Editor in the Home & Food category, Juliette Wanty (Insta here) won Best Designer (same category) for the third year running, and Homestyle’s parent company (a boutique business, not a big media conglomerate) won Best Small Publisher.

 

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29.07.2019

Homestyle – a World of Possibility


Styling by the home owner, Kerrie-Ann Jones; Photography Maree Homer

Photography by Simon Wilson

Styling and Set Design Juliette Wanty ( SO. Good. JULIETTE!); Photography Wendy Fenwick

It might be rainy and grey for what feels like the eleventy-hundreth day in a row, but all the better to tuck myself onto the couch at 10am and read my new Homestyle. It’s work-related.

The August/September issue is Homestyle’s annual Kitchen & Bathroom special, and features award-winners from the recent National Kitchen & Bathroom Association Awards, some of Homestyle’s favourite forward-thinking bathrooms from around the world (with design notes on pulling the same look together here in New Zealand), and some killer kitchen and bathroom set-ups created by Homestyle’s Art Director Juliette Wanty. There’s also, per yoosh, beautiful home tours around several tastemaking New Zealand homes, and a couple of Australian spaces, too – including digs of Australian Interior Stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones (a fave of mine – such a treat to check out her own house!). The Homestyle People section also continues to be a highlight – this issue they visit NZ artist Sam Michelle, fashion designer Maggie Hewitt, and potter Grace Uviel.

 

 

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