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.

 

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16.11.2019

Spaces


 

Another beautiful IKEA hack kitchen by the masters at Reform kitchen. (Can. 👏🏼 not.👏🏼 wait.👏🏼 for IKEA to open here, and then we can start seeing some of these incredible kitchens in NZ). I adore the soft grey Basis cabinet fronts with their circular cabinet pull holes (they deserved that close-up) and the punchy but still pared-back sage green on the cupboards and staircase. Such a fresh colour choice with the soft grey, white and the bleached-looking pine flooring. Dig that quintessentially Danish lighting in black, too.

HELLO FLOORING.

Just laaaaahv this home office, belonging to one of my fave OG bloggers, Sarah Van Peteghem (Coco Lapine). More details here. The monochrome palette is anything but boring with all the varying textures and forms.

Last week, I shared a view of the sink situ in this kitchen, but I didn’t actually spot this open shelving wall at the time. Simple, contemporary, casual – what Cate St Hill does best.  (I have this print up in my kitchen, too.)

(You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.)

This gorgeous Art Nouveau home – Apartment O – was conceived by interior designer Joanna Lavén for a Stockholm family. The client’s vision was “a home of international character, adapted for both family life, social interaction and recovery”. Mission very accomplished. If this sort of high design and stature is your jam, see much more of this residence here.

hey bath, hey partial wall, hey serene simplicity.

Love this raw, traditional tadelakt-plastered bathroom with its built-in wardrobe element and plaster bath. The shower is inside that monolithic box! *insert blood-draining-from-face-emoji*

Really responding to nudes with powdered blue at the moment. This scene is from a campaign image celebrating this low-slung modern bed – the Wave Bed by Australian designer Daniel Boddam. (Love Daniel’s side table too, the C-Malibu)

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10.11.2019

Spaces


 

Meet the deserved winner of Best Kitchen at the 2019 Australian Top 50 Rooms Awards. This mediterranean-meets-middle-eastern kitchen belongs to the designer herself, Georgia Ezra – director of Studio Ezra. Georgia is a master of balancing rustic and refined. The textural tiles (handmade) are all courtesy of Tiles of Ezra, Georgia Ezra’s own tile brand.

LoveloveLOVE those upper cabinets – the sleekness of their vertical form, but then how Georgia has inlaid them with grasscloth, bringing softness and warmth. Georgia actually designed many of the fittings herself (like the wall sconce on the right there).

And here’s a master that Georgia designed for a client. Idea to steal: Giant black and white, artistic photograph of a special moment in your life. Georgia Ezra (personal website and reno journal / Studio Ezra website  / Instagram

Cate St Hill

Incredible turn of the century home in Gothenburg, Sweden (see much more here)

Just a corner I really liked of the New York office of online women’s activewear brand Alala, by Tina Rich Design. via Dezeen

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06.11.2019

Our Spaces – Coffee Table Book


Photo via @bridget_lee 

 


Photography by Michelle Weir – Studio Weir

Totally teasing you below with just a teeeny tiny fraction of the incredible, inspiring interiors in Our Spaces – my new coffee table book published by Penguin and out now.

There’s more than 400 images over 288 pages, and I promise you they’re all killer, no filler (thanks to my friend, architectural photographer Michelle Weir). A showcase of New Zealand interiors now, Our Spaces shares all the design decisions, furnishings and finishing touches that make a home not just beautiful, but meaningful.

I wanted Our Spaces to have the digestibility of the best Pinterest board you ever saw (nice big images, and loads of them, with not too much to read); to be something beautiful and tactile you’d be proud to display on your coffee table or bedside (hello linen-bound hardcover); and to be filled with homes that are world-class and not overtly ‘Kiwi’ (I believe this book can sit alongside any international interiors book as a peer, thanks to the incredible style of the homeowners in it.)

I selected spaces that are both timeless and right-on-time, not trendy. Spaces that are clean and contemporary, yes, but with a casual feel. There are enough books out there on multi-million dollar houses that are out of reach for most of us. What is harder to find are homes that are massively inspiring and aspirational in aesthetic, but that still feel achievable. Because money doesn’t equal style. Actually, there’s a saying I like, that style is just a matter of being yourself, on purpose. The homes in Our Spaces express this sentiment superbly.

Our Spaces also gives you a peek into the homes of some of the NZ creatives who continue to inspire me – Homestyle magazine editor Alice Lines, Krista and Tim Plews of Paper Plane, Father Rabbit founder Claudia Zinzan, stylist and Blackbird Goods owner Gem Adams, Tessuti director Ali McIntosh, a number of interior designers including Annique Heesen, Thandi Tipene and Amy de Court, Sansceuticals founder Lucy Vincent, furniture designer Bec Snelling (Douglas and Bec), the designers behind some of my favourite NZ clothing labels, and so (so so) many more.

The Our Spaces tour takes you through (by chapter): Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Laundries, Kitchens and Dining Rooms, Living Spaces, Modern Kids’ Rooms and Nurseries, Workspaces, and finally, Moments (little corners, styling touches and details that elevate something ordinary into a design moment).

The text is purposely light, but it speaks to the design decisions the homeowner has made that makes the space extra-special, pulling ideas and insights from each space, for yours. There’s also a thread that runs through the book, an expression of my philosophy that Design is the Art of Living Well. (More on that in a future blog)

Our Spaces is available at my own design + lifestyle store, Sunday Homestore (order here!) – but you can also get it at all good bookstores, as well as at my favourite homeware stores, Paper Plane, Tessuti, Blackbird Goods, Father Rabbit and more.

 
 
 

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