Inside Stories – Homestyle Aug/Sep

The cover home for this issue belongs to NZ artist Anna Church (who now lives in Canada with her family)
Photography by Anna Church and Rebecca Wood

Styling by Juliette Wanty; Photography Wendy Fenwick


Not sure where the last 8 weeks went, but *shrugs* at least we have a new issue of Homestyle to show for it.

The August/September edition is out on shelves and in mailboxes this week, packed to the end pages with beautiful New Zealand homes (eight of them!), modern editorial styling, and the team’s reliable curation of lovely new things that definitely deserve your attention. The cover girl this issue is the *chef kiss* Canada home of New Zealand artist Anna Church (whose new body of work you really need to check out). Put on your comfies, switch the phone to airplane mode and give yourself some self-care in the form of SSR time with the new Homestyle.




Future Heirlooms – Trio by Douglas and Bec

New from NZ design industry leaders Douglas and Bec, the Trio lighting collection. Like the Pare and Line families before it, the Trio collection takes elegant traditional silhouettes and interprets them for a modern aesthetic. There’s a floor lamp and table lamp (customisable in terms of both the metal finish and the blown-glass globe colour – white, camel, midnight, bronze green or blush) and various pendant lights. And as with everything Douglas and Bec, each piece is made right here in New Zealand, ready to make itself at home in any stylish space around the world.


Giveaway – win an Acme Flatware Set


Acme are one of those New Zealand brands that don’t make a big fanfare about themselves, they just go on with the business of creating world-class, form-and-function items centred around the art of hospitality. Behind the brand is Godfather of NZ espresso Jeff Kennedy (he founded Caffe L’Affare in 1990, pioneers of decent coffee here in New Zealand, and also owns the 180-seat Wellington eatery institution that is Prefab) and his partner Bridget Dunn.

If you’ve had a coffee in a NZ cafe, chances are you’ve drunk from an Acme cup. The Acme Demitasse is virtually an icon of New Zealand design and coffee culture, and is now used by restaurants and cafes all over the world. Actually, you can almost use the presence of Acme cups as a signpost to good coffee – see a stack of Acme cups on the espresso machine, and you know the barista takes a brew seriously. In the past year, Acme brand has begun to grow beyond cafe-supply, making a move into New Zealand homes, designing products for a restaurant-quality experience at home.

As one example, I have their Roman Cups at home – I love the contemporary-yet-classic shape, they come in 110ml, 170ml and 270ml for whatever you consider the perfect pourand the very fine, super light cup (made with magnesium porcelain) has the sensory effect of delivering a richer, more complex coffee. Big fan over here.

New fave – the Acme Bobby mug 

Acme’s packaging is made here in New Zealand, designed by Think Packaging.  It’s completely recyclable, with no plastic, and none of those twisty-tie things. Form and function, it’s the Acme M.O.

Designed by Acme’s in-house designer Paddy Kennedy


Ok, so – let’s get to the reason for today’s post – Acme have just launched their own flatware! Acme have always created for a need, and they saw a need for well-designed (and New Zealand-designed) cutlery, at an affordable price. Made from a hardened and brushed stainless steel, the new Acme cutlery is designed to last, and also to look better with age. They’re weighty and substantive in that way that lets you know you’re dining at a very. fancy. place.

If you’d like to elevate your everyday meals to a more special, restaurant-like experience, head over to The New’s Instagram and enter our draw, to win your own 24-piece Acme Flatware set!


Win a stunning 24-piece (6-person) set of Acme cutlery, valued at $245

Enter the draw here


Work Wives and Homebodies

Meredith Crawford (47) and Toni Gale (30) were work wives at a bedding and homeware company for years. Through their friendship, they discovered not only a similar taste in and obsession for interiors, but a shared dream to one day have their own linen brand. It wasn’t until after they parted ways professionally that they released how much they missed and loved working together, and started thinking about how perfect a team they’d be – a designer and a marketing consultant – if they joined forces.

While each maintaining their own freelance careers, they started a side hustle – to build a brand of their own. Toni is actually a qualified textile designer, and having worked for several homeware and interior companies in her career was able to bring a solid knowledge of the industry and production processes to the project. The two poured every spare moment into development and design, including a painstaking search for suppliers who could manufacture their products beautifully, ethically and sustainably. Then, in November last year, Toni and Meredith took a leap of faith and launched their brand, Homebody.

Archie cushion (like the other Homebody styles, Archie also comes in a large Euro, standard pillowcase, and a linen throw)




Homebody is a casual-contemporary range of pillowcases and Euros, cushions and throws, in four debut styles designed by Toni – Cruella, Daisy, Fleur and Archie. They’re intended to be mixed and matched together, or added to your bedding basics. I’m especially digging the soft painterly strokes of Archie, and the way Toni has turned a bushel of hydrangeas into a more abstract textile pattern in Fleur.

Everything has been printed on our fave fabric, linen. We all know how yummy real linen looks and feels, and how durable it is (and how it gets even lovelier with age), but did you know it’s also more of an environmentally-sound choice than cotton? The flax plant requires much less energy and water resources to produce than other fabrics, and the entire plant is used, leaving almost no waste footprint. Linen is also naturally biodegradable and recyclable. There’s very little (no) choice out there in real linen that’s not plain Jane… Homebody have a carved a cool statement-print niche here, and I’m excited to see what they do next.

Actually, what they are going to do next is release a new series of prints – they’re working on those at the moment. They’re also planning some new products, too. Who run the world? Work Wives.


Homebody online store  /  Lookbook  /  Homebody Instagram

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