26.05.2020

Rituals on Repeat – the new Homestyle


Just the tiniest tease of the covergirl – Alex and Corban Walls’ (AC Homestore) jaw-dropping new home. And ah, I don’t say jaw-dropping lightly. Photography by Sophia Bayly


The dream – early 1900’s villa in the front (ornate historic fretwork and facade) – and hiding around back, a clean, modern extension. Photography by Sam Hartnett

This handsome New Plymouth home with five lofty pavilions is another of Homestyle’s excellent June/July features. Photography by Simon Wilson.

 

You really don’t need to read this copy, you just need to get yourself down to your local Homestyle stockist and pick up this issue because SHEESH. The heroine of the issue is the prodigious new home of Alex and Corban Walls (of AC Homestore). It is everything you’d expect from the taste-making couple but yet so much more – from the world-class architectural choices and the super-minimalist-but-monumental travertine-walled pool and lawn, to the staggering bathrooms and the stylish-yet-soft bedrooms… It’s every synonym of incredible. 

The rest of the issue is similarly all-killer-no-filler. Look, honestly, you just need to close down this tab and go get a copy, ok? This one’s a don’t-miss.

17.03.2020

Inward Bound – Homestyle April/May


Photography by Sam Hartnett

This renovated Herne Bay villa is the covergirl for this issue. Her reinvention  was helmed by architect Natasha Markham of MAUD. Pick up a copy of this issue to see this home’s impressive walled courtyard, and the beautiful juxtaposition of original architectural details with modern additions.

Photography by Claire Mossong

These prefab ski-cabin style homes in Ohakune are both simple and humble, yet filled with warmth and character

Photography by Simon Devitt, Design by SGA

These are the sort of times that make you extra-grateful for small joys and happy distractions. Like my new Homestyle magazine (April/May 2020 edition) that arrived in the letterbox a few days ago – didn’t even have to venture out to buy one – and it’s got all the interior inspiration you’ll need to take your mind off current events.

This issue shows us how to create small vignettes with big meaning, has us visit and talk with with three inspiring creative women (in this issue, a painter, a clothing designer, and a founder of her own art gallery), and takes us on a tour of several New Zealand homes. There’s plenty more pieces of content too… all of which has that unquantifiable It-factor that Alice Lines and her team have the most well-honed radar for.

I also really appreciate the balance of aspirational and attainable that Homestyle fold in to each issue. This go round, at the more attainable end of the spectrum, there’s the story of a couple who waited over 10 years to build their happy place (and what a place it is), and a matching pair of DOC Hut-inspired, cabin-style homes in Ohakune, prefabbed by a couple of snowboarding mates.

Keep calm (and keep well) and Homestyle on.

09.03.2020

Lilian


The Lilian wordmark and menu design was created by Lotte Design – see more here

Photography by Sarah Grace

Sitting in this establishment, two good Italian proseccos in, stealing the last bite of burrata from the shared plate as you eye-up what’s for mains, you’ll probably have forgotten you’re not in some family-run osteria, on some little cobblestoned laneway, somewhere in Tuscany. You’re in Lilian – Auckland’s ‘newest oldest’ eating establishment, in the neighbourhood of Grey Lynn.

Lilian is the creation of Honey Bones‘ (we featured that space on The New when it opened, here) owners, Hugo Baird, Willy Gresson and Otis Gardner Schapiro. Lilian was actually the name of Otis’ grandmother, and the concept was for a space that would be evocative of her imagined home and hospitality – comfortable and comforting, almost humble in its simplicity.

There’s a very authentic sense of heritage here, as if Lilian’s been a part of the fabric of Grey Lynn for decades. They could have made the traditional osteria concept twee, but everything feels substantive and storied. The deep-toned, aged and detailed timber, the textured walls, the extra-thick stone and marble countertops, the genuine-vintage lighting, the handcrafted tiles… even the leather is worn-in. Nothing in the space feels new. It’s the work of Interior Architects Ctrl Space, in collaboration with co-owner Hugo. Together, they’ve created a space that feels as though it’ll be around for a while.

One of my favourite details is the pass – it could have been considered by the designers as a purely functional space, but they’ve made it a feature that adds to this rich visual story… I love the detailed European windowsill with the sash windows and pebbled glass.

Can we also just talk about how beautifully photographer Sarah Grace has captured this space? She’s saying more with light and shadow than my words ever could. For more atmospheric imagery, check out Sarah’s website, and follow her on Instagram @sarahgracephoto.

See more of Ctrl Space’s portfolio of design here, or follow @ctrl.space. Check out the Lilian menu and wine list here, or follow @lilian.akl

05.02.2020

Solid Foundation



Photography by Nicholas John Wilkins

Unpopular opinion: I’m not into Yoga.  I’m not patient enough for it… which is precisely why I probably need it, right? Well, if I were in Auckland, I’d be encouraged to give it another go at this beautifully-designed new studio, Basecamp Power Yoga.

Studio 11:11 (Melbourne-based, but co-helmed by New Zealand architect and interior designer Annabel Smart) transformed the shell of an old Grey Lynn warehouse – nicknamed the scrapyard – elevating it to the very warm, meditative space you see here. I love how they’ve kept the rawness of the original architecture, celebrating the perfectly imperfect surfaces and rough textures, playing up the industrial feel with hot-rolled steel features (like that sculptural clothing rack by NZ maker SaintLeo, anchored by a chunk of basalt rock), and layering washed timber, atmospheric lighting and natural textiles.

Kudos, Studio 11:11, you have managed to create an environment of softness and strength both; perfect for a brand that values both power and pliability.

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