Photography Helen Bankers
The September edition of Your Home & Garden is about to sprout up (sorry – couldn’t be helped) on shelves around the country, and I have some have freshy fresh preview picks from the pages for you.
First, above, is my friend Jess Whiting’s home. Let me tell you a little about Jess – her story is pretty inspiring. It’s real difficult for first home buyers in Auckland, right? Well, it’s much, much more difficult when you’re self employed (Jess is a freelance designer and was the founder of The Auckland Fair), and raising a daughter on your own. So Jess worked and saved hard (a better word is tirelessly), did her research, and then got very creative. The result is a brand new build, where Jess was heavily involved in the design and product selection process. I don’t want to tell you exactly how she managed it… grab yourself a copy of Your Home & Garden to find out.
Floor-to-ceiling marble tiles up the luxury factor in the bathroom,
and the custom long, slim window lets in a swathe of lovely light.
This next home, like Jess Whiting’s, is another study on what creativity can come from constraint. The owners of this ultra-simple Tutukaka house achieved their dream by building just precisely what they needed – and no more.
Photography by Helen Bankers
This concrete block wall offers both form and function – a cool industrial feature wall in the master bedroom that also serves to (affordably!) separate the sleeping area from the walk-in wardrobe area behind it. Love that they’ve softened and warmed up the overall look by layering botanics, velvet and fur.
Styling by Catherine Wilkinson; Photography by Helen Bankers
September is the Nature Issue, so there are a handful of features devoted to the green-thumbed, including a good look around the home of plant whisperer Eden Hessell (founder of Auckland florist The Botanist) – who also shares a bunch of practical tips to getting your indoor plants to flourish.
Styling by Vanessa Nouwens; Photography by Wendy Fenwick
Your Home & Garden continues to grow its stable of stylists and styled features – so this issue also has loads of good-looking how-to’s and ideas (in a variety of styles) for you to freshen up your spaces this Spring. Put one in the shopping this week.