Happy New Year Homestyle

Homestyle magazine’s Feb/March issue is out on shelves this week – let’s have a little look-see, shall we?
Look for this space above on the cover of this issue: belonging to US-based New Zealanders Karie Higgins (jewellery designer) and Lee Gibson (footwear designer for Nike), this is their relaxed river-front cabin in Oregon…

Photography Nicole Mason

Comfortable, relatable, expressive rather than expensive – and oh how I love those dark, wide floorboards.

Photography by Larnie Nicolson

My other fave from this issue – this Tauranga new-build, belonging to Rachael Jefferies – who you should definitely follow on Instagram @the_rad_pad, because her pad is rad, and her hashtags are hilarious.

This latest issue of Homestyle also shows you through a number of other New Zealand homes, including a very cool, contemporary tiny house built in Napier, and a Waiheke Island dream home, and visits the studios of Twenty Seven Names, Meadowlark founder Claire Hammon, and artist Fleur Woods. Plus kids’ bedroom makeovers, styled features and all the yummy forward-thinking, design-lead lifestyle snacks you expect to be served by Alice Lines and the Homestyle team.



This is SALA – a new boutique gym located in a refurbished factory in the heart of Ponsonby, Auckland.  The journey to opening SALA began when yoga instructor Sarah Lindsay, who has moved from London to make New Zealand her home, couldn’t find a ‘home’ for her practise.

For Sarah, a lot of Auckland gyms seemed hyper-masculine and intense, with a work-harder-be-your-best-self-8-week-challenge sort of culture. That wasn’t for her. Sarah wanted to find a place that embodied her desire to be healthy and to take care of but more importantly to enjoy her body, and her desire to surround herself with like minded people.

So she designed SALA as an antidote – a place where you can come and feel at home, and where no one expects you to be any better than you already are. I love that. There’s also no contracts locking people in, and with 12 different types of classes, there really is something for every body – whether that body wants to feel stronger, fitter, or more flexible, just dance, feel in flow, or be restored and grounded.

Of course, it was the design that caught my eye. Minimal, and modern, simple and serene, and with lots of little details that you can’t see in these sexy pictures, like natural hair and body care products waiting for you in the bathrooms, and thick rubber Lululemon mats so you don’t have to bring your own. And I just love a story of shaking up a category, especially when its done by a young woman who puts design as a priority.

Photography by Brijana Cato (a personal fave, check her Insta)


See the SALA classes here, or check SALA out on Instagram



Photography by Brooke Lean and Gina Fabish – The Virtue

This is Tahi, a modern wellness space (offering yoga, natural healing therapies and more) in New Plymouth. Designed by one-to-definitely-watch Thandi Tipene – you might remember her amazing beachside home which featured in Homestyle this year.

Thandi designed the space with an ethos based on mother earth and the elements. Many aspect of the original building were embraced and given new life – for example, the original whisper-soft pink tiles in the bathrooms were kept, but a deeper pink was painted above them to ramp up the colour. I’ve seen the Before images and this is quite the transformation – from the custom ply ceiling and timber flooring which add so much warmth, and the bespoke slatted screens which define the space, to the different look and wall colour each treatment room was given.


Retreat Yourself – Homestyle Dec/Jan

Hi, my name is New Zealand. I went through an awkward teenage stage for a while there, but I’m aalllll grown up now.

In the new December/January issue of Homestyle (on shelves this week), there’s a focus on summertime hosting, including some of the most stylish Air BnBs our country has to offer. Homestyle Editor Alice Lines has done the trawling so you don’t have to, discovering holiday hires for the discerning design lover – like this covergirl, the Riverbank Modernist Retreat.

Owners Tara and Nick were living in New York, hunting for a home-back-home, when they fell in love with this mid-century Waikanae Beach babe. The beautiful Japanese/Californian vibe was created by interior designer Katie Lockhart.

See a lot more of this home, read about the couple’s sea-change from big city living to small town NZ, and learn how this inspiring aesthetic came together, in the new issue of Homestyle.

Dem bones. Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Bonny Beattie

Photography by Michelle Weir

I adore a walk-in shower, and how good is this tiling choice! This bathroom is part of the renovation of a 100-year old Grey Lynn villa, also in this issue of Homestyle.

Photography by Lynden Foss

As well as loads of New Zealand homes and holiday homes, there’s a couple of international interiors this issue too, including this Australian family abode above – originally a 1930’s church. Never met a church-to-family-home transformation I didn’t like.

The December/January issue of Homestyle is on shelves now. Go and obtain!



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