Homestyle – Dream Weavers

Photography by Simon Wilson

Perfect interior magazine fodder at the start of a new year – stories of real New Zealand renos, and how the homeowner made them happen. That’s the focus of Homestyle magazine’s freshy fresh issue – it’s on shelves this week, kids!

Above is the CoverGirl, the home of Hamilton stylist, writer and mum Erana Te Paa. When the family first moved into the home (which was most recently a government-owned boarding hostel) they thought a complete transformation would be in order, but instead, they’ve fallen in love with its mid-century modernist curves and quirks – and completed a ‘lighter’ reno that celebrates them.
Erana has an inimitable style (along with some mad secondhand hunting and DIY skills) which makes for a truly unique, cover-worthy home.

Photography by Duncan Innes

You know how we see all those overseas homes that used to be old factories and industrial buildings and think, yeah yeah that’s nice and everything – but that doesn’t really happen in New Zealand? Well here’s one! Formerly a mechanic’s workshop, transformed into this amazing Grey Lynn home. Polished (and painted) concrete floors, internal black steel framed glass doors leading to that very cool office up there, and a floating staircase up to a mezzanine… you’ll love this one.

Nice choice of black-stained pine (against that amazing ceiling) to add depth!
Photography by Michelle Weir

Homestyle also pokes around the homes of the founders of NZ interior design practice, Material Creative, and hears how Toni and Liv each tackled their different renovations.

Styling by Alice Lines, Photography Wendy Fenwick

aaaaaaaaand I couldn’t not share one of the images from the playful (and gender neutral) Kids’ Spaces feature – because the star is Editor Alice Lines’ own handsome boy, Teddy!

The Feb/March 2018 issue of Homestyle magazine is out on shelves now and I give it a whole sheet of gold stars.

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