Hi, my faves. If you know me, you know I’m an open book. But that’s not the book you were asking to read when you come here, so I don’t share personal bits often…
I’ve had a rough couple of months. A broken ankle, and then a broken heart. I’ve been in a cast up to my knee (washing yourself with a flannel for 8 weeks is – ahem – humbling) but – much more significantly, because bones heal and not being able to walk actually just makes you really, really grateful for your normal ability to do so – I had to say goodbye to my very best friend, my faithful little shadow for over a decade, my dog Company. So I’ve felt broken, and pretty empty, the past few weeks. But this morning, I literally woke up to the sound of birds singing, the sun was streaming through my bedroom window, and I had this little tune in my head:
Here comes the sun (doo-doo-di-doo), here comes the sun, and I say… it’s all right…
And instead of working, I’ve spent this morning sitting in a patch of sunlight with a coffee, reading the latest Homestyle (I subscribe – you should too – it’s like a little gift you send yourself every 8 weeks!).
Let me share some highlights with you:
This bespoke suspended shelving (designed by the home owners) is a great idea for adding
storage to a small kitchen, without sacrificing light
Photography by our friend Michelle Weir
As per, Homestyle takes us through a bunch of inspiring, real New Zealand homes. This was one of my faves this issue – a sunny bungalow belonging to young Auckland parents Sarah and Danny Carlsen. Their place is a testament to what you can do on a budget – keeping the palette simple, and layering custom pieces and creative ideas (like the way they’ve done that floor tiling, above) with op shops finds (like vintage chairs, given a quality paint job) and good basics.
It’s also Homestyle’s annual Kitchen & Bathroom spesh, and their stylists have created a very cool selection moodboards to suit all sorts of aesthetics – so if you’re planning or just fantasising about a kitchen refresh, you’ll definitely want to pick up this issue.
This might be my fave home tour from any magazine this year – a reno’d bungalow belonging to some very stylish newlyweds. You guys know how much I gravitate toward a simple white interior, but what’s so cool here is that they’ve taken that very clean, contemporary base and created a casual coastal-boho vibe, thanks to their choice of homeware, textiles and art. LOVE this.
Photography by Michelle Weir for Homestyle
This bedroom above is from the small inner-city apartment of a NZ graphic designer. But thanks to his collection of houseplants, his home feels less like part of the concrete jungle and more like a greenhouse sanctuary. Little tip for you from the story: to find established plants, get out your weekend paper and go garage-saleing. Also, TradeMe is full of people trying to get rid of their over-sized, unkempt plants.
The October/November (how did that happen?) issue of Homestyle magazine is out on shelves now. Get yourself a copy, find a little patch of sun and give yourself some Vitamin-Me.