Here Comes the Sun – Homestyle Preview

Blush and woven textures pair beautifully
Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Wendy Fenwick

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.

Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Wendy Fenwick


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.

Styling by Kerrie-Ann Jones, Photography by Maree Homer

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.



The perfect l’il kitchen! Always love a butler sink, a vintage-style faucet in a modern matte black, and a teeny wall cabinet. And I’m a forever fan of white on white on white.

Love this colour-block green shower! (Not sure about the diamond-style tile personally, it feels like a quilt… I’d probably go a small square tile or a herringbone pattern). If you’re into those lights, they are the Rudi Single Loop Pendant and you can get ’em in NZ at ECC.

Perfect workspace blank canvas.

Cosy cabin vibes. Put this on a remote west coast beachfront somewhere, and teleport me.
I’d sit in that window seat and sip red and read. P.S: love that ceiling.

Life goal – have a working fireplace in my bedroom. This is the soft-but-so-modern bedroom of
design curator Hannah Trickett. (Like that bedding? Me too – it’s new from Ferm Living)

This strong yet soft entranceway belongs to a beautiful lakeside cabin.
Love that black, glass and super-light timber staircase.

From the living room of the same cabin (yeah I know – one man’s ‘cabin’ is another man’s dream home), looking into the master bedroom. Those walls are next level.

Wall detail – because I thought you might like to see it up close. I love light timber alongside black accents. Credit where it’s due – interior design by Kirsi Valanti and styling by Susanna Vento.

That sofa!


One for the Rattan Clan. (You like that? You can use it.)

A very sweet space for a young girl, with layers of yummy texture and a powdery palette.
(If you can afford it, real linen bedding looks beautiful in kids bedrooms.)

Pink powder room! Design kudos to Benoit Viaene.


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Te Tohu

I spotted this on the website of the 2017 Best Awards (New Zealand’s annual design honours), and felt it deserved a post of its own…

Te Tohu Reo is an initiative by Air New Zealand to recognise staff who are fluent in Te Reo Maori. The Tohu itself is a pin that represents the waha (mouth) of traditional carvings, and was designed by tumu whakarae (master carver) Clive Fugill. Initially developed as a means of identifying Te Reo speaking cabin crew, the Tohu Reo is now available to be worn by all fluent Te Reo speakers – because Air New Zealand want the concept to spread – to bus drivers, policeman, firemen…

Anything that normalises, revitalises and celebrates Te Reo has my vote.

(Also, this video below is a bit lovely, if you have a couple of minutes:)


Caffeine Chemistry


This Brutalist babe is the newest cafe from NZ coffee roasters eighthirty.
(If you haven’t seen it yet – their High St cafe is one of our most popular blog features – see that here).

Located in the iconic 1920’s Tasman Building (Anzac Ave, Auckland), the space is actually eighthirty’s wholesale production facility. They just happen to also be open cafe hours, so you and I can grab a brew and a bite. It’s been designed with the same meticulous attention to craft and care that eighthirty take with their coffee, and is a collaboration between architect Dominic Glamuzina and eighthirty founder Glenn Bell, who set out to create a modern coffee laboratory.

The state-of-the-art tech here includes a stainless steel Loring roaster (there’s only one other in New Zealand) that lets eighthirty triple their output, with impeccable consistency of roast. There’s also precision coffee scales, a reverse osmosis water filter which guarantees the proper water mineral content for your coffee, and New Zealand’s very first Modbar pour-over system – an intelligent tap that pours water at the perfect temp and perfect speed for Chemex and V60 brews. Cool Science.

Details you would have spotted but that I still want to mention: white La Marzoccos with matching matte white milk jugs (I want this at home!), that hulking faceted concrete counter, black timber stools designed by Ben Glass, and steel wire furniture custom built by eighthirty engineer and co-owner Tim Solomon.

Don’t ask for a trim bowl latte here. (Not that you would.)



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