Inside Stories – Homestyle Aug/Sep

The cover home for this issue belongs to NZ artist Anna Church (who now lives in Canada with her family)
Photography by Anna Church and Rebecca Wood

Styling by Juliette Wanty; Photography Wendy Fenwick


Not sure where the last 8 weeks went, but *shrugs* at least we have a new issue of Homestyle to show for it.

The August/September edition is out on shelves and in mailboxes this week, packed to the end pages with beautiful New Zealand homes (eight of them!), modern editorial styling, and the team’s reliable curation of lovely new things that definitely deserve your attention. The cover girl this issue is the *chef kiss* Canada home of New Zealand artist Anna Church (whose new body of work you really need to check out). Put on your comfies, switch the phone to airplane mode and give yourself some self-care in the form of SSR time with the new Homestyle.




Rituals on Repeat – the new Homestyle

Just the tiniest tease of the covergirl – Alex and Corban Walls’ (AC Homestore) jaw-dropping new home. And ah, I don’t say jaw-dropping lightly. Photography by Sophia Bayly

The dream – early 1900’s villa in the front (ornate historic fretwork and facade) – and hiding around back, a clean, modern extension. Photography by Sam Hartnett

This handsome New Plymouth home with five lofty pavilions is another of Homestyle’s excellent June/July features. Photography by Simon Wilson.


You really don’t need to read this copy, you just need to get yourself down to your local Homestyle stockist and pick up this issue because SHEESH. The heroine of the issue is the prodigious new home of Alex and Corban Walls (of AC Homestore). It is everything you’d expect from the taste-making couple but yet so much more – from the world-class architectural choices and the super-minimalist-but-monumental travertine-walled pool and lawn, to the staggering bathrooms and the stylish-yet-soft bedrooms… It’s every synonym of incredible. 

The rest of the issue is similarly all-killer-no-filler. Look, honestly, you just need to close down this tab and go get a copy, ok? This one’s a don’t-miss.





Wild Kinship

There’s no doubt we’re in a watershed time in human history. We must start changing our habits of consumption, for our own survival, and the survival of the planet. But while it’s never been more critical to make change, it’s also never been easier. When it comes to conscious and sustainable brands to buy from, we have an embarrassment of riches, right at our fingertips. And we don’t have to compromise on quality or (as is relevant to my interests and presumably to you, readers of a design blog) aesthetics to do it.

My friend Monique Hemmingson’s new book Wild Kinship is testament to this. The book itself is a perfect example of its own premise; aesthetically it’s a thing of beauty to look at (including gorgeous lifestyle and landscape photography by Ilk’s Erin Cave), it’s the product of a small and independent New Zealand publisher, Beatnik, and the entire project aimed to eschew – as best it could – print media’s traditional high carbon footprint. Wild Kinship has been printed in small batches, on recyclable paper, using vegetable inks, and the team calculated and paid back carbon credits to offset the project’s total travel emissions. It’s not perfect of course, but that’s actually a key takeaway from Monique’s book – doing something is always better than nothing. 

Author Monique Hemmingson

Monique actually started working on the book concept a couple of years back, when she still owned her Mount Maunganui café Wild One Wholefoods. At the time, she was working with scores of conscious brands and was constantly inspired by their devotion in a difficult industry. She could see that they had a wealth of knowledge and some amazing stories that people could really benefit from hearing – fellow business owner or not. The seed for Wild Kinship was sown.

Wild Kinship: Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs is a collection of 28 interviews with the New Zealand and Australian founders of ethical and sustainable brands. Brands who are forging progressive paths and changing the world in their wake – from clothing designers and tiny-home builders to potters and permaculturists. Including Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek, Kokako Coffee’s Mike Murphy, and GoodFor stores’ founder James Denton.

Victoria Aguirre and Carl Wilson of homeware brand Pampa

 Jacob and Georgia Faull of organic baby brand Nature Baby, at their flagship NZ store

Al Thursfield, founder of The Daily Bar 

New Zealander Hannah Jack, making product for her all-plants skincare brand

Co-founder Michael Zagoridis at work at Pocket City Farms, bringing permaculture to inner cities.

New Zealander (and now Byron Bay resident) Stacey Burt, of skincare business Little Company.
Photography by Bobby Clark

Andrew Morris and Amanda Callan of Church Farm General Store with their two boys

The conversations are honest, intimate and ultimately very inspiring – personally and professionally. It’s packed with ideas and advice, not just about sustainable business, but also about overall wellbeing, about community and connection, about balancing livelihood with lifestyle.

An incendiary read, whether you want to start your own conscious small business or pivot your existing business, or just understand how you as an individual can take the power back and change your own habits, to improve your own life, the lives of others, and the life of the planet.

Wild Kinship: Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs is $60
See more and buy direct from Monique herself, here.

Follow Monique on Instagram here.

All photography by Erin Cave (See Erin’s Instagram here)






Inward Bound – Homestyle April/May

Photography by Sam Hartnett

This renovated Herne Bay villa is the covergirl for this issue. Her reinvention  was helmed by architect Natasha Markham of MAUD. Pick up a copy of this issue to see this home’s impressive walled courtyard, and the beautiful juxtaposition of original architectural details with modern additions.

Photography by Claire Mossong

These prefab ski-cabin style homes in Ohakune are both simple and humble, yet filled with warmth and character

Photography by Simon Devitt, Design by SGA

These are the sort of times that make you extra-grateful for small joys and happy distractions. Like my new Homestyle magazine (April/May 2020 edition) that arrived in the letterbox a few days ago – didn’t even have to venture out to buy one – and it’s got all the interior inspiration you’ll need to take your mind off current events.

This issue shows us how to create small vignettes with big meaning, has us visit and talk with with three inspiring creative women (in this issue, a painter, a clothing designer, and a founder of her own art gallery), and takes us on a tour of several New Zealand homes. There’s plenty more pieces of content too… all of which has that unquantifiable It-factor that Alice Lines and her team have the most well-honed radar for.

I also really appreciate the balance of aspirational and attainable that Homestyle fold in to each issue. This go round, at the more attainable end of the spectrum, there’s the story of a couple who waited over 10 years to build their happy place (and what a place it is), and a matching pair of DOC Hut-inspired, cabin-style homes in Ohakune, prefabbed by a couple of snowboarding mates.

Keep calm (and keep well) and Homestyle on.

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