17.03.2020

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.

23.01.2020

Making Space: Homestyle 2020


The first Homestyle issue of the new year is here, so get ye to the magazine shoppe tout suite. (Also, PSA for our Australian friends – Homestyle is now available in your neck of the woods! Send the Homestyle team a DM on Insta with your postcode, and they’ll let you know your nearest newsagent).

The cover girl this issue is this home above and below – a white-wood-and-concrete new build, perched high on a Te Arai hill.  Come for the incredibly beautiful interiors and architecture, stay for the story of how the family left Auckland for a new lifestyle in the countryside, and how they’re managing to balance lifestyle with work (love a good City Quitter story).

Substantial, yet soft –  interior designer (and owner) Melanie Sax and architectural designer Fraser Horton make quite the duo.

Photography by Duncan Innes for Homestyle

The master bedroom is divided by a part wall, behind which sits this ensuite of your dreams (see much more inside the magazine).

Along with this inspiring home, you’ll find five other house tours in this issue (six if you count the contemporary refurbed bus!) including this wee cottage below, the home sweet home of NZ architect Maria Hosking and her builder husband. I loved this feature – the home is packed with great ideas, and examples of what can be done in a small space with both an open plan and an open mind.

Gorgeous kitchen layout and materiality.

Photography by Simon Wilson for Homestyle

Styling Juliette Wanty; Photography by Wendy Fenwick

Unsurprisingly, Homestyle Art Director Juliette Wanty has me deceased again, with a styled feature (sneak peek above) that offers sophisticated ways to get sorted for the new year, plus we get a look at the unique workspaces of several NZ creatives, and editor Alice Lines takes us along on her recent artisan tour of Japan!

Grab your scissors and giant glue stick, and get ready to want to cut everything out to stick on your vision board.

 

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19.11.2019

Homestyle on Holiday


They saved the best for last: this final Homestyle issue of the year is 2019’s best – which is sayin’ something. (and not just because there’s a 4-page feature on my new book, Our Spaces, in it).

Photography Sean Fennessy 

The theme for this issue is homes that take you on holiday, and the cover girl is this clifftop beachside beauty in Australia’s Portsea, designed by Studio Esteta.  I’m loving seeing blues – from powdery to punchy – coming through in interior design at the moment, especially balanced with fresh white and warm timber. There’s 14 pages of images from this inspiring, relaxed residence in the issue – definitely a highlight.

Photography Duncan Innes

There’s five excellent New Zealand home tours – my fave was this reno of a laid back 50’s holiday bach – by its owner, NZ interior designer Joanna Cowie. (let’s be friends, Jo). Along with the half a dozen home tours, this issue also takes us on virtual vacay to an amazing boutique design hotel on the island of Menorca, Spain, visits the beautiful home of a young Kiwi family doing humanitarian work in Uganda, and introduces us to the work (and creative workspaces) of NZ artists Sophie Rowley and Grace Bader.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a feature on my coffee table book – Our Spaces – in this issue? Can’t remember if I mentioned it. Better mention it again, just to be certain. It’s an interview with yours truly. And some of Homestyle’s favourite interior imagery from the book. It’s like 4 pages in this issue. No big deal. But check it out though.

 

(P.S Penpals: One entire year of issues is only $51, delivered.
Play Santa to yourself and get a subscription for Christmas.)

 

16.09.2019

Go Your Own Way – Homestyle


Photography Larnie Nicolson

The postie delivered me a new copy of Homestyle magazine this morning. Seriously, do yourself a favour and subscribe ($51 for a full year) – it’s always such a lovely little surprise when he latest issue turns up, and life’s made up of those kind of moments. #betterlivingeveryone #leahpanapa

Above are some sneaks from one of the many New Zealand spaces in this issue – the home of Gretchen Houston, food stylist and recipe developer of My Weekend Table. Gretchen and her husband are renovating an old Grey Lynn villa as time and funds allow; and this issue of Homestyle takes you through what they’ve completed so far.  STUH. 👏🏼 NING.  👏🏼

Photography by Simon Wilson

Let there be light! This prefab-pretty home concept was developed by architect and interior design couple John and Nikki McNamara. It’s their real home, but also the first prototype of Modhouse, their new prefab homes venture. Sign me up.

Before you head off, I want to take a quick moment to congratulate the team at Homestyle for their wins at the Magazine Media Awards 2019. Alice Lines (follow her here on Insta) won Best Editor in the Home & Food category, Juliette Wanty (Insta here) won Best Designer (same category) for the third year running, and Homestyle’s parent company (a boutique business, not a big media conglomerate) won Best Small Publisher.

 

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