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The great indoors

Simple steps for a cool yet cosy home

A snug winter interior
Your fireside essentials
With monochrome

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Keep it clean
A dark maze of tiny rooms found down a
pokey North London street has been
transformed into an oasis that is white,
bright and inviting.


Expanding lives
A holiday home accommodating six
grown children requires a fair bit of space.


Open the door

There are all sorts of treasures to be
found once you open the front door of
this unassuming West Auckland home.


A place in the country

A young couple adapt to country life after
they revitalise an old shearers quarters.


These three walls

Only three walls remain of an original 1940s
structure in France. But a beautiful Greekinspired house has been built in its place.
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Weve gone shopping for your home.


Your other favourite reads.


Trend alert
Winter whites.


Buyers guide
Rug up.


Winter edit
By the re.


Milan report
The results are in.


Fashion prole
Mushama & Me.


Artist prole
Rebecca Phillips.


Design prole
Studio Ceramics.

106 Monochrome home
Black, white and everything in between.



Room by room
Gem Adams tackles her living room.


Get creative
How to weave a winter cushion.



The Resene project

Peg it on a pegboard.


Well & good

Little things that make life more liveable.

124 Food
Excerpt from The New Nordic.


The good life

The Sherwood.


Botanical styling
Inside the world of MarkAntonia.

On the cover
Stylist Gem Adams has created an
inspiring living room in her home.
She has all the advice you need to
update your own space on page 113.
Photography by Heather Liddell.


Editors note


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What I have concluded

from my time away is
its the life lived within a
house rather than the
house itself that truly
makes you feel at home.
bed over the past two months, Ive thought a lot about the concept
of home. While I love the adventure of being plucked from my
everyday life and dropped into unfamiliar surroundings, drawing
comparisons to life at home is inevitable when negotiating the
basics of breakfast, local modes of transport and guring out how
you can t into a culture thats not your own.
Im not of the take a scented candle with you to make your hotel
room feel more homely camp. But if Im staying for more than
one night, I unpack as many clothes as possible and take over the
bedside with my own things small gestures towards creating that
universally desired lived-in ambience.
Before setting off to Italy, I scoured Airbnb to seek out lodgings
with a little more homeliness than your average hotel. From an
apartment in a charming little neighbourhood in Rome, to a stone
cottage in the country back-blocks of Tuscany, I found that staying
in places where someone had taken pride in feathering their nest
went a long way towards making me feel at home where I wasnt.
After two blissful weeks of participating in local life from one end
of the country to the other, it was time to hit Milan Design Week
where the business of nest-feathering is taken to a whole new level.
With over 300,000 designers, architects, buyers, retailers, press
and design tourists in attendance it was hectic, to say the least.
But discovering fresh designs from around the world was an aweinspiring experience. I share 20 of my favourites on page 27, plus
four rising trends that are dening interior design right now.
That said, I would warn against taking your trend-watching too
seriously. I think of design trends as an opportunity to shake things
up; providing fresh inspiration from which to inject your own
personality into your space. What I have concluded from my time
away is its the life lived within a house rather than the house itself
that truly makes you feel at home.
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Photographer Evie Mackay
snapped this shot of our editor
Alice meeting a couple of locals
at a converted shearers quarters
in the Wairarapa. See the results
of the shoot on page 80.

We admit to snapping the
occasional shoe sele, with senior
stylist Amber rolling out her
favourite #oorcore combinations
of rugs and shoes for the season.
See the results on page 21.

Our editor braved the crowds
at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan
to bring you homestyles take
on whats on the horizon for
interiors. See our trend report
on page 27.

Our inhouse stylist Sophie has
put together an edit for your
reside this winter (page 24).
Use it to create a cosy corner
to snuggle up in with a book and
a new throw.

LIVE Curated by Ruben Ortiz
and Katt Schiebeck, based in
Barcelona, and full of architecture
and interior design from around
the world, these posts not only
keep us dreaming, but brimming
with inspiration.

If you love double shots, coffee
company Supreme has created
a photo app that allows you to
duplicate your subject matter.
Download the app, take a double
shot, then upload to Instagram with
the hashtag #supremesupreme.

Annique Heesen is an interior
designer who has done some
styling for homestyle. Her
Instagram consists of daily
inspiration taken from her own
home, as well as interiors she
has created for others.


Comfortably carry your little one
and look stylish at the same time.
These herbal-dyed organic baby
carriers are designed in Byron
Bay, made in India and would look
lovely on you. We love the lattice
print whats your favourite?




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A curated selection of our favourite nds.



Line is the latest collection
of furniture and lighting
from Douglas & Bec. While
retaining a reductive
approach, this collection
sees a shift in aesthetic
direction: moving from all
timber to encompass hand
blown glass, blackened
brass, steel, painted timber
and state-of-the-art LED
bulbs. For more information

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Scout & about

Weve been shopping for your home.

SIMON JAMES SHOWROOM A new space showcasing residential and retail furniture has been created in the Simon James showroom at 61 Upper Queen
Street, Auckland. Designed by Rufus Knight and Simon, it is a perfect reflection of the Simon James aesthetic. Raw honed wall panels, polished concrete
and soft sheer drapes to delineate the living spaces from one another form a backdrop to Simons sofa and furniture collections, lighting from Nat Cheshire
and interior accents by Tom Dixon. Pop in for a visit or head to

Inspired by a trip through Sweden, The
Lund Shelf exists to make life more
beautiful. Why use plastic when you can
have glass? Why buy synthetic when you
can have linen? The Lund Shelf is full of
lovely things for you to fall in love with.

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Styled Canvas helps you create a space
that you feel happy to come home to.
Its about gradually building a collection
of things that you love and that will
stand the test of time representing who
you are and your lifes story.
Appealing to the avid, keen or sometime
gardener, Garden Objects pays close
attention to functionality, design and
craftsmanship, ensuring the products
offered are built to last. Doesnt hurt
that they look pretty either.


LUXURY LUGGAGE Get away in style with Juliette

Hogans new line. Succinctly named JH Luggage,
it consists of a 36-hour bag ($649); garment bag
($689); tote ($429) and purse ($59). Each piece is
beautifully crafted from nubuck leather, finished
with matt black hardware and works individually
or with the whole set.

WONDERFUL WALLS Representing urban

life, where continuous change is the constant
factor, Script is a collection of wall-ware
with a wink. Non-woven, paste-the-wall,
expanded and blown vinyl wallcoverings
in 58 colourways, RRP $208 $483.

FUN WITH FELT Nepalese for smile, Muskhane draws inspiration from the artisanal heritage
of Nepal to create quality handcrafted felt goods using traditional methods and meeting Fair
Trade standards. Stack of Smarties cushions (33cm diameter), $65 each; Mushroom (18cm),
$24; Bi-colour bowl (17cm diameter), $19,

CHUNKY KNIT THROWS Its officially time to

rug up. Christchurch-based Chain Gang has
opened online, with a range of ultra-chunky knit
New Zealand merino throws and bed runners
that are all handmade locally the old-fashioned
way. Check out their range of sizes, colours and
styles at

BEDSIDE BEAUTY Mackinven & Co candles

are handcrafted in re-usable glass containers
using all-natural soy wax, cotton wicks and fine
fragrance oils. Available in three intoxicating
fragrances Bamboo/Musk/Linen, Peony and
Noir these oversized candles burn for 80 hours.


Shop online at

STYLE Bookmarks

Books & pieces

Your other favourite reads.




BY CHRONICLE BOOKS, $44.99 In this book you will follow
Swedish stylist Ida Magntorn into the nooks and crannies
of her vintage-loving friends homes in Paris, London, New
York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen learning their own
styling tips and tricks along the way. Ida is a big believer in
using decorating to tell a story, which in turn creates a special
ambience. Each city features a flea market checklist with
typical finds should you be visiting the area, as well as the
things you can seek out closer to home. The book also includes
step-by-step tips on how to achieve each citys vintage
aesthetic, including a list of books, songs and movies to help
you get in the regional mood and start mood-boarding.
You cant be creative in a void nor can
you be creative in a space thats devoid
of life. So believes Emily Quinton, who
proposes that it is the colours, light, design
and objects in a workspace that contribute
to creative output in a much bigger way
than we may realise.

COPENHAGEN What do Copenhageners surround themselves with? Something homemade,

something classic and something that surprises and stands out. LEFT Adorn your walls with
paintings, graphic art and embroidery. MIx up pictures randomly to achieve a disordered look.
RIGHT The Copenhagen dining room radiates coziness or hygge and is at the same time decorated
with exciting details and combinations that arouse curiosity. TIP Copenhagen lacks light for a good
portion of the year, so many bring unique light sources into their homes. In one room it is common
to find a ceiling lamp, a floor lamp and candles on the table.
NEW YORK What is it
that makes New Yorks
mood so special? Could
it be the ever-present
silhouettes of the
skyscrapers and the
Statue of Liberty, or
the simple but artistic
vibe in the city that
never sleeps? RIGHT
The contrast between
natural greenery and
industrial grey is an
elegant one. Your
own city oasis can be
formed by setting ferns
against a shabby wall,
or planting passionfruit
where they will stretch
up to meet the sun.
WIN Thanks to Book Reps Distribution, we have two copies of Home Style by City to give away
(valued at $44.99 each). Visit and enter the code STYLE BY CITY to be in the draw.

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HUDSON, $35 Yep, its back and not just
on your back, but on your walls too. From
dip-dyeing, arashi, space dyeing or classic
kumo circle designs, this book contains all
the essential techniques youll need to start
creating unique fashions, homewares and
fun projects with serious sizzle or drizzle.


$48.99 Furnitecture features the work of
a rising generation of designers who think
about furniture in an architectural way,
creating pieces that transform interior
spaces. Intended as a sourcebook of
furnishings and solutions for small spaces,
it is a true exploration of micro architecture.


Nouveau Style Tip:

Pendant lights are a great way
of adding interest to a room.
This neutral eggshell colour
adds to the soft, calm theme
of the room.

If youve got the vision, Nouveau

can help you achieve it with our
stylish range of products. Look for
the Nouveau range in-store at
Mitre 10 MEGA right now
and breathe new life into
your home.

Nouveau Style Tip:

FCB M10 8551

Click together ooring is easy to

install and maintain and its great
if youre looking for a neutral,
natural theme in your room.

Nouveau Rope
Wrapped Metal
Pendant Light Shade

See in-store for prices. While stocks last. Props not included.

Nouveau 3 Tier
Wide Bookcase

Nouveau Click Lock

Vinyl Flooring in Sand

With adjustable shelf.

3 different sizes available.

Available in a variety of colours.




STYLE Trend alert

Winter whites
Clean lines and fresh statements.
Styling Sophie Peacocke

Cloud wall art (small),


Marble candleholder,

White marble cake stand with

wooden base, $75,

PHOTO Mara Sommer

Ceramic and cork vase, $20 (small);

$26 (large),

Premiere dress, $269,

Karlsson white clock, $74.90,

General Eclectic white cross hook,


Uashmama cosmetic bags,

from $49,

LEFT TO RIGHT Penney & Bennet linen cushion with white thatch cushion cover, $109, Orla linen cushion cover,
$49.90, Aura Home Kami Euro pillowcase, $49, Handmade bespoke cushion, POA,

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Porcelain hanging feather, $15,

STYLE Trend alert

Marble placemat, $8.50,

Bowery wallet, $109,

Cluster tulip pendant, $199,

Hot Art ceramic goat skull, $29,

Japanese ceramic pot, $115,

BKR drink

Side table, $239,

Ferm Living grid laundry

basket, $119,

Native Line wall hanging, $690,

Geo stripe lambswool blanket, $189,

LEFT TO RIGHT Living & Co cushion with inner included, $22, Wink Wink pillow with inner included, AU$120, afteronline. Check In Black with inner included, $125, Grid cushion with inner included, $85,

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Specialising in beautiful hand-woven designer rugs, The Ivy House is proudly the
New Zealand stockist of Armadillo&Co wool rugs, all handwoven by their extended
family of artisans. Combining aesthetics with ethics, the collection includes a wide
range of standard sized rugs, along with endless opportunities to custom colour

Rugs I Custom Rugs I Hall Runners

238 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland I 09 360 8986


STYLE Buyers guide

# floorcore
Inspired by the latest
Instagram sensation, weve
rolled out our favourite rugs
and shoes for the season.
Styling & photography Amber Armitage

Comet rug (160 x 230cm), $495,

Caroline ballet shoes, $289,

A&Co kilim weave Caravan rug in peony multi colour (140 x 200cm),
$850, Betty brogues, $329,

Tokyo rug by Greg Natale (240 x 300cm),

starting from $6410,
Kathryn brogues, $289,

Grey hide patchwork rug (120 x 180cm),

$699, Riley shoes, $289,

Hydra by Camilla rug (200 x 300cm),

starting from $6180,
Thea shoes, $179,

Blurred Lines rug (217 x 286cm), $1995, Nostalgia shoes,

Solo rug by John Reynolds (200 x 150cm),

$4140, Flinders Lane shoes,

Hand-looped jute Staple rug by Nodi

(160 x 230cm), $1210,
Mr Fill n Zip fur bag, $840,

STYLE Buyers guide

Spectrum rug (170 x 240cm), $2581, Mr Leopard bag,

Missing Pieces rug (170 x 240c m), $1877, Greville shoes, $170,

Brita Sweden Helmi runner (70 x 250cm),

$409, Felix sneakers, $179,

Chi rug (200 x 300cm), $1390, cittadesign.

com. Shadowbox shoes in pink, $369,

Muskhane France felt Lumbini rug

(120cm round), $249,
Flinders Lane shoes, $140,

A&Co Ballerina rug (140 x 200cm), $725, Erin loafers, $289,

Fez rug, (160 x 230cm), $975,

Acland St shoes in pinot, $200,

Leaf & Stick rug (250 x 100cm), $3105,

Bo shoes, $329,

Porte rug (200 x 300cm), $1390, cittadesign.

com. Pure shoes, $150,

Cowhide (available in different sizes), from

$399, Mr Mini chain mail bag,

Muskhane France felt Gokarna rug

(70 x 140cm), $235,
Armour boots, $369,

Jaipur Doors rug by Nodi, (120 x 180cm),

$1190, Kathryn brogues,


FEISS has been bringing fashion to lighting design for more than half a century,
providing premium lighting for every room in your home.


The modern Frontage pendant light is an updated

silhouettes, the hand-blown Opal Etched glass or Pressed
Clear glass shades create a dramatic contrast to the
industrial frame detail which crowns each pendant.



perfectly into many different rooms. From the Spanish word for
kiss, the FEISS Beso pendant makes the familiar chocolate candy




Visit for your nearest stockist


STYLE Winter edit

By the fire
Snuggle up this winter with
these cosy-making essentials.
Styling Sophie Peacocke
Photography Melanie Jenkins

John Derian Leaves

plate, $169 each,

Monmouth Glass Studio large dome

pendant, $650,

Syuro copper can, from


Classic hatchet axe, $175,

STYLE Winter edit

White enamel tumbler,


Zinc 100% linen cushion

cover (45 x 45cm), $89,

Copper bounty
baskets, from $55,

Iris Hantverk dustpan and

brush, $52,

Beast rug, US$110,

Small white house, $25,

Grayson chair, $799,

Fog Linen blue and white

striped trays, from $24,

ALSO IN THE SCENE Resene Black White. Air plant, POA, Ponsonby Plant Centre. Rocky (594mm x 841mm) print (unframed), $160, thisbigplayground. ON THE MANTLE Large Kokedama succulent, $75, Ivy plant, POA, Ponsonby Plant Centre. Terracotta pots, from $1.17, bunnings. ON THE CHAIR Isla de Aroha 100% cotton screen-printed cushion cover (50 x 50cm), $95, New Zealand honey sheepie,
$150; Sea tangle 100% linen throw in silver birch, $169, ON THE FLOOR Aechmea Primera plant, $24.84, Caroline Z
Hurley linen throw in mint with black spots, $228, Calf hide, $125, Indigene hand-weaved indigo linen throw, $249, Enamel mug, $8 each, Skandi wool runner #2, $649, All other items, stylists own.

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Tri Ampel Pendant - Apex Shelf

Shift Table - Y Stool

Opening May 28th at The Bloc
20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden

STYLE Milan report

Milan Design Week

Every year over 300,000 designers, architects, buyers
and retailers descend on Milan for Design Week. This
year homestyle editor Alice Lines joined them. Here,
she reports back on what she saw at both the Salone
Del Mobile and the FuoriSalone offshoots and what
you can expect to see instore in the seasons ahead.

PHOTO Nina Ruud. STYLING Per Olav Slvberg.

Words Alice Lines

Morten & Jonas is a design

duo from Norway, who
design products, spaces
and environments with a
focus on shape, function and
visual perception. Their 2015
collection is as practical as
it is aesthetically pleasing,
making an impact with its
debut at Milan Design Week.
Hoff sofa (left), from Salone

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STYLE Milan report

First making an appearance over 30 years ago at the Salone Del
Mobile (the official Milan Design Week fair showcasing the
work from the super-brands), it is only natural that the Memphis
movement encompassing clashing colours, block shapes and
loud patterns would have a revival back in Milan. Known for its
polarising properties, we wonder if this modern riff on the theme
will meet the mass market or with mass rejection, as it did in the
80s? Regardless, there is something to be said for injecting a little
bit of fun and frivolity into interiors.

KARTELL GOES ETTORE In what can only be described as a

great ode to the Memphis Group, Kartell has honored the leader
of the movement Ettore Sottsass by putting nine of his furniture
and homeware designs into production. The brightly coloured
sculptural pieces were designed by Ettore just three years before
his death in 2007, but were never mass produced because the
technology didnt exist at the time. Kartell is available locally

SHAPE UP Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen is quickly becoming

known for a clever multidisciplinary approach to design. The new
collection of pendant lights for Roll & Hill playfully mixes materials
and shapes that can be adjusted to suit each space. A selection of
Ladies and Gentlemen designs can be found at

PORTEGO Designed by Swiss
Seraina Lareida, this carpet is
inspired by Venice; its porches
and canals. The result is a very
evocative abstract form using
colours typical of the Venetian
cityscape. The carpet is made with
the tafting technique, using only
high-quality New Zealand wool and
pioneering the use of the maximum
number of colours possible with the
weaving machine.

OFFICE EVOLUTION With more companies striving to create a

home-like office environment, many brands have created office
furniture that is ergonomically designed, yet stylish too. None
achieved this as well as Arper who shared suave new products
including the Kinesit chair and their Parentesi acoustic wall panels
customisable with speakers or LED lights.

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NEW MOON Berlin-based Joa Herrenknecht presented a new

collection at Salone Satellite (exhibitions of emerging designers).
Her Moon bookends captured the Memphis-meets-moderngeometric zeitgeist, where modular L-shapes combine with
precious metals and marble to hold books (the jewels of our
culture) for years to come.

STYLE Milan report

TAKE A SEAT Statement chairs
have long provided an opportunity
for designers to flex their creative
muscles. Experiments in colour and
materials ranged from manually
sprayed colour gradients on wood,
upholstery wraps connected with
removable straps and snazzy
Memphis-patterned fabrics by the
groups original designers.

Split chair by Arik Levy for Ton.


design house Normann Copenhagen
shared some dramatic pieces at Salone
Del Mobile. New designs such as this
Era lounge chair allow customers to mix
and match materials and colours to suit
their home. Available locally through


FOR KETTAL Outdoor furniture company
Kettal has created a new collection sporting
a softness that is usually reserved for indoors.
It works surprisingly well, however, in a mix of
new colours and materials.


OUT OF THE MOULD Moroso released some of the most vibrant pieces at Salone Del Mobile,
chief among them the St Marks chair by Martino Gamper (who, as hes married to a New
Zealander, we can almost claim as one of our own). With a continuous curve up both legs and
around the back, the design is a homage to the classic Italian Bentwood cafe chair.

Roll chair by Patricia Urquiola

for Kettal.

Easy chair by Formellt.


Pastels have been a hot interiors topic for a while now, but there was a fair share of jewel tones
returning to the mix in Milan. Think tangerine with topaz, ruby with petal pink, or emerald and
amethyst. Iridescent and watercolour effects embraced the whole spectrum and were used across a
variety of solid and transparent surfaces. Also noted: rich red is back see more on this in my Last
Word on page 146.


CLASSIC COMEBACK Salone Del Mobile saw many superbrands release new versions of their best ofs. Theres certainly
something in the refinement of a classic, such as Cassinas
Maralunga sofa, conceived 40 years ago.

Clap with Cameroon fabric by

Nathalie du Pasquier for Kartell.

Scholten & Baijings ottoman

for Moroso.

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STYLE Milan report


MOLTEN METALLICS With its dazzling

globular form, Tom Dixons new Melt
pendant light was the star of The
Cinema his exhibition staged in an
abandoned theatre in the centre of the
city. When design tourists from around
the world descend on Milan, Tom is
there to show and sell his wares. The
resourceful design entrepreneur in the
modern age is committed not just to
the creation of an artefact, but also to
the communication, contextualisation
and commercialisation of their ideas,
he says. With this in mind, all pieces
were available to be purchased. Find
them locally at


OIL SLICK The Wooden Aquarelle

collection by young German designer
Meike Harde, showcased a materialdriven study in colour play. Wooden
panels are mounted into a frame and
coloured autonomously with liquid
pigment, before being crafted into
furniture pieces such as these split
cube nesting tables.

PHOTO Nick Cope.

The young guns at Brooklynbased Calico Wallpaper teamed
up with Amsterdam studio
BCXSY to present a conceptual
new work at Spazio Rossana
Orlandi. The imagery for
Inverted Spaces, their dreamy
pastel and metallic bespoke
wallpaper, was sourced via
NASAs free image bank
of photos from the Hubble

PHOTO Peer Lindgreen.



Designers from around the world paid homage to the human fascination with outer
space, and all things related to the great beyond. Celestial patterns played out across
a variety of surfaces from tabletops to wallpapers and dinnerware.


COSMIC DINNER Youll be eating amongst the stars, the moon and Neptune and Mars with the new Milky Way-inspired
collection by Diesel Living and Seletti. The two renowned Italian brands continue their ongoing collaboration with
this collection, that was featured as part of a larger space-inspired showcase for Diesel Living. While Diesels brand
connotations may seem a bit outdated here in New Zealand, their interior offerings were surprisingly (yet pleasantly)
inspiring. The homewares range can be purchased locally from

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STYLE Milan report

Despite the fact that metal and marble have almost dened the current minimalist interior zeitgeist,
neither material is going anywhere fast. In what could be catergorised as renement rather than invention,
designers explore new interpretations of archetypal, geometric structures in their pursuit of creating
luxe everyday objects. It was refreshing to see the attention to detail that many of the new generation of
designers applied to the material composition of the objects they were creating.


PHOTO Silvia Rivoltella.

The FLOS stand at
Euroluce (the biennial
lighting exhibition)
was a highlight, using
a stark white space to
present an avant garde
collection by design
heavyweights such as
Michael Anastassiades.
We took a shine to his
Captain Flint lamp, which
explored balance with a
cone delicately attached
to a rod that rotates to
function as both an up or
down light, with a marble
base to ground and add
elegance to the piece.
Available locally from

PHOTOS Jonas Marguet.


ELEGANT DOMESTICITY The Milanese design duo of the moment, Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di
Pinto of Studiopepe, work across a variety of projects from product design to spatial styling. They are
responsible for seasonal takeovers at the showroom of Spotti Milano, who give them carte blanche to
share their unique approach to interiors. The velvety background sets the scene to showcase Spottis
curation of contemporary and re-issued classic furniture.



design darling Lee Broom presented
this year in a series of empty shops. The
Ring Lights above comprise a polished
brass sphere, pierced by a dimmable
circular fluorescent tube. Available
locally from


ODD FITS Created at the intersection

of craft and design, pieces like the
Crowd candleholders by David
Taylor made with a mash-up of
materials such as concrete and metal
exemplified the fresh approach to
classic Scandi design.


NEXT GEN 12 students from the

venerable Swiss University of Art
and Design exhibited an on point
collection at the FuoriSalone. With
the help of Studio Formafantasma
they reconfigured familiar objects
with amazing results.

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STYLE Fashion prole

Mushama & Me
Its raining, its pouring... but Sharn Blackwell
is making raincoats worth getting out of bed for.
Photography Matt Queree

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How did you come to be making

recycled raincoats? Ive always loved
working with recycled fabrics not only
for the environmental factor, but also
for the stories they hold. The idea of
applying that in this way came about
while I was living in one of the wettest
cities in Europe, Amsterdam. The biking
culture coupled with the constant rain
was all the inspiration I needed.
Why did you name the business
Mushama & Me? The word mushama
literally means raincoat in Albanian
I was in Albania before moving to
Amsterdam. I love the sound of the word
mushama, and together with me, its
saying, just me and my raincoat.
How do you create your raincoats? It
all starts at the op shop. When I decided
to re-launch Mushama & Me in New
Zealand the rst thing I did was go on
a bed-sheet shopping spree, to all my
favourite small-town op shops. From
there the sheets are washed in Napisan,
dried, cut to the same width and stitched
together, creating one continuous length
of fabric. Then I waterproof by bonding
a soft, micro-thin layer of PVC to the
surface of the fabric, before handcutting each garment. The cutting is
crucial. I have to cut around stains and
inconsistencies such as cigarette holes
from the days when it was normal to
smoke in bed as well as ensuring that
the print placement is perfect. Being oneoff garments, this can take some time.
To minimise as much waste as possible
I then cut smaller products from the
scraps, such as babies bibs and bike seat
covers. Lastly, the cut raincoats head 8km
down the road to be made up.
Who are your coats designed for? I
have to think about the urban commuter,
the walker, the public transport user
and the biker. But, as a lover of the
biking culture and lifestyle, I give extra
consideration to the urban biker. Ive
designed a raincoat with discrete strap
clips around the back and out and around
the legs to keep the knees dry. This was
something I came up with after many
days working with wet jean legs till
lunchtime. Ill be launching coats for men
next. Theyve been a bit left out till now.

The cutting is crucial. I have to cut around stains

and inconsistencies such as cigarette holes from
the days when it was normal to smoke in bed as
well as ensuring that the print placement is perfect.

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Mushama & Me owner Sharn Blackwell prepares to cut out a raincoat
in her workroom. Mushama & Me classic A-line raincoat and matching hat. Sharn in her workroom sewing
a sample. Mushama & Me Urban Biker raincoat.
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STYLE Artist prole

Home grown
As a time-honoured home decoration
motif, owers have preoccupied artists for
generations. We discover one of its latest
converts, Wellington painter Rebecca Phillips.
Words Alice Lines

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Photography Russell Klyne

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Arts degree at Massey University that Rebecca Phillips fell in
love with the traditional oral patterns found on old wallpapers
and fabrics. Reinterpreting them in her own way, she started
using oral motifs in her large-scale acrylic-on-board paintings.
After graduating with Honours in 2009, Rebecca continued to
explore the art of oral depiction, and re-creating the at forms
found in interior oral design.
Camera in hand, Rebecca starts each painting process with
a trip to the Wellington Botanical Gardens. Returning to her
studio, she then plays around with her photos in the digital space
until she arrives at her desired composition. Next, she redraws
the images, turning the realistic forms into gurative shapes,
before enlarging them for her oversized canvases. Its funny
that my process is so drawn out, as Im not otherwise the kind of
person who takes a long time to do things, she laughs.
The painting process is not completely straightforward either.
Using acrylic on wood, Rebecca has developed a signature
palette of nostalgic hues. I enjoy the process of colour mixing,
and each work is built up with many thin layers of paint. I have a
specic sky blue that I gravitate towards I love the combination
it creates with the dusky corals of the roses.
Nominated in both 2013 and 2014 as a Signature Piece Finalist
at the New Zealand Art Show, Rebecca will be showing the oral
paintings that she is becoming known for at the event in June
again this year. I know Im not going to paint owers forever,
but for now I enjoy the repetition of the process and seeing my
work evolving.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS I like the fact that my process is subverting the
tradition of floral painting, Rebecca says. Incorporating the digital is like my
method of drawing. It almost has a paint-by-numbers feel to it but its not quite
that simple. Its interesting to find out the references people take from my work
you cant control the connections people have with art.

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Hand to table
homestyles Amber Armitage has just released a collaboration with
Studio Ceramics. She looks into the history behind this iconic local business.
Words Amber Armitage

Photography Duncan Innes

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THE PRODUCTION PROCESS A design is given to mould-maker Bruce Yallop. This can be hand-drawn, computer-generated, or a similar object may be brought
in. After proportions are discussed and any changes made, Bruce creates a hand-carved model out of plaster (above left), allowing for 14% shrinkage that occurs when
fired. After the model is approved, a block mould and case are made, then a master mould, and finally the production moulds. After 40-plus years hand-crafting moulds
for Crown Lynn and now Studio Ceramics, Bruce works with Tim Grocott (above right), handing down some of the knowledge he has obtained.

Designer Amber Armitage and Phillipa Croft from Studio Ceramics discuss the
details of their final collection in preparation for its release. The family of five shapes
will come in four soft colours: chalk white, fog grey, petal pink and moss green.

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Ive also long been familiar with the work of Studio Ceramics.
But my rst real introduction to this West Auckland-based
business and its owners Phillipa and Ken Croft was when
I visited the factory about a year ago to borrow a few ceramic
pieces for a photoshoot. I was blown away, not only by the
resources on offer, but also by the ethos of the business and
the history behind it especially after learning that head
mould-maker Bruce Yallop was on the team at the iconic
ceramics company Crown Lynn for over 40 years.
Phillipa and I soon got talking about the benets of
quality craftsmanship in New Zealand, and the joy of
creating beautiful things. We were both excited about the
idea of creating a new range of ceramics together and so a
collaboration was born.
I designed the range so you could match each piece with
its colourway set, mix them with other colours in the range,
or use them alongside your other ceramics. This would
allow the pieces to be collected over time, encouraging
the collation of personalised collections from the different
colourways. It also encourages the notion that ceramics
should be kept and treasured for a lifetime, not bought and
discarded as part of a passing fad.
The stylist in me also wanted the ceramics to be
multifunctional; so they could sit as well in the bedroom as
they could in the kitchen or living room, and move around
the house when you want to change things up. To achieve my
objectives, the designs needed to be simple, clean and rened
all of which matches perfectly with my aesthetic.
Seeing this project come to life has been an exciting
journey, one that opened my eyes to the amount of work
and time involved in developing a new ceramics range. The
designs have grown and developed through the process
of making, and the nal result is something that I am very
proud to put my name to.
Wanting to nd out more about Studio Ceramics, and the
history and perspectives of this unique business, I sat down
to ask Phillipa a few questions...

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Using the production moulds, the product is slip-cast. This process invloves the clay being poured into the moulds, left for approximately one hour, then the
remaining clay being poured out (above left). After drying for another hour the clay can be removed from the mould. At this stage it appears brown, but as it dries
it turns a brilliant white due to the high grade of clay used (below right). It is mined in Matauri Bay, Northland, and is known around the world as White Gold.
Finally, any rough edges are smoothed away a process called fettling (above right).

Tell me about how the Studio Ceramics

aesthetic came to be: The original range was
based on New Zealands native ora and fauna,
so it features a lot of Kiwiana and retro-inspired
items. The products are all handmade. Its
not an automated production line, but highly
skilled people casting, handling, smoothing
and glazing, each putting their soul into the
products. This process shapes our aesthetic
as no two pieces are ever exactly the same.
How important are collaborations to this?
In recent times weve worked with various
designers such as yourself, Evie Kemp and
Carole Prentice. Each complements the ideas
and designs that we already have, adding their
own air to existing and future pieces. We feel
its imperative to support local designers to
assist them to showcase their designs. They
share in our collective knowledge base and
the results work out great for both sides.
How do you develop new designs? We
brainstorm with the designers we work with. The
public and retailers suggest ideas that we take
on board. And then there are the middle-of-thenight ideas the Swan Lamp was a 3am one.
How do you decide which designs to produce
and which to keep producing? We constantly
need to test new products in the market. If
theyre successful, they get added to a range.
But any designs that weve stopped producing
can still be reproduced via our mould archive.
How have your practices changed in light of
the present-day economic climate? Much of
our business used to be in producing huge
amounts of painted dinnerware at one stage,
there were 50 hand-painters on staff. But with
the importation of cheaper goods, people are
not so concerned about the quality theyre
buying or where its made if you arent in the
industry its hard to appreciate the amount of
work that goes into each piece. But we feel
like were the spiritual successor to other great
ceramic companies that have gone before us.
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Each ceramic is bisc-fired for two days in a kiln (above left). In the final step the pieces are glazed, sprayed or handpainted, each providing a slightly different
texture and finish. The large jug (above) has been double glazed. First the whole vessel is dipped in the chalk white glaze, then the bottom third was redipped in
fog grey (the signature colours of the collaboration). ABOVE RIGHT Phillipa and Ken Croft, owners of Studio Ceramics, work alongside their staff in the factory
to ensure the smooth production of their ceramics. BELOW The initial collection from Amber Armitage for Studio Ceramics includes a large serving plate, a
small multi-functional ramekin and two jugs, affectionately known as The Fat Bottom Girls, due to their large rounded bases.

If we dont keep going, the ranges are most

likely going to be lost from the market together
with our history and knowledge base. Well lose
yet another New Zealand manufacturer and
imported products will take over the market.
As a local boutique manufacturer, how
important is it that youre supported by the
local design industry? Very. Too many local
manufacturers have had to shut their doors as
the price point drives people to get products
made offshore. And, also too often, those
designers realise that the quality is not as good
and try to re-approach that manufacturer only
to nd they have had to shut their doors. Crown
Lynn was the biggest tableware producer in
New Zealand until import restrictions were
softened and they tragically had to close. This
is why Kiwis need to value and support local
manufacturing rather than getting products
made offshore.
What sustainable practices do you implement
in your business? All our slip wastage and
off-cuts are recycled and turned back into slip.
We dont use any glazes containing cadmium
or lead as our products need to be food-safe.
Any broken or damaged product is turned into
mosaics or given to local schools for smash
alleys at galas. The only product we cant
recycle is our bisc-ware or rst red product,
which gets turned into landll and, as it is
clay, goes back to where it came from. We use
New Zealand-mined white china clay which is
pure white and needs no colouring to achieve.
It has a beautiful resonance when you ping it
like a crystal glass. The clay is mined in Matauri
Bay in Northland and it looks like a giant white
blot on the landscape on Google Maps. A lot of
New Zealands white clay gets shipped offshore
to companies such as Noritake, Lladro, Limoges
and Doulton. A lot of people dont realise
the prestige associated with New Zealands
white clay going into some of the worlds most
coveted ceramic brands.

To view this range or to buy online visit For more on Studio Ceramics
or to nd a stockist, visit
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A dark maze of tiny rooms found down a pokey
North London street has been transformed into
an oasis that is white, bright and inviting.
Words Annabel Davidson
Photography Evie MacKay

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With a clean colour scheme of

white, dark and pale grey, with
an occasional splash of acid
yellow or green, the mood is
crisp and clean but not cold.

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INDOOR/OUTDOOR The familys kitchen opens out onto the back garden, where the barbecue becomes an extension of the kitchen in summer. The pear tree is
the one thing they kept from the garden when overhauling it, while potted olive trees provide transportable greenery. OPPOSITE The white-painted cabinets are
finds from Golborne Roads vintage furniture dealers, and the portrait of the Queen between them is a lenticular print by Canadian photographer Chris Levine.


it was her aversion to clutter that lead to an interior with lots of
places to hide things. But the narrow, black-painted exterior of
the end-of-terrace house she shares with her husband and three
children hides something in itself an airy, spacious, light-lled
family home that seems quite incongruous in the pokey streets of
Kensal Rise. Theres a hint of the wardrobe that leads to Narnia
here in the way the front door opens to reveal a gleaming, white
oasis of calm. However, this wasnt always the case.
When purchased in 2011, the North West London home was
a dark maze of tiny rooms and a backyard that Anna describes
as basically a parking spot for recycling bins. But with the
addition of a side-return (extending the house over the largely
redundant outdoor pathway running from front to back), and a
loft conversion, plus some ruthless culling of existing trees in the
back garden, the house is now a ve-bedroom family home with
a view that could be mistaken for leafy parkland. Its one of the
things I love most about it, says Anna. We had no idea wed get
this view of all the gardens beyond ours until we pulled all the

existing trees out which were blocking the view and the sun. We
did keep the pear tree though, she says. We felt like we had to
keep something!
Working with Kiwi builder Sam Cross, who now operates his
business Cross Construction back home in the South Island, the
Frasers set about turning the house into something light, but
durable. Anna describes her childhood home as being lled
with antiques and wanted something less precious for her
young family. While she admits to being fussy about the white
marble kitchen island, the home is otherwise somewhere the
children can literally draw on the walls a concealed sliding
door which can be used to divide the kitchen and the living room
is actually a huge blackboard wall for the kids to scribble on.
Bikes and toys are kept hidden but handy in clever cupboards
tucked into corners and under stairs, and a pleasingly large area
of oor which could easily handle a full-sized dining table is kept
clear for the kids to do circles on their bikes.
But despite these additions and the conscious decision to
avoid sharp corners that might do harm to little heads, this is E
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KITCHEN This room may be beautiful,

but its also highly functional and childfriendly even the marble island has
rounded corners. The dark grey painted
cupboards hide various appliances, and
a child-sized table and chairs tucks neatly
in at the end of it.

still a sophisticated home. With a clean

colour scheme of white, dark and pale
grey, with the occasional splash of acid
yellow or green via a cushion here and a
plant there, the mood is crisp and clean,
but not cold. Instead, warmth is added via
Annas collection of large vintage pieces
sourced from the nearby Golborne Road
(a street full of vintage furniture dealers,
upcyclers and bric-a-brac peddlers) as
well as out-of-town antique markets.
A huge slate replace found in a
reclamation yard and painstakingly
stripped of several layers of paint by Anna
in the middle of winter was worth the
effort, housing a cosy re in winter which
she gazes at while her husband watches
TV. An old booksellers sign has been
turned into a mirror and hung from the
downstairs loo, and original radiators
have been resurrected to t with the
colour scheme. An old car boot has been
reclaimed as a unique storage solution,
while allowances have been made for
security, with modern safes hidden
from view.
Anna confesses to feeling conicted
between the different styles she is drawn
to when making decisions for interior
nishings and furniture from modern
minimalist, to vintage-sourced and a
streak of stark Scandinavian but the
end result is perfectly balanced. And its
all hidden behind an unassuming door in
North West London.
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BEDROOM An extended
chimney breast behind the
bed hides ample storage
space in the master bedroom.
OPPOSITE The painted
floorboards in the entrance
hall make for a crisp contrast
against the dark painted
refurbished radiators.

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ABOVE LEFT The nursery and childrens bedroom are the only rooms to be carpeted, but otherwise continue the theme of white spaces tempered with touches
of colour. ABOVE RIGHT The traditional bathroom elements of porcelain and steel are juxtaposed with a vintage mirror and cabinet found at antique markets.


How did you nd your aesthetic?

We found compilinginteriorpictures
and pinning ideas on Pinterest to be
helpful.Common themes emerged.






First oor

Were there any major problems you

solved along the way? We were having
trouble nding adining table we liked
so we bought the legs at Kempton
Market and got the top made out of old
scaffolding boards, complete with saw
marks and paintremnants.



Are there any rules you follow?Yes.
Always look at paint, carpet and fabric
in the room it will be in, as the colourcan
look very different in different lights.


Ground oor

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The project: Anna and Cameron Fraser

renovated this North London house
for themselves and their kids Max (4),
Arabella (3) and Rocco (6 months).


Rolling Fog

Resene Half
Duck Egg Blue


Large black press

mirror, $550,


Small ceramic tripod pot by Gidon

Bing, $65,
Cuba jug, $145,

Create a clean colour scheme of white, pale

grey and an occasional splash of acid yellow.

Lattice smoke cushion, $69, Dick

Frizzell Woodgrain cushion, $75,

Gubi floor
lamp, $2130,

Cover chair by
Muuto, $798,

American oak natural coffee table,


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Usually, when people build to accommodate a growing
family they are talking about kids. But a family with six
grown-up children also requires a fair bit of space.
Words Alice Lines

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Photography Matt Queree


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KITCHEN Heirloom Kitchens

were behind both the kitchen and
scullery. A large island bench in
Silestone Jumbo Slab extends
out at an angle to accommodate
a crowd at breakfast. Stools from
Dawsons Furniture.

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windowseat off the dining area
gets the morning sun, and is also
big enough to stretch out on for a
snooze. BELOW LEFT Mixing
materials in a neutral palette
to exaggerate the clean, open
feel of the kitchen, a subway tile
splashback lines the back wall
of the kitchen above a stainless
steel bench. BELOW RIGHT
The laundry/scullery serves as
an overflow for the open kitchen,
which is particularly useful when
entertaining a crowd.


to the relaxed, open-door policy at Diane and
Mark Bedfords Coromandel holiday home.
The pair had been holidaying in their
original Matarangi beach spot with their
six kids for years, before admitting two
years ago that with those kids fully grown
and bringing friends and partners along for
holidays, it was officially bursting at the seams.
To house our extended family we need a lot
of space, Mark says. Inside, as well as space
outside to pitch tents.
Mark and Diane loved their original holiday
house with its pool and proximity to the beach
but the time had come to let it go. We would
have had to undertake a major renovation to
accommodate everyone, Diane says.
So when opportunity (otherwise known as
a buyer) knocked, they sold it furniture and all
and started afresh. Luckily we came across
this section that was one of the only ones in
the area that was big enough for us, while still
being within walking distance from the beach,
Mark says.
Diane had a fair idea of their wants and
needs, so she sketched up plans, recreating the
best aspects of their original holiday home. A
large kitchen and dining area connected to a
covered living area outdoors were at the top
of the list, along with a bunkroom downstairs.
But when it came to connecting the ground
oor with their plans for a master bedroom
sanctuary upstairs, they drafted in the help of
draftsman Marcus Bonk of Huis Design. He
helped them piece together the overall ow and
rene the design.
Building in the Coromandel can be fraught
with difficulties from transport costs, to the
reluctance of some builders to provide xed
quotes. So Diane and Mark felt very luck to
secure the commitment of local builder Darren
Walker to the project. Having someone local
that we could trust to project manage the build
while we were at home in Tauranga was key
to the process, says Mark. Not only that, but
Darren also has a storage facility down the
road, and generously oversaw the delivery of E
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Diane managed to talk Mark into two large open fireplaces for both the lounge
and outdoor living room despite his disinterest in chopping firewood.
LOUNGE A lower roof line in the
living room separates the space from
the kitchen and dining area. Large
bifolds let light stream in during
the day, while the family cosy up
around the Warmington open fire
at night. Mark is handy with DIY
projects, making both the driftwood
lamp and the tree stump side tables.
BUNKROOM The bunkroom
was always in Diane and Marks
plans. Tucked away behind walls
partitioning the room are six bunks
custom built by their builder, each
with their own reading light for
devouring novels at night.

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This provides both heat and
ambience year-round, and has also
introduced a new family tradition:
Make Your Own Pizza nights.
BELOW The L-shaped layout
creates a sheltered area which will
eventually include an outdoor deck
extending from the living spaces.
OUTDOORS Dianes daughters
Sharn and Ashlee often visit from
Auckland to make use of the bach
for weekend getaways.

building materials as well as purchases for the

interior throughout the process.
We bought all the appliances, furniture and
big-ticket items over the course of the build,
so when we were nally able to start moving
in, seven months later, it was like Christmas,
Diane adds.
The detailing of the nished result
is testament to Darrens high level of
craftsmanship. But, as with many builds,
the budget was blown along the way although
the couple were okay with that. The board-andbatten exterior was initially chosen as a method
to keep costs down, but Diane and Mark didnt
realise that installing this cladding would
be very labour-intensive. We didnt want to
skimp on materials though, as we were focused
on the big picture, Mark says. Its a pretty
tough environment next to the beach, and we
needed to make sure we were future-proong
the place, as were in it for the long-term.
When it came to the interior, Diane relished
the opportunity to design her dream kitchen
and entertaining space, complete with an
expansive island bench, groove-ply cabinetry,
industrial-style lighting, and an easy-access
scullery with a generous butlers sink. Its
big enough to bathe the grandkids in one day,
she laughs.
The concrete oors are not only hardwearing, they also provide a thermal mass for
passive heating from the light that streams in
from the oor-to-ceiling bifolds surrounding
the open-plan living area.
With heating in mind, Diane was an advocate
for installing open res, managing to talk Mark
into two large Warmington replaces for both
the lounge and outdoor living room despite
his disinterest in chopping rewood. With
family and entertaining at the core of the bachs
purpose, they can often all be found outside
relaxing re-side in the evenings, indulging in
the new family tradition of whipping up a batch
of pizzas to cook in the outdoor pizza oven.
Looking around, you can see that, nally,
there is space for everyone and those one day
grandkids too.
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is Diane and Marks sanctuary.
Groove ply creates a feature
behind the bedhead, with
pendant lights from Lighting
Plus reducing bedside clutter.

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READING NOOK With views to the beach

beyond and plenty of space in their bedroom,
Diane and Mark often take refuge upstairs to
relax and read when they have a full house.
BATHROOM (LEFT) Diane designed the
vanity which was also custom-made by
Heirloom Kitchens. (RIGHT) A large floorstanding bath in the master ensuite provides
the perfect spot for a luxurious soak.

The project: Diane and Mark Bedford
built a bach in the Coromandel to
accommodate themselves and their
grown children Jason, Andy, Willy, Jessie,
Sharn and Ashlee.
How does the space serve your family?
Whenever weve had large groups of
family and friends there, the kitchen
work areas perform really well with us
all pitching in preparing food. Also,
pushing open the bifold doors onto the
alfresco area provides us with two dining
tables side by side that so we can all dine
together. Having the big open spaces
and different seating areas is great as we
never feel were on top of each other.
What aspects of your home are you
particularly pleased with? The high
vaulted ceilings, polished concrete oor
and large Warmington open res which
create a cosy, comforting atmosphere on
a stormy day.
Whats next on the To Do list? We
are going to create a tropical outdoor
bathroom like one we had while staying
in Fiji, which includes an outdoor bath.
Is the place available as a rental?
Yes, its available through Bach Care,
property ID: 3242.






ground oor



top oor

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LIVING Club chairs were

reupholstered with a nautical
stripe as a nod to the homes
seaside setting.

Antigua linen waffle throw,

Telegram woven rope
pendant lamp, $275,

Colour Master

Colour Master

Colour Master


Skall bar stool, $699,

A classic bach feel permeates this large seaside

home, with nautical elements throughout and a
colour palette inspired by its natural surroundings.

ZigZag rattan
lantern, $36.25,

Porcelain hanging
vase, $25,
Buco oval storage bag, $49.95,

Mr X grey sack cushion, $169,

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Uashmama paper bag in

olive, $89,

Organic ticking Lodge pillowcase set,


Outdoor heating can turn an uninviting patio into a warm and welcoming space. On a cool night
nothing beats sitting around an outdoor fireplace socialising with friends. In these outdoor living
rooms, heating is not only necessary, but also an important design element.
Warmington have an extensive range of both indoor and outdoor fires, woodburners and
gas fires. The fires have been designed and manufactured in New Zealand with our unique
conditions in mind. We have a great range of environmentally friendly options to choose from,
and use quality materials and special features to give an enduring solution without compromise.
View the range at one of our selected outlets throughout New Zealand or at our Auckland showroom.
Fires by Design, 47 Sir William Ave, East Tamaki, Auckland. Contact or
phone us on 09 273 9227.



There are all sorts of treasures to be
found once you open the front door of
this unassuming West Auckland house.
Words LeeAnn Yare Photography Larnie Nicolson

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LIVING ROOM Unexpected

details are key to Mikayla and
Cruises personality-packed style.
Wallpaper off-cuts hung in the
back of open built-in shelving create
a colourful patterned backdrop to
a collection of worldly treasures.


Flavell-Millers West Auckland home appears stock standard:
a two-storey former state house, painted white. But the front
door hints at the fun to be found inside, painted as it now is in a
bold canary yellow.
Opening this door is like cracking open a lucky fortune cookie;
its interior a more-than pleasant surprise. Walking in, the visitor
soon nds proof that a rental property can be converted into a
striking and personality-packed abode with just a few coats of
paint, a clever array of furniture and accessories and a decent
splash of creativity.
But, when Mikayla and Cruise moved into the house with
their dog Rusko and friendly feline Mr Kat four years ago, it was
the traditional structure that originally grabbed their attention.
Theres a certain character about an older state house, says
Mikayla. We fell in love with the wooden oors and the big
windows from the moment we walked through the door.
She says the most impactful thing they did was make the most
of those big windows, ripping down the net curtains as soon as
theyd moved in. From there it was just a matter of adding a
little bit of us to every corner.
Cruise is an aircraft technician in in the New Zealand Airforce and Mikayla an architectural consultant at Robertson
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A few simple but creative ideas have
transformed the simple kitchen into
a style statement. These include
black-and-white striped wallpaper
applied to the wall as a splashback,
a collection of art adorning the
kitchen walls, and a handy shelf hung
right above the window frame for
both storage and display purposes.

Bathware, so its no wonder their taste encompasses a vast range

of styles. Inspired by overseas adventures, their travels have
played a strong part in inuencing their personal style. Weve
both been lucky enough to explore the world, Mikayla
says. Mexico, Hawaii, the Cook Islands and Palm Springs
are all such amazing places to experience there is a certain
vibe about all of them that triggers creative inspiration.
Cruise agrees: Travelling denitely opens your eyes to
different design styles. And its nice to see something in your
home that you discovered on the other side of the world.
While the majority of the walls are white and work to keep
each room looking fresh, Mikayla is a big fan of colour. Having
once worked for Resene, its no surprise to see many splashes of
brightness extending beyond that cheery front door and right
throughout their home.
Cruise is more materials-focused with a hands-on approach.
Evidence of his plywood phase is seen in the bench in the
dining room, and the desk and trolley in the office. Plywood
provides a natural feel to the shared office space, creating a calm
area emphasised by touches of green.
Anything that hasnt been self-made has been lovingly sourced
and personalised. Decorating their home on a shoestring hasnt
proven difficult, as their creative genes go hand in hand with E
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We fell in love with

the wooden floors and
the big windows from
the moment we walked
through the door.

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A collection of retro furnishings
and clever storage places has been
built on a small budget through
Mikaylas sharp eye for a bargain.
A series of black stripes painted
on the doors of a mid-century
sideboard give it a modern twist.

an eye for a bargain. The green cupboard on the office wall, for
example, was a $2 bargain from a tiny op shop in Whangamata,
which the couple had spray-painted. The yellow wire plant
stand in one corner of the lounge began its life as a chain-store
rubbish bin. And the geometric lightshade, also in the office, was
a bargain nd from a market in Cambridge. I nearly didnt get
it, which would have been a mistake, says Mikayla, as it really
does make the room.
Commissioning creative friends and family members to help
out has also saved the budget considerably. Im absolutely in
love with our Good Vibes lightbox in the lounge, Mikayla says.
Were so lucky to have crafty people around who can make us
things! I drew up a quick sketch for my dad who, with a helpful
eye from mum, put the whole thing together for us.
All of the changes made have been purely cosmetic a general
tidy and a splash of colour on the walls. Its amazing how a house
can be completely transformed simply by adding these personal
touches, Mikayla says. As soon as we styled all of our furniture
and artwork, it really did become home.
One of the biggest pieces of advice Mikayla has for others
looking to transform their house into a home is: Dont feel
pressure to follow trends. Take a few risks, use quality products
when painting or building and dont be fooled into taking
shortcuts a worthwhile project is always a long one!
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A half and half paint scheme has been

used in the bedroom. The choice of
a darker colour for the top half adds
a bit of drama to the room.

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OFFICE Many renters overlook

lighting, but Cruise and Mikayla have
installed their own which has been a
big part of making the place their own.
Simple plywood furniture designed
and built by Cruise gives the office an
ordered and slightly utilitarian feel,
while the pegboard wall is the perfect
place to hang inspirational finds.

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AT HOME Mikayla and Cruise with

Rusko the dog on the front steps
of their home, where their vibrant
front door welcomes everyone who
visits. An existing concrete garden
bed has been filled with home grown
herbs, while vintage enamel teapots
have become cute planters.

Our favourite places to shop are Freedom

Furniture, Collected, Iko Iko, and a few great online
places Etsy is a goodie. And everyone must go to
the Trash & Treasure market in Cambridge! I try to
go once a month with my mum its our little treat
and Ive never been disappointed. Weve found so
many of our gems from hidden secondhand stores
around the country.
Dont be afraid to Make cosmetic changes to
a rental, as they can always be changed back.
Furniture and artworks are only temporary, and a
painted wall can always be painted over. Anything
that improves the house should be considered just
always get it agreed in writing with your landlord.

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Ground oor


Something I will keep forever is My small but

amazing collection of Crown Lynn ceramics. It was
a 21st gift from Cruise, and theres just something
so beautiful about it. Its iconic and something
that will always hold its character.

First oor


The project: Architectural consultant Mikayla

Flavell-Miller and her aircraft technician partner
Cruise Tuakura have trasformed their ex-state
home rental into a personality-packed home full
of eclectic style.






PEGBOARD is great for the

home office to pin things up
when inspiration strikes.

Ceramics fantails in lemon

and bone white, $48 each,

Design House desk lamp,


Copper net bowl, $95,

London chair in black leather,



Upcycling, lighting and a dash of paint has

added oodles of personality to this rental.
Bedside table, $592,

Banyan cushion
in yellow $34.95,

Scarpa Flow

Chateau Green

Madras round floor

rug, $299,

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A Wellington couple adapt to country life
after they take on the job of revitalising an
old shearers quarters in rural Wairarapa.
Words Alice Lines

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Photography Evie Mackay


Looking back, all those crazy weekends with a tiny

baby, lugging trailer-loads of stuff, it was all part of
the adventure an experience we wont forget.
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didnt have to undertake any structural work, but
repairs were still quite expensive as the tradesmen
had to make a 90-minute round trip to reach the
property. The couple themselves came to enjoy the
drive though: Its enough time to disconnect from
the working week. Especially as you lose phone
reception 30 minutes before you reach the place.


forever on the lookout for a quirky bolthole, wherever it may be.
He favoured the beautiful Southland art deco service buildings,
particularly those which could be snapped up for $20,000. A
steal, he thought. But not for a young couple based in Wellington
with a brand new baby, reasoned his partner Gemma Freeman.
Three ights and a hire car to get to our holiday home wasnt
really the sort of travel commitment I was into for a regular
getaway, she says.
But Rollo also had his eye on a shearers quarters in the
Wairarapa. It had been listed online for months, but was within
driving distance from their home in Kilbirnie. Besides which,
Gemma didnt want to kill his excitement again. I thought we
should at least take a look at it, she says.
The photos on TradeMe were pretty rough, but in person the
couple saw the potential for revitalisation beneath the layers
of dust and dirt. Tongue-and-groove walls, original kauri
oorboards and a quirky layout that could accommodate large
gatherings of friends and family for weekends away were all
key selling points. The maze-like oorplan would be annoying
if you lived there permanently, but as a weekender, we saw the
opportunity to have a lot of people staying there with everyone
having their own space.
So they signed on the dotted line despite the fact that
Rollo had just started his company Wipster a couple of months
before, baby Harper was only three months old and they hadnt
long been in their main house. Gemma shrugs: Hey, when
opportunity knocks!
Soon after getting the title they did some knocking of their
own, visiting their only neighbours at the farm next door. They
were quite cautious at rst, as they were used to being the only E
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KITCHEN After restoring

the old coal range to working
order, Rollo and Gemma kept
the kitchen pretty basic just
knocking up some shelves to
hold the essentials. They did
splash out on good cutlery and
cookware, however, as feeding
hungry helpers was their
main currency for getting the
project completed. OPPOSITE
PAGE The room off the kitchen
provides a dining nook bathed
in morning light, and a spot
to gather around the table
for board-game sessions in
the evenings.

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At first we were really detailed, scrubbing and painting with precision,

but it dawned on us that we were going to have to work a lot faster if we
were going to be hosting all our friends and family for Christmas!
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DINING A mismatched collection of

old wooden chairs found in op shops
and an oversized dining table were
essential purchases for a couple often
hosting friends and family.

house for miles. But once they realised we were just a young
family who wanted some fresh air for our kid on the weekends,
they soon warmed to the idea of having neighbours.
Which was lucky, as it was critical to have them onside. There
was an unofficial arrangement that the water for the property
came from their shearing sheds, Gemma says. They also
introduced us to the local plumber, electrician and builders.
And so the work began and there was a lot of it. With only
the bathroom and living room having been occupied previously,
everything else was thick with farmyard grime. Plus, the whole
front lawn had served as a dumping ground for old tyres, fridges
that didnt work and assorted pieces of scrap metal. So Gemma
and Rollo found all their weekends following the same pattern
for six months: hiring a high-sided trailer, llling it with stuff
totake out to the farm, spending two days cleaning the place,
then returning to the city via the dump with the trailer full of
junk to get rid of.
There were certainly a few what are we doing? moments.
But there was no way out, so we had to just get stuck in and carry
on, says Gemma.At rst we were really detailed, scrubbing and
painting with precision, but after spending four weeks working
on one room and realising there were 12 rooms to go, it dawned
on us that we were going to have to work a lot faster if we were
going to be hosting all our friends and family for Christmas!
So they adopted rustic but clean as their new brief.And they
re-thought their original plan of painting the oors, instead
choosing to use linseed oil to bring up the original oor to
achieve an even better result with far less labour.
Then came the fun part returning to TradeMe to hunt for
furniture to t out eight bedrooms. There are also lots of good
op shops en route from Wellington to stop at on the way out. E
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We found cosy flannelette sheets in sales because,

when you have to buy ten of everything, it gets expensive!

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BEDROOMS A classic country aesthetic and

cosy flannelette sheets make for an all-round
beautiful sleep. The walls tell the stories of the
shearers quarters previous exisitence where
itinerant workers have left their inscribings
etched into the woodwork.

So between those, TradeMe and a few bits and pieces

inherited from a friend moving overseas, we furnished
the place on a shoestring budget.
This meant they were able to afford to shell out a bit
morein the kitchen for quality cutlery, cookware and a coffee
grinder necessary purchases as they were planning to rent
the place out when not using it.
Still, some things stayed. Because it was a shearers
quarters there were lots of single beds with nice old wooden
bedheads, so we kept the original frames and replaced the
mesh bases with slats.Even in summer it gets really cold at
night, so we found cosy annelette sheets in sales because,
when you have to buy ten of everything, it gets expensive!
By December 2013 they were ready to move in and put
those beds to use, with 18people staying that Christmas.
We thought some people might have to be out in a tent, but
with a bit of shuffling, everyone was able to sleep inside. We
thought people would go a bit crazy, crammed in like that,
but because of the layout it never felt too crowded. You can be
having a quiet afternoon read at one end of the house, and not
even hear the goings-on in the living areas.
The family has recently moved to San Francisco to further
expand Rollos startup business, but they will always have
fond memories of their place in the country. Looking back,
all those crazy weekends with a tiny baby, lugging trailerloads of stuff, it was all part of the adventure an experience
we wont forget, Gemma says. Not to mention the amazing
summers we spent there.
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EXTERIOR This has largely been

left alone, but luckily Rollo and
Gemma say they would have chosen
to paint their doors yellow anyway.

The project: Startup business owner Rollo
Wenlock and freelance writer Gemma
Freeman made over a run-down shearers
quarters in rural Wairarapa to escape from
the city with their daughter Harper (2).
What are the best aspects of owning a
country bolthole? Rollo: As the property is
a good two hours from town, my favourite
thing was feeling the layers of work and
stress fall away the further we got from
home and the deeper we got into the
countryside. By the time we arrived at the
gates, I would be calm and able to enjoy
our digitally disconnected weekend.
Gemma: I loved the lack of cell phone
reception! Then there is the peace and
quiet pulling into the driveway, jumping
out to open the gate and hearing nothing
but the birds in the trees and the faint
babbling of the river. It was a place for
Harper to be wild and free in. Most of all I
loved having a place to spend long periods
of time with friends and family because
of the calm, the lack of reception, and the
lack of anything else to do, you could go
away for less than 24 hours with a group
of friends and come back feeling like youd
had a week away together and that you
were much better friends for it.
Would you take on another restoration
project of this scale? Rollo: In a heartbeat.
There is something very satisfying about
taking a run-down property with great
bones and removing all the mess and
broken objects, leaving simplicity and
then painting it all white. Gemma: Yes, but
not in any hurry! I like to imagine that next
time the rest of our lives wont be as busy
but thats probably wishful thinking!

Although the family now live in San

Francisco, this house is still available to
rent on bookabach, reference #30451.
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What would you do differently next

time? Rollo: I would denitely work on the
building and the land at the same time.
With this project we left the land to its
own devices, only focusing on the interior.
I think the property would have felt a lot
more well rounded if wed landscaped and
planted some areas. The surrounding land
was left as elds, and it certainly felt that
way. Gemma: Forget about perfection.
Our original plan for the property always
included being able to rent it out, but I
was hesitant to list it, always feeling like
it wasnt quite nished. Of course, when
we nally did rent it out, it was a huge
hit when people are only away for a
weekend they are generally happy with
a few rustic features.









Cherry Blossom Oxford pillowcase set,


Stilwell Bay


Turks head knot trivet, $49,

Quilted glass jars,
from $6 each,

FLOORING Originally the couple

were going to paint the floors, but
coating them with linseed oil to
save time, before adding rugs, has
acheived an even better result.

Design details

Rustic but clean was the brief for this property, with
decorative details referencing its country location.
100 Waimairi Road A3 photographic print, by Nicholas Burrowes,

Copper and wood baskets,

$96 (set of three),

Charleston embroidered cushion cover,


Folded three-seater in Austria gold,


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Only three walls remain of an original 1940s structure in
Biarritz, France. But a lot of knowledge and a beautiful Greekinspired house have been built up in its place.
Words Amandine Berthon

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Photography Julien Fernandez


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My father would wake us up early on Sunday mornings: Up

you get, were off to the recycling centre! So now Im always
on the lookout for quirky objects and vintage furniture.
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DINING ROOM This area is perfectly

Scandinavian with its white tones, wooden
furniture and animal hides. The table and
chairs were bought at a market and the
bench was found on the side of the road.
KITCHEN This space fits in beautifully
with the rest of the room, thanks to the
inclusion of homemade and secondhand
furniture. The cement tiles on the floor
were made to measure by a specialist
craftsman. The kitchen overlooks the
garden through false workshop windows
made by fixing wooden strips on each side
of the windowpane.


For, when creating their home in Frances Basque Country, it
was the whiteness and rounded corners typical of Greek villas
that inspired Constance and Dorian Dubos more than anything
around them. We love the brightness of it, Constance says.
We repaint the exterior every spring to keep it that way.
Which sounds like a lot of effort but its really just a
continuation of the hard work the couple have put into their
home since buying it nine years ago. Constance and Dorian
have done it all themselves demolition, design, building and
the nishing touches. But, they say, it was all worth it. Its our
dream home now, says Constance. A single-storey house with
separate areas for parents and children. Its in a calm location,
yet near the beaches its just a real pleasure to live here.
Built in the 1940s, only three of the original walls remain.
We certainly fell more in love with the location than with the
house itself, which was in a dreadful state, says Dorian. We
had hoped to be able to conserve the roof, but found out that
wasnt possible once we got started.

Dorian is a builder by trade now. When they embarked

on their project, he barely knew how to put up a shelf. As the
weeks and months went by, he learnt from his builder father and
brother. The brothers now run a building company together.
The 150m2 villa was pieced together in two stages. The rst
part of the house, built within those three original walls, holds
the living area, a study, a utility room and the parents bedroom.
It took three years to make it habitable, says Constance. We
lived with my parents-in-law most of the time and in a caravan
in the garden during the summer months. We showered outside
it was folkloric. We worked on the house in the evenings and at
weekends as I had to keep my fashion shop going and Dorian was
working as a taxi driver.
The nal phase of the building work was completed last
summer. The new wing, across the patio, was made especially
for the children. I wanted them to share a bedroom, as when
I was little, I wouldve loved to have shared mine with my sister,
Constance says. But theres a communal bathroom with glass
windows all around it in the middle thats accessible from E
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LIVING ROOM With its white walls

and pale grey concrete floor, the
living area is simultaneously bright
and cosy thanks to Constance and
Dorians interior decorating skills.
The coffee table was handmade by
Dorian, the rug is from IKEA, and
the childrens chairs and stool were
purchased at markets.

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Its our dream home now. A single-storey house with

separate areas for parents and children. Its in a calm location,
yet near the beaches its just a real pleasure to live here.

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LIVING Dorian made the 50s-style

coffee table. He shaped a piece of
wood for the top and used table legs
from a vintage piece of furniture.
The wicker chest of drawers,
up against the wall, belonged
to Constances grandmother.
FIRESIDE The cat keeps warm
near the Jotul wood burner. The
secondhand door leads to the
parents bedroom.

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side of the room is sweetly poetical.
Jouans made-to-measure raised bed
houses two large sliding drawers
underneath. The rug and vintage
furniture were found at the markets.
(ABOVE) This room was designed
to fit in an old workbench, which
holds their IKEA basin. It is
accessible from both sides of their
(RIGHT) This side of the room is
also furnished with Constances
secondhand finds.

both sides, so well be able to separate the areas during their

teenage years.
The bedrooms having sliding doors which open out onto the
patio. Its wonderful to see the kids playing safely outdoors with
their toys, Constance says.
Indeed, harmony rules throughout this house. A few pastel
tones here and there add to the ease of the eye, while the pale
wooden furniture goes beautifully with the white walls. The
young couple also favour soft fairy lights over ceiling chandeliers
and bright bulbs: Just one remote control turns on all of our
lights in the evening.
Constances poetical world comes alive within this soft
bubble. Instead of putting paintings on the walls, she displays
her favourite nds on discrete shelves. The work of her local,
young designer friends hold places of honour: Maison Mniks
crochet-work, Little Madis drawings and April Elevens masks
all show that Constances interior design tastes are sentimental
as well as aesthetic.
The house is also lled with family memories thanks to
her sister Blandine Dubos creations, and her grandmothers
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furniture. And the metal door under the kitchen sink was in her
parents kitchen. I can recall the noise that the door made when
my mother opened it to get out the oil, Constance says. Im very
attached to that door.
Constance learnt about buying secondhand from her parents.
My father would wake us up early on Sunday mornings: Up you
get, were off to the recycling centre! So now Im always on the
lookout for quirky objects and vintage furniture. I also love old
linen and white lace pieces. To get the best buys, Im up bright and
early to get to garage sales I bought our dining room table for 10
euros and found the bench abandoned on the side of the road.
The couple is certainly not short on ideas of how to make an
impression without spending a fortune. In the kitchen and the
childrens bathroom they have created false workshop windows
by sticking wooden strips on each side of the windowpanes. They
are also DIY experts in creating furniture. Constance made the
desk in the sitting room using planks of pinewood, and Dorian
put together the shoe chest in the entrance hall. After all, whats
a few more sticks of furniture, once youve taught yourself to build
a whole house?


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style and tones are harmonious
throughout the house. The
vintage headboard in rattan, is
a crochet creation by Maison
Mnik (
PATIO Jouan and Joseph
enjoy playing on the lovely
patio between the main house
and the childrens area, while
their parents relax with a drink
in the shade of the sunscreen.

The project: Constance, the proprietor of various pop-up

fashion shops, and Dorian, a builder, created a single-storey,
Greek-inspired home for themselves and their kids Jouan (7)
and Joseph (3) in Frances Basque Country.
How do you nd the best secondhand bargains? Get up early!
And buy things you have a crush on rather than looking for a
designer object or a trendy one.
What are your top tips for staying sane during a long
renovation? This is not a good question to ask me!I dont think
I kept my temper very well at all during the renovation period.
Mainly because we expected it to take one year, but it took a
good three years before we could even camp in the house. So,
at times I lost patience.
But does the end result look like what you imagined it would
at the beginning of the process? Absolutely! We managed to
give the house the holiday home spirit that we were after. A lot
of that comes from drawing what you have in mind rst even
the items that you will lay out on pieces of furniture.

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SHELF A matching shelf and light

fitting ensure a functional corner
is also an aesthetically pleasing one.

Handmade wall hanging,


Corded cage pendant,


Oval wall mirror,


TMOD Adventure enamel

teapot, $32.90,


Market nds mixed with handmade pieces

come together to make this house truly unique.
Love Hate
vase, $39.90,

PPG Paints

Seagrass basket, $69,
PPG Paints

PPG Paints
Tawny Plum

Armadillo & Co Marigold rug,


Malawi natural chair, $559,

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Scrolling through hundreds
of stylish monochrome
clothes pics on Pinterest
convinced interior stylist
Hilary Robertson that
applying the same black and
white formula to the home
could be every bit as chic,
effective and timeless as it
is in the edited wardrobe.
If you too are ready for a
colour cleanse, nd out how
to go about it in our extract
from her book, Monochrome
Home, overleaf.

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WORKBOOK Monochrome home

Make it monochrome
Choosing a monochrome interior is a minimalist stance,
a refusal to get caught up in the drama of colour and all
the associated complications of what goes with what.
Here interior stylist Hilary Robertson shares her ve
basic rules for combining black, white and all the shades
of grey in between...
Words Hilary Robertson

Photography Pia Ulin


White loves black. Black loves white. Exploiting their symbiotic
relationship builds an interior that is timeless, exible, practical
and liberating. An interior combining black and white is greatly
affected by the balance of each. The white envelope approach
(pale walls and oors) that wraps a space in light demands some
dening characteristics if it is to be anything but a blurry snow
scene. Mixing black furniture, black-and-white photography
and a lamp or two adds punctuation, and a rug combining both
colours will ground it all because theres an awkwardness to a
room where objects oat, leaving the eye with nowhere to rest.
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Given that paint companies offer so many versions of white

and black and a variety of nishes from matt to shiny, the
monochromist has many choices to make: chalkboard paint is
a softer black that works well with vintage and antique pieces,
while gloss and lacquer suit crisper modern spaces. Brilliant
whites have a more contemporary feel than softer shades,
which sit well next to objects with some patina and age.
Texture is all important in the monochrome interior, which
relies on the tension created between hard, soft, rough and
smooth to add character.

WORKBOOK Monochrome home

BELOW The fridge doors in the kitchen

here have been painted the same shade
of steely grey as the walls, perfectly
intergrating it into the colour scheme.


ABOVE Two simple white leather

sofas from IKEA make a practical
and stylish seating arrangement in
this living room. The round black
coffee table heaped with a collection
of black objects anchors the space.

Welcome to the middle ground. The uninitiated might accuse

the grey interior of being neither one thing nor the other, a copout for the undecided or those who prefer to play it safe. But as
every Farrow & Ball paint chart acionado can testify, theres
much more to grey than a politicians annel suit. Fashionably
complex greys with names like Pigeon, Down Pipe or Plummett
are far from a basic mix of black with white. The most successful
execution of a grey-on-grey scheme combines several paint
shades (with green, blue, brown or violet undertones) and
naturally grey materials such as slate, zinc, steel or wood
weathered to a shade of silver. Grey may be warm or cool, it
plays nicely with other colours, tones down brighter shades
and illuminates softer ones; it is calming and restful and, when
used judiciously, it is far from boring. Dutch master colourist
Axel Vervoordt uses the most sophisticated range of greys in the
soothing interiors he designs: shades that veer towards green or
brown, letting light, texture and scale operate as the decorative
elements. In Sweden, 18th-century Gustavian interiors employed
a pale blue-grey as both the backdrop and the shade used for
painted furniture of the time a device which made for some
atmospheric interiors that made the most of the available light.
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WORKBOOK Monochrome home

ABOVE The serene, pared-down kitchen in this home is an exercise in practical minimalism, more defined by the things that have been omitted than those
added. Simple white painted doors were chosen for the storage cabinets floating above the floor. These are without mouldings or texture and are not fitted with
any visible hardware. The work surface is made from bleached herringbone parquet reclaimed from the house renovation. BELOW Painted black, the minimal
bedroom reverses the balance of light and dark. A simple shelf behind the bed functions as a headboard and somewhere to rest personal mementoes such as the
birds feather in a vase and black-and-white framed photos.

Black earned a bad reputation in the 1990s, when Gordon Gekko
and his tribe were spending their bonuses on Le Corbusier chaises
and Artemide lamps for their newly converted loft apartments.
Black took its time to slink back, but here it is, reinvented for our
times in a softer, more sensual incarnation. The dark materials
emerging today are far more subtle, far more esoteric: ebony,
Maarten Baass scorched wood, chalkboard paint, oors made from
rubber or poured resin and paint colours with names like Railings
and Old Mystic. A room painted in a subdued shade is imbued with
a certain romance, inviting the eye to enjoy the dynamic contrast
between the backdrop and the brighter things chosen as a foil.

A monochrome background, be it white, grey or black, demands
contrast, texture and some playful elements to temper its serious
side. Choosing bleached wood, a nubbly jute rug, handwoven
baskets or a lampshade knitted in wool takes an interior in a
modern rustic direction, whereas adding geometric copper
candlesticks, a severe side chair fashioned from sleek folded metal,
industrial lighting and sculptural marble objects takes a lead from
contemporary Scandinavian trends. Even in the most minimal
interior, accessories are the pieces of the puzzle that conjure the
narrative of the person living in the space. Consider stone, a coil
of rope, cast concrete, gold, zinc, black-and-white postcards stuck
onto the wall with paper tape, a collection of curvaceous olive
wood cutting boards or a group of ceramic vessels.
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WORKBOOK Monochrome home

DARK LOOKS One architectural

detail that this apartment was
missing was a fireplace, so a sheet
metal box-like structure was added
to act as an essential focal point in
the room, as well as a mantelpiece
for objects and vases.

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WORKBOOK Monochrome home

ABOVE This apartment contains so many charming original features that the owner found furnishing it to be quite straightforward, and was able to use many
pieces from her last home. She did invest in a squashy, linen-covered L-shaped sofa, however. The whole of the wall opposite is devoted to a collection of prints
and paintings hung salon style. BELOW In order to update her rented homes kitchen, the owner painted all the cabinets in a pale shade of grey and had gold
metal panels cut to size and fitted over the existing tiles. Her modern ceramics in pale neutrals and some shapely cutting boards are the only things on display.
The room can accommodate a rectangular wooden dining table big enough for a family of seven, flanked by vintage Bentwood chairs.

There are countless good reasons to choose white. So many, in
fact, that Im baffled by people who insist on asking if I dont worry
about it being cold, sterile, empty? No, no and no, I reply, quite
the opposite. White is reective, peaceful and restorative. It is
the optimum choice for Scandinavians, who live in a harsh, chilly
climate under leaden grey skies for much of the year. Their interiors
are made for comfort not ostentation, but they have developed
an extraordinary ability to create relaxed yet simultaneously
sophisticated homes that put human life and its quotidian needs
at the centre of design. They choose white because it maximises
the daylight that they do have and because it serves as the perfect
neutral, unobtrusive canvas for their furniture and decorative
objects. White and its related shades of pale seem to enlarge a
space. Not only do Scandinavians like to paint their walls white,
they also are keen on cloaking oors in coats of heavier duty white
oor paint or rubbing a liming paste into wooden boards so light
bounces around from surface to surface. White isnt tricky or
self-conscious; it doesnt dominate or demand attention, but simply
allows you to focus on living your life, to lend your character to it.

Edited extract from

Monochrome Home,
by Hilary Robertson,
photography by Pia Ulin,
$49.99. Published by
Ryland Peters & Small.
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RENOVATING Room by room

Space for living

Its called a living room for a reason. But as Gem
Adams discovered, it doesnt become a place you
want to relax in without some hard work.
Words & photography Gem Adams

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addition to the home, it had a patchwork hardwood oor and a rather
awkward layout. On top of that, when the house travelled from the mighty
Waikato to be with us in the sunny Hawkes Bay, this was the spot where it
was cut to make it around the bends. Suffice to say, we had a big job on our
hands to turn the living room into something that was actually liveable.
After ripping up the worn-out carpet, chipping away at the lino
tar, stripping the wallpaper, re-gibbing where needed and creating
a bulkhead to conceal and strengthen the cut, we were ready to get
creative. Because, with the width of our lounge clocking in at a mere 2.7
metres and a prerequisite to t more than ourselves and the dog, there
was a denite need to think creatively.
Going for an all-white colour scheme helped to prevent this small space
from feeling like one. The subtle ux in Resene Black White makes a
perfect choice for a living room; clean and bright without feeling sterile.
To make the most of our stitched-up oorboards, we hired a sander and
brought them up to a smooth nish. Priming with Resene Sureseal and
nishing with a few coats of gloss in Resene White, we were able to keep
the character, while concealing their mish-mash nature.
Injecting a bit of personality into the room was our next quest.
Sheepskin rugs, textured cushions, plants, a bespoke tree-stump table
and artwork all encouraged a feeling of warmth leaving us with a living
room that is, yes, totally liveable.
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The subtle flux

in Resene Black
White makes it a
perfect choice for a
living room; clean
and bright without
appearing sterile.

WORKBOOK Room by room



Although natural linen curtains are
at the top of my list, they were at the
bottom of the budget. With a lot of
window to cover, I sourced blank,
heavy-duty drop cloths. Sewing
curtain tape along the top and
hemming them to brush the oor,
I achieved my linen look for less.

GET THE LOOK Striped cushion, $49.90, Moroccan pouf, $179.90; lamp,
$309, Fifth Avenue couch, $3749, Tweed cushion, $49,
Coffee table, POA, Curio Noir Feather My Tears candle, $165, simonjamesdesign.
com. Assorted sheepskins, POA, BUDGET Paint, $500. Gib, $225. Sander, $150.
Curtains, $68. Day bed $40. Squab, $20. Fabric, $55. TOTAL: $1058.

Stuck with a narrow, long lounge,
we needed seating that wouldnt
encroach on the space. After a good
think, followed by a trek to the op
shop, we had the bones for our day
bed. The end result was achieved by
swapping the tired squab for a thick
foam mattress, re-covering it in grey
eck wool from The Fabric Store,
taking to the base with the sander,
and nishing with Danish oil.

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WORKBOOK Get creative

Winter cushion
Turn a simple linen cushion cover
into a simply heavenly woven cushion.
Words & photography Gem Adams

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Linen cushion cover; Ecru Euro

Pillowcase from Citta Design
Measuring tape
Dressmakers chalk or pencil
Wool needle

1. Measure out your starting row to make sure it is square with the cover
edges. Make small markings at 2cm from the edges and 2cm apart.
2. Thread your needle with the wool a length measuring roughly three
widths of your cover should get you about a row. Knot off the end.
Starting from the inside, bring your needle through your first mark then
back in again near to the initial stitch. Gently pull the yarn through until
you have a small bobble left. Repeat with your next marking until you
have completed 12 rows.

Ball of yarn; 50g Alpaca blend

wool from Spotlight
Snips or sharp scissors

3. Time to make the tassels. Once again thread your needle and knot the
end. Starting 2cm below your last bobble line, bring the wool in from
the inside and knot on the face side. Measure 25cm of length and cut.
Repeat the line across the width of your cover. Begin another line just
above the row you have finished.

homestyle presents
the first in our series
of creative workshops.
Make your own woven
winter cushion with
stylist Gem Adams of
Blackbird at Kokako cafe
in Auckland on July 9th.
For ticketing information

4. Trim your tassels to make them straight, or leave to keep a more

organic look. I chose to arc mine slightly in the middle, cutting them at
around 15cm in length.
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GET CREATIVE In association with Resene

GET CREATIVE In association with Resene

Make an entrance
This pegboard organiser is a great addition to your entranceway
taking care of all those things that tend to get left on the oor.
Project & styling Amber Armitage

Photography Melanie Jenkins

Resene Permanent Green

Resene Gum Leaf

Resene Flourish


Pegboard, 1m x 1.2m
Resene Quick Dry
Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen
paint in Resene Black White
Testpots in Resene Gum Leaf,
Resene Kandinsky and
Resene Flourish
Painters tape
Roller and paint brush

1. PRIMING THE PEGBOARD Apply a primer of Resene Quick Dry.

Then, once dry, roller Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene
Black White over the top. Coat both sides twice so the board
doesnt warp. If the holes start to ll up with paint, wait until
dry then use a skewer to push through.
2. COLOUR BLOCKING Use painters tape to mark out the shapes
you want to colour block. You may want to measure the size of
the object you will hang before doing this to make sure it ts
inside the painted block. Making sure the edges of the tape are
pressed at onto the pegboard, paint in your chosen Resene
feature colour. Do two coats. Once dry, remove the tape. Use
a small paint brush to tidy up the edges if you need to.

Resene Kandinsky

Long screws suitable for the

wall youre screwing into
36 washers
Pegboard hooks (we used
112mm loop hooks and

3. HANGING Stack six small washers on each screw before

attaching to the wall, so the board will sit out slightly

making it easier to insert and move the pegboard hooks
around. Attach your pegboard to the wall in all corners with
a drill, as well as halfway down the board.

25mm locking curved hooks)

4. DISPLAY Hang your pegboard hooks. You can play
around with objects being contained by the coloured
blocks (as shown with the keys) or overhanging. Have fun!
ON THE WALL Resene Permanent Green. ON THE PEGBOARD Resene Black White, Resene Gum Leaf,
Resene Flourish, Resene Kandinsky, ALSO IN THE SCENE Ori Bunnies key ring, $25, Rains long jacket in white, $180, Mirage Fedora by Lack Of Colour,
$79, Le Femme petit handbag in salted creme, $375, Wall bracket, $12, Living & Co fabric wall plug cable, $15, Dolly bulb, $12.50, Planted philodendron, $45, Arnold Circus stool in chalk
by Martino Gamper, $230, Shoes, stylists own.

Resene Black White

















ON THE WALL Grundtal rail, $25; Grundtal S-hook, $15; Rort fork, $7.50; Grundtal container (hanging from rail) $45, Indigo plaid teatowel, $25, Framed
blackboard, $99, ON THE TABLE (FROM LEFT) Norden gate-leg table, $499, Ceramic bowl, $29 each, Salt 24-piece cutlery set, $109; Barton marble
board, $79.90, Weck cylindrical jar, $20, Nespresso Volluto Decaffeinato capsules, $10 per sleeve; Nespresso Touch Collection cups, set of two, $35, Lattissima
Touch by Nespresso coffee machine in Glam White, $699, Small jug, $39; ramekin, $18.50, Marble enamel tray, $36.50, Sabato Sicilian orange
marmalade, $8.40; J. Friend & Co floral blend honey, $13.50; Grove avocado oil, $21.40, Pics peanut butter, $7; Pic's peanut oil, $10, Fix and Fog peanut butter, $9.50, Oak serving board, $55, French butter dish, $15, Keith Brymer Jones egg cups, $29.90 (set of 4),


Time to cook, create and garden.

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Well & good


Little things that make life more liveable.

Donabe casserole pot, $140,

Le Creuset Coastal casserole pot,



Save on bought coffees and on bench space.
The Nespresso Lattissima Touch has been
redesigned to allow owners to create espresso,
lattes, cappuccinos, long blacks and milk froth
at home. Available in Glam White, red and
black, $699. Nespresso Volluto Decaffeinato
capsules, $10 per sleeve. Nespresso Touch
Collection cups, set of two, $35,


Mavis & Osborn is a New Zealand lifestyle brand
by fashion designer Tamzin Hawkins. The new
range of home and kitchen luxuries, called Make
and Taste, celebrates the change of season with
soft creams, chestnut browns and blue plaids.
Made from natural materials, it includes canvas
bags, oven mitts, napkins, aprons and tea towels.
Kiss the cook, indeed.

Modern Tagine, $150,

La Chamba casserole pot,



Only the best single, pure
varietal honeys are blended
and creamed into delightfully
smooth J. Friends & Co pots.
Varieties including Vipers
Bugloss and White Clover are
all balanced with a delicate
sweetness. $13.50 each,

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Grain-free, gluten-free and
sugar-free, each bag of Pretty
Damn Good For You muesli is
400g of almost 100% organic
goodness. Contains coconut,
almonds, sunflower, pumpkin,
chia and flax seeds, plus ground
seeds and nuts to bind. $18,


Pics Peanut Butter is pretty
legendary round these parts,
but have you tried their oil?
Pics Peanut Oil is basically that
oil you find on the top of your
peanut butter after you havent
opened it for a while. Same
peanuts and no additives cos
its Pics.

Traditional enamel oval roaster,




The New Nordic

Youve tried everything from Vietnamese
to Ethiopian food. But have you tried
Nordic? You should.
Recipes & photography Simon Bajada
New Nordic cooking aims to achieve a perfect balance
of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Sometimes this is
done simply through the clever use of a quickly pickled garnish
to offset a sweeter dish; or it could be via a more complex
layering of avours. To make things even more interesting
though, the lines between sweet and savoury are often
blurred, with ourishes of each dotted throughout.
In the past 10 years there has been a surge in interest in
what the chilly, often sparse Nordic habitat can bring to
the dining table, and with coastlines and forests ripe for
harvesting, foraging is a popular endeavour. I encourage
you to look at what is growing around you and all that is
local to your environment.

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Hot-smoked salmon,
roasted garlic
& apple salad
1 garlic bulb
250g (1 cup) natural yoghurt
100ml whole milk
Pinch of white pepper
500g hot-smoked salmon
red onion, thinly sliced
telegraph cucumber, halved
lengthways and thinly sliced
bunch radishes, thinly sliced
into cold water
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and
thinly sliced into acidulated water
150g watercress or mche

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Place

the garlic on a baking tray and cook for
20-25 minutes, until the edges start to
turn dark brown. Squeeze the garlic esh
into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add
the yoghurt, milk and white pepper and
mash together, making sure the garlic is
evenly combined. Season to taste.
Flake the salmon into a separate bowl
and gently combine with the onion,
cucumber, drained radish and apple
slices and the watercress or mche.
Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle
with the yoghurt sauce. Squeeze over the
lemon and serve.

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Heavy pickling

Light pickling

Makes enough for 500g-900g vegetables.

Makes enough for 500g900g vegetables.

1 Tbsp mustard seeds, preferably brown

250ml (1 cup) apple cider vinegar

1 tsp dill seeds

250ml (1 cup) cold water

300ml white vinegar

150g caster sugar

200ml water

1 tsp non-iodised salt

70g caster sugar

3 juniper berries

2 Tbsp non-iodised salt

2 allspice berries

1 bay leaf

2 bay leaves

Dry-fry the mustard and dill seeds in

a small saucepan over a medium heat
for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
Add the remaining ingredients
and stir until the sugar and salt have
dissolved. Bring to the boil, then
immediately remove from the heat.
Allow to cool, then pour over the
ingredient you are pickling.

Thinly slice the ingredient you are going

to pickle (preferably with a mandoline)
and set aside in a non-reactive bowl.
Bring all the pickling solution
ingredients to the boil in a saucepan
then reduce the heat and simmer gently,
stirring, for 2 minutes, until all the sugar
has dissolved. Allow to cool, then pour
over the ingredient you are pickling.


A simpler Danish rye bread

Makes 1 x 800g loaf
150g cracked rye
75 g sunower seeds
75 g linseeds (ax seeds)
480ml cold water
250g (1 cups) wholemeal rye our
tsp dried instant yeast
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp golden syrup or honey
1 Tbsp malt

DAY 1 Combine the cracked rye,

sunower seeds and linseeds together in a
bowl with 300ml of the water. Cover with
a clean tea towel, lid or plastic wrap, but
dont make it airtight, and leave to soak at
room temperature for 18-24 hours.
In a second bowl, mix the wholemeal
rye our with the yeast and the remaining
180 ml of cold water. Cover with a clean tea
towel and set aside at room temperature for
18-24 hours.

Sunower oil, for greasing

DAY 2 Combine the two mixtures

together, adding the salt, golden syrup
or honey, and malt. Knead together
thoroughly for at least 5 minutes; all the
ingredients need to be well combined and
evenly distributed. The dough will be wet,
like cement, and it should fall off your
hands if held up.

Grease a 25 cm x 10 cm loaf tin with

sunower oil. Transfer the dough to the
tin and smooth over the surface. Leave
in a warm place for 2-3 hours, until the
dough has risen to the rim of the tin.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and
cook the loaf for about 1 hour 20 minutes.
It wont have risen dramatically but there
should be a visible crack along the top of
the loaf.
Remove from the oven and turn the
loaf out on to a wire rack. If the base and
sides are still a bit moist, cook the bread
upside down without its tin in the oven
for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool
completely on the wire rack. This can
take 2-3 hours, depending on the
environment. The loaf will stay fresh
for 3 or 4 days if it is stored in a paper
bag at room temperature.
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Stout lamb,
lentils & cranberry
2 Tbsp rapeseed oil
800g leg or shoulder of lamb, cut
into large dice
2 Tbsp plain (all-purpose) our
1 Tbsp malt vinegar
500ml (2 cups) stout
1 onion, nely chopped
2 celery stalks, nely chopped
2 garlic cloves, nely chopped
2 cloves
500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
400g baby pearl onions
100g dried cranberries
200g dried green or brown lentils
1 Tbsp chopped dill

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large
frying pan over a high heat. Brown the
lamb for a few minutes on all sides.
Season and scatter over the our. Cook
for 1 minute until the our has soaked
up all the liquid. Pour in the vinegar and
1 tablespoon water. Use these to deglaze
the pan, scraping up any bits stuck to the
base. Transfer the lamb and the juices to a
casserole dish and pour over the stout.
Wipe the pan clean, and fry the onion,
celery and garlic in the remaining oil for
4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
Add the cloves and deglaze the pan with
the stock. Transfer to the casserole. Cover
with foil then top with the lid and cook in
the oven for 1 hours. Halfway through
cooking, add the pearl onions; in the last
15 minutes add the cranberries.
While the lamb is cooking, thoroughly
rinse the lentils under running water. Tip
them into a saucepan with teaspoon
salt and pour in 500ml (2 cups) water.
Bring to the boil over a medium-high
heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a
gentle simmer. You should see only a few
small bubbles and some slight movement
in the lentils. Cook, uncovered, for 20-30
minutes, until they are al dente. Add
water as needed to make sure the lentils
are always just covered. Drain the lentils
then stir through the dill. Serve alongside
the lamb with a green salad.

Pork, barley & beetroot salad

220g (1 cup) pearl barley
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
600g lightly smoked pork sausages
1 Tbsp rapeseed oil
25g dill fronds
100g pickled beetroot
2 onions, cut into 1 cm-thick rings
Natural yoghurt, to serve (optional)

Soak the barley in 1 litre (4 cups) water

for 10 minutes. Drain and then boil in at
least 4 litres (16 cups) water for about 50
minutes. It should be slightly al dente.
Drain, rinse briey in cold water and

drain again. Tip into a serving bowl and

leave to cool for a few minutes, then stir
through the vinegar and olive oil.
Fry the sausages in the rapeseed oil
in a frying pan over a medium heat until
cooked through. How long they take will
depend on how thick the sausages are but
they should be done in 10-12 minutes.
Slice the sausages on an angle into
roughly 2 cm-thick pieces. Mix through
the barley with the dill and beetroot.
Season to taste.
Preheat a chargrill pan to high and
char the onion rings for about 2 minutes
on each side until they are almost black.
Add to the warm salad. Serve immediately
with some yoghurt on the side, if desired.
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Dream cake with barley & berries

300g (2 cups) plain our
3 Tbsp baking powder
3 large eggs
300g caster sugar
90g unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml pouring cream
175g fresh or frozen blackcurrants
or blueberries
Cream or custard, to serve
180g unsalted butter
60ml ( cup) full-cream milk
300g soft brown sugar
175g barley akes or rolled oats
3 Tbsp dark malt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 190C (375F).

Sift the our and baking powder into
a bowl.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together
the eggs and sugar for about 10 minutes,
until pale and uffy.

Sift the our and baking powder into

the egg mixture and fold to combine. Stir
in the melted butter, vanilla and cream.
Fold in the currants or berries.
Pour the dough into a 20 cm round
springform cake tin (you can use a larger
cake tin, but bear in mind to reduce
the cooking time). Bake for 40 minutes,
or until the middle of the cake is rm
to touch.
About 5 minutes before the cake is
ready, make the topping.
Mix together all the ingredients for the
topping in a saucepan over a medium heat.
Cook, stirring, until it bubbles slightly.
Remove the cake from the oven and
increase the temperature to 220C.
Pour the caramel over the cake then
return it to the oven for 5-7 minutes, until
you see it set and start to turn dark brown
at the edges. Allow the cake to cool in its
tin for a few minutes before running a
knife around the edge and releasing the
springform. Cool and allow the topping to
set before cutting into slices. Serve with
cream or custard.

Extract taken from The New Nordic, by

Simon Bajada, published by Hardie Grant,
$54.99. Thanks to Hardie Grant Publishing
we have three copies to give away. To enter,
visit our competitions page at homestyle. and enter the code: NORDICFOOD.
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LIVING The good life

The Sherwood
The owners of one of Aucklands favourite eating
and drinking establishments have set up another
soon-to-be-legendary spot in Queenstown.
Photography Greta van der Star & Lucy Vincent Marr
Words Gena Tuffery

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Wanting to accommodate
locals as well as out-oftowners, The Sherwood has
all kinds of quirky amenities.
In one building alone, there is
a yoga studio, massage room,
restaurant and bar and the
latter turns into a live-music
venue after dark. The food
is largely grown in a big
vegetable garden, around
which is a long bike track
cos, why not? OPPOSITE
The sleeping quarters at The
Sherwood are dark and a little
bit moody. Each room features
a commissioned artwork by
New Zealand artist Joel
Kefali who also designed
the menus in the restaurant.


already such an Auckland institution that it hardly needs its
albeit spot-on descriptor Tavern of Power. And now its owners
Sam Chapman and Stephen Marr yes, of that other institution
of the hairdressing kind have teamed up with eco-developer
Adam Smith to create a second lets meet at establishment of
legendary proportions.
This one is in Queenstown. Called The Sherwood, it is a lodge,
restaurant, bar and music venue with an onsite yoga studio,
massage room, vege garden and bike track created around and out
of the would-be ruins of a mock-Tudor 80s motor inn.
But in adopting a use-whats-usable approach to the whole
project, no mock-Tudor structure was fatally harmed in the
making of The Sherwood. Rather, things were replaced here and
there, added to and sympathetically beautied, so the things that
remained, such as the odd stretch of green-ecked carpet and a
pink Formica vanity or four, became what the French call jolie
laide (beautiful ugly).
The lodge is several kinds of hybrid. Part boutique hotel,
part upmarket hostel, you can choose to stay in a dorm room
on a queen bunk or in a fully reconditioned lakeside studio on
a macrocarpa king. All have commissioned poster artworks by
New Zealand artist Joel Kefali hanging on the wall, beds cloaked
in merino, and curtains made from Italian army blankets.
But this is Queenstown, so it is, of course, what is seen when
those blanket-curtains are drawn that holds the strongest
aesthetic pull. The Sherwood sits on the side of a hill looking out E
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The Sherwood is not a health retreat. But it is the kind of retreat whether it
is for a few hours or a few days that makes you feel more alive upon leaving.


The Sherwoods large
garden is farmed on
biodynamic principles.
This changes the way they
cook, as growing seasons in
Queenstown are very short.
Staff also forage for produce
all over Central Otago
for thyme, rosemary,
mushrooms and wild apples.
This all leads to an everchanging menu featuring the
kind of good food that head
chef Ainsley Rose Thompson
says we should all eat at
home if only we had the
time and garden acreage.

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LIVING The good life

The interior of The
Sherwood was put together
with the help of Allistar
Cox, who created the
interior of the Matterhorn
in Wellington. Original
features were left, where
possible, for a utilitarian
feel, with luxury additions
such as Storm & India tea
lining the shelves in the
kitchen and Sans [ceuticals]
products by Lucy Vincent
Marr in the bathrooms.

over mountains and Lake Wakatipu, a place where light dances

over the rocky slopes all day long. And it is well utilised. This
may be one of New Zealands rst mock-Tudor structures with
an entirely solar-panelled roof. Its certainly one of the countrys
largest privately run solar generators, with 248 multi-crystalline
panels creating more power than the place can use, returning the
rest back to the grid.
Adam, Stephen and Sam didnt just want to create a place for
out-of-towners to rest their skied-out heads, however. Seeing
that Queenstown was in need of a really good intimate live music
venue, they created one the beautiful timbered restaurant
turns into a venue aprs dessert-plate clearing.
Said restaurant serves food grown in the garden outside The
Sherwood and from those around Queenstown. Head chef Ainsley
Rose Thompson has adopted what she calls a 1970s wholefoods
cooking style: she makes kombucha and her own kim chi and there
are ample pickles, preserves and jams lining the kitchen shelves.
She also avoids sugar, going through litres of Central Otago honey
instead. Herbs are foraged. Local cuts of meat are grilled over a Big
Green Egg the nest of charcoal barbecues. And its all served
with natural wines selected with the goal of ensuring you dont
have to trade in the next day for a great night ahead.
The Sherwood is not a health retreat. But it is the kind of
retreat whether it is for a few hours or a few days that makes
you feel more alive upon leaving. And last time we checked, being
really alive is a pretty healthy state to be in.
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LIVING Botanical styling

Out to dry
Antonia De Vere from MarkAntonia specialises
in creating new art out of that provided by nature.
Project Antonia De Vere

Photography Neeve Woodward

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LIVING Botanical styling

ABOVE LEFT As partners in both life and business Mark and Antonia can often be found collaborating. ABOVE RIGHT Antonias various floral works in
progress are dotted around their home-come-studio. The nature of her work with dried flowers means the arrangements often have more than one life.
BELOW Another of Antonias creations using her signature method of reconstructing foral arrangements.


known as MarkAntonia. Under this alias, they creatively
endeavour in the realms of owers, furniture and candles
for weddings, events and general home beautication. We
sat down with Antonia to nd out how it all comes together.
Specialising in owers and furniture is a specialty indeed. How
did this creative marriage come out of your marriage to Mark?
Back when Mark and I were just friends studying design together,
we discovered that we have a similar ethos and aesthetic taste.
After we got together I ventured off into oristry and Mark went
into architecture. It was then that we discovered that the contrast
between my wild, whimsical oristry and Marks industrial, clean
designs created this great juxtaposition this really balanced
aesthetic so it seemed only natural that we work together. So
now we do oral work and styling for weddings and events, and
custom-design and manufacturing of furniture. We also have an inhouse range of scented candles, so we can custom blend scentsto
complementthe ambience or oral work of any occasion.It all
works together really well.
Whats it like being partners in life as well as business? Its
nice as a couple working together, as we play off each other for
advice and input when we have more specialised projects going
on. Marks opinion is the most important to me in work and in life.
His logic balances my rather illogical thinking hes like a tree and
Im like the wind.
Is sustainability important to your practice? One of the main
reasons I focus on dried owers is their longevity. Fresh owers,
as beautiful as they are, just dont have the lifespan that dried
do. Dried arrangements should last months if not years if treated
well. I treat my dried arrangements more like sculptural pieces,
constructed using appropriated parts of plants combined to
create something that doesnt grow in nature. I am treating owers
like a precious rarity, rather than a commonplace and disposable
commodity, as is increasingly the norm.
Do you have any other philosophies that guide your work?
Yes: trust your creative instinct, dont listen to too many opinions,
as everybody has an opinion of what you should be doing. Im
trying to trust myself more and trust in the things that I think
are beautiful.
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LIVING Botanical styling

ABOVE LEFT Antonia gathers flowers from a variety of sources, including the local market and a rural family property south of Auckland. Once collected they
are strung up and hung throughout the house to undergo a natural drying process. ABOVE CENTRE Antonias ever growing collection of vessels and flower
frogs, with which she displays her arrangements for both corporate and wedding clients. Like a natural apothecary, jars are filled with flowerheads for her
work. ABOVE RIGHT Some of Marks handywork with reclaimed and rearranged pieces of furniture sits beside their bed.

What do you love about working with dried owers? They give
you the potential to create work thats long-lasting and interesting.
You can potentially be more creative with them because as the
owers dry they become like paper and so can be used differently
to fresh owers, in all kinds of different ways.
How did you develop your signature style? It came out of
wanting to create oral arrangements that were long lasting
but made from organic plant matter not fake. I thought of
ways that I could do that by reading about drying techniques
and came up with what I do today. Although put it into practice,
there was a lot of making, making and more making. Always
trying new things and accepting disasters allowed more ideas
to spring out of that process. I discovered what I really loved
making and I would like to think that shows through my work.
I think you have to love what you do, no matter what that is. If
you dont its very hard to grow artistically. I do what I love and
am very lucky that people appreciate it.
What is a typical day for you? I tend to be quite a sporadic person
and go through crazes observed by my husband from week to
week. I am a terrible emailer but try my best to email as soon as
I wake up. Then I go for a walk and take snippings from weeds,
unloved plants and wild things along the way sometimes I take a
bag to collect fallen leaves, moss or anything interesting left on the
ground. Then its back to the studio or the market for any owers
I might need. I spend the day either rushing around or creating in
my studio. Six oclock is chips oclock and time for a break, to play
with the cats or catch up with my friends. Work is left for the next
day, unless there is something that absolutely must be done. That
said, I have been known to work into the wee hours on something
I am quite obsessed by.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of working at home?
Working from home is wonderful if you love what you do and
I do. Im always surrounded by my work and love watching my
owers dry and seeing the different stages they go through. The
disadvantages are outnumbered by the positives in my belief.
However, if you want a day off not thinking about work, forget
about it! Also the whole house tends to be turned upside down for
big jobs. My house resembles more of a ower forest than a typical
home but that is how I choose to live!

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STYLE Botanical styling

Dried owers have ditched
their old-fashioned image.
Create an everlasting
arrangement that will cheer
up the dreary winter months.
Project Antonia De Vere
Photography Neeve Woodward


Flowers and foliage for drying

Flower frog
1. Drying flowers can be an experimental
process, as not all flowers are alike and
therefore dont dry alike either. Hanging
bunches in a space without direct sunlight
and with good air flow works best. You have
to be patient while theyre drying! Drying is
a beautiful process because you are often
surprised by the outcome sometimes the
shape or the colour of the flower changes
completely. It can also be helpful to get old
books out of the library on floristry, as there
are often some great tips in these forgotten,
dusty old tomes.
2. Once dried, flowers become very fragile
and have to be handled with care. Gather
the flowers you want to include in your
arrangement. Start with a few key blooms
grouped together. Add to this, using individual
stems and sticks to create height. I always like
to give room to my flowers less is often more.
I also like to use flower frogs to keep the fragile
flowers in place so they dont move or get
damaged. You can hunt these out at garage
sales or secondhand shops ask your friends
to always look out for them and you will amass
a collection like mine.

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AFD (Alex Fulton Design) Store sells

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We love beautiful things especially
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Adam Sinclair is a Mount Maunganuibased designer making everything
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Gifts & Homeware

Interior Design

Taylor Road homewares is an

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Whether youre looking to

redecorate or just add a little
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Aspiring Walls loves wallpaper

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The return of red

Photo Alice Lines


(deliberately) missing from my interior moodboards
over the last few years. Perhaps it was my Cantabrian
roots and a reluctance to decorate the living room in a
palette that might channel rugby watching, but after
seeing the repeated appearance of red and its close
friends raspberry, maroon and mauve at Milan Design
Week, Im now au courant with the colours ability to
work some wow into a room. Alice Lines

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