It’s that time again, with the end of the year rapidly approaching and the flurry of activity that brings – final work commitments, festive get-togethers and shopping for loved ones – all while looking forward to those few precious days of holiday R&R. But why put all your eggs in one basket? If you ask us, there’s no time like the present to put your feet up with your favourite magazine, so this issue’s full of ideas for making your place a relaxing retreat, whether you’re on holiday or not.
Cane and rattan are on trend right now, and perfectly suited to creating a light and airy vibe. No wonder we’ve completely fallen for the oh-so-versatile screen featured in Screen Test on page 34. Or try a whimsical pop of colour to transform your outlook. You’ll get the picture on page 36, with our art director Juliette Wanty’s simple window-frame paint effect, an up-to-the-minute way to refresh both indoor and outdoor spaces.
When entertaining in summer, rather than rushing out and about, it can sometimes be more leisurely to host friends and family at yours – the key is in the preparation. See page 38 for ways to create easy, tropical-inspired table settings and mouthwatering dishes for a make-ahead brunch and help-yourself platters.
It’s hardly breaking news that Kiwis have a love of monochrome – it’s a combination that’s imbued in our national psyche. But this issue, our four hero houses offer a masterclass in how to use a black and white scheme as the foundation on which to make your mark on your interior. In our Auckland cover home (see page 76), Charlotte and Phil Clark complemented black and white with a palette of grey, green and blue and natural materials including linen and wool, to bring texture and depth to their villa renovation. Meanwhile, at Nicky and Mark van der Poel’s new home in Taranaki (see page 90), the palette was enhanced by character-adding elements like laser-cut aluminium and keruing plywood.
This year, I’ll be wrapping objects crafted by local makers to put under the tree. Not only does it feel more thoughtful to give something handmade, it also helps to support our amazingly talented creatives. You’ll find a selection of beautifully made pieces for your nearest and dearest – and for you too – in our gift guide on page 26. Best wishes for the festive season from the homestyle team.