Ambassadors Alex Walls and Michelle Halford interpret the outside world for interiors. In association with Dulux. THE STYLIST Dulux colour ambassador Alex Walls What seems like a lifetime ago, I used to enjoy travelling the world for my job, but there was nothing better than coming home to New Zealand. As I flew in, I’d gaze at the lush green landscape with its patchwork of farms and appreciate the contrast to the concrete jungles of other countries, quietly hoping we’d be able to keep it that way. I’m always inspired by nature when it comes to interiors. Given many of
Wish your home was more ‘you’ and relaxing, filled with natural, sustainable materials and finds that celebrate the handmade? Christchurch’s Larissa Hamilton felt the same, so she created Corcovado to deliver the goods. Six years on, one of the highlights of its broad offering is the furniture Larissa designs and has made in Aotearoa, including this awfully chic Oak dining table that’d be lovely to dish up at. Words Philippa Prentice
She sheds light on a set-up that foresees the indoors linked very closely with out – enhanced by leading tech from Fisher & Paykel. In association with Fisher & Paykel. AHEAD OF THE TREND In imagining this multi-purpose kitchen/utility area, Annique Heesen of Bay of Plenty-based Gezellig Interiors designed for a future that caters to our growing desire to connect with the environment. “My forecast for kitchens increasingly locates this zone in close proximity to the garden and home-grown food,” she says. “Here, the blurred boundary between inside and out is reinforced through a natural material palette that takes


Her new collection is intertwined with a deeply personal story of reinvention. The past couple of years have been quite a journey for Bec Snelling of Douglas & Bec, the Auckland-based furniture and lighting brand she once ran with her father. In fact, the background to where she is today reads a bit like a Hollywood film plot. Having already reached what she believed to be her turning point, Bec was in recovery and just 30 days sober when the Douglas & Bec factory burned to the ground. But through adversity comes strength, and she decided to see it
At the top of a winding staircase above a dairy on Auckland’s Karangahape Road sit a couple of unassuming rooms. Once an apartment, they’ve been used as artists’ studios since the ’90s, and award-winning painter Ayesha Green is the latest to create within their walls. “The first artist to occupy this space was actually [renowned photographer] Ann Shelton and her girlfriend at the time,” says Ayesha. “They slept in one of the two rooms and worked in the other.” Ann told Ayesha a great story about how they were walking along K’ Road looking for studio spaces and saw
She’s also for hire her via national directory Tradespeople too. Here’s why and how… As a child growing up in Mangawhai, Lou Ashford used to plead with her parents for clothing that she’d usually cut up and sew into something else. No one was surprised, then, when she moved to Wellington to complete a Bachelor of Design at Massey University, majoring in fashion. A stint in the US ensued and now she lives in Auckland, where she runs her own upholstery business, Snick, and is also available for hire via Tradespeople’s national directory of women and gender-diverse tradies. So



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