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WHEN WE VIS­ITED SARAH AND DANNY CARLSEN, the own­ers of our cover home (page 68), we were struck by the light and love that fills their re­cently ren­o­vated Auck­land bun­ga­low. As New Zealan­ders are wont to do, the cou­ple have opened the rear of their house to the great out­doors and trans­formed the kitchen and din­ing area into their home’s beat­ing heart; this is where all the fam­ily ac­tion takes place, from pre­par­ing and en­joy­ing meals to en­ter­tain­ing friends. We were charmed by the ca­sual vibe of their mis­matched chairs and the pared­back chic of their cus­tom-made shelv­ing, as well as the won­der­ful open­ness of their liv­ing space.

The Carlsens’ home ex­em­pli­fies how many of us like to live, and in fact, all of the homes we pro­file this is­sue let the out­side in, whether via a deck or large pic­ture win­dows, as in the tree­house-like abode on page 94 and the coastal cot­tage on page 108.

If you’re an ur­ban dweller look­ing to in­ject a bit of na­ture into your life, we’ve got you cov­ered too. We were so im­pressed by our re­cent Style Your Space com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Ron Goh’s plant-filled liv­ing room en­try that we had to head back for more. Turn to page 130 to read his tips on how to repli­cate his apart­ment’s leafy in­te­rior. Does spring have you itch­ing for a dé­cor shake-up? You’re not alone! Now’s the time to tuck away that win­ter bed linen and take your liv­ing room from snug­gly haven to sunny re­treat. Liv­ing It Up on page 28 is full of ideas for do­ing so South Pa­cific-style.

As our cover im­age sug­gests, kitchens – along with bath­rooms – are a fo­cus of this is­sue. As the hard­est work­ing ar­eas in the house (and of­ten the most ex­pen­sive to over­haul), any makeover re­quires good plan­ning. Flip to page 53 for our rec­om­men­da­tions on fit­tings, fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings, plus a line-up of win­ners from the Na­tional Kitchen & Bath­room As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­cel­lence in De­sign Awards.

One kitchen and bath­room trend we’ve fallen for is the high-im­pact so­phis­ti­ca­tion of a dark colour pal­ette. The dra­matic black kitchen and moody bath­rooms in the newly ren­o­vated home on page 80 are fine ex­am­ples of how to hit that sweet spot be­tween glam­our and func­tion­al­ity.

On the fol­low­ing pages you’ll also find a host of our lat­est dis­cov­er­ies, from back-in-vogue wall-mounted lights (page 40) to fab­u­lous out­door fur­ni­ture to dine and lounge around on (page 36).

“As New Zealan­ders are wont to do, the cou­ple opened the rear of their house to the great out­doors and trans­formed the kitchen and din­ing area into their home’s beat­ing heart.”

4 LISA LIKES: 1. On now at Auck­land Art Gallery, The Corsini Col­lec­tion is a must-see fea­tur­ing Re­nais­sance and Baroque mas­ter­pieces. 2. Ad­mire stylish Welling­ton abodes while sup­port­ing a great cause? Why not?! The Wel­come Home In­te­ri­ors fundraiser...




Lisa Mor­ton, @lisaclaire­mor­ton

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