Cur­rent mood

Some might con­sider beige bor­ing, but in the right com­bi­na­tion, you’ll find it’s any­thing but.

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - STYLING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Juliet te Wan ty Wendy Fen­wick

The new neu­trals.

The height of stylish non­cha­lance, neu­trals are hav­ing a ma­jor mo­ment. For ev­ery­day low-key lux­ury, lay­er­ing is the se­cret to stop­ping their calming, re­lax­ing ef­fect be­com­ing bland or ster­ile. Team beige with white, cream and oat­meal, and al­ways keep form in mind. Here, we’ve used a strong, graphic f loor lamp to give the look a con­tem­po­rary slant, and off­set that with or­ganic touches like the line draw­ings. Tex­ture is also a must, for both in­ter­est and to cre­ate a space that takes com­fort se­ri­ously. Think faux fur, cot­ton, wool, tim­ber and sculp­tural plants – liv­ing or dried.

Though it’s not at all stark, a min­i­mal­ist ethos un­der­pins this look. Let ‘qual­ity, not quan­tity’ be your mantra.

BACK­DROP Walls in Re­sene Zorba, re­ Re­nais­sance vinyl floor­ing in French Oak Light Grey, $58/m2; Ne­braska rug, $1370, floor­ingx­ OP­PO­SITE, FROM FRONT LEFT Wabi-Sabi Wel­come

book by Julie Pointer Adams, $70, pa­per­plane New Zealand Long-Wool bean bag,

$1450, Cuzzi floor lamp by MCM House, $630, An­tibes and Portofino framed art prints, $309 each, pa­per­plane­ Ar­cade sofa by Si­mon James, $9418, si­mon­james­de­ Cove cof­fee ta­ble,

$899, free­dom­fur­ni­ Clam shell, $95, ba­be­l­ Grey pedestal bowl, $70; White urn, $150, rachel­carter­ce­ram­ Sheep­skin

cush­ion, $155, par­ LEFT Vase by Ghastly Ce­ram­ics, $180; shell, $30, ba­be­l­ogue. shop. ABOVE Mus­tard Vel­vet cush­ion by Madam Stoltz, $140; or­ganic Aus­trian sheep­skin by Na­tures Col­lec­tion, $380, par­ Wool throw, $229, pa­per­plane­ Toe­toe and re­main­ing books stylist’s own.

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