Ed­i­tor’s note

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS -

Liv­ing small is big news these days. En­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial con­cerns are of­ten cited as key mo­ti­va­tors for down­siz­ing, but a mod­est foot­print can ac­tu­ally give rise to some savvy think­ing on the de­sign and dec­o­rat­ing front.

This is­sue, we’re kick­ing off a new reg­u­lar fea­ture, ‘Small space’, in which we’ll share pe­tite projects. First up is a ren­o­va­tion of a clas­sic ’60s unit – flip to page 120 to see the clever tricks that were em­ployed to switch up this stu­dio. On pages 52, 100 and 124, you’ll find an in­ner-city apart­ment, a fam­ily-size cabin and a cot­tage by the sea that also show how it’s done.

Hav­ing re­cently com­pleted an apart­ment-styling com­mis­sion, I have to say the thought of liv­ing with less is re­fresh­ing, and some­thing that could be quite free­ing. It got me think­ing about how some of the ‘rules’ for max­imis­ing small spa­ces could be ap­plied to larger homes too. Whether it’s mak­ing just a few in­vest­ment pur­chases and edit­ing re­lent­lessly, or sim­pli­fy­ing your dé­cor to cre­ate a feel­ing of calm, the out­come can only be pos­i­tive.

On the topic of sooth­ing the senses, this win­ter, we’ve fallen hard for all things pale and in­ter­est­ing. Through­out the magazine, you’ll dis­cover ideas for adopt­ing a tone-on­tone scheme – and if you pre­fer a lit­tle more colour in your life, you’ll find the new neu­trals make a so­phis­ti­cated back­drop for a pop of some­thing brighter.

We hope this is­sue will pro­vide a wealth of in­spi­ra­tion for what­ever’s next on your to-do list, and en­cour­age you to cel­e­brate and en­hance what makes your home your happy place – what­ever its size.

Alice Lines, @alice.lines

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